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Louis Mari

Louis Mari

Mendham, NJ, US

 

About 

Louis Mari is a partner and founding member of Melior Design+Build LLC, a full service design/build firm offering single source architectural design and construction, specializing in custom residential, light commercial and sport architecture.  Melior Design+Build is committed to implementing progressive technology in sustainable design and building practices.  From concept to completion,  our process is "better design+build".

Lou has keen design sensibilities and a knack for developing creative solutions that add value yet slash costs and reduce schedule durations.

Lou has purposefully garnered experience in each phase of construction project life cycle, from architectural design to construction management and owner's representation.  This gives him a unique perspective that allows him to manage the entire project, and an appreciation for critical issues that are essential for client satisfaction.

Lou's diverse experience has made him more marketable and versatile, and has given him a full range of construction expertise, from site feasibility studies and conceptual design completely through punch list, close out and even legal disputes.  This diversification helps him work well with a wide range of individuals, and has given him the managerial skills to foster collaboration among various groups. 

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Employment 

Melior Design+Build, LLC, Mendham, NJ, US, associate

Meliorism is the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid in its betterment.

Melior Design+Build LLC is a full service design/build firm offering single source architectural design and construction, specializing in custom residential, light commercial, and sport architecture. Committed to implementing progressive technology in sustainable design and building practices, from concept to completion, Melior Design+Build is "better design+build".

Jan 2011 - current
 

Red Bull Arena, Inc, Harrison, NJ, US, Owner's Representative/Sr. Construction Project Manager

Central to the design, planning, development, and overall construction management of: Red Bull Arena, the new Red Bull Training Grounds (multiple locations), Red Bull Arena Bullshop, Executive Offices relocation to Red Bull Arena 2nd level, and renovations to the existing Montclair State University Training Facilities, among other smaller projects.

Application of refined design sensibilities improved the quality, functionality, flexibility, and brand-alignment of aforementioned projects. Initiated alternate design solutions that slashed costs while reducing schedule durations. Technical proficiency with change order rebuttals saved thousands ($). Introduced higher quality architectural design to Red Bull NY.

Other responsibilities included: value engineering, quality assurance, cost savings, schedule control, bidding, contract negotiation, procurement, consultant oversight & management, timely issue resolution, and claims avoidance.

Dec 2007 - Dec 2010
 

Beer and Coleman Architects, PC, Warren, NJ, Project Manager

Performed all architectural services for high end residential and commercial projects including: schematic and conceptual design; presentation drawings; design development; product selection/investigation; contract drawings; specifications; amendment sketches; owner/consultant/contractor correspondence and coordination; bidding negotiation and construction administration.

Feb 2006 - Nov 2007
 

Palent + Matilsky Construction Consulting, West Orange, NJ, US, Construction Project Manager

Construction management coordination and control services for public and private projects. Owner’s agent from design through closeout, providing quality assurance, cost control, schedule adherence and claims avoidance. Project leadership, meeting management, facilitation of a productive and cooperative jobsite environment.

Single source/sole proprietor for entire breadth of construction management services for $12million in construction costs for North Caldwell School District Aug.‘03-Dec.’04.

Projects encompassed management of 9 separate Prime Contractors and bid packages, 21,000 sqft of ground up new construction/addition to Grandview Elementary School, 20 acre sitework/parking facilities installation, and 80,000 sqft of renovation to 3 additional North Caldwell Elementary Schools.

Mar 2003 - Jan 2006
 

PS&S Architecture, Warren, NJ, US, Project Architect

Executed all architectural services from conceptual design development to production of Construction Documents involved in pharmaceutical and commercial projects commissioned by clientele such as Purdue BioPharma, Ortho McNeil, Schering Plough, Johnson & Johnson, Anadigics, and Steiner NY.

Steiner Studios, NY- new 580,000 sqft $78 million Hollywood-style (and scale) production and support facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY

Nov 2000 - Mar 2002
 

Jordan & Pease Architects, Somerville, NJ, US, Designer/Intern Architect

Application of BOCA National Building Code, Fire Occupancy, and CABO/ANSI Accessibility Codes.

Mount Olive New Middle School- 204,000 sqft $25.5 million award winning middle school.
Other smaller projects.

Dec 1997 - Aug 1999
 

Education 

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

Architecture. Concentration in architectural design.

Sep 1992 - May 1996
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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