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Steven Ohlhaber

Steven Ohlhaber

Portland, OR, US

 

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About 

I'm an architect with 15 years experience with great project management skills.  I've worked on a variety of project types, sizes and complexities - from interiors to shell architecture to residential.  I am comfortable navigating projects through permitting requirements and am able to grasp and adjust to a variety of jurisdictional land use and design approval processes. I am especially adept at understanding technical issues of design and the phases of construction.  

I also have an MBA degree. It is my goal to provide great design based on my client's business goals. I am able to understand the financial drivers behind construction and use it as a guide to create a strategy for my projects. From a manager standpoint, I have experience in creating manpower projections, monitoring project profitability and schedule, and writing contracts and additional service requests.  I have done take-offs and estimating to review contractor bids, pricing and change orders and developed spreadsheets to assist in these tasks.  I also use MS Project in creating schedules and planning workflow.

I am a creative collaborator and work with my clients, teammates and builders to create innovative designs. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Nelson & Associates, Chicago, IL, US, Project Manager/ Team Leader

- Managed project team, contracts, client relationships, project schedules and project profitability for multiple accounts.
- Presented technology/ design/ strategy for new business presentations.
- Specialized in design for advertising and media clients such as Leo Burnett, Starcom, Razorfish, Beast, Red Frog and Digitas.

May 2009 - Mar 2013
 

Hornberger + Worstell, San Francisco, CA, US, Project Manager/ Architect

Architect for the rehabilitation and conversion of the landmark property, Ghirardelli Square, into the new Fairmont Heritage Place Hotel in San Francisco, CA.
- Managed multiple consultant project team.
- Resolved technical and design challenges on a complex project involving historic, forensic, seismic, architectural and interior construction issues.
- Worked with developer and city on gaining historic and community approvals for project.

Oct 2005 - Jul 2008
 

Strauss Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Project Manager/ Architect

- Worked with developer to gain entitlements for new Theater District in Petaluma, CA. Designed new cinema, office building and retail/residential complex as part of project.
- Managed corporate interiors practice and acted as Architect of Record for multiple Equity Office business campuses.
- Architect for various commercial and residential development plans and feasibility studies.

Dec 2001 - Oct 2005
 

Gensler, Chicago, IL, US, Project Architect

- Project Architect for corporate interior projects. Project portfolio includes work for McDonald’s Corporation, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and Factiva, Inc.
- Created test and fit plans for prospective office spaces.
- Worked with designers to create schematic and design development drawings.
- Created construction drawing and specification sets for projects.
- Provided full contract administration support for projects ranging from on-site progress meetings, to shop drawing review to punch list review.

Jan 1998 - Aug 2001
 

Torchia Associates, Chicago, IL, US, Designer/ Draftsman

- Designer/ Project Architect on residential and corporate interior projects.
- Technical drafter for construction drawings.
- Reviewer for shop drawings and project construction progress.

Aug 1996 - Jan 1998
 

Education 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, MBA

I was a Charles Rummel Fellow doing the combined degree of Masters of Architecture and MBA. My elective focus was in Real Estate Development and I completed courses in Real Estate Appraisal, Business Law, and Real Estate Development Feasibility.

Oct 1994 - Aug 1996
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, MArch, MArch

I was a Charles Rummel Fellow doing the combined degree of Masters of Architecture and MBA. My elective focus was in Real Estate Development and I completed courses in Real Estate Appraisal, Business Law, and Real Estate Development Feasibility.

Oct 1994 - Aug 1996
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Bachelors, Bachelor of Architectural Studies

My major was Architectural Studies. I studied abroad in Versailles, France my junior year. I was part of the Gargoyle Honor society for academic achievement in architecture.

Aug 1990 - Aug 1994
 

Awards 

Merit Award - ALA 2013 Interior Design, Honorable Mention

ALA 2013 Interior Design Award for the interior design of the Razorfish Offices in Chicago, IL.

2013
 

Silver Award - ALA 2012 Interior Design, 2nd Place

ALA 2012 Interior Design Award for the interior design of the Thermos Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL.

2012
 

2002 National Plutonium Memorial - Honorable Mention, Honorable Mention

Create a conceptual memorial for the storage of Plutonium until it reaches its inert state.

2002
 

Skills 



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