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Owner/Principal

S.V.P. "CONSTRUCTION", ARCHITECT AND MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE

Scarsdale, NY

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CAREER GOAL: I am seeking a S.V.P. “Construction” Architect and/or Management Executive position in a challenging yet interesting venue allowing me to mentor, manage and motivate a new group of very talented & highly motivated in-house and consulting professionals in the synergistic pursuit of the addressing/mitigating of a common commission's/project's successful resolution on time and under budget 
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: 
❖ Highly motivated, self-starter, with comprehensive high-level planning, design/build and administration experience in the public, private and military sectors here, Asia and in Europe 
❖ Served 10+ years as a U.S. NAVY - CEC Officer (SEABEES) CONUSA, Asia and in Europe 
❖ Experienced in all phases of office/professional practice and contract administration including client/architect/contractor and consultants coordination/management from a project's inception (Planning, pro-forma/programming) right through final punch listing (substantially completion). 
❖ Have forensic architecture experience and consulted with architects, insurance agencies and prosecuting/defending attorneys on analysis/litigation, defense brief's preparation & Expert witness 
❖ Have served as in-house and/or part time consultant, for arbitration (AAA) and/or contract dispute resolution(s) in either an office, field and/or court application. 
❖ Have utilized my educational, professional and military talents and practical experiences as an expert witness consultant in a court and/or arbitration setting(s) as needed. 
❖ Contributing professional member/editor of the N.Y.C. sponsored (Bloomberg/Quinn) 2013 "Building Resiliency Task Force" in coordination w/the local (NYC) U.S. Green Building Council Chapter 
❖ Recently worked as Professional Consultant (URS/AECOM) with MTACC and Code Compliance 
Sections for the build-out of tenant spaces in the newly commissioned Fulton Center Complex. Previously assigned as a full time consultant with CPM/NYCT, as a Deputy Design Manager for Station's Design - with a working budget of over 1.25 Billion for a 4-7 year duration. Additional assignments: Coordinated in-house & consultant component's disciplines & staff in order to prep and successfully put-out-to bid & award 18 station's rehabs/Small Business Tier 1 and 2 in Brooklyn. 
❖ WDP Consulting Engineers, P.C. (June 2016 – April 2017) Retained/Consulted as the NYC office’s new Business Development Director & Lead Litigation Support Consultant coordinating with the principals & support staff in the Corporate offices in Manassas, Va. Performed Forensic Testing and Analysis, with the Engineering Staffs & assisted in the generation of various summary reports with suggested field corrections (Construction Details) to be applied to proposed Roof, Foundation & Exterior Façade Redesign, Restoration(s), Energy Code Compliance & Whole Building Commissioning.

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Owner/Principal

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

Architectural/Engineering, Planning, Design/Build, Construction/Project Management, NYSDOS Building Codes, Zoning and Litigation Support Consulting Practice with 5-12 professional staff 
❖ Developed/conceptualized and 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 and extensive work for Columbia University Properties including interiors, restoration of façades, upgrading of facilities 
❖ Set practice's goals, projected work loads & allocated assets and manpower to deliver services 
❖ Directed, managed, motivated/mentored staff's work load(s), personal and professional development 
❖ Various residential and commercial land use studies, appraisals and reports, as a developing partner in the Tri-State Area to prepare/present various mixed-used projects and parcel studies for investor(s) participation. I have/am also consulting with Attorneys along with municipalities, as an expert witness and/or codes interpretation and compliance, arson investigations, forensic architecture consultant/construction management, Building Inspection and compliance site visits. 
❖ Served as an arbitrator, mediator/facilitator for conflict resolution (s) in the public/private sectors 
❖ Consulted with other architects, engineers and contractors for their NYS and local municipality Building code compliance, zoning and planning board variance(s) and or application (s) needs. 
❖ NYCT (April 2014 - Feb 2015) - I consulted as a Deputy Design Manager for CPM I worked on the nine station redesign for The Culver Line in Brooklyn - designed by and I coordinated with AECOM (Bob Pinghero, PE - project executive). Nine additional stations redesign for The Sea Beach Line in Brooklyn. - These stations designed by HDR (I coordinated, as NYCT's representative, with Suzanna Schroeder, R.A. - project executive). Both projects (18 stations) were designed, prepped for bidding and awarded (under three separate bid documents) in less than eight (8) months. It was necessary to expend all of the allocated Federal funds before being recaptured by 01 January 2015. Additional assignments: consulted with, assisted in the administration, and successfully biding of, the Small Business Mentoring Program - Tiers 1 & 2 in Brooklyn. 
❖ NYCT (Feb 2015- July 2015) Working with the Codes Compliance Section of CPM, I was assigned to MTACC to review, evaluate and certify, the submitted Architectural & MEP drawings, for the retail build-out of spaces, under a Master Lease with Westfield @ the Fulton Station Center. My tasking was the review & evaluation for their compliance with the NYSB&F Codes, good design and building standard's practices and coordinated their contract document's preparation - for retail and food service spaces. NOTE: My additional responsibilities included preliminary Code Compliance Variance submissions from and coordination with the consulting A/E Firm (ARUP - Mr. Craig Covil, PE - Principal) - that were submitted to the NYSDOS CODES DIVISION (Mr. Dan Nichols, PE) for a final approval and eventual implementation in the field by the various Design Professionals and General Contractors

