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Michael Gargano

Michael Gargano

Orlando, FL, US

 

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MICHAEL J. GARGANO, AIA
347 219 7947  mg@greenlightarchitecture.com
ARCHITECTURE  FACILITIES
STRATEGIC PLANNING  PROJECT MANAGEMENT
FACILITIES PLANNING


Offering 20+ years of project management and strategic planning experience ~
Strategic Planning - Project Management - Facilities Management - Architectural - Engineering/Construction


 Team Leadership  On-Time Project Completion  Space Utilization  Capital Planning
 Financial Reporting  Resource Allocation & Optimization  Staff Productivity


Dynamic professional with a team-centered philosophy, experienced with multiple type projects related to Corporate and Manufacturing facilities, Municipal infrastructure, Retail, Commercial and Residential buildings. Passionate about win-win negotiations, surpassing expectations of stakeholders and maximizing business resources.
 Self-Motivated individual with 20+ years of proven expertise in Project Management, Facilities Planning, and Strategic Planning. Design and Construction administration for Institutional, Manufacturing and Corporate facilities, Retail, Commercial and Residential projects.
 Skills include ability to manage all aspects of projects including approval of Planning concepts, Architectural Design Concepts, Design Development, Construction Drawings, Implementation, Commissioning and repair/alteration.
 Offering demonstrated success managing the planning activities for over 2M SF of space for international investment bank – portfolio includes properties in the US, South America and the Caribbean.
 Able to deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction.
 Management of onsite vendors and in house cross functional engineering teams to provide and maintain system for move/add/changes (MAC) in fast paced mission critical environments.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


OCPS – PROJECT MANAGER – Facilities  Orlando FL. Oct. 2015 - Present
ARCHITECT/ENGINEER; Capital Improvements and Portables
Architect/Engineer – coordinate projects from concept to close out including work with procurement, contracting, architects, engineers, construction managers and third party vendors to produce quality long lasting solutions for building and site projects with high profile and board oversite. Supervise and develop all architect/engineering activities for projects related to school upgrades as part of a capital funding program with Orange County School Board.


USPS – CONTRACTING OFFICERS REPRESENTITIVE – Facilities  Windsor CT. Jan. 2013 – Sept. 2015


ARCHITECT/ENGINEER; Repair and Alteration Northeast Facilities
Architect/Engineer - plans, directs, supervises and develops all architect/engineering activities for projects related to repairs and alterations with 20 Million USD in project funding. Responsibilities include funding authorization and project procurement of facilities upgrades, repairs, alterations and replacements for building and site systems such as roofing, paving, exterior site and civil work, boilers, hvac, fire alarm, security and access controls projects for large distribution centers over 400,000 SF and small main post offices with less than 10,000 SF.


GLA - GREEN LIGHT ARCHITECTURE LLC - Architecture and Interior Design  NYC Sept. 2005-Jan. 2013


FOUNDING PARTNER; various retail, commercial and residential clients
Offering a diverse set of design services ranging from architecture and interior design to concept design, merchandising fixture design, and furniture design. Expertise in the design and coordination of corporate offices and facilities with complex technical requirements, such as semi-conductor facilities and data centers. Strategic planning for over 2 Million square feet of space for Corporate offices, Data centers, and Hi Tech Laboratories and Facilities for semiconductor production. Our specific areas of expertise include luxury retail and residential architecture, as well as corporate office and industrial design services.
Our experience working with some of the best residential and retail design firms over the past 20 years has given us a diverse range of strengths ranging from concept design for luxury retailers to the coordination of large-scale retail spaces - environments designed to accommodate many different brands within a unified retail environment.
Key Accomplishments & Project Highlights:


