John Orrison, P.E.
EDUCATION & REGISTRATION(S)
- B.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute
- MBA, Georgia State University
- Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia
Principal Consultant John Orrison is a supervising construction manager and senior contracts administration specialist with more than 45 years’ experience in construction management, project control and contract strategies. In addition, Mr. Orrison has performed as an expert witness and claims analyst for major design and construction issues.
Mr. Orrison’s background includes extensive experience in managing multi-disciplined, complex projects. Formerly the Managing Consultant and Senior Vice President of Draper’s Construction Services Division, Mr. Orrison also served as the design manager, construction manager and claims negotiator for the $2 Billion Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) construction program. In addition, he also served as the Area Construction Manager for the Pittsburgh Light Rail Rapid Transit System, was Manager of Design and Construction for a South Carolina development company, served as Principle-in-Charge and Board Chairman for the pre-Olympic $100 Million renovation of the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport terminal and concourses, and was Project Manager for a five tunnel renovation project in Tennessee, an eight mile interstate widening in North Carolina, and a multi-use transit facility in Greenville, South Carolina.
In addition to his extensive technical management background, Mr. Orrison has been called upon to act as a senior advisor for design and construction strategies on major domestic and international projects. His international engagements include developing the contracting and construction oversight strategies for the Saó Paulo, Brazil Metro’s $2 Billion (U.S.) Line 5 privatization design/build project, advisor to the Aruba Aviation Authority and master scheduler for the Kaohsiung (ROC) Metro Transit System.
Mr. Orrison also specializes in assisting clients involved in complex construction related disputes through the claims and litigation process. In addition to preparing client’s positions for litigation, arbitration, or mediation, he has also provided expert witness testimony and reports for cases in State, Federal and International venues. He has been involved as an analyst, negotiator and expert in construction claims with a total value of more than $1Billion.
“Draper has been an invaluable asset to our organization, assisting Kast with its preconstruction service needs, project strategy, scheduling services and other aspects of our business. Frankly, I’m not sure what we would have done in the absence of having Draper serve as a member of our team. Clearly I would recommend Draper to any firm who is seeking high caliber professional scheduling services.”
“The value add that Draper & Associates provided on our replacement hospital project was well worth the money. While we did not have in-house scheduling resources, the Draper process proved to be flexible and functional for our project team and subcontractors. The scheduling experience, ability to adjust “on the fly” with our changes, projections through the OPS, and detail provided by the NTS format, proved to be an asset to the project. I would highly recommend Draper’s services, and consider engaging with them for another project.”
“Every project that the Draper system was fully implemented on was delivered on time or early. Every project they were not on or fully implemented those projects did not deliver on time. Financially it is a no brainer when you measure the cost of their services versus the costs of delivering one day late.”
“I’ve been using Draper on all of my projects for the last 3 years. They work with our in-house teams to set up the OPS and then work throughout the project with our team and our Subcontractors to make sure everyone is working efficiently towards meeting the project’s goals. Draper’s scheduling makes it very easy for me to look at a monthly report to quickly know the status of every project I have under construction, and the look-ahead schedules are very easy for everyone in the field to know where they are and where they need to be at any given time.”
“Draper has been an integral part of our team for the last few years. Their schedules are very easy to read and make the field team’s job much easier when scheduling the subs. The bi-weekly meetings are a great tool to use for keeping the subcontractors engaged with the flow of the job. I firmly believe that Draper is one of the most important tools we use in keeping the jobs on schedule.”
A project that is scheduled with Draper affords the user the flexibility to present the data to the Subcontractor’s and the Development Team in multiple formats (both overall and near term projections). The schedules are logic-based like primavera and other predecessors, however, they are much more visually appealing and easy to decipher for field personnel. Draper’s hands-on tailored approach lends itself to production in the field, reduces the opportunities for miscommunication, and ensures your project has a strong administrative base to support all functions of the construction process.