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ENR California’s Top 20 Under 40

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Worked on some of the world’s largest airport projects
36, Designer
San Francisco

An early user of BIM, Kothari is an avid believer in the firm’s aggressive BIM education and training program. In doing so, he supports other SmithGroup offices’ BIM projects and the development of the firm’s integrated design and delivery models using this innovative technology.


Passion for coastal environments shaped her career choice
31, Environmental Engineer
San Diego

Kuhn has been involved in the environmental permitting of three solar thermal power plants, totaling 2,000 megawatts, proposed for development by AECOM’s client Solar Millennium. Her experience includes hydrology/water quality analyses, and coastal resource management.



Always knew that he wanted to be a part of the construction industry
39, Vice President, Operations/Education
Suffolk Construction Co.

Dedicated to mentoring the next generation of construction industry leaders, Laham oversees all aspects of education projects. Suffolk says Laham “embodies the dedication, focus and passion required to advance the current construction industry into the next century.”



His rapid rise is attributed to focus and an ability to work in all areas
37, Vice President/Corporate Operations
Roebbelen Contracting
El Dorado Hills

McLean’s father had owned a construction company and was a huge influence on his career choice. After graduating from UC Davis, McLean joined Roebbelen in 1996 as a project manager. In 2004, he was promoted to a division manager in charge of construction operations.



The scale of his projects demonstrates his leadership
37, Project Executive
Turner Construction Co.

Moving from real estate management to general contracting, Murphy joined Turner in 2002 with a wealth of knowledge about what owners/developers want and how to get quality results while working on a tight schedule. Turner promoted him to project executive at the age of 34 when he headed up one of the company’s largest projects.



His commitment to education continues even as VP of operations
34, Vice President/Operations Manager
Sundt Construction
s San Diego

Nessen encourages all of his employees to continue their professional development through licenses and certifications like DBIA, LEED AP, CPC and more. He was the driving force behind establishing Sundt as a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) testing center, one of only three approved testing sites in California. He is also a member of the San Diego AGC Construction Education Committee and the Sundt representative for the Kaizen Committee, which is a group responsible for reviewing and implementing all continuous improvement proposals for the company.



He sees each team member as a source of inspiration for a project
39, Design Principal
HMC Architects

Since joining HMC, Pan has been instrumental in helping the firm to move its practice internationally with his winning design for the First People’s Hospital competition in the Shunde district of China. The project, which is the firm’s first international project and has won several design awards, is currently under construction. Pan led teams in Los Angeles and China to design within the parameters of the international competition, often utilizing video conferencing and 3D modeling to communicate design ideas.


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