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Construction Project Manager, San Francisco, Bay Area

Rachel Walls, Principal + Owner

Rachel is a Project Manager with over 15 years of experience partnering with companies building new locations. Her management skills include build outs of office locations and campus work for technology companies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and financial services firms.

She discovered her passion for project management while assisting a construction project manager at the beginning of her career. Since then, Rachel has honed her leadership and project management skills and discovered her love of seeing the delight on client’s faces upon first walking into their new space.

Her recent projects include managing buildouts of collaborative workspaces for several technology companies including RocketSpace, Redbubble, Beats Music and a prominent social media company in Los Angeles. This work has expanded her thought around how employees work together in public spaces and provided her with additional insight into the needs of diverse workforces.

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Utah. In her personal time, she enjoys hiking, skiing and spending time with her family.

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Stephanie Hamilton, Senior Project Manager

Stephanie is a seasoned project manager with over 18 years of experience focusing on Hi Tech headquarters and campus work, property management, tenant improvements, decommissions and large relocations for Fortune 100 clients.

In her early career, Stephanie worked in tech and was exposed to project management through her work with an architecture firm. Once she started managing projects, building teams and achieving client goals, she never looked back. She still maintains close, positive relationships with vendors who recognize her commitment to partnering with tried and true teams.

Her most memorable moment as a project manager happened while she was managing a relocation for a client in the Bay Area. Unbeknownst to her team, the filming of the Matrix was happening during her project. After months of planning, she and her teams had to negotiate space with the movie crews, juggle schedules while catching glimpses of Keanu Reeves from the 5th floor window while the movie was being filmed.

Stephanie enjoys volunteering in her community with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Downtown Pleasanton Association. In her spare time, you can find her cooking for friends and family, DIYing, perusing flea markets and attending horse shows with her daughters.

Nick Suarez, Senior Project Manager

Nick possesses over 25 years of experience with Fortune 100 companies working in real estate, facilities, and information technology. His areas of expertise include strategic and tactical planning, forecasting, budgeting, purchasing, space utilization, software training, project management, program management, workplace development, design and mentoring. He has a proven track record of streamlining processes and procedures to enhance the productivity of individuals and departments. Nick has created and implemented multimillion-dollar budgets while reducing costs and saving time. He is a highly effective communicator, negotiator, facilitator, evaluator, and presenter.

As part of the United States Air Force Reserve with 25 years in service, he’s held several positions including Senior Air Reserve Technician, Air Transportation Manager and Chief of Logistics Readiness as a Chief Master Sergeant. He managed the day-to-day operations for the squadron to maintain training and readiness.

Nick enjoys handcrafting his own writing instruments and has been around the world in 14 days on a USO tour that included 9 countries.

Jacqueline Almonacid
Senior Project Manager & Business Development

Jacqueline has over 17 years of experience managing highly technical projects from concept through completion. Her work includes estimates and pre-construction services through close-out, as well as managing field & logistics operations. She has worked on projects in the US, South America, Europe and Asia.

Her diverse background includes successful projects in a variety of fields;  biotechnology, corporate interiors, critical environments, education, renewable energy, mix-use projects (retail/residential), high-end tenant improvements, build-up manufacturing, R&D, mission-critical, life science and public sectors.

She has partnered with many clients over the years, including Amgen, Applied Materials, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, F.R.I.T., Google, KLA/Tencor, Bridgeway Communications, G.E Venture, Goldman Sachs, N.E.T., Oath, Paramount Great America, Peralta Community College District, Stanford University, Sony, Total/Etrion and UCSF.

Jacqueline holds a Civil Engineering degree and an MS in Construction Management. She is an avid world traveler who utilizes her language skills for both business and pleasure. She also enjoys sailing with her racing team, cycling and most other outdoor activities.

Tamara Kitka, Director of Operations

Tamara is a multi-faceted relationship-focused professional with a passion for collaboration, problem-solving and team building. She has spent the last 15 years working for small companies requiring a range of responsibilities including human resources, marketing, sales and supplier management. She thrives on the challenges associated with growth, diversity, and multi-tasking. Her organizational skills, adaptability and overall curiosity have enabled her to work in a variety of fields including entertainment, law, global mobility and project management.