 United States Postal Service – CT Jan. 2014-Present

Project manager responsible for managing total project cycle. Professional experience and skills to complete facilities projects from initial investigation and design to procurement and construction phases with project funding, project management and construction administration skills enabling the completion of project with commitments of over 18 Million USD
o Coordinate work with engineering teams for projects at numerous facilities with significant public value with regard to landmark and state historic preservation projects.
o Interior work at Bethpage Logistics and Distribution Center in NY for HVAC, Security, Access control, Fire Alarm, Paving and Lighting projects. Project funding of 5 Million USD
o Exterior projects at numerous Plants and Processing Centers including Mid Island location in NY with work related to Asbestos remediation, truck maneuverability, Security, Access Control, Paving, Lighting, and Dock Seals/Rehabilitation with Project funding 6 Million USD
 Roberto Cavalli Flagship location – NY April 2011-Jan. 2014
Architect of record and development of construction documents for the complete renovation of the high profile Madison Avenue, NY location.
o Daily Client communications regarding corporate standards set by the Italy team and the local team in New York
o Design development and construction administration.
o Instruct and coordinate the work with merchandizing vendors for design quality and intent and contracting engineers for electrical and mechanical aspects of the work.
o Bid leveling to comparing proposals
o Shop drawing review and specifications.
o Currently Commencing Phase II for the flagship expansion.
PSI - PRIME SOLUTIONS INCORPORATED - Master Planner and design coordination  CT Nov. 2009-Nov. 2010
ELECTRICAL FACILITIES UPGRADE; United Illuminating
Champion the Strategic planning and coordination, scheduling, and design for electrical transformation and distribution systems upgrade program for electric company United Illuminating in Bridgeport and New Haven Ct. Demonstrate excellence in maximizing resources, delivering projects on schedule and within budget, value engineering, troubleshooting and creating processes that streamline workflow.
Key Accomplishments & Project Highlights:
 Team leader for Planning
Delivery of design and construction drawings for electrical vaults and splice chamber upgrades in various locations across Connecticut.
o Outlined and Implemented CAD standards for Prime Solutions Incorporated
o Served as cross functional team leader in the coordinator of Civil, Structural and Electrical engineering teams.
o Coordinating with city agencies private companies and land owners to realize the buildable areas and possible locations for new underground vaults to be located.
o Organization of multiple projects working concurrently providing quality assurance and quality control to drawing packages for construction.
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CH2M HILL - Project Manager, Onsite Facilities Services  NY Aug. 2006-Dec. 2009
ELECTRONICS, INDUSTRIAL, MUNICIPAL FACILITIES; IBM, Phillips, Micron

