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Can-do project managers. (Profile of the Week: Gardiner & Theobald Project Managers).

Project manager Gardiner & Theobald offers a full service antidote to the angst that large-scale projects inevitably trigger.

By teaming up their clients with experts in various fields, the firm can successfully navigate complex projects while troubleshooting along the way.

Some of the project managers at G & T's disposal include building economists, chartered surveyors, architects, civil/structural/mechanical/electrical engineers/project schedulers and accountants. The firm has worked with U.S. clients for over 10 years, and their clients include Chase Manhattan Bank, The New York Times, Yves Saint Laurent and Brown Brothers Harriman.

G & T recently finished a 20-floor fit-out for the new Brown Brothers Harriman headquarters at 140 Broadway. The project marked one of the first major interior renovations in lower Manhattan since Sept. 11 of last year.

BBH will soon have 1,000 employees working here.

"We were approached by Brown Brothers Harriman back in February of 2001. Right now the firm is leasing space at 63 Wall St.," said John Forster, director of Gardiner & Theobald.

Forster assembles a project team, works out a budget and makes certain that--when all is said and done--the project does not exceed that initial budget. How they do it is through communication--not only with their client, but also within their organization. "We save our clients money by taking the risk out of a proposal," said Marcy Stein, senior project manager at Gardiner & Theobald.

While it may never be possible to extract all of the risk from any task, large or small, Stein credits her team of experts as one hedge against it.

She also identified the firm's independent status as a major asset since, unlike other project managers, Gardiner & Theobald is not allied with specific contractors, architects or construction firms. "Every job is therefore custom for us. We're not afraid to take people off a job, if need be," said Forster.

A full 80% of the firm's business is repeat. With 2,500 staff scattered throughout the world, the firm has a deep pool of resources to draw on. Here in New York City the firm is engaged in myriad large-scale fit outs and interior reconstructions.

In Brooklyn, the firm worked on the Chase's MetroTech office, a 2 million-SF job. On the retail side, the firm spearheaded Gucci's interior transformation on Fifth Avenue. The list could go on, as could the description of what Gardiner & Theobald can do for its clients. "We even do yachts," said Forster.
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Author:Chapman, Parke
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Date:Jul 24, 2002
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