Upon graduation from Washington State University in May of 1980, Mr. Sivley accepted an engineering position with the City of Tacoma Public Works Department. While employed by the City of Tacoma for over 28 years he performed a variety of engineering, construction management, and administrative management functions. Extensive experience in the design of municipal wastewater & storm water collection/distribution systems, residential and arterial roadway improvement projects, pump stations, park facilities, maintenance structures, and special projects. Mr. Sivley was promoted to chief of special projects assigned to work directly with the Director of Public Works to execute and implement a 33 year lease agreement with the US General Services Administration to design and construct a new Federal Court House in Tacoma which included renovation and adaptive re-use of the historic circa 1911 Union Station (formerly the western terminus of the transcontinental railroad). The design and construction of the $50 million (114,000 sf) facility took eight years from conception, funding, design, and construction. As the project manager, Mr. Sivley was responsible for management and oversight of numerous A/E consultant contracts as well as management of the construction contract. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Following completion of the Union Station Federal Courthouse project, Mr. Sivley was promoted to chief of the Building and Land Use Services Division, responsible for oversight and management of a traditional building department including current planning and plotting functions. Serving as the Building Official duties included interpreting and enforcing the ICC family of codes (IBC, IMC, IPC, UCBC etc.).
Four years later Mr. Sivley was again promoted to Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer responsible for the day-to-day management of a full-service public works department with a staff of over 400 employees and an annual O&M budget of $60 million and capital improvement budget of $60 million.
While serving in this capacity, Mr. Sivley was the principle-in-charge of the design and construction of a new 122,000 square foot, $121.9 Million Convention Center in downtown Tacoma. The project delivery method utilized was the GC/CM method with M.A. Mortenson as the prime contractor. The project was completed ahead of schedule and below budget.
Mr. Sivley retired from the City of Tacoma in 2007 and returned his home town of Walla Walla, Washington. Immediately upon his return, the County Commissioner's recruited Mr. Sivley to assist them in creating a new position/function as Building Official/Fire Marshal for Walla Walla County. Following completion of this one-year effort, the City Manager of the City of Walla Walla recruited Mr. Sivley to take over management of the public works department for the City of Walla Walla. Roughly 16 months into this position Mr. Sivley received a call from USACE AED North seeking my interest in going to Afghanistan to become part of the Operation Enduring Freedom team. Mr. Sivley resigned from his position with the City of Walla Walla to serve his country in Afghanistan for 13 months, assigned as a Project Engineer/Contracting Officers Representative (COR) in remote northeastern Afghanistan at a forward operating base Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan. His duties included day-to-day management and oversight of design-build horizontal and vertical construction projects within the area of responsibility (AOR) of the Gardez Resident Office which included seven projects valued at over $110 million. While serving on this mission, Mr. Sivley received the Civilian Combat Service Medal from the U.S. Army for his efforts during combat in Gardez.
Upon conclusion of his 13-month tour of duty with USACE, Mr. Sivley accepted a position with a general contractor from Walnut Creek California, ITSI-Gilbane. He served for 13 months in Kabul as a senior project manager responsible for delivery of two firm fixed price design-build construction projects, one for USACE and one for AFCEE. Strict compliance with the FAR's including the use of QCS/RMS was required. Following completion of this assignment, Mr. Sivley accepted a position with IDS-Academi of Moyock, NC as part of the US Department of State WPS program serving in the capacity of DPMFS in Kabul, Afghanistan. The primary client for TO 9 is to safeguard US Embassy employees outside the Embassy.
Mr. Sivley accepted an assignment with Markon Solutions, Inc. of Falls Church, VA. The assignment was to serve as the on-site Construction Manager for a $50 million lease fit-out project in downtown Montreal, QC. The project included the adaptive re-use of four floors within an existing 14 story building originally constructed in circa 1960. The completed project will be utilized by the U.S. Consulate with a staff of over 80 personnel.
Mr. Sivley recently completed a six-month contract with Dewberry, Inc. as a Program Delivery Manager for the FEMA field office in Fort Myers, FL. Mr. Sivley assisted local governments and private non-profit organizations with recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Irma.