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Our multi-national team of professional architects and urban planners provide an array of designs developed in accordance with local and international codes, construction materials and methodologies; whether the work is carried out in Europe, Middle East, or Africa.

Whenever required by the client, or the law, plans and specifications are prepared in multiple languages. Michael-Bruno’s computer aided design and drafting capabilities include the latest versions of design software such as AutoCAD and Bentley Microstation. We are also accustomed to delivering documentation in digital format, including Adobe Acrobat Protable Data Format (pdf). For U.S. federal design work our architects use Construction Criteria Base (CCB), Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS), SPECSINTACT, M-CACES, ProjNet / Dr. Checks, and other government management tools for new construction, renovations, upgrades, and demolitions.

As today’s world presents new architectural challenges, we have integrated professionals with Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification and anti-terrorism/force protection design specialists into our teams.

More routine architectural tasks for Michael-Bruno include design of infrastructure and utilities, renovation of historical structures, military critical and logistical facilities, family housing complexes, fitness centers, recreational facilities, schools, commercial theaters, shopping malls, hospitals, parking lots, roadways, and expansions to existing facilities.

Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QC/QA) processes are integrated throughout our design process and performed under the guidance of senior architects and engineers. The QC/QA process begins in the scoping of each project and is carried through planning, staff mobilization, execution, and the final production/delivery.

The diversity and depth of our architectural teams’ resources, as well as our fine-tuned management skills, enable Michael-Bruno to effectively execute multiple projects. Our track record demonstrates our capability to accomplish the job, no matter what workload, geographical or logistical challenges are involved.
Michael-Bruno’s engineering services are wide-ranging, covering civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, and environmental/HAZMAT. To fulfill the growing needs of our government and commercial clients we have recently added geotechnical specialists, Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) accredited engineers, geographic information system (GIS) remote sensing and mapping specialists, as well as fire protection and anti-terrorism/force protection engineers.

Beyond traditional engineering criteria—i.e., civil, electrical, mechanical, structural—our professionals regularly perform special investigations and studies such as asbestos removal, lead and ground water aquifer contamination studies, hydrogeological research, structural testing, site and soil analysis, subsurface imaging, topographic planning and surveys, and hoist-load testing and certifications.

Engineering solutions for our government clients have included base-wide infrastructure, fiber optic installations, utility lines, anti-terrorism/force protection/security systems, installation of new boiler systems, upgrades to drainage systems, and environmental studies. We have completed dozens of engineering task orders generated by government Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. Separate teams of Michael-Bruno engineers have also managed U.S. military construction management as well as provided technical support within various Public Works Departments in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
Michael-Bruno is currently providing professional staffing to the US government in Bahrain, Djibouti, Europe, and UAE. These include professional engineers, environmental specialists, performance assessment representatives, translators, and more.

Some of the current and recent staffing positions filled by Michael-Bruno professionals under US government contracts include:

* Cultural and Community Affairs Specialist: Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Construction Manager: Isa Air Base, Bahrain
* Professional Interpreter / Translator Services: Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Engineer Technician: US Naval Facility, Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE
* Installation Environmental Technician: Public Works Department, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Functional & Administrative Assistant: Public Works Department, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Professional Engineer Services: CJTF-HOA (J-34), AFRICOM, East Africa
* Intercultural Relations Educator/Specialist: Fleet & Family Services Center, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Professional Logistics & Administrative Services: Rome Research Corp, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Forensic Energy and Humidity Engineer: USAG Vicenza, Italy
* Professional Surveyor: Djibouti
* Lead Performance Assessment Representative (LPAR): Public Works Department, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Construction Quality Control Manager: Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Certified Health & Safety Manager: NSA Naples, Italy
* Georadar Operations Manager: Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
* Structural Engineer Services and Operations: Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
Construction management has been the backbone of Michael-Bruno’s activities for three decades. Our certified construction and quality control manager provide on-site presence, coordination and scheduling, materials and cost controls, and quality assurance.

During the past three years, Michael-Bruno engineers have carried out construction management projects in Africa, Europe, and Middle East. Government clients include such agencies as Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS-Europe), and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). Among are commercial clients such names as Arrowhead Global Solutions (CapRock), General Dynamics, ITT, Lockheed Martin, PAE Group, and Salt Investment (for which Michael-Bruno recently completed the design and construction management of an $80 million salt mining project in the Horn of Africa).

During the bidding phase of a project we can produce the necessary competition and technical documentation. Our pre-construction services also include vetting of companies, coordination and conducting site surveys, distribution and evaluation of bid packages, recommendations for award and formulation of construction contract for milestone based or firm-fixed-rice payments.

Michael-Bruno also carries out the following as part of its standard construction management:

Construction Start-Up/Administration:
  • Advise owner on the notice to proceed (NTP) process.
  • Conduct pre-construction conference.
  • Meet with regulatory of­ficials.
On-Site Management:
  • Provide on-site presence during construction.
  • Safety in accordance with OSHA standards.
  • Coordinate efforts of the A/E and the contractor.
  • Maintain daily logs to document the construction process, compliance and overall work performance.
  • Interpret plans and specifications to assess possible construction deviations.
  • Meet with regulatory officials in order to resolve issues.
  • Communicate all field clarifications in writing.
  • Recommend change order acceptance/refusal.
  • Verify contractor’s applications for payment.
  • Confirm with owner that the contractor has provided the specified number of copies of all written materials pertaining to the project including, but not limited to, operation and maintenance manuals, warranties, and guarantees to be delivered at project completion.
  • Determine substantial completion and recommend as such to owner.
  • Develop construction punch-list and monitor completion.
  • Conduct final inspection.
  • Assist during initial occupancy by working with the transition team and the facility maintenance staff during systems start-up.
  • Participate in independent commissioning process.
  • Prepare record drawings to reflect “as-built” conditions.
  • Preparation of close out reports and documentation for Mixed Commission approvals, Forms DD1391 and DD1394.