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Gustavo O. Villaronga Cruz

Gustavo O. Villaronga Cruz

San Juan, PR, US

 

About 

I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For the last thirteen years I've been working as a drafter, freelance designer and as AIT. Besides architectural background I've done some graphic design, furniture design, ceramic pieces, wine cellar design and construction. I'm very passionate about learning thru experiences. My goal as an architect is to learn as much as I could to be able to share my knowledge and skills.

Employment 

Directorate of Public Works - Department of the Army, Army Installation Management Command, Ft. Buchanan, Guaynabo, PR, US, Engineering Technician

Duties, Accomplishments and Related Skills:

Engineering and Architectural Drafting:

Professional knowledge of engineering and architecture. Develop of complete layouts with supporting detail drawings of buildings, structures, systems or equipment where standard precedents are generally applicable but complete design criteria and specifications must be researched from standards. Use own initiative and sound judgment to determine the best placements of features and the most appropriate views to give proper emphasis, clarity of detail and professional appearance to the finished drawings. Prepare necessary drawings, specifications and supporting documents for advertised or negotiated procurements. Digital & hardcopy drawings, equipment & supplies maintenance.

*In addition to Drafting duties...

*Building Assessment & Documentation:

Conduct, as required, surveys and investigations of building sites to determine the condition of structures and to secure necessary data prior to initiating design. Prepare assessment documentation taking measurements, notes and making sketches to determine extent of necessary repairs or alterations to existing buildings, observe sites of proposed buildings to determine effects on architectural requirements, inspect work presently under construction and obtain other information necessary for preparation of preliminary drawings and work statements. Evaluate data obtained, determine methods and technology incorporating pertinent features into design considerations and solutions for deficiencies. Prepare sketches or change drawings and specification and incorporates these changes documents into the contract performance documents.

*Design Development:

Serve as subject matter expert when decision making for architectural & drafting efforts ensuring clear and professional representation of intended projects applying his own knowledge and skills preparing designs, specifications and cost estimates. Evaluate design objectives, identifies most economical and efficient procedures for building design and performance considering all functional and aesthetics requirements, and perform in-house design coordinating with other architects or engineers to assure that all technical areas are covered, areas of overlapping responsibilities between technical discipline receive proper design consideration, and that total bidding objectives and schedule are met and/or prepares necessary drawings, specifications and supporting documents for advertised or negotiated procurement. Assist engineers such as the ones responsible for the mechanical, electrical & structural for the planning and development of Major Construction projects. Answer questions concerning the architectural portions of the work, and to coordinate the design and working drawings where conflicts arise among these several phases. Write AE SOW’s, develop detailed fee estimates for project budget funding and for bid evaluation, technical specifications, and perform project management on highly complex projects. Provide technical support during negotiations on a timely manner. Manage renovation or new construction projects from conception to completion; reading, preparing, and interpreting architectural, structural, civil, industrial hygiene, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical plans and drawings; ensuring compliance with contracts and regulatory requirements.

*CAD (Computer Aided Design) Software Proficiency:

Proficiency in computer aided design and drafting in Autodesk AutoCAD 2006-2017(CADD), Revit 2015-2017(CADD/BIM), ArchiCAD 21, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Lumion, etc. Apply own knowledge in architectural 3D modeling, photo rendering visualization and graphic design contributing to clear project proposals. Improvement of Engineering Division CAD capabilities. Support CME’s and DoD Civilians to improve their CAD capabilities in terms of knowledge and latest CAD versions for better work efficiency.

*Contracting Officer Representative (COR):

Assist in administering construction project and makes recommendations to contract officers concerning contract modifications as a Contracting Officer Representative for the overall planning, management, supervision, controls, coordination and execution of assignments on construction projects. Interprets local and federal construction requirements and regulations, specifications, plans, etc. to A/E firms and /or Contractors and Top Management. Report construction progress and contract compliance issues to a senior engineer, report documents inconsistencies, code violations, improper materials or techniques that are used in the applications of materials as well as substandard/poor quality workmanship, review plans and specifications to gain knowledge of the planned construction and coordination of equipment moves. Compile and update technical reports, estimates, fact sheets and status reports. Review, evaluate and determine adequacy of submittals and data from contractors covered by government contract.

Additional Information:

1) AWARD: ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL FOR CIVILIAN SERVICE

28/June/2016 For outstanding achievement while serving in direct support of Borinquen Week activities for the US Army Garrison Fort Buchanan during the period of 11 June 2016 through 18 June 2016.

2) AWARD: ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL FOR CIVILIAN SERVICE

Hurricane Maria Recovery at Ft. Buchanan from October 2017 thru December 2017.

3) USACE Selection Board:

USACE Louisville, KY. Selection Board Member for new Ft. Buchanan Fitness Center Annex. Applied engineering and architectural knowledge to evaluate 5 contractor proposals.
July 2018.

4) Child & Youth Services Facility, Ft. Buchanan
Contracting officer Representative Duties (15 M awarded project):

Since December 2017 to present I perform as the Contracting Officer Representative for the new Child & Youth Services Facility in all technical phases of the work. As part of my duties I ensure that the contractor performs in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract, coordinate with the KO when issues or problems arise from the contractor, recommend any corrective actions deemed necessary in the event of the contractor's nonconformance to the terms and conditions of the contract, recommend any Change Orders required under the changes clause in contract, maintain all necessary records to document performance duties, review technical submittals as evaluations of submitted materials, shop drawings, quality control testing and other technical data.

Nov 2014 - current
 

Child & Youth Program Services, Department of the Army, Guaynabo, PR, US, Child & Youth Program Assistant

As a CYPA at Fort Buchanan I'm responsible of the Arts & Crafts area in the School Age Center. Also, I'm in charge of the DIY Club where we develop more challenging projects with the children. Our first project was the creation of concrete lamps. This was an exciting project because of the complexity of the process. We have children from first graders to fifth graders at our club. I provide care/supervision, oversight and accountability for program participants in compliance with DoD, Army and local policies, guidance, and standards.

Aug 2013 - current
 

Jorge I. Cid Architect, San Juan, PR, US, AIT - Architectural Assistant and Field Supervisor

Architectural design: schematic, preliminary, design development
and construction documents. Furniture design. Collection of field data and data transfer for as-built documents, 3d modeling, renderings and photo-montage compositions.

Dec 2011 - Aug 2013
 

Architect by contract - Ballori’s House Project, Tintillo Hills, Bayamón P.R., Project Architect

AIT - Project Architect and Field Supervisor for Eduardo & Conchita Ballori house remodeling. – Architectural design: schematic, preliminary, design development and construction documents. Collection of field data and data transfer for as-built documents, 3d modeling, renderings and photomontage compositions. Provide consulting services for architectural finishes.

Oct 2012 - Apr 2013
 

Jorge I. Cid Architect, San Juan, PR, US, Architectural drafter

Collection of field data and data transfer for as-built documents, 3d modeling, renderings and photo-montage compositions.

May 2008 - Dec 2011
 

Design Graph, San Juan, PR, US, Architectural drafter

Responsible for the preparation of: (Floor plans, elevations, sections, reflected ceiling plans, electrical
plans, field data and data transfer) for as-built documentation, basic 3d modeling.

Feb 2006 - Mar 2008
 

Education 

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan, PR, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2002 - Oct 2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills