Construction Contract Auditing

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.

 

Experience

 

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.

 

Project Experience

 

Healthcare

 

  • 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

 

Higher Education

 

  • 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
  • Clemson University – Clemson, SC

 

Other

 

  • Roche Pharmaceuticals – Penzberg, Germany
  • REC Silicon – Moses Lake, WA

 

Education & Certifications

 

B.S., Clemson University 1994

Certified Construction Auditor

 

Professional Affiliations

 

The Institute of Internal Auditors

National Association of Construction Auditors

 

 

Contact info:

 

37 Villa Road

Suite 106

Greenville, South Carolina 29615

 

Phone: (877) 286-0408 ext. 301 Fax: (864) 382-3141

Email: mhowell@forthillassociates.com

 

 

 

 

    

 

CURT PLYLER, CFA, CCA - PRINCIPAL

 

Current Responsibilities & Duties

 

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.

 

Project Experience

 

Healthcare

 

  • Cone Health
  • Duke University Health System
  • Rex UNC Health Care
  • Stamford Hospital
  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

 

Higher Education

 

  • Duke University
  • High Point University
  • University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Windsor (Canada)
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest University
  • West Virginia University

 

Other

 

  • Kiawah Partners (Kiawah Island, SC)
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals (Penzberg, Germany)
  • Spruce Peak Realty (Stowe, VT)

 

Previous Experience

 

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.

 

Education & Certifications

 

B.S., Clemson University 1993

M.B.A., Wake Forest University 1995

CFA Charterholder

Certified Construction Auditor

 

Professional Affiliations

 

The Institute of Internal Auditors

National Association of Construction Auditors

 

Contact info:

 

9660 Falls of Neuse Road

Suite 138, # 250

Raleigh, North Carolina 27615

 

Phone: (877) 286-0408 ext. 304 Fax: (864) 382-3141

Email: cplyler@forthillassociates.com

 

 

    

 

DOUG PLYLER, CCA - PRINCIPAL

 

Current Responsibilities & Duties

 

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).

 

Project Experience

 

Healthcare

 

  • Clovis Community Health System
  • Duke University Health System
  • Greenville Health System
  • Broward Health
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
  • Northeast Georgia Medical Center

 

Higher Education

 

  • Duke University
  • Clemson University
  • Oregon State University
  • The University of Houston
  • The University of Windsor (Canada)
  • Virginia Tech
  • Emory University

 

Other

 

  • REC Silicon (Moses Lake, Washington)
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals (Penzberg, Germany)
  • Hudson Adivsors (Dallas, Texas)
  • Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut (Hartford, Connecticut)

 

Previous Experience

 

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.

 

Education & Certifications

 

B.S., Clemson University 1994

M.B.A., Vanderbilt University 1996

 

Professional Affiliations

 

The Institute of Internal Auditors

National Association of Construction Auditors

 

Contact info:

 

37 Villa Road

Suite 106

Greenville, South Carolina 29615

 

Phone: (877) 286-0408 ext. 302 Fax: (864) 382-3141

Email: dplyler@forthillassociates.com

 

 

    

 

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
  • Payroll Audits
  • Broward Health
  • Travel & Expense Audits
  • Review of cash reconciliation
  • Disbursements testing
  • 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.

 

Project Experience

 

Since joining Fort Hill Associates in October 2015, Mr. Springer has worked on a variety of construction and non-construction projects.

 

Healthcare

 

  • Greenville Health System
  • Lexington Medical Center

 

Higher Education

 

  • Duke University
  • West Virginia University
  • Emory University
  • The University of Houston
  • Virginia Tech

 

Other

 

  • Wells Fargo
  • Westplan Investors
  • Tanger Outlet Mall
  • Port of Seattle
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Other - Non Construction

 

  • Athens Regional – Interim Dietary Director
  • Athens Regional – Accounts Receivable Allowance Review

 

Education & Certifications

 

B.B.A., Mercer University

 

Professional Affiliations

 

The Institute of Internal Auditors

National Association of Construction Auditors

Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors

 

Contact info:

 

2451 Cumberland Parkway, SE

Suite 3184

Atlanta, Georgia 30339

 

Phone: (877) 286-0408 ext. 305 Fax: (864) 382-3141

Email: wspringer@forthillassociates.com

 

 

    

 

JIM MCCOY, PE, CCA - SENIOR CONSTRUCTION AUDITOR

 

Current Responsibilities & Duties

 

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).

