Team of the Year
The OICC China Lake P1904 Michelson Laboratory Complex team of the year consists of 12 members from NAVFAC, NAWCWD, and Parsons Corporation. This uniquely integrated team is tasked with delivering three new buildings and renovating two of the eight wings of the historic Michelson Laboratory using the design build model to hasten the development of these highly technical and advanced workspaces.
The team consists of Pete Benson, supervisory general engineer (team lead), Tom Dorfmeister, requirements program manager, Lt. John Blum, construction manager, B.J. Harger, construction manager, Daniel Dickstein, engineering technician, Tony Cato, engineering technician, Yasaman O’Brien, requirements lead, Gretchen Severon-Ritter, requirements lead, Josh Rivera, government furnished equipment contracting officer representative, Isabel Seuberling, requirements equipment integrator, Heather Brubeck, administrative contracting officer, and Maura Reyes, contract specialists.
The foundation of the Team’s success has been their diversity of interpersonal abilities, levels of communication, fields of expertise, and common focus which contributed to managing and quickly advancing the rapid rise of a new chemistry research facility, environmental laboratory, and replacement Michelson Lab Machine Shop, totaling over 188,000 square feet of new state-of-the-art testing and development space. Adding to the challenge is the complex work of modernizing over 50,000 square feet of office and technical spaces within Michelson Laboratory that was originally built in the 1940’s.
“This team has worked at a relentless pace to maintain communication and coordination with our partners in this effort. There is also the review and processing of modifications to keep this wholly important part of the Michelson Lab construction progressing as planned“, said Pete Benson. “Their efforts and those of the RQ Construction management team were evident in a topping out ceremony (placing the last piece of structural steel), just 13 months after breaking ground.”