In this article, we're thrilled to introduce Stephen Straub as our featured subject. With a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and a Project Management Certification from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Straub brings with him an in-depth knowledge of design and construction which has served as the cornerstone of his impressive 25-year career. Having managed multi-million dollar projects in New York City, his immense experience ranges from architecture and engineering to comprehensive construction and project management and risk analysis. Over the course of his career, Straub has demonstrated an exceptional capacity for identifying and mitigating risks, guaranteeing successful project outcomes, and contributing to the continued booming architectural landscape of the New York City. Dive into the interview below to learn more about his vast expertise, motivations as an advisor, and his insights into the future trends of the industry.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the NJ School of Architecture and a Project Management Certification from the Graduate School of Engineering, both at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This dual educational background provides a holistic understanding of both design and construction, ensuring a seamless integration of design principles with practical execution strategies for optimal construction management.
I have 25 years of experience managing multi-million dollar projects in New York City. I have coordinated with architects, engineers, design consultants, and contractors, and was responsible for the development of budgets, scope, and overall construction plans. I worked on design review, coordination, constructability, bidding, contracting and management, and created contract requirements, qualifications, protocols, and controls.
I have experience identifying and analyzing risks, with a focus on anticipating potential challenges. I assess the impact and likelihood of risks to create mitigation strategies, making proactive decisions. I perform risk monitoring and adjustments throughout project lifecycles to ensure successful outcomes and achieve project objectives.
Valuable information, being both accurate and timely, is essential because it forms the foundation for sound decision-making. In today's fast-paced world, having the right information at the right moment can be the difference between seizing an opportunity or missing it. My goal as an advisor is to utilize my expertise so others can succeed.
My focus has always been on minimizing risk to capitalize on opportunities. This proactive approach is most beneficial early in the process rather than later. As time progresses, options become more limited and expensive. Since challenges can arise throughout the process, I offer consulting services tailored to the specific needs of each client. Clients include Property Owners, Lenders, Architects, CPAs, Attorneys, and Contractors. From Concept and Pre-Con to Construction and Post-Con, we provide the advantage our clients count on.
I value agility. Times are always changing. It's important to change with them.
One of the most impactful projects I've been involved in as an executive was the 5th Avenue Redevelopment Project. This was a comprehensive building-wide renovation of a landmarked building in a prime location. The project encompassed a vast 225,000 square feet and involved gut demolition, reconfiguration of shear walls, structural steel modifications, MEP infrastructure and utility upgrades, elevator modernizations, window replacements, and a significant 25,000sf vertical expansion which included a new façade, roof garden, and terraces.
My responsibilities were extensive, from the development of the budget, scope, and overall construction plan to design review, coordination, constructability analysis, bidding, contracting, and management. I also played a pivotal role in creating master and subcontractor contract requirements, qualifications, protocols, and controls. This project was not just about construction; it was about revitalizing a landmark, making it modern while preserving its historical significance.
In conclusion, Stephen Straub is a multi-talented and seasoned professional. With a solid educational background in Architecture and Engineering and well-honed skills in Construction and Project Management, he is both a visionary planner and a pragmatic executor. His vast experience and ability to identify and manage risks in a calculated manner further enhance his professional repertoire.
Stephen's unique blend of skills and experience - forged in the crucible of managing multi-million dollar projects - make him an asset to any organization. His ability to effectively coordinate with various stakeholders, coupled with his keen understanding of both design and practical execution strategies, make him invaluable in the realm of construction management.
Leveraging his comprehensive knowledge, practical skills, and a career marked by successful outcomes, Stephen Straub is available for hire as an advisor on AdvisoryCloud. This provides a remarkable opportunity for organizations to benefit from his unparalleled expertise and experience, ensuring the smooth execution and successful completion of their projects. Take advantage of his immense talent and make a prudent choice for your project management needs.
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