“It’s a great challenge,” he said. “You never know what the day is going to be like.”
For the South Terminal Complex (STC), Guirges oversees designs, costs, and coordination on projects between municipalities and agencies such as the City, Federal Aviation Authority and the Florida Department of Transportation.
It is a role that is all encompassing. “My job is to ensure we don’t run into any roadblocks with permits, budget, design, funding, or whatever is needed to move forward.” Guirges said. “Nothing gets in the way of controlling scope, schedule, budget, while we maintain the highest level of quality.”
Guirges has been part of the GOAA team for nearly four years and had the same role and responsibilities on the recent South Automated People Mover (APM) and Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) projects. His previous role handling government and public sector work for Skanska, a national construction and development company, prepared him well for his current assignment.
“I was in the right place at the right time and asked to take on this challenge,” he said. “I’m familiar with the nuances of these kinds of projects and have the necessary familiarity with municipalities and other agencies.”
Guirges and his team work extensively with small businesses and GOAA’s Small Business Development Department. In addition, he has five Small Business companies that service as Program Managers on the STC oversight group. “This is a first for any project I know of,” he said. “There are small businesses playing such a key role and working at this level on a $2.1 billion project, this speaks to GOAA’s willingness, determination, and mentoring of its small business program.”
For small businesses interested in working with GOAA, Guirges offers this advice: “It all starts with the Small Business Development Department, which will help you get certified and identify opportunities. Stay in consistent contact, you have to put in the effort and keep trying. Be persistent.”
Guirges considers GOAA and the Small Business Development Department an incubator for small businesses. “This is a one-stop shop to grow and get to the next level,” he said.