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Robert Christiansen

Robert Christiansen

Fort Salonga, NY, US

 

About 

I am presently the On-Site Project Manager/Owner's Representative performing CA for a $70M project that is nearing completion.  I formerly was the Technical Director for the US Coast Guard’s Civil Engineering Unit in Miami, Florida.  I supervised the architects & engineers, construction managers and facilities managers.  I was responsible insuring the continued mission readiness for the USCG facilities in the southern & Mid-western United States which includes waterfront facilities, barracks facilities, operations facilities, and air stations, for both fixed wing and rotary wing assets.  My portfolio included general construction, dredging, paving, site drainage, and environmental compliance.  The annual budget ranged in the $128M - $130M for prioritized & discretionary funding. I am presently the Technical Director for the US Coast Guard’s Civil Engineering Unit in Miami, Florida. I supervise the architects & engineers, construction managers and facilities managers. I am responsible to insure the continued mission readiness for the USCG facilities in the southern & Mid-western United States which includes waterfront facilities, barracks facilities, operations facilities, and air stations, for both fixed wing and rotary wing assets. My portfolio includes general construction, dredging, paving, site drainage, environmental compliance. I am looking for an appropriate position in the NY metro area with a start date in April 2014. I was formerly the Director of Facilities Design for the District Attorney of New York. My focus was on managing the Facilities Design Unit and supporting day-to-day operational requests for office renovations for DANY. Previously I was a senior project architect/project manager at HOK working on a large BSL3 (Bio Safety) laboratory which I was responsible for the completion of the design development phase. For several years I worked on large pharmaceutical facilities for Sear Brown (now Stantech). Earlier I was the VP of a start-up A/E firm in Delaware. I served as Senior Architect for KeySpan Energy and was responsible for developing and managing the capital and expense budgets for new construction, corporate interiors and renovation projects. I interfaced with all corporate officers, directors, and managers for the development and implementation of the annual projects. I have experience with corporate interior design, residential, multi-family, and resort/hospitality projects. I have feasibility study experience, long and short range planning experience, construction document production experience, capital budget planning and managerial experience with technical & corporate projects. I bring significant organizational and computer skills to the table. I have been responsible for personnel issues ranging from hiring to EEO actions. I feel confident that I have the skills needed for an executive position. I maintain a NY and FL architectural registration. I also have a MS in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic University. I wish to submit my resume for your consideration. If my qualifications and skill sets match up with your requirements I can meet with you to discuss employment potential.

Employment 

Tapestry Associates, LLC, Seattle, WA, US, On Site Project Coordinator

I have been selected as the On-Site Project Coordinator for a project is nearing completion. I am a direct contributor to the Tapestry Associates team, maintaining & monitoring the project schedule and construction process of a high-end residential sports complex, located on a highly sophisticated, complex and continually developing property located on Eastern Long Island. I am limited as to what I can discuss about this project by a binding NDA and Non Completion agreement. This appointment is for the duration of the project.

Apr 2014 - current
 

U S Coast Guard (Civil Engineering Unit - Miami), Miami, FL, US, Technical Director – Supervisor General Engineering

I was selected as Technical Director – the top civilian position managing District 7 & 8 also known as “Hurricane Alley”. As Technical Director I managed a $29M capital budget & a $30M hurricane restoration budget. I supervise 40 professional engineers, architects, military ocean engineers, CAD specialists, and contractors. I interface directly with the USCG’s construction and contracting branches. My focus is on managing the Annual Budget spend-down and supporting day-to-day operational requests. In the absence of the commanding officer and executive officer I function as commanding officer for the unit.

Job Description: Similar to my prior responsibilities I am tasked with providing and managing the annual budget, resource allocation, design, professional space planning, programming, construction management, overseeing inspection, space fit-out of all construction, improvement and renovation projects. Responsibilities includes directing design and project management, quality management and control, review and understanding technical content of construction documents, project delivery, general unit staff management and mentoring. Additional responsibilities include coordinating and cooperating with other internal departments to ensure efficiency and productivity for planning of projects and services.

Mar 2009 - Apr 2014
 

DANY (District Attorney New York County), New York, NY, US, Director of Facilities Design

I was appointed the Director of Facilities Design. My focus is on managing the Facilities Design Unit and supporting day-to-day operational requests. I was tasked with re-constituting the Facilities Design Unit as a fully functional & technically competent professional branch.

