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Industry Veteran Gary Cohn Joins to Lead Partner's Institutional A&E Team

Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. (Partner) is thrilled to announce that Gary Cohn has joined the firm as Director of Institutional A&E Services.  An experienced architect with nearly 40 years in the real estate design and construction industry, Cohn is highly respected among institutional investors for consulting on a wide range of landmark projects.  Cohn will lead Partner’s Institutional A&E services to exceed client’s expectations. 

“Gary is a trusted advisor to many of the nation’s largest real estate investors, not only for his substantial personal expertise and depth of experience, but also his ability to lead a team to deliver the in-depth consulting and white glove service investors rely on,” shared Joe Derhake, PE, CEO of Partner.  “We are thrilled for Gary to expand our market-leading institutional team.”  

Cohn brings a broad perspective and diverse experience spanning the entire lifecycle of a real estate asset, including strategic facility planning, property condition assessments and capital expenditure planning, owner representation, construction risk management, and post-earthquake evaluations, among other specialties.  At his prior firm, a national AEC consulting company, Cohn grew his region from three staff to a size of over 40 and served in an executive leadership role, all while mentoring and instilling a high standard of excellence in his team.   

Cohn has advised on high profile projects throughout the country, such as:

  • The Forum, Los Angeles, CA – Cohn led the team performing the detailed evaluation of the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers for the Madison Square Garden corporation prior to their purchase and conversion of the facility into the largest all music venue in the United States.  The evaluation included cataloguing over $1 mil in memorabilia.
  • Century Park, CA – a multi-million square foot development.  Cohn was hired to perform an acquisition property condition assessment.
  • PetSmart Headquarters, Phoenix, AZ – Cohn served as owner representative during development.
  • The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA – Served as architect of record for disability upgrades and repair work on the only classic ocean liner still in use and occupied as a hotel in the United States.
  • Technical College System of Georgia, statewide, GA – Cohn organized and led the Facility Condition Assessments of 500+ buildings and 12 million square feet of floor area on an extremely tight and inflexible time schedule. 
  • Capitol Records building, Hollywood, CA – Performed a review of the historic building geared towards energy conservation and code compliance upgrades needed to keep the facility functional and efficiently operating.
  • LAX Control Tower, Los Angeles, CA – Led a condition assessment of the historic tower to assist Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) in developing long term consolidation plans for staff relocation.
  • Post-earthquake evaluations, 1989 Loma Prieta, 1994 Northridge, and 2001 Nisqually earthquakes – Cohn performed emergency building evaluations to assist clients in restoring structures to re-occupancy and normal operation.

Cohn is passionate about continual improvement in building design and management, incorporating forward thinking perspectives and goals such as resilience, energy efficiency, sustainability, and technology enhancements.  At Partner, he will leverage a larger and more multidisciplinary team to help his clients innovate, manage long-term risks, and achieve greater ROI through measures that yield greater efficiencies and new revenue streams.

“I’m excited to join the Partner platform and to offer clients a much greater depth of resources and depth of reporting,” shared Cohn.  “What’s the point of being a trusted advisor if you can’t solve the problems you find?  At Partner we have the opportunity to do that on a much broader scale.”

As a design and building enthusiast, Cohn is a frequent author on a wide range of topics.  “I’m fascinated by the way buildings are constructed, and then later the way they fall apart, and I love to talk about the connection between the two,” he noted.  “Decisions made in the design and construction of a building can lead to a longer, or shorter, life of a building.” 

Cohn is a registered architect in California and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.  To learn more and connect with him click here.