Principal, Audit & Contract Services
Jake Ortego is a principal in HPM’s audit and contract services division, focused on enhancing the firm’s offerings for clients within the service line. He is a licensed mechanical engineer with over 28 years of experience in all phases of the design-construction process and extensive involvement in the project controls, project management and engineering management of industrial and commercial projects.
Prior to joining HPM, he was one of the founders and a primary partner at JACEA. He also led construction advisory services at Commercial Cost Control, Inc. and Deloitte’s Construction Advisory Group as well as spending more than seven years in consulting engineering with Eichleay Engineers and SNC-Lavalin in Pittsburgh, PA. During this time, he spent 2 years managing an engineering office in the Philippines that focused on new construction and facility upgrades for commercial and institutional work. Mr. Ortego also has significant experience in project controls, including schedule management, cost engineering, progress audits and bid evaluations. He has prepared and published numerous white papers and presentations on construction auditing and controlling construction costs.
Mr. Ortego has conducted management and financial controls assessments of significant capital projects with a goal of improving performance and mitigating strategic and operational risks. Additionally, he has developed and implemented financial and project controls, as well as policies and procedures for the design-procurement-construction process. He has performed project controls and project management for projects between $50MM to $7B.