5 Questions with LA Project Manager, Aaron

Valeria Macias

Posted by Valeria Macias

This month, we sat down with Aaron Holder, Project Manager in our Los Angeles office and asked him a few questions regarding his permit expediting experience.

How long have you been a permit expediter and what is your area of expertise?
I've been an expediter for just shy of 4 years. My expertise is in managing clients and timelines over a diverse portfolio of projects.

When working on a new construction, what is the best approach with initial submittals? How does it differ from additions?
When submitting for a new construction project, it's best to identify all of the departments and agencies I'll be working with. By confirming who I'm going to work with, I'm able to prepare for each individual review and ensure no time is lost, as some departments may takes months to process. This may differ from a smaller scope of work, as the number of departments requiring review will likely be smaller, and less extensive.

If you had to give one piece of advice on the submittal process what would it be?
The Parallel Design Permitting Process, or PDPP, is a fantastic way to get partially designed plans submitted and reviewed with the city. This process can allow a design team to get guidance from the city during the conceptual design phase, to allow for reviews and corrections to be issued in a timely manner. This allows allows the expediter to confirm which additional departments and agencies need to review our plans, and we can be in meeting with them before the final design has been confirmed.

Today, what’s your biggest challenge and how are you solving it?
The biggest challenge right now is definitely dealing with short staffed departments. This can negatively affect review and appointment times. Thankfully, with proper preparation, we can avoid avoid lost time by reaching out to our contacts and setting up meetings well ahead of their normal timeline.

When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing with your spare time?
My favorite two favorite things to do are exercise, and play with my kids! I coach my son's soccer team, and embrace the opportunity to teach him about physical fitness and how to be a member of a team. I find that there is never a bad time to play and have fun when my kids are around.


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