Senior Field Director

Name : RHamstead
Industry Type : General Contractors - Managers
City & State : Charles Town,WV
Job Title Senior Field Director
Relocation Preferences : TBD
Objective : Senior Project Executive, VP of Construction
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Personal Information:

High School: Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union, VA
University: University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona
College of Architecture, BS Degree

OSHA 30 Hour Course Certified
Qualified for LEED Certification Exam

Professional Background
* More than 29 years experience in the Architectural Profession as well as 30+ years of Construction Experience. Of these 20+ Years included Design/Build Experience.
* Education: University of Arizona Colleges of Architecture and Business.
* Over 45.5 million sq. ft. of Space Planning, Design and On-Site Construction Management.
*Award winning Design and Construction Project Management from Base Building to Interiors to Theming and Procurement of Owner related items with close multi-trade interaction.
* Strong leadership and motivational skills with regard to inner-departmental and multi- discipline project coordination with both Trades and Consultants.
* Multiple discipline coordination encompasses the entire range of a project from Client Procurement to Preliminary Review with Planning and Zoning to Code Review through the early stages of Budget Targeting and Preliminary Design into Design Development, Consultant Coordination, Budget Refinement, Value Engineering, Bidding, Contract Award, and Construction Management.
*Excellent written, verbal and graphic communication skills. These skills combined with my knowledge of construction procedures have proven to be quite valuable in the field.
* Highly detail oriented with the ability to quickly evaluate a situation and accurately prioritize the direction and solutions.
*Excellent background in office/hotel/restaurant/casino/retail projects.
Design and Project Management projects of note:
- Ho Chunk Resort Hotel/Casino and Conference Center. Award Winner 2000
- Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee, WI. Award winner 2001
- Palace Resort Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, MS. ABC Presidents Award 2001
- Oneida Radisson Hotel Expansion, Green Bay, WI.
-Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham and Burlington MA.
-Hyatt Regency, Savannah, GA & Capitol Hill, Wash, DC.
-Mariott FT Launderdale, Ft. Launderdale, FL
-Sheraton Hotels, Parsippany, NJ & Braintree, MA
-Loews Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
-The Modern, West Palm Beach, FL
-Palm DOr, West Palm Beach, FL
-REVEL, Atlantic City, NJ
* References from a variety of related professions available upon request.

Work Experience
Following is a chronological Project History.
July 2008 to February 2010:
BLT Architects, Philadelphia, PA, Atlantic City, NJ.
Job Title: Senior Field Director
Duties and Accomplishment: Primary role was to provide coordiantion in the field between the Construction Manager, Tishman Construction, and the Executive Architect, BLTa representing the Owner, REVEL Entertainment. The Project, REVEL, is a $2.3 Billion Resort Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Duties included but were not limited to, daily field observations and resolution of construction compliance with the construction documents, coordinating responses from the various design professionals to the field and related trades, monthly requistion review, attend and participate in various planning and project coordination meetings, and work directly as a team member of the core group for the construction of the Event Center, Cabaret, Meeting Rooms and E Bar.

2007 to April 2008:
Principle Design & Development, West Palm Beach, FL- 2007-present
Job Title: Senior Architect, Director of Design and Construction.
Duties and accomplishments : Performed mulitple roles in this multi-disciplined Architecure, Engineering and Construction Firm. In the Architecture Department I served as Lead Architect for very high end large scale projects and as Asst. Diretor of the Architecture Department my role involved the assignement of work, review of project status and QC of various projects.
In the Development side of the company I worked closely with our Marketing Department to establish, monitor and modify our current marketing strategies. I made initial client contact, drafted preliminary proposals, and reviewed contracts for compliance to the established Scope of Work.
For Principle Construction I assisted in the initial client contact, helped to assmeble bid packages and assisted with on-site supervision of trades as needed.

