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Thanks for visiting. My name is Frank Falabella. I was most recently employed by a New York City based residential developer. I am a construction Project Manager responsible for building multi family, mid rise apartment buildings. I've built these block and plank buildings for this developer for 5 years. My professional life started in 1987 when I got a position with a major air compressor sales and service company which introduced me to the construction industry. I've been in the construction industry in one way or another ever since. Eventually I worked my way into management and it wasn't long until I discovered the science behind it. My college education helped me to develop the insight and understanding required to keep up with the increasing technology that the construction industry realized it needed to be efficient and profitable, especially as competition increases and profit margins are sacrificed to win the job. My field education taught me how to do it beyond the theory, beyond the science. In many ways it was a more valuable education than the one I got in college. Learn by doing, learn by making mistakes. I've come across many managers in my time, some had learned from books, some had worked their way up from the field but the best of them had both.
Recently it has occurred to me that more and more often the developers I have built for and the sub contractors who work for me don't necessarily have people on their payrolls that could manage a project well enough to protect themselves. Developers are being taken advantage of everyday by General Contractors who know the business better and all of the tricks. Small sub contractors as well are losing money and being exploited. Many small sub contractors don't have the money for a full time PM or the time to manage the projects themselves and run their business. These are my intended audience. Developers who may need another set of eyes to review proposed change orders or another voice to help negotiate with the GC or another head to help interpret discrepancies in contracts. Sub contractors who are not ready to invest the money for the right software required to produce the right documents or haven't had the time to pay the necessary attention to realize that they are doing work that is out of scope and losing a change order or to review a sub contract for clauses that will guarantee a loss.
I am well versed in the paperwork that construction projects, GCs, banks and developers require. I can prepare AIA payment requisitions, requests for change orders, CPM progress schedules, etc. I am not a lawyer but I have reviewed more than a few sub contracts as well as written a few. I could read drawings, do take offs, review and prepare proposals. I could review specifications and prepare Scopes of Work. I work daily with these documents and many more of the standard industry documents.
Please use the links above and take a quick look at some of the projects that I've managed over the years. You will find my resume, screen shots of some of the documents I mentioned in the previous paragraph, photos of some of the mechanical projects I've built and the residential buildings I've built. I have also included a page showing off what I do in my personal time.