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Bernstein & Associates, Architects

Bernstein & Associates, Architects

1345 Avenue of the Americas
2nd Floor

New York, New York 10105

Phone(212) 463-8200

Website www.bernarch.com

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Mr. Bernstein is a Yale-trained and registered architect, LEED accredited, with over 35 years of experience in the industry. He is the Founder/President of an architecture firm (Bernstein & Associates, Architects, 1990-present) and a project management firm (Empire Projects, Inc., 2003-present). Mr. Bernstein offers multi-faceted expertise in the areas of architecture, design and construction. He is a member of the American Institute of Architect, Construction Specifications Institute, and Project Management Institute. He is the author of two books on architecture and has written or had written above him over 50 articles on architecture and construction. He has provided expert witness services on (21) cases, and is an intelligent, articulate, and well-spoken professional. His expert witness experience covers a wide range of project types and cases, including architecture, design, construction, premises liability, healthcare design, healthcare architecture, healthcare construction, hospital design, hospital architecture, hospital construction, laboratory design, laboratory architecture, laboratory construction, pharmacy design, pharmacy construction, residential construction, coop construction, condo construction, and apartment construction.

Services

*PART 1 OF 2: ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES (http://bernarch.com/services/):

Basic Services:

Architecture
Planning
Interior Design
Detailed Basic Services:
Design Consulting
Feasibility Studies
Planning
Programming
Initial Scope Meetings with Client
Test Fits
Construction Documents
Construction Bidding and Negotiation
Construction Administration
Construction Close Out

Supplemental Services:

Cost Analysis
Equipment Specification and Procurement
Expert Witness Services (http://bernarch.com/expert-witness-services/)
Furniture Specification and Procurement
Interior Design
LEED Consulting
Peer Review
Project Management Services
Signage Specification and Procurement
Site Survey of Buildings

*PART 2 OF 2: DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES (http://empireprojects.com/services/):

Site Selection:

Work with Owner to review and compare potential sites for the project

Consultant Selection:

Work with Owner to establish optimal procedure for selecting consultants
Develop “short-lists” of consultants, based on reputation, specialty, and due-diligence reference review
Develop RFP for consultants
Distribute RFP to consultants
Accept questions during bid process from consultants, provide written response to consultant questions
Review consultant fee proposals, develop comparative matrix with ranking and recommendations for consultants
Work with Owner to prepare consultant contracts
Coordinate contract review and acceptance by all parties

Lease Review:

Work with Owner and Owner's Attorney to review facility issues in leases
Negotiate with landlord on facility issues
Coordinate consultant and contractor contracts to assure coordination with lease provisions

Design Management:

Establish Structure for Team, including Procedures, Lines of Communication, Schedules
Due Diligence, Oversight of Architectural/Engineering/Design Programs
Due Diligence, Oversight of Schematic Design Drawing Generation and Client Approvals, and Any Early Stage Approvals
Due Diligence, Oversight of Design Development Drawing Generation and Client
Approvals Due Diligence, Oversight of Construction Document Generation and Client Approvals

Contractor Selection:

Work with Owner to establish optimal procedure for selecting contractor
Develop “short-lists” of contractors, based on reputation, specialty, and due-diligence reference review
Develop RFP for contractors
Distribute RFP to contractors
Accept questions during bid process from contractors, coordinate written response to contractor questions
Review contractor fee proposals, develop comparative matrix with ranking and recommendations for contractors
Work with Owner to prepare contractor contracts
Coordinate contract review and acceptance by all parties

Budget Analysis and Control:

Work with Owner and consultants to establish initial project budget
Work with Owner and consultants to verify project budget at agreed-upon project benchmarks (example Schematic Design, Design Development, 50% Construction Documents, 100% Construction Documents)
Work with Owner and consultants to reduce scope and/or value engineer project as required to keep project within agreed-upon budget

Schedule Analysis and Control:

