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Paul Zavalney, AIA Joins Partner’s Investment Advisory Group (IAG) As Their Newest Technical Director

Phoenix, AZ – MARCH 2017: Registered Architect, Paul Zavalney joins Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.’s (Partner) Investment Advisory Group as their newest technical director for Property Condition Assessments. Mr. Zavalney has over 35 years of professional experience in evaluating a wide range of existing facility types throughout the United States. He will provide client services, project management, technical leadership, and staff mentoring for facility evaluations, as well as consulting and solutions services. 

Mr. Zavalney will be located in Partner’s Phoenix office and will play a critical role in expanding Partner’s Investment Advisory Group (IAG) practice in order to ensure the continued fulfillment of client needs as the volume of transactions and demand for Advisory Investment work continues to increase. 

Mike Arias, Partner’s head Technical Director on the Investment Advisory Group, expressed excitement for the addition of Zavalney to the team, “He has a deep understanding of the different levels of Property Condition Assessments (PCAs), and his background with institutional-type clients will create a tremendous growth of opportunities for Partner”.

Most recently, Mr. Zavalney spent over two years gaining experience as a PCA Leader at ATC Group Services. The prior 12 years were dedicated to expanding Terracon’s PCA services, primarily in the western United States. Here he gained the knowledge and recognition as an expert in ADA, Fair Housing, and Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards. From 2001-2002, Mr. Zavalney was a Senior Project Manager at EBI Consultants where he utilized his 12 years of experience with high-level asbestos consulting into the emerging PCA services realm, which included Facility Asset Management, Property Zoning Reports, Insurance Replacement Cost Analyses, and BOMA Space Measurements during his employment with Law Engineering (now AMEC).

Mr. Zavalney has managed and performed Building Assessments for a variety of nationwide assessment portfolios and client types.  For Equity and Institutional Investor clients, he has assembled and managed multi-disciplinary assessment teams to meet client and facility-specific needs.  Mr. Zavalney has identified deficiencies in building systems (foundation, structural, roofing, exterior wall, pavement, and accessibility), recommended corrective options, performed contract administration, and provided litigation support to owners and design professionals.

One of the projects Mr. Zavalney led was for the Civil Engineer Operations Division of the United States’ Air Force-Air Combat Command (ACC) team. He was responsible for developing an engineering condition assessment protocol for the buildings located on various airbases. The protocol generated a condition index for each system, such as roofing and MEP for each building, and a composite air base condition index. The condition of each system was ranked against those at the other airbases.

Mr. Zavalney has also developed specialized facility assessment tools and standards for commercial and government clients, life insurance companies, and multifamily developers. His experience includes conducting needs analysis sessions, developing work program scopes, project team oversight, development of assessment protocols, and working with application service providers. Mr. Zavalney is considered an expert on Accessibility regulations (ADA/FHAA/UFAS) in the United States and has provided litigation support to owners.

One of Mr. Zavalney’s most notable accessibility projects was providing pre-construction reviews of proposed residential developments for conformance to applicable ADA, FHAA, or Accessibility Chapters of Building Codes. He provided construction-phase consulting to identify changes to work in order to comply with accessibility standards. Mr. Zavalney also performed pre-purchase assessments of existing buildings to identify deficiencies and costs to correct and assisted owners in responding to allegations of non-accessibility received from the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

“Partner has been constantly growing their equity PCA services and I am excited for the opportunity to grow the team into a national, go-to equity PCA firm,” said Paul Zavalney.

Mr. Zavalney graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Arizona State University (ASU), and became a Registered Architect in Wisconsin (#A-6021).