David Vaca

David Vaca

Union City, NJ, US

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Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA), New York, NY, US, staff architect

Feb 2019 - current

Array Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural designer

Worked in various roles on a variety of healthcare projects, including Ambulatory Care, Intensive Care Units, Radiology
Suites, Behavioral Health and Medical Office Buildings at New York Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, Columbia Doctors,
NYU Langone and Long Island Jewish (now Northwell).
-Responsible for all stages of projects from Programming through Construction Management
-Ensured compliance with applicable codes and ADA requirements. Developed designs that are aesthetic and conducive
to the client
-Maintained client, vendor, and consultant relationships and prepared renderings and documentation for client

Apr 2018 - Jan 2019

Ronald Schmidt & Associates, P.A., Englewood, NJ, US, Junior Architect

* Executed over 7 successful healthcare projects and interior models/designs for preeminent hospitals and health care facilities based on knowledge of healthcare regulations and importance of patient experience.
* Conducted healthcare architectural work from site surveying and schematic design to CD’s and on site CA supervision. Led RFI and shop-drawings revisions. * Worked with MEP consultants throughout the project to improve and maintain performance and design quality.
* Developed CD, DOB, DOH and bid document packages for filing. Acquired extensive knowledge hospitals design standards and requirements.
* Worked on field surveying, schematic design, preparation of filing drawings for approvals and permits from Government agencies.

Aug 2017 - Mar 2018

Heritage Architecture, Newark, NJ, US, Junior Architect

* Produced full set of construction documents for School Construction Authority of New York City (SCANYC) renovation projects and for residential new construction projects. Prepared architectural plans, renderings, and 3D models.
* Prepared site reports, assisted in presentation design and business development efforts alongside with Associate Principal.
* Created architectural drawings and construction documents to file with the NYC Department of Buildings and Landmarks Preservation Commission. Worked on field surveying, schematic design, preparation of filing drawings for approvals and permits from Government agencies.
* Assisted in all architectural project phases from conceptual design through construction from performing site visits, zoning, code review, landmark procedures to construction documents.
* Developed architectural solutions to problems of low to intermediate complexity independently. Represented the firm in biweekly progress meetings with diverse clients; interacted with a wide range of contractors, project managers, and consultants on-site to provide recommendations for products, building materials, and specifications.
* Performed QA/QC and coordination efforts of information and detailing prior to submission to bid.

Oct 2016 - Jul 2017

John Saracco Architect LLC, Boonton, NJ, US, Entry level Architect

* Created digital Construction Documents – Revit and AutoCAD based, from modeling through annotating floor plans, structural drawings, details, and schedules.
* Developed renderings and animated graphics for presentations to clients and community boards to obtain approvals.
* Maintained contact with clients to ascertain project requirements and/level of satisfaction with progress and performance. Provided counsel to clients on building department procedures, codes and construction specifications.
* Led construction documents efforts and bidding. Contributed and wrote clear specifications in project manual that served as the playbook during construction.
* Worked on AutoCAD drawings, Assisted with project presentation boards, organized materials and delivered items to clients.
* Measured and created architectural drawings of existing buildings. Produced architectural drawings of renovation design proposals. Photographed and took site measurements and produced AutoCAD documents.

May 2016 - Oct 2016


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, IN, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2012 - May 2016

Union County College, crandford, nj, Associate in architecture

Aug 2009 - Aug 2012

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