VP Facilities Services and Contract Management:
Omar Blaik of Facilities
Omar H. Blaik, associate vice president for facilities management since
1997, became Vice President for Facilities Services and Contract Management
effective January 5, according to Executive Vice President John A. Fry.
In this new position, Mr. Blaik's responsibilities will be two-fold:
to oversee the Trammel Crow contract which will become effective on April
1, 1998, and to manage the facilities functions which will remain with
the University after that date. The functions which will remain at Penn
include its master planning and infrastructure planning efforts, as well
as the capital budgeting process.
Mr. Blaik came to Penn from Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, where
he served most recently as a managing associate, directing a team of professionals
who assisted corporate and higher education clients in addressing facilities
management issues, including process improvement in the construction and
maintenance areas and planning and execution of capital programs.
"Omar brings a wealth of valuable experience and expertise to this
key position," Mr. Fry said. "We are confident that under his
direction Penn's collaboration with Trammel Crow will become a model for
Mr. Blaik holds a B.S. from Cairo University, an M.S. from USC, and
an M.B.A. from NYU's Stern School of Business. He is a member of the American
Society of Civil Engineers and the American Association of Cost Engineers.
Prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Blaik served as project
engineer at Kiewit Construction Company in Los Angeles from 1987-1990.
He had previously served as field engineer with Howard-Harbert-Sadelmi
in Cairo, Egypt.