Approachable and goes the extra mile to explain things
33, Deputy Project Manager
Robert Ferrouge graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000 and joined Flatiron in 2001 as a project engineer on the Interstate 680/Marina Vista interchange. He was promoted to project manager for the $22-million Upper Level Viaduct Improvement project at San Francisco International Airport, part of a 14-stage foundation and column retrofit. Ferrouge is now the deputy project manager for the Bay Area Rapid Transit Oakland Airport Connector, a $360-million design-build job that links the Coliseum Station with the Oakland airport via a mostly elevated automated people mover.
Success comes from a combination of talent and vision
30, Senior Project Manager
Vaibhav Govil has led the development of AECOM's proprietary discrete event terminal simulation models, which are used to analyze marine and rail terminals in a virtual environment at a high level of detail. Simulation analysis is used to compare options that may cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build in the real world. Govil has added a great deal of detail to AECOM's models. He also has managed projects involving such models, working directly with clients and learning their primary areas of concern. Govil has worked on projects throughout the world, including in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and Canada.
Can clearly see the big picture
38, Vice President, Health Care Group
Layton Construction Co.
After receiving a degree in civil engineering, Brian Hobbs worked as a project engineer for Layton Construction for several years and was then promoted to superintendent and later to project manager. At 30, Hobbs moved into health-care construction with Layton. He has since completed the John A. Moran Eye Center II in Salt Lake City, a nationally recognized center for ophthalmology research and treatment, and the Palmdale Regional Medical Center, a large acute-care hospital in Southern California. Hobbs has overseen and played a major role on construction projects totaling more than $650 million and preconstruction work valued at an additional $2 billion.
Used his influence to direct humanitarian projects
36, President/Structural Engineer
San Luis Obispo
When Mike Hubley, then 25, launched VerTech, he immediately began working on mid-rise multi-family housing projects with First Community Housing in San Jose. Hubley completed many five- to 12-story, LEED-accredited, mixed-use and housing projects. Since moving to San Luis Obispo three years ago to open a new office and expand services into Southern California, Hubley and the VerTech staff have focused on projects such as Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development conversions, retrofit designs of unreinforced masonry buildings and high-rise structural-steel buildings for the television and movie industry. He has taught classes at local colleges and focused VerTech's resources on solving problems in developing countries. Hubley has taken responsibility for coordinating efforts among design consultants to devise methodologies that have saved millions of dollars on his projects.
Has demonstrated innovation since his teen years
33, Founder & CEO
Calvin Kam has been the key force behind the U.S. General Services Administration national 3D/4D BIM program, arguably the most influential such effort by a major building owner. Kam was instrumental in shaping the program nine years ago, was the central figure behind its early successes and has led or co-managed all of the program's expansion initiatives. They include spreading it to all of GSA's regions, developing the BIM guide series—viewed as a model for public and private building owners—and building an international consortium of large public-building owners to promote BIM and open access to BIM as a more productive way to design, build and operate buildings.