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John C. Deinhardt

John DeinhardtI have over 35 years of experience in architecture, development and construction, with the last 15 years as Owners’ (or Developers’) Representative on some well-known recent projects in South & Central Florida. As can be seen throughout my Professional History, I have gained very diverse experience in many different building types, including Public, Private, Sporting Venue, Commercial, Hospitality, Single & Multi-Family Residential, Low/Mid/High-Rise, etc. A few of the more recent and notable projects with which I have been involved are the $185M Bank Atlantic Center, the $340M W Fort Lauderdale and the $57M Beach Place / Marriot all in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the $230M American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, and the $1.2B Palazzo del Lago Resort in Orlando, FL.

I have been involved in virtually all aspects of the development, construction and/or renovation of same, including pre-development, pre-construction, construction and close-out. With a well-reputed ability to successfully develop, monitor and maintain pricing and budgets, I have shared bottom-line responsibility for nearly $3Bn of high-end, complex and high-profile projects over the past 15+ years. I am also well known for my strong design capabilities allowing me to make decisions and guide the Ownership and design teams to efficient and economically sensible projects. I have successfully determined what Scopes had to be added, deleted, enhanced or reduced to achieve these goals as well as achieving optimum functional and aesthetic results. Many such decisions have had to be made ‘on-the-fly’ through the course of any project, as either financial or physical challenges during construction are inevitable.

In addition to Budget Control, my other responsibilities since 1996 as Owners’ Representative have also included selections and contract negotiations/engagements of design, marketing and legal teams, as well as miscellaneous other consultants, all contractors, sub-contractors and vendors. In addition to basic construction-related activities, I have also successfully overseen project entitlements and permitting, as well as having been cursorily involved in the development, review and approval of Sales and Marketing efforts.

With this unique background, I am an ideal resource for qualified and proven development & construction representation. Please take a few moments to go through the rest of this website where you can review (and print from “Printer-friendly Version” links) my full Résumé, Portfolio, and a few Letters of Reference to see where I have been and what I can bring to your company.


SoDein, Inc.

April 2006 – Present                                     Development & Construction Consulting                 Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, FL

President / Principal
Owners' Representative

·         Consultant hired to perform any task requested on wide variety of building types (Public, Private, Commercial, Single

 and Multi-Family Residential, Low/Mid/High-rise, Sporting Venue, Mixed-Use, etc.), including assemblage of Design and 

 Construction Team(s) and negotiating / contracting same on behalf of Client, liaising with bureaucratic entities,

 administration of all design / construction activities through Project completion.

·         Prepare Project Analyses, Budget Reviews, Proformas, Feasibility Studies, etc.

·         Coordinate with consultants in obtaining all necessary information, entitlements and permits for Client projects.

·         Perform Project Management duties overseeing Project development and construction, including contractor negotiations

 and Project commencement through Project close out; handling Construction Change Directives, and proposed Change

 Orders; prepare and present Bank draws and check requests.


In addition to performing the above on a one-off basis for some other developers, my current responsibilities also include management of two attached townhome projects, one in Pompano Beach and one in Orlando, overseeing all facets of team selections and construction of one, an economy and the other a luxury beachfront, both “for-sale” products.

                                                                                Owners’ Representative:  
October 1990 - Sept 2010                               Development, Design & Construction                                Central & South Florida

Administration, expedition and completion of residential and commercial projects in the public and private sectors. Typically hired on a per-project basis on behalf of owner or architect. Positions, companies and projects include:


Executive Vice President – Palazzo Del Lago & Hospitality Development Group                                           Sept 2006 – Sept 2010

Prior to this project falling to the recession and failing to secure funding, I had successfully overseen the initial phases of the development & construction of this 2,352-key resort / hotel-condominium project in Orlando, Florida, with hard and soft costs in excess of $1,200,000,000.  The Project was situated on a 40+ acre site and consisted of nearly 5,000,000 square feet of resort, conference, spa, retail, and restaurant spaces.  I had established good relationships with and was successfully liaising with all of the different bureaucratic agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, the South Florida Water Management District and the local (Orange County) officials to gain all of the entitlements, approvals, permits, inspections, etc. necessary to commence construction.  I was also cursorily involved in the reviews / approvals of the Sales and Marketing efforts.

Senior Vice President – Colonial Development Group, LLC                                                                          April 2003 – April 2006
President – Colonial Project Management, LLC

I played a principal part in the creation and organization of Colonial since its formation in late 2002. In addition to basic construction activities, I was also involved in the creation, organization, implementation, review and approval of sales and marketing efforts for projects each with revenues from $80M - $450M and hard costs ranging from $36M - $220M - together totaling nearly $1B in gross sales / values. Projects included:
•          W Fort Lauderdale Hotel and Residences (171 condo-hotel units + 346-key hotel)
•          Palazzo Las Olas (173 condominiums) – not built – was rejected by City Commission after virtually all approvals,

            completed Design Development, and 100% reserved sell-out
•          Europa by-the-sea (50 condominiums selling between $1M and over $4M)
•          Infinity I & II (together, over 1,000 condo units plus office-condo and retail space) – Infinity I has been completed,

            however Infinity II has not been built – it was stalled by downturn in Economy and lack of Market for Condominium             sales after most approvals had been obtained and completed Design Development

Director of Development & Construction – CHAI Development, LLC                                                             May 2000 – April 2003