Tamara will be handling all aspects of human resources, recruiting, vendor management, supporting government contracting efforts and corporate workshop planning.

Tamara graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and spent a year living abroad in Paris. When she isn’t traveling and exploring new places, she can usually be found on her yoga mat. She loves the outdoors, being with friends and hanging out with her daughters.

Beatriz Esquivel-Bockman, Senior Project Manager

Beatriz is a seasoned project manager with over 25 years of experience in property management, construction management and workspace planning. She prides herself on having a keen eye for opportunities to improve workflows, operational processes to make them happen without upsetting staff and business.

Over the course of her career, Beatriz has worked with large companies, city and county governments, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. She’s managed multi-site portfolios requiring critical budget oversight, contract negotiations, purchasing agreements, staff leadership, vendor relations, safety compliance and developed excellent business continuity plans.

One aspect of project management Beatriz enjoys the most is working with teams that engage and challenge her to influence project success through high levels of creativity and efficiency.  Some of her favorite projects are those where she was able to improve space efficiencies and significantly reduce energy consumption and waste.

When not working Beatriz participates in a variety of community service and fundraising activities.

Sarah Manson, Sustainability Manager

Sarah is a sustainability leader with over 12 years of experience helping organizations achieve impactful clean energy and sustainability goals. Her areas of expertise include driving decarbonization and occupant health improvement projects for the built environment, and leading stakeholder awareness and engagement strategies in order to improve organizational impact.

Throughout her career Sarah has collaborated on the ground with innovative corporate, government, academic, non-profit leaders and the communities that they serve. Sarah’s professional and academic experiences span a variety of issue areas including building decarbonization, energy efficiency, healthy materials, occupant wellbeing, behavior change, and product development within the electric utility space – every position having an outreach component.

Recently, Sarah worked with cross-functional corporate stakeholders to drive sustainable and regenerative engagement strategies that prioritized people in over 23 cities around the world, in order to improve company impact and create global resounding influence in sustainability and wellbeing. In addition to carbon reduction, her work reveals socially, economically, and politically viable sustainability solutions. Sarah is passionate about holistic workplace wellness initiatives like indoor air quality, healthy building materials, inclusive design, biophilic design, natural lighting, and behavior change strategies. She has advocated for human-centered systems solutions throughout her career.

Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Colorado College, and is a retired Division 1 and semi-professional soccer player. In her spare time she loves running, exploring new places and landscapes with her husband and two young girls, and live music.

Julia Dobroff, Project Manager

Julia has over 12 years of experience in the architectural and interior design industry. She has extensive project management experience, having coordinated large-scale efforts from design development through construction documentation and construction administration phases. She has worked on complex signage and wayfinding projects, conducted detailed site analysis, and managed signage fabricators.

Julia began her career as a junior interior designer. Shortly after, she went into the signage and wayfinding industry, managing CAD and Revit files, and programming signage for various hospital and civic projects. She coordinated with design team members, which led to client interfacing and project management.

Her signage and wayfinding project experience includes California Pacific Medical Center, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, Laguna Honda Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, McKesson Irving, Punahou, San Francisco International Airport, Stanford Healthcare, Stanford University, Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, UCSF Medical Center, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Julia graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Interior Design. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking and running around the Bay Trail in her new neighborhood. She’s completed a half marathon and hopes one day to run a full marathon!

Elise Cuneo, Design Project Manager

Elise is a workplace designer and strategist with over 10 years of experience in creating and leading innovative workplace and commercial spaces throughout Australia, Canada, the USA and EMEA. She began her career in Australia and relocated to New York 5 years ago to support the establishment of a North American studio focusing on commercial workplace design and strategy as well as leading business development efforts within the North American market.

Throughout her career, Elise has collaborated across and led fast paced multi-disciplinary teams spanning a range of sectors. She has worked with many organizations to reimagine the way they work.

Areas of expertise include workplace strategy and change, innovative workplace and commercial design, leading design teams, and overseeing and managing projects from concept through opening. With a background in technical interior design, she brings a wealth of knowledge including spatial planning for agile workplace, construction and operation.

Adrianna Cai, Project Manager

Adrianna has over 9 years of industry experience managing the successful design and build out of environmental graphic design and signage programs. She helped establish wayfinding strategy and implementation in workplaces, corporate campuses, data centers, airports, and hospitals. These projects ranged from 20,000 to over 1 million square feet – covering building renovation and ground up construction.

 

Adrianna provides clients with truly integrative solutions through a deep understanding of the fundamental and technical production of signage and how it relates to architecture and interior design. She marries design aesthetic with function, creating an overall agile user experience to shape the way people interact with their surroundings, help solve communication challenges, and effectively roll out scalable systems globally. Her dedication and hands on project management approach through close collaboration with architects, designers, artists, fabricators, and the end user is imperative to her process. 

 

Adrianna holds a double B.A. in Design and Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She is a San Francisco native and still loves exploring the Bay Area. You will most likely find her at the newest restaurants, taking notes to recreate her favorite dishes at home for friends and family.

David Aylesworth, Project Coordinator & Move Manager

David is a project coordinator and move manager with over 7 years of experience in the private and public sectors. He started his career in the retail industry as a manager and came to realize that his passion was managing processes and projects. He started in MAC (move, adds & changes) services as a  project coordinator overseeing large floor flips, office reconfigurations and lab moves while working closely with various disciplines to insure completion of daily services. He eventually worked his way to construction project coordination overseeing office remodels from start to finish involving scheduling, budget control, and move management.

David’s most memorable moment was when he orchestrated the relocation and reconfiguration of 7,500 personnel while reconfiguring 2000 workstations in a span of 7 months. During this time, he was also a key member in the coordination of multiple move projects, overlapping over a weekend, with 4 different companies, which lead to the successful on-time delivery of all four projects.

David was born and raised in San Jose. He is a family-oriented person who enjoys spending quality time with his kids. He likes taking long rides down the coast during the summer and to the mountains for winter retreats. He believes that “we only live once, but if we do it right, then that’s all we need”.

Natalya Shimanovskaya, Project Coordinator

Natalya is a Project Coordinator with over 10 years of experience as an Architect. Her skills include development and delivery of projects ranging from ground up residential, cultural projects, to commercial and corporate interiors for enterprise clients. Her diverse experience ranges from high rise construction, coordinating complex building systems and structure, to highly detail-oriented interiors for high profile, high demand clients. 

Through her career in architecture, Natalya found a passion for all aspects of project management. Her skills particularly shine in team leadership roles and overseeing projects from inception to final turnover. Her background in architecture and construction makes her detail oriented, bringing to the table a wealth of knowledge about every aspect of spatial planning, construction, and operation. 

Natalya believes that spaces should be created with the individual in mind, catering to the human scale and the human experience. With the help of ever-evolving technology, she believes that we can change the way people inhabit and interact with the world around them. 

Natalya is a licensed Architect with LEED certification, holding a degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute. Her notable projects include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Salesforce offices in Vancouver, BC, and Sotheby’s gallery in NYC. Natalya enjoys traveling, exploring new cuisines, and spending time with her friends, family, and pet rabbit.

Yvonne Nguyen, Studio Coordinator

Yvonne is a newcomer to the AEC industry. Since graduating from San Jose State University in 2017, she has been honing her skills as an executive admin. She is particularly adept at multi-tasking, scheduling, preparing presentations, managing multiple calendars, conference coordination and team collaboration. Her ability to juggle a multitude of tasks for a variety of executives simultaneously led her to the conclusion that project management was her next challenge.

Yvonne adores her 3-year-old orange tabby cat named Simba. She enjoys working out in the gym believing that mental and physical health should be of equal importance.  She strives to maintain a healthy work/life balance which directly translates to her commitment to spend time with friends and family. And yes, this includes her beloved Simba!