March 2021 - Virtual Federal Government Event

Attendee List

Presentation File

Responses to Q&A

(questions left unswered from event)

Our Speakers

Smithsonian Institution

Michael J. Carrancho, P.E. - Deputy Director, Office of Planning, Design and Construction


Mr. Carrancho has over 25 years of design and construction experience in the U.S. and internationally.  As a Deputy Director in the Office of Planning Design and Construction his focus is on Engineering & Design.  Responsible for: design management of all the Smithsonian’s capital and large maintenance projects, publishing SI Facility Design Standards, is the senior building code official, and final signatory on all construction documents for the institution.
2003-2010 Mr. Carrancho served as the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Europe Africa and Southwest Asia, Business Manager and Chief Engineer in Naples, Italy.  Supporting over 1300 personnel and responsible for providing:  Design and Construction services, Planning & Real Estate Acquisition, Environmental Services, and Public Works for an area spanning from the Azores to Bahrain.
Mr. Carrancho has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, and holds a Professional Civil Engineer license from the State of California since 1995.  He is also a LEED Green Associate.
The Military Engineer, Housing in an Ancient Land, June/July Vol 91
The Virginia Bar’s Newsletter on Construction Law and Public Contracts, CM at Risk in Public Contracts: Lessons Learned, 2016, Issue 68
CIO Review Magazine, Building Information Modeling an Owner’s Journey, 2019 
Enterprise Viewpoint Magazine, Virtual Reality for Planning, Design and Construction, October 2020
Georgia Tech Digital Building Laboratory, Advisory Board Member
Construction Owner’s Association of America, Workforce Committee
Construction Industry Institute, Research Team 372, Smart Model-Centric Approach to Collaborative Execution
Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2001
Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2010
Smithsonian Office of Facilities, Engineering & Operations, Director’s Employee of the Year, 2012


United States Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District

Mary P. Foutz, P.E. - Chief, Engineering Division

Ms. Mary Foutz became Chief, Engineering in July 2020. She began her career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District in 1991 upon graduation from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her experience includes several positions in Baltimore District including mechanical engineer designer, Chief of Mechanical/Electrical section, and Chief of Military Design Branch in Engineering Division, Temporary Deputy Chief of Engineering Division, and Chief of Quality Management Section in Construction Division. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland, and a member of the American Society Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the ASHRAE Technical Committee for Laboratories.


National Park Service

Susan Wong, P.E. - Chief, Division of Professional Services

Susan Wong is a 30-year Federal government civilian with demonstrated successes in the execution of design and construction ranging from small to large investment programs.  She joined the National Park Service in 2019 and is currently serving as the Chief of Professional Services Division at the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Prior to joining the National Park Service, Ms. Wong served for six years as a Capital Projects Administrator for the Architect of the Capitol with most of her earlier career with the US Army where she contributed to the Pentagon Renovation program pre-9/11, headquarters Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, and the Garrison in Vicenza, Italy. 

Her portfolio of mega projects include: completion of $300M multi-complex new construction on 145-acre site in 2013 which achieved LEED Gold for a campus-wide site; new 215-unit build-to-lease housing for military families; consolidation of schools and child care center within military housing site; the $753M multi-phase renovation of the partially occupied historic Cannon House Office Building; and most recently the completion of the ~$200M rehabilitation of the Arlington Memorial Bridge and the historic Arlington House.

Susan is a University of Maryland Civil Engineer graduate, a registered VA Professional Engineer with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. She is married to Matteo and has three sons ages 16, 13 and 10. Her hobbies include Zumba and visiting the National Parks.

Our Moderators

ACEC/MW Facilities Committee Chair

Kyle Urda, P.E., RCDD - Associate / Sr. Electrical & Fire Protection Engineer at Summer Consultants, Inc.

Kyle Urda has 13 years of experience in electrical, telecommunications and fire protection systems design and coordination in the vertical construction environment.  A registered professional engineer in three states and the District of Columbia, he is dual licensed in electrical and fire protection engineering, giving him a unique understanding of the interface between the two systems in the real world applications.  He specializes in power distribution, emergency and stand-by generators, lighting controls, uninterruptible power systems (UPS), emergency lighting, fire alarm and mass notification systems.  Kyle joined Summer Consultants, Inc., a mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering firm specializing in facility renovation projects, directly out of college in 2008 and has worked there since.  He resides in Vienna, VA with his wife Sarah and their son.  He has served on the ACEC/MW Facilities Committee for five years and currently holds the Chair position on the committee.

ACEC/MW President Elect

James Hoffman, P.E., LEED AP O+M, CEM - President of Summer Consultants, Inc.

Jim Hoffman is President of Summer Consultants, Inc., a small business providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering and commissioning services for the design of government, higher institutional and historic facility projects. Jim is a licensed mechanical engineer with 33 years of design and consulting experience including heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, steam, plumbing, and automatic temperature control systems. Jim holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Engineering Management from The George Washington University. He is a LEED accredited professional, a Certified Energy Manager, and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Jim is also a member of ACEC Metropolitan Washington, currently serving as President Elect on the Board of Directors.