Job Description: Responsible for providing and managing the professional space planning, programming, design, construction management, overseeing inspection, space fit-out of all construction, expansion and renovation projects. Responsibilities includes directing design and project management, quality management and control, review and understanding technical content of construction documents, project delivery, general unit staff management and mentoring. Additional responsibilities include coordinating and cooperating with other internal departments to ensure efficiency and productivity for planning of projects and services.

Apr 2007 - Mar 2009
 

HOK, New York, NY, US, Senior Project Architect

As senior project architect my responsibilities include technical supervision of architectural personnel, quality assurance, code compliance, design certification, work order management, project cost control, and scheduling. Additionally, due to complexity of the projects assigned, I assist with the project management requirements. PA duties include master planning, schematic design, design development, contract documents, and construction phase services. I was tasked with advancing this project from the conceptual design phase through the design development phase.

Projects include a new a 190,000 SF 5 story BSL3 Laboratory for the New Jersey Building Authority located in Trenton, NJ ($154M).

Jul 2006 - Apr 2007
 

Global-Arch (Division of PEG/Park), New York, NY, US, Project Architect/Project Manager

I joined Global-Arch as a project architect. My focus was on pharmaceutical projects with emphasis on laboratories and product manufacturing facilities.

Job Description: As project architect/project manager my responsibilities include project management starting with the project proposal phase, master planning, schematic design, design development, contract documents, and construction phase services. Technical responsibilities included supervision of architectural personnel, specification writing, code compliance, design certification, work order management, project cost control, and scheduling.

Projects include a new 180,000 SF R&D Laboratory for Forest Labs located in Commack, NY and a 24,000 SF Synthesis Laboratory for Forest Labs located in Hauppauge, NY – (Construction Budget $50M).

Mar 2004 - Apr 2006
 

Meridian Architecture, Milton, DE, US, Vice President & Principal Architect

I joined the Meridian Group to develop an architectural business unit serving the Delmarva area of Delaware. The practice is geared towards supporting the demand for high-end residential, multiple-family residential, and various commercial projects. I was given the responsibility starting the transportation division focusing on the traffic studies and preparation of traffic impact studies.

Projects include: The Magnolia Towers & Restaurant – Bethany Beach, DE – a 4 story condominium with 7,000 SF restaurant; The New Milton Village – Milton, DE – a 300 unit single family residential development, assisted living facility and commercial development; WSFS Bank Branch – Rehoboth Beach, DE and several residences.

Mar 2003 - Apr 2004
 

Sear Brown / Sikorski, Architects, Engineers and Planners, Melville, NY, US, Senior Architect

I joined Sear Brown’s Industrial Division as a senior architect. My focus was on pharmaceutical projects with emphasis on clean rooms and product manufacturing facilities.

Job Description: As senior architect my responsibilities include project management starting with the project proposal phase, through design development, contract documents, and construction phase services. Technical responsibilities included supervision of architectural personnel, specification writing, code compliance, design certification, work order management, project cost control, and scheduling.

Mar 2000 - Jan 2003
 

KeySpan Energy (formerly Long Island Lighting Company), Melville, NY, US, Senior Architect

I was assigned to KeySpan Energy's Facilities Management Department for 14 years and it was my responsibility to assist with corporate change. My experience was principally in the area of space planning, corporate reorganization, and interior design. Controlling office space allocation is a part of this Company's overall strategy to become more competitive in the deregulated power industry. This has required the use of creative and innovative techniques to do more with less.

Job Description: Space Planning & Project Design Section Supervisor, responsible for corporate space management and related construction projects. Corporate responsibilities include corporate space master planning, site selection analysis, annual space allocation analysis, asset analysis, annual capital budgeting, disaster recovery, and forensic accident analysis. Technical responsibilities included supervision of architectural personnel, design development of architectural projects from schematic design through construction documents, specification writing, code compliance, design certification, work order management, project cost control, and construction phase services.

Projects included interior office renovations (2000 Annual Capital Construction Budget, approximately $5,500,000). I was responsible for managing approximately 1.6 million square feet of office space.

Jun 1987 - Dec 2000
 

Education 

Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn, NY, US, Masters, Transportation

MS, Transportation Planning & Engineering sspecoalizing in airports, terminals and waterfront facilities.

Sep 1979 - May 1981
 

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

BS, Architectural Technology - Graduated with honors - Completed degree requirements for BArch but never filed for the degree.

Sep 1971 - May 1974
 

Skills