Projects included:
1515 Flagler; The Modern, West Palm Beach, FL: 30 Story Condo development on the Intercoastal Waterway in West Palm Bach. Estimated cost; $195 M. This very high end condo development will be, when completed, the tallest Structure in Palm Beach County.
The Palm DOr, West Palm Beach, Fl: 28 Story Condo complex developed in the heart of downtown at the edge of City Place.
Mixed Use Project, Ft. Myers, Fl: 300 room hotel, restaurants, water park and 150 slip marina. This mixed use project was in the early stages of site planning and was slated to begin construction early 2009.
Marriott Vacation Resort, Riviera Beach, FL: Principle Construction was currently negotiating for contracts for construction in a variety of trades.
City of DelRay Beach, Fl: Principle Construction was working with the Housing Authority and the developer on a 5 year $200M urban renewal project. In the first of 5 phases Principle Construction was bidding on a variety of trades including the role of Prime General Contractor for several club houses and mixed-use buildings.

2004 to 2007:
Jonathan Nehmer + Associates, Rockville, MD 2004- 2007
Job Title: Senior Project Manager
Duties and accomplishments : Performed as a dual role PM. As the Senior Project Manager for the Architecture Division my responsibilities included the overall management of all phases of the architectural process including the preliminary design, schematic design, design development and the production of the construction drawings and specifications. In this role I also coordinated the drawings with our interior design department.
As the Senior Construction Project Manager my responsibilities included the preparation of the budgets and schedules. The preparation of the bid documents, the solicitation of the bids, the review of the bids, the production of the bid comparison forms, the issuance of the contract award and the creation of the construction contract were also my responsibilities.
Once the project was under way it was my responsibility to review the daily progress reports from my on-site PMs, run the weekly project meetings and write the minutes, respond and coordinate the consultant responses to RFIs, review and respond to Proposed Change Orders, prepare the approved Change Orders, review and maintain the Submittal logs, RFI logs and the Change Order Logs.
Projects included:
Cap X Budget production for Marriott Corporation, and *Cap Juluca Resort, BWI.
Due Diligence Reports for the Trinity Development Corp. and Hilton Hotels.
Preconstruction Budget preparation, Architectural and PM services for Host Hotels International for several locations including Marriott Hotels in Ft. Laiderdale, FL & Newton, MA.
Hotel Renovation for Sheraton Hotels in Ma., and NJ.- Architecture and PM services
Peer Review of Hilton Hotel, Baltimore, MD and Host Hotel International, Bloomington, WI.
Peer review of the SOHO Beach House Hotel/Condo, Miami Beach, FL.
Hyatt Regency, Wash., DC, Architecture and PM services for public space and meeting room remodel.
Hyatt Regency, Savannah, GA. Architecture and PM services for the complete interieor Guest and Public Space renovation.
Owners Rep/PM: Loews Hotel, Atlanta, GA.: $122 Million Hotel/condo mixed use Project.
*project of major significance. Was invited by the the Island of Anguilla, BWI to produce a $18M CapEX proposal and guidelines for the Countrys international 6 diamond resort.

1999 to 2002:
Thalden Corporation/Thalden Boyd, St. Louis, MO, Tulsa, OK.: - 1999-2002
Job Title: Senior Project Director for Architectural Firm specializing in Resort Hotel and Casino Projects.
Duties and accomplishments: Several of the Projects were for Native American Groups in a variety of locations throughout the US. Was directly responsible for $325 million of Design and Construction in a 2 1/2 year period. These Projects included the Base Building, complete Interior and Theming Design as well as Project Coordination, Construction Management and Installation of Theming and Specialty Items. Several of the Projects received national award recognition for the general Contractors.
Projects Included:
Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee, WI. Architectural Design, Project Management and Construction PM Services as well as Theming Design and Production Coordination. 2001 Native American Gaming Award winner
Ho-Chunk Hotel Casino and Convention Center, the Dells, WI Architectural Design, Project Management and Construction PM Services as well as Theming Design and Production Coordination. 2000 Native American Gaming Award winner
Radisson Hotel Expansion and Remodel, Green Bay, WI. Architectural Design, Project Management.
The Palace Resort Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, MS. Architectural Design, Project Management and Construction PM Services as well as Theming Design and Production Coordination. 2001 ABC Presidents Award winner
Paskenta Casino, Sacramento, CA. Architectural Design, Project Management.

