John MacKay has over 29 years of comprehensive engineering and construction management experience. This includes over $20 billion of construction program management, CPM scheduling, cost estimating, and constructibility review, as well as the preparation, analysis, and evaluation of construction claims, expert testimony, negotiation, and litigation support services. His range of experience includes heavy construction for power, highways, bridges, subways, water treatment plants, and utilities. John also has extensive experience with vertical construction projects to include higher education, K-12 schools, hotels, plants, offices, housing, and military facilities. John is a sought-after expert on project controls, documentation, scheduling, delay claims analysis, and dispute resolution for owners and contractors.
As Chief Operating Officer, John oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, drives firm process and performance improvements, and provides direct oversight of all technical and corporate support teams.
BS, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
1. How did you get into a career in construction?
My dad worked his entire life in heavy civil construction for contractors, so from a young age I was exposed to construction and really wanted to be involved in building things that I could look back at and see a tangible finished product.
2. What is something interesting about yourself that nobody would know?
I started working when I was 12 at an animal feed store for a family friend for cash, and other than when I was attending college, have had a job ever since.
3. What is your dream vacation/favorite travel spot?
Any beach is my favorite spot as long as it is with my wife. I enjoy just sitting on the beach under sun shade reading a book or listening to music with a cooler of my favorite beverage close by.
4. What is some advice you’d give to your 20-year-old self?
Take time to enjoy the day every day, they add up quick.