Established in 1996 as a project and cost management company, Cumming has evolved into a 620-person, multi-faceted consulting firm focused on adding value at every stage of a project’s development. Driven by our steadfast commitment to supporting theme park owners and their development projects around the world, our entertainment portfolio has flourished, and continues to grow today. Through our many years of experience in this specialized sector—comprising tens of billions in completed projects over the past 21 years—we have developed long-standing relationships with many of the industry’s most successful companies, such as Disney, Universal Studios, Merlin Entertainment, DXB Entertainments, Forrec, The Hettema Group, Cuningham Group, among many others.
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Zoos + Aquariums
Performing Arts Centers + Ampitheaters
Attractions + Exhibits
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Our Themed Entertainment Experts
Asif Parkar, FRICS, ICAL
Asif has been providing construction cost estimating services in the themed entertainment industry since 1996. He has supported industry leaders such as Disney and Universal, along with a number of highly regarded creative design and architecture teams. His project portfolio is international in scope and includes recent projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
For more than 30 years, Matthew has made a successful career working for themed entertainment owners and consultancies focusing on design, engineering, manufacturing and overall project management for theme parks and resorts worldwide. Most recently, Matthew was the Chief Technical Officer for DXB Entertainments’ $3.5 billion Dubai Parks and Resorts development, a 25 million-sq.-ft. theme park consisting of over 100 rides and attractions within 3 parks, a themed dining and retail destination as well as a Polynesian themed family resort.
Katie has been in construction-related industries since 1984. She has served in both cost management and project management roles throughout her career. Katie’s portfolio includes work for DXB Entertainment, The Hettema Group, Merlin Entertainment, and many more. She has experience working in the United States, Mexico, UAE, China, Japan, Brazil, Jordan, and Spain.
Robert has worked in the construction industry since 1983. He has managed, scheduled, and estimated a variety of project types nationally and around the world, with an emphasis on themed entertainment. He has worked on national and international projects with budgets in excess of $5 billion.
Nathan Yang, P.Eng
Nathan is a senior cost management and estimating professional with more than eight years of experience in the construction industry throughout North America and Asia. He is an expert in quantity surveying, cost management, budgeting, financial forecasting, project controls, change management, risk simulations, scheduling, and reporting. His project portfolio is international in scope and includes extensive work with Universal Studios, one of the highest profile clients in the themed entertainment sector.
Daniel has been in the construction industry since 2008. As a cost manager, he is experienced in cost planning throughout all phases of a project, from concept to project close-out. Daniel specializes in themed entertainment cost planning, having provided these services on many landmark projects for industry leaders including Disney, Universal Studios, Merlin Entertainments, and DXB Entertainments.
Angela Laird Lirio
Senior Planning Manager
Angela is a senior planning manager with knowledge of both engineering and management disciplines with 11 years of experience in international high-profile parks, family entertainment centers, resorts, hotels, and other specialty projects. Angela’s management skills include creating and executing strategic plans, and maintaining multi-park rides and developments on concurrent and tight deadlines. Her project portfolio includes working with projects like Universal Studios, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Brothers, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Six Flags, Atlantis Resort Dubai and other multinational projects in different sectors.