Project Description

Meet Sai

Project Advisor (Cost Consulting)
Based: Seattle

I joined WT Partnership in 2018 as Project Advisor. My past research on Mobile Augmented Reality Systems and BIM, which began in the Midwest US, led me to working for global construction consultancy leaders and major real estate developers in Hawaii and now Seattle, WA. Throughout my career I’ve developed a deep understanding of construction and technological advances in cost estimation to support team growth, while at the same time improving my own skill set.

Prior to joining WT Partnership, I worked as a cost manager for the North American division of one of the largest real estate development companies in China. My role there included cost management, bidding & contract management and procurement. This working experience provided me with a better understanding of the role that each party involved in a project plays and what an owner/developer really wants from a consultant.

As a cost estimating professional, I take pride in providing accurate, reliable service to clients and thrive in not only cost estimation, but also in a project management capacity. My experience includes work on notable projects across the U.S., ranging from educational, commercial, hospitality and recreational properties to public infrastructure.

Since joining WT, the most rewarding part has been working with such an amazing and easy-going group of people from whom I can learn so much. Currently, I live in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood with my dog Momo.  When I’m not keeping busy with work, you can find me sporting a Celtics jersey out on the basketball court.

If you’re looking for someone to talk to about cost estimating, BIM, or the NBA, reach out on LinkedIn or via email.

My most rewarding project to date, was during my time working for a major real estate developer based in Redmond, WA. My primary roles were in the service areas of cost management, procurement, bidding and contract management. However, due to the nature of working in a close-knit, small team setting, I was intimately involved in every aspect of the project.

My firm purchased a 6.7-acre parcel of land known as Redmond Square and starting from zero, began to hold numerous meetings with an array of architects, property management companies, consultants and marketing companies. I gained an incredible amount of exposure to Greater Seattle’s AEC community via this experience and having toured several existing mid-rise and high-rise properties in the process, gleaned invaluable insight into what potential buyers really need in this market.

Finally, it was agreed upon to build a 300-unit condominium building along with a 225-unit apartment complex for a GFA of more than 788,000 SF. Considering the high-speed growth of the real estate market in Redmond in recent years and the property’s prime location across the street from the future site of Downtown Redmond’s light rail station, it wasn’t difficult to forecast the immense value this project could possess, as a vital part of Redmond’s thriving urban core and as a valuable part of my own career journey.

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