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* MBA from Houston Baptist University: Focus on International business and Business Process Re-engineering

* Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon. 

* NCARB Registered Architect, Multiple state registrations.

* General Contractor B license, Qualified in California

* Journeyman Machinist and Journeyman Carpenter, with Texas licenses in the  Plumbing and Electrical trades.  Extensive work in manufacturing/process engineering and construction.

* Security Clearances with: FBI, FEMA/Homeland Security, FAA, DOD, USDA, HISD

* Range of  demonstrated expertise from  $100 mil+ to interior remodeling and from consulting to design/build contracting.  Projects include offices, industrial/manufacturing facilities, retail, residential, transportation facilities, and healthcare facilities, involving both public and private sector clients.

* Breadth of experience: Programming, Business Process Re-engineering, Design, Construction Documentation, Specifications, Construction Management, Design Build Construction, Contracting, Property Management, forensic analysis of building systems, and Property Development. 

* Technical Background includes extensive Construction Processes and Manufacturing process Engineering, and design of all aspects of building systems including but not exclusive to, building envelope, interior finishes and construction, Architectural stone and metal work, MEP systems, and structural systems.

* Management experience: Projects over $100 million to interior lease space remodeling and build-out.  All aspects of Architectural office, design, and production management.  Most aspects of construction, and construction project management.

* Prior notable Architectural work with Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo in Connecticut and Richard & Dion Neutra Architects in Los Angeles.  Project Manager and Account Manager for landside and airside projects at the Birmingham International Airport.

* Computer Literate: MS Office, Lotus Smart Suite, Internet; word processing, data base, presentation, simulation, graphics, AutoCAD, and statistical programs.  CPM, PERT, nonlinear and linear decision making skills value analysis skills.

SELECTED PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS


Responsible for numerous design-build clinical and non-clinical projects, and for multiple contract design and construction projects for the Veterans Administration in Temple, Waco, and Houston Texas.

Account Manager-Facilities for the Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham Alabama.  Master Planning, Facility design and management, Account Management, and Construction Management for numerous land side & air side projects, including a $35mil parking deck, terminal re-roofing, Interior renovations, and Cargo facility and Corporate Terminal relocation.  Airport Master planning, Passenger Terminal Master Planning, and traffic planning. 

Member of an Anchorage International Airport team as Project Architect, USKH, Anchorage, AK

Public Safety Facility and Jail for Gary IN, Project Manager for Architecture and Construction: Involvement included Re-programming, Schematic Design, and completion of Construction Documents for a new Public Safety Facility for Gary IN.  Resolved numerous organizational conflicts between the city, its departments, and independently contracted consultants to produce design and construction documents.  Reprogrammed facility to satisfy program requirements of the city.

Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant Design, construction documents, & specifications for multiple building envelope projects maintaining continuous plant operation, 0% down time.  Value engineered projects from $30k to $300k.

Re-Programming, Conceptual Design, & Site Planning for the Portage County, Lincoln Center for the Aging in Stevens Point, WI.  Programming & Site Planning for Schreiber Foods in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. & Woldt Cheese in New London, WI.  Programming, Site Planning, process engineering, and Value engineering for multiple industrial facilities including R.B.Royal and ERDA in Wisconsin.

Fast-track design-build of telecommunication C/O & data processing facilities in nine states.  Designed and completed construction documents for 93,000 s.f. Central office telecommunication facility for FOCAL Communications in less than 3 weeks. Various facilities under my supervision were located in NY, NJ, PA, TX, MI, CA, OH, & IL.  Much of the work involved the design and construction of security and emergency support systems as well as building envelopes.

Department of HEW Buildings, Washington, D.C.  Architect and project manager.  $65 million [1974 $] remodeling: Project involved the renovation and remodeling of 3 WPA era buildings to accommodate the increasing presence of the Dept. of HEW for the following 3 decades.  Project responsibility included identifying compliance issues regarding [at that time] newly implemented energy and accessibility contemporary and future technological requirements, and providing comfortable, safe, and contemporary accommodations for the staff of the Department of Health Education and Welfare.  I was  Personally responsible for Realizing 23% savings in anticipated  construction costs through design and mechanical innovations while improving the net quality and value of the delivered product.   Achieved a 75% savings in our in-house production costs.

