Mrs. Simon-Alexander, a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C), has more than 12 years' experience in the construction industry. She is currently working on the $1.4-billion FDA Headquarters Consolidation Project in White Oak, Maryland as Project Manager for the construction of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) laboratory building, comprising approximately 435,000 square feet of laboratories, offices, conference rooms, and a vivarium.
In 2000, Mrs. Simon-Alexander joined Tishman's headquarters office in New York City, where she worked on the construction of Zankel Hall, a performance space that Tishman carved out of bedrock below Carnegie Hall while the world-renowned concert hall was fully operational. Since relocating to Tishman's DC office in 2003, Ms. Simon-Alexander has worked on several projects for the U.S. General Services Administration on its FDA Headquarters Consolidation Project. On the building known as the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) office, she served as an Assistant Project Manager. Her responsibilities included coordination with the general contractor and architect/engineer team on field issues, creating change estimates, performing field inspections on a regular basis for contractual compliance and quality-control assurance, and coordinating final testing of building systems with inspectors. The facility has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Mrs. Simon-Alexander performed similar duties on the Central Shared Use Facility, as well as the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER 1) office building, the largest building in the complex, having a design consisting of a six-story H-shaped structure and a four-story L-shaped structure connected by enclosed bridges on the second level and an underground tunnel system on the basement level. Jointly, the two wings form 550,000 square feet of space.
Prior to returning to the FDA Project, she completed the tenant fit-out portion of the new headquarters of the American Pharmacists Association, a project located on the National Mall. Ms. Simon-Alexander served as Sustainability Manager where her responsibilities included reviewing submittals from all subcontractors to ensure design/LEED requirements were being met, providing monthly reports to owner, as well as preparing documentation for submission to USGBC. The project achieved LEED Gold certification in 2011.
Mrs. Simon-Alexander earned her Master's degree in Geotechnical/Structural Engineering and her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, both from Manhattan College. She is a Past President of the Washington, DC professional Chapter of The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) as well as a Lifetime Member. She is also Past President of the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS), Past Member of the Industrial Advisory Council for Virginia Tech's Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED); and a current member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).