Garver’s APD Group to strengthen expertise with emerging project delivery structures

With the recent addition of two nationally recognized Alternative Project Delivery (APD) experts, Garver is taking another step forward – and its footprint is getting much bigger.

APD Group Lead Adam Sheet

Together, APD Group Lead Adam Sheets and APD Technical Lead Mike Wawszkiewicz, PE, bring more than four decades of experience and industry relationships. Their presence on Garver’s APD Team will further bolster the company’s expertise with respect to emerging project delivery structures, particularly construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC), design-build (DB), progressive design-build (PDB), and public-private partnerships (P3).

“We understand that there is no such thing as one-size fits all when it comes to critical infrastructure improvements – sometimes we have to be flexible,” said Garver Director of Transportation Jerry Holder, PE. “Our team of experts will work with DOTs and agencies across the country to identify the most efficient and cost-effective delivery method that fits the needs and budgets of any project.”

APD Technical Lead Mike Wawszkiewicz

Although there are many similarities with respect to the experience and skillsets that both Wawszkiewicz and Sheets bring to Garver, it is not difficult to notice that many of their respective projects have been considered first-of-their-kind projects. They each bring a wealth of experience that has allowed them to take different paths as they have risen to the top of the field.

Sheets has 20 years of professional experience built on a foundation of law and policy. He brings over a decade of legal, policy, public procurement, and project management experience, including seven years with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

He has assisted public agencies throughout the U.S. in the implementation of new tolling programs, development of effective toll collection and enforcement procedures, implementation of connected and autonomous vehicles, development of alternative delivery programs, and procurement of large, complex P3 and DB projects. During his time at ODOT, he managed development of the Public-Private Agreement for Ohio’s first P3 project, the Portsmouth Bypass. Sheets also helped lead the advancement of Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP), which included the procurement of the SR400 Express Lanes Project, GDOT’s first Design-Build-Finance-Maintain project. He also led the procurement of Arkansas Department of Transportation’s (ARDOT) first DB, CM/GC, and PDB projects.

Before arriving at Garver, Wawszkiewicz spent 22 years developing key skills as a leader in the planning, procurement, and implementation of projects using alternative delivery methods. His experience includes 11 years with the ODOT, where he led significant portions of contract development and assisted with the procurement management of ODOT’s first value-based DB project, the Cleveland Innerbelt.

Subsequently, he supported the development of ODOT’s Division of Innovative Delivery and supported alternative delivery procurements for several of Ohio’s largest highway construction contracts, including the Cleveland Innerbelt, Columbus Crossroads, and Portsmouth Bypass. In addition to his work in Ohio, where he is based, Wawszkiewicz also has experience advising a long list of DOTs across the country, including Arkansas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Utah, Indiana, and Nevada on how to effectively develop and implement alternative delivery structures for complex projects and programs.

To learn more about Garver's approach to Alternative Project Delivery, start a conversation with Adam and Mike today.