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Construction Administration Speaker Series: 7 Deadly Sins – Design Architect to Construction Manager


Jul 18, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Columbia University, Fairchild Hall 601, New York, NY, Room 601

This event is open only to members of the Columbia University community.

Please join students, alumni, faculty, and industry leaders for a reception, presentation, and Q&A with Yordy Arana.

The number of graduates from Architecture Schools has remained steady over the last several decades. However, the number of architects leaving the profession after entering the job market increases every year due to the lack of a steady outlook within the profession. In these days of ‘Lean’ Design and Construction practices, can architects remain involved in the Design/Construction fields by transitioning into the Construction Management role? Do Architects possess the right skills required for this transformation? A look at the possibilities into making this transition and how architects can offer added value in the managing of risks associated with seven common deadly sins affecting any construction management contract:

  1. Contract Documents

  2. Scheduling

  3. Cost & Risk Management

  4. Non-Compliance & Remedies

  5. Project Roles & Communications

  6. Trade Contractor Management

  7. Safety Management

Mr. Arana has over 26 years of professional experience in construction and program management, project development, planning, design, and multi-disciplinary coordination of construction projects. These projects have included governmental, commercial, health care, industrial, historical, educational, and sports facilities. His responsibilities have included implantation of Owner Project Requirements (OPR), implementation of cost and scheduling methodologies, facility master planning, programming, A/E design contract administration, architecture and interior design, corporate strategic planning, and construction inspection. In addition to his professional experience in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe, he has traveled extensively through Eastern Europe as a recipient of the Columbia University W. Kinne Traveling Scholarship. Mr. Arana currently works as Gilbane’s Project Manager in charge for several health care renovation projects at the Columbia/Cornell Presbyterian Hospital complex.

7 Deadly Sins: Design Architect to Construction Manager is the second in a series of presentations by industry leaders and experts focusing on topics of vital interest and importance to those involved in construction and related fields. We hope you can join us for part three of the inaugural summer series, scheduled for August 15th. More details to come.

For questions and further information, please contact Dominique Studer at ds2880@columbia.edu.


Yordy Arana, Gilbane Construction