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EMANUEL P. CARAS, A.I.A.

EMANUEL P. CARAS, A.I.A.

Scarsdale, NY, US

 

About 

  1. Highly motivated, self-starter with 39+ years of comprehensive high-level planning, design/build and administration experience in public, private and military sectors here, Asia and in Europe
  2. Seeking a challenging yet interesting venue allowing me to mentor, manage and motivate a new group of talented & highly motivated in-house and consulting professionals in the synergistic pursuit of addressing mitigating a common commission's/project's successful resolution on time and under budget
  3. Served 10+ years as a U.S. NAVY - CEC Officer (SEABEES) CONUSA, Asia and in Europe
  4. 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).
  5. Have forensic architecture experience and consulted with architects, insurance agencies and prosecuting/defending attorneys on analysis/litigation, defense brief's preparation & Expert witness
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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 preps and successfully put-out-to bid & award 18 station's rehabs/Small Business Tier 1 and 2 in Brooklyn.
  10. 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 w/Corp. in Manassas

Professional Registration

 

v  Registered Architect NY and NJ – will seek additional states as needed

Certifications

v  OSHA 10 HR Site Safety Certified,

v  NYSDOS Certified Code Enforcement Officer

Employment 

EMANUEL P. CARAS & ASSOCIATES, SCRASDALE, OWNER/PRINCIPAL

Owner/Principal: 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 workloads & allocated assets and manpower to deliver services
 Directed, managed and 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.

Mar 1987 - current
 

WDP CONSULTING ENGINEERS, P.C., New York, NY, US, SENIOR ASSOCIATE/ARCHITECT, NYC MARKETING & LITIGATION SUPPORT PRINCIPAL

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.

Jun 2016 - Mar 2017
 

NYCT/MTACC, New York, NY, US, PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANT - DEPUTY DESIGN MANAGER & CODE COMPLIANCE OFFICER

 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). Also an additional nine station redesign for The Sea Beach Line in Brooklyn - designed by and I coordinated with HDR (Suzanna Schroeder, R.A. - project executive)...Both projects (a total of 18 stations) were designed, prepped for bidding and 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 and 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 and certify, the submitted Architectural & MEP drawings for the retail build-out of spaces, under a Master Lease with Westfield @ the Fulton Station Center, for their compliance with the NYSB&F Codes and good design and building standard's, practices and coordinated contract documents - 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 approval and implementation in the field

Apr 2014 - Jul 2015
 

Education 

City College of New York (CCNY) - Spitzer School of Architecture, New York, NY, US, Masters, URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING

URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING STUDIES AND FULL TIME WORK STUDY IN PRIVATE PRACTICE- I.M.PEI AND PARTNERS

Sep 1975 - Jun 1976
 

City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY, US, BArch, ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING, SOCIAL SCIENCES, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION & ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Jan 1970 - Jun 1975
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills