Archinect
James

James "Jeff" Baker

Brookfield, CT, US

 

About 

With years of experience in the field of architecture I have guided projects through all phases of the design and construction process. Clients have included schools, universities, hospital, banks and financial institutions, telecommunications, corporations, government and military.

My responsibilities include:
Project management, architectural design, responding to RFP's and scope development, field surveys and site analysis, labor estimating, proposals, programming, customer coordination, schematic design, code reviews and analysis, design development, CADD Operations including supervision and coordination of CADD production directed toward construction documents, document reviews and project coordination, construction documents and specifications, planning and zoning submissions and presentations, building department filings, bid documents, addendums, construction administration, shop drawing review, field inspections, punch list, project close-out, billing, marketing integration, drafting, Revit, BIM, communication, adaptability.

I am experienced in providing coordination among clients, the A/E disciplines and special consultants. A skilled problem solver, I am dedicated to finding creative and cost-efficient solutions within the parameters set by budget and schedule.

I am passionate about my work. I am a self-starter and will do the work assigned to me. I multi-task. I like being involved in all phases of a job and have had some degree of experience dealing with almost all aspects of a project. Clients like and appreciate what I bring to a project.

Employment 

Hewlett-Packard (formly EYP MCF), Brookfield, CT, US, Architectural Designer

Flexible Data Center (Flex DC) team / Critical Facilities Services (CFS)
• Helped initiate the re-design of the initial conceptual layout
• Introduced idea of utilizing modular manufacturing to design team
• Project coordination with Mechanical/Electrical disciplines and outside consultants
• Worked with team to develop a ‘Basis of Design’ which will allow potential clients to pick their desired configuration
• Schematic design and development of base design to address multiple design density options and phasing
• Developed custom, ‘one off’ designs to address potential customers concerns and/or desires when submitting proposals or responding to RFP’s
• Project coordination with Marketing Department to produce a white paper, brochure, spec sheet, marketing images and animations
• Self-taught Revit Architecture 2012, produced a working model for use developing and selling multiple phases and options for mechanical / electrical trades and for use with marketing / sales

Dec 2010 - Sep 2012
 

Hewlett-Packard (formly EYP MCF), White Plains, NY, US, Project Manager

Critical Facilities Services (CFS) / Critical Facilities Design (CFD)
• Assimilated and adapted to large corporate structure
• Learned corporate rules and standards of business
• Learned new methods of project management
• Learned corporate accounting policies and procedures
• Learned corporate approval processes for job pursuit
• Developed Scope of Work (SOW) for proposals
• Utilized labor estimating and financial analysis tools
• Facilitated coordination between multiple disciplines and outside consultants
• Client interface that included project status advisories, bill review, monitoring and tracking of scope change(s)
• Manage change orders
• Maintained financial status and updates as per company procedures
• Authorized bills
• Project documentation, filing and record keeping
• Coordinated project close out

Nov 2008 - Dec 2010
 

EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Inc. (EYP MCF), White Plains, NY, US, Project Manager

• Defined project scope based on RFP(s), client meetings and experience in order to develop and submit proposals
• Financial responsibility: labor claim reconciliation, invoice authorization, billing
• Responsible for project documentation and records retention
• Lead and supervised design development with responsibility for change management
• Interfaced and directed multi-discipline project teams from diverse offices and external consultants (Architectural, Civil, Structural, Plumbing, Fire safety, Mechanical, Fuel Oil, Electrical, Acoustical)
• Performed cursory code analysis
• Supervised and conducted site surveys as required to create CAD backgrounds for M/E use
• Performed CAD work for mechanical and electrical disciplines
• Outside consultant coordination (Civil, Structural, Architectural, Acoustical)
• Participated in ‘value engineering’ with Owner and Contractor
• Tracked and supervised RFI responses, shop drawing reviews, issuing addendums and drawing revisions
• Punch list completion

Jan 2001 - Nov 2008
 

Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, White Plains, NY, US, Project Designer / Project Manager / Job Captain

