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Geok Ser Lee

Geok Ser Lee

Irvine, CA, US

 

About 

Sustainability champion, belief in close loop building services design is the holy grail to net zero energy design urban planning and design.

Advocate of urban farm and vertical landscaping design as pioneered in SMU green wall

Developed progressively prefabrication technique from ultra solid stone clad concrete precast to GFRC insulated sandwich wall panel

Employment 

KTGY Architecture + Planning, Irvine, CA, US, Project Manager

Project Management of a host of legacy projects and 2 new projects
o Commercial retail & residential mixed use (a TND) with total gross floor area of 106,903 sqf comprising 45 dwelling units on 3 floors above 28,853 sqf retail, 33,000sqf cinema and 83 parking spaces in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
o Commercial retail & residential mixed use with total gross floor area of 148,388 sqf comprising 127 dwelling units on 4/5 floors above 61,330 sqf retail on 2 floors and 186,696sqf or 466 parking spaces in 2 floors of basement garage in San Gabriel, California, USA
o Peer review and Quality audit of a Commercial retail & residential mixed use with 153 dwelling units on 4/5 floors above 21,591 sqf retail on ground floor and 1,016 parking spaces in 2 basements in Northridge, California, USA
o Turnaround 2 loss making commercial F&B retail projects in Anaheim and San Diego, California, USA to achieve 10 and over 20% profit respectively.
o 137,568 sqf Commercial retail TI for furniture retailer in Las Vegas, Arizona, USA
o 36,294 sqf Commercial retail TI for fashion retailer in West Hills, California, USA
o Re-purposing of an existing 89,113 sqf Commercial retail shell - 4 retailers in Kearney, Nebraska, USA
o Shell & core with partial TI for 5,000 sqf commercial F&B Retail in Torrance, California, USA

Tasks performed includes but not limited to the following:-
o Support Principal in preparing fee proposal as directed
o Prepare entitlement documentation, where required for submission
o Solicit, negotiate and appoint sub-consultants as required in accordance to scope indicated by the clients
o Coordinate preparation and presentation of Design documents at each milestone stage and obtain approval to proceed to next phase
o Prepare permit documentation for submission to City & respective technical department and follow through till permit issuance
o Prepare bid document, perform bid evaluation report for client review
o Review consultants invoices against service contract and approve for payment
o Prepare invoices for submission to client for payment. Track aged account receivable and follow-up with client for outstanding payment. Investigate and resolve issues that are holding up client payment.

Oct 2015 - Jun 2017
 

Central Orange County Chinese Baptist Church, Irvine, CA, US, Architectural consultant

Provide owner representative service to the Phase 3 Building Committee of the Central Orange County Chinese Baptist Church.
The role entails coordination of user requirements, review of the consultants' deliverable, construction contracts, contractor submittals- material and shop drawing submittals, coordinate user requirements, value engineering, attendance at project control group meetings and site field meetings.
Phase 2 office re-model
Tasks include but not limited to the following:-
o Review consultants' deliverable at each stage and prepare recommendation report for Building Committee
o Attend regular project control group meeting during design phase to address and resolve key concerns expressed by the Committee
o Review bid set and bid document prior to calling for bid. Attend site inspection with each prospective bidder with architect to outline the scope of work
o Review GC's proposed construction schedule and prepare comments / report
o Review submittals from sub-contractors as directed by the client- primarily material, technical submittal and shop drawing submittal
o Attend regular field meeting and project control group meeting during the construction phase. Prepare site inspection report for impromptu site inspection with Building Committee members.
o Attend close-out punch list walk with GC and client and review punch list from GC
o Review selected change order claim as directed by client.

Mar 2011 - Dec 2016
 

China Property Group, Shanghai, CN, QAQC Leader

Design Consultancy & Project Management for CPG, a Hong Kong listed developer for their projects all over PR China
o Peer review and Quality audits of several commercial office/ retail/ hospitality/ residential mixed use projects in Shanghai and Chongqing. Among them are residential/commercial retail mixed use -Shanghai Cannes Phase 4,
commercial office/ hospitality/ retail mixed use Shanghai Concord City Phase 2, Chongqing ICC Twin Tower and Chongqing Concord City
o Attend design review and provide critical assessment of the presentation in meeting design brief and review interim cost plan.
o Review specialty consultant proposals for areas requiring specialist inputs
o Provide QAQC report for Chairman's decision.

