I knew the developer and connected him with the general contractor who then brought me onboard to be the project manager for this loft conversion in the Soho section of Manhattan. As the project manager, I handed all of the day-to-day activities of the gut-renovation of this new six-story luxury condominium development featuring full-floor lofts, a duplex penthouse, and a retail storefront. I worked on the job during the summer and although I have extensive hands-on knowledge of various aspects of construction, I learned a lot. Specifically, about managing the trades, workers not showing up to, setting new herringbone layouts for the tile work, building-out the elevator shaft and the new bulkhead, and coordinating deliveries of the materials.
On behalf of the general contractor and developer, I provided field supervision. The assignment included the demolition of an entire building, the installation of 42 new window opening and the installation of the windows, installation of all new mechanical systems and all of the finishes. The new high-end finishes included installing pocket-doors, towel warmers and this was a “smart home” so the wiring layout was intense. It was an interesting experience negotiating the vision of the architect with the budget of the developer, ultimately the finished product speaks for itself.