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Personal Experience

Ms. Tablada brings broad, cross-functional qualifications in the construction, design, and project management arena. With 35+ years of project management experience, she has a proven track record of delivering projects on time and on budget. Ms. Tablada is an innovative problem solver whose focus is on adding value while controlling cost. She is articulate, self-driven, and results oriented. Over the past ten years, her focus has been in education – planning, managing, and executing projects.

As a former business owner of a highly successful project planning and management firm for 18 years, she understands the driving forces behind projects of all size and complexity. Her clients included many Fortune 100 companies in the southeast as well as several federal agencies. Her business model was one of managing all project resources including contractor, architect, IT, and vendors to ensure a successful project from initiation to move-in. She sold her firm to an international company.

After serving on the Board of Directors of a private school, Ms. Tablada later served as Director of Facilities and Planning for eight years for the school and church. With responsibility for a seven days per week operation on four campuses, she oversaw almost 400,000 square feet of space. During those years she was responsible for over $32 million in capital projects including the completion of a 33-acre athletic campus, multiple campus renovations projects including a theater, and a new 50,000 square foot high school building which included a cafeteria. She understands school operations from the inside – a skill that consultants rarely bring to a project. Having managed complex facilities, she looks at each project with a unique eye for design, functionality, and ongoing maintenance costs.

Personal Experience

SPECIFIC SKILLS INCLUDE:

 

Project Definition

  • Define Program of Requirements
  • Outline Project Schedule
  • Prepare Conceptual Budget
  • Work with owner, developer and architect on conceptual design

 

Zoning Coordination

  • Meet with local authorities to outline zoning requests
  • Negotiate and document requested zoning changes
  • Make presentations on behalf of owner to local authorities and neighborhoods

 

Design Management

  • Research & prepare Request for Proposals for Architect & Engineers
  • Attend all programming and planning meetings
  • Provide input on plans, building design, and finish selections to meet owner objectives
  • Manage design intent against budget and schedule

 

Project Management

  • Research & prepare Request for Proposal for
    • Contractor
    • Other specialty consultants (security, AV, Signage)
  • Prepare and manage project schedule (site development through occupancy)
  • Prepare and manage project budget
    • Design
    • Construction
    • Soft Costs (furniture, IT, AV, signage, move)
  • Manage the Relocation
    • Prepare mover RFP
    • Manage move and post-move activities

 

Furniture Procurement

  • Meet with client to determine scope
  • Develop furniture standards
  • Establish budget and schedule
  • Prepare Request for Proposals
  • Manage procurement process
  • Coordinate and manage installation
  • Approve and process payments

 

Construction Project Management

  • Prepare RFP for contractor
  • Negotiate and manage contract terms & conditions
  • Attend OAC meetings & provide input on field observation
  • Review change orders
  • Obtain permits not obtained by contractor
  • Approve and process Requests for Payment
  • Manage post occupancy punch list

Education

  • Bachelor of Science – Business Administration; Louisiana State University
  • Minority Business Executive Program; Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

 

Affiliations

  • Association for Learning Environments

 

Years of Experience

  • 40+ years, 35 in project management

 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Hispanic Business Woman of the Year
  • Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Business of the Year
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Fastest Growing Companies (Top 50)

 

Presentations

  • Developing a Strong RFP
  • Strategic Facility Planning
  • The Negotiated Construction Contract
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