Jim managerial and technical background in architecture and construction help maintain Studio9’s balance of design and project execution. His experience in construction cost estimating provides unique value to the design process. Jim has been integral to the design and construction implementation of $30 million mixed-use projects and limited service hotels to hands on construction and management of bespoke multi-million dollar residences.
Growing up in his grandfather’s cabinet shop, he was introduced to design and learned the intricacies of the business firsthand. He earned his bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Florida and has worked for several prominent national and regional architectural firms. Jim gained experience on a wide variety of project typologies, including religious, fitness, mixed-use, healthcare, industrial & residential project.
Jim discovered his passion for construction management and sustainable design at Edwards Construction Services. He managed a large mixed-use project in the field before transitioning to serve as a preconstruction manager. In this role, he worked with clients to establish budgets from conception to completion. He implemented a sustainable buildings department and oversaw construction of the company’s first LEED Certified project.
While pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Florida, Jim established N8 Consulting Group. He reduce the backlog of buildings awaiting the LEED certification process while consulting for the UF Planning, Design and Construction Division. This required working with multiple state agency contractors to assure proper documentation of processes and products.
Born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Clearwater, Florida, Jim has been working in Jacksonville for more than 20 years and is enthusiastic about Jacksonville’s potential for greatness.