Project List
BLT Architects:
*REVEL, Atlantic City, NJ. $2.3B
Revel Atlantic City (AC) project includes two towers with almost 2,000 rooms each and a large casino exceeding 168,000 square feet. Revel AC will also welcome visitors with Revel Beach, a sandy area at the far corner of the complex next to the boardwalk that will feature a nightclub, retail space and dining options. Also included within the scope are one 5,000-seat event center, another 600-seat theater as well as a spa and fitness center with indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The first phase is expected to open in 2011.
Principle Design & Development:
*The Modern, West Palm Beach, FL. $168M
30 Story luxury condo development. Lead Architect and Senior Project Manager. The project was currently in the final stages of City approval. When completed The Modern will be the tallest building in palm Bach County.
*Palm Dor, West Palm Beach, FL. $115M
21 Story luxury condo development at City Place in West Palm Beach. Lead Architect and Senior Project Manager.
* Mixed Use Development, Ft. Myers, FL. $100M
300 Room Branded Hotel, retail shops and restaurants, and 150 slip marina. Lead Architect and Senior Project Manager. This project was to be a themed destination type resort. It was in initial stages of design modifications to meet the new theme and was slated to be under construction in early 2009.
Jonathan Nehmer + Associates:
* Loews Atlanta, Atlanta, GA. $122M
Retained by Loews Hotels to act as Owners rep for the complete design and construction of their newest hotel and codo project.
* Cap Juluca Resort Hotel, Anguilla, BWI $18M Cap Ex Plan
Retained by the nation of Anguilla, BWI to prepare a 2 year Cap Ex plan for its Internationally known 5 star resort, Cap Juluca.
* Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Williamsburg, VA $10M
Retained by a national developer to prepare a 5 year Cap Ex plan for this nationally recognized resort hotel and conference center.
* Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, GA $18M
Architecture and PM services for a total renovation of the hotel ownership. Project was completed while occupied.

* Hyatt RegencyCapitol Hill, Washington, DC. $6.5M
Architecture and PM services for the renovation of the Meeting Rooms and Lobby Entry Registration/Restaurant/Bar area as well as the Prefunction Area.. Project was to be completed while occupied.
*Sheraton Hotels, Parsippany, NJ & Braintree, MA $5M
Interior renovation and Starwood upgrade to the Public Spaces and Ballrooms.
*Marriott Hotels, Ft. Lauderdal, FL $4.5
Post hurricane property CAP X assessment and hurricane damage Architecture and PM services.
*Marriott Hotels, Newton, MA $3M
Architecture, ID and PM services for the creation of a new Exhibition/Ballroom to the Hotel.
* Hilton Garden Inn Hotels, Waltham and Burlington, MA. $18M
Architectural PM and Construction PM for two of Hiltons new flags. Projects were designed and constructed simultaneously.
Thalden Corporation:
* Palace Resort Hotel & Casino, Biloxi, MS $47M:
Snr. Project Director and on-site Construction Project Manager for the Design and Construction of a resort hotel and the remodel of its adjoining casino. Responsibilities included owner supplied interiors and furnishings. Base Building and Interiors
* Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee, WS $122M
Snr. Project Director, Co-Designer and on-site Construction Project Manager for a
200,000 sq. ft. Native American Casino. Responsibilities included co-design and
coordination of $12M interior theming and finishes packages. Base Building / Interiors.