For three years I was responsible for all aspects of the development and construction of the company's multiple hotel-condominium resort mid-rise projects in South Florida. I participated in the creation of sales and marketing programs (researched/negotiated/engaged marketing firms) for resorts in the Fort Lauderdale and Naples areas. In addition to the renovation and conversion of existing facilities in Naples, I conducted feasibility studies (financial proformas and cash-flow analyses) for the renovation, construction and sale of 185 “dock-o-miniums.” Part of my responsibility for the Naples projects included securing necessary approvals and permits and obtaining rights required by the State (ownership of marina “bottom” as opposed to sub-surface ground lease). Projects included:
•          Spa Atlantis: $27M
•          Port of the Islands: $30M

Executive Vice President – John J. Doyle Builder & Company, Inc                                                              June 1999 – April 2000

I was responsible for overseeing the development of a 30-story high-rise luxury condominium project in Ft. Lauderdale Beach. I served as both the developers’ representative and general contractors’ director with Dick Corporation. Responsibilities also included the execution / performance of a contract for owner’s representation on a 14-story expansion of the Riverside Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale’s prestigious Las Olas Shopping District.
•          The Riverside Hotel: $24M
•          Jackson Tower Las Olas, 30 stories: $54M

Sr. Project Manager – American Airlines Arena                                                                                  December 1998 – June 1999
Home of the Miami Heat, Miami

I was retained by general contractor, Morse Diesel / Odebrecht, to work directly with the arena developer (Basketball Properties, Ltd.) on this $230 million-dollar project. My responsibilities included assisting in design review, bidding, contract negotiation, pricing and budget control, and coordination of the construction of a 782,400 sq. ft. / 20,000 seat arena. I was also responsible for negotiating and contracting the construction of 15,000 sq. ft. of luxury “Starboxes,” 12,000 sq. ft. of restaurant and bar space, 33,000 sq. ft. of food service and concession areas, 33,000 sq. ft. of office space, 11,000 sq. ft. of retail space, audio-visual, data/telecom, broadcast and security systems, scoreboard and video replay systems, graphics and signage, F,F&E, and food service equipment. I shared bottom-line responsibility for budget and schedule, including what Scopes were added, deleted, enhanced or reduced to achieve these goals as well as achieving optimum functional / aesthetic results.

Developer’s Senior Project Manager – Bank Atlantic Center                                                          January 1997 – December 1998
Home of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ft. Lauderdale

From commencement to completion, I was part of the team responsible for design review, contract negotiation, pricing/budget control and coordination of the construction of an 867,000 sq. ft., 22,000 seat, $185 million-dollar arena. My responsibilities included the development and completion of 30,000 sq. ft. of restaurant and bar space, 20,000 sq. ft. of office space, 12,000 sq. ft. in retail areas, luxury suites, audio/video, data/telecom, broadcast and security systems, scoreboard systems, graphics and signage, food service equipment, interior finishes and F,F&E selection and procurement. I was also responsible for redesigning many of the retail and bar/restaurant spaces to enhance function and maintain budget. I shared bottom-line responsibility for budget and schedule including “final word” on what Scopes were added, deleted, enhanced or reduced to achieve these goals as well as achieving optimum functional / aesthetic results.

Owner’s Project Manager - Beach Place, Ft. Lauderdale                                                                 February 1996 – January 1997

For this $57 million-dollar mixed-use project (37 retail / restaurant tenants adjoining the 22-story Marriott Hotel and time-share), I was design and construction liaison between the owners, contractors, architects, engineers, city officials and project tenants. I performed design and cost analyses and shared bottom-line responsibility for budget and schedule, which included advising the owner on what Scopes should be added, deleted, enhanced or reduced to achieve goals while achieving optimum functional / aesthetic results.

November 1990 to January 1996                                                                                                                            South Florida

Miscellaneous endeavors, including Owner of Construction Company performing renovations/repairs after Hurricane Andrew, Speculative home buying/selling and Assisted Owner in renovation of Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida

April 1987 - October 1990                                Patrick & Associates Architects, Inc.                                           Columbus, Ohio

Director of Department of Contract Administration

Headed department responsible for the review and interpretation of contract documents, field observation and reports, observation and coordination of construction team players, processing of bulletins and change orders (including full familiarity of State process), design, coordination with client facilities planning, drawing reviews, pay request approval and supervision of project meetings. Projects included:
•          Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Office Building, 34 stories: $250M
•          Woody Hayes Athletic Facility for The Ohio State University: $11M 

Various Positions in Construction
January 1974 - April 1987                                           and Architecture                                                  Ohio, Florida, Colorado

I held a variety of positions beginning with laborer and carpenter, and culminating in superintendent and field representative. Part- and full-time positions during summer vacations gave me a wide range of “hands-on” experience in all facets of construction and design. Some of the projects I worked on include:
•          Intracoastal 31 Condominiums: $11M
•          Dayton Correctional Institution: $25M
•          Wexner Center for the Visual Arts: $40M
•          The Walter Residence: $1.5M

Professional Licenses & Qualifications

State Certified General Contractor, State of Florida, License #CG C055108 (status - active)
Real Estate Salesperson, State of Florida, License #SL 0570561 (status - active)
Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, Panel of Neutrals (status - inactive)



Bachelor of Science in Architecture, minors in Contract Law and Business Administration
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, with honors,

including a specialized curriculum of Architecture at University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom





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