Clark Construction just completed the 1.6 million-square-foot North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), now the largest undergraduate community in the University of California system. Get a personal guided tour of this cutting-edge new neighborhood where students can learn, live, and play. You’ll also meet Clark’s very own maverick drone pilots and find out how they leveraged technology to help build the project.
Kevin Legge has more than 15 years of private and public construction experience. Kevin joined Clark in 2005 as a project manager on the Caltrans District 11 project in San Diego and since then has been involved in projects such as the USC Galen Center, San Diego Marriott Hall, UC San Diego Village at torrey Pines East, San Diego FBI Field Office, and Legacy International Center. Most recently, Kevin provided leadership on the construction of UC San Diego’s North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Center. This 1.6 million-square-foot project fulfills the university’s vision of a fully integrated campus.
Prior to joining Clark, Kevin served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nine years, ultimately achieving the rank of Captain. During this time he worked in various capacities including Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Combat Engineer Company Commander. In his final tour as the engineer advisor to a Commanding General Staff in Iraq, he directed military engineering units, Iraqi civilian construction companies and more than 250 municipal government workers in efforts to reconstruct the city of Fallujah.
Kevin has a bachelor’s in geology from Florida State University, a master’s in business administration from National University, and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Missouri –Rolla.
ALI KASHANI, PhD – Senior Manager, Virtual Design and Construction
Ali Kashani is a construction technology expert. From drones and laser scanning, to underground utilities modeling, Ali deploys virtual design tools and reality capture technologies to enhance project development and building processes. Ali helped initiate the first-ever in-house drone program at Clark, using the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood project as a beta test site to develop standard procedures for drone use on Clark projects.
Ali also leads Clark’s ace team of FAA-trained and -certified drone pilots in Southern California. Drones are now used to track project progress more efficiently and help identify issues early, avoiding potential escalations that can impact project budget or schedule.
Ali has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s in construction engineering and management, and a PhD in civil engineering.
DOMINIC ROMERO – Project Manager
A class of 2020 graduate, Dominic Romeo already has four projects in his portfolio. While majoring in construction management at Chico University, Dominic spent two years as a summer associate in San Diego. He honed his skills while working at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, Phase 3 in 2018 and at the Legacy International Center in 2019. He was hired full time as an engineer in 2019 and assigned to the UC San Diego North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood project. He is now working at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Building for the Permanent Collection project, an expansive 347,500-square-foot structure that will straddle LA’s Wilshire Boulevard.
Rossette Dawson is a storyteller for Clark Construction’s Western Region. Through newsletters, magazine articles, website content, social media posts, award submissions, and videos, Rossette gives life to Clark’s projects and people in engaging ways.
Rossette has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, Philippines.
Clark Construction Group is one of the most experienced and respected building and civil construction firms in the United States. For over a century, we have been transforming the ideas and visions of our clients into award-winning projects. We build with the intention of exceeding our clients’ expectations for safety, quality, functionality, and aesthetics, and deliver assets that stand the test of time.
We pride ourselves on being a local builder with national reach. Our 4,200 employees are spread across offices and jobsites throughout the United States. Though our presence today is larger than ever before, we are deeply rooted in the communities where we build and live.
Our portfolio features projects of all sizes and levels of complexity — from intricate interior renovations to some of the most complex civil operations in the country; we can build it all — and we do. Clark’s breadth of capabilities ensures that we are able to meet our clients’ needs every time, on every front.
But, more than our extensive portfolio, what truly sets us apart is our people. Their dedication to providing world-class service to our clients, resolve for delivering exceptional work, capacity for innovation and problem solving, and unwavering commitment to improving the communities we serve, make Clark what it is today.