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GARY W. H., AIA
Specializing in Green and Sustainable Design and Construction Practices and Processes
New Hempstead Road, New City, NY Phone: Email:
* Focused and committed to seeking out and adopting new green and sustainable technologies, materials and methods that will save time, money and resources while being economically practical.
* Expert in applying pinpoint valueengineering to drive down project costs without adversely affecting project design or function.
* Solves problems by developing new skill sets among existing team members and adopting the latest in business processes, technologies and methods.
* A strong, energetic leader with the skills and judgment needed to mentor and develop team members of diverse backgrounds and technical abilities.
* A straightforward, quickthinking, clear and concise communicator with a commonsense, keepitsimple approach to all aspects of project execution. An excellent liaison with senior management.
* A successful, consistent record of completing the elusive last five percent of all projects in a timely and efficient manner to retain every last dollar for the benefit of the project and the company.
Reduced individual new store utility use % by changing the Linens &;N Things prototypical design, construction documentation and processes to include green and sustainable design materials and methods, meeting LEED Silver standards. Directed the design and construction of two new stores meeting these criteria. The LNT New Store Prototype is LEED Silver compliant.
Designed and implemented the first companywide online project management program. Developed software to meet the company&;s project management needs from site selection through design, construction and eventual continuing operational facility activities. Eliminated % of all printing and distribution costs and reduced change orders from % to .% of construction cost. Created real time communication across all internal and external team members.
Saved $. per square foot in one year on interior construction cost by value engineering the Prototypical Construction Documents along with the Work, Construction and Lease Exhibits to eliminate confusion, waste and redundancy.
Developed over Million Square Feet of new store space in Years both domestically and internationally at a pace of nearly new stores per year.
Linens `N Things
Director, Retail Architecture and Store Planning
Negotiated lease and construction exhibits with landlords and in developing new store deals while promoting and protecting the company&;s national physical identity. Established initial project budgets and timelines.
Senior member of the Real Estate Committee. Analyzed and decided on new store site selections and completed construction feasibility studies. Insured sitespecific design and operational compatibility store needs.
Prepared and presented design concepts, material proposals and construction documents to corporate partners, developers and local municipal officials for review and approval. Oversaw the zoning approval and construction permit process for new store projects throughout the United States and Canada.
Directed the preparation of construction documents for all new store and remodel projects. Insured documentation prepared by external architects and engineers conformed to corporate standards and lease requirements. Valueengineered materials and methods to allow for adhoc trading of design and merchandising initiatives.
Monitored construction process. Provided construction and design directives resulting from field conditions or externally driven required changes.
Investigated and implemented new technologies, materials and equipment in support of the company&;s costsavings, sustainable and green design initiatives.
Integrated evolving merchandising strategies into the sitespecific construction documentation. Negotiated costs of new initiatives and merchantdriven changes on underconstruction projects with contractors and developers.
GARY W. H., AIA
Linens `N Things
Senior Architectural Project Manager
Negotiated design and scope of work exhibits with developers, their architects and engineers.
Reviewed and approved shell building construction documentation. Verified compliance with prototypical construction and design standards for thirty five new store projects per year.
Partnered with Merchants to plan the merchandise and store fixture layout.
Developed sitespecific interior construction documentation.
Managed implementation of site specific merchandising changes without impact to budget or schedule.
Administered seven outside architectural and engineering consultants and responsible for adherence to a two million dollar architectural services budget.
Melville Realty/Kay Bee Toys/Toy Works
Architectural Project Manager
Reviewed and approved developer supplied mall building construction documentation. Verified compliance with prototypical standards for approximately sixty new store projects per year.
Developed site specific merchandising requirements with Kay Bee Toys senior management.
Managed the development, permitting and bidding of the interior construction documentation.
Administered the implementation of site specific design changes while controlling the construction budget brought about by transitions in the merchandising program.
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Bachelor of Arts, Major in English, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
LICENSES & AFFILIATIONS
Architectural license, State of Connecticut since
American Institute of Architects since
Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Knowledgeable in AutoCAD and SketchUp.
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