Project Executive |AECOM Hunt
Craig Bojda graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and to say the Chicago-area native has put it to good use over the last 28 years is an understatement.
He’s spent nearly 25 of those years with AECOM Hunt, the engineering/construction giant, working on some of the most high-profile projects in the venues universe. Since 2019, he’s been project executive on the Intuit Dome arena in Inglewood, the future home of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers set to open in October 2024. Before that he worked on nearby SoFi Stadium.
As a project director for Hunt Construction Group, Bojda is responsible for preconstruction, subcontract procurement, schedule management, cost control, subcontract management, daily project coordination, developing and maintaining client relationships and providing overall project leadership.
He’s brought that leadership to bear on projects including the retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York; Barclays Center, home of the NBA Brooklyn Nets; Citi Field, home of the MLB New York Mets, in the borough of Queens; and Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. He’s also worked on projects at Richmond (Virginia) International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
As project executive for AECOM Hunt at the Intuit Dome, Bojda has been “completely focused on delivering that project for the Clippers organization and being the best leader that I can be for my project team.”
Plenty of challenges have arisen on the Intuit Dome project, especially in the last 12 months, he says, but his team has been up to the challenge.
“When we’re confronted with project challenges, no matter the type, we typically have, within our organization, the experience, the technical expertise, the tools and the creativity required to solve any problem,” he said. “What it comes down to in the construction business is the people. What often times is the most challenging is making sure we have the right people in the right place, that those people have all the right tools and support they need, they are empowered to make decisions, and they know when and where to seek help.”
Managing personalities amongst such a large project team can be a challenge in itself, but when the team pulls together for a creative solution, it makes it all worth it, Bojda said. — James Zoltak