Work with Owner and consultants to establish initial project schedule
Work with Owner and consultants to verify project schedule at agreed-upon project benchmarks (example Schematic Design, Design Development, 50% Construction Documents, 100% Construction Documents)
Work with Owner and consultants to establish initial project schedule
Work with Owner and consultants to verify project schedule at agreed-upon project benchmarks (example Schematic Design, Design Development, 50% Construction Documents, 100% Construction Documents, and on a weekly basis during construction)
Work with Owner and consultants to reduce scope and/or value engineer project as required to keep project within agreed-upon schedule

Construction Management:

Develop schedules of contractor deliverables
Track project budget and schedule on a weekly basis
Hold project meetings during construction on a weekly basis, issue minutes of meeting
Monitor and expedite the shop drawing approval process
Coordinate the services of Owner's testing firms
Review items of change and change orders including Contractors' proposals, changes in quantity, contract time and price
Review contractor applications for payment
Maintain a central control file of design, engineering, and construction contracts, correspondence reports, and change orders

Furniture Procurement Management:

Work with Owner to establish optimal procedure for selecting furniture
Develop “short-lists” of furniture manufacturers and vendors, based on reputation, specialty, and due-diligence reference review
Develop RFP for furniture
Distribute RFP to furniture
Accept questions during bid process from furniture manufacturers and vendors, coordinate written response to furniture questions
Review furniture fee proposals, develop comparative matrix with ranking and recommendations for furniture
Work with Owner to prepare furniture contracts
Coordinate furniture delivery and installation
Coordinate furniture punchlist
Work with furniture manufacturers and vendors to assure completion of punchlist items
Review applications for payment from furniture manufacturers and vendors

Equipment Procurement Management:

Work with Owner to establish optimal procedure for selecting equipment
Develop “short-lists” of equipment manufacturers and vendors, based on reputation, specialty, and due-diligence reference review
Develop RFP for equipment
Distribute RFP to equipment
Accept questions during bid process from equipment manufacturers and vendors, coordinate written response to equipment questions
Review equipment fee proposals, develop comparative matrix with ranking and recommendations for equipment
Work with Owner to prepare equipment contracts
Coordinate equipment delivery and installation
Coordinate equipment punchlist
Work with equipment manufacturers and vendors to assure completion of punchlist items
Review applications for payment from equipment manufacturers and vendors

Close Out of Project:

Review closeout documentation from contractor
Check warranties, guarantees, and service contracts
Review shop drawings, cuts, and operating manual file
Review final lien waivers and affidavits
Review final pay request
Assist in expediting final punch list activities
Assist in obtaining certificate of occupancy
Assist in establishing dates of Substantial and Final Completion
Assist in the purchase, delivery and installation of furniture and equipment
Assist Owner with move-in

Additional Services:

Expert Witness Services

For information about expert witness services, please see: Construction Expert Witness Services (http://empireprojects.com/construction-expert-witness-services/)


Litigation Support Services

Bernstein & Associates, Architects / Empire Projects, Inc. offers architectural expert witness services, design expert witness services, and construction expert witness services in the following representative project types:

Expert Witness in Apartment Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Bank Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Condo Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Coop Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Healthcare Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Hospital Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Hotel Design and Construction
Expert Witness in House Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Office Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Residential Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Restaurant Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Retail Design and Construction
Expert Witness in School Design and Construction
Expert Witness in Townhouse Design and Construction

