Vice President of Construction Services
Merchandise Mart Properties, Chicago, Illinois (01/01/2016)
- Merchandise Mart Redevelopment Program, Chicago, IL ($40m) - Merchandise Mart, a 4.2 million square-foot architectural icon and the epicenter of Chicago’s commerce and tech industry undertook the most comprehensive upgrade to the public areas in 40 years. Responsible for the $40M redevelopment program at the Mart, the first of its kind, defining the next generation modern commercial space for Chicago urbanization to integrate digital, enhance collaboration and promote business growth. Led the program from strategy through implementation managing a team of architects, engineers and contractors to design and complete build out of the redevelopment projects. Highlights include a new outdoor park along River Drive, interior renovation of 27 elevators, new digital signage for way finding, and the full renovation of the Food Hall and its tenants. The project also includes a grand stair, a communal space connecting the Mart's first and second floors. The 50foot-wide staircase with stadium seating and a projection wall serves as a meeting and work place. At the top of the stair is a 290-seat restaurant/café/lounge and private event space called Marshall’s Landing with spectacular views of the Chicago river and skyline.
- Developed and maintained a 10-year capital projection for Merchandise Mart based on asset lifespan analysis.
- Identified strategic initiatives for cost savings on capital projects.
- Developed strategic plans and launched integration of budgets from construction and operation departments
- Developed monthly reports for COO on project updates and capital budget projections
- Involved in rebranding and repositioning of Merchandise Mart to a high-tech office building.
- Responsible for overseeing annual aesthetical alteration of 1 Million SF of showrooms and temporary exhibition floor for Neocon, North America’s commercial design show and one of the largest gatherings of workplace experts.
- Led lease negotiations with tenants like Yelp, Braintree, ConAgra, 1871 tech incubator and Allstate regarding turn over conditions of leasable space.
- Assisted in re-financing of $675 million loan for Merchandise Mart. Followed up with Escrow Company to ensure that terms and conditions of re-financing agreements are met before closing date.
Senior Project Director
Merchandise Mart Properties, Chicago, Illinois ( 05/01/12- 1/1/2016 )
- Motorola Mobility, Chicago, IL (632,000 SF) – Having selected Chicago as their new HQ, Motorola Mobility required premium space for their offices. Responsible for creating a space for Motorola Mobility at Merchandize Mart, a complex project which involved a team of (6) design firms, (2) engineering firms and (7) General Contractors to relocate (100) tenants within the mart. Also, led lease negotiations with Motorola Mobility regarding turn over conditions of leasable space. This project was completed over a period of 16 months and a budget of $40M.
- Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles, CA (150,000 SF) – Spearheaded a team comprising of Architects, Engineers, Furniture Vendors and a General Contractor for this interior build-out project which comprised of renovation of 3 floors at the LA Mart. The project includes new private offices, open offices, conference rooms, interview rooms, lunch rooms, 24-hour call center, children play room, server rooms and modifications to the existing mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems
- Assisted in sales of assets worth $230M and helped investor clients in analyzing vital information about useful life of fixed assets.
- Facilitated the companywide restructuring and change management.
Merchandise Mart Properties, Chicago, Illinois ( 09/26/08 – 5/1/2012 )
- Cleveland Convention Center & Medical Mart, Cleveland, OH (1,100,00 SF) – Spearheaded a feasibility study phase for a $425M state of the art Convention Center which comprised of an exhibition hall, ballroom, meeting rooms, entrance pavilion, and showrooms for medical devices. Engaged a team of General Contractor, Architects and various consultants (such as structural, MEP, civil, geotechnical, lighting, acoustics, A/V, roofing, food service, historical, code, curtain wall, landscape, graphics, vertical transportation, interior, traffic, security) to develop schematic plans and construction cost estimates. Also, attended meetings with the ‘Cleveland City Counsel’ and the ‘Cuyahoga County Commissioners’ to provide periodical project update. The study took place over a period of 10 months.
- Ronin Capital LLC, Chicago, IL (60,000 SF) – Worked with brokers from CB Richard Ellis and Jones Lang LaSalle to negotiate a lease for Ronin Capital LLC to rent 60,000 SF at 350 W Mart Center. Also, worked with a team of Architects and Engineers from VDT and WJE to come up with a design for installing 63 new windows on the exterior facade made up of brick veneer and cinder block as part of Landlord’s work
- Getco Holding Company LLC, Chicago, IL (100,000 SF) – Worked with brokers from ProTen Realty Group and a team of Architects and Engineers from PerkinsWill and ESD to negotiate a lease for Getco Holding Company LLC to rent 100,000 SF at 350 W Mart Center. Scope of work included reviewing the new tenant’s MEP design requirements to evaluate if the existing base building systems can meet those requirements. Also, held various meetings with ComEd to work out the logistics for installing new transformers in an existing electrical vault to meet tenant’s power requirements.
Project Manager / Field Engineer
Turner Construction Company, Chicago, Illinois (07/01/04 – 09/25/08)
- Sara Lee, Downers Grove, IL - The project consisted of demolition, renovation and expansion of an existing facility to a two-story 150,000 s.f. Pilot Plant building. The project was completed in (3) phases. Phase A - All interior work and extension of areas on the first floor (open offices, private offices and conference rooms) and second floor (test kitchen products, performance areas and open offices). Phase B - Meat pilot plant featuring raw blend areas, cook-chill areas with free standing coolers and freezers and packaging areas; and Phase C - Bakery pilot plant.
- Illinois Institute of Technology, BSL-3 Lab & Pilot Plant, Bedford Park, IL – This project included converting an existing building into a 6,000 s.f. BSL-3 and Pilot Plant Test Facility for the Illinois Institute of Technology and FDA as co-sponsor of the project. All wall components and existing MEP systems were demolished and removed from the facility. The interior of the building 1st floor was renovated into two areas along with the installation of an Effluent Decontamination System in a vault exterior to the building. Scope of work also included bringing new power and backup emergency power from the emergency generator located in a building adjacent to the project site. The second floor of the project was dedicated to new MEP systems and components to service the first floor Pilot and BSL-3 facilities.
- Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL - Construction and build-out of 5,000- s.f. of labs and office spaces in the Searle and Ward Buildings. Scope of work included extensive modifications to the existing building ventilation systems, which included installing new chiller units. The project also included modifications to existing electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. The project was completed in and around an existing complex that was fully operational during the entire construction process.
- Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL - This project consisted of a 1000sf expansion and reconfiguration of the existing switch room/data center and associated offices and network operation center at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. The existing data center remained in operation during the construction period. Various components of the project included a new 350kw emergency generator, AC and DC power plant upgrades, batteries, new FM 200 system, life safety, and associated computer-cooling equipment. Renovation also includes new conference rooms, offices, and an exterior limestone screen wall enclosure for the emergency generator.