118 North Royal St.
Mobile AL, 36602

About Critical Path Mechanics

Critical Path Mechanics is a service provider of high-caliber construction Planning & Scheduling, Critical Path Method (CPM) and Earned Value Method. Critical Path Mechanics was founded in 2002 by John Buziak, with the mission being “To Introduce World-Class Project Management Techniques to businesses on the Emerald Coast of Florida”. Critical Path Mechanics is well on the way to mission accomplished, having planned and scheduled over $500,000,000 in construction projects in the first eight years, including the $50 million Margaritaville Hotel and $80 million post-Hurricane Ivan reconstruction of various buildings. At Critical Path Mechanics we are experience in every version of Astra Primavera© scheduling tools including Suretrak, P3, P5 and P6 versions 6.0 to 8.4.  Read about our CPM services.

Margaritaville Hotel

Margaritaville Hotel

Since then, we realized many of our clients not only needed great project management techniques, they needed critical path analysis and expert testimony to help in litigation and disputes. With our extensive experience in CPM, it was a natural progression to add critical path analysis and expert testimony to our array of services. Read more about Expert Testimony and Critical Path Analysis.

Critical Path Mechanics began serving the Florida Gulf Coast business community, we now provides services to Alabama, Florida, including North Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina.


Critical Path Mechanics provides construction consulting services across all major industry sectors. Our experience includes multi-million and multi-billion dollar projects. Our clients have benefited from our unique ability to break down complex issues, identify key impacts, and work strategically toward our client’s goals.

Since its inception, Critical Path Mechanics has been a trusted partner to contractors and subcontractors in the successful completion of their building projects. Our experience encompasses commercial, residential and government buildings that range in scale and size.

Margaritaville Hotel

We provide claim consulting, CPM scheduling and expert witness testimony for both public and private stakeholders on a variety of infrastructure projects. Critical Path Mechanics has extensive experience evaluating and quantifying construction claims, providing expert opinions and assessing schedule and cost risks on complex industrial facilities and infrastructure projects. Our clients include engineers, general contractors, specialty contractors, public agencies and authorities and sureties.

We consult on projects and serve clients located throughout the Southern United States; Alabama, Georgia, all of Florida including North Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


john buziak, PE, PMPJohn Buziak, PMP, MSME, PE,  the principal and founder of Critical Path Mechanics, is an Engineering Project Manager with experience coordinating high-impact technology-based projects. His portfolio includes programs ranging from warehousing and distribution systems for Wal-Mart, to projects for the Department of Defense. From concept through installation John oversees all aspects including research, proposal, prototype development, testing, debugging, re-tooling, interface design and installation.

John developed his extensive technical and operational expertise leading projects that included Robotics, Programmable Logic Controllers, Power Plants, Distribution Management, Ergonomics, large-scale manufacturing of regulated and non-regulated materials, Production & semi- Serial Production Line operations, gas turbine/diesel vessel retrograding and refitting, and more.

Mr. Buziak has provided acclaimed training in PMBOK Knowledge areas for numerous seminars in cooperation with the Small Business Development Center, Associated General Contractors and Construction Specifications Institute. Additionally, he has presented Papers at PMICOS and AACE-I.

Mr. Buziak began his career serving in the U. S. Navy from 1979-1999, where he performed in many roles, from Instructor for the Villanova University NROTC Program to Commissioning Chief Engineer onboard the USS Shiloh. As the Project Manager/Contract Administrator for the Navy’s Sealift Project, he performed contract administration functions for six cargo ships with a combined value of more than $1.2 billion, with many sub-projects running concurrently. It was during this particular project that Mr. Buziak first began utilizing Critical Path Method (CPM) analysis to document project delays in order to avoid disputes between the contractor and the Government, resulting in multi-million dollar savings for the Navy.

After leaving the Navy, Mr. Buziak became Project Manager with Rapistan Systems, managing many concurrent projects for a diverse client base, including the company’s largest corporate account Wal-Mart. Due to the successes of the Wal-Mart conveyor system implementation project that John managed, he was awarded professional recognition as ‘one of the best Project Managers’. From Rapistan Systems, Mr. Buziak continued his career with Lockwood Greene in the position of Project Engineer. Here he performed a variety of functions including development of Quality Assurance Plans, Start-Up Procedures and Contract Proposals as well as auditing Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules for design, procurement and construction of multi-million dollar power plants.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Tulane University in New Orleans and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California.

Click to Read Papers and Presentations Authored by Mr. Buziak


National Society of Professional Engineers                 Project Management Institute
Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering – International
Florida Engineering Society                  Associated General Contractors


Ocean Peaking Power Plant Lakeview, New Jersey $24,000,000 Scheduling Consultant 5/2002 – 10/2002
Demolition of Building 764 NAS Pensacola $4,500,000 Scheduling Consultant 10/2003
UWF International House University of West Florida $2,500,000 Planner/Scheduler 9/2003-4/2004
Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement Bldg, Post Ivan Restoration Pensacola, Florida $2,200,000 Planner/Scheduler 1/2004-9/2005
Chemical Plant Expansion McIntosh, Alabama $55,000,000 Planner/Scheduler 3/2005-10/2005
Ward International Maintenance Garage Pensacola, Florida $2,500,000 Planner/Scheduler 12/2005-9/2006
ARSS, PFC, Visitor Quarters Rebuild NAS Pensacola $80,000,000 Scheduler, Scheduling Consultant 11/2005-10/2007
Building 680 Post Storm Restoration NAS Pensacola $1,200,000 Planner/Scheduler 9/2006-2/2007
Saint Sylvestor’s Church Navarre, Florida $5,500,000 Planner/Scheduler 2/2007-2/2008
17th Pump Station Repairs New Orleans, LA $4,500,000 Scheduler 7/2009 to 10/2007
Pensacola Country Club Pensacola, Florida $6,500,000 Planner/Scheduler 1/2007- 12/2007
Hillcrest Baptist Church Community Center Pensacola, Florida $10,000,000 Scheduler 11/2007 – 10/2008
Orleans Parish Pump Stations New Orleans, LA $7,500,000 Consultant 8/2007-12/2008
Margaritaville Hotel Pensacola Beach Florida $50,000,000 Scheduler 9/2008 – Fall 2009
Canal Street Pump Station Storm Proofing New Orleans, LA $1,911,000 Consultant 5/2010-5/2011
Eglin Child Development Centers Eglin Air Force Base $16,500,000 Scheduler 5/2010 – 6/2012
Saraland Elementary School Saraland, Alabama $17,500,000 Scheduler 9/2011-6/2013
AK Suter Elementary School Pensacola, Florida $20,000,000 Scheduler 10/2013 – 12/2014