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Debra Smith

Debra Smith

Shingle Springs, CA, US

 

About 

EXPERTISE For the past twenty-plus years, I have worked on multiple small to mid-size projects simultaneously with increasing responsibilities and complexity. I have managed these projects by facilitating user groups to achieve consensus and/or prioritization for program development, writing master plans, developing space plans, overseeing project schedules and budgets, coordinating consultants, writing specifications, managing the production team, and administering projects through construction. My passion is to provide exceptional service on projects through better operational, sustainable and aesthetic performance of the physical space.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
CA Architect License #C 18555

Certifications & Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
National Council of Architects Registration Board (NCARB)
Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED AP BD+C)
Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) - Planning Institute Faculty

Executive Certificate for Home Modifications - University of Southern California

Education University of Oregon: Bachelor of Architecture 1984

Computer Programs  Of daily use: Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, Project, PowerPoint; Adobe Acrobat; Blue beam; Deltek; ConstructWare; Masterworks; BSD Speclink;
Of intermittent use: AutoCAD, DataCAD; CorelDraw; Sketchup8, Go to Meeting.

WORK EXPERIENCE
ANOVA NEXUS:  2004-2013 Sacramento, CA (ANOVA Architects; Murray and Downs, AIA)
As Senior Project Architect / Manager, I used my service skills to maintain client relationships; thus, leveraging repeat business. These relationships helped expand the company's higher education studio. Through my multi-tasking skills, I kept several of our higher education projects, as well as other civic projects, on schedule and on budget. I also used my organizational skills to keep internal and consultant teams on track for project delivery of several projects:
AOC - San Joaquin County Juvenile Justice Center Addition and Renovation
CSU Chico - University Center Landscape Project
CSU Chico - Gateway Science Museum: LEED GOLD
UC Davis - Advanced Transportation Research Infrastructure Center:
  Pending LEED Silver
Hartnell Community College District – Center for Applied Technology
Los Rios Community College District: Cosumnes River College - Courtyard;
  Science Modernization / Expansion; Administrative Office Building
Sierra Community College District:
  Nevada County Campus – Gym, Multi-purpose, Wellness; Renovations
  Rocklin Campus - Various re-roofs; Misc. ADA and Feasibility Studies
Yosemite Community College District:
  Modesto Junior College – Primary Data Center; Art Building Life Safety;
  Schedule Maintenance Projects 2006 to 2013
  Columbia College – Secondary Data Center; Facilities Office Modular;
  Scheduled Maintenance projects 2006 to 2013.
El Dorado Irrigation District - Master Plan; Phase II Administrative Office Annex;
  Phase III Fleet, Warehouse and Shop Facilities through permit

 

PMSM ARCHITECTS: 1998-2004 Paso Robles, CA
As Senior Project Architect, I managed several projects simultaneously. My skills were key in the collaborative management and mentoring of drafting staff and in the completion of many projects in the firm's satellite office. Collaboration included Owner participation for programming and project development.  My projects included:
Alan Hancock Community College District- Science & Health Occupation;
  Final Project Proposals for One Stop Student Center and Fine Arts Complex
San Luis Community College District: Cuesta College - Master Plan,
  Allied Health, Math & Science; Learning Resource Center 
State Center Community College District: Reedley College – Classroom building
Santa Maria School District - Master Planning; Modernization 14 campuses:
  K-12 and junior high campuses
City of Paso Robles - Paso Robles Airport; Veteran’s War Memorial & Senior Center;
  Sherwood Park Master Plan
Marsh Street Parking Garage Expansion
Oceano Community Center
Armitage and Brigham Residences

