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Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence

Upland, CA, US

 

About 

As an Architect, my role is to provide overarching guidance and decision-making to support the best interest of my clients. Additionally, I am responsible for communication of the program and design to clients and stakeholders, including presentations to the client, community, and end-users. I can effectively translate my clients’ desires and disseminate them in the form of direction to consulting engineers and other project team members that will result in comprehensive, coordinated drawings and specifications. I have a depth of experience in construction administration, and can effectively facilitate the construction process for clients, Construction Managers, and contractors.

 

As a LEED Accredited Professional, I can successfully navigate the implementation of sustainable design through the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification process, as well as the recently adopted California Green Building Code, from conceptual design through construction. I recognize the value and the cost of sustainable strategies, as well as the inherent increased effort on the part of the design team, owner, and contractor to integrate sustainability into a project.

Key Strengths /.

Over 20 years of experience providing management and leadership for a broad range of building types under a variety of delivery methods; experienced with traditional design/bid/build and multi-prime contracts under Construction Management, also managed projects through design/build deliveries.
Primary client contact accountable for managing all aspects of the project from design through construction.
Oversee multiple project teams.
Manage contractual obligations and scope of services.
Prepare responses to Requests for Proposals and Qualifications, and lead project interview teams.
Prepare project fees and scope of services.
Prepare requests for consultant engineering services.
Prepare and manage schedules, construction budgets, fees, and staff assignments.
Direct overall verbal and graphic communication of complex project concepts to clients, public agencies, and the project team.
Provide value engineering guidance to deliver projects at their “best value”.
Guide the production of Construction Documents.
Strong Construction Administration skills.
Provide coaching, mentoring, and performance-enhancing feedback to the project team.
Technical problem solving.
Cultivate productive relationships with clients, contractors, and staff.

Possess a genuine commitment to professional integrity.

Professional Licensure & Affiliations /

Architect, State of California - C22507

American Institute of Architects

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – LEED AP / bd+c

Division of the State Architect - Access Committee

Office of Emergency Services - Disaster Service Worker

 

Relevant Project Experience [while with HMC Architects]  /

Libraries

Woodcrest Library, Riverside County Economic Development Agency, Riverside, CA [Merit Award – Unbuilt AIA/IC 2005, Merit Award AIA/IC 2005, USGBC/IE Excellence Award 2008, California Construction Best of 2008 Green Building + Outstanding Architectural Design, American Libraries Design Showcase 2009, Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles Design/Green Merit Award 2009]

Orange Terrace Library and Community Center, Redevelopment Agency, Riverside, CA  [City of Riverside Beautification Award 2009] [Design/Build]

Idyllwild Library Remodel, Riverside County Economic Development Agency, Idyllwild, CA

Mentone Senior Center and Library, County of San Bernardino A&E, Mentone, CA

Apple Valley Branch Library, County of San Bernardino A&E, Apple Valley, CA

Crestline Library Conceptual Study, County of San Bernardino A&E, Crestline, CA

Running Springs Library, County of San Bernardino A&E, San Bernardino, CA

Community Centers

Whittier Area Recreation & Family Services Center, Los Angeles Community Dev. Commission, Whittier, CA

Orange Terrace Library and Community Center, Redevelopment Agency, Riverside, CA

Raul R. Perez Memorial Park & Community Center, City of Huntington Park & Los Angeles Unified School District, Huntington Park, CA

Courthouses

Fontana Courthouse Expansion & Remodel, County of San Bernardino A&E, Fontana, CA [Honorable Mention AIA/IC 2011]

San Bernardino County Central Courthouse Historic Preservation, Seismic Upgrade, and T-Wing TI; County of San Bernardino A&E, San Bernardino, CA [Outstanding Award - WCCC 2011]

Juvenile Dependency Court, County of San Bernardino A&E, San Bernardino, CA

Interior Remodel Project South /County Regional Center, Chula Vista, Judicial Council of California - AOC

Higher Education

Public Safety Academy, Desert Community College District, Palm Desert, CA [Honorable Mention for Sustainable  Design Practices 2008]

Burn Tower, Desert Community College District and Riverside County Fire Department, 1000 Palms, CA

Chino Airport Aeronautics School Conceptual Design, County of San Bernardino Dept. of Airports, Chino, CA

Interim South Annex, Desert Community College District, Palm Desert, CA

Programming for Administration Justice Facility, Rio Hondo Community College, Whittier, CA

Phillip M. Stokoe Elementary School at the Innovative Learning Center - Schematic Design Phase, Riverside Community College District & Alvord Unified School District, Riverside, CA

Pre K-12

Phillip M. Stokoe Elementary School at the Innovative Learning Center - Schematic Design Phase, Riverside Community College District & Alvord Unified School District, Riverside, CA

Almeria Middle School Joint-use Gym, Boys & Girls Club of Fontana, Fontana, CA

Hampton Hall, Rio Hondo Preparatory School, Arcadia, CA

San Bernardino High School Addition, San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino, CA

South High School #3, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA

Arcadia High School Music Building Addition, Arcadia Unified School District, Arcadia, CA

Modernization of 46 Campuses, San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino, CA Modernization of 7 Campuses, Colton Joint Unified School District, Colton, CA

Modernization of 8 Campuses, Ontario-Montclair School District, Ontario, CA

Modernization of 8 Campuses, Arcadia Unified School District, Arcadia, CA

Willow Adult Ed 2-Story Relocatable, Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District, La Puente, CA

