Carla Lopez del Puerto, PhD, DBIA

Del Puerto & Associates, LLC
905 Parque Forestal, Puerto Rico, 00682
[email protected]

PhD, Higher Education Administration
Saint Louis University, 2009
M.S., Construction Administration University of Oklahoma, 2003
B.S, Architecture, Universidad de las America-Puebla, Mexico with honors, 2001
Design-Build Professional, 2009;
LEED Accredited Professional, 2009;
Certified Cost Consultant, 2006;
Registered Architect in Mexico, 2001

Areas of Expertise:
Cost estimating
Planning and scheduling
Architectural design
Sustainable design and construction
Life cycle cost analysis
Alternative project delivery methods
Construction administration
Construction safety
Latino issues in construction

Recent Publications:

“Driver’s Compliance in Work Zones: Two-Lane Rural Roads -vs.- Freeways”, ASCE’s Journal of Legal Affairs and
Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, 10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000497, 2021, with Valdés-
Díaz, D., Colucci-Ríos, B., Figueroa-Medina, A., Concepción-Carrasco, E., Sierra-Betancur, L., Taveras-Canela. Y.
“RISE-UP: An Interdisciplinary Learning Tool to Generate Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, International
Journal of Natural Disasters, Accidents and Civil Infrastructure, (2021). Vol. 19-20, 17, with Cavallín, H., Perdomo, J.,
Muñoz, J., Suárez, M., and Vázquez, D.
“New Building Codes 2018 and Education to Improve Resilience of Coastal Infrastructure in Puerto Rico”,
International Journal of Natural Disasters, Accidents and Civil Infrastructure (2021). Vol. 19-20, 10, with Pagán-
Trinidad, I., Aponte-Bermúdez, L., and Adams, S.
“Comparative Analysis between Distracted Driving Texting Laws and Driver’s Behavior in Construction Work
Zones”, ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, 2019, with Valdes,
D., Colucci, B., Figueroa, A., Rosario, R., Torres, E., Ibarra, M.,
“Keys to Success in Mega-Project Management in Mexico and the United States: A Case Study,” 2012, ASCE Journal
of Construction Engineering and Management, with J. Shane
“Comparative Analysis of Owner Goals for Design/Build Projects,” 2008, Journal of Management in Engineering,
ASCE, Vol. 24 (1), pp. 32-39 with D. Gransberg & J. Shane

“Relating Cost Growth from the Initial Estimate Versus Design Fee for Transportation Projects,” 2007, Journal of
Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, Vol. 133 (6), pp. 1-5, with D. Gransberg & D. Humphrey.
“Cost Savings from Hispanic-Oriented Safety Programs,” 2007 Transactions, AACE, International, Nashville,
Tennessee, with D. Slattery
Selected Research Projects:
Principal Investigator: “Building Capacity: A Collaborative Undergraduate STEM Program in Resilient and
Sustainable Infrastructure, National Science Foundation”, 2018-2023
Co-Principal Investigator: “Education for Improving Resilience of Coastal Infrastructure”, Coastal Resilience Center
of Excellence funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 2018-2022
Principal Investigator: “Green Construction Institutional and Human Development Program,” Mexico Ministry for
Higher Education for Development and United States Agency for International Development 2011-2015.
Co-Principal Investigator: “Safety Culture and Risk Perception Differences between Latino and Non-Latino
Construction Workers, CSU, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 2010-2011.
Co-Principal Investigator: “Airport Maintenance Roles in Design, Construction, Commissioning, and Activation,”
Airport Cooperative Research Program Project 09-07, Transportation Research Board, 2012-2014.
Co-Principal Investigator: “Project Management Strategies for Complex Projects,” SHRP2 Project R-10, TRB,2010-

Professional Experience:
Cost Estimator/Designer, The Benham Companies, Oklahoma City, OK and Saint Louis, MO., 2003-2006;
Construction Manager and Project Control Engineer, Buenaventura, Monterrey, Mexico, 2000-2001; Architectural
Designer, Centro de Estudios Regionales, Puebla, Mexico, 1999; Architectural Designer, PEMARTE, Xalapa, Mexico,

Academic Experience:
Professor, Civil Engineering, The University of Puerto Rico, 2019- Present; Associate Professor, Civil Engineering,
The University of Puerto Rico, 2014- 2-19; Assistant Professor, Construction Management Department, Colorado
State University, 2010-2014; Instructor, Civil Engineering Department, Southern Illinois University, 2006-
2009.Adjunct Professor, Construction Science Division, University of Oklahoma; 2008-2009.
Federal/State DBE Contract Status: Hispanic Woman-owned Small Business, Colorado DBE #6603

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