• Hand drafting & Autocad
• Promoted Senior Technical Draftsman
• Promoted to Associate and Project Manager
• Supervised and directed work of CAD operations directed towards production of construction documents
• Provided in-house coordination between multiple trades: Specifications, Structural, Interior Design, Pluming and Fire Protection, Mechanical, Electrical, Fuel Oil
• Facilitated in the development of company CAD standards and CAD detail libraries
• Provided general CAD and IT type support
• Instigated the expansion of office and company network
• Advocated for computer deployments and upgrades
• Raised awareness of network security
• Instrumental in development of off-site network accessibility
• Tested software and upgrades prior to deployment

Mar 1994 - Jan 2001
 

YOUNG’S - RENTAL CENTER, Ridgefield, CT, US, Assistant Manager

• Customer interface
• Established client database: contact information and service history
• Expanded rental inventory

Jan 1993 - Mar 1994
 

Independent Consultant, Danbury, CT, US, Self-employed

Designer / Draftsman: various residential projects including decks, renovations, additions / expansions and custom cabinet design.

Nov 1991 - Mar 1994
 

WHITE PLAINS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, White Plains, NY, US, Independent Consultant

• Organized, documented and filed over 90 years’ worth of plans, drawing submissions, blue prints and specifications from the late 1800’s to date, encompassing all districts school buildings

Jan 1992 - Jan 1993
 

Fuller & D'Angelo Architects and Planners, Elmsford, NY, US, Senior Draftsman / Project Manager

(Pre-computer and pre-AutoCAD, all hand drafting)
Hired as a drafter / detailer. Promoted to Senior Draftsman and then to Project Manager for major addition and renovation project.
• Drawing reviews and mark-ups
• Direct supervision of draftsmen
• Liaison with project consultants, civil, structural, mechanical / electrical / plumbing
• Review and incorporation of client requirements
• Obtain NY State approval
• Bid packages package for a four prime contract per Sec135 NY State Finance Law aka Wick’s law. Structural, Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical

Project Manager:
• Addition & alterations to Church Street School, White Plains, NY
Senior Draftsman:
• Church Street School cafeteria addition, White Plains, NY
• George Washington School roof replacement, White Plains, NY
Project Types:
• Institutional & Commercial
Projects:
• Drake Swissotel, New York City, NY
• Pelham School District Report & Proposal, Pelham, NY
• Marlboro School District Report & Proposal, Marlboro, NY
• Westchester County Courthouse Report & Proposal, White Plains, NY
• Miscellaneous F.D.C. Projects, State of NY

Nov 1989 - Nov 1991
 

Various, CONTRACT EMPLOYEE

Union Carbide, Danbury, CT
Facilities Department Designer
• Client requirements thru Project execution
(Programming, code reviews, design, material selection, bid, execution)

United Parcel Service, Greenwich, CT
Electrical Draftsman
• Identified and located key components necessary for electrical schematics.

Door-Oliver, Stamford, CT
Civil / Structural Draftsman
• Modification and detailing of a structural steel truss.

London & Egazarian Associates, Inc., Rye Brook, NY
Designer / Draftsman
• Burlington Air Express’s major hub for the United States, Toledo, Ohio. Produced construction documents for a 380,000 sq. ft. warehouse, 20,000 sq. ft. of office space and civil design that included airport apron.

Dual-Lite, Newtown, CT
Electrical Draftsman
• Lighting plans and schematics

Berol Corporation, Danbury, CT
Designer Draftsman
• Conducted plant survey detailing existing equipment base, run rates, requirements, and key dependencies
• Designed optimized factory floor plans for manufacturing process
• Technical illustrations

Jan 1987 - Nov 1989
 

Education 

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, US, Bachelors, Environmental Design

Bachelor of Science
Pre-architectural degree.
Originally intended to obtain a duel degree in Landscape Architecture & Architecture. Took two years of landscape design courses.

Sep 1984 - Dec 1988
 

Western Oklahoma State College, Altus, OK, US, Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General

Associate in Science
Completed 2-year program in 1-year with GPA 3.65

Jun 1983 - Aug 1984
 

Areas of Specialization 

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