Employee Spotlight – Joe Earhart


Joe Earhart, CMIT, Project Engineer

Joe Earhart, CMIT recently joined AFG and is already making his mark as an emerging leader within the firm. In January, Joe was selected as one of only 13 participants for the 2020 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) DC/Northern Virginia/Mid-Maryland Leadership & Mentoring Program, a program reserved for professionals under the age of 40. AFG asked Joe to share a bit about himself as part of our Employee Spotlight series.

Hello! My name is Joe Earhart and I am an Engineer and General Inspector working at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD for AFG Group Inc. I currently am assigned to aid multiple NIH project managers in construction management and project coordination for various ongoing research facilities projects. I am working on new construction and renovation projects ranging from $2M to $35M projects. Much of my work to date has been focused on the design of 9 new tissue culture laboratories (approximately 1-2 million per laboratory) for the National Cancer Institute. I conduct site surveys and perform existing condition layouts, research the end users’ needs for the new labs and draw up proposal/demolition plans with AutoCAD. The design involves combining cutting edge biomedical research equipment, making sure the layouts of the laboratories flow and fit the end user’s needs, and making sure the end design is constructible. My other roles range from building baseline schedules in Microsoft Project for many upcoming projects, estimation of change orders on active projects and budgeting for new construction, and quality control/assurance efforts on active construction projects.

Prior to coming onboard with AFG, I worked a few different roles in engineering/construction. I worked for 3 years as a general contractor at Whiting-Turner Contracting Company managing both interior and exterior construction of a $32M dollar trophy class office building in Washington, DC. I managed the LEED Platinum pursuit of the project, procurement, submittals/RFIs, BIM modeling, change orders, and punch list. The packages I managed from subcontractor selection to punch-list primarily included plumbing, sprinkler, masonry and building envelope, waterproofing, metals, millwork, roofing, fireproofing and fire stopping, doors/frames, wet utilities, tile, flooring, painting, curtainwall and HVAC systems.

Prior to Whiting-Turner, I worked for Kraft Foods Incorporated at the Dover Delaware Food and Beverage manufacturing plant as a mechanical engineer. I was involved in process engineering and improving manufacturing efficiency.

In college, I received a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s degree with a minor in biomedical engineering and a minor in integrated design (which involved a lot of art/photography courses and design). My junior design project with Merck focused on a sanitation improvement project for their pharmaceutical bottle washing stations at their plant. My senior design project with Hologic (a 3D mammography breast cancer screening device manufacturer) focused on utilizing PTFE to improve a component that housed the screen of their mammography device to better allow it to be removed and reset without scratching or defects (scratches show up as false positives on their cancer screens).

I currently hold a CMAA CMIT (Construction Manager in Training) certification, a USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) CQM certification, and am in pursuit of WELL AP Accreditation.

Outside of work I am usually exercising in the gym, playing guitar, drawing, or spending time with my wife and baby daughter. My personal passions outside of work include health and wellness, studying and obtaining certifications in biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and integrative medicine.

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