Abel Solana B.Arch

Abel Solana B.Arch

Ottawa, ON, CA

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HDR, Ottawa, ON, CA, Architectural Coordinator / Intern Architect / BIM Lead

-Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview and St. John Campuses) Master Plan, Toronto
-Montfort Hospital-Orleans Family Health Hub, Ottawa
-Quinte Health Care Clinic, Picton, Ontario
-Canadian Nuclear Labs Master Plan and Conceptual Design (3 Buildings), Chalk River, Ontario
-Pediatric Growth and Behavior Disorders Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

May 2016 - current

Stantec, Ottawa, ON, CA, Architectural Designer / Intern Architect

Selected Projects:
-Mount Sinai Hospital redevelopment, Toronto
-Brockville General Hospital redevelopment, Brockville
-Rogers Ontario Data Centre renovation, Ottawa
-CIBC Tower chiller replacement, Toronto

Jan 2015 - Apr 2016

ARC Associates Inc., Ottawa, ON, CA, Architectural Technologist

-Developed projects from preliminary design to construction documentation
-Coordinated with consultants
-Reviewed shop drawings
-Supervised and mentored junior staff

Selected Projects:
-“Dow Honda” dealership (for Brian K. Clark Architect)
-“Mark Motors Audi” dealership (for Brian K. Clark Architect)
-Ottawa International Airport bridges (15 & 17) renovation (for S. Monk Architect)
-Control Towers for Kingston and Montego Bay International Airports, Jamaica (for INTELCAN)
-“Mark Motors Porsche” dealership additions and renovations (for Brian K. Clark Architect)
-68 Park Road Residence additions & renovations
-“Westboro Station” redevelopment Phase I (for Barry J. Hobin & Associates Archs. Inc.)

Aug 2007 - Jan 2015

Self Employed, Havana, CU, Freelance Designer

-Prepared and supervised projects for retail and hospitality industries located in the Historic Centre of Havana

Selected Projects:
-Armadores de Santander Hotel Terrace Bar & Grill
-El Almendares Optical (the oldest in Havana) & Contact Lenses Stores renovation
-Viñales Bar renovation

Oct 2004 - Jul 2007

Western Cape Housing Department, Cape Town, ZA, Chief Deputy Architect

Contributed to the implementation of the People’s Housing Project Process (PHP), a plan to develop self-construction across the Province, providing advice and support for the population and government.

Selected Projects:
-Compiled the Basic Management Manual for the PHP, utilized as a facilitation/promotion tool (published and distributed) for the different parties enrolled in the program
-Malibongwe Project: A project which had stopped two years before my arrival, for the construction management of over 140 new housing units in Khayelitsha Township (possibly the largest informal settlement in South Africa). Re-started the construction project, resulting in most of the houses being built by my departure
-Provided graphic design/marketing support for Provincial Housing Competition between Universities.

Aug 2003 - Sep 2004

INNOVA Design Studio, Havana, CU, Senior Project Architect

-Responsible for the design, coordination and supervision of full projects, mainly related to hospitality, commercial, real estate, housing and health fields
-Supervised and directed part of the studio staff tasks
-Organized and delivered CAD software training for office colleagues

Selected Projects:
-New York Hotel additions & renovations, 124 rooms
-Riviera Hotel main kitchen renovation

Oct 2002 - Jul 2003

CUBANACAN Group Design Office, Havana, CU, Senior Project Architect

Selected Projects:
-“Juan M. Márquez” Children’s Hospital Orthopedics Ward renovation.
-“Villa Tarara” SPA and Supermarket.
-In charge of office colleagues CAD software training.

Apr 2001 - Sep 2002

EPROYIV, Havana, CU, Senior Project Architect

Selected Projects:
-Eco-friendly Services Complex.
-Apartments Building.
-“Glaxo” (former) Laboratory additions & renovations.
-Hotel in “Jibacoa” Beach (Mini Club, Snack Bar & Technical Services Building).

Aug 1999 - Apr 2001

CUBATABACO, Havana, CU, Site Project Manager

-Responsible for the management and supervision of renovation works at tobacco factories.

Selected Projects:
-“H. Upmann's” Tobacco Factory renovation.

Dec 1998 - Jun 1999

EMPROY 2 (Largest Architecture & Engineering Firm in Cuba), Havana, CU, Junior Project Architect

Selected Projects:
-Hotel in “Varadero” Beach, 250 rooms (Main Building & Rooms).

Sep 1996 - Oct 1998


Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Ottawa, ON, CA, Revit

Nov 2014 - Nov 2014

ISPJAE “Jose Antonio Echeverria” Higher Polytechnic Institute, Havana, CU, Landscape Design

Apr 1998 - Apr 1998

ISPJAE “Jose Antonio Echeverria” Higher Polytechnic Institute, Havana, CU, Communication Planning

Jan 1997 - Feb 1997

ISPJAE “Jose Antonio Echeverria” Higher Polytechnic Institute, Havana, CU, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1990 - Jul 1996

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