Roark FrankelSenior Vice President, DevelopmentRFrankel@usequities.com312.456.7000 Roark Frankel has worked in the construction and real estate development field for more than 20 years.His
experience stretches across the full spectrum of development, design and construction activities with particular strengths in communication, project organization and management, project reporting and cost analysis.Frankel's knowledge is augmented by his
fluency in all major project management software.Most recently, Frankel played an important role in the firm's high-profile assignment to oversee and manage design, engineering and construction of several donor-funded enhancements to Chicago's Millennium Park.Frankel
was responsible for managing design and engineering for the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Music Pavilion; for design and construction of the BP Pedestrian Bridge, also designed by Gehry; design, engineering, fabrication, erection and technology for Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain; and a member of the oversight team in charge of fabrication and erection of Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture.
was also responsible for coordinating donor enhancement projects with the city and its concurrent construction of the Park's infrastructure, as well as providing direct reports to donor group leaders.As the external project manager for the new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Frankel is currently working with Spertus' staff to manage design and construction of a new facility for the Institute on Chicago's South Michigan Avenue.
The mixed-use vertical campus will include a museum, library, auditorium and classrooms and will be the first new building constructed within the city's Historic Michigan Boulevard District. Frankel joined U.S. Equities in 1994 and relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1998 to act as senior project manager responsible for design and construction of Torre BankBoston, a 450,000 square foot corporate headquarters for BankBoston.
...While in Buenos Aires, Frankel oversaw the electronic compilation, coordination and distribution of all project documentation and led a project team of architects, engineers and consultants based in Argentina and throughout the U.S. Frankel acted as the central contact with BankBoston's senior staff and delicately balanced the different needs and priorities of the Bank's local and U.S.-based teams.
returned to Chicago in 2000.
Immediately prior to his
Argentine assignment, Frankel
acted as development and construction manager for the first phase of Chicago Public Schools'
nationally-acclaimed $800 million capital improvement program.He
was responsible for more than 40 schools in one of the CPS's six regions.Frankel
also has acted as U.S. Equities
' lead contact on several other City of Chicago assignments, including design of a new facility for the Chicago Police Department
Organized Crime Unit and exterior restoration of the national landmark Reliance Building in downtown Chicago.Frankel has also served as project manager for many private sector developments, including a 100,000 square foot headquarters remodeling for TTX.Prior to joining U.S. Equities, Frankel was an assistant vice-president for the former Miglin-Beitler Company, a Chicago-based office building developer, where he oversaw construction of an ABN-LaSalle Bank major data processing facility and a headquarters for the Chicago Bar Association.He was also a member of the project team that developed, designed and constructed 181 West Madison Street, a 50-story, 1.1 million square foot office tower in downtown Chicago.Frankel has a working knowledge of Spanish and is a graduate of Boston University.