Komail Abbas Consistently Delivers Operational Excellence
A career in construction began early for Komail in the form of summer jobs with the family remodeling business where he worked until he graduated with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from NED University in Karachi, Pakistan. Shortly after, Komail began working for Balfour Beatty as part of the Texas Education team on Elementary School #22 in Denton ISD. During which time he received his Master’s in Construction Management from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Komail’s second project with Balfour Beatty was the $114 million, 532,000-square-foot Ray Braswell High School, which became his project home for the next two years. Garry Ryan, the project executive on the high school stated, “This high school was one of the most complex and challenging projects the education team has ever built, not to mention the largest high school we’ve built to date.”
Over a year of planning and design and two years of construction went into this transformative learning facility. A few examples of the constructability challenges faced by the project team included waterproofing of the unique design elements, record-setting weather fluctuations caused by ice, rain and extreme heat, and an expedited construction schedule; taking a project normally built in 30 months to a phased open delivery in 22 months. The project team responded to every challenge by ensuring that all processes and communication were streamlined and efficient. Through teamwork and collaboration by all stakeholders, the high school was open and ready to receive faculty and students on the first day of school.
Komail, who has a natural affinity for thinking beyond traditional construction practices, flourished in this challenging environment. It was an excellent opportunity for him to stretch and grow—to learn, teach and contribute to the project’s success.
Examples of his can-do attitude include hosting a training class to assist a project architect with their transition to Bluebeam and the automation of a key project financial projection spreadsheet, which in turn, was shared with his peers across Texas. Equally important was Komail’s design and implementation of a digital project closeout program so successful it was adopted by the project owner, Denton ISD, as a best practice for all future projects.
He knows that education projects are funded by taxpayer dollars and that, in our role as trusted advisor, it is important to build strong relationships with the community. He strives daily to ensure that all stakeholders know that we truly value their community as our own.
Komail plays a key role in the onboarding of new project employees, he provides training to the Texas Project Engineer Leadership Team and lends his expertise to the Denton Independent School District’s Student Mentorship Program and Career Fairs, as well as the Young Constructors Council of TEXO, the largest commercial contractors association in Texas.
In a span of three years, Komail has been promoted from project engineer to senior project engineer, and most recently to his current role, assistant project manager. In 2017 he was awarded Balfour Beatty’s 2017 Relentless Ally Award for operational excellence. He attributes his success to the vital role his team members have played in his growth and development.
“Komail embodies our Relentless Ally philosophy and consistently delivers operational excellence. He builds strong relationships with subcontractors, clients, architects and coworkers by gaining the respect of everyone around him. His commitment to operational excellence strengthens our business for continued success.” – Jeremy Blevins, senior project manager, North Texas Education, Balfour Beatty Construction