Large Projects Outline / Urban
Sustainability + Resiliency / Land Use Planning










Stephen Synakowski RA, NCARB,  AISC

WASHINGTON DC, CHICAGO, NEW YORK; EMPLOYMENT + PRIVATE PRACTICE 












Buildings Built through Understanding of Technics, Process, Delivery Method. Process as Design;


 TECHNICS;  
STRONG TECHNICAL FOUNDATION INCLUDING COMPONENTS, TECHNOLOGIES, SPECIFICATIONS //
ENGINEERING + CONSTRUCTION // LEED // -- BUILDABLE DESIGN BASED UPON BOTTOM UP UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT TECHNICAL FACTORS AND ITEMS SHAPE BUILDINGS; (CHICAGO BASED);

•  METHOD;  
DESIGN AND DELIVERY UNDERSTOOD THROUGH BUILDING FIT / STYLE IN RELATION TO SETTING AND CONTEXT //
INNOVATIVE DESIGN DELIVERED THOUGH UNDERSTANDING OF DOCUMENTATION PROCESS, COMPUTER PARAMETRICS, KEY LEGAL, TECHNICAL, FINANCIAL  CONSTRAINTS;  (NEW YORK BASED)
 


 DELIVERY;  
FOCUS ON CLIENT + DELIVERY // MANAGEMENT OF PROJECT, PROGRAM, COSTS //-
-ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING FROM DESIGN TO FIELD DECISION MAKING,  PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DELIVERING INNOVATION WITHIN BUDGET.  


• STRATEGIC PLANNING; DYNAMIC + RESPONSIVE PROGRAM AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT / NETWORKS + CRITICAL PATHS;

List of Built Work + Designs




Multifamily / Urban Designs:

• Residential Highrises with Connecting Bridge at the High LineNew York. With lateral high level pedestrian street. Proposed as a means to address high density living in high density cities such as New York and Hong Kong. Design;
Midrise Prototypical Terrace Housing. Philadelphia. Two City Block Garden Terrace 2 Story Midrise Housing Design Proposal, Race Street, Downtown Philadelphia. Conceptualized as the start of a Proposed Redevelopment Plan, suitable for Large Scale Adaptation throughout the City. With Vertical Farms & Terraces Raised Patios & Gardens. Design;
Urban Conference Center with Residential Towers. Philadelphia. Logan Circle on
the Schulkyll Parkway. 300,000 gsf Modern Convention Center with 2000 Seat Auditorium. Masters Thesis. Design. Designed by KPF and Built by Others;

MultiFamily, Adaptive Reuse / Suburban Designs:

50 unit Condominium; 27 acre Land Use Plan for 150 Townhomes. Lake Forest, Ilinois. Concept design for 200 Attached Luxury Townhomes Masterplan, with Adaptive Reuse of Historical. (For Illinois Landmarks Preservation Commission). 50 dwelling units in 400,000 gsf former College Administration / Classroom Building & 150 Attached Townhomes and Flats.  Transportation Oriented Development.

Chicago River Lowrise Housing Master Plan. Chicago. 88 New dwelling units Attached Riverfront Facing Townhomes with 74 du New Attached Townhomes. Unit Planning & Site Master Planning, Industrial Brownfield Site. Design with Philip R. Cohen Architects;


Educational / Institutional:

Campus Planning.  South Campus Planning. Lake Forest CollegeWritten Precis of P+W Campus Plan published and included in Lake Forest College Annual Report.  Relation of midrise dormitories to historical buildings.  Following designs and construction of dormitories;
 • Drury College Dormitory Village. Springfield, MO. Design. 300 du; with David Greenspan, APA.  Springfield, MO.  Project recommended for First Prize by John Hejduk, Architecture Dean, Cooper Union School of Architecture, New York. Design. Built by others.;
Alabama High School for the Performing Arts. Birmingham, AL. Phased Design of One Entire Block of Downtown Birmingham, Alabama set around a central green urban court, for the organization and construction of a modern 200,000 gsf Urban Arts High School. Competition Proposal;
 

Hospitality:

Hotel Site Studies. Manhattan. Market Analysis Manhattan for Flaghip NYC 5 Star Hotel Design for Zhong Hotel Enterprises, Beijing, China. Complete surveil of NYC hospitality markets with landuse and heatmapping, towards optimizing siting of new US hotel building, as commencement of national chain.
Commercial:

Urban Retail Commercial Center Skokie, IL.  200,000 gsf, including Massing &
Facade Designs. Grocery ,Fitness Sports Center, Anchor Tenants. All Attached and Detached Commercial. Project.;
Retail Commercial Center. Vernon Hills, IL. Including Massing & Facade Designs. All Attached and Detached Commercial. 100,000 gsf. Project.;

Infrastructure, Transportation & Airports:

Warm Climate Airport. Concept Design Proposals, including various Canopy Options.  Perforated Helically Torqued and Perforated Concrete. 60' tall set on 150' clear span Concrete Pylons. Design.;
1200 KV transmission Tower Designs.  Part of request for ideas from Landsnet Power Company, Rejavick, Iceland relating to National Initiative to renovate the existing electrical transmission grid. Design.;
Bridge Designs. Kansas City, MO.  Part of Competition Entry for Downtown Growth and Redevelopment. With Benisch Engineering Corporation, Chicago, IL. Design. Built by others. 


Masterplanning & Urban Design:

600 Acre Residential Urban Design Master Plan, Williamsburg, Virginia. With David Greenspan, APA. Administrative Town Center, Two Commercial Shopping Centers, MultiFamily and Single Family Housing Recommendations, all LandPlanning, Urban Design. Following Traditional Guidelines of The New Urbanism. Competition Proposal. Design. Built by others.;
Phased Multifamily Housing 27 acre Masterplan. Lake Forest, IL. For Attached New Lowrise Luxury Multifamily surrounding an adaptively reused 400,000 gsf Main Campus Administration Building (Heavy Timber construction), to be converted to Luxury Condominiums. Planning for 27 acres total, various phasing options, 120 to 200 dwelling units total. With / for Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. Lake Forest, Illinois. Design.;


•  Facility Campus Design & Layout, Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter. Lincolnshire, IL.  10 Acres / Wooded Campus, with New On Site Hospital, Educational Center, Expanded Animal Housing, All Site Planning and Landscaping. Proposed Landscape Designs, Recommended Phasing Options, Schematics. Riverwoods, Illinois. Built.;    
Church Dodge MasterPlan; Emerson Dodge MasterPlans. Evanston, IL. CDBG. Architect with the Evanston Community Development Corporation for Facade and Streetscape Improvements of two regional areas of Evanston Illinois. Community Development Block Grant Funding. Built.;

AIM Urban District Design, Beijing.  Mixed Use Super Block Urban Commercial Center, incorporating Cable Eight Arts College, Beijing, China. 10,000,000 gsf, w / 75' tall Glazed Shopping Promenade, Arcade & Full Urban Block Urban Garden Roof Park. Roof Plane designed with Twisted and Punched Concrete Slabs. A New Form Prototype for the 21st Century City. Opposite CCTV by OMA. Design.;



 Above Graphic UOT Regional Site Plan (c) Perkins + Will; Above Graphic UOT

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 Community Resiliency and Rebuilding with IBTS and New York City HRO above / All Images (c) as noted;  







Skills,
Experience;

Architectural + Engineering;

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY

• Structural: Steel, concrete, wood.
Collaboration with structural engineers on:
• Tall buildings
• Trusses
• Frames
• Precast / reinforced poured   
• Piles incl. helical.
• NFPA, Fire Safety

SITE/CIVIL 

• Geotechnical; borings
• Legal, Topo Surveys
• Vertical Surveys
• Highways; Cut, Fill

ENVIRONMENT

• Shoreline stabilization
• DEC, NYS Environmental
• EPA, Water
• Sanitary, Stormwater Systems
• Detention, retention 
• Brownfield

FORENSICS

• Expert Witness
• SME. Foundations, superstructures
• Iron including fire escapes





Skills, Experience;
Program Types;


MULTIFAMILY

Low, mid and highrse residential / commercial mixed use, new + existing envelopes. Built, designs.
•  Built midrise urban adaptive resume to 100 du
• Technical and design modern lowrise
Speculative designs highrise residentiall


SCHOOLS

  Primary, secondary, collegiate. Classroom, residential, assembly. Buildings. Planning. US + Near East.



