PMA People: Fernando Villanueva

Fernando Villanueva, Senior Director

Orlando, Florida

Fernando VillanuevaWhat current projects are you working on?
I have been the project lead for PMA’s work for Orange County Utilities (OCU) for more than 17 years as an extension of OCU construction and engineering department staff. My roles over the years have included project controls, cost validating, cost estimating, value engineering, value analysis, scheduling, change management, claims avoidance, and claims resolution.

Currently, PMA is a subconsultant under a five-year program management contract. My main role is project controls manager. So far, I have worked on all of the Orange County water supply facilities: the Southern Regional Water Supply Facility; Eastern Regional Water Supply Facility; Western Regional Water Supply Facility; Hidden Springs Water Supply Facility; Vistana Water Supply Facility; and the East Service Area Potable Water and Reclaimed Water Storage and Repump Facility; as well as all of the Orange County reclamation facilities: the South Water Reclamation Facility, Eastern Water Reclamation Facility; and Northwest Water Reclamation Facility.

What is your career highlight so far?
Having become a trusted advisor to OCU management.

What is something new or innovative happening in your industry?
NetPoint is increasingly used for presentations to OCU management and as a practical tool to demonstrate a point to contractors.

Are you involved with any industry organizations?
I’m a member of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers, Project Management Institute, and the Construction Management Association of America. I’m presenting at my local chapter, North Florida AACE®, about their new online community. I also received the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies Technical Achievement and the North Florida AACE Star Awards for my role with these organizations.

What was a transformative project or challenge that you did at PMA?
OCU’s South Water Reclamation Facility (SWRF) improvement project has been ongoing for over 15 years. Orange County Utilities provides water, wastewater, and solid waste services to unincorporated areas of Orange County. OCU operates the SWRF, which has a treatment capacity of 43 million gallons per day. I have served as the OCU owner’s representative throughout multiple phases of transformation, including renovation, refurbishment, and new construction. Some of my duties have included assisting the county with contract development and price negotiations for major changer orders, and I have provided construction administration, cost estimating, schedule analysis, and pay request evaluation services. Today, SWRF is undergoing yet another major renovation that will continue into 2019.

Do you get to do something at work every day that you love? If so, what is it?
I really enjoy my work at the county. Over the years, I have developed many professional working relationships that have become long-lasting friendships. I feel like a member of their team and they trust my guidance and advice.

What university or college did you graduate from?
I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1987 with a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering.

What is your favorite local establishment/feature (restaurant, museum, stadium, etc.)?
As an avid cyclist, when I am not spending time with my family on the weekends, I look for bicycling routes all over Central Florida.

Provide a fun fact about yourself?
I have completed the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, visiting and sampling all the major fine bourbon distilleries on the trail. The trail is a must-try if you like fine Kentucky bourbon.