HOLT ARCHITECTS: 1989-1998 Palm Desert, CA (The Holt Group)
As Project Architect and Production Leader, I used my organizational skills to direct drafting staff and to complete construction documents for multiple projects simultaneously. I collaborated with planning staff and the design architect to complete plans and specifications for various school, civic, church and medical office projects:
Copper Mountain Campus (College of the Desert) - Library, Cafeteria & Student  Center; Bookstore
Larsen Justice Center – JV with Don A. Wexler Assoc.
Indio Juvenile Hall – Phase III JV with Don A. Wexler Assoc.
King's School of the Desert - Master Plan, Classroom Renovation
El Centro City Hall Addition and Renovation
Calipatria City Hall and Fire Station / State of Cal. Dept. of Corrections
City of Calipatria Downtown Revitalization Study – Master Plan
City of Blythe Fire Station Addition
Desert Sun Newspaper – Gannett Corporation
Granite Construction Office Building - Indio, CA
Bruzzi's Trattoria - Palm Springs, CA
Allied Signal Aerospace Consolidation - Baja California
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Fellowship Hall and Classrooms, Calipatria
Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall and Classrooms, Camarillo
New Community Lutheran Church Multipurpose Sanctuary, Temecula
The Desert Medical Group - various tenant improvements
Bloomer Residence -Palm Springs
Community Development Block Grants – low income housing

CHRISTIAN & BOUCHARD 1987-1988 Palm Springs, CA (firm closed)
As Project Coordinator, I used my previous experience to develop construction documents and administer construction of various projects. My skills in scheduling and project development led the Gannet Corporation to maintain my services after the firm itself closed.
Desert Sun Newspaper – Gannett Corporation
Hampton Inn, Palm Springs – construction administration
Gate City Beverage, Indio – through construction documents

CCY3 ARCHITECT 1984-1987 Redding, CA (firm closed)
This first intern position after my graduation allowed me to develop project coordination skills in collaboration with architects; mechanical, electrical and structural engineers; and staff planner. I assimilated AutoCAD skills on the job while maintaining schedules for the production of construction documents for my projects:
All Mission Indian Housing Authority – low income housing for various tribes
Pilgrim Homes - senior housing HUD 202
Anderson USD and West Valley High School –through CD’s

Employment 

Anova Architects, Sacramento, CA, US, Senior Project Architect / Manager

As Senior Project Architect / Manager, I used my service skills to maintain client relationships; thus, leveraging repeat business. These relationships helped expand the company's higher education studio. Through my multi-tasking skills, I kept several of our higher education projects, as well as other civic projects, on schedule and on budget. I also used my organizational skills to keep internal and consultant teams on track for project delivery of several projects.

Dec 2004 - Jan 2013
 

PMSM Architects, Paso Robles, CA, US, Senior Project Architect

As Senior Project Architect, I managed several projects simultaneously. My skills were key in the collaborative management and mentoring of drafting staff and in the completion of many projects in the firm's satellite office. Collaboration included Owner participation for programming and project development.

Oct 1998 - Dec 2003
 

Holt Architects, Inc., Palm Desert, CA, US, Project Architect

As Project Architect and Production Leader, I used my organizational skills to direct drafting staff and to complete construction documents for multiple projects simultaneously. I collaborated with planning staff and the design architect to complete plans and specifications for various school, civic, church and medical office projects.

Jan 1989 - Oct 1998
 

Christian & Bouchard Architects, Palm Springs, CA, US, Project Coordinator

As Project Coordinator, I used my previous experience to develop construction documents and administer construction of various projects. My skills in scheduling and project development led the Gannet Corporation to maintain my services after the firm itself closed.

Oct 1987 - Dec 1989
 

CCY3 Architects, Redding, CA, US, Intern

This first intern position after my graduation allowed me to develop project coordination skills in collaboration with architects; mechanical, electrical and structural engineers; and staff planner. I assimilated AutoCAD skills on the job while maintaining schedules for the production of construction documents for my projects.

Jul 1984 - Aug 1987
 

Education 

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center

Executive Certificate Program in Home Modification
program supported by National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
 

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, BArch, Architecture

Elective studies:
Environmental Design; Ecological Implications; Site Analysis
Studies in Urban Theory; Urban Economics; and Survey of Urban Regional Planning

Oct 1979 - Jul 1984
 

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