OFFICE

Modern Office towers. US + Near East.
 

ADAPTIVE REUSE

Multifamily residential, assembly, atheltic,  single family residential.



COMMERCIAL

Free standing new and renovations. Medium + large suburban shopping centers. 
• 
Medical office buildings.
Office Buildouts


INTERIORS

Corporate Interiors,  financial and insurance offices. FFE.
•  Commercial interiors.
• 
Residential interiors. Traditonal and contemporary.


URBAN DESIGN

  3 CDBG Urban Streetscapes, Chicago, IL
Residential/commercial suburban community planning


FEMA / SUSTAINABLE / RESILIENCY

Disaster relief. CDBG; Shoreline NYC with NYC Mayor's Office. Engineering + Environmental re IBTS.
•  Tier II Qualified National Disaster Site Inspector. Califormia.


TECHNICAL

  NYCDOB Permit Filing Rep;
NYSDEC Liason Region II, NYC DEC Environmental;
•  Zoning Variations;

Teaching, AutoCad;
Building and Facility Programming;
Cost estimates and projections

Land and legal surveying
•  Construction Field observations

Licenses + Registrations;

NCARB Certification;
State Architectural Licenses
STATE OF NEW YORK;
STATE OF NEW JERSEY;
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS;
STATE OF CONNECTICUT;
STATE OF ILLINOIS;

Other Registrations
NYCDOB;
New York City Permit Filing Representative
 CEDAR;
Code Enforcement Disaster Relief. For  Building Site Investigations  Nationwide Tier II following First Responders (flood, fire, earthquake)  









 600 Acre Residential / Commercial Lowrise Community.  Williamsburg, VA.  As Built by Others.  Photo (c) 2019 GoogleMaps








Professional Perspectives - Project + Program Management Strategies;







Process relating engineering and architecture data-- program, objects and schedules -- defines design and delivery.  Components, Cost, Program and Schedule drive the product.  RA as proposer of Form is part of larger Process.  
 
Computers allow design and construction to merge into bigger and bigger information and data flows.  Computers increasingly involved with larger and more complex buildings, esp. Healthcare. 








URBAN FOCUS STRATEGIC TALENTS COST FOCUS BUDGET FOCUS


•  Educational, Multifamily,
Industrial, Transportation. 



View City as sustainable, economically defensible.

Interest in both
buildings + capital improvements.

City as creating value -
financial, social, visual, economic, intellectual.
•  Project Planning at
large scale.  


Strongest at project front
end.

Big picture with ability to address detail. 

Skilled in evaluating pattern
alternatives in space and time:

- Adaptive reuse floor plans with fixed perimeters;

- Schedules and flows in relation to deadlines and phasing.

Technical + Legal Due Diligence. 

Scheduling, models, alternatives, management software, cost software. 

PM, Contract Administration.


  Building materials and products define schedule and cost.
 

Focus on building and component delivery strategies in relation to engineering, assembly and construction. 

Document and Building delivery in terms of parametrics and variables. 

Construction phase PM and coordination with on site mechanics and contractors.

Engineering incl. structural.  Conc.,
 steel, wood.

MEP Systems. 

Modular, manufactured.

Turnkey.  Filing and admin. including Change Orders, field orders. RFI, PW, TR, COs, PI, SI, etc.

  Experience with a variety of program types. 


Range of contract types: 
AIA, CMAA; 

Range of employment settings: Corporate, private, public/private. 

Clients include private boards and individuals,
developers, engineers, architects, insurance, public/private agencies, government. 

Urban focus.

-Planning;

-Subject Matter Expert;

-Project Management; 










Aerial photos (c) 2019 Google Maps. 



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