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Veteran Engineer Justin Lia, PE, LEED AP Joins as Managing Director

Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. is pleased to welcome veteran engineer Justin Lia, PE, LEED AP to the White Plains, New York office. Bringing more than 20 years of diverse experience in construction, engineering and commercial real estate brokerage, Lia is a significant addition to Partner’s institutional services practice, which he joins as a Managing Director.

“Justin brings a uniquely well-rounded expertise, and a passion for solving the complex engineering issues real estate investors face,” said Frank Romeo, President of Partner.  “We are thrilled to have a professional of Justin’s caliber and reputation joining our team.”

Throughout his career, Lia has advised on over $100B of commercial real estate including every major asset type and class, both domestically and internationally.  Most recently, Lia served as a broker advising private investors, large international companies and estates, and specializing in net lease, large institutional deals, and off-market and land development opportunities.   Prior to this, Lia was the Equity Group Manager at Nova Consulting Group and a Managing Director of the Equity Services Platform at CBRE, Inc (Formerly IVI).  At both companies, Lia oversaw due diligence services for acquisition and disposition, including property condition assessments, construction defect investigations, pre/mid/post lease evaluations, sale/lease back, forensic evaluation, capital planning, development permitting due diligence, and construction loan monitoring.

Over his career Lia has become known for establishing deep and lasting client relationships based on trust and his ability to craft and execute custom client scopes.  Lia’s client base has included private investors, private equity investment firms, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, developers, banks, religious organizations, government/military, hospital/healthcare, educational and unique end users.  

Lia is also known for leveraging his diverse technical experience to bring a well-rounded perspective and solutions to the table.  In addition to his experience with equity level property condition assessments, Lia is well versed in construction, civil engineering and land development services, structural/geotechnical engineering, forensic assessments, and facility condition assessments for capital expenditure planning.  Some of his most notable projects have included:

  • Pacific Place, San Francisco, CA, 436,000 SFG, mixed-use, $475MM
  • Terminal Stores, New York, NY, 1,200,000 SFG, mixed-use, $800MM
  • Equity Office Properties Disposition, Silicon Valley, CA, 8,200,000 SFG, $3.5B
  • Philadephia Marriot Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, 1,400+ rooms hotel
  • Bayonne Military Operations Terminal of Bayonne (MOBTY), NJ, industrial development, 156 acres, 1,600,000 SFG
  • Pappas Commerce Center, Boston, MA, waterfront industrial park/redevelopment site, 38.5 acres, 750,000 SFG
  • Amazon Warehouses, 50+ locations, nationwide (distribution centers, cross-dock facilities, last-mile
  • Big Box Store CMMS / Capital Planning Pilot Program for 800 locations, nationwide
  • Dallas County Capital Planning, Dallas County, TX, 7,000,000 SFG, 70+ locations including the courts, prisons, office and lab buildings

“Partner isn’t just another due diligence company, they find solutions for their clients and work together as a team to deliver them,” Lia shared.  “Right now, the commercial real estate industry is very much in need of solutions and support.  By leveraging the deepest technical team in our industry, the entrepreneurial culture, and an impressive tech platform, I am excited to be part of the Partner solution.”

Lia graduated from the State University of New York (Buffalo) with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He has been a registered professional engineer in the state of New York for more than 15 years and is a LEED AP.  Lia also holds a real estate license in New York and Connecticut.

For more of Lia’s project experience or to connect with him, click here.