Ramirez named FE&P’s director for project management

Ana Ramirez, a member of the Facilities Engineering and Planning staff for nearly 24 years, has been appointed director for project management. She succeeds Kathy Jones, who was promoted to associate vice president for FE&P.

Ana Ramirez

Ana Ramirez

Since coming to Rice in May 1992, Ramirez has worked as a staff architect, project manager, senior project manager and, since July 2007, as director of project planning — a position in which she has been responsible for managing the university’s annual capital budget and FE&P’s fiscal responsibility, supporting project management and overseeing the Contract Committee.

In her new role, Ramirez will manage the day-to-day operations of the Project Management group in regard to new construction and renovation projects, including the assignment of projects to the various managers, overseeing the overall budget and cost accounting for the projects, ensuring that the defined scope of the projects is met and that all of the contractual obligations and requirements of the department are met. She will lead, direct and motivate her staff to achieve the department’s strategic goals and objectives and serve as a liaison with the university community and external constituents within the Texas Medical Center and across the city of Houston.

Ramirez will ensure that cash flow is maintained for all consultants, contractors and vendors and will manage the departmental annual operating budget process. She will coordinate with the executive director for space management and will report to Jones, with whom she will foster a collaborative work environment that emphasizes FE&P’s mission and vision.

“I understand the culture at Rice, and throughout my many years of experience I have carefully honed and developed my skills in team building and decision-making,” Ramirez said. “I have been involved in a variety of projects, have held a variety of positions and have cultivated positive working relationships not only in the FE&P department, but across the campus.”

During her years at Rice, Ramirez has provided project management services and construction oversight of the Brochstein Pavilion, the Library Service Center, several renovations of Fondren Library, the renovation of Herring Hall and the renovation of the Morton L. Rich Student Health Center. She helped develop the Rice University Facilities and Engineering Computer-Aided Facilities Management Database Standards Manual and implemented the electronic version of Rice’s annual capital budget process. She has also managed audits for project construction.

Ramirez graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree. She is a registered architect and a registered interior designer in Texas. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the AIA Houston Chapter and the Texas Society of Architects.


About B.J. Almond

B.J. Almond is senior director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.