The Durst Organization

  • Assistant Property Manager

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  • Durst Profile

    The Durst Organization, founded in 1915 by Joseph Durst, is the owner, manager and builder of 13 million square feet of premiere Manhattan office towers and 1,250 units of residential rental housing. The Durst Organization built the most environmentally advanced skyscraper in the United States, the 2.1 million square foot LEED Platinum Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. The Organization is recognized as a world leader in the development of high-performance and environmentally advanced commercial and residential properties.

    The Durst Organization is the joint venture and equity partner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the development of One World Trade Center, the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. The Durst Organization is the managing partner of the 3 million square foot office tower responsible for tenant fit-out, leasing and property management. The Durst Organization is currently building two mixed-use residential buildings. 855 Avenue of the Americas is a 570,000 square foot residential rental tower above an office and retail base and W57th Street is a 709 unit rental building above 45,000 square feet of retail. Both projects are slated for completion in 2015.

    The Durst Organization continues to grow and seek out new opportunities for innovative commercial and residential development in and around New York City


    The Assistant Property Manager (APM) is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities of engineering/maintenance staff.  All MEP improvements, preventative maintenance, implementations and inspections will be coordinated through the APM.  The APM is responsible for investigating, estimating, planning and scheduling labor and materials for all MEP capital projects and MEP maintenance contracts. Additionally, the APM manages and implements operational policies, procedures, programs, and measures the department performance. The APM maintains relations with Durst Property Management, Operations, and Engineering along with consulting engineers, contractors and other organization contracted within the facility.


    Construction Phase:

    • Collaborate with design and construction team to ensure all mechanical equipment is appropriately located and accessible during post-construction to ensure equipment is serviced for routine maintenance and inspections.
    • Gain in depth knowledge of all building systems and utility services prior to initial occupancy.
    • Catalog all equipment and create cyclical preventative maintenance schedules for all building systems prior to initial occupancy.
    • Review existing staffing plan and work with Human Resources and Director of Maintenance Operations to hire service team.
    • Review initial programming of BMS, Fire/Life Safety, CCTV, among other systems with contractors and owner to ensure they appropriately meet the needs of the building and occupants.
    • Punch list apartments and common areas being turned over by construction.
    • Review and participate in commissioning process for all major building equipment.


    Post Construction/Operating Phase:

    • Oversee the daily maintenance and operations of all building systems including, but not limited to: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Security and Life Safety Systems.
    • Supervise and manage the maintenance team as it pertains to service culture, training, preventative maintenance schedules, apartment turnovers, resident and tenant work requests
    • Responsible for management of all outside trades working on the premises.
    • Assist with technical aspects of any RFP’s that are required for major capital improvements.
    • Initiate Standard Operating Procedures to create uniformity among the staff for consistency and safety.
    • Assisting with budget and expenses pertaining to building operations.
    •  Provide leadership plan to drive culture, and improve overall building performance.
    • Utilizes Log Check and all other relevant software programs to create standardized protocol for daily/weekly/month/quarterly/annual rounds, meter readings, and other predictive/preventive maintenance requirements
    • Utilize engineering and technical resources to continuously assess, analyze, and improve operational effectiveness, and achieve overall building operational plans.
    • Provide technical support for the facility in terms of plant operations, critical utilities, operations cost control, and overall equipment effectiveness.
    • Assures that all systems and equipment in the facility are compliant and in top operational condition by maintaining appropriate preventative/predictive maintenance program and calibration program.
    • Manage facility for improvement process by continuous review of safety, budgets, and resident comfort.
    • Witness all third party commissioning activity to ensure projects are in compliance with Durst standards.
    • Create and implements comprehensive training programs for staff to ensure continuous career growth, development and cross training
    • Establish and maintain relationships within all departments with communication and understanding of needs and expectations.
    • Develop yearly operations plan including proposed capital improvement projects to be vetted by Engineering and Operations departments.
    • Provide weekly operations report to residential management
    • Initiates work orders, assigns to staff as applicable, follows-up and verifies completion of work.
    • Manage monthly or periodic inspections of building systems, i.e., HVAC, electrical distribution, Fire Alarm, BMS and water treatment. Prepare detailed report of recommended corrective action.


    • Valid New York City Fire Department Refrigeration Machine Operator License with a minimum of five year’s contiguous work experience.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required.
    • Working knowledge of CMMS software (AWARE Manager or equivalent) - generating and closing Work Orders, tracking equipment repair history, equipment database management and administration.
    • Ability to track and manage parts and material inventory, generate requisitions and/or Purchase Orders to maintain stock above pre-determined levels.
    • Experience in the operation of multi stage direct expansion (DX) water-cooled packaged AC equipment and/or Modular Chillers.
    • Sprinkler/Standpipe Certification – S12 / S13 Certificates of Fitness
    • Andover Continuum BATC system or equivalent BATC control system experience
    • Knowledge of construction (MEP, Architectural, schematic) drawings for service and troubleshooting systems.
    • Experience with condensing gas fired boilers, hot water distribution, dual temperature systems, indirect domestic hot water heaters.
    • Fire and life safety Protection Systems including ATS
    • Electrical Distribution Systems
    • Knowledge of Emergency Power Systems – Generators, Diesel transfer pump system, Automatic Transfer Switches and Priority Control Switchgear.
    • Understands all aspects of water treatment
    • Proficient in mechanical repairs of fans, pumps and DX A/C units
    • Minimum of five year’s basic electrical experience – System troubleshooting and electrical component replacement.
    • Minimum of five year’s plumbing experience – Piping system repairs, bathroom fixture repairs and drain clearing.
    • Proven work record of safe work practices and efficient time management skills


    Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer: Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veteran


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