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David Koons

David Koons

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

I am passionate about the construction documentation process and documents that prioritize effective communication. I respect the building codes' purpose of setting standards for safe and accessible buildings and do not see them as a hinderance to beautiful built environments. But I also enjoy the challenge of achieving both a designer's goal and compliance. I enjoy doors and door hardware for some strange reason. Hand sketching is my first go to tool when trying to either understand a colleagues concern or express an idea to another. I do not underestimate the effectiveness of an image over a 1000 words. It seems to me that we are in the early stages of an age where documents are being assembled more than they are drawn. The ramifications of this transfer are still being revealed. I am licensed in the States of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Employment 

The Switzer Group, New York, NY, US, Principal Technical Architect

AOR for New York City and NY State projects. Technical reviewer of construction documents and code compliance documents. Prepared proposal responses to RFPs. Project Architect for two joint venture projects with another AD firm for the LaGuardia Airport revitalization project.

Apr 2015 - Nov 2016
 

M Moser Associates, New York, NY, US, Technical Architect

Technical Architect for multiple CI projects, responsible for code compliance and constructibility reviews. Created door and door hardware standards.

Jan 2014 - May 2015
 

A. Epstein & Sons, New York, NY, US, Architect

Technical Architect Interiors
• Created three code summary regarding Fire Safety, ADA and Occupancy requirements.
• Technical Architect for egress & service stairs creating all sheets and details.
• Technical Architect for 360 doors, creating schedule and all supporting details.

Jan 2013 - Nov 2013
 

Gabellini Sheppard Associates, New York, NY, US, Project Architect/Manager

Project Architect/Manager for 5 Court Mall renovation with team of four.
• Technical Architect for historic renovation of an Art Deco landmark.
• Code Architect for conversion of historic interior lobby into a high end retail space.
• Technical Architect for renovation of two historic hotels in New York City.
• Technical Architect for a scaling mitigation project at a landmark observation deck.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2012
 

Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, NY, US, Deputy Project Manager - Logistics

Deputy Project Manager-Logistics of NYC DOE Building Condition Assessment Survey of the DOE’s 1500 school buildings. Led 10 inspection teams with 2 Architects, & 2 Engineers each for PB

Nov 2010 - Mar 2011
 

Mancini Duffy, New York, NY, US, Senior Associate / Senior Techncial Director / Project Architect

• Led architectural team in delivering architectural components of a mid-town Manhattan roof- top Emergency Generator and sub-cellar level electrical switchgear room project.
• Successfully organized and led a team of junior staff in an expedited resolution of a public assembly issue for the management of the Time/Warner shops at Columbus Circle.
• Oversaw, focused and implemented mandatory project Document Peer Review program that occurred at three critical project milestones.
• Served as primary resource for in-house technical, code compliance and CA issues.
• Organized and lead Technical Committee and Associates Committee.

Sep 2006 - Nov 2008
 

Pompei C3, New York, NY, US, Director of Professional Practice

• Project document reviewer for Code Compliance, Construction Detailing and Coordination.
• Senor Architectural field representative at GC-Owner project transfer milestone.

May 2005 - Aug 2006
 

Dine Murphy Wood LLC, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

• Led team for Nicole Farhi 202 Retail/Café Chelsea Market store with full commercial kitchen

Jul 2004 - Apr 2005
 

WPG Design Group, New York, NY, US, Associate, Project Architect, Designer, Manager

• Establish and maintained company’s relationship with large financial corporation over an
eight year period while designing and building over two dozen projects for this client.
• Developed designs, presented to clients, prepared AutoCAD CD and Filing drawings and managed documentation teams.
• Primary Construction Administrator for upper-east-side gut townhouse alteration.
• Resolved pre-existing DOB violations and field conditions conflicts for same.

Nov 1992 - Sep 2003
 

Eisenman Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

• Administered several teams of students to produce CDs for 7 story Madrid Spain hotel.

Aug 1991 - Jul 1992
 

John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson, New York, NY, US, Architect

• Determined code parameters and developed hand-drawn core and exterior shell CDs for 20-story Takashimaya’s office building/retail space in NYC.
• Construction Administrator for multiple high rise and other project types.

Jun 1985 - May 1991
 

Education 

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1973 - May 1979
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills