Damian A. Colden, P.E.

Areas of Expertise

Facilities Engineering Management
Capital Improvements Planning
Physical Needs Assessments
Project Management
Program Development/Implementation
Regulatory Compliance Planning
Federal Contract Administration
Procurement Planning
Systems Development
Energy Performance Contracting
Utility Cost Analysis
Energy Conservation Planning

Summary of Qualifications and Expertise

Mr. Colden is a Professional Engineer with over 13 years experience in facilities engineering management. Included is experience in facilities maintenance management, environmental program management, project management for construction and facilities support contracting, process automation and systems training. Mr. Colden served as the U.S. Navy’s director for facilities engineering management throughout the Western Pacific. His primary focus was assessment of the adequacy of facilities maintenance management organizations and capital programs management.

In 1995, Mr. Colden founded his own firm concentrating on providing integrated engineering management solutions to Modernization and Maintenance issues. He has provided consulting services to Public and Assisted Housing Agencies nationally. He is currently engaged to assist the Indianapolis Housing Authority and the Pittsburgh Housing Authority in developing an integrated approach to their facilities management issues.

Mr. Colden served on the DHC/HUD Recovery Team for Detroit as a NAHRO
Modernization Consultant where he was responsible for providing technical advice, oversight, management and consultation services regarding the capital improvement programs for 9,000 conventional low income public housing units. His involvement precluded the forfeiture of over $250M in multiple years grant monies – enabling revitalization of more than 4,000 units of housing. Mr. Colden also assisted in the coordination of three DHC Urban Revitalization Development (URD) projects, coordination of two Energy Performance Contracts, administration of architect/Engineer contracts, and implementation of automated systems for Modernization reporting.

Mr. Colden also has experience in the conduct of Capital Needs Assessments, Energy Audits, Utility Allowances and Utility Life-Cycle Cost Analysis. He has provided these services to such agencies as the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, Detroit Housing Commission, and the Pittsburgh Housing Authority.

Professional Experience

Facilities Engineering Management

Housing Authority – City of Indianapolis, Indiana, 1997 – 1998

Development of procedures in the areas of Maintenance, Modernization and
Procurement. Focused on developing systems designed to satisfy audit findings and PHMAP deficiencies. Assisted in the development of the Memorandum of Understanding between HUD and the Housing Authority.

Capital Needs Unlimited – Detroit, Michigan, 1997

Performed Utility Combination Life Cycle Cost Analysis in support of the City of Detroit’s HOPE VI Project, The Villages at Parkside. Used HUD and DOE prescribed guidelines.

Housing Commission – City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1997 – 1998

Conducted a review of the utility allowance schedule for Public Housing. Conducted an Energy Audit to evaluate the potential for implementing Energy Conservation Opportunities.

Housing Commission – City of Saginaw, Michigan, 1997

Lead consultant for a team of five to conceive and document the revitalization program for the Daniels Heights housing development, a 365-unit development that had been rendered obsolete due to severe deterioration.

Housing Commission – City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997 – 1998

Conducted physical needs assessments and developed strategic capital plans for 17 family and elderly developments and over 175 scattered sites units.
Authoring a plan to integrate the Modernization Department into the maintenance Department to streamline planning and execution of major rehabilitation projects.

Housing Commission, City of Detroit, Michigan, 1995 – 1997

As a member of the DHC/HUD Recovery Team, Damian provided technical advice,
oversight, management and consultation services regarding capital improvement programs for 9,000 conventional low income public housing units. Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the administration of $165 million in multi-year modernization programs
  • Administering architect-engineer and construction contracts, including negotiation of fees, review of plans and specifications and recommendations for capital improvements.
  • Assisting in the coordination of ongoing Urban Revitalization Development projects and the administration of URD contracts at Parkside, Jeffries Homes and Herman Gardens (MROP/URD-Hope VI Planning).
  • Developing and assisting in the implementation of automated management systems for controlled inspections, design and construction contract administration, and grant management.
  • Assisted in the negotiation and startup of two Energy Performance contracts with the potential of approximately $3M utility cost savings. Both contracts covered the full inventory of housing units.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 1984 – 1994.

Managed a maintenance staff of over 200 people and a budget in excess of $11M providing support to one of the Navy’s two shipboard procedures training facilities and the Navy’s only live gun-fire training range. Facilities maintained included housing, offices, schools and utility plants as well as a transportation fleet of over 75 motor vehicles and 25 pieces of heavy equipment. Guided the restructuring of the maintenance force to enable them to successfully compete in a government-mandated competitive bid forum against private contractors.

Analyzed public works maintenance functions to determine the best method for providing the required services. Developed a level of effort estimating methodology for determining Public Works manning requirements to maintain newly constructed facilities. Conducted 9 facilities program management audits, equipment management audits and Occupational Safety and Health management audits. Reviewed the technical adequacy of a 5 year, $150 million base operating support contract.

Construction Contract Administration

Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 1984 – 1994.

Administered annual firm-fixed price contract workload of $72 million, including projects for asbestos and lead paint removal in housing and family housing renovation and revitalization. Performed construction contract administration duties including review and approval of required contractor documentation, provided field resolution of contract deficiencies and negotiated change orders, performed field inspections and approved invoice payments.

Administered annual indefinite-quantity contract workload of $250,000, including a $100,000 multi-trade work order contract.

Reviewed and approved construction plans for remote air operations facilities. Developed a cost accounting system to capture and report the real cost of using remote air operations facilities.

Program Management

Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 1991 – 1994.

Reviewed and approved funding for Capital Improvements Plans for five Naval Air Facilities through the Western Pacific. Responsible for the administration of over $100M in US funded Capital Improvements and over $1.2B of foreign government construction funding.

Systems Automation

Naval Facilities Engineering Command, 1984 – 1994.

Designed and implemented a project management system which significantly
reduced the time required to accomplish routine contract actions. Trained eight project managers in this system. Developed a change order tracking system for a $10M housing renovation project to manage over 100 contract change orders.

Designed and implemented three computer network systems; satisfying the data processing needs of a maintenance organization, contract administration organization and a program management organization.

Colden & Associates, 1997

Co-developed with Mobley & Associates the NAHRO spreadsheet software
program CGP Gold ; the next generation of CGP management software. CGP Gold
incorporates transaction tracking, greatly simplifying the task of compiling and collating the data required to complete the CGP Annual Reports and 5-Year Plans.

Install and maintain computer networks for clients in the education and service industries.

Baker College, Flint, Michigan 1995 – Present

Adjunct faculty teaching courses in the Applied Technology and Computer Science curriculums. Courses have include COBOL, C and HTML programming languages.

Public Service – Volunteer

Public Works Commission, Richmond, RI, 1988-89.

Damian served as Chairman of the Commission, directly responsible to the Town Council for providing sound management advice to council member in the areas of personnel management, facilities management and contract review and award.


Professional Engineer in Michigan and Minnesota


Member, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
Member, Design Professionals Association
Member, Society of American Military Engineers
Member, Water Environment Federation


M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island, 1991;
B.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Military Institute, 1978.