Adam Finkelman

Adam Finkelman

Brooklyn, NY, US

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I received my Masters and Bachelors in Building Construction from the University of Florida in 2010. Through my studies I also obtained a Concentration in Sustainability,OSHA Certification, and LEED Accreditation. Since moving to New York I have used the city as inspiration for my work. I started Yorkwood Co. in 2012 and used it as an outlet to channel this inspiration through design and construction. As a result of my experience with Yorkwood Co. and other companies like Ground Architecture + Construction, and Hecho Inc. I have been involved in the design and construction of everything from restaurants, apartments, and stores, to a furniture line made from wood pallets salvaged from the streets of New York City. Here's more about me.



Yorkwood Co., Brooklyn, NY, US, Founder/President

Managed the renovation of multiple spaces throughout NYC. Developed a furniture line using all reclaimed wood salvaged from local New York businesses. Due to its unique approach to design, Yorkwood Co. was featured in Huffington Post, Timeout New York, Crains Business, and Apartment Therapy. Video documenting its most recent apt renovation has gone viral online.

Jun 2012 - current

M Square Builders, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Manager

Managed the renovation of a school in Brooklyn Heights (The Alt School), and a residential walkup (The Modulightor Building) in the Upper East Side. Coordinated all trades, architect, and client throughout each job.

Dec 2016 - Oct 2017

LifeEdited, LLC, New York, NY, US, Project Manager


LifeEdited Maui – Project Manager

Management of the pre-construction and construction phase of a prototype sustainable home in Hawaii, featuring a shipping container pool, composting toilets, rainwater catchment, and 10 kW solar array. Coordination with architects, engineers, contractors, and sustainability specialists. Consultations with design team regarding estimating and scheduling.

Dec 2015 - Nov 2016

RPG, New York, NY, US, Project Manager


Columbia Care Medical Marijuana Dispensary – Project Manager

Managed design/early construction phase of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Manhattan.

Aug 2015 - Nov 2015

Ground Architecture + Construction, Brooklyn, Project Manager

99 Scott / 599 Johnson – Project Manager

Managed pre-construction activities: abatement, surveying, and demolition. Coordinated and facilitated communication between engineers, architects, clients, the DOB, DEP, and subs. Assisted in budget/schedule development, material research/ordering, and site surveying. Created sketches in Sketchup and building sections, plans, and elevations in Autocad.

Sep 2014 - May 2015

Hecho Inc., New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Bella Gioia – Project Manager / Site Superintendent
Managed the build-out of an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn. The project consisted of the installation of a new commercial kitchen, bar and back bar, renovated bathrooms, new storefront, and basement prep areas.

Rapha NYC – Asst. Project Manager / Asst. Site Superintendent
Co-managed the build-out of a high-end bicycle shop/café in Manhattan. The project consisted of the installation of a new kitchen, changing rooms, and custom furniture.

Jun 2013 - Apr 2014

Skanska USA Building Inc., New York, NY, US, Project Engineer


Skanska USA Building Inc. is the Construction Manager of the United Nations Headquarters Renovation Project. This is a 1.4 billion dollar renovation of approximately 2.6 million square feet in the restoration of six separate buildings.

Project Engineer for the Architectural Team– Summer 2011- Summer 2012
Reviewed Change Order Cost Estimates, Subcontractor Contracts, Subcontractor T&M Invoices, Submittals, RFIs, Subcontractor Cost Proposals, and Meeting Minutes.

Document Control for all teams– Winter 2010 – Summer 2011
Redesigned and implemented a new system for handling document control both through paper drawings and electronically, handled meeting minutes, generated Submittal and RFI logs, and fully trained multiple employees to take over document control responsibilities.

Oct 2010 - May 2012

Plaza Construction Corp., New York, NY, US, Assistant Project Manager (Intern)


Summer internship with Plaza Construction in The Bronx, NY. Worked on “The Gateway” project, a LEED Silver certified project to redevelop 16.5 acres of a former food/produce market and the Bronx Mens House of Detention into 1 million square feet of retail space, and its required parking. The 500 million dollar project was then the largest private sector investment in the Bronx, and the fourth largest construction project in the Northeastern part of the United States.

Managed LEED submittals from all subcontractors, worked on punch lists for subcontractors, and scheduled, coordinated, and executed door deliveries onto the site.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Odebrecht, Miami, FL, US, Project Engineer (Intern)


Summer internship with Odebrecht Construction Inc., which along with Parsons Construction Inc. built Concourse J, a new multi-million dollar terminal at Miami International Airport.

Worked side by side with project engineers, design engineers, safety supervisors, inspectors, construction superintendents, assistant project managers, and directly under the supervision of the Project Director in charge of all operations for Odebrecht in the United States (Mr. Luis Arditi).

May 2006 - Aug 2006


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, Masters, Building Construction

Jun 2009 - Jun 2010

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, Concentration in Sustainability

Jun 2009 - Jun 2010

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US, Bachelors, Building Construction

Jun 2006 - Jun 2009

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