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Emanuel Caras, A.I.A.

in-house Architect, Planner, Construction estimator/manager at Emanuel P. Caras + Associates

Scarsdale, NY

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❖ Highly motivated, self starter with 35 years of comprehensive high-level planning, design/build and administration experience in public, private and military sectors here, Asia and in Europe 
❖ Experienced in all phases of office/professional practice and contract administration including client/architect/contractor and consultants coordination from a project's inception (Planning, pro-forma/programming) right through final punch listing (substantially completion). 
❖ Have forensic architecture experience and consulted with attorneys on analysis, litigation preparation and/or defense briefs 
❖ Have served as in-house and/or part time consultant, for arbitration and/or contract dispute resolution(s) in either an office, field and/or court application. 
❖ Have utilized, educational, professional and military talents and experiences as an expert witness in a court/arbitration setting(s) as needed. 
❖ Contributing professional member/editor of N.Y.C. sponsored (Bloomberg/Quinn) "Building Resiliency Task Force" in coordination w/the local (NYC) U.S. Green Building Council Chapter

Work Experience

in-house Architect, Planner, Construction estimator/manager

Emanuel P. Caras + Associates
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December 1999 to Present

on various design/build projects (throughout the U.S.A.)

Owner/Principal

Emanuel P. Caras + Associates
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Scarsdale, NY
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April 1987 to Present

Scarsdale, NY 
A/E, Planning, Design/Build, Construction/Project Management and Litigation Support Consulting Practice with 5-12 staff members Owner/Principal: 
❖ Have developed/implemented many Design/Build commercial and residential renovation and restoration projects, including but not limited to; a new Greek-Orthodox Church, Medical Office Buildings, various retail store and restaurant renovations including extensive work for Columbia University Properties including interiors, restoration of façades, upgrading of facilities 
❖ Various residential and commercial land use studies, appraisals and reports, as a developing partner in Tri-State Area to prepare/present various mixed-used projects and parcel studies for investor(s) participation. I have/am also consulting, with other Architects, Engineers, General Contactors and Attorneys along with municipalities, as an expert witness and/or codes interpretation and compliance, arson investigations, forensic architecture and construction management and Building Inspection and compliance site visits. 
❖ Have also served as an arbitrator, mediator and/or facilitator for conflict resolution 
❖ Consulted with other architects, engineers and contractors for their NYS/local municipality Building code compliance, zoning and planning board variance(s) and or application (s) needs.

Administrative Architect

Architects, Engineers
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1983 to Present

reporting directly to the Director and Deputy Director of Design 
 
❖ Responsible, as a group leader, for an annual budget of $100-$140 million. 
❖ Supervised and allocating Architects, Engineers, (in house and outsourced consultants) and support staffs' time in the development, estimating, budgeting, preparation and review of contract documents and their implementation in the field. 
❖ Responsible for the renovation/upgrading of existing public housing stock with annual budgets of between $35-$60 million, formulating program requirements, supervising work from preliminary designs and planning, through final contract prep for construction, as well as the consultation, as needed, in the field to resolve any/all field problems with the execution/interpretation of our prepared contract documents. 
❖ Additional duties included: Research/Development of Materials/Methods of Construction, Specs/Office Practice Modifications, and Facility Management/Design, coordinated joint review meetings with HUD and other City Agencies; Supervised employee recruitment and evaluation. 
❖ Major Accomplishments: Assisted in the setting up of and the development of the Contract Administration Department by lending my support in the field, training our inspectors in "Construction Methods and Analysis" for the execution and interpretation of our prepared contract documents. 
❖ Attended, on behalf of the NYCHA, Community Board and Tenant organization meetings 
❖ Lead product research and cost analysis of new acquisitions and facility planning needs, office layouts, word processing, purchase, evaluation and procurement of C.A.D. programs and the production of any/all drawing/reproducing and office equipment.

Consultant

Emanuel P. Caras + Associates
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Eastchester, NY
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November 2006 to May 2009

Town Planner & Building Inspector, Architectural, structural/plumbing field Inspections

Consultant

Emanuel P. Caras + Associates
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Woodside, NY
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May 1999 to 2001

Project/Site manager for the renovation contract of the Spofford Juvenile facility, located at Hunts Point in the Bronx beginning in May 1999 and turning over the facility on December 15, 1999. 
 
❖ Consulted as the primary contractor's field representative, as the project's manager/administrator 
❖ Managed this 2.4 million dollar DJJ/DDC contract - whose scope of work included but not limited to; interiors, restoration of façades, upgrading of facilities and the coordination of all other trade (contracts).completed on time and under budget 
❖ Prepared the daily reports, coordinating the project super(s), the foreman/office support staff, interfacing w/the project's construction management firm (K.B.F.) to prepare, update and present (on a weekly basis) a project progress report to the staffs of DJJ/DDC and Mayor Giuliani's office (who took a very special interest in the progress & the final completion of this project). 
❖ Compiled, documented/prepared and submitted all change orders for their funding and approval 
❖ Scheduled and had executed all approved change orders and coordinated their timing, staffing and material needs with the all other P.M's and job supers from the other trades 
❖ Secured a 1.6 million dollar, non-bid, change order.

