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Mr. Higgins is a registered architect in the State of New York and New Jersey with over 25 years experience in architecture, engineering and construction. He has in-depth knowledge of building technology and insight into the intricacies of the construction process in New York City. Russell has extensive on-site construction experience and has successfully managed many types of complicated new construction, modernization, restoration and historic preservation projects from start to finish. His projects include schools, medical teaching facilities, family care centers, apartment buildings and offices.


Russell's experience includes construction administration of the award winning, restoration of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, the modernization and restoration of four United States Postal Offices throughout Queens and Brooklyn, and the new construction a nine story apartment building on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. He has provided project management, technical advice, and cost estimating services for New York City School Construction Authority buildings whose project costs ranged up to nine million dollars. He has managed numerous projects where the day to day use of a facility could not be interrupted during the construction progress. He has also feasibility studies and construction documents for the rehabilitation of flood damaged buildings in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.


Energy conservation, alternative energy, and a synergistic appreciation of the environment has been part and parcel with Russell's life.  His insights into our environment has been honed during a lifetime of experience in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and inspired by his work with the earliest energy conservation and alternative practitioners during our nations first energy shortages.


Russell is knowledgeable of New York City code and Zoning Resolution.  He has provided research and feasibility studies for numerous projects, cost estimating and value engineering services, and in-house he has been responsible for the planning and coordinating of technical operations of a firm.


Project experience:

  • Columbia University

  • New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

  • New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

  • New York City School

    Construction Authority

  • New York State Facilities Development Corporation

  • Private residential renovations, both single and multi-family buildings

  • The City of

    New Orleans

  • The Presbytery of

    New York City
  • The State



    New Jersey


    Rutgers University
  • The

    United States

    Department of Labor,

    Delaware Valley Job Corps Center
  • The United States Postal Service



American Institute of Architects

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Construction Specifications Institute



New York

: #18248

New Jersey

: #21A101547100



Green Building Design: The Cooper Union For The Advancement of Science and Art

Construction Management: New York University

Architecture: City College of New York







Ivan Brice Architecture
April 2011 April 2016

Construction Administration: New York City School Construction Authority Projects - 4 million dollars.  
FISP Façade Restoration: (NYC Facade Inspection and Restoration Program) Survey, Evaluation, Reports, DOB Filings - 1 million dollars
Office Administration
Building Code and Material Research
Goshow Architects
April 1990 April 2010

Project Manager: New York City School Construction Authority Projects - 2 million dollars.  Rutgers Douglas Alumni Center - 1 million dollars.  NYC USPS Facilities - 6 million dollars.  Port Authority of NY-NJ - 2 million dollars.  City of New Orleans  Evaluation, feasibility study, and construction documents for hurricane damaged buildings - 5 million dollars.  Townhouse Renovation - 1 million dollars.  Staff mentor to improve PM abilities.

Building Condition Evaluations:  New York City School Construction Authority Projects - 10 million dollars, USPS Facilities in metropolitan area totaling approximately - 6 million dollars, Tribourgh Bridge and Tunnel Authority - 2 million dollars, Columbia University Earl Hall.

Construction Administration:  NYC School Construction Authority - 6 million dollars , USPS Facilities in NYC - 3 million dollars, WMXV Radio Station Studios and offices - 2 million dollars, Offices of the Mayor of the City of New York - 4 million dollars, NYC Depart of Parks and Recreation, NYC HPD, NYS Facilities Development Corporation.

Construction Technology:   New York City School Construction Authority Projects, NYC USPS Facilities, Columbia University.   Scoping and troubleshooting throughout projects.  Staff mentor to improve technical abilities.

Cost Estimator:   NYC School Construction Authority, USPS Facilities in NYC, MTA Metro North Division (ADA upgrades), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Brookhaven National Laboratory Childrens Science Museum.

Quality Control Support:   Assisted QA staff with assembling standards.   Reviewed and redmarked drawings and specifications including the - 20 million dollar Middle College High School complex.

Administrative Support:   Information Technology Manager and hands on as needed 24 x 7, Financial Analysis, New Employee Orientation, Marketing - Proposals, developed professional fees, and client interviews, Company Signatory.

Private - Public - Freelance 

1985    1990 


Empire City Construction Co.:  Design / Build services.  Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center - Rehabilitation of interior spaces.   Incarnation Children’s Center for Pediatric AID’s, - Building Conversion – (engineering services).

George S Ultan Architect:  WQXR Radio Station, various small office and single family residential.

N.Y.C. Health and Hospitals Corporation:  Rehabilitation of interior administrative and patient areas up to 20,000 sf,   creation of first AID’s treatment unit for HHC, Programming and design of ground floor admitting, treatment and emergency services at Gouverneur Hospital. 


Unistar Radio Network, Arlington Virginia, coordinating architect for Northeastern Communications Concepts. 

Design Build: Catskills Residence – Turning 100 yrs of organic growth into a 20th century machine for living. 

Pre and Post – purchase building services:  Feasibility studies, Evaluation, and Remediation.     NYS. 



New York: No 18248


The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art:  Green Building Design

New York University Construction Management

Baruch CollegeComputer Programming

City College - Architecture


Electrical, plumbing, sprinkler, structural, civil and HVAC design for smaller projects.

MS Office Suite, PC / Tablet sketching and redmarking, Filemaker, Photo Editing, PDF guru, Quickbooks, ACAD, Remote Access, Voice and Handwriting Recognition, Windows XP, Maintaining Web Sites, MS Server and Exchange 2003, Backup and Security, Networking.


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