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James Giaquinta, RA

James Giaquinta, RA

Freehold, NJ, US

 

About 

I am a registered architect and have worked for several architectural firms as well as on my own.  I’m a graduate of City College and have been practicing within both the corporate and private sectors as an architect, owner's rep and construction project manager. I have been exposed to many diversified types of projects as well as been given a great deal of responsibilities having total project control (from conception through project completion).   

Employment 

EBI Consulting, Project Architect

Project Engineer/Architect for EBI Consulting, authoring property condition and construction management reports for locations throughout the northeast region
• Site survey
• Authoring property condition & Construction Management reports
• Developing budget/cost estimates
• Building Department research
• Authoring construction activity reports

Property types:
• Hospitality property portfolios
• Full nursing home properties
• Regional mall properties
• Urban apartment house complex’s
• Rural housing developments
• Warehousing complexes
• Office buildings
• Manufacturing buildings

Feb 2011 - current
 

Freelance architect, Project Architect

Project Architect for LF USA relocation (new offices and showrooms) at 1333, 1359 and 1372 Broadway in New York City (160,000 sq.ft. @ $23.2 Million)
Project coordinator within office and field
• Developed project preliminary budget.
• Developed project schedule.
• Coordinated Construction Documents to reflect approved schematic plans.
• Coordinated bidding procedures.
• Construction inspection and supervision.
• Reviewed for approval contractor's progress payments.

Mar 2009 - Feb 2011
 

Economic Project Solutions, Sr. Project Manager

Project Manager for JP Morgan Chase Corporate Headquarters located in Jersey City, with project located at 245 Park Avenue, 270 Park Avenue, 277 Park Avenue, Whippany New Jersey, Morristown New Jersey and Metrotech, Brooklyn N.Y.
Primary project coordinator for all aspect of the projects:
• Collaborated with Real Estate to develop strategic plan.
• Developed project requirements by interviewing clients to determine needs.
• Developed project budget and project funding.
• Developed project schedule.
• Retain both Architect and Engineers (via RFP’s) and drafted contracts.
• Coordinated with Architects and Engineers as to obtain Construction Documents.
• Coordinated with furniture vendors as to selection, budget and ordered furniture.
• Approved and executed all Vendors purchase orders for project.
• Coordinated project with Voice and Data Communications.
• Leveled all construction bids and drafted contact.
• Performed construction supervision.
• Chaired weekly project progress meetings with Users, Contractors, Architects, Engineers and GTI.
• Reviewed and approved all invoices associated with projects.
• Prepared bi-monthly project reports to upper management.
• Prepared and executed projects close out documents.
Key projects and Accomplishments:
• 120 Seat Trading floor @ 270 Park Avenue (6,000 sq.ft. @ $2.2 Million).
• 110 Seat IOC Command Center in Whippany, New Jersey (10,483 sq. ft. @ $2.3 Million).
• Cubicle densification & cosmetic upgrades @ 270 Park Avenue (34,000 sq. ft., built in four Phases involving 216 seats @ $3.3 Million).
• Conference Center and PWM Branch upgrades in Morristown, New Jersey (19,400 sq. ft. @$1.2 Million).
• Tape Storage Library (350,000 backup tape storage), in Metrotech, Brooklyn, N.Y. (8,000 sq. ft. @ $1.2 Million).
• Decommissioning two floors for subleasing in Metrotech, Brooklyn, N.Y. (19th & 21st floors 72,400 rsf @ $1.1 Million).
• 70 person call center relocation from Morristown, New Jersey to Whippany, New Jersey.

Feb 2008 - Jan 2009
 

Manhattan Construction Corp, Construction Project Manager

Project Manager for a Construction Firm, including projects for Cushman and Wakefield in Midtown New York.
Primary project coordinator for all aspect of the projects:
• Collaborated with estimator during bidding process.
• Provided on and off site management and quality control to ensure projects met time and budget requirements and were built in accordance with contract documents.
• Coordinated project and schedule with project supervisor and subcontractors.
• Worked closely with architects and engineers in reviewing drawings and specifications.
• Prepared and executed all Purchase Orders and Change Orders.
• Chaired weekly project progress meetings with Client, Architect and Engineer.
• Reviewed and approved all invoices associated with projects.
Key projects and Accomplishments:
• Full floor build out at 18 East 41st Street for Cushman and Wakefield with construction cost of $875,000.
• Corridors and Bathrooms renovations at 112 West 34th Street for Cushman and Wakefield at a construction cost of $3.5 Million.

Jul 2007 - Feb 2008
 

Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter, Senior Architectural Project Manager

Project Manager for Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter Corporate Headquarters, located at Two and Five World Trade Center, 1633 Broadway, 1585 Broadway, 750 7th Avenue, 75 Varick Street, 180 Varick Street, 825 3rd Avenue, Harborside NJ, Tampa FL and Irvine CA.

Primary project coordinator for all aspect of the projects:
• Collaborated with Real Estate to develop strategic plan for presentation to senior management.
• Developed project requirements by interviewing clients to determine needs.
• Prepared preliminary design drawings and schedule for client approval.
• Coordinated with estimating department to obtain project funding.
• Executed on-call agreement with Architects and Engineers.
• Coordinated with Architects and Engineers to review Construction Documents.
• Coordinated with Design Group for furniture selection, budget and order.
• Executed all Vendors purchase and work orders for project.
• Coordinated project with Voice and Data Communications.
• Coordinated construction bidding process with Procurement.
• Performed construction supervision.
• Chaired weekly project progress meetings with Users, Contractors, Architects, Engineers, IT and Move Management.
• Reviewed and approved all invoices associated with projects.
• Prepared and presented reports for upper management approval.

Key projects and Accomplishments:
• Restacked Operations @ Five World Trade Center involving approximately 1,000 employees & up to 200,000 sq. ft. Total project budget of $15 million, lasting 3 years.
• As a result of 911, developed and performed Disaster Recovery for both Operations and Group IT’s relocations to 75 & 180 Varick Street. This relocation involved 250,000 sq. ft. of new facilities that would house approximately 1,200 employees within a 6-month time period at a cost of $18 million.
• Total renovation of Two World Trade Center 44th floor Cafeteria involving 12,000 sq. ft. with a budget of $6 million.
• Relocated the Print Shop & National Mail Distribution to 180 Varick St. involving 10,000 sq. ft. with a budget of $2 million.

Jun 1992 - Jan 2007
 

Howard R. Goldin Associates, Architectural Project Manager

Total project coordination from concept to punch list, for construction cost up to $2 million.
Project responsibilities:
• Initial client contact.
• Drafted Owner/Architect Letter of Agreement.
• Did zoning feasibility studies.
• Sketched preliminary designs.
• Prepared and coordinated all Working Drawings, Bid Documents and Buildings Department filing forms.
• Coordinated bidding procedures.
• Assisted clients in selection of contractors.
• Construction inspection and supervision.
• Processed contractor's progress payments.
Type of Projects:
●Medical Offices ●Pharmacies ●Apartments Alterations ●Commercial Stores ●Restaurants
●Brownstone Alterations● Residential Houses ●Greenhouses ●Office Renovations

Nov 1985 - Jul 1992
 

Education 

City College of New York (CCNY), BArch, Architecture

Sep 1977 - Jun 1982
 

Areas of Specialization 



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