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George Kaufmann is a Senior Vice President within Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project and Development Services Group.  He brings a wide variety of both law firm and corporate client experience in completing technical due diligence, pre-lease budgeting, scheduling and lease negotiations support as well as to the managing all aspects of the execution of interiors construction projects. George Kaufmann is a senior team lead for several of the firm’s most important clients.  He is currently managing Phase I of Skadden Arps’ strategic plan for its 600,000 square foot New York City offices, evaluating whether the firm should maintain or relocate from their existing building. He is supporting the Skadden Arps real estate team and Jones Lang LaSalle’s Brokerage professionals in overseeing the development of space program requirements and test fits with the architectural firm, and most recently developed alternative restacking scenarios, comparing budget, phasing and schedule impact among alternatives.

George Kaufmann recently and successfully managed relocating JLL’s NY corporate offices for 300+ professionals in 84,000 RSF, obtaining Gold LEED Certification and the IFMA award for best office design for a mid-size project in New York City last year.  His breadth of experience includes managing the expansion and restacking of a privately owned hedge fund in which he overcame the challenges of the space having been designed by the owner’s residential architect within a landmarked building;  managing a JLL team overseeing the build-out of an advertising firm on 5 floors with interconnecting staircases and media studios; and completing due diligence for a major bank’s NYC consolidation study, evaluating 10 Midtown and Downtown buildings as well as the bank’s existing locations for their ability to consolidate numerous locations into two facilities.  The project included managing architectural, engineering and construction management firms in developing comparative pro forma budgets and schedules as well as evaluating each building’s existing infrastructure versus the client’s design criteria.  The projected budget of the project was $246 million for 2 new locations totaling 1.2 million RSF.   

Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, George Kaufmann was the Vice President of Design and Construction at Trinity Real Estate in Hudson Square, New York.  He managed and directed the internal design and construction of the mixed use real estate portfolio consisting of 5.5 million RSF in 16 buildings with a $66 million capital budget program.  His responsibilities included the managing upgrades to new passenger and freight elevators, new electrical and HVAC systems, tenant improvements and the design of a lobby / storefronts renovation in excess of $38 million in one building.  He reviewed leases executed within the portfolio, complied to design guidelines and insured availability of electrical and HVAC infrastructure to support leasehold alterations.   
Prior to this, George Kaufmann was the Director of Design and Construction at New York Institute of Technology for its NYC, Old Westbury, and Central Islip campuses, during which he participated in the planning of a $36 million renovation within an existing hospital for the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine and managed the conversion of a public theatre into a private theatre to accommodate a 256 seat auditorium utilized for multi-media functions within a 16 week schedule.

Other major assignments included the direction of designing and constructing a real estate office to comply with and obtain Gold LEED Certification; managed a $30 million phased infrastructure and architectural upgrade in a 455,000 RSF landmarked building during full occupancy; consolidated 6 offices into a single 430,000 RSF leasehold; and conducted numerous client interviews to integrate 22 offices into a single location to reduce leased space into 600,000 RSF.

Education and Affiliations 
George Kaufmann holds a bachelor of architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology.