For Eric, construction project management has been a circuitous path where no learning has ever been wasted. “I spent several years before joining Birnbaum Companies working in an architectural/ engineering firm doing ‘municipal architecture’ jobs—boring stuff like educational facilities and Department of Transportation projects,” explains Eric in describing his professional evolution. “Transitioning to Birnbaum was a dream and an opportunity to apply my creative agility to a variety of projects—interesting projects!”
Eric’s value to company and clients is his unique ability to apply broad technical knowledge to a wide range of projects. “I think I bring a fresh take on projects and strong attention to detail—filling a dual role as architect/engineer and liaison between ownership, the tenant and the various contractors involved with capital projects, adaptive reuse projects and building renovations.
On an average day, you can find Eric back at the office or out in the field reviewing plans, contracts, drawings, etc. He also serves as liaison to construction teams and as ad hoc construction manager. He’s the brains behind assisting in concept design on a variety of projects; preparing construction documents; overseeing moves, adds and changes; ensuring code compliance; and serving as liaison with municipalities.
“One of the most satisfying engagements I’ve completed is the prototyping and design of The Warrior Factory franchise offering, including the concept, design and specifications for each new location,” explains Eric. “Preparing the design manual for finishes has been a once-in-a-lifetime project.” In addition, Eric can take credit for redesigning the entryway to the company’s class A office building at 2850 Clover Street. He plays a key role also in creating company standards and specifications for the Birnbaum portfolio of properties and standardizing work processes and systems company wide.
A true jack of all trades, Eric never sits still. He is completing his licensing as an architect—currently pending for spring 2020. In addition, he’s proven himself a capable interior designer, landscape designer and horticulturalist. On a weekend, you’ll find Eric working on his house or garden where “building things” is his thing. After all, it’s only reasonable that a construction project manager and future architect should spend his spare time building barns, remodeling houses, doing plumbing and electrical projects, and applying his interests in historic preservation.
Eric’s words to live by: “Do today what you would regret tomorrow.”