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Jessica Fougner

Jessica Fougner

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Accomplished Senior Designer and Project Manager with 8-10 years of experience in design, construction, operations and retail rollout.

Successfully managed, designed and opened large-scale hospitality based retail rollout projects both domestic and international.  Able to understand and anticipate brand/client needs.  Experienced in managing projects from $300,000 to $10,000,000, while also having the ability to develop appropriate solutions and lead a team of diverse individuals in working towards a common vision.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Blink Fitness, New York, NY, US, Acting Design Director

■ Responsible for overseeing the entire retail rollout process including, but not limited to:
o Real estate research, site selection and lease & landlord coordination.
o Site survey and schematic feasibility studies, including scope of work including code review and permitting requirements.
o Overall Project scheduling, budgeting, value engineering and change order logs.
o Consultant management including contract negotiations, full CD set coordination (including structural and fire alarms), internal
redline coordination, LL comment management, jurisdictional comment management and final comprehensive set
coordination.
o Presentations including but not limited to local community board hearings, Landmarks and Historical Commission Boards.
o Signage coordination, including review of jurisdictional regulations and any necessary building and landlord coordination.
o Vendor coordination, including contract negotiations, purchasing and delivery scheduling.
o Construction project management, including but not limited to LL work letter coordination, necessary site modifications, shop
drawing review, all RFIs, design bulletins, SKs and plan amendment coordination.
■ Responsible for managing and mentoring (2) Design Managers.
■ Responsible for creating and managing Blink Fitness brand identity and construction guidelines and prototype drawings for ease of retail rollout
coordination, including environmental graphics, millwork & furniture specifications, lighting package & custom light fixture designs, kitchen
equipment selection and design, logo & branding usage, packaging and menu design, finish selection, and all brand specific design and
construction details.
■ Responsible for managing a Value Engineering project to reduce build-out costs $8.00/SF while still maintaining overall club aesthetics.
■ Responsible for managing a National Account Program for cost savings and specification consistency.
■ Responsible for the management for all vendor and consultant relationships including any RFPs for new services and new vendors.
■ Responsible for creation and management of brand related documentation and order forms for Franchise Program Establishment.

Oct 2013 - current
 

Eclipse Development (div. of Equinox Fitness), New York, NY, US, Senior Design Manager - Creative Juice

■ Comprehensive retail rollout project management duties including, but not limited to:
o Real estate research, site selection and lease & landlord coordination.
o Site survey and schematic feasibility studies, including scope of work including code review and permitting requirements.
o Consultant management including contract negotiations, full CD set coordination (including structural and fire alarms), internal
redline coordination, LL comment management, jurisdictional comment management and final comprehensive set
coordination.
o Vendor coordination, including contract negotiations, purchasing and delivery scheduling.
o Construction project management, including but not limited to LL work letter coordination, necessary site modifications, shop
drawing review, construction biding and award process, all RFIs, SKs and plan amendment coordination.
■ Responsible for creating and managing Creative Juice brand identity and construction guidelines for ease of retail rollout coordination, including
environmental graphics, millwork & furniture specifications, lighting package & custom light fixture designs, kitchen equipment selection and
design, logo & branding usage, packaging and menu design, finish selection, and all brand specific design and construction details.
■ Responsible for successful rollout, on time and under budget for over 10 juice bar locations throughout NYC & CT.

Feb 2013 - Oct 2013
 

Pret A Manger, New York, NY, US, Design & Construction Manager

■ Comprehensive retail rollout project management duties including, but not limited to:
o Real estate research, site selection and lease & landlord coordination.
o Site survey and schematic feasibility studies, including scope of work including code review and permitting requirements.
o Overall Project scheduling, budgeting, value engineering and change order logs.
o Consultant management including contract negotiations, full CD set coordination (including structural and fire alarms), internal
redline coordination, LL comment management, jurisdictional comment management and final comprehensive set
coordination.
o Presentations including but not limited to local community board hearings, Landmarks and Historical Commission Boards.
o Signage coordination, including review of jurisdictional regulations and any necessary building and landlord coordination.
o Vendor coordination, including contract negotiations, purchasing and delivery scheduling.
o Construction project management, including but not limited to LL work letter coordination, necessary site modifications, shop
drawing review, construction biding and award process, all RFIs, SKs and plan amendment coordination.
■ Responsible for conceiving and implementing all project specific designs, including but not limited to custom furniture, light fixtures,
merchandising displays, signage and branding.
■ Responsible for creating a US based brand identity and construction guidelines (“Nuts & Bolts”) for ease of retail rollout coordination, including
signage, furniture, lighting, equipment, environmental graphic, design and construction details.
■ Responsible for National Account Program coordination and purchasing management.
■ Responsible for creating and instilling an Estate Refurbishment Project, entailing site-specific details, construction project management, LL
approvals, purchasing, scheduling and budgeting for ALL US Pret A Manger location (total of 30).

Jan 2012 - Feb 2013
 

Le Pain Quotidien, New York, NY, US, Senior Global Design Manger

■ Comprehensive international retail rollout and franchise project management duties including, but not limited to:
o Real estate research, site selection and lease & landlord coordination.
o Site survey and schematic feasibility studies, including scope of work including code review and permitting requirements.
o Overall Project scheduling, budgeting, value engineering and change order logs.
o Consultant management including contract negotiations, full CD set coordination (including structural and fire alarms), internal
redline coordination, LL comment management, jurisdictional comment management and final comprehensive set
coordination.
o Presentations including but not limited to local hearings, Landmarks and Historical Boards, Design Committee, Parks
Department and Planning and Zoning
o Signage coordination, including review of jurisdictional regulations and any necessary building and landlord coordination.
o Vendor coordination, including contract negotiations, purchasing and delivery scheduling.
o Construction project management, including but not limited to LL work letter coordination, necessary site modifications, shop
drawing review, construction biding and award process, all RFIs, SKs and plan amendment coordination.
■ Provided architectural drafting and 3-D renderings throughout all phases of design from site selection, preliminary construction documents,
signage exhibits, presentations, and all millwork and site detailing.
■ Responsible for conceiving and implementing all project specific designs, including but not limited to, custom furniture, murals and mosaics,
light fixtures, tapestries, menu holders, merchandising displays, signage and branding.
■ Responsible the successful domestic retail rollout program of over 30 locations, within NY, DC, CA, VA, CT, PA. Established 3 new US markets
including Northern California, Philadelphia and Connecticut. Designed and opened 2 in-store working bakeries and a 20,000 SF certified organic
commissary in PG County, MD.
■ Responsible the successful international retail rollout and franchise program of over 50 locations, within London, France, Belgium, Amsterdam,
Germany, Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Russia, Middle East, Turkey and Brazil. Established 7 New International Franchise
Markets, and designed and opened over 3 international working bakeries both in-store and commissary based.

May 2008 - Jan 2012
 

Education 

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Old Westbury, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2003 - May 2006
 

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2001 - May 2003
 


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