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Michael Arias Joins Partner as Senior Project Manager

Key new-hire adds 25 years of experience to Investment Advisory Group.

Michael AriasTorrance, CA—Partner Engineering and Science Inc. (Partner), a national environmental and engineering consulting firm headquartered in Torrance, CA and one of the country’s fastest-growing companies, has hired Michael P. Arias as senior project manager in the Torrance office. Arias will bolster Partner’s senior technical staff primarily servicing institutional and equity clients in Southern California.

Arias brings over 25 years of experience in the architectural and construction fields to Partner’s Investment Advisory Group. Arias has performed property condition assessments, construction cost and document reviews, construction monitoring and owner’s representation services for institutional and private clients nationwide. He has developed an expertise in engineering cost analysis, enabling him to effectively evaluate construction related activities such as work item prioritization, assessments and construction remediation projects. Arias is also a specialist on the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA).

Our equity and institutional clients require a high level of detail and expertise when evaluating their assets, and Michael is exactly this caliber of professional,” said Kevin Schmitt, PE, technical director of Partner’s Investment Advisory Group. “He is a major addition to our Investment Advisory Group.”

Throughout his career, Arias has provided comprehensive reviews for all commercial property types and for a variety of major clients, ranging from CBRE to MetLife Insurance. Arias’s extensive past project history includes an acquisition Property Condition Assessment of a one million square foot mall in Valencia, CA for an institutional client, a Property Condition Assessment of a 26-floor trophy office building in Los Angeles, CA for a real estate firm, Construction Monitoring for an 800-room addition to a five-star hotel in San Diego, CA and Owners’ Representation for numerous industrial developments in California’s Inland Empire area.

“I am thrilled to join the Partner Investment Advisory Group and look forward to supporting clients with a wider range of services and stronger geographical footprint, not to mention Partner’s considerable depth of expertise,” said Arias. “I find it refreshing that Partner emphasizes being an industry educator and understanding our clients’ needs and perspectives.”

Prior to joining Partner, Arias was the assistant vice president at Marx/Okubo Associates, Inc., in Pasadena, CA where he completed hundreds of Property Condition Assessments for numerous types of real estate investment entities and performed several large portfolio evaluations for clients such as IDS Real Estate Group, American Realty Advisors and TA Associates Realty. In addition, Arias was an associate at ATC/Diagnostic Environmental, Inc., and an architectural project manager in the design/build department of Berry Construction, Inc., a general construction company.

Arias graduated from California State Polytechnic University, in Pomona, CA with a bachelor’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning. He is a California Architectural Candidate as well as a California Certified Access Specialist (CASp) Candidate. He is a member of the International Code Council and an associate member of American Institute of Architects (AIA).