* Ho Chunk Casino & Conference Cntr., The Dells, WS $132M
Snr. Project Director and off-site Project Manager for the Design and Construction Management of 320,000 sq. ft. Hotel, Casino and Conference Center. Responsibilities included co-design and construction coordination of all theming items and finishes. Base Building and Interiors.
* Radisson Hotel & Conference Cntr., Green Bay, WS $45M
Snr. Project Director and on-site Construction Project Manager for a tower addition and conference center to an existing property. Base Building and Interiors.

Business Development Background
My experience in Business Development has not been limited only to the areas of Architecture and Construction related to Real Estate Development. I have successfully developed marketing strategies for numerous businesses with regard to customer procurement, media coverage and promotional events for many charities such as The Salvation Army, Muscular Dystrophy, and Cystic Fibrosis.
Business Development Background:
Maxon Construction Co., Tucson AZ.: Worked with Don Maxon, the real estate side of the company, to assist in promotional campaigns with regard to real estate sales. This was the Developer responsible for the creation of the well known retirement town of Green Valley, Arizona
Sun Structures, Ltd., Sonoita AZ.: Principal of a Design/Build Studio. Created Business Development Strategies through local and regional media and personal contacts.
Keeton Associates, Dallas, TX.: Created a Business Development Plan for area high end residential remodeling and new construction. Used a direct target niche market approach to this neighborhood. Designed and Produced flyers and promotional material that resulted in several million dollars worth of Architectural fees within the first year of the Program.
Design for Business Interiors, Inc., Washington, D.C.: Although my specific position was as senior project manager I worked closely with developer clients and their leasing agents to create strong leasing strategies from promotional aspects through developing effective tenant workletters. Was also involved closely with the Washington Board of Realtors. An organization that formulated area leasing regulations and area calculations and codes.
Frederick Ward Associates, Bel Air, MD.: Was hired to create, produce and direct a Business Development Program for a specific local niche market. Was given specific local clientele to target. Successfully procured all four perspective clients for the office within nine months.
Thalden Corporation/Thalden Boyd, ST. Louis, MO.: As Senior Project Director I had the opportunity of working directly with our clients. This allowed me to develop additional and or expanded scopes of work by effectively demonstrating to clients the economic benefits of expanding a Project while still under construction as well as helping them to develop future plans.
Jonathan Nehmer + Associates, Rockville, MD: As Senior Project Manager for both the Architecture and Project Management sides of the company I have also developed marketing plans for the acquisition of new Clients. This successful plan has produced several new projects. Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

#1. Knowledge of construction practices, methods, techniques, costs, materials, and equipment:
I have more than 25 years experience as a Construction Project Manager. While at Jonathan Nehmer + Associates and Priciple Design and Development my roles were two fold. I was the Senior Project Manager for the Architectural and Interior Design side of the company and was the Senior Project Manager for the Construction Project Management side of both companies.
As the Senior Project Manager for the Construction Administration side of the company my role in managing a project began by defining a scope of work determined by the findings in the Due Diligence report and the requirements of the client for the project. This report involves the inspection of the existing property and all its integral systems such as electrical, mechanical, plumbing, structure, food and beverage, finishes and a thorough examination of all applicable current code requirements.
Next I would prepare a detailed budget for that scope and follow up with a very detailed schedule for all the disciplines involved including the general contractor and his work.
In order for these functions to occur successfully a detailed knowledge of the construction industry and the construction process is required and in order for a project schedule to be correct a clear understanding of construction practices, methods and techniques is necessary.
Due to the level of my skills and knowledge in the area of Construction and Construction Management I have been closely involved with the development of Capital Expenditure Budgets (Cap-Ex) for a variety of clients including Crowne Plaza Hotels and Host Marriott Hotels. In the Fall of 2007 I was asked by the government of Anguilla, British West Indies to travel there and produce a Cap Ex program for one of their internationally known five star resorts, Cap Juluca