Consultant: Interim Building Inspector/Planner

Emanuel P. Caras + Associates
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Tuckahoe, NY
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June 1998 to May 1999

for the Village of Tuckahoe, coordinated site plan and building permit applications and conducted site visits and inspections, until filled permanently in May 1999

DEPARTMENT CHIEF-ADMINISTRATIVE ARCHITECT

N.Y.C H.A
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New York, NY
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November 1978 to April 1987

Architect in Residence

New York State Foundation
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New York, NY
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1981 to 1981

for the Arts (1981), I developed a "Built Environment Workshop Program" for public school students as an "Architect in Residence", with the hope of developing a comprehensive workbook/seminar program to be implemented by any school, public or private, wishing to acquaint their students, in a very entertaining visual and highly educational, systematic process, with the scope, functions, vocabulary of the Architectural profession. I also taught a group of 5th and 6th grade N.Y.C.B.O.E. students (1981/2) and a fifth grade class (1993) in Scarsdale Elementary school a series of "Learning to look at Architecture" year long seminars. 
 
❖ Wrote Architectural advice (How to build additions and code questions) as well as an Historical perspective byline (Now and Then pieces) for monthly newspapers (Scarsdale and Greenwich).

Project Manager

David Kenneth Spector and Associates
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August 1977 to November 1978

Consulted as a field representative an project manager/administrator 
❖ Prepared contract drawings and specifications for numerous public and private buildings. 
❖ Responsible for the supervision of projects from preliminary design through field supervision with a strong emphasis on client contact, preliminary planning and program development, zoning and building department research. 
❖ Responsible for various building types which included: Private residences, Brownstone conversion - The Galleria Penthouse, Mr. Stuart Mott's Penthouse, Spec. Houses in Hawaii, US Open Tennis Center (Flushing Meadow Park) and office/restaurant interiors. 
❖ Additional duties included: Slide & graphic presentations (renderings), study and finish models, PR booklets (design, layout/prep) and field visits for record keeping ,updating and compliance with contract drawings & specs and punch list prep and completion(s)

Intermediate Designer

The Eggers Group
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New York, NY
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December 1976 to August 1977

Responsible for client interviews, preliminary designs, design development and working drawings, the checking/coordination of shop drawings for hospital and office additions and new construction. 
❖ Developed and produced renderings and illustrative material for clients - PR booklets, (design and layout). 
❖ Additional duties included: Establishment, coordination and the weekly, implementation of the Continuing Education Program (lectures) for the office's professionals.

Intermediate Designer

Marcel Breuer & Assoc
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New York, NY
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June 1976 to December 1976

Mt. Tochal Hotel in Tehran. 
 
❖ Consulted as the Project Manager/Administrator, working closely with the design partner(s). 
❖ Responsible for the Planning, Analysis, Design and Program Development Drawings for the Mt. Tochal Hotel in Tehran. 
❖ Generated (a new) program and scope of work, along with a full set of preliminary design drawings (floor plans, sections, elevators and interiors) and supervised the building of a site model for a three hundred-room luxury hotel.

Planner/Designer

IM Pei & Partners
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New York, NY
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September 1975 to June 1976

Consulted/coordinated with two other planners, (both Senior Associates). 
❖ Responsible for preparing planning studies, (R.F.P.'s, plans and models) for the New Brunswick CBD Master Plan which included: In-Town Housing, two (2) major spec office buildings and Johnson & Johnson's World Headquarters, various street widening, auto access to/throughout the CBD, parks and parking design, hotel facilities and commercial redevelopment. 
❖ Coordinated client and consultant's reports, presentation and design development drawings 
❖ Oversaw and coordinated the construction of presentation model(s) with the model shop staff 
❖ Coordinated the preparation, photography, graphic and written submittals for PR booklet(s). 
❖ Additional duties included: Contract drawings/specifications for Raffle's Bank (Singapore), Interior and Design Development Drawings for National Gallery, the Kennedy Library and Javits Center jobs, Research and Development/coordination of standard details and specification modifications.

Construction Resident Superintendent

George Johnikouries & Associated, Naoussa, Greece
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May 1975 to September 1975

Consulted and coordinated efforts between the Project Architect and Construction Manager(s). 
❖ Primarily responsible for design/working drawing's changes, assisted in the prep/coordination of the construction scheduling/supervision of a $4,860,000 resort bungalow colony (100 duplex units), including a seawater swimming pool and a marina with a 125 seat waterfront restaurant. 
❖ Prepared/coordinated the budget and assisted in bringing project in under budget. 
❖ Supervised the construction crews, coordinated trades, implemented and projected construction, coordination and occupancy staging charts, scheduled work and material delivery. 
❖ This project was completed in thirteen months - although responsible only for the first 5 months; however, my charts/preliminary work facilitated its success.