Administered all aspects of design and management of numerous space planning projects, data centers, test floors, laboratories, and tool installations/rebuilds on the Fishkill and Poughkeepsie NY campuses. Space Planning and design development for numerous moves and relocations. Orchestrated the design of oil storage tanks and secondary containment refurbishment. Supervised, mentored, and managed a team of design professionals through complete project lifecycle. Established deliverables through planning, scheduling, budget control, metrics, and resource optimization processes. Directed programming, planning, design, and overall construction solicitation and document delivery. Facilitated and coordination with design teams, clients, systems engineers and construction managers with the latest version of CAD for all drawing sets.
Key Accomplishments & Project Highlights:
 PERCS Test Floor Planning & Design Manager: Benchmarked and led the development of construction and bid documents for architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical disciplines for a PERCS lab.
o Spearheaded schematic design, design development and construction documents for the installation of P7IH – micro-electronics racks and cabinets with water-cooled electronic equipment.
o Worked with manufacturers to develop the specifications for raised floor systems to accommodate standing and rolling loads.
o Design and construction administration for the installation of zero-clearance hydraulic lifts, ramps, and stair systems.
 Lead Architect
Positioned and managed team of architectural designers with various space planning and design projects, including
o retrofit, replacement, and site upgrade to buildings and grounds.
o Led code studies, interpretations, and egress and life safety plans. Compliance with numerous codes including IBC, NYSBC, OSHA, ANSI 117, NFPA etc.
o Coordinated project engineering teams to ensure timely deliverables of documentation.
UBS INVESTMENT BANK - CORPORATE REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT  CT Sept. 1996-Jul. 2005
PROJECT MANAGER/SPACE UTILIZATION PLANNING New York, NY and Stamford Ct
Directed corporate interior space planning and fit-out, managing construction, budget control, compliance, proposal development, and work scheduling. Fostered and grew relationships to develop brand and grow business opportunities. Mentored and led design and architectural teams; managed vendor/client negotiations. Chaired meetings with project heads, decision makers and key stakeholders to report on progress, garner consensus and plan future strategy.
Key Accomplishments & Project Highlights:
 Space allocation quarterly reporting
Implementation of CAD CAFM database to seamlessly manage space allocation reporting on a quarterly basis for the UBS real estate portfolio in excess of 2 million square feet across the Americas, Canada and the Caribbean.
 “Run the Bank” Daily Operations
o Managing the Move/Add/Change (MAC) process with support from teams of electrical, low voltage, communications and carpentry contractors to reconfigure (back office and support floors in addition to the trading floor and datacenter environments) space through the move/add/change process. Held weekly meetings to track progress and discuss any changes to the planning process.
o Trading floor reconfiguration.
o Data center expansion and reconfiguration.
o Open plan and office reconfiguration.
o Conferencing reception and public space reconfiguration.
 Strategic planning / space management
o Requirements to support headcount fluctuations of the organization for 3,500 person headcount with a one and five year strategic plan.
o Working closely with the managing directors and executive directors to manage their space needs and configuration changes through discovery of synergies which create the best most effective space utilization.

o Developing space standards that helped create consensus throughout the organization with regard to entitlement and rank.
 Remote site locations
o Responsible for decommissioning and construction driven by growth of remote locations in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, Cayman, Nassau, and other cities.
o Assisted UBS clients in site selection through the development of a short list for new locations coordinating lease terms with clients.
o Managed large multi-disciplined groups of architects and engineers in the development of new leased space for clients – projects ranging from 5-10 mil. Coordinated with client and design team (including architect, engineer, security officers, general contractor, electrical contractors for high and low voltage, special installation vendors for furniture and media equipment and demountable partitions, raised flooring, dropped ceiling, etc.) to create workspace for small to medium sized trading floors, conferencing centers, and back office areas, fixed income, private clients and information technology departments.
 Architect/Designer, Corporate Finance office and conferencing fit out, relocation and Integration, Houston, Texas, and Los Angeles, California (2004)
 Architect/Designer, Equities Traders Relocation and Expansion, Atlanta, Georgia (2003)
Prior to 2000:
Architect Architecnic – Boca Raton, Fl, Luxury High Rise Condominium Development, Florida
Jr. Architect, Cartaya Associates – Ft Lauderdale Fl. DOT Road Widening Project, Water Treatment Facility,
Post Graduate Studies, New York Institute of Technology, Professor Rodolpho Imas - history and design course in Sucre, Bolivia 1990, Valencia, Spain 1991/1992.
ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 Guest Lecturer / Critique - Escuela Tecnica Superior De Arquitectura de la Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
 Lecturer, Assistant Professor - Rodolpho Imas
 Lecturer / Critique- La Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz de la Sierra
EDUCATION & TRAINING
New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury Campus, Old Westbury, NY
BS, Architecture (5 year professional degree) – graduated magna cum laude
Licensed Professional Architect:
Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina,
Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Institute of Architects (AIA)  National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Regional and Urban Design Committee  Committee of Corporate Architects and Facility Management

Elsewhere:

Education 

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

Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Kingsborough Community College (KCC) in Brooklyn prior to attending New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Old Westbury NY for architectural education where I received a BArch degree. Post graduate studies on South America and Europe.

Sep 1985 - Jun 1990
 

Awards 

Affordable Housing, Honorable Mention

1989
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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