The Commercial Observer- Top 25 A.E.C. Pros Under 35 Years Old in 2017
Daniel Navarro, 34
Project Executive, EW Howell Construction Group
Last year, EW Howell Construction Group reorganized the company into five divisions (health care, education, arts & culture, retail and special projects) and promoted Daniel Navarro to project executive for the education group.
The Holbrook, N.Y., native had already worked on EW Howell teams to complete projects at Stony Brook University, including designing the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics in 2009 and, in 2011, a laboratory that focuses on tuberculosis research. He later worked on the construction of Hofstra University’s School of Medicine, which was completed in 2015.
“Just based on my résumé and where I was in my career and the jobs that I have completed at Stony Brook and Hofstra, the education division felt like the best fit for me,” Navarro said. Not to mention, he was roughly just a decade removed from his own college days, where he received a bachelor’s in construction management from the State University of New York at Farmingdale in 2004.
The most challenging part of overseeing construction on a college campus over say a high-rise condominium in Manhattan is having to complete the job while school is in session, he said. “You have to be more sensitive to the school’s schedule,” Navarro said.
Today, he is working on some notable projects where he is leading the efforts of the on-site corporate workers and selecting subcontractors to complete the construction.
He’s a few weeks from wrapping up the construction of the Children’s Aid Society Charter School at 1232 South Boulevard in the Bronx. The ground-up, 73,000-square-foot building is valued at $45 million, and Navarro is overseeing six EW Howell workers there.
And two projects are taking him back to Stony Brook. Navarro is leading the construction of a $25.5 million, 173-bed dormitory that will rise three stories when completed in summer 2018. He has four team members on that project. And then there is the redevelopment of an existing 180,000-square-foot student union building, a project valued at $64 million and expected to be completed in 2019. He has a six-person team there. The modernized building will house rooms for student groups, a dining hall and a lecture hall.
“The entire skin of the building is coming off, and everything inside has been demolished.” Navarro said. “We are giving the building a new outfit.” —L.L.G.
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