Michael McGuinn, with Zyscovich since 2003, has over two decades of architectural design and project management experience, with specialized areas of expertise in K-12 and Higher Education Facility Design, United States Department of Defense Facility Design, and Sustainable Design. McGuinn has served as the Project Director, Project Manager, or QA/QC Reviewer on over 100 educational projects, ranging from K-12 to Higher Education and Campus Planning.
Mike has substantial experience in the design of educational facilities to achieve maximum operational efficiencies for both first time and operational costs. He is also extremely knowledgeable of the programming and security constraints faced by educational facilities that are shared by the community and has been highly successful at guiding the design of facilities for land poor/tight budget projects to effectively accommodate multiple community uses.
Notable recent works include the new Palm Beach State College Dr. Dennis P. Gallon Campus, the Miami Country Day School Center for the Arts, and Pine Jog Elementary School, which was the first LEED Gold certified public school in Florida. Responsible for leading and growing the firm’s Federal and DoD practice, McGuinn has led all of the firm’s projects in the federal practice with NAVFAC, USACE and DoDEA, including the Maxwell Elementary-Middle School Partial Replacement and Renovation, the Welch Elementary-Dover Air Base Middle Schools Replacement, and the Kaiserslautern Middle School Replacement and the DoDEA Europe East New District Superintendent’s Office at USAG Kaiserslautern in Germany. McGuinn has a deep understanding of effective sustainable design, including USGBC LEED submission guidelines and requirements, as well as numerous other sustainable rating and certification systems, having successfully designed projects up to the Platinum Certification level. He has managed all phases of facility design and construction including pre-design, programming, design development, construction documents, quality control/assurance review, and construction administration and has been involved in all phases of project development.
An active Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association (FEFPA) and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Member, Mike was the presenter/author of the SAME Webinar “Designing Federal Facilities to Enhance Organizational Creativity and Collaboration” and a collaborative author of “Increasing Asset Value Through Creative Solutions,” published in The Military Engineer. He also recently authored and presented “A Roadmap to Take a Project from Inception to Groundbreaking and Beyond” for the Florida Charter School Conference.
Mike has consistently expanded his professional knowledge through continuing education courses such as “School Security and Facility Hardening Projects,” “Naval Training in Trends in Terrorism and How to Mitigate Terrorist Threats,” and “RediCheck Training in Quality Control on Interdisciplinary Coordination.”
Mike earned a professional Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Miami and a Master of Science in Construction Management from Florida International University.