Cover Letter

I have over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. I have hands on and management experience with a wide range of projects including foundations, light and heavy timber construction, steel and concrete structures, site improvements, tenant improvements and seismic retrofits to existing structures. Projects have ranged from $50,000 up to $36,000,000.

I have worked on renovation projects, tenant improvements, and ground up buildings of many types as a carpenter, a project engineer, a project manager and estimator. I also have extensive experience with specialized facilities such as medical clinics, grocery stores and restaurants.

Many of the projects I have worked on involved various levels of preconstruction services and management of design build subcontractors. Most of my work for the past 20 years is with negotiated contracts.

I am very capable at budgeting and estimating projects from concepts to final construction budgets.  I am familiar with earned value reporting. I created a spreadsheet at Rafn Company for a simple to use earned value analysis.

I have above average skills with computers and software of various types.

I work extremely well in a team environment as a team member and as a team leader.

My strengths are keeping my work organized and managing my time to allow proper attention to handling multiple projects at one time if necessary. I am innovative and always searching for creative solutions to challenges. I have a very good track record at providing accurate budgeting from minimal information.

I have had intensive in-house training in special requirements for property development and proposal presentations.

Thank you for your interest.



Michael Riley

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MS Excel

Able to create spreadsheets to accomplish tasks when required.

Able to create macros and some knowledge of Visual Basic for Applications.

Able to create and use data tables and pivot table reports.


MS Word

Able to create form letters and other documents using Excel or Word databases or other data control fields.


MS Project

Able to create critical path schedules with resource and cost information. Familiar with transfer of information to Excel spreadsheets.


Primavera SureTrak Project Manager

Able to create critical path schedules with resource and cost information. Familiar with transfer of information to Excel spreadsheets.

Familiar with using the Work Breakdown Structure and many other methods of organizing and presenting schedule information.

Skilled at analyzing schedules using the network charts.




Self employed, Time Smith Construction Management Services Jan 2005 to Present

 SECO Development January 2006 to October 2006

Project Management and Business Development for construction division

Staff recruitment and hiring

Systems and Accounting setup

Budgeting and Estimating

Bank loan draws management

Contract template design

Subcontractor negotiation

Subcontractor pay application management

Mike Werlech Construction                                        January 2004 to January 2005

            Estimator and Project Manager

     Bid Estimates and proposal preparation

     Design Build proposals and budgets


Rafn Company, Commercial General Contractor       August 1986 to November 2002


Project Manager                                                   June 1998 to November 2002

Creating schematic to final budget estimates.

Value engineering and constructability review.

Writing owner contracts, primarily AIA A111 formats.

Subcontractor solicitation, management and contract writing.

Creating preliminary schedules.

Site meeting management.

Monthly cost reporting.

Project setup and closeout accounting and document management.

Bid team member and sometimes lead estimator.

Creation of proposals for prospective clients.


Project Engineer                                                  March 1994 to May 1998


Carpenter Foreman                                              April 1989 to February 1994


General Carpenter                                                August 1986 to March 1989


Yacht Brokerage, various firms in Seattle                  March 1981 to July 1986


Residential Construction, Eugene, Oregon                October 1970 to February 1981


Self employed, Eugene Oregon                           May 1979 to February 1981


Superintendent, Blue Ribbon Homes                  March 1975 to April 1979


Carpenter Foreman, Krumdieck Bros.                 November 1972 to February 1975


Carpenter, Paulson Construction                         October 1970 to October 1972




Steve Stroming - (206) 322-8435

Rafn Company, Director of Preconstruction Servies


Mike Wood - (425) 453-8428

Estimating Services


Jack Rafn - (206) 510-3460

Rafn Company, Chairman


Kim Bottles - (206) 780-8204

Rafn Company, Chief Financial Officer




Pacific Union Apartments

A multiple site reconstruction of large apartment complexes. Work included new utilities, asphalt and site concrete repairs, seismic upgrades and other extensive repairs to units. Each complex was phased to allow residents to continue occupation of two thirds to three quarters of the buildings. I was one of several foreman / project engineers assigned to help manage one to two sites at a time.

Owner: Pacific Union Development

Value: $10,000,000


Coliseum Theatre Shell and Core Renovation

A total reconstruction of a historic movie theater in downtown Seattle for use by a retail tenant. The exterior terra cotta was restored, the interior structure gutted and a new heavy steel and concrete structure installed, and a new electrical service and complete rooftop HVAC system installed. I was project engineer for the project.

