Motivated Landscape Designer/ Project Manager who has proven to be highly effective finding the best methods to complete exceptional design and construction projects, currently working to re-establish my WI Landscape Architect license credentials. Experienced in all aspects of Landscape Architecture design principles including ornamental and native planting design, low impact, sustainable design, with green infrastructure element and construction knowledge, utilizing my years of landscape construction knowledge, crew supervision, and project management skills to facilitate effective projects which balance creative design, efficient construction techniques to create usable projects in real world environments.
AutoCAD/ LandCAD design software experience
Microsoft Office software use and experience
Strong interpersonal skills and client relationships
Project implementation and construction management experience with strong attention to project details
Knowledge of Federal, State and Local ordinances and guidelines that apply to the design and use of outdoor facilities and ADA accessibility
Experience with erosion control measures and grading principles to ensure proper site drainage and storm water control
Ability to work with team members to direct, mentor and supervise them effectively
Knowledge of rain water harvesting, storm water retention and storage devices
Experience with hardscape systems including; permeable and impervious paving, natural stone, boulder and segmental retaining walls.
Responsible for scheduling and coordination of project design, estimating, material acquisition and construction.
Landscape design experience in Native WI and Ornamental landscaping
Relavent Work Experience
Landscape Architect/ Project Manager, 04/2012 to 02/2016 Marek Landscaping, LLC – Milwaukee, WI
Played key role in designing a McKinley Marina, Milwaukee, WI site redesign and a Private Residence, Shorewood, WI (bluff restoration, trail and over-look design) that each received a WIASLA 2015 Award of Merit.
Interpreted drawing markups and implemented drawing revisions provided by Engineers, Architects and other Design professional team members
Developed CAD base map drawings for newly acquired projects using County mapping system maps, Xref drawings, surveys or self measured site information, then created, updated and maintained project drawings and as-built documentation using AutoCAD 2010 and Sketch Up software.
Prepared Landscape specifications and appropriate topographical information to ensure that the project installation operations conformed to Municipal standards and the customer requirements.
Offered direction and mentoring to support staff members on all aspects of landscape design, estimating and construction detailing for projects
Responsible for initial meetings with clients,other design professionals and Municipal managers to determine the project scope, budget and design requirements
Coordinated utility service providers location services, according to project construction schedules.
Obtained building and specialty permits from local jurisdictional agencies
Conducted all critical pre-installation conferences with general contractors, subcontractors, consultants and manufacturer's representatives.
Conducted routine site visit quality audits to ensure that work was progressing per the specifications and initiated corrective actions.
Landscape Architect/ Design and Sales Support, 03/2007 to 03/2012 The Bruce Co. of WI, Inc. – Middleton, WI
Reported directly to the Vice president of the Landscape division.
Integral member of the commercial division sales/ support team responsible for a yearly 3 million dollar sales budget goal
Responsible for project management (design through construction), including; project budgeting, formulating design concepts, delegation of design, drafting, estimating and pricing workload duties to support team members
Field coordination and problem solving to keep project schedule and budget in line with project and company goals
Design and implementation of Sustainable design elements including, Rain
Gardens, Infiltration basins and ponds, Permeable paving systems and Rain water harvesting and re-use systems
Responsible for Commercial, LEED and Municipal project submittal documents
Landscape plan presentations to Commercial Development and Municipal review boards for approvals
AutoCAD/ LandCAD, Pay Dirt and Office software were used to design, estimate and manage projects
Landscape Architect- (Commercial Division), 03/2000 to 03/2007 The Bruce Co. of WI, Inc. – Middleton, WI
Responsible for one million dollar sales budget from commercial house accounts
Met with potential clients, owners, developers, other project design professionals to determine Landscape project scope, budgets and design parameters
Collected necessary base map information including CAD drawing files, Xref files, survey plans and combined these with any site analysis, measuring, grade shots and photo documentation our support staff had collected
Reviewed the necessary Municipal codes and ordinances to determine any design standards or requirements that the design must first meet
Created a design layout and planting concept for the project and presented it to the client for initial approval prior to creating the final Landscape plan
Utilized AutoCAD/ LandCAD software to design and draft final Landscape design layout and planting plans
Completed area take-offs using PayDirt Math Tools software to determine material quantities for project estimates and material lists
Plan presentation to local Municipal design review boards
Coordinated diggers hot-line utility locator requests according to project construction schedules
Obtained building and specialty permits from local agencies as needed
Conducted all critical pre-installation conferences with general contractors, subcontractors, consultants and municipal stakeholders
Conducted routine site visits to ensure that the work was progressing per the specifications and initiated corrective actions when appropriate
Responsible for project management, crew supervision and project invoicing using (AIA forms)
Landscape Architectural Design Support, 03/1991 to 03/2000 The Bruce Co. of WI, Inc. – Middleton, WI
Site analysis, measuring, photo documentation, base map generation and project drawing templates
Hand Drafting and later AutoCAD/ LandCAD
generation of finished Landscape plans based on residential landscape salesman schematic
Responsible for interpreting selecting and
suggesting planting plan plant materials to fit clients/ designers requirements and wishes
Off seasons duties included working the company Garden Center Christmas
tree lot and on call snow plowing operations where I was responsible for taking the place of other route drivers in their absense
Landscape Construction Crew Member- 1st Man, 03/1989 to 03/1991 The Bruce Co. of WI, Inc. – Middleton, WI
Received training and implemented all types of Landscape construction, including proper equipment usage, hardscape and plant installation procedures, the proper care, maintenance and pruning of plant materials to ensure their long term health.
Passed the State of WI Commercial drivers license test and was responsible for driving the landscape crew truck used for haulingother crew members, project materials and the equipment trailer with a skid steer, back-hoe and other machine attachments
Responsible for reading scaled plans and doing necessary layout of plants, planting bed shapes and hardscape areas for construction.
Off-Season duties included on-call for snow plowing operations using the same truck, trailer and skid steer equipment.
Bachelor of Science: Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin- Madison - Madison, WI
Coursework in the Business and Industry Option included: Site Analysis, Grading Principles, Construction Documents and Detailing, Plant selection and Planting Design
Summer Internships included two seasons working at a Design/ Build Landscape firm in Denver, Colorado
WI Intra-State Commercial Drivers License, Class ABCDM with Endorsement N. Not actively using my license at my recent position, the WIDOT asked that I voluntarily declare myself in-active as part of their program to reduce the amount of drivers in their system. I can request re-instatement of these license credentials at anytime.