Russell Higgins

Russell Higgins

New York, NY, US



At my web site www. RoughDesigns. com you can learn all about...............

  • Me
  • Cooper Unions's Certificate in Green Building Design
  • My own home improvement / green building experiment

I've been supporting firms Building Rehabilitation and Re-Use Projects for over 30 years. Conversant with applicable Green Building, Sustainability, and Energy Conservation Issues and their applicability to Building Rehabilitation and Re-Use. Specialties include cost estimating as well as "Pay Back" calculations for Energy Conservation and Carbon Reduction including the critical and often overlooked effect of embedded energy / carbon.


Varied, New York, NY, US, Architect, Clerk, Inspector

• Construction: Construction Administration - Clerking for small firm handling all paperwork, submittals, RFI's, CO, etc. issues for SCA exterior restorations.
• Design Build: Catskills Residence – Turning 100 yrs of organic growth into a 20th century machine for living.
• Pre and Post – purchase building services: Feasibility studies, Evaluation, and Remediation. – NYS.

Jun 2011 - current

Goshow Architects, New York, NY, US, Associate

Project Manager: New York City School Construction Authority Projects - 2 million dollars. Rutgers Douglas Alumni Center – 1 million dollars. USPS Facilities in NYC – 6 million dollars. Port Authority of NY and NJ – 2 million dollars. Townhouse Renovation – 1 million dollars. Staff mentor to improve PM abilities.
Building Evaluations: New York City School Construction Authority Projects 10 million dollars, USPS Facilities in metropolitan area totaling approximately 6 million dollars, Tribourgh Bridge and Tunnel Authority - 2 million dollars, Columbia University – Earl Hall., – Evaluation, feasibility study, and construction documents for buildings damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita – 6 million dollars.
Construction Administration: NYC School Construction Authority - 6 million dollars , USPS Facilities in NYC - 3 million dollars, WMXV Radio Station – Studios and offices - 2 million dollars, Offices of the Mayor of the City of New York – 4 million dollars, NYC Depart of Parks and Recreation, NYC HPD, NYS Facilities Development Corporation.
Construction Technology: New York City School Construction Authority Projects, NYC USPS Facilities, Columbia University. Scoping, detailing and troubleshooting throughout projects. Staff mentor to improve technical abilities.
Cost Estimator: NYC School Construction Authority, USPS Facilities in NYC, MTA Metro North Division (ADA upgrades), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Brookhaven National Laboratory Children’s Science Museum.
Quality Control: Assisted QA staff with assembling standards. Reviewed and redmarked drawings and specifications including the 20 million dollar Middle College High School complex.
Administrative: Information Technology – Manager and hands on as needed 24 x 7, Financial Analysis, New Employee Orientation, Marketing - Proposals, developed professional fees, and client interviews, Company Signatory.

Apr 1990 - Apr 2010

Empire City Construction Co, New York, NY, US, Manager - Architect

Tasks: Cost Estimates, DOB filings, Payroll, Material Purchasing, Sub Contractor Contracts, Design / Build services.
Projects: Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center - Rehabilitation of interior spaces, New Offices. Incarnation Children’s Center for Pediatric AID’s, - Building Conversion – (engineering services).

Apr 1988 - Apr 1990


The Cooper Union, New York, NY, US, Green Building Certificate

The Cooper Union program provides the profession —architects, engineers and artists—with the cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills that are necessary to create a sustainable society. We define a “sustainable society” as one that prospers because its economy, social practices, physical infrastructure and engineering systems all work in harmony with the ecological dynamics and resource limitations of the earth.

Jul 2011 - Feb 2013

City College of New York (CCNY), City College, City University of New York , BArch, Architecture


Sep 1977 - Jun 1983

Areas of Specialization