Development Risk Manager
El Paso, TX
Mr. Leal has over 20+ years in the engineering and construction industry. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University and early in his career gained experience in the disciplines of geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering. Mr. Leal obtained valuable knowledge by performing geotechnical drilling, sampling, complex engineering analysis, asbestos and water sampling, and structural and construction inspections. This lead him into project and construction management for the City of El Paso, Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, and Ysleta Independent School District. He was responsible for the for general review, oversight, and third-party consultant coordination services pertaining to architectural design, engineering, construction, physical needs assessment, tax credit applications, and environmental matters from pre-construction due diligence through construction completion. Mr. Leal served as the environmental department manager for asbestos, mold, pest management, indoor air quality, and ADA compliance. He developed a preventative maintenance program for pesticides/insecticides, asbestos abatement, and mold remediation program utilizing the districts resources. Mr. Leal also monitored and provided overall management of Capital Funds, Hope VI, and ARRA Grants; to include development, administration, quality control, production, budgets, estimating, construction, scheduling, maintenance, bid advertisements, HUD reporting, and LIHTC applications. He worked closely with architects and engineers to ensure plans and specifications comply with TDHCA/HUD regulations, municipal, state, and federal code requirements, IBC codes, City adopted ordinances, Fair Housing Act, Texas Accessibility Standards, and Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards for new construction and renovations for elderly high-rise buildings, single family homes, and multi-family dwellings. Mr. Leal additionally managed and supervise an in-house construction crew (125+ employees), obtain permits, certificate of occupancies, prepared budgets and scopes of work for capital fund projects, material takeoffs, project cost estimates, scheduling, and coordinate construction with residents, housing managers, and utility companies. He provided leadership, direction, and management of departmental operations to ensure compliance with established policies, building codes, and OSHA requirements.