Debra Jacobs, P.E., LEED®, AP, PMP®
Debra Jacobs, P.E., LEED®, AP, PMP®
Civil/Structural Engineer, Specializing in Buildings and Project Management
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Ms. Jacobs new challenge is to maximize use of her Project Management expertise and grow in the Twin Cities. Licensed as a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering -- California, Michigan, and Minnesota, LEED (R) Accredited Professional; Project Management Professional. Areas of Expertise: Managing all facets and challenges of projects; Making over 600 compelling project presentations to design review boards and community (public) meetings; Making a wide range of complex and multi-faceted technical decisions; Understanding multiple types of building systems and their interrelationships; Ensuring that building owners, designers, builders, and maintenance staff communicate effectively and build good relationships; Effectively dealing with competing interests to satisfy most without disenfranchising others; Structural engineering; Collaboration on inter-disciplinary teams; Consultant selection and contract negotiation; Regulatory constraints from multiple jurisdictions; Cutting-edge green technology (including a LEED Platinum building); Artist selection; Historic structures & grants; Report writing & other written communication; Project team leadership including performance reviews. Debra Jacobs always excelled in math and abstract visualization. “Ever since I was a child, I loved to draw,” she said. “Engineering was a way to use the combination of those skills.” She chose civil engineering because it is universally needed and would provide stable employment anywhere. Because of her fascination with buildings and love for a challenge, Ms. Jacobs also chose the sub-specialty of structural engineering to round out her career choice. Ms. Jacobs recently left the City of Palo Alto after 20 years of service. She started as an Associate Engineer and was able to attain the rank of Project Engineer. She worked in the public works department in the engineering division; taking on the capital improvement projects that involved buildings. This move would bring her more challenges including dealing with regulatory jurisdictions such as State Water Board, Fish and Wildlife and State Historic Preservation Office. Ms. Jacobs was also responsible for the selection of design professionals and construction managers. During her time of employment with the City of Palo Alto, Ms. Jacobs’ garnered many accolades, including Best (Parking Structure) of California Award of 2004; 2011 APWA (Am. Public Works Assn.) Silicon Valley Chapter award of Merit, 2011 PAST (Palo Alto Stanford) Heritage Renovation Award; Children’s Library project, 2010 Architectural Review Board design award; and numerous awards for her work related to the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center. She also was named a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region A Distinguished Leader “for outstanding contributions to SWE as well as outstanding technical contributions in a field of engineering.