Shailesh Balachandran

Shailesh Balachandran

Work History

Work History
Apr 2008 - Apr 2009

Development Manager

Emaar Properties, PJSC

Role and responsibilities while working on the Emaar-Bawadi JV mixed-use project, a US $24 Billion partnership to develop 70 Million sq. ft of land included:

- Research and evaluate various hotel operators/ brands to meet overall business plan and master plan objectives.

- Assist in establishing projected ADRs, Occupancies, RevPARs, Sellable Areas & Total Constructable Areas for project feasibility.

- Assist in negotiating management terms and conditions with various operators/ brands.

- Assist legal counsel in the creation of Letter of Intents and Definitive Agreements.

- Research and evaluate offering options related to hotel rooms and branded residences and/or serviced apartments.

- Review and analyze overall soft and hard cost budget estimates.

- Review local governing authority regulations for hospitality developments.

- Extensive research and evaluation of potential design and specialist consultants.

- Research and maintain database of current and future trends in hospitality developments.

The above responsibilities were performed for: - One (1) 125-rooms boutique golf resort 5-star hotel, Two (2) 300-rooms & 400-branded residences 5-star hotels and One (1) 1,000-rooms & 1,000-branded residences 5-star mega hotel.

Jun 2002 - Mar 2008

Project Manager

http://www.hardinconstruction.com

Successfully managed the construction of a variety of fast-track projects in the USA of approximately 2 million sq. ft. and worth $250 million including 5-star hotel & branded residences, office buildings, multi-storey residential and sports/ recreation facility.

- Total accountability for managing and administering fast-track projects of various complexities from preconstruction to completion.

- Estimating and negotiating Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) contracts.

- Value Engineering (VE) for constructability and cost-efficiency.

- Interfacing with designers/ consultants on a regular basis.

- Project scheduling. Implement cost control measures and monitoring overall project costs. Monthly client billings.

- Enhance team collaboration and communicate project goals to all participants.

Key example projects delivered in the role of a general contractor/ construction manager include:-

  • W Hotel & Residences (5-Star) – Atlanta, Georgia – USA

Owner/Operator/ Architect – Barry Real Estate Companies/ Starwood Hotels/ HKS, Inc.Cost/ Duration – Approx $100 Million/ 24 months (Completed 2008)

The first ground-up W Hotel in Atlanta, 30 floors measuring 466,000-sq.ft, with 237 guest rooms and 76 condominiums.

  • Centergy One, Technology Square Research Building (TSRB) & Parking Deck - Atlanta, Georgia – USA

Owner/ Architect - Kim King Associates/ Smallwood Reynolds Stewart & Stewart, Inc.Cost/ Duration – $75 million/ 28 months (Completed 2003)

- Pair of high-tech office buildings on a 12-acre downtown site, for a premier Atlanta real estate developer with strong ties to Georgia Institute of Technology.- Ground-up 12 floors multi-tenant Class ‘A’ office building measuring over 480,000 sq.ft and including complete interior buildout of 4 tenant floors.- Ground-up 5 floors single-tenant class ‘A’ office building measuring over 235,000 sq.ft and including complete interior buildout of all floors.- Ground-up 8 levels precast parking garage measuring approx. 460,000 sq.ft for 1,500 car spaces.

  • The Villages at Carver Family YMCA & Baseball Academy – Atlanta, Georgia – USA

Owner/ Architect - YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta/ Williams-Russell Johnson, Inc.Cost/ Duration - $15 Million/ 11 months (Completed 2007)

- First Metro Atlanta YMCA with LEED Silver Rating. - Built on a 15-acre site and comprising of a baseball academy with (4) fields each sponsored by and named after an Atlanta Braves professional baseball player and a new 63,000-sq.ft, full-service YMCA facility.

Education

Education
Jun 1993 - Jun 1998

Bachelors

University of Mumbai, Sir J.J. College of Architecture

Skills

Skills

Technology Skills

Proficient in: CMiC h-Builder Meridian Prolog MS Project MS Office Familiar with: Primavera SureTrack AutoCAD Timberline Adobe Photoshop.

Objective

To secure a long-term and challenging career with a progressive company involved in the development, design and construction of real estate projects. A company that seeks a team member with expertise and experience in design and construction to co-ordinate and manage a real estate project from inception to completion.

Summary

  • Permanent Resident of Canada presently living in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Real estate development experience with Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, the developer of the world’s tallest building, The Burj Dubai.
  • Strong expertise and experience in Architecture & Construction. Successfully managed the construction of a variety of fast-track projects in the USA of approximately 2 million sq. ft. and worth $250 million including 5-star hotel & branded residences, office buildings, multi-storey residential and sports/ recreation facility.
  • LEED 2.1 Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • International work experience across varied cultures in India, USA and United Arab Emirates.
  • Stellar career track record with measurable accomplishments. Decision maker with an eye for the bottom line. Strong team player. Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills.

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Awards & Achievements

§Successfully completed the 2007 Leadership Development Program conducted by Brent Darnell International: The People Profit Connection through Emotional Intelligence. Participants for this 1-year program were selected by the company executive team as high-potential future company leaders.

§Nominated second straight year for the prestigious 2006 EXCEL Award at Hardin Construction Company, the company’s highest annual recognition for excellence in performance.

§Won 2nd place for the prestigious 2005 EXCEL Award at Hardin Construction Company.

§Successfully completed the 2005 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Future Leaders Program, for individuals identified by their respective employers as high-potential future business leaders.

§Centergy One & TSRB projects secured the 2003 Merit Award for the Best of 2003 by Southeast Construction Magazine and the ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) “Excellence in Construction” award for 2004 in the commercial $50 to $100 million categories.

Interest

Travel, Photography, Art & Sports

Certifications

Certifications

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)