RICHARD W. GUTEKUNST, JR.
EVP, Engineering & Technical Services
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Mr. Gutekunst joined MHP’s Project Management division in March of 2001. He has over 23 years of field experience in Building and Project Management. As Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services, Richard’s focal point is the client’s design and execution of the construction process. Amid the design phase, he and his team evaluate project scope, prepare preliminary budget estimates of construction cost, review plans and make recommendations to the project architect and engineers. These recommendations typically include comments on MEP system layout and performance, so the design of a project meets the clients program needs, adheres to all applicable building codes and regulations, properly interfaces with the existing building systems and follows acceptable industry practices.
Upon commencement of interior fit-out, refurbishment, “out of the ground” core and shell or infrastructure projects, Richard acts as an advisor to MHP’s President and CEO, David Sturner in management and coordination of the General Contractor and Trade Contractors. Mr. Gutekunst reviews requests for changes and assists in negotiating contractor change orders. Upon substantial completion of the Project, he coordinates inspections of Engineers and Architect and schedules correction and completion of the work with the General Contractor.
Richard is also involved in the evaluation of buildings for potential purchase. This involves coordination of site visits, walk-through of building systems, interviewing of maintenance personnel, as well as reviewing engineering reports and evaluating possible capital items of work that may be considered or required.
Prior to joining MHP, Mr. Gutekunst worked at notable companies such as, CB Richard Ellis, Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. and Orix Real Estate Equities, Inc., providing his expertise as Director of Technical Services for their portfolios. His responsibilities included working as lead member on the Project Team for Tenant Alterations and Capital Improvements. He oversaw all aspects of construction for both Base Building and Tenant Improvements including plan review, requests for pricing, application filings, issuing contracts to coordinating construction activity to organizing and receiving all final sign-offs issued by the New York City Department of Buildings, Bureau of Electrical Control, New York City Fire Department and Department of Transportation.