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»PoRts PRoFILe coMMuniTy Ties Elizabeth Ogden, PortMiami’s chief of architectural/engineering design services, oversees capital improvement projects that benefit the port, its stakeholders and the people of Miami-Dade County By Sarah Sain Elizabeth Ogden stands in front of PortMiami’s wharf deepening project. W hen speaking with portMiami’s elizabeth ogden, one word kept coming up: community. after all, the community is who ogden ultimately works for and what she’s passionate about. as chief of architectural/engineering design services at the port, she supports the planning and programming and oversees the budgeting, design and construction administration for new construction, retrofits and emergency repairs. “anything at the port where we need to repair or replace or if there’s a new build, we’re involved with it,” she explained. “We stay on board during construction through project closeout, and make sure it’s all done to meet our stakeholders’ objectives, within budget and on schedule.” ogden earned her bachelor’s degree in building science and another in architecture with an engineering background from rensselaer polytechnic Institute. 24 aaPa seaPorTs MagaZine “I wanted to understand the technologies and materials used to design and develop projects and really comprehend how to construct in the most effective manner. Not only does ‘form follow function,’ but it follows the resources and technologies available,” she said. ogden moved from Boston to Miami in 1992 and has worked for Miami-Dade County in various capital development roles since the following year, including heading recovery projects in the aftermath of Hurricane andrew. the 1992 storm caused an estimated $26 billion in damages, making it one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history. Major public-private partnership projects followed, such as leading the design team for the $473 million construction of the adrienne arsht Center for the performing arts of Miami-Dade County. ogden described her role during those years with the county as a “bit of a capital development troubleshooter.” She worked at Miami International airport (MIa) for five years and oversaw planning and design services during a period of growth and renovation at MIa and the outlying airports as part a $4.8 billion capital improvement program. She then was brought in to work on public housing and get Miami-Dade’s Hope VI program back on track, completing the first phase of the $150 million program in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, before moving to portMiami, where she oversaw construction services. ogden was key to the team assembled to lead the port’s reorganization of its Capital Development Division and next moved into her current role at the port. “portMiami is the second largest economic engine in the community. MIa is the first,” ogden noted. “It is the leading cargo port in Florida. It contributes indirectly and directly to 207,000 jobs in the community. port jobs generate among the highest wages for someone without a college degree. every cruise passenger, on average, stays two days in Miami before or after their cruise. this spawns business and growth in the community. the port makes that a reality.” that growth includes nearly $2 billion in capital improvement projects, including deepening the port’s channel to 50 feet, constructing a tunnel to connect cargo and passenger vehicular traffic to the highway system, constructing an intermodal rail yard and infrastructure for further connectivity, and deepening wharves along the 6,100 linear feet of the cargo area; all to be completed in time for the expansion of the panama Canal. ogden oversaw design services for cargo yard improvements and bid specifications for new post-panamax cranes and continues to oversee design services for deepening of the wharves, multiple cruise terminal upgrades, investigating methodology by which the port will build two new state-of-the-art cruise terminals, and is assisting collaborative efforts for a potential public-private partnership (p3) development along the port’s southwest corner. “You can’t get anything done without collaboration in this day and age,” she said. What ogden is most proud of during her time so far at portMiami is the leadership she’s been able to display. She has a dedicated team that has introduced more streamlined processes that have made communication more effective between the port, stakeholders and the community. “We work around the clock and we work hard. We see results, and it’s very gratifying,” she said. Despite the success, ogden notes that the port continues to face the same challenges as ports throughout the country – aging infrastructure and limited financial resources.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2013

AA PA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Sourcing Near and Far
Partnering at Home to Encourage Trade Growth
Cruise Info on the Go
Community Ties
AA PA Gathers in D.C. for Spring Conference
Washington Poised to be Leader in Global Economy
Creating Agile Supply Chain Networks in Today’s Fast-Changing World
TTI: Costs of Delaying Channel Maintenance are High
Improving Safety and Efficiency through PORTS®
Seaports are at the Forefront of Export Growth
ACE E-Manifest Enhances Sea and Rail Security
Port Metro Vancouver Smart Fleet Trucking Strategy to Drive Efficiency, Reliability
The Buenaventura Container Terminal Invests $3.5 Million in Cargo Verification System
RFID Tags Promote Growth, Efficiency at GPA
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Summer 2013