August 28, 2017
Harris & Associates is proud to welcome John Kuprenas, PE, CCM, as Division President of Harris’ Consulting practice where he will lead a multidisciplinary team that integrates engineering, public finance, and environmental planning and compliance services to serve clients with their most pressing challenges.
John brings over 30 years of A/E/C experience and leadership to every engagement, combining the skills of a professional engineer, general contractor and visionary consultant. A natural leader and teacher, he builds confidence among Harris teams and clients while uniting diverse stakeholders around common goals.
Across municipal, education, transportation and engineering projects, John demonstrates a clear understanding of design concepts, construction execution, workflow sequencing, alternative delivery methods, and critical success factors for cost and schedule performance.
“John’s ability to see the big picture while managing all the details make him an ideal fit for Harris, our clients and the communities we serve,” notes Harris & Associates CEO and President Lisa Larrabee. “He is a leader in every sense of the word, with the positive attitude to match.”
John’s technical prowess is extraordinary—he once analyzed data for more than 100 projects across 10 different budget metrics. And his record with mega-projects speaks for itself. Among them: New York’s $1.4 billion Farley/Moynihan train station—the project that envisioned the first real solution to Penn Station’s overcrowding problem. He also provided program management services for $20 billion of new construction and modernization for over 130 schools for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
His most impressive skill remains his ability to determine, prioritize and balance the needs of clients, users and communities by identifying project constraints and opportunities.
A published author and lecturer, John teaches civil engineering and construction management at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Academics are in his blood: both of his parents were professors, and his brother is a nuclear physicist.
When he’s not guiding Harris teams or scrutinizing project details, John likes to spend time engineering new culinary concoctions in his kitchen.