Staff Spotlight: Ann Liu
As a Senior Project Architect, Ann Liu brings more than 20 years of hands-on architectural and oversight experience to GTG Consultants, PC. She possesses detailed knowledge and expertise in planning, code, and historic requirements, with substantial experience in monitoring and evaluating historic-preservation work in connection with the issuance of tax credits. Currently, Ann is located in our Seattle satellite office, consulting on a variety of projects in the western United States.
McKenna Brewer: Why did you choose your profession/industry?
Ann Liu: I originally wanted to go to art school, to which my mother responded with: “OVER MY DEAD BODY.” Architecture school was my fallback choice. When my grandfather (also an architect) heard this, he promptly gave me his copy of “Architectural Graphic Standards” 1936 edition. It blew my mind. He was always my champion and was always so proud of me. He was the vice president of a construction company, so I knew there were other options available to architects beside the traditional design route.
MB: What certifications do you hold?
AL: Architecture licenses in Louisiana and Washington and a NCARB certificate.
MB: How long have you been with GTG Consultants, PC?
AL: 13 years.
MB: What is your favorite part of your job?
AL: Being on the construction site and walking through the project.
MB: What is the hardest part of your job?
AL: When the owner/contractor is not responsive or wants to argue about the payment request. It’s not the hardest part, just the most annoying!
MB: Do you have a favorite project?
AL: If I previously had a great experience with a good team and get to work with them again, it is definitely my favorite project.
MB: What aspect of your job do you wish people knew more about?
AL: How time-consuming it is to perform a full project review.
MB: What is one goal you have for 2019?
AL: To make time to see family and friends more often.
MB: Name one of your hobbies.
AL: I’m TRYING to learn Turkish…TRYING!
MB: Do you have any advice for others interested in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) consulting industry?
AL: If you are great at paying attention to detail and can manage several moving parts at all times, you will definitely enjoy it!
As the fourth phase of an affordable housing unit project developed by Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), Woodlawn Station embodies one of the latest efforts to revitalize the Woodlawn community on Chicago’s South Side. With 70 mixed-income units in three buildings on three separate sites, the project’s main building incorporates sustainability features such as a solar thermal system, enhanced insulation, a tight building envelope, and kitchen islands made from recycled materials. Located near the CTA’s Green Line station at 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, the main building’s 15,000 square feet of 1st-floor retail space contains the new location of Chicago’s oldest restaurant, Daley’s Restaurant. GTG provided pre-construction review and construction monitoring services for the project on behalf of the equity investor.
Beckman Business Center
Within the revitalization of the former 44.3-acre Beckman Campus, the Beckman Business Center includes historic reuse of the original Beckman administration building, a National Register of Historic places landmark of mid-century modern architecture. The project also involves construction of seven additional concrete tilt-up warehouse buildings providing a total building area of 976,754 square feet for a business park offering office, warehouse, manufacturing, and light-industrial spaces in Fullerton, California. GTG provided pre-construction review and construction monitoring services for the project on behalf of the equity investor.
As part of its effort to redevelop Cambridge’s public housing, the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) recently completed its Jefferson Park development of six new affordable-housing buildings. Through a combination of private funding, public funding, tax equity, and low-income housing tax credits, the Jefferson Park redevelopment reached completion last fall and will now provide a total of 104 units within three- and four-story townhouse and flat-style apartments with a focus on accessibility, sustainability, and universal and green design aspects. GTG provided pre-construction review and construction monitoring services for the project on behalf of the equity investor.
Hollins House, a rehabilitation of existing senior apartments in Baltimore, recently received an honorable mention distinction from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition as part of the public housing category in the 24th annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards, which recognizes low income housing tax credit developments. GTG provided pre-construction review and construction monitoring services for the project on behalf of the equity investor and construction lender until the project’s completion in May 2017.
Acoma Homes I
Acoma Homes I, a new construction development of three affordable multi-family apartment buildings and a community center on the Acoma Indian Reservation in Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, recently received the top award from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition as part of the rural housing category in the 24th annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards. GTG provided pre-construction review and construction monitoring services for the project on behalf of the equity investor until the project’s completion in March 2018.