Najat Al Khalil

Najat Al Khalil

Los Angeles, CA, US





University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, Capital Construction Project Engineer

• Work on multiple projects of moderate size or portions of major projects. Assist construction project managers in administration and coordination of projects to ensure goals and objectives of projects are accomplished.
• Provide technical and contract management support to project manager during the design, construction, and closeout phases of project. Reconcile design phase estimates. Oversee closeout of contract.
• Prepare scopes, budgets, and schedules for assignments. Prepare Memorandum of Understanding for the project sponsor’s approval of project budget and authorization to proceed with work.
• Prepare complete project documents, RFQs/RFPs, scope statements, and related documents for inclusion in contract documents. Liaise with contract coordinator to prepare and issue contracts.
• Assign tasks to direct engineers, technicians, and support staff.
• Evaluate and adapt standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. Formulate and solve problems.
• Coordinate between the architect and general contractor participants with GMP contracts.
• Manage, develop, and coordinate University’s design process to ensure that plans prepared by architect provide functional program requirements and conform to budgetary, environmental, and legal requirements.
• Work closely with FMS Engineering to ensure compliance to University’s Basis of Design.
• Prepare and conduct research, and analyze and interpret data. Develop and maintain the Estimate at Completion Cost (EAC) of project through all phases of project delivery.
• Review and analyze change order requests to determine merit. Prepare check estimates of work amount or obtain a check estimate and negotiate agreed change order. Prepare change order language.
• Conduct job walks with construction contractors to validate percent completion for purpose of calculating incurred cost for the month for purpose of progress payment.
• Analyze schedule submissions, as necessary. Review and negotiate an agreed recovery plan.

Oct 2015 - current

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, US, Project Engineer

• Coordinated as owner’s representative between architect, engineer, and contractors.
• Maintained document control and logs for project RFI's, submittals, bulletins, directives, clarifications, COR’s and correspondence.
• Coordinated, organized, tracked and updated the project schedule, files, and drawings.
• Reviewed plans and updated AutoCAD as-builts.
• Provided Administration support with all on-going projects.
• Contacted and got quotes/pricing from vendors.

Aug 2014 - Oct 2015

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, US, Space Planner and Drafter

• Assisted project managers with in-house design, remodel, space planning, and site improvement projects by providing drawings and detailed layouts.
• Ensured space assignments and design plans are compliant with the college standards and ADA Code.
• Worked closely with Facilities, IT and other departments to coordinate classrooms and offices relocation.

May 2014 - Oct 2015

LA Kitchen City, Van Nuys, CA, US, Interior Designer and Salesperson

• Performed general office tasks: answering phone calls, replying to emails, processing work estimates, invoices and contracts.
• Performed design consulting and customer support: determined customer requirements, needs and expectations in order to recommend specific products and solutions.
• Provided 3D Interior Design models to use as visualization and marketing tool.

May 2013 - May 2014

High Five Enterprises, Woodland Hills, CA, US, Administrative Assistant

• Performed administrative duties in the main office of fourteen ‘76’ and ‘Shell’ gas stations: answering phone calls, contacting vendors and tracking orders, changing prices in the system, filing and entering data, tracking claims and credit card chargebacks.
• Performed accounting duties: entered data on Peachtree, created and updated excel sheets to track budgets, sales, bills and expenses, and provided daily financial balancing.

Oct 2012 - May 2014

Tempus Deveter, Damascus, SY, Coordinator and Interpreter

• Coordinated and worked as liaison between the University of Damascus and the University of Grenoble to create a new Master’s Program between 6 European and Arabic Universities.
• Translated (Arabic/French) and provided information, processed meetings and work agendas.

Apr 2011 - Sep 2012

Faculty of Architecture, Damascus University – Syria., Damascus, SY, Teacher and Lecturer

• Taught and lectured in ‘Architecture & Design’ and ‘Urban Planning & Environment’ Departments.
• Evaluated students’ projects and graded exams.

Sep 2008 - Sep 2012

Archispace Group, Damascus, SY, Architect and Partner

• Provided case studies and proposals for several Architecture and Urban Planning projects.
• Performed interior design work in the residential and commercial field.

Apr 2008 - Sep 2011

Al-Bassel Hospital, Damascus, SY, Architect and Project Manager

• Managed and coordinated construction projects within the facilities.
• Tracked furniture inventory, updated plans and layouts FF&E.
• Worked with Facilities, IT and other departments to coordinate space planning and rearrangement.

Jul 2007 - Sep 2011

IFPO, l'Institut Francais du Proche Orient, Damascus, SY, Architect and Interpreter

• Participated in urban planning and archeological studies in different cities, collected data and site photos, analyzed information and provided daily reports.
• Translated (Arabic/French) in work site, and coordinated between the French Institute’s team and residents of the city.
• Provided architectural plans and sketches.
• Translated the final report of the completed study from French to Arabic for publishing.

Apr 2006 - Jul 2007

Radwan Tehlawi's, Damascus, SY, Architect Trainee

• Provided layouts and architectural plans for several projects.
• Prepared projects material and presentations.
• Performed interior design work for small projects.

Jul 2005 - May 2006


Faculty of Architecture, University of Damascus, Damascus, SY, Masters, Urban Planning & Environment

Sep 2006 - Sep 2009

Faculty of Architecture, University of Damascus, Damascus, SY, BArch, Architectural Engineering

Sep 2001 - Jul 2006