Intern

N.Y C
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New York, NY
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September 1974 to May 1975

I was afforded the opportunity to experience, first-hand, the workings of this very large and influential City Agency. 
❖ Consulted/coordinated with two NYC departments and assisting and executing various Urban Design Projects and Studies. 
❖ Assigned, as a liaison between Norman Marcus' (Legal) office and the Urban Design Group to help in their redesign and rewording of the "Plaza" section of the NYC Zoning Resolution. 
❖ Additional duties including: Field visits producing extensive study and presentation drawings, legal research and PR booklets, which were used to explain and illustrate the new "Plaza" section to the general public.

Junior Designer

George W. Clark & Assoc
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New York, NY
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September 1973 to September 1974

Responsible for executing field survey/simple design development drawings primarily for banks and other commercial projects. 
❖ Additional duties included: Running/coordinating the plan room and the reproduction machines, checking, logging-in and filing of all shop drawings and research material.

Construction Supervisor

Seton Park Dome
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Riverdale, NY
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May 1973 to August 1973

Consulted/coordinated with two Licensed Architects. 
❖ Supervised/oversaw a crew of between eight and twenty-five volunteers, to erect, fiberglass, rough/finish interiors, and paint a Geodesic dome to be used as a local community center. 
❖ Responsibilities included: Scheduling/cataloguing the various materials and their delivery dates, researching/designing the overall site preparation, landscaping, coordinating all volunteer craftsmen, adults and teenagers and the solicitation/distribution of all financial support in the form of sponsorships, gifts and donations. 
 
RELATED WORK/EXPERIENCE:

Education

Masters in Urban Design & Planning

Hunter College

1976

Bachelor of Architecture City College of New York

1975

Brooklyn Technical High School

Greek

American Institute of the Bronx

Skills

LITIGATION SUPPORT (EXPERT WITNESS) CONSULTANT, N.Y.S.D.O.S. CODES ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, OSHA CERTIFIED SITE SAFETY OFFICER, FLUENT GREEK SPEAKER

Military Service

Service Country: United States

Branch: US NAVY - CEC

Rank: LT. (03)

November 1986 to March 1997

HELD VARIOUS COMPANY COMMANDER POSITIONS IN THE CONUS, EUROPE AND FAR EAST. AS A CEC OFFICER IN THE SEABEES I WAS TASKED WITH VARIOUS ADMINISTRATIVE AND MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION TASKINGS WHERE I TRAINED,ASSESSED AND SET GOALS FOR MY STAFF AND CHARGES IN THE FIELD AND IN THE CONCEPTUALIZATION PHASES IN THE OFFICE WHERE I FORECASTED MANPOWER AND ASSES NEEDS AND PROJECTED TASKINGS IN THE FIELD WHILE SETTING AND ADOPTING GOALS AND POLICIES IN PRACTICE (FIELD). I OVERSAW, EVALUATED AND PROMOTED STAFF AND COMPANY PERSONNEL WHILE INCREASING/OPTIMIZING OUR PRODUCTIVITY AND DELIVERY MECHANISMS/STAFFING.

Additional Information

My career development (over 37 years) has exposed me to a comprehensive, very broad/varied, high-level experience (in the Public/Private and Military sectors), in all phases of sound office/field and professional practice. I have placed a very special emphasis on the sensitive/complex relationship(s) and very important coordination needs of my client(s), their contractor(s) and any/all consultants and as you know this require very good interpersonal relationship skills - which I may easily/effectively apply/use in any/all position(s) you may now have and/or any of your future need(s). Note: I am in the process of upgrading my certification(s) to include LEED (energy compliance design)  
 
I have learned how to take orders and give orders, but most importantly I have developed the most invaluable skill and ability - to adapt and assimilate relevant information quickly, assess the required needs of the tasking(s) and improvise a short/long term plan and/or solution thereby facilitating my successfully implementing my orders and/or taskings. I am a, Registered Architect (32 years), OSHA Site Safety Officer, Planner and Residential/Commercial Construction Manager with Public works, Contract Administrator experience (11+ years of a US NAVY Seabees officer – typically managing 280 -1,875 men, assets and equipment). I have been in private practice, as a Principal/Owner, since 1987, a volunteer fireman/EMT and Arson Investigator (26 + Years), a N.Y.S.D.O.S. Code Enforcement Officer (since 1996) and an OSHA certified site safety Officer since 2009. I have also been a N.Y.C.H.A. Department head supervising a professional staff of 8-12 and managing outsourcing our consultant and professional contracts and assets in excess of […] I know and understand the full meaning of “synergy” its ramifications and inherent benefits interfacing with consulting entities and/or professionals and I work well with any/all of the other Department heads and future customers, clients and residents.