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Alphabetized:
Architecture, architect, architects' liability, architects standard of care, architectural design, behavioral healthcare, behavioral healthcare architecture, behavioral healthcare construction, behavioral healthcare design, building change orders, building codes, building construction, building design, buildings, CM, CM contracts, construction management, construction management contracts, building design, change orders, condos, condo architecture, condo construction, condo design, construction, construction change orders, construction delays, construction scheduling, contractors liability, coops, coop architecture, coop construction, coop design, demolition, doctors' offices, doctors office architecture, doctors office construction, doctors office design, design change orders, engineering, engineering standard of care, errors and omissions, general contractor, general contractor contract, GMP, GMP contract, handicapped accessibility, healthcare architecture, healthcare construction, healthcare design, healthcare planning, hospital architecture, hospital construction, hospital design, hospital planning, houses, house architecture, house design, house construction, interior design, lab architecture, lab construction, lab design, labs, laboratories, laboratory architecture, laboratory construction, laboratory design, medical offices, medical office design, medical office architecture, medical office construction, pharmacies, pharmacy architecture, pharmacy construction, pharmacy design, premises liability, radiology architecture, radiology construction, radiology design, residential architecture, residential construction, residential design, townhouses, townhouse architecture, townhouse construction, townhouse design

Profile

* Part 1 OF 2: PROFILE OF ARCHITECTURAL, PLANNING, AND INTERIOR DESIGN EXPERTISE (http://bernarch.com/about/)

ABOUT THE FIRM

Bernstein & Associates, Architects creates successful projects through architectural design that is creative, thoughtful, and comprehensive. Founded in 1990, the firm has an excellent track record of successful projects and satisfied clients. Over the last twenty five years, we have developed an options-oriented, collaborative process working with clients in healthcare, laboratories, and commercial.

Healthcare
There are many parameters of a successful healthcare project, and these are the drivers of our design: understanding the flow and needs of each specialty, functionality, ergonomics, comfort, patient privacy, visual/spatial appeal, environments which look good on day one and for many years to follow, ability to be maintained, and healthy as well as healing environments. Our clients are the patients, the patient's family and friends, the medical staff, the administration, and the facilities managers. The firm has extensive experience with almost every healthcare project type, a wide range of prominent hospital and private healthcare facilities, extensive healthcare references as well as healthcare publications. For additional information on healthcare design at Bernstein & Associates, Architects, please see: http://bernarch.com/healthcare-design

Laboratories
The firm's laboratory design revolves around several factors including: functionality, understanding the macro and micro needs of the entire lab in detail, creating an efficient infrastructure for the flow of products and staff in and out of the facility as well as between different parts of the facility, flexible environments which allow for growth and change, comfort, ergonomics, and visual/spatial appeal. The firm has extensive experience with almost every laboratory project type, a wide range of prominent research and commercial laboratory clients, extensive laboratory design references as well as extensive laboratory design publications. For additional information on laboratory design at Bernstein & Associates, Architects, please see: http://bernarch.com/laboratory-design

Commercial
Within this general category, the firm is extensive experience in the following commercial architecture project types: offices, restaurants, and historic structures. For additional information on commercial design at Bernstein & Associates, Architects, please see: http://bernarch.com/commercial

* Part 2 OF 2: PROFILE OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE (http://empireprojects.com/about/)

Overview
Empire Projects, Inc. provides project management and owner's representative (owner's rep) services. Founded in 2003 in New York, the company serves real estate developers. Institutions, building owners, company owners, facility departments, and real estate management companies. Clients include private companies (business owners, landlords, and tenants); the real estate industry (developers, real estate management companies, coop boards, individual property owners); the public sector (local, state and federal government); and institutional clients (universities, hospitals, and non-profits).

Comprehensive Approach
Our firm has extensive experience in managing all aspects of a new development, whether a new building, renovation of an all or part of an existing building, or interior fit out of a tenant space. We are actively involved making the entire project a success, managing from the concept stage, through procurement of the site, building or tenant space; management of the design team of architects, engineers, and other consultants; through careful bidding of the project to get the best and most complete price; through signing of contracts for all parties, equipping the facility with FFE (fixtures, furniture and equipment); and finally through sign-offs, close-outs, and occupancy.

Alignment with Client
Understanding the goals and requirements of our clients is a first step in our process of project management. In many cases, as the project evolves, needs change, so the alignment process continues throughout the project. All decisions on the project are made on the basis of achieving results which either meet or exceed the client's needs and expectations.

