August Wilson Center for African American Culture Construction Management

Project Overview

Not just a cultural icon, the August Wilson Center captures the direct contribution and legacy of African Americans in this region.

E. Holdings, Inc. provided essential construction management services leading up to and during the development and construction of the August Wilson Center. Our team participated in all phases of construction from design to value engineering, through bidding assistance, to construction and at substantial and final inspections. Our administration oversaw scheduling and organized meetings. Through E. Holdings’ expertise in construction management, public outreach, diverse workforce retention methodology, and communications, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture was able to fulfill its vision of promoting inclusion and successfully completing the construction of a state-of-the-art and historic facility.

Core Services Performed:

  • Program Controls
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Document Control
  • Bid/Bond Assistance

Client: Turner Construction

Timeline:  2006 – 2008

Bidding Assistance & Meeting MWDBE Requirements

August Wilson Center had a commitment to exceed the 17% minimum MBE requirement of the City of Pittsburgh in the construction of the center. As Diversity Coordinator, E. Holdings, Inc. presented the project at outreach sessions to promote the program and encourage MBEs to actively participate and bid on the historic project. E. Holdings, Inc. evaluated various contractors’ bid proposal through value engineering to ensure diversity thresholds were met prior to being invited to bid on the work. Our team provided ongoing monitoring and reporting of contract MBE/WBE spending through the project to ensure commitments were honored. Due to E. Holdings, Inc.’s diversity coordination, MWBE participation in the construction of the August Wilson achieved 35% Minority participation and 20% Women participation.

Cash Flows and Budget Management 

E. Holdings, Inc. developed cost forecasting processes that were applied to project budgets each month to provide up-to-date variances to project budgets. By integrating budgets and cost forecasting with the Master Schedule, accurate cash flow projections were provided.

Our Team also updated program cost status information constantly using project controls platforms to provide dashboard and executive reports for clear communication with the management team and stakeholders.

Dave Broniecki
Data Engineer, Associate Project Manager

Dave is a NASSCO certified Mechanical Engineer. Specializing in retrieving and analyzing data from various sources to support condition assessment and capital improvement planning activities. Utilizing data to coordinate and track progress on key organizational performance indicators, he assists stakeholders in making decisions related to strategic planning. He has been integral in establishing data management programs essential for planning the future repair and management of large-scale sewer networks.  David works with clients to develop training programs and SOPs that address current maintenance needs and future Capital Improvement Planning.


Christine Barton, PE, PLS
Project Engineer

Christine Barton is a registered civil engineer and land surveyor with expert experience in site design, land development, water resources design for civil/site projects including layouts, utility plans, and permitting, and coordination/management of field survey work.  She has successfully held positions as project manager, project designer, and office manager to serve the needs of the clients within the residential, commercial, military, industrial, and healthcare industries. Core proficiencies include coordination with local land development planning agencies, county conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the  Pennsylvania Department of Environment.


Irvin Williams, President

As the President and founder of E. Holdings, Irvin is currently focused on the company’s succession, strategic growth, and development. He has both a professional and personal interest in Pittsburgh’s success.  A Pittsburgh native and founder of several development companies, he has an extensive understanding of finance and business, which are vital to the success of this company. He has served in numerous management positions including financial advisor, senior vice president, project manager, general contractor, developer, and construction manager. Active in the local community, he made the decision to dedicate his expertise to rebuilding economically sustainable communities with the approval of their existing residents. In 1996, he and his wife became the first African Americans in Western Pennsylvania to develop and own a commercial office building, Williams Square. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an AAS in Mathematics.

Contact: | 412-434-6290

Amy Wiles, AICP
Manager of Planning & Design

Amy’s professional experience crosses a variety of disciplines, ranging from county and multi-municipal comprehensive plans and land use ordinances (zoning and subdivision and land development) to specialized planning studies, such as wayfinding master plans and parks, recreation, trails and greenways plans. She has been employed by E. Holdings for two years and has 20 years of professional experience.

Contact: | 724-448-0286

Alexis Meier, MPP
Director of Communications

Alexis is the Director of Communications at E. Holdings. There she has worked as the Municipal Coordinator for an in-depth municipal assessment project for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). She oversees all of E. Holding’s public relations and public outreach efforts. She also brings experience as a Government Affairs Manager for Duane Morris Government Strategies. She worked on community development projects and developing and executing government relations strategies as well as fundraising efforts. She has also spent time navigating our political system in Washington D.C. as the Legislative Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Her understanding of legislation and politics gives her a unique viewpoint when collaborating on civic projects. 

Contact: | 412-656-8850

Janai Williams Smith, MCP
Managing Director and EVP

Janai Smith is the Managing Director and Principal of E. Holdings, Inc. Janai is a versatile, goal-oriented Program Manager with 20+ years of experience supporting the strategic direction of large-scale programs, setting budgets and managing risks while achieving overall company goals and exceeding customer expectations. As a planner and economist, Janai has been involved in a diverse array of projects, among them master plans, urban revitalization plan, visioning studies, brownfield and infill redevelopment projects, strategic planning and infrastructure improvement programs.

Janai’s interest in urban planning, design and infrastructure programs is rooted in a passion for the creation of sustainable communities that deliver equity in planning and implementation by making connections with people and their built environment. Her affinity for complex problem-solving can be seen in the diverse array of projects in which she’s been engaged from revitalization plans for depressed urban neighborhoods to brand new communities and programs. Leading a process-oriented, multidisciplinary team, Janai’s dedication to achieving consensus in her client’s goals and stakeholders’ vision has made a significant contribution to the successful development of numerous projects. 

Contact: | 412-728-5726