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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 networking 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.

Justin Choy, Project Specialist

Justin has over 11 years of experience in architecture and construction. He played key roles in a variety of projects including retail, hospitality, aviation, data centers, and commercial offices. His skills include concept design, construction documentation, permitting, construction administration, and project management across projects of all scales, from the renovation of a single tenant space to the recent full development of the San Francisco Airport.

His experience in collaborating with architects, contractors, consultants, and clients across all sectors has taught him the importance of balance between each party’s priorities and the criticality of clear communication. His ability to tackle a multitude of tasks, while not losing sight of the overall project objective, has been the key trait leading to successful project completions.

As a Bay Area native, Justin is continuously amazed at the region’s explosive growth and has learned that innovation is critical to thriving in a constantly changing landscape. 

Justin graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, catching live music, watching as many movies possible, and crafting amazing Halloween costumes.

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.

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!

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.