Multidisciplinary Team and Approach
The design, construction and FFE components of a project require a multidisciplinary approach. Our team members are all highly intelligent, organized and experienced in the various specialties that drive projects, including architecture, interior design, engineering, equipment specification/procurement, furniture specification/procurement, and the full range of specialty consulting (such as acoustics, environmental, facade, hazardous materials, noise, vibration, and waterproofing). Our team includes architects, contractors, developers, engineers, and procurement specialists.

Focus on Capital Cost Savings
Empire Projects, Inc. looks at every stage of the project design and project construction as an opportunity to get the maximum value for the client. Often referred to a “value engineering”, there are many opportunities during the design and construction process to reduce costs without negatively impacting the quality of the project. Strategies during the design phase include: quality and completeness checks of the documents, judicious selection of systems and finishes, and overall management of the process to maximize clear communications between design team and client, to avoid costly changes during the design and construction process. A similar opportunity exists during the construction process. Critical to reducing construction costs are: inclusion of all project scope in Base Bid, eliminating exclusions from bids, eliminating possible future change orders during the bidding process, managing the construction process to eliminate potential delays and associated additional costs, careful consideration of alternatives, and keeping associated project costs under control during construction.

Focus on Schedule
Empire Projects, Inc. is focused on managing the design and construction of projects to meet the project schedule. This involves creation of realistic schedules, constant monitoring of the work in relation to the schedules, and adjustment of on-going work where necessary to maintain the schedule.

Team Building and Leadership
Projects are built with teams, and the project manager must build and lead the team. This involves establishing an open, positive and construction environment for the job, and working to make sure all team members are participating in and reinforcing this environment.

Ethical Standards
Our firm practices an ethical approach to project management. Our firm and its members are independent of all manufacturers, designers, vendors, and contractors.

Areas Served

All States

Professional Experience

As the Founder/President of Bernstein & Associates, Architects (1990) and Empire Projects, Inc. (2003), Mr. Bernstein offers multi-faceted expertise as a company owner in the areas of architecture, design and construction. Please see www.bernarch.com and www.empireprojects.com.


Licenses

Architecture


Legal Experience & Services

Mr. Bernstein has provided expert witness services in (21) cases.


Affiliations

American Institute of Architects
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
US Green Building Council
Construction Specifications Institute
Project Management Institute


Qualifications

Mr. Bernstein is the Founder/President two firms: an architecture firm, Bernstein & Associates, Architects (founded 1990) and a project management firm, Empire Projects, Inc. (founded 2003). He offers multi-faceted expertise as a company owner in the areas of architecture, design and construction. He is a Yale-trained and registered architect, LEED accredited, with over 40 years of experience in this industry. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute, and Project Management Institute. He is the author of two books on architecture, and has written or had written about him over 50 articles on architecture and construction. He has taught architectural design and history at Yale University, Columbia University, and Lehigh University. He has provided expert witness services on (21) cases over the last (15) years.


Awards & Honors

Licenses:
- Registered Architect

Member:
- Architecture: American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
- LEED (LEED®AP)
- Construction Specifications Institute, Project Management Institute

Work Featured in:
- Architects FORUM, Architectural Record, Crain's New York Business, Design Solutions, Hospitality Design, New York Real Estate Journal, Progressive Architecture, Sound & Communications, The New York Times

Winning Entry:
- Progressive Architecture Design Review

Visiting Architectural Lecturer:
- Yale University, Lehigh University, Columbia University

Consulting Preservationist:
- NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Managing Editor:
- Architects FORUM

Columnist:
- Hospital Newspaper

Author - Books:
- Two books on contemporary architecture

Articles:
- Have written or been the subject of over (50) articles


Publications

http://bernarch.com/publications/


Professional References

http://bernarch.com/healthcare-design-references/
http://bernarch.com/laboratory-design-references/

Additional references available upon request


Education

Bachelor of Architecture (University of Toronto, 1980)
Master of Architecture (Yale University, 1985)




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