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ZOON Engineering

Civil Engineering | Project Controls | Construction Management


zoon is...

Zoon n. pl. zo·ons or zo·a

1. Any individual, or the individuals collectively, produced from a single egg.
2. One of the distinct individuals that join to form a compound or colony.

As we see it Zoon means from one embryo many different cultures, from one concept several various manifestations, from one idea a wide array of distinct forms. Zoon is where things start but by no means where they end. The journey begins with an open and flexible culture that is designed to maximize the benefits that flow to its individual constituents. Where it eventually goes depends on how those individual constituents nurture and contribute to that culture. Our founding principle is that a value-driven, diverse and open culture creates a plethora of exciting and unexpected opportunities organically and naturally.

At Zoon we believe in people. Our mantra is by establishing a nurturing environment focused on job satisfaction, we can attract dynamic individuals who will in turn contribute to Zoon’s mission and ultimately our clients’ success. The importance of each staff member is largely based on the value they add to the overall culture. As a result we have leaders not bosses, team members not employees and partners not clients. This produces a service-oriented, high-powered team that delivers high-quality services while truly enjoying the work they do. This type of culture naturally forms a benefit-cycle that feeds on success and in turn creates more opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Zoon looks forward to sharing our experience and expertise with you and your projects. Ultimately your success is our success.


Our Services

Project Controls

Our team of cost estimators, change order coordinators, schedulers, and office engineers understand and positively influence the time and cost outcomes of construction projects.

Construction Management

We are part of the building process from the very beginning, providing constructibility reviews and feedback to design teams. During construction our engineers oversee production, making sure all safety and quality standards are met.

Claims Management

Our construction claims support services include claims avoidance, schedule/delay analysis, cost analyses, event reconstruction, field services and litigation support.

Resident Engineers

 Our Resident Engineer's depth of experience and technical proficiency enable them to apply sound theory and achieve practical results on time and within budget.




I-880 Express Lanes

Expected Completion 2019

This BAIFA funded project proposes to convert existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to Express Lanes along Interstate 880 from High Street to the SR 237 interchange in both the northbound and southbound directions.
The project includes installing toll tag readers and FasTrak equipment, traffic monitoring equipment, overhead sign structures and road signage as well as concrete median barrier construction and striping. With a length of over 30 miles along Interstate 880, the project spans various cities from Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, union City, and Fremont.
With a construction value $45 million a significant portion of the work was conducted at night in multiple locations concurrently. Construction work began in July 2017 and is expected to be completed in by the end of 2019.


Our Team

Nabil Hissen, P.E.

Nabil has 29 years of construction management and engineering experience.  His skills combine extensive technical and engineering knowledge with highly developed interpersonal and communications abilities.  His expertise includes building teams with a focus on finding innovative solutions to complex contractual issues, disputes, and claims. Nabil is adept at storm water compliance, CPM scheduling, project controls, conflict management, claims resolution, cost estimating, as well as public and environmental agency liaison and coordination.

Saeed Shahmirzai, P.E. 

Saeed’s extensive background combines both the contractor’s and owner’s side. A recognized expert with over 30 years of experience, Saeed has been involved in numerous transportation-related projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His specialty areas include traffic handling, construction staging and utility coordination.  As the contractor’s project manager, he was involved in estimating, bidding, and managing field operations.  As the owner’s representative Saeed managed and worked on numerous high profile projects including the San Mateo Bridge, Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Doug Johnson, P.E.

Doug has extensive experience managing change. With over 24 years analyzing, negotiating and resolving disputes and claims, Doug will make sure your project issues are handled fairly and effectively. His successful approach focuses on building teams with the unified goal of finding innovative solutions to complex contractual issues, disputes, and claims. Doug is adept at performing schedule logic analysis, evaluating owner exposure to contractual disputes and providing proactive negotiated resolutions to these disputes.

Brian MacRae

Brian has over 23 years of experience in construction and construction management, including field inspection, project management, cost estimation, contract administration, job cost accounting, and construction operations. Brian has overseen key construction activities including traffic control, excavation, paving and grading, piling, concrete curb and gutter, storm water pollution prevention, joint trenching, and directional boring. He has a strong command over the policies and procedures outlined in the Caltrans Construction Manual and Standard Specifications, and is experienced with software such as E-builder and Primavera P6.

David Craighead, P.E.

David Craighead’s project controls and construction management background includes management roles for numerous projects in the public and private sectors, with estimated construction costs ranging from $100K to $200M. He has a proven record of working with other professionals to solve unique problems on projects that have had limited access, stringent schedules, and strict budgets. As a Project Manager, Scheduler, Project Engineer and Estimator, he has familiarized himself with all aspects of managing a project efficiently and effectively. David has extensive knowledge of software packages, including Primavera P6 and Timberline.


Our Partners


California Department of Transportation

Municiple Transportation Authority

City of Albany

California High Speed Rail Transit Authority

Presidio Trust

City of East Palo Alto

County of Marin

Contact Us


3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608, USA

(925) 451-1585

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