Matt First is an experienced project manager with experience ranging from residential, luxury retail build out, class A office tenant improvement, ground-up development, lab space, warehouse, back-up power generator replacement, electric vehicle car charging installation and high-visibility hospitality projects.
Matt has over 15 years of construction and project management experience. During that time, he has participated in more than 150 projects valued in excess of $200 million, working for prominent brands such as Apple, Inc, Tiffany & Co., Dolce & Gabbana, Wells Fargo Bank, Karl Strauss Brewery, San Diego Gas & Electric, Evans Hotels and more.
Matt has experience in all facets of project management, including pre-construction activities, procurement, permitting, estimating, contract negotiation, budgeting and contract reconciliation. Matt specializes in high level organization, efficient communication and day to day project management operations. He is currently enrolled in course work required to obtain LEED Certification.
During the initial stages of a project, Matt’s scope of services includes due diligence, scheduling, budgeting, design team selection, design management, value engineering, estimating, constructability review, entitlements and permitting. Once design and permitting are complete, Matt then handles bidding and management of the construction process, including construction observation, change order review, budget management, document control, schedule monitoring and recovery planning, FF&E installation management and occupancy.
Matt is a graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in Bankers Hill. Matt and his English Sheppard named “Rooney” enjoy outdoor activities, Ohio State Football and spending time with friends and family.