Richard A. (Rick) Swearingen, P.E., brought his experience in delivering large federal capital improvements to dsi in 2015. dsi had laid the foundation for entry into the federal market with SBA 8(a) and WOSB certification and instituted the structure for expanding in this space.
Rick’s key skills relating to understanding the federal client and its need for efficient project delivery consistent with government standards and practices provided dsi with key technical leadership in its growth on federal projects. Taking over management of the Tyndall Air Force Base Upgrade of Sewer and Electrical Infrastructure for FAMCAMP as it entered the construction phase brought dsi its first Air Force project. Fire Alarm Upgrades to the 39-story John C. Kluczynski Federal Building and Loop Post Office in Chicago is also underway and expected to be completed in mid-2016.
Prior to joining dsi, Rick managed the delivery of the Mundelein Village Hall, a design-build partnership between the Village and Weston Solutions to develop a brownfield adjacent to local commuter rail service. Rick delivered the LEED Gold project four months early while managing changes and meeting budgets.
In addition, he served as a Project Manager for oversight of all aspects of operations for Department of Defense Air Force Center of Engineering Excellence (AFCEE) and Civil Engineering Support Agency (AFCESA). Swearingen also provided value engineering of Officer’s Club building renovation and addition project at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. He received high commendations from Base Commander for the quality of work. He mentored new Project Managers and team members through the project development and construction phases.
For eight years at the Minneapolis Air Reserve Station, Rick provided Project Management oversight for a program of facility renovations, HVAC system, and utility replacement projects. Projects achieved schedule and budget while engaging facility end users and Base Civil Engineering which allowed for seamless transitions from work plan/design to construction phases. At Grissom ARB, he managed asset protection such as construction for a new Deluge Station (Hangar fire suppression water supply) and secure domestic water supply following Base Realignment and Closure and coordinated with Airfield Operations, Aircraft Maintenance Group, Wing Command, Base Security, and CE Project required execution while keeping the airfield active utilizing Team First Approach, Base personnel were wrapped into planning, scheduling, and design of projects ensuring timely reviews, as well as limiting scope and budget creep.
Overall, Rick’s career has included 31 years of experience in Construction Management – Agency, 18 years in Construction Management – At Risk, and 12 years of general contracting with both design-build and design-bid-build delivery, much of it in federal facilities.
Swearingen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and Indiana.