Nov 2012 - Jul 2013
 

HOK, Singapore, SG, Senior Associate

Design Consultancy & Project Management for
o Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, 345-beds USD 330 million, 780,000sqf private hospital with 238 medical suites in Singapore- Singapore BCA Greenmark Platinum
http://www.hok.com/design/region/asia-pacific/mount-elizabeth-novena-hospital/
o 131-keys Andheri Oakwood Service Apartment with 155,990sqf gross floor area in Mumbai, India
o Imperia Condo –Commercial Office, Retail and Residential Mixed use with 828,230 sqf gross floor area at Iskandar Puteri, Johore, Malaysia –Malaysia Green Building Index Gold
http://www.imperiacondo.com/
o 775,000 sqf Commercial destination retail mall, SC Vivo City, part of Saigon South Place at Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam- Singapore BCA Greenmark Gold
o Master planning of 3 million sqf residential, IT business park, convention center, commercial- office & retail mixed use development on 25 acres site within Noida Special Economic Zone, India
o Prepare project fee proposal and workplan for designated projects for Hong Kong and China offices.

Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
 

GuocoLand Management Ltd., Singapore, SG, Senior Manager- Project

o Set up project monitoring framework to ensure compliance with a group wide corporate QAQC standard across the groups' project in the region- China, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.
o Review and oversee key design deliverable from consultants, bid process and conduct periodic site inspections at key milestone stages of the group's project across the Asia Pacific region. Projects supported include
Damansara City- Kuala Lumpur 2.2 million sqf;
The Canary- Vietnam 3 million sqf;
Guoson Centre- Shanghai- Changfeng 4.9 million sqf;
Westend Point- Beijing 1.5 million sqf;
Guoson Centre- Beijing- Dongzhimen 5.9 million sqf,
Ascot Park- Nanjing 2.6 million sqf
Hillview Regency Nanjing 3.2 million sqf and
Danarau Island Golf apartment in Fiji Islands. , 40 units

o Explore project leads in new markets and evaluate feasibility of project leads in existing market.(financial analysis)
o Establish Group's WSH (OSHPD) and Sustainability Policy
o Guide group's business sub-units in achieving set sustainability goals

Sep 2005 - Feb 2009
 

KNTA Architects, Singapore, SG, Architectural consultant

Design management and construction administration for Singapore Management University City Campus.
Roles assumed includes but not limited to:-
- Client management- Liaise with clients' user groups to formulate brief
- Design -lead a team in preparation of design schemes for client presentation through the various stages from concept, schematic design, DD through to bid documentation and construction documentation.
- Bid process- organize, conduct the bid process to contract award including the general contract and various nominated sub-contracts
-Construction administration- periodic site inspection, shop drawings and material submittal review, evaluate Change order claims and progress payment claims, dealt with contractual queries and resolve any site issues.

Feb 2002 - Sep 2005
 

SMALLWOOD, Singapore, SG, Project Manager

Manage the schematic design, DD, bid documentation to construction documentation phase for
1. One Alliance Center in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia
2. Marriot Beach Resort Extension in Marco Island, Florida
3 Fountain Square Condominium, Singapore

- Roles include coordination of architectural design with sub-consultants' input with regards to structural, MEP, interior design elements.
- production of Design development and Construction Documentation in accordance to approved design intent
- prepare permitting set and follow-up with Building Control
- prepare bid sets

Nov 1999 - Sep 2001
 

Beijing Jia Ao Real Estate Development, Beijing, CN, Project Design Manager

o Overall Planning, Design and Construction Management for the Beijing Kerry Center, a USD 230 million, 2.5 million sqf integrated commercial workplace & retail/ residential/ hospitality mixed use project in Beijing, China. It comprises 31-story twin towers grade A office, 31-story; twin towers 195-units service apartment -Beijing Kerry Residence; 21-story 486-rooms 5-star Kerry Hotel Beijing on podium commercial retail/ sports club/ basement garage.
o Solicit proposal, negotiate and appoint core and sub-consultants. Review consultants' payment claims and recommend for GM's approval.
o Review consultant deliverable at each milestone stage (Concept, SD, DD and CD) and provide guidance and direction to proceed
o Organize and conduct bid processes for Main and sub-contract bids, bid evaluation and bid interview. Provide final recommendation for board approval of award
o Oversees client's own QAQC team in construction contract administration
- reviewing main contractor, sub-contractor and suppliers' submittals- material,, construction schedule, shop drawings and technical reports.
- review architect & QC certification of contractor's claim for progress payment
- conduct periodic site inspections and regular field meetings
- ensure close-out procedure and proper handing and taking over of partial occupation by respective property management sub-units

Aug 1996 - Nov 1999
 

Education 

National University of Singapore, BArch, Professional Architecture degree certfied by NAAB as equivalent to any US varsity architecture course

Jul 1979 - Jul 1985
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills