James G. Cockinos, AIA

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Based in New York City, Mr. Cockinos is the group leader of the Construction Monitoring division. Mr. Cockinos has been involved with many large scale, high-end projects which allows him to operate at a high level with the various clients. His primary responsibility involves monthly project site visits, observing the construction work in place, conducting the requisition review meetings with the General Contractor and informing the lender of the project status. He reviews the General Contractor’s requisition and monthly Certificate for Payment, test reports, subcontracts, stored materials, executed change orders, construction schedule and the subcontractors’ lien waivers. His coordination of all documents and information reviewed at the site allow him to inform the lender of the funding amount, critical issues and construction status.

Mr. Cockinos joined Merritt & Harris in 1998 as a Project Manager, and was named Senior Associate in 2004. He was subsequently appointed Head of the Construction Monitoring Group in 2008. In 2015 he was elevated to Principal of the firm. Mr. Cockinos oversees the activities of all Construction Monitoring project managers. With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Cockinos began his career in the architectural field, having worked on major buildings with Der Scutt Architect.

Mr. Cockinos graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois, including Architectural Studies from City College of New York.  He is a registered Architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the New York Building Congress and the National Realty Club.

Throughout his career at Merritt & Harris, he has worked on some extraordinary projects, including:

  • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York (NBA Nets)
  • Battery Park City, New York City
  • Borgata Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Citi Field Ballpark, Flushing, New York (MLB Mets)
  • Gillette Field, Foxboro, Massachusetts (NFL Patriots)
  • Greektown Casino, Detroit, Michigan
  • Greenwich Lane Condominiums, New York City
  • Hudson Yards, New York City
  • New Balance Headquarters, Brighton, Massachusetts
  • NIH Research Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Pacific Park, Brooklyn, New York
  • Ritz Carlton Residences, Baltimore, Maryland
  • The Grand at SkyView, Flushing, New York
  • Waterview Tower, Chicago, Illinois
  • West Village Residences, New York City
  • World Trade Center Towers 3 and 4, New York City

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