#2. Practical knowledge of interdisciplinary communication, coordination, principles, and practices.
Throughout my career both as an Architect and Construction Project Manager I have worked closely with a wide range of consultants such as Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Acoustical, Hydrology, and Landscaping professionals. Coordinating their work for the production of construction documents and coordinating those documents in the field working with the General Contractor and the various sub-contractors related to the Work has been a primary function of my Project Management background.
I have a first hand working knowledge of the principles and practices of a wide variety consultants and engineers. Not only for the production of RFPs to solicit work from them but also to have a keen awareness of the level of expectations and performance by those consultants.
As a successful Senior Level Project Manager for numerous award winning projects I have an in-depth knowledge of the design concepts used to help in the production of the construction documents which were responsible for the creation of those award winning jobs. Projects such
as The Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee, WI, The Palace Resort Hotel & Casino, Biloxi, MS, and The Crescent, Dallas, TX. along with numerous other Hotel Projects throughout the US. The high level of my success is due in large part to my clear understanding of the specific and unique consultants needed.

#3. Ability to monitor and control operations:
As Senior Project Manager for Jonathan Nehmer + Associates and Principle Design and Development it was my responsibility to create the initial project schedule which was later revised with the GC to meet actual projected milestones and deadlines.
Through the production of on-site daily progress reports, weekly progress meetings and the publication of those minutes and reports I am able to constantly monitor the progress of a project and compare that to the project schedule which I update to reflect a 2 -3 week projection and compare that to the overall project schedule.
I was also responsible for the review and approval of all pay applications and of the monthly project cost report which is prepared for the Owner. This allowed the Owner the ability to see budgeted costs against real costs and compare to projected future costs.

#4. Ability to meet and deal with others:
The ability to clearly and effectively communicate on a variety of levels to numerous people is one of the most important aspects to successful Management.
My roles as Senior PM for the Architecture Department and Senior Construction PM require that throughout the entire course of a project I will meet and work with a wide variety of personalities all with a variety of agendas and expectations. I present and discuss a wide and complex array of items and issues. These will run the full spectrum of a project from initial meetings with Planning and Zoning to the permit department and their related code issues to dealing with a nearly infinite number of on-site construction issues which occur during the course of actually building the project. It is this ability to work with this large and diverse group of personalities that is the heart of the entire Management process.
I believe that my record of very successful projects clearly demonstrates the ability to meet and deal with others.
#5. Ability to communicate in writing:
I have excellent writing and documentation skills. With the exception of the drawings themselves practically all other communication during the course of a project is, at one time or another, in written form. If directions or statements or agreements are made verbally they must be followed up by written documentation.
My current and previous positions require me to write or edit the documents which move a project along its intended schedule such as RFIs,Change Orders, submittal reviews, progress reports, letters to municipalities, responses to Owners, direction to staff and consultants and the
all important RFP (request for proposal).
In my current role I am also involved in the writing and editing of the documents which define the project such as the Construction Specifications, the Bid Documents and the final Contract for Construction.
Clear and concise written direction is paramount in producing effective and correct responses.

#6 Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing:
A. The ability to clearly define an issue and respond or to give direction graphically is essential. The ability to draw. Non verbal, non written communication in the construction industry is very important. The ability to create clear and understandable drawings or working sketches is of great importance.
In my current position and in previous positions I believe that I have continually demonstrated my ability to clearly communicate through my ability to draw and sketch both in the office and in the field.
B. Of equal importance is the ability to verbally communicate. To speak to single individuals or to large groups of people is a valuable and effective tool in the course of Management and something that I do well.
In my current and previous roles I have had the opportunity to give formal and informal presentations, lead meetings, hold conference calls, and maintain day to day communications either in person or by phone with all parties to the project.
Sometimes the moment, the need, the issue demands that clear and determined direction or interpretation be given quickly and decisively. The success or failure of the entire project can sometimes hinge on the ability to speak with authority and clarity with the self assurance that instills confidence in others. Management, while a team effort, still comes down to the team leader, the Manager/Director. He or she needs to have the ability and assurance that they can deliver verbally the guidance that is sometimes needed both in the conference room and in the field.

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