James Berroya

James Berroya

Los Angeles, CA, US

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• Skilled in residential construction, interior decoration & home staging

• Well-organized, consistent and flexible problem solver who enjoys facing new challenges

• Demonstrates initiative – self-confident and conscientious

• Ambassador of the brand, values & ethics of the company I work for

• Verifiable track record of maintaining a positive & professional rapport with project teams and clients



Valle Reinis Builders, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager / Estimator

Started with VRB as their first lead / dedicated estimator. Job list includes:

• Pacific Palisades: Budget for 9,394 SF renovation $12M
• Santa Monica: Budget for 12,268 SF, ground up $16M
• Beverly Hills: Cost Breakdown / Takeoff for 10,000 SF historic renovation $11.5M
• L.A.: Cost Breakdown / Takeoff for 1,396 SF addition $1M
• Beverly Hills: Budget for 1,750 SF ADU renovation $2.5M
• Beverly Hills: Budget for 11,424 SF renovation $8M
• L.A.: Budget for 2,914 SF renovation / addition $4M

Project management responsibilities include oversight of field crews, assisting senior managers & site superintendents with administrative work, developing scope of work & punch lists, preparing reports for clients, hiring & training temporary staff, site security & stakeholder management. On my own initiative, developed a master set of commonly-used estimating & project management templates for company-wide distribution.

Nov 2018 - current

Little Green Airstream, Port Washington, NY, US, Design / Builder

Eco-friendly (“green”) renovation of a 1969 Airstream travel trailer. This special project brings together all of the construction project management, sustainable design / build means & methods, and interior design skills obtained from my most recent employment & continuing education programs.

• Restoring the mechanical, electrical & plumbing systems
• Recycling & replacing appliances
• Air conditioner & chassis repair
• Updating the interior using sustainable materials
• Exterior polishing & weatherproofing (500 hours)
• Coordinating with specialty contractors and vendors
• Developing an educational blog, social media accounts, and sponsorships

Originally purchased for $3,400, the trailer’s current assessed value is $63,500, with a 36.5% ROI.

Feb 2015 - current

Interior Management Inc., New York, NY, US, Project Manager / Superintendent

Lead role executing white-glove residential interior renovations averaging 2,500-ft2, with oversight from company partners and in concert with top-tier interior design firms (among them Robert Stilin, Reddymade & Virginia Tupker Interiors). Also assisted senior managers in delivering a Manhattan townhouse project designed by Michael S. Smith, trained & supervised assistant project managers & interns, and completed many post-occupancy maintenance projects for our clientele.

My final project with IMI was an eco-friendly Nolita penthouse renovation, executed in tandem with Huniford Design Studio. The project was awarded as "Highly Commended" and best in the Interior Design Private Residence (Americas / New York) category, and considered "among the most exceptional projects of 2016" by International Property Awards.

May 2013 - Apr 2015

Interior Management Inc., New York, NY, US, Assistant Project Manager / Estimator

Demonstrated the ability to work effectively with trades & project teams on larger renovation projects. Primary assignment was a high-profile Park Avenue apartment encompassing two floors and 9,000 ft2, executed in collaboration with architecture firm Sawyer / Berson.

In the estimating department, assisted in preparing approximately 25 budgets over a 6-month period. Of these, four were awarded, each valued between $2.5M and $6M. On my own initiative, created an updated Operations & Maintenance manual template for our project managers & clients, incorporating more of the company's branding and consistent formatting.

May 2012 - May 2013

Gelfran Associates, Roslyn, NY, US, Building Superintendent’s Assistant

Assisting the apartment building superintendent with interior renovations & routine maintenance, including management of junior staff. Renovation tasks: demolition, roofing, blacktop resurfacing, floor sanding and varnishing, finish painting & landscaping.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2011


Columbia University, Construction Management Specialization

5-month certificate program, covering:

• Construction Project Management
• Construction Scheduling
• Construction Cost Estimating & Cost Control
• Construction Finance - IN PROGRESS

Aug 2018 - current

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), New York, NY, US, Continuing Studies

Coursework included AutoCAD, Revit, interior design & residential lighting basics.

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015

Pratt Institute, New York, NY, US, Continuing Studies

Studied HVAC basics.

Jun 2015 - Jun 2015

Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield, VT, US, Sustainable Building / Design Certificate

• 6-month program with final practicum project.
• Coursework included hands-on carpentry & electrical projects, ecological design & remodeling, design fundamentals, and solar electric design & installation.

Nov 2011 - May 2015 / 360 Training, OSHA 30-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training

Sep 2013 - Sep 2013

Whole Systems Design, Moretown, VT, US, Permaculture Design Certificate

This certificate program, based on the core Permaculture Design curriculum, includes applications of Permaculture in diverse settings, and techniques for meeting human needs that harmonize with ecological patterns. The program culminates with a series of iterative Permaculture site designs completed as team projects.

Aug 2012 - Sep 2012

The New School, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Liberal Arts

Film Major

Sep 1998 - Jun 2000


Highly Commended - Interior Design Private Residence (Americas / New York), Award

Bond Street Residential Project

I was construction project manager for this eco-friendly renovation, executed with Huniford Design Studio, which incorporated the installation of electromagnetic frequency blocking throughout. The use of non-toxic materials and reclaimed wood combined with raw and exposed materials were used to create a sensibility that emulates a Northern Californian design aesthetic.

The Bond Street project and Huniford Design represented the U.S. on an international stage at the 2016 International Property Awards. The project was judged on criterion including quality of interior design, construction, and architecture. It was ultimately awarded as "Highly Commended" in the Interior Design Private Residence (Americas / New York) category, and named "one the most exceptional projects of 2016."

"The International Property Awards rank amongst the most prestigious commendations in the residential and commercial property industries. The judging panel (including Lord Caithness, Lord Best, Lord Liverpool, and members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament) consists of 70 experts focusing on design and quality, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability."


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