Celebrating 46 years of experience in the construction industry managing more than 57 water and wastewater related projects in Southern California with gross sales exceeding $360 million, Bruce Cooksey of J.F. Shea Construction will retire.
Cooksey’s career spanned a multitude of water resource structures, water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines, pumping stations, flood control facilities, and large industrial projects.
Cooksey’s start in the industry can be traced back to 1967 when he began his study of civil engineering at Green River Community College in the Seattle area. Graduating with an Associate of Arts degree he then went on to the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry Engineering.
From 1972 to 1978 Cooksey was with the US Army Corps of Engineers as a Captain, Constructability Coordinator, and remote sites inspector in Anchorage, Alaska. In his capacity Cooksey was responsible for coordinating the multi discipline constructability review (preliminary and final) of all plans and specifications for military and civil works proposed construction contracts.
Prior to his work at Shea, Cooksey worked for Kiewit Pacific as a Superintendent from 1987 to 1990 after joining the company in 1980.
In 1990 Cooksey went to work as a Project Manager at J.F. Shea Construction of Walnut, California.
It was during his early days at Shea that he became involved with the Engineering Contractors’ Association where, right away, he became an integral member of the group. Not only did he join the Board of Directors but, he held positions of Secretary, Vice President and eventually President of the association in 2000.
While at Shea Cooksey was responsible for the overall direction and management of his project team including coordination, construction management, supervision, budget, and quality control. He was accountable to the owner for the quality and timeliness of Shea’s work effort and production of all deliverables.
In his tenure at Shea, safety management, change control, claims prevention, contracting, and contract administration the focus of Cooksey’s professional talents.
He was additionally tasked as a mentor to motivate, and assist superintendents and engineers in planning, scheduling, organizing, and managing their jobs.
His duties were also to provide technical and operational direction to assigned project personnel, and to serve as a consultant in technical problem solving issues. He would write subcontracts and large purchase orders and oversee purchasing, progress estimates, changes and extras as well as administer and manage all disputes.
A consummate professional, Cooksey was an expert in all aspects of project delivery overseeing the construction schedule from logic development to monthly updates and reports.