Gerald Guard - Profile
Three decades of Experience listed below.
Here is an architect with 13 years of Certificate of Occupancy & building code design, integrated with project administration, construction management and Auto-Cad operations, helping design companies and contractors serve their clients, become lucrative and be the go-to company for their professional services. Specializes in putting together construction documents for contractors, building design consultants, and building owners to get their construction done.
Guard's Ark - Construction Drawings & Permits
Architectural Consultant - 2007-Present
Processed C of O changes and violation corrections for commercial and residential projects in NYC. -
Advised Building owners and contractors of ECB and DOB process - Expeditiously Performed hands-on property research and analysis - Submit design project documents to DOB - Hashed out Plans examination meetings to get 95% of projects approved for permit on 2nd sitting.
Guide building owners and contractors via design drawings and specifications involving C of O, zoning, to obtain building permits for over 300 projects in NYC within the $50K - $2 Million range. Involved commercial and residential properties. Operation over a period of 7-1/2 years in the design and construction administration capacity - Obtained contractor and building owner satisfaction for 99% of the projects.
Construction Engineer- NYC -1998 - 2014
Gerald has worked with Metro-North Railroad in the capacity of construction engineer, construction representative and architectural designer, covering projects in their entirety from planning through design, construction and closeout - Coordinated contractors, engineering and architectural consultants, manufacture's representatives and material vendors to rehabilitate and build railroad facilities and an array of building components and structures.
Worked as Construction PM to coordinate construction from planning to closeout. Harnessed architectural expertise to advise on-board consultant of material design bid packages for the following projects:
Grand Central Terminal - NYC - Communication, Electrical, Mechanical & Utilities Upgrade
Saved $150K in change order costs for a $10 Million Fire Life Safety project via collaboration with contractor PM to relocate 25% of mechanical system – Stair Fire suppression Duct & 800 Horse Power fans – March to August 2013.
Grand central Terminal – NYC – Communication Room Build-Out
Saved $50K by advising change of HVAC routing. Streamlined schedule of structural material delivery tosave the project an additional $20K.
Bronxville station Rehabilitation – A Landmark designated building - $300K
Guide contractor through design changes and construction. Integrated quality material and building systems into construction. Coordinated electrical and mechanical work with in-house trades, resulting in a successful project, coming in on time & under budget
MTA – Police Facility Build-out - Grand Central Terminal – $1.5 Million
Performed shop drawing reviews and negotiated change orders, saving up to 15% of project costs.
MTA – Headquarters Facility Building – 347 Madison Avenue – $800K
Put together architectural program to establish required building repair. Act as de-facto PM, juggling design and administration of renovation of 11 employee occupied Floors – 55,000 SF on location. Project was completed within budget with room to utilize $30K for new furniture.
Metro-North medical facility Build-Out – $800K
Researched and designed interior spatial layout, furniture and medical equipment and established accurate construction project plans and specifications to convey to subsequent design consultant, saving25% of design costs
Station Building, Retail Shops and Employee Facility Build-outs and Rehabilitation
Reviewed and advised on ongoing design and construction for retail, railroad stations, offices and employee facilities
Bowne AE&T Group
Civil Auto-cad Designer – Bowne AE & T Group - Contractual Position
Put together Existing Survey and Roadway Profile Designs Via Cad Civil software for the company general consultants and their clients.
Put together architectural, structural and civil engineering designs via Cad Civil software for the company general consultants and their clients. Built up managerial efficiency in Cad work.
Architectural Designer – Metro-North Railroad
Collaborated with architects and engineers advise on material selection and space layouts for architectural, structural, mechanical, HVAC, and Fire Suppression Systems for projects. Consistently saved 15% of project cost via due diligence and design acumen.
Performed the gamut of taking a building renovation or build out from planning stages to completion and acceptance.
Rail Traffic Controllers Facility Renovation – $3 Million
Collaborated with design and administrative work with consultant architects. Caught required changes during installation of HVAC, electrical and architectural systems. Saved $40K in overruns via close project monitoring and suggested material changes. Reviewed and approved shop drawings.
Tower A/B Facility Rehabilitation – $2.5 Million
Led the project through planning, design and closeout. Put together construction drawings and specifications packages to perform partial demolition, environmental clean-up, architectural, mechanical and structural construction, in the rebuilding of an employee facility underneath Park Ave. South roadway. Chaired project meetings, performed research of facility mechanical, HVAC 200 ft. routing for supply and exhaust air to the facility. Collaborated with mechanical consultant to put mechanical and fire suppression system together to put out to bid.
Saved the project 20% of cost through due diligence in research, design and limited change orders.
ERM: Environmental Resources Management
ERM - Environmental Resources Management - Contractual Position
Performed Cad drafting for mechanical, electrical, environmental, architectural and structural projects in the tristate area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Collaborated with mechanical and structural engineers to develop these project drawings under strict client deadlines. Performed 3-dimensional piping details, process flow diagrams, electrical panel circuitry, HVAC specifications, Fire Sprinkler detailing and specifications, Fuel Tank Removal and replacement drawings and specifications for major gas stations and environmental demolition drawings
Stone and Webster Company.
Auto-cad Design Drafter.
Performed process flow mechanical diagrams for electrical generator plants. Performed further structural, mechanical and electrical project drawings and specifications for the company.