Senior Associate Architect & Litigation Support Specialist

WDP CONSULTING ENGINEERS, P.C.
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New York, NY
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June 2016 to April 2017

Retained & Consulted as the NYC office’s Business Development Director & chief Litigation support consultant coordinating with the Three principals & senior staff in the Corporate offices in Manassas and other locations in the Northeast

Professional Consultant - Deputy Design Manager & Code Compliance Officer

NYCTA & MTACC
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New York, NY
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April 2014 to July 2015

NYCT (April 2014 - Feb 2015) - I consulted as a Deputy Design Manager for CPM I worked on the nine station redesign for The Culver Line in Brooklyn - designed by & I coordinated with AECOM . Also an additional nine station redesign for The Sea Beach Line in Brooklyn - designed by & I coordinated with HDR - Both projects (a total of 18 stations) were designed, prepped for bidding & awarded (under three separate bid documents) in less than eight (8) months expending all of the allocated funds before they were to be recaptured by 01 January 2015. Additional assignments: Consulted with/assisted in the administration of, the Small Business Mentoring Program - Tiers 1 & 2 in Brooklyn. 
NYCT (Feb 2015- July 2015) Working with the Codes Compliance Section of CPM, I was assigned to MTACC to review, evaluate & certify, the submitted Architectural, Structural & MEP drawings for the retail build-out of interior spaces, under a Master Lease with Westfield @ the Fulton Station Center, for their compliance with the NYSB&F Codes, good design & building standard's practices & coordinated contract documents - for retail & food service spaces. NOTE: My additional responsibilities included preliminary Code Compliance Variance submissions from and coordination with the consulting A/E Firm (ARUP) - that were submitted to the NYSDOS CODES DIVISION (Mr. Dan Nichols, PE) for approval & implementation in the field @ the Fulton Station Mall Area.

Education

Masters in Urban Design & Planning

C.C.N.Y./Hunter College
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New York, NY

1976

Bachelor of Architecture in Architecture

City College of New York
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New York, NY

1975

B.S. in Architecture & Social Sciences

City College of New York
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New York, NY

1974

Brooklyn Technical High School
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Brooklyn, NY

1969

Greek

American Institute of the Bronx

Skills

OSHA SITE SAFETY & HEALTH OFFICER (8 years), REGISTERED ARCHITECT (NY/NJ) (10+ years), CERTIFIED NYSDOS CODE COMPLIANCE OFFICER (10+ years)

Military Service

Service Country: United States

Branch: US NAVY

Rank: 04-CEC (5105)

October 1986 to May 1997

VARIOUS ASSIGNMENTS IN CONUS, EUROPE AND THE FAR EAST: COMPANY COMMANDER (HEADQUARTERS, DELTA CO, ALPHA CO) ASSISTANT OPS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS/MASTER OF CEREMONIES, EMBARKATION, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, AIR & SEA LOAD AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE, OFFICER.

Commendations:

SEMI ANNUAL INSPECTIONS, BEST-IN-TYPE FOR: PUBLIC AFFAIRS, EMBARKATION, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE OFFICER.

Certifications/Licenses

REGISTERED ARCHITECT - NY

March 1981 to May 2018

REGISTERED ARCHITECT, LICENSE, ISSUED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO PRACTICE ARCHITECTURE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK

REGISTERED ARCHITECT

February 1982

REGISTERED ARCHITECT, LICENSE, ISSUED FROM THE NEW JERSEY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL - DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, TO PRACTICE ARCHITECTURE IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY

OSHA CONSTRUCTION SAFETY & HEALTH OFFICER

February 2009 to January 2019

ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

CERTIFIED CODE COMPLIANCE OFFICER

September 1996 to January 2017

ISSUED BY THE NEW STATE DEPARTMENT OF STATE TO CERTIFIED CODE COMPLIANCE OFFICERS TO EVALUATE AND ENFORCE THE N.Y.S.D.O.S.BUILDING & FIRE CODES AND REQUIREMENTS

REGISTERED ARCHITECT

July 2018

OSHA 10

September 2018

CERTIFIED CODE COMPLIANCE OFFICER

December 2017

Groups

A.I.A.

August 1984 to December 2016

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE

Additional Information

CAREER GOAL: I am seeking a S.V.P. “Construction” Architect and/or Management Executive position in a challenging yet interesting venue allowing me to mentor, manage and motivate a new group of very talented & highly motivated in-house and consulting professionals in the synergistic pursuit of the addressing/mitigating of a common commission's/project's successful resolution on time and under budget