Project Architect, Responsible for curtain wall design and detailing Metropolitan Museum and the United Nations Development Corp. Buildings, NYC.

Project Architect/Job Captain for the below grade structures of the Federal Reserve Bank Headquarters in NYC.  Responsible for infrastructure research and coordination of the 10 Story, 70 feet below sea level subterranean structure.

Owner’s representative for the College Life Insurance Headquarters.

Huntington Beach Central Library and Cultural Resource Center, Huntington Beach, Calif. Job Captain & Project Designer.  Responsibilities included programming, conceptual design, schematic design.  Developed a radically new and effective concept for library organization based on efficient and accessible information storage and retrieval.  Anticipated and accommodated the future use of computer terminals and electronic data storage,

Project Architect Responsible for the Planning, Design, and Construction Documents for two ten story residential towers, on budget, in two weeks total turn around time.  Completed documents included two fully coordinated concepts for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.  Project location: Redondo Beach, California.

Designed and constructed the lowest cost house ever authorized and built under the FHA-235 Program. Use of REDI-FORM, a patented concrete forming system, and prefabrication techniques resulted in a 20% reduction in construction costs and a unique atrium plan.   Managed other residential construction projects and participated in the design and construction of the machinery to fabricate REDI-FORM. 

Designed, developed, constructed, and managed Houston's first Residential & /Commercial Lofts in downtown Houston, Texas.  Developed new business enterprise consisting of a musicians rehearsal facility.  The two building project, includes one of the oldest buildings in Houston

Architect, contractor, developer.  Private practice included but not exclusive to design-build projects, construction management, and business/facility analysis.  Provided as a professional or consultant: Architectural Services, programming, and business re-engineering services as well as fast-track and design-build construction management for most types of commercial and residential construction. 

My mission was and continues to be to help my clients achieve maximum value from their present and future physical assets.


REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS AS AN INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER

1. CMS, Houston Rehabilitation Institute, Houston, Texas.   Provided facility analysis, programming, conceptual design, and preliminary facility plans for a proposed outpatient facility and for remodeling of the existing in-patient facility.  Developed a fast track/design build construction proposal with two different contractors to save over 750k in net costs on a project with a construction cost of less than $200k. . 

2. Designed and Constructed Active solar powered ranch including residence and outbuildings, VanWoerden Ranch, Cat Spring, Texas.

3. Developed  prototype design for full service Atlantic Richfield Service Stations, Atlantic Richfield Corporation. A franchised fast food restaurant, and Meat Market chain. 

4. New manufacturing and office facilities for PRAXIS, a Houston based chemical Industry control and metering systems manufacturing company.  Provided facility analysis, business process re-engineering, programming, schematic design, and property acquisition consultation.   Developed a fast track/design build proposal for implementation that allowed sequential/incremental occupancy. 

5. Designed and Constructed 4 art galleries in Houston, Texas: Willhelm Gallery, Plaza Gallery, Muth Gallery, and the Bienville Gallery.  All contracts were design-build.

6. Completed numerous light commercial and residential design build projects and acted as Consultant for Business Facility Analysis and for Roofing and Foundations on many commercial and multifamily projects in the Houston area.

7. Redesigned and constructed with the assistance of resident artists, the multistory gallery living quarters and working environment for a severely disabled gallery owner; Bienville Gallery, Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA.

8. Extensive involvement in opposition to a zoning referendum in Houston, TX.  Extensive involvement with community organizations involved concerned with the establishment of a Historical Warehouse District in Houston, TX.

9. Graduation Thesis on the Practice and Philosophy of  Urban Transportation Planning [copies available on request]

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