Southern California's Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
overwhelmingly passed a local bond to expand educational facilities on sixteen
separate sites and perform much needed and overdue maintenance repairs.
Heading a professional team that sometimes reached into the hundreds, Joseph
Duda was Program Director for the five-year $115 million effort. Besides directing
professional and technical staff, Joseph functioned as the
single point source
contact for the client, formulated
financial, schedule, and construction status reports, and
managed all architectural, construction, and other contracts
agreements. He coordinated program-wide issues,
provided for staff development,
and headed up internal
meetings. Joseph developed procedural standards
District joint venture, advised the client on legal issues,
and ensured the
budget requirements of the District
were enforced. Joseph represented the joint venture at
School Board, Oversight Committee, community meetings, and numerous other functions in an extremely political environment.
As President of his own Construction Management firm, Joseph was a Principal of the joint venture that oversaw the District's Program. Joseph directed and helped create the program budget, hired staff, coordinated the architectural process, and reported progress in detail to the client.
Midway through the Program, tragedy struck. The Northridge Earthquake with dual epicenters, one in Santa Monica, created considerable damage, red-tagging a few buildings and seriously damaging others. Joseph formed a team of professionals to assess destruction throughout the District, write and submit formal reports, and interface with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that the District would receive over $15 million of available federal funds.