The Principals of Fort Hill have worked extensively as a team since the firm’s inception. The projects audited encompass new construction and major renovations / expansions in both the public and private sectors throughout the United States and globally. The Principals are thoroughly involved in each step of the audit from project commencement through the execution of the audit program. The team has proven its ability to work efficiently and with flexibility to arrive at a successful conclusion for each project’s Owner.
MARTIN HOWELL, CCA - PRINCIPAL
Current Responsibilities & Duties
Mr. Howell is a Principal and one of the founding partners of Fort Hill Associates, LLC. Mr. Howell has significant experience in construction contract auditing on large complex healthcare and higher education projects. Additionally, he has been instrumental in developing and leading Fort Hill’s business strategy for construction contract auditing within the Higher Education and Healthcare markets. He has led Fort Hill’s relationship with MedAssets Purchasing Organization.
Martin has served as both the Engagement Manager and Audit Manager for several higher education and healthcare clients including Duke University Health System, Emory University, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Clovis Community Medical Center, University of Houston System, University of North Carolina System, Stamford Hospital, and Virginia Tech.
Mr. Howell has been providing construction contract auditing on healthcare and higher education projects since 2006, and has completed over 75 projects within healthcare, higher education, multi-family, commercial, and industrial sectors. Prior to establishing Fort Hill, Mr. Howell worked in various managerial roles for twelve years for Fuji Photo Film, Inc. in Greenwood, SC and Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc. in Greer, SC. Some highlights of Mr. Howell’s tenure at Fuji included managing the Quality and Technical Engineering Departments and implementing the quality system to help establish ISO 9000 certification. Additionally, Mr. Howell supported the start-up and construction of four manufacturing facilities at the North American Manufacturing Headquarters for Fuji Photo Film, Inc.
Clovis Community Medical Center - Fresno, CA
Duke University Health System – Durham, NC
Stamford Hospital – Stamford, CT
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Cone Health System – Greensboro, NC
Rex/UNC Healthcare – Raleigh, NC
Northeast Georgia Health System – Gainesville, GA
Broward Health – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA
University of Houston System – Houston, TX
University of Richmond – Richmond, VA
Emory University – Atlanta, GA
University of North Carolina System – Charlotte, NC
Mr. Plyler is a Principal and one of the founding partners of Fort Hill Associates, LLC. Curt has significant experience in construction contract auditing on large, complex healthcare and higher education projects. Additionally, he has been instrumental in developing and leading Fort Hill’s business strategy for construction contract auditing within healthcare and higher education institutions. He leads the firm’s involvement with various industry groups including the American Bar Association (ABA), Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA).
Mr. Plyler serves or has served as the Engagement Manager or Audit Manager for several higher education and healthcare clients including Duke University, Rex UNC Health Care, Stamford Hospital, University of North Carolina System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Wake Forest University, and WakeMed Health & Hospitals.
Duke University Health System
Rex UNC Health Care
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
High Point University
University of North Carolina Greensboro
University of Richmond
University of Windsor (Canada)
Wake Forest University
West Virginia University
Kiawah Partners (Kiawah Island, SC)
Roche Pharmaceuticals (Penzberg, Germany)
Spruce Peak Realty (Stowe, VT)
Prior to founding Fort Hill, Mr. Plyler spent over twelve years working for IBM and Progress Energy in a variety of financial roles. Mr. Plyler’s nine years with IBM included a three-year international assignment in their European Headquarters in Paris, France. His experience at IBM included management of the change order financial approval process in their PC division. Upon joining Progress Energy’s Corporate Planning Department, Mr. Plyler coordinated their monthly financial projections and annual budget development process for their consolidated enterprise.
Mr. Plyler is a Principal and one of the founding partners of Fort Hill Associates, LLC. Doug has audited numerous projects in the higher education and healthcare fields throughout the United States. These projects have been on varying scope and size up to $300MM. Mr. Plyler has driven the firm’s role from a regional presence in the Southeast to a nationwide and international platform. He is a Certified Construction Auditor (CCA) and spearheads the firm’s involvement with such groups as the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Mr. Plyler serves or has served as the Engagement Manager or Audit Manager for several higher education and healthcare clients including Oregon State University, the University of Houston, Clemson University, Emory University, the University of North Florida, Broward Health, Clovis Community Hospital, Greenville Health System, and the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).
