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Eric Closson

Eric Closson

Long Grove, IL, US

 

About 

Licensed architect in the State of Illinois.

Since graduating from the University of Kansas in 2006, I have worked on a wide variety of project types; commercial, retail, residential, restaurant, industrial, and a large scale athletic complex. Being an integral part of small to mid size firms allowed me to gain a vast base of knowledge throughout all facets of the architectural process; from programming space requirements for 20,000 square feet of office space to on-the-fly detailing with contractors during construction administration. 

While working with Brand Managers and the CEO of Lettuce Entertain You (holding corporation for over 80 restaurants) to create efficient designs to match specific brand identities I was able to develop my project management skills at a very early point in my career. As part of my duties on these projects and others, I have been responsible for obtaining permits within Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, handling the Bid Process on a variety of construction types, and dealing directly with contractors in a construction administration capacity.

My work experience has allowed me to use Revit as my primary design tool since 2006.  This led me to develop a Revit implementation plan and training tools for the employees of my current firm and direct a change-over to BIM processes and standards.  As part of this process, project templates, custom Revit families and client specific functions have been designed for the firm.

Employment 

Interwork Architects, Architect - BIM Specialist

As a Revit / BIM specialist, I serve as both Project Architect and Staff Architect at
Interwork. Projects and clients have included a 10,000 square foot medical office
tenant space and ongoing modification/ implementation of standards and corporate
branding for NorthShore University HealthSystem; a 35,000 square foot new car
dealership for DuPage Dodge Chrysler Jeep; and renovation of headquarters lab space
as well as implementation of BIM standards for Anixter. I am also responsible for
services to building management on over 1,000,000 square feet of tenant space.
I have also directed Interwork’s firm wide migration to REVIT, developed BIM
standards, templates, work practices and training. I am also continually investigating new technologies for Interwork including implementation of a private cloud, iApps and
social networking.

Nov 2009 - current
 

C3D Architecture PLLC, BIM Specialist-Staff Architect

Working mainly on an Olympic style complex of athletic facilities in Constanta, Romania in a small office environment allowed me to hone my Revit skills at yet another level and work on a large scale project. I was charged the task of designing seating layouts, exiting and restrooms for all buildings in the complex as well as aiding in the design and modelling of the complex in Revit.

Projects:
Sala Polivalenta – Constanta (10,000 Seat Arena, 2,000 Seat Olympic Swimming Venue, 1,000 Seat Multi-Purpose Center, 80 Unit Hotel, 2,000 Vehicle Underground Parking Center in Constanta, Romania); Single Family Home Addition, Mt. Prospect, IL

Mar 2009 - Nov 2009
 

Ron Kwaske Architect, Staff Designer-Associate

Continuing with small firms, here we focused on residential, multi-family, and restaurant projects. We worked to analyze each problem very carefully and design every project with specific intent. Revit only office.

Projects:
Condominium Renovation at 1212 N. Lakeshore Drive; Rehabilitation of a 19 Unit Apartment Building at 7546 S. Saginaw; Adaptive Reuse of a Garage Building converted into a Fast Food Restaurant at 1025 N. Ashland; and numerous residential projects of varying scope and size

May 2008 - Jan 2009
 

Merrifield Architects, Intern Architect-Project Manager

After joining the firm I quickly became fully immersed in all phases of all projects, eventually managing projects and clients. Working at a small firm right out of school allowed me to get experience across the board and dive right into every facet of the architectural process. Revit only office.

Projects:
Richard Bennett Custom Tailors at 175 W. Jackson Blvd; Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Restaurants: Wow Bao at 175 W. Jackson Blvd and 1 W. Wacker Drive and conversion of Tucci Bennuch to Frankie’s Scaloppine and Pizzeria at 900 N. Michigan Ave; Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers (multiple locations); Lobby Renovation at 900 N. DeWitt Place; and various office build-outs

Jul 2006 - May 2008
 

Education 

The University of Kansas, BArch, Architecture

Design/Build Studio, Spring 2005
•Redesign/revitalize courtyard at West Jr High School in Lawrence; start to finish hands-on construction

School of Architecture Study Abroad Spain and Italy, Summer 2004
•Construction work on original Italian villa buildings/walls, design addition to the Barcelona Pavilion

Aug 2001 - May 2006
 

Awards 

AIA Kansas City-Young Architects Forum - Monsters of Design, Honorable Mention

West Junior High School Courtyard Revitalization

2005
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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