Owner’s Representative, Project Executive
“When I was younger, I wanted to be a professional baseball player, then a professional golfer. Instead I became a professional project manager. I get a great deal of satisfaction watching difficult projects proceed from design concept, into permitting, then to construction and, finally, turnover to the owner.”
David Bentley has over 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry with several notable firms where his project involvement included pipelines, power plants, airports, industrial/manufacturing facilities and a wide array of commercial projects including hotels, office buildings, mixed use complexes, shopping centers and entertainment facilities. His experience covers all phases of design and construction management, from capital budgeting/feasibility studies to project close-out and includes conceptual/detailed estimating and scheduling, value engineering studies, project delivery recommendations, contracts administration, construction supervision, management and operations review. Since 1992, he has acted primarily as an owner’s representative on high profile projects and assisted on project turnarounds and project audits.
- Certified cost engineer from American Association of Cost Engineers
- Project management professional from Project Management Institute
- Certified construction manager from the Construction Management Association of America
- LEED AP from the U.S. Green Building Council
- Licensed engineering (A) and general contractor (B) in the State of California
- Los Angeles International Airport $6 billion expansion program
- Los Angeles Clippers Training Center
- South Coast Plaza interiors upgrade project
- Los Angeles Sports Arena seismic upgrade project
- Global Center and Exodus Communications data centers
- Veritas, Novellus, Activision, Nokia, Lucasfilms and Trans Alaskan Pipeline corporate headquarters
- Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena earthquake repair projects
• Greatest professional consulting achievement: Assisting an E&Y Team of consultants to re-engineer Bechtel in the mid-1990s. At that time, Bechtel was considered one of the best engineering/construction companies in the world, but losing business due to high fees. So, we went thru every nook and cranny of the Petrochemical business to find out where we could cut costs. My departments were Project Engineering/Project Management and Process Design. It was very soboring to find the waste, some obvious but mostly hidden. It was essential to go back to each department and find their mission/purpose versus what they were “actually” doing. We developed flow charts showing input coming in and output going out and who was actually doing the work that produced profit for the company. Amazing amount of waste. I came away thinking that any organization with over 1,000 employees could probably trim 30% without noticing any loss of production. For some reason, re-engineering got a bad rap from the main stream media (probably because people lost jobs), which caused it to decline. I predict it will come back.
• Greatest professional PM role: While there have been many including LA Sports Arena Seismic Bracing, South Coast Plaza Interior Upgrades, Midnight Mission, and the Clippers Training Center, I would have to say the Veritas Corporate Headquarters Project, a 525,000sf facility with 4 buildings consisting of high end corporate offices, management offices, day care, dry cleaning, health club, cafeteria, clean rooms, parking garages, and a professional level outdoor croquet court, all constructed on a Superfund Site.
• Greatest personal accomplishment: Being happily married for over 30 years in spite of a heavy travel schedule and raising two beautiful daughters, one an aerospace engineer and the other a business law graduate from LMU that is assisting us in the family apartment business.
Education & Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University
- Arctic Engineering, University of Alaska
- Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University
Ernst & Young(real estate consulting), Price Waterhouse Coopers (engineering and construction consulting), Aramco Services, Fluor Corporation