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Jack Miller

Mr. Miller joined Merritt & Harris in 2019 bringing experience from his twenty-five year career working with developers, architects, and engineering firms. He has specialized in historic preservation and restoration projects.  Mr. Miller shares his time at JLL between the Review Group and the Construction Monitoring division, where he is a Project Manager. His responsibilities include the pre-construction review of design documents and specifications, as well as the oversight and documentation of construction with the review of project compliance, analysis of budgets and requisitions, assessment of construction timeframe feasibility, anticipation of risk related to overall project conditions.

Jack’s early career revolved around real estate development in South Florida and the revitalization of Miami Beach.  He worked on countless historic restoration projects as well as condominium conversions and new construction of high rises, townhomes, and single-family home communities. He has performed presentations to design review boards, planning and zoning commissions and acted as a liaison with building departments and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Prior to joining JLL he was a Project Manager at a structural engineering firm which specialized in forensic inspections, local law reporting, building maintenance issues, and construction management working closely with building owners, Boards of Directors and management companies.

Paulie M. Joseph

Current Responsibilities:

Based in New York City, Ms. Joseph performs plan and specification reviews, on-site monitoring of renovation and new construction projects, and property condition assessments.

Experience:

Paulie M. Joseph joined JLL as a Project Manager in 2019. Ms. Joseph served as an Assistant Project Manager for Lemle & Wolff Construction Corp., from 2017 to 2019. She evaluated current building conditions for scope development, managed project documents and communicated trade buyout issues for new construction projects.

Education and Affiliations:

Paulie M. Joseph earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from The City College of New York, NY in 2006.

Connor Styles, P.E.

Current Responsibilities:

Based in New York City, Mr. Styles is a Project Manager with JLL’s PDS Group. His responsibilities include in-depth review of plans and specifications for renovations and new construction projects, and property condition assessments.

Experience:

Prior to JLL/Merritt & Harris Mr. Styles worked as a Senior Project Engineer at DeSimone Consulting Engineers from 2014 to 2019. His experience includes the analysis and design of mid-rise and high-rise buildings in fast-tracked residential, commercial, and mixed-use structural systems, preparation of structural plans and specifications, coordination of structural design with clients, project architects, and design team members from inception through construction.

Education and Credentials:

Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering – Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Master of Engineering – Structural Engineering – Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Professional Engineer – State of New York

TWA Airline Terminal Hotel

We are privileged to work the restoration and conversion of historic landmark TWA Airline Terminal into a 512-room hotel and conference center.  New construction will consist of two 7-story guest towers (North and South Towers) interconnected via tunnels, to a two-level below grade conference facility (“Conference Center”) and to the former TWA terminal that will contain the hotel lobby, multiple dining and cocktail lounges, retail, and ballroom/event space.  Amenities will include valet parking, fitness center, and rooftop pool terrace. 

Although we did not monitor the work, in addition to the buildings, there is “Connie” a restored Connie L -1649 only one of four such aircraft left in the world. After purchasing the dilapidated Connie (she was missing a nose!) work was undertaken to restore her to her original condition. The painstaking work included tracking down authentic parts, installing flooring and windows, and outfitting the cockpit with controls . Connie now welcomes you aboard her newly-renovated cabin, where vintage-inspired cocktails flow and snacks are served with a smile. Don’t forget to pop into her cockpit and navigate the original controls — including the hidden radar. 

Moynihan Train Hall at the James A. Farley Post Office

New Yorkers and others who remember the old Penn Station were aghast at its demolition in 1963 after being in service for only 50 years.  The replacement has always been considered a  failure, too small to accommodate the passenger load. 

The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan began lobbying for a replacement over 20 years ago, using the unused part Farley Post Office, a glorious Beaux-Arts building designed by McKim Mead and White and constructed in 1914. 

The new Train station hub, will connect and function with the platform level, with various public/commuter related services The new station’s concourse will be larger than that of Grand Central Station highlighted by a 90’ high glass ceiling composed of 4 enormous skylights using trusses from the old Farley Station, a reminder of the soaring train shed of the old station. 

Set to open in 2020, JLL is proud to have been selected as the construction consultant on this project.

Sports Venues

JLL/Merritt & Harris has been and continues to be the leading provider of construction monitoring of Stadiums, Arenas and Ballparks nationwide and (with international capability) through our offices in New York City, Los Angeles and South Florida.  Projects under construction or recently completed include:

LA Rams/Chargers

Las Vegas Raiders (Allegiant Stadium)

Texas Rangers

Belmont Arena

Milwaukee Bucks

DC United

FC Cincinnati

LAFC Stadium

Braves Training Facility

Seattle’s Key Arena

Chase Center – Golden State Warriors

Summerlin Ballpark in Nevada

FC Barcelona Sports Campus Redevelopments – Nou Camp Stadium, Johan Cryuff Stadium and Nou Palau Sports Arena

Over the last decade or so, we have monitored construction in over 50 professional sports venues across the country.