Relocatable Classrooms on 28 Campuses, Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District, La Puente, CA

Relocatable Classrooms on 15 Campuses, Ontario-Montclair School District, Ontario, CA

Relocatable Certification at 17 Campuses, San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino, CA

Other Public Works Buildings

Foothill Transit Tower Exterior Cladding Replacement, ABS Consulting, Inc., West Covina, CA

Oxnard Fire Station #8 Concept Phase, Lutzky Associates Development, Oxnard, CA [Design/Build]

Sheriffs Training Center Conceptual Design, County of San Bernardino A&E, San Bernardino, CA

Police Sub-Station and Code Enforcement Building, Town of Apple Valley, Apple Valley, CA

Apple Valley Town Hall, Town of Apple Valley, Apple Valley, CA

Angeles National Forest Supervisor's Office Building - Design Build Competition, Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc.

Assessments & Studies

Building Assessment Reports of Buildings for Purchase, County of San Bernardino A&E, San Bernardino, CA

ADA Survey Central Courthouse "T" Wing, County of San Bernardino A&E, San Bernardino, CA

FEMA A/E Earthquake Damage Assessment - Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills, CA

JCAHO Study, Washoe Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Christopher Lawrence Architect, Upland, CA, US, Owner/Architect

Jan 2013 - current
 

HMC Architects, Ontario, CA, US, Sr. Project Architects, Associate Principal

Summary
A Senior Project Manager responsible for planning, coordinating, and administering a major project or projects through all phases of development. Where applicable, gives direction to assigned staff. Resolves architectural problems.

Will establish and maintain budgets, schedules, and monitor adherence of terms of contract expectations. Has primary responsibility for client contact and authority to direct, control, and monitor all project activities. Strong ability to multi-task and prioritize. Ability to oversee two to three project managers and multiple project teams.

Communication and Collaboration
• Listen and communicate effectively and professionally.
• Asks questions about assignments when unclear.
• Ability to apprise supervisor and client for status of work.
• Establish productive working relationships, and deal effectively and cooperatively with clients, team members, consultants, and government agencies.
• Ability to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment; support and explain reasoning for decisions; include appropriate people in decision-making process; make timely decisions.
• Resolve issues related to team members and consultants.
• Collaborate with appropriate staff to meet goals and objectives of project.
 Ensure that coaching, mentoring, and performance-enhancing feedback of assigned team members are provided.
 Direct overall verbal and graphic communication of complex project concepts to clients, public agencies, and project team members, and be primary point of contact for all client issues.
 Resolve "lost opportunity" issues, including staffing reduction, review of contractual obligations, and scope of service.

Supervision and Delegation
• Ability to professionally communicate, both verbally and in writing, to give assignments to office support staff, consultants, and vendors.
• Ability to delegate assignments to support staff and always be respectful.
• Be primary source for monitoring employee performance on a daily basis and take appropriate action to report both positive and negative performance.
 Supervise and manage multiple clients and project managers for all phases of projects.

Documentation
• Ability to correspond effectively with agencies, consultants and clients, and write meeting minutes.
• Write RFP’S and negotiate contracts and fees with clients and consultants.
• Ability to write and edit specifications.
 Understands all aspects of Project Management, and participate in the evaluation of the people assigned. Accurately and fairly document their performance.
 Write RFP’S and negotiate contracts and fees with clients and consultants.
 Ensure that the documents meet the client standards and all HMC protocols.

Business Development
• Write and develop project marketing interview materials. Participate in project marketing interview.
 Ability to correspond effectively with agencies, consultants, and clients.
 Primary proponent for project pursuit.
 Prepare/edit marketing proposals and participate in interview.
 Write and approve marketing proposals.
 Ability to market project capability through client interviews, public presentations, and professional publications.

Management
• Demonstrate motivation in seeking new responsibilities and challenges.
• Set goals, prioritize, and plan work activities for self-management and use time efficiently.
• Meet with their personnel to discuss the evaluations.
 Review and assist staff in setting budgets, goals, and preparing work plans that clearly define their expectations, and take appropriate action when they are met and when they are not met.
 Review and resolve any issues related to staff and consultants.
 Accountable for monitoring project budgets and schedules, and reducing staff when the need arises.
 Monitor staffing models to projected workloads to meet expected project timelines and profitability projections.
 Ability to analyze profitability, revenue, margins, bill rates, and utilization across projects.
 Resolve collection of aged accounts and any financial issues with clients.
 Responsible for ensuring that the firm's procedures, standards, and protocols are followed.

Design
 Ensure that project managers support design and follow design intent on all projects.
 Ensure that project design supports firm's design goals.
 Responsible in collaboration with design team for quality of project design and documents, through all phases of projects.
 Ensure that the projects have the appropriate design staff in collaboration with the design team.

Technical
• Review documents to ensure quality, coordination, and compliance with the requirements of deliverables and client standards in all phases.
• Guide and direct project team and consultants for appropriate materials and systems.
• Review cost estimates and conducts value analysis.
 Resolve plan check and approval issues with the agencies and client.
 Provide training and mentoring for all technical aspects of our work.
 Ensure that materials and systems meet the firm's and clients' standards and are within budget.
 Oversee and resolve issues during construction phase of all work under their supervision.

Jul 1993 - Oct 2012
 

Education 

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1984 - Jun 1988
 

Los Angeles Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA, US, Architecture

Sep 1983 - Jun 1984
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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