 

Project Experience

 

Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA (1986-2016)

 

Residence and Dining Halls

 

  • Upper Quad Residence Halls
  • Harper Hall
  • Peddrew-Yates Hall
  • Ambler Johnston Residence Hall
  • Dietrick Dining Hall Renovation
  • Shultz Dining Hall Renovation
  • West-End Market

 

Teaching and Research Facilities

 

  • Goodwin Hall
  • New Classroom Building
  • Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building
  • Torgersen Hall
  • Bioinformatics Facility I and II
  • Life Sciences Facility

 

Athletic Venues

 

  • 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

 

Utility Infrastructure

 

  • Southwest Chiller Plant
  • Power Plant Upgrades
  • Campus Steam Line Extensions
  • Campus Chilled Water Line Extensions

 

Previous Experience

 

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.

 

Education & Certifications

 

B.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech

Licensed Professional Engineer (VA 16266)

 

Professional Affiliations

 

Construction Owners Association of America

National Association of Construction Auditors

 

Contact info:

 

3033 Wilson Blvd

Suite E219

Arlington, Virginia 22201

 

Phone: (877) 286-0408 ext. 303 Fax: (864) 382-3141

Email: jmccoy@forthillassociates.com

 

 

    

 

ANNE HILL - CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AUDITOR

 

Profile

 

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.

 

Education

 

B.S., Wake Forest University

 

Professional/Civic Organizations

 

Certified Construction Auditor

Member, Institute of Internal Auditors

 

Contact info:

 

9660 Falls of Neuse Road

Suite 138, # 250

Raleigh, North Carolina 27615

 

Phone: (877) 286-0408 ext. 306 Fax: (864) 382-3141

Email: ahill@forthillassociates.com

 

 

  

 

AMY EDWARDS, CPA, CCA - CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AUDITOR

 

Profile

 

Ms. Edwards is a Construction Auditor reviewing healthcare and higher education projects, with

a specific focus on change order compliance. Amy Edwards has 20 + years of experience in all

areas of accounting management. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a North

Carolina General Contractor’s License as well as having achieved the designation of Certified

Construction Auditor (CCA). Prior to joining Fort Hill Associates, Ms. Edwards worked as an

Auditor/Accountant for the City of Raleigh in the Construction Management Department on the

new Raleigh Convention Center. Additionally, Ms. Edwards worked for the Medical Foundation

of North Carolina, Inc. supporting the group’s endowment funds.

 

Project Experience

 

Since joining Fort Hill Associates, Amy has worked on numerous projects in support of

construction contract auditing in healthcare and higher education including:

 

Healthcare

 

  • The Stamford Hospital
  • BayCare Health System
  • Duke University Health System
  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

 

Higher Education

 

  • Emory University
  • Duke University
  • West Virginia University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Clemson University

 

Education & Certifications

 

B.A. North Carolina State University

Certified Public Accountant

North Carolina General Contractor License

Certified Construction Auditor

 

Professional/Civic Organizations

 

National Association of Construction Auditors

Member, Institute of Internal Auditors

 

Contact info:

 

9660 Falls of Neuse Road

Suite 138, # 250

Raleigh, North Carolina 27615

 

Phone: (877) 286-0408 ext. 402 Fax: (864) 382-3141

Email: aedwards@forthillassociates.com

 

 

    

 

KRISTIN ELDRIDGE PLYLER - COUNSEL

 

Profile

 

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.

 

Education

 

J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., Wake Forest University

 

Professional/Civic Organizations

 

American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry

North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section

 

Contact info:

 

9660 Falls of Neuse Road

Suite 138, # 250

Raleigh, North Carolina 27615

 

Phone: (877) 286-0408 ext. 307 Fax: (864) 382-3141

Email: kplyler@forthillassociates.com

 

 

 

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