Project Manager, Architect
Canadian, born 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario.
I have lived and worked in Toronto, Ontario since 1985 with my architect wife and 3 adult children involved in advertising, finance and anthropological research.
I became a licensed architect in 1989 and have worked both in private practice and in the development industry in the retail, institutional, residential and commercial sectors. I have a French Canadian family background and speak fluently.
For fun I ride road bikes, ski and paddle canoes and kayaks. I also play fiddle, mandolin and guitar with local bands.
I draw (especially when in interesting places) and am trying to learn to paint in watercolour. Some examples are in my "Gallery"
A few projects I’ve been a part of during the course of my career.
Project: 1.5MSF office / transit hub
Role: program coordination with Metrolinx, design development
Project: 2MSF master planned lakeside community / infrastructure and public realm delivery
Role: integral member of pursuit team / instrumental in achieving plan of subdivision / Project Manager for Waterfront Toronto horizontal infrastructure and public realm.
Project: Rehabilitation of former rail hotel at the edge of Old Montreal. Role: conceptual master planning and design development, costing, preconstruction planning
Project: 1 MSF LEED Gold retail centre.
Role: costing, preconstruction planning, design development
Role: contract administration for New Terminal Development Project.
Project: Rework of a south Ottawa retail property
Role: Construction management for Trinity Development Group
Role: project architect during construction phase to administer the construction contract
Iconic office building by Arthur Ericsson for telecom provider, Etisalat
Role: design team
A highly visible pair of innovative office towers on a 3 million square foot downtown campus, Bay Park Centre is the result of a joint effort between Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines, and the last remaining office development with a commercially renowned Bay Street address.Launch
Bayside, a Waterfront Toronto initiative east of the downtown core on the waterfront is a master planned precinct of residences, office use, retail and integrated parkland. A significant high visibility brownfield waterfront site with public sector funded infrastructure, technical and approval aspects of the project were challenging.
Developed by Homberg Invest, a full block redevelopment of the historic Viger building and Gare Viger, a former railway station important to the transportation history of Montreal. The team developed a master plan with Robert A.M. Stern in conjunction with Quebec's Ministry of Culture. The project was taken to design development stage and abandoned as a result of economic turbulence in 2008.
The Terminal Development Project was a single unified terminal complex designed to replace aging Terminals 1 & 2. Phases 1-4 include an 80-gate, three-sector terminal complex expandible to a 135-gate terminal complex.
A chronological overview of my professional history
Project planning, development consultation, project management, cost control, site assessment and development feasibility analysis. EPM employs a disciplined methodology to maximize value and to identify and mitigate project risk.
Design, Procurement, Construction, Approvals, Cost Control
-Design Development of Bay Park Centre, a 49 storey office building / integrated transit hub / landscaped skylark across active rail corridor
Contract Administrator - Pearson Airport New Terminal Project
$1.5B fast-track bid package project - Phase I successfully delivered Spring 2004
Program Planning, Procurement, Construction, Approvals, Cost Control
Contract Administration - York Region Administration Centre, Newmarket , Ontario
Studying and preparing for professional life.
UBC School of Architecture in the early 1980's was a hotbed of fierce discussion, debate and creative fervor with a humanist core of beliefs. Ultimately, UBC taught that substance and user satisfaction trumps style.
I started my architectural studies at Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University) in 1979 before transferring to UBC to complete my degree.
Bishop's is a small university with lofty aims. Studying economics and political science in a relaxed yet intense collegial setting was excellent preparation for future work in architecture and development management.
An engineering oriented post secondary program of Calculus, Vector Analysis, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Physics and work on the college newspaper as an illustrator and writer.
"...Mark has shown himself to be versatile, knowledgeable and a true professional. His depth of knowledge spans building types including retail, transportation, residential and commercial office development...Mark was a key member of our successful pursuit of the Bayside project in which he was instrumental in refining the master plan, securing subdivision approval, planning horizontal infrastructure with our public sector partner as well as residential and retail conceptual design.
Notwithstanding his thorough understanding of design within the cost-sensitive context of the development industry, Mark’s specialty is construction management with significant experience in shrewd contractor procurement and successful project delivery. His contractor management style is collaborative and he is consistently receptive to new points of view and better approaches. Mark will be missed by our Toronto team."
"I have worked with Mark for several years now on a very complex infrastructure project in downtown Toronto. Apart from managing the Owner and Contractor very well, Mark has shown great integrity, fairness and efficiency in dealing with onsite issues and challenges. Mark was definitely integral to the project's success... "
"Mark is extremely knowledgeable about design, construction and real estate development. He is meticulously organized and always well prepared. He is the consummate professional."
"Mark is a thought provoking leader whose mission is to do well by his clients. Mark is completely customer centric and his clients leverage his deep understanding of engineering and design; his passion for construction; his dynamic negotiation skills; his rich understanding of budgeting/financials & his natural ability to work at multiple-tasks across complex projects. He is not afraid to ask the tough questions of himself and his team to get it right. Mark embraces technology where it can assist his team to work faster and smarter."
"Mark worked for me for a few years at the Petroff Partnership. He was very dedicated and had a deep understanding of building technology and the organization of building projects"
"Mark Potter has a great vision, as well as, knows how to implement the vision for managing projects successfully. His wealth of knowledge gained from working in various organizations in various roles of the development of a project/program provides Mark with an appreciation of what is needed to get things done by all participants. This experience is required in order to facilitate successful collaboration between / and with all the different parties involved in delivering projects. From what I could tell during numerous interactions with Mark and his clients, people value his knowledge and skills."
My wife enjoying a glass of wine by the pool. I had to work quickly because she moves a lot...
Interested in doing work together
Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, or set up a get together.