Charles Ytzen

Charles Ytzen

Schaumburg, IL, US



I am an accomplished licensed architect with expertise in planning, organizing and completing complex projects for national and international clients on time and within budget.   Successful history of coordinating internal and external consultants from schematic design through project close-out on a wide variety of commercial and industrial projects. Proven capacity to analyze, develop, and implement practical and economical solutions to complex problems, always with the client’s/owner’s interest in mind.  Possess an in-depth knowledge in the application of model building codes in ways that meet and exceed project objectives.


USGBC Illinois Chapter, Volunteer

• Participated in pilot LEED EBOM Adopt-a-School-Program. WEp1 - Surveyed existing plumbing fixtures and performed calculations to assess the efficiency of indoor plumbing fixtures to determine how much potable water is consumed relative to LEED baseline.

• West Suburban Membership Chair coordinating membership activities and participating in the planning of chapter networking and educational events.

Apr 2011 - current

Exponent, Inc, Wood Dale, IL, US, Managing Architect

• Performed analytical historical and current building code comparative review to determine required “like kind and quality upgrades in fire loss project. Identified 13 distinct life safety areas requiring upgrades in $75 million insurance claim.

• At the request of the General Contractor performed a building failure forensic investigation to determine the root cause of water penetration in building envelop through static pressure difference testing not identified by a previous forensic consultant. Provided report prescribing corrective measures to ensure water tightness.

Dec 2009 - Feb 2011

Heitman Architects, Itasca, IL, US, Project Manager

• Shortened project schedule by approximately four week through self-certification and alignment of the permit application with the city of Chicago’s green building initiatives for new Blue Cross Blue Shield processing center.

• Interfaced with municipal authorities having jurisdiction in the adoption of new building code and annexation agreement for new 781,000 s.f. headquarters for The Pampered Chef. Project awarded 2002 “Build-to-Suit Project Team of the Year” by Greater Chicago Food Depository/Chicago Commercial Real Estate.

• Collaborated with building code and fire prevention district officials in the development of new 410,000 s.f warehouse and distribution facility for 3M. Negotiated upgrades in fire separation, exit travel distance, sprinkler coverage and ventilation requirements for storage of hazardous materials and aerosol products.

• Reviewed and coordinated all design consultant deliverables. Ensured compliance with project specifications and design intent of new 457,000 s.f. warehouse and distribution center for Anixter, the first such facility in the State of Illinois to achieve LEED Certified rating. Project awarded 2007 AIA Northeast Illinois Excellence in Architecture “Distinguished Building” award.

• Developed standard details and graphic standards to reduce errors and omissions in the production of construction documents.

Selected Projects:

• Concourse at Crosspoint, Fishers, Indiana
115,355 s.f. 4 story speculative office building

• Lake Pointe Center 5, Indianapolis, Indiana
158,250 s.f. 6 story speculative office building

• The Pampered Chef, Addison, Illinois
780,900 s.f. corporate headquarters and warehouse

• Anixter, Alsip, Illinois
457,500 s.f. LEED Certified warehouse and distribution center

• Kellogg's, West Jefferson, Ohio
1,142,000 s.f. warehouse and distribution center

• Rauland Borg, Mount Propect, IL
210, 250 s.f. adaptive re-use

Jun 1998 - Apr 2009

NWS Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Project Architect

• Partnered with the Construction Manager to issue fast-track bid packages for the 400,000 s.f. Dean Witter / Morgan Stanley Headquarters build-to-suit project, the largest commission to date for NWS Architects. Shortened overall project schedule by an estimated four months.

• Managed 400,000 s.f. corporate interiors project from schematic design through close-out. Project included full service cafeteria, health club, and corporate headquarters.

• Interviewed, hired, and managed all activities performed by the full time on-site architectural representative for the Dean Witter/Morgan Stanley Headquarters project.

Selected Projects:

• Morgan Stanley / Dean Witter, West Valley City, Utah
400,000 s.f. corporate headquarters

• Morristown Mall, Morristown, New Jersey
Interior and exterior retail renonvation

Aug 1995 - May 1998

The Jenkins Group, Itasca, IL, US, Project Architect

• Served as Retail Finishout Coordinator preparing and coordinating all tenant improvement construction documents and signage drawings for multiple shopping centers. Maintained Master Rental Plans for each shopping center providing leasing agents with current vacant space areas and configuration.

• Participated in full scale laboratory performance testing of air and water infiltration of custom pressure equalized rainscreen building envelop system. Additional structural deformation and and pull-out testing curtainwall of tie backs performed to point of failure.

• Performed all construction administration duties including conducting bi-weekly construction observations for 19 story speculative office building and 6 level parking deck.

Selected Projects:

• Esplanade at Locust Point, Downers Grove, Illinois
900,000 s.f. 20 story speculative mixed use office building and parking deck

• Arboretum Lakes 2, Lisle, Illinois
153,000 s.f. 6 story speculative office building

• Laborers Pension Fund, Westchester, Illinois
36,050 s.f. 4 story build-to-suit office building

• Sanyo, Itasca, Illinois
93,000 s.f. 3 story build-to-suit office building

• One Schaumburg Place, Schaumburg, Illinois
36,050 s.f. 4 story build-to-suit office building

Sep 1984 - May 1995

Burnham & Hammond, Schaumburg, IL, US, Project Architect

• Managed the production of construction documents and coordinated all engineering drawings for the addition of incinerators and miscellaneous interior alternation projects to two suburban hospitals .

• Prepared project manual, Invitation to Bid, and Addenda for hospital addition and renovation projects.

Selected Projects:

• Christ Hospital, Oak Lawn, Illinois
Incinerator/Physical Plant addition

• Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Illinois
Incinerator/Physical Plant addition

Mar 1983 - Sep 1984

Henneberg & Associates, Skokie, IL, US, Project Architect

• Prepared all schematic design, design development, and construction documents for custom residential projects.

• Prepared construction documents, custom furniture, and FF&E drawings for corporate headquarters interiors and fast food restaurant project.

• Prepared construction documents for adaptive re-use art museum project and schematic design package for Spruce Goose tourist attraction.

Selected Projects:

• Private Residence, Glenview, Illinois
3,500 s.f. custom residence

• Private Residence, Golf, Illinois
Residential renovation and addition

• The Fortune Cookie, Chicago, Illinois
Oriental restaurant interior build-out

• The Terra Museum of America Art, Evanston, Illinois
Adaptive re-use and addition

Feb 1976 - Mar 1983

Wilson Fotsch & Associates, Des Plaines, IL, US, Job Captain

Sep 1975 - Feb 1976

The Austin Company, Des Plaines, IL, US, Intern

Jun 1974 - Sep 1975


Oakton Community College, Skokie, IL, US, Revit, Introduction to BIM

Aug 2011 - Dec 2011

MicoTrain, Chicago, IL, US, Project Management, Microsoft Project, Six Sigma

Dec 2009 - May 2010

Iowa State University, Ames, IA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1970 - May 1974

Areas of Specialization