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Consultant - Technical

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.

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Consultant - Technical

Emanuel P. Caras + Associates
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1996 to Present

reports, legal brief (s) preparation and expert witness for personal injury, arson investigation cases (CNA, etc) material, construction/contract, resolution & arbitration(s) 
❖ 1987/present - Consultant/Field Representative performing various Construction Management and/or inspection duties (i.e. progress, Technical/Service payment(s) and reports) for various, Insurance Companies, Developers, Contractors, Architects & Municipalities.

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

Professional Consultant as the Assistant Building Inspector

TOWN OF EASTCHESTER
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Eastchester, NY
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November 2006 to May 2009

Advised and consulted with the Town Planner & Building Inspector and conducted Architectural, structural, and plumbing field Inspections for the issuance of either a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) or a Certificate of Compliance, as well as the review and evaluation, for Codes and Zoning compliance, for Architectural plans and specs by applicants for a Building Permit (B.P.)

Professional Consultant as the Project Executive

ALMA CONTRACTING
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Woodside, NY
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May 1999 to January 2001

Project/Site Manager Executive for the renovation contract of the Spofford Juvenile facility, located in Hunts Point, Bronx, NY, 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/managed 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 
❖ Projected, scheduled and had implemented all approved change orders, projected and coordinated their timing, staffing/material allocation needs w/all other P.M's and job supers from the other trades 
❖ Conceptualized, submitted and successfully secured a 1.6 million dollar, non-bid, change order. 
❖ Since Dec 1999 I have been consulting (as an in-house Senior Architect, Planner, and Construction project estimator/manager) on various design/build projects (throughout the U.S.A.)

Professional Consultant as the interum Building Inspector

Village of Tuckahoe
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Tuckahoe, NY
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June 1998 to May 1999

Interim Building Inspector/Planner for the Village of Tuckahoe, coordinated site plan and building permit applications and conducted site visits and inspections, until the position was filled permanently in May 1999

Administrative Architect

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

A civil service titled managerial position (since 1983), reporting directly to the Director and Deputy Director of Design 
 
❖ Responsible, as a group leader, for an annual budget of $100-$140 million. 
❖ Supervised, mentored, managed and allocated 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(s) in the field. 
❖ Responsible for the renovation/upgrading of existing public housing stock with typical annual budgets of $35-$60 million. Tasked with formulating program requirements, supervising work from preliminary designs and planning, through final contract prep for construction, as well as my professional consultation, as needed, in the field to resolve any/all field problems with the execution(s) and/or interpretation(s) of our in place and 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 and experience(s) in the field, training our inspectors in "Construction Methods and Analysis" for the execution and interpretation of our in-place and 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.

Professional Consultant as an "Architect in Residence"

New York City Department of Education & Scarsdale Elementary School
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New York, NY
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September 1981 to June 1982

I developed a "Built Environment Workshop Program" for public school students as an "Architect in Residence". I hoped 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 hand-on seminars and workshops. 
 
❖ Wrote Architectural advice (How to build additions and code questions) as well as a Historical perspective byline (Now and Then pieces) for monthly newspapers (Scarsdale and Greenwich).

Project Manager - In this office and field coordinating position

David Kenneth Spector and Associates
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New York, NY
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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 a Project Manager/Administrator, working closely with the design partner(s) and coordinated the outside consultants to set goals and adopting program needs 
❖ Directed the Planning, Analysis, Design and Program Development Drawings for the Mt. Tochal Hotel in Tehran for the purposes of projecting costs and generating realistic construction projections. 
❖ Conceptualized (a new) program and scope of work, along with a full set of preliminary design drawings (floor plans, sections, elevators and interiors) oversaw and directed the building of a site model for a three hundred-room luxury hotel and delivering it on time for a presentation to client(s).

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/conceptualizing 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/managed client & consultant's reports, presentations and design development drawings 
❖ Oversaw and coordinated the construction of various presentation model(s) with the model shop staff 
❖ Initiated & coordinated the preparation, photography, graphic/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
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GR
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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. Planning Commission
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New York, NY
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September 1974 to May 1975

this was a work study opportunity to experience, first-hand, the principle function(s) and workings of this very large and influential City Agency coordinating various Departments and Professions, where I: 
 
❖ Consulted, coordinated and improved the interaction between various NYC departments, while assisting and executing/implementing various Urban Design Projects, Policies 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 served to explain and illustrate the new "Plaza" section to the Professional sectors 
❖ and more importantly to the R.E. Developers and 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 used as a local community center meeting area. 
❖ 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

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

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

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

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