Zee Metheny

Zee Metheny

Mountain View, CA, US






I was hired as an Intermediate Designer. I was promoted in the first year to Sr. Job Captain. I was promoted in my second year as Project Manager.
I began at the firm working on large Multi-family mixed use buildings in the Seattle Washington area. I have made it a goal to work on a diverse mix of project types: Single Family home, Townhomes, Senior Living, Multi-family Condominiums, Multi-family Apartments, Low-income housing (HUD), and Supermarkets. I am currently working in Revit and AutoCAD, primarily, with some work in Sketch-up, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
I have been working in traditional building methods as well as design/build methods. I have been involved in the initial programming of the project, through SD, DD, CD, bidding, and Construction. As the Sr. Job Captain I maintained the record set of drawings and specifications, reviewed and approved submittals and substitutions, performed Change Orders, Clarifications, RFIs, ASI, Bulletins, and Closeout Documents.

Mar 2013 - current

SmithGroup, San Francisco, CA, US, Job Captain, Project Lead, acting Project Manager

I worked my way up from Architectural Intern to Job Captain, Project Lead and acting Project Manager on several multi-million dollar Healthcare Studio Projects. I worked and lead projects from Conception through to Construction Completion. I created concept designs, project schedules, project staffing plans, project estimates, full construction document sets, assisted in the creation of specification sets, produced bid documents, change orders (owner and contractor initiated), submittal review and approval, shop drawing review and approval, punch lists, construction completion packages, record drawings and record specifications. I also produced many feasibility studies, concept studies, impact diagrams, project overlap diagrams, non-conforming usage studies, existing condition surveys using many different mediums including 3-D modeling, hand sketches, CADD, Color Illustrations, Graphs and Data Sets. I worked with and built relationships with many different government agencies including the California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD), San Francisco Department of Building Inspections (SFDBI), San Francisco Planning Department, San Francisco Zoning Department , San Francisco Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Fire Department. I worked with and built relationships with the owner representatives, holding weekly "last planner" meetings with them and speaking with them daily. I built relationships with the hospital engineering team and hospital maintenance staff. I also created a working rapport with the hospital administrator and the users in the field. I worked with many consultants including structural engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, plumbing engineers, civil engineers, fire sprinkler design engineers, fire alarm design engineers, aquatic design engineers and equipment vendors; I reviewed all of their drawings in the construction documents set for coordination, content and completeness. In the field I created weekly field reports, documented construction issues, answered contractor questions, resolved existing condition variance issues, and resolved RFIs and Change Orders. While at SmithGroup i completed my IDP and CIDP, studied for and took classes on ARE divisions, took a class on Revit fundamentals, became the studio ADA expert, worked with the Marketing Department to produce best-practices, and presented to the studio my work on the many projects at CPMC Davies Campus namely the Hydrotherapy Renovation Project.

Mar 2008 - Nov 2012

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant for "Introduction to Architecture" Studio, "333" Summer Studio (Three Professors, Three Projects, Three Weeks) and MArch Studio 1. I created a syllabus for the class and worked with the professor to edit it, create milestones, add reading materials, and set expectations. I wrote several lessons for each class which I performed as lectures and as open discussions. I worked with the professor to critique the students work on a day-to-day basis, offered suggestions and discussion points, evaluated the student's work and was an active member of the midterm and final jury review teams.

Jan 2007 - May 2008

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, Rapid Prototyping Studio Technician

While working as a Shop Monitor, I was given the opportunity and direction from the Shop Manager to research and select new equipment for a new rapid prototyping studio at California College of the Arts. I then visited many other school Rapid Prototyping Studios, namely Stanford and Cal, and created a report detailing the needs of the campus, the equipment desired and a design of the studio. Once the studio space was built and equipment was installed, I worked with the vendors on setting up the equipment program standards. I produced an equipment training program for all students, staff and faculty which is still being implemented today. I produced a list of environmentally safe and sustainable materials to be used in the studio and set standards, pricing and inventory policy, I created the position of Rapid Prototyping Studio Technician with the Shop Manager, assisted in the creation of the job description and produced checklists for the RPST to use in doing the job.

Jan 2006 - May 2008

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, Shop Monitor

Monitored and assisted the students in the Model Making Shop, Wood Working Shop, Alternative Materials Shop and the Furniture Shop. Tested and authorized in the use of all pieces of machinery. Held a 100% safety rating throughout entire time of service. Designed and built ADA accessible wood working and model making equipment area.

Sep 2004 - May 2008

Starbucks Coffee Company, Los Altos, CA, US, Store Manager

Feb 1998 - Feb 2002

United States Navy, San Diego, CA, US, Aviation Electronics Technician, 3rd Class, Troubleshooter

Jun 1993 - Jun 1997


California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Architecture Major
High Distinction

Sep 2003 - Dec 2007


Alpha Rho Chi medal, Award

Since 1914, Alpha Rho Chi, the National Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts, has promoted the profession of architecture by encouraging students to excel. To honor their achievements, the Alpha Rho Chi Medal is offered each year to over 100 schools of architecture, whose faculty select a graduating senior they feel best exemplifies these qualities.

In 1931, the Grand Council of Alpha Rho Chi established the Alpha Rho Chi Medal to "encourage professional leadership by rewarding student accomplishment." The Fraternity provides the medal to selected schools of architecture throughout the country to be awarded to the graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality. The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded annually to graduating seniors at accredited schools of architecture in the United States and Canada and at schools with an active chapter of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity, and is judged by the faculty of that school of architecture as best exemplifying these qualities.

The members of Alpha Rho Chi firmly believe strong leaders are just as essential as strong designers to the architectural professions. It is vital to our efforts to produce individuals committed to public service, as well as individuals committed to maintaining Architecture and the Allied Arts as noble professions. We also assert that high scholastic achievement is not necessarily an accurate measure of leadership or service. The Alpha Rho Chi Medal commends those students who show true professional merit beyond the design studio and their academic career.


The Outstanding Leadership Award, Award

I was the first recipeint of this award which I helped to create. The following is the description of the Award:
Excellence in Student Leadership Awards
The Excellence in Student Leadership awards recognize outstanding student leaders who significantly enhance learning inside and outside the classroom.

There are six categories in which students may be nominated for. They are outstanding leadership, sustainability leadership, outstanding community service, diversity & equality, outstanding mentor, and rising star.

Honored student leaders demonstrate a commitment to the values of justice and caring; act from a strong self-concept; think critically and creatively; take risks willingly; communicate effectively; exercise power appropriately; articulate a positive sense of direction; and evoke hope.

CCA students, faculty and staff play a vital role in acknowledging these student leaders by submitting nominations.

Outstanding Leadership
Through their leadership skills and initiative, these students have made a significant impact on the CCA community throughout the past academic year. Nominees have influenced the development and mentoring of future leaders of CCA. They must demonstrate examples of outstanding service to others and within the community. Award recipients are selected based on breadth and depth of involvement and leadership in cocurricular activities, leadership in an employment role on campus, service in the community, involvement in professional, academic, and leadership development experiences, and the overall impact on campus life and learning for students. Students are recognized for momentous achievement at CCA.


Certificate of Outstanding Leadership, Award

I received this award prior to the "Excellence In Leadership" Awards creation. The "Excellence in Leadership" Award was a brainchild of mine which I created at the school for members of my Fraternity. After a discussion with Student Affairs about recognizing these outstanding leaders of my Fraternity Chapter to the student body, the school created the "Excellence in Leadership" Awards for the student body as a whole. I received a "Certificate Of Outstanding Leadership" from the school the year before this award was created for my work on recognizing leadership at the school.


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