Office of Construction

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Office of Construction (Headquarters/Training Center):

7450 Traffic Drive
Hanover, MD 21076
Toll Free # 1-866-926-8503
FAX # 410-787-0986

Our Mission: To provide oversight statewide for SHA’s Construction Program, set policy and support all SHA offices that contribute to building a safe, mobile highway system that enhances Maryland ’s communities, economy and the environment.

To accomplish our mission, the Office of Construction is composed of seven major sections to support SHA’s Construction Program. These are the Administrative Section, Engineering Support Section, Construction Inspection Division, Utilities Section, Contracts Award and MBE/DBE Section, Contract Payment Section and Safety Team. Our Office currently has 50 positions at Hanover Office and 150 Construction Inspection Division field positions, supplemented by approximately 250 consultants.

The Office of Construction’s major areas of responsibility include: contract processing (bid openings, bid protests, contract award, contract execution, notice to proceed), payments to contractors; establishment of MBE goals and approval of Affirmative Action Plans, approval of change orders, construction inspection (administering the construction engineering manpower management system statewide, assignment of inspection, management of supplemental consultant inspection contracts), training, statewide utilities (relocation, determination of prior rights, billing, coordination), claims avoidance/resolution, establishment of policies and procedures and related support functions. Safety Program and Environmental Program.


  • Log for CPM Projects
  • Partnering Program
  • Pending Items
  • Small Procurement
  • Information Technology
  • Quality Initiatives
  • Administrative Support
  • Mentor/Shadow Program
  • Technical Support
  • Project Quality Control
  • Budget Control
  • Inventory Management

OOC Administrative Section: Responsible for overseeing administrative and Human Resources related matters for the Office of Construction to include recruitment and employment interviews, interpretation/implementation of HR policies and procedures, orientation, employee performance appraisals, personnel recordkeeping, disciplinary procedures, employee benefits, promotion/transfer/separation processing, budget and procurement, inventory management, telecommunication equipment and organizational management.

Performance Excellence Specialist: Responsible for developing, implementing and managing the Quality Program for the Office of Construction. This position encompasses reviewing and improving office processes; developing, updating, tracking and reporting the progress of the OOC’s Business Plan; monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of SHA’s/OOC’s Partnering Objective; training employees and managers (i.e. Managing for Results (MFR); facilitating/conducting workshops and meetings; managing special projects/assignments, etc. The PES serves on numerous internal and statewide teams.

Technical Systems Section: Responsible for managing all data processing activities within the Office of Construction, including statewide construction projects, computing requirements, and in-house development. Responsible for optimizing all computer functions currently being used and managing the development and implementation of new applications and technology within the Office.

Regional Construction Engineers: The six Regional Construction Engineers (RCE's) represent the Administrator, Deputy Administrator/Chief Engineer for Operations and Director-Office of Construction in the management of the Highway Construction Program. The RCE's monitor each project from the design phase throughout the construction phase to assure quality and uniform construction techniques through the use of Quality Assurance/Quality Control practices.

Responsibilities include serving as liaison between OOC management, District Offices and Field Offices, establishing Contract Requirements, Construction Inspection Reports, overseeing Sediment and Erosion Control Compliance, approval of pile hammer and driving criteria, ensuring FHWA Certification Acceptance (CA) requirements are adhered to on state and local government construction projects and compliance with Standards and Specifications for Construction.

Statewide Paving Coordinator: Responsible for direct oversight and monitoring of statewide paving operations in order to administer Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) for the Office of Construction (OOC) and to ensure uniformity of asphalt paving practices throughout the state, including local jurisdictions (County and City Governments). Troubleshoot and provide technical support/ expertise to District personnel, project engineers and inspection staff in the correction of paving problems statewide. Responsible for quality and uniformity on all Hot Mix Asphalt Paving and Super Pave placement throughout the state.

  • Monitor statewide paving operations.
  • Troubleshoot and provide technical support to District personnel, project engineers and inspection staff in correction of paving problems.
  • Responsible for quality and uniformity on all hot mix asphalt paving and superpave statewide.
  • Recommend various changes through District Engineers, ADE’s and Area Engineers to assure specification compliance and quality assurance/quality control.
  • Liaison with Statewide Asphalt Team.
  • Provide training at HMA Roundtable meetings.

Erosion and Sediment Control Inspectors: [This Duty has been moved to]

Office of Environmental Design - Environmental Programs Division

Mr. Todd Nichols, Chief
Phone: 410-545-8628

Ms. Cheryl Jordon, Assistant Chief
Phone: 410-545-8614

Mr.Don Hoey,Assistant Chief

Safety Compliance Officers: Responsible for training and ensuring compliance with job-site safety requirements by field personnel. Conducts inspection of construction sites and investigates reported conditions of workplace hazards.

  • Oversee OOC/ CID Safety Program.
  • Safety training.
  • Safety Orientation Program.
  • Assist Project Engineers with safety issues.
  • Train field personnel.
  • Ensure compliance with job site safety requirements.
  • Conduct work-site safety inspections and follow-up.
  • Investigate reported conditions of workplace hazards.
  • OOC/ CID Vehicle Accident/Incident Program.