Clovis Community Health System
Duke University Health System
Greenville Health System
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Oregon State University
The University of Houston
The University of Windsor (Canada)
REC Silicon (Moses Lake, Washington)
Roche Pharmaceuticals (Penzberg, Germany)
Hudson Adivsors (Dallas, Texas)
Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut (Hartford, Connecticut)
Prior to founding Fort Hill, Mr. Plyler spent a decade in the multi-family sector working for Insignia Financial Group and The Milestone Group in various asset management roles. His experience at the Milestone Group included the oversight of a portfolio wide capital program. Prior to the Milestone Group, Mr. Plyler’s role at Insignia Financial included quarterly reporting on various co-investment activities for senior management.
WILLIAM SPRINGER, CCA - SENIOR CONSTRUCTION AUDITOR
Current Responsibilities & Duties
Mr. Springer is a Senior Construction Auditor and supports Fort Hill’s construction audit programs in the healthcare sector. William Springer brings 30 years of experience to Fort Hill in both operational and corporate healthcare accounting. Before joining Fort Hill in 2015, Mr. Springer served as the Director of Internal Audit at Athens Regional Health System (ARHS). William was responsible for the following activities with ARHS among others:
Construction Contract Audits
Contract Payment Reviews of Various Healthcare Vendor Agreements
Travel & Expense Audits
Review of cash reconciliation
Year End Accruals Review
Year End Inventory Assistance
Prior to ARHS, Mr. Springer served as the Interim CFO at various behavioral health hospitals within Ardent Health Services in Idaho, Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
Since joining Fort Hill Associates in October 2015, Mr. Springer has worked on a variety of construction and non-construction projects.
Mr. McCoy is a Senior Construction Auditor focusing on both pre-construction and construction phase audits for Fort Hill Associates’ Higher Education clients. In addition, Mr. McCoy can leverage his extensive facilities management experience to assist Owners with a variety of procurement and contracting services including the development of Requests for Qualifications (RFQs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Invitations for Bids (IFBs), the evaluation of RFQ, RFP and IFB responses received by Owners, the development of design/construction contract language and the review of design/construction contract deliverables. Mr. McCoy is a licensed Professional Engineer as well as a Certified Construction Auditor and is actively engaged in both the Association of College & University Auditors (ACUA) and the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA).
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA (1986-2016)
Residence and Dining Halls
Upper Quad Residence Halls
Ambler Johnston Residence Hall
Dietrick Dining Hall Renovation
Shultz Dining Hall Renovation
Teaching and Research Facilities
New Classroom Building
Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building
Bioinformatics Facility I and II
Life Sciences Facility
Lane Stadium Expansions
Indoor Athletic (Football) Training Facility
Baseball Facilities Improvements
Basketball Practice Facility
Rector Field House Improvements
South Recreation Facilities
Miscellaneous Building Types
The Inn at Virginia Tech
Skelton Conference Center
Moss Arts Center
Airport Hangar Replacement
Southwest Chiller Plant
Power Plant Upgrades
Campus Steam Line Extensions
Campus Chilled Water Line Extensions
Mr. McCoy has joined Fort Hill Associates after a thirty-year career at Virginia Tech where he held multiple positions within facilities management relating to new construction and renovation, maintenance and operations and facilities information systems. Mr. McCoy has particular expertise in the procurement and administration of both design and construction services using Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager at Risk and Design Build contracting processes. His direct project experience includes the construction and/or renovations of Residence and Dining Halls, Teaching and Research Facilities, Athletic Venues, Hotel/Conference Center, Performing Arts Facility and multiple utility infrastructure projects.
Ms. Hill has worked for four Fortune 500 companies - Eastman Kodak, The May Company, Office Depot, and The Pantry, performing a variety of roles including National Sales, Planning and Analysis, Marketing, and Merchandising. Ms. Hill excelled at developing innovative financial and inventory reports used to make more strategic and timely decisions. In recent years, Ms. Hill has successfully applied this diverse background to construction auditing.
Ms. Plyler, an attorney licensed in North Carolina, brings a wealth of legal experience from five years as an attorney with Ragsdale Liggett, PLLC and four years as Special Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Insurance. Prior to law school, Ms. Plyler served as International Staff Assistant with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.
J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Wake Forest University
American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section