Owner: Alhadeff Family

Architect: NBBJ, Robert Lane

Value: $2,500,000


Fun Forest Reconstruction

A four year phased project at Seattle Center for the amusement park tenant. The project consisted of heavy site demolition, underground utilities and detention systems, regrading, repaving and construction of various buildings and ride pad facilities. I was the project engineer for phase one and project manager for the final three phases of the project.

Owner: Fun Forest Amusements

Architect: Callison Architecture, Jon Taylor

Value $7,000,000


Collins Building Restoration

A core and shell restoration for office and retail lease. The interior demising walls were removed, a new shaft and support constructed for a rooftop HVAC system, the elevator restored and upgraded to an over head traction system, a complete restoration of the wood windows, a complete seismic upgrade performed and a new electrical service built. I was project manager for the preconstruction and construction phases.

Owner: Samis Land Company

Architect: GGLO, Dwight Doty

Value: $3,500,000


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A Reference Letter for Michael Riley

December 10, 2002

To whom it may concern:

As Director of Commercial Projects at the Rafn Company, I highly recommend you consider Michael Riley for a position of employment. Michael worked for me as project manager and estimator in the Commercial Projects Group. He is thorough, detail oriented, and well organized. He is knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of the construction process, and understands how building systems work and go together. Michael is an excellent project planner and scheduler.

Most important, his work ethics are impeccable. He is reliable, professional, and conducts himself with utmost integrity. These traits make him trusted and respected by all who work with him.

Were it not for the difficult economic times we are in, Michael would still be a valued employee at the Rafn Company.


Steve Stroming

(425) 702-6625



8427 NE 19TH PLACE


Dcember 05, 2002

To whom it may concern:

I am very please to recommend MICHAEL RILEY for your employment.

Michael worked at Rafn Company in the capacities of engineer, project manager and estimator. As estimator, Michael worked the last few years under my supervision. He is a very pleasant and cooperative person to work with and sensitive to the needs of others.

Michael is an expert estimator and he is exceptionally knowledgeable in all aspects of construction from sitework, through concrete, masonry, carpentry, finishes – all the way through to the mechanical and electrical work. He knows the building codes. He knows the architects and engineers. He knows the subcontractors, the suppliers and others in the industry that we all depend upon to make things happen. Because of his extensive connections within the industry and his communication skills, Michael makes things happen through others while taking good care of his own tasks, because he well knows the whole process of construction. He knows what must be done and when it has to be done for the success of all. Michael is customer-care focused.

Michael is not afraid of trying new ideas and he is very innovative in problem solving. He is very adept and advanced in computer software and Internet usage, a must in today’s construction world.

Because of the downturn in the general economy and the construction industry, the Rafn Company had to let Michael go. I believe that he is a first class construction man and top-notch manager.

I have over three decades in the business and I have worked with a great many people. I will guarantee that Michael Riley will be a strong asset to his future employer.



Chief Estimator

The Rafn Company

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Gatewood Hotel

Major rebuilding of a heavy timber and unreinforced masonry historic structure for conversion to transitional housing.  I was the general foreman for the project managing a crew of 10 carpenters and 5 to 10 laborers.

Owner: Plymouth Housing Group

Architect: Stickney Murphy

Value: $2,200,000



Starbucks Headquarters

A multiple phase three year buildout of the SODO building (the old Sears store) for conversion of warehouse and old offices into Starbucks Corporate Headquarters. I was one of the field engineers for the project in charge of structural steel and concrete and the chief of project scheduling. I also was the supervisor of the night crew for six months managing the major demolition and structural steel installation subcontractors.

Owner: Starbucks Inc.

Architect: NBBJ

Value: $15,000,000


Cucinca Cucina Restaurants

A series of 6 restaurants both interior tenant improvements and ground up buildings in various locations in King and Pierce Counties. I was carpenter foreman on the first one and the second one, both interior buildouts. I was the field engineer for two ground up projects built at Federal Way and at Tacoma Mall.

Owner: Schwartz Brothers Inc.

Architect: Mesher Shing

Value: $1,000,000 to $1,750,000



Loehmans Downtown Seattle

A demolition of the interior of a two story with basement building and a floor of the adjacent building which were then connected into a single space for a specialty department store. We completed the core and shell for the owner of the building including a new electrical service, HVAC system and escalator. We were then selected by Loehmans to complete the interior buildout for the space. I was the field engineer for the project.

Owner: Joshua Green Corp.

Architect: Clint Pherson

Value: $2,000,000

Other References

Steve Thompson – (425) 885-1925

Steve Bowditch - (206) 849-8570

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