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Published:October 25th, 2007 08:50 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Kenneth J. Van Liew, Founder of KJV Development Corporation

Judyth Piazza chats with Kenneth J. Van Liew, Founder of KJV Development Corporation

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Founder of KJV Development Corporation, 1996, a Real Estate Development, Construction Management and Consulting Firm, Mr. Van Liew has financed and managed real estate developments in excess of 1.2 billion dollars. Author of two bestselling books: Create & Master Customers for Life and Secrets of How to Own the Home of Your Dreams with Little or No Money Down…Regardless of Credit.  

Prior to KJV Development, Mr. Van Liew served as Vice President, Davis & Partners, Project Executive, Lehrer McGovern Bovis and Project Manager, The LeFrak Organization spearheading the real estate development, finance and construction business for over 25 years. He presently invests and manages projects for fees and equity in New York City and has personally developed a 72,000 sf, 90 unit residential facility an “8 figure real estate development with NO MONEY.” He has performed every aspect of the acquisition, conceptual design, engineering, real estate development, finance, construction and property management process and provides hands-on education in every aspect of the business. 

Mr. Van Liew is a real estate development and business systems expert. He has lectured at New York University, Real Estate Institute and Rutgers University, College of Engineering. He holds a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development & Finance, New York University, Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Civil Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Graduate Research at Rutgers University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, Licensed Site Safety Manager, New York City and Licensed Real Estate Agent, New Jersey. He is a Member of the National Home Builders Association, National Society of Professional Engineers and New Jersey Professional Engineers Society. 

Ken resides in Cranford, New Jersey, married to his wife Terry for 20 years, Michael & Alyse, 15 year old twins, Courtney, 10 and Midas our boxer. He is a Senior Leader in the Anthony Robbins Organization, Assistant Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America and Professional Infotainer. 

  List of projects Mr. Van Liew has completed

    ♦ 240 Park Avenue South, LP, New York City Owners representative for this Park Avenue, 18-story luxury condominium. 112,000 sf of high end finishes, electronic automation and spectacular views.

    ♦ Rider University, Trenton, NJ Project Consultant for this $17M fast track development located on campus. Renovation of the existing and built new resident dormitory’s, athletic and student center.

    ♦ Partners in Progress LLC Managing Member, Board of Director for private real estate equity funds. Concentration in low income housing renovation and new construction.

    ♦ Transit Village, Union, NJ. Project Consultant and Owner’s representative responsible for real estate development, construction, options & upgrades and sales. The project consisted of 49 luxury residential condominiums at one of the first transit village developments in NJ.

    ♦ Bright Side Manor, Teaneck, NJ Owners representative and construction manager for this 65 bed geriatrics facility. Renovation/addition, four phases, $5.0M project with 45 residents present during the construction process

    ♦ Autumn Woods Assisted Living, Bridgewater, NJ. Owner, developer and construction manager on this 90-unit assisted living facility. Developed, financed and constructed this $14M project in 12-months and within budget.

    ♦ 300 East 64th Street, NY, NY. Owner’s Representative for this luxury residential tower, retail and commercial project. Thirty-five story reinforced concrete structure with 100 apartments. Commercial and retail tenants included United Artist Theater and Chase Bank.

    ♦ The Richmond, 201 East 80th Street, NY. Owner’s Representative on this Luxury residential condominium, 18 stories, and 210,000 sf renovation/addition of an existing warehouse. Reinforced the structure to accept an additional eight floors of prime real estate.

    ♦ Prudential Securities Incorporated, One New York Plaza, New York, NY. 1Project manager on this 1,000,000 sf of interior renovation including all MEP upgrades. Coordinated and managed the upgrade 24/7 including new electrical distribution, UPS and HVAC systems to 100,000 sf data centers and trading floors.

    ♦   McGraw-Hill, Ramsey Office Center, Ramsey, NJ. 270,000-square-foot corporate office and data center, infrastructure, and eleven acres of site work. Preconstruction, budget, procurement, schedule, MEP coordination, project and field supervision.

    ♦ Forest City Ratner Metrotech Development, Brooklyn, NY. Over $1 billion phased project on 16 acres in downtown Brooklyn, multi-use complex of high tech commercial buildings, parking, and infrastructure. Directly in charge of construction on four major projects:

  • 11 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY. 300,000 sf state-of-the-art communication facility housing the NYC Police Department E-911 headquarters. Base building and tenant fit-out included a full MEP upgrade to the core and shell design to provide fully redundant integrated systems. The upgrade included UPS, high-tech security, communication, and building management systems.

       - Brooklyn Union Gas Company, One Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY. 815,000-sq.-ft. core and shell, tenant fit-out for BUGCO corporate headquarters. Directly in charge of the core and shell and tenant work Coordinated a series of phased moves including an in-house television studio, auditorium, medical center, full-service cafeteria, executive offices, and 2-story command center.

       -   Securities Industry Automated Corporation, Two MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY.  600,000 sf core and shell, data center and MEP installation. Managed field operations to assure the fully redundant emergency systems were complete according to SIAC's stringent specifications.

  • Internal Revenue Service, Ten MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY. Owner's Representative for project completion and operational startup for 300,000 sf. IRS District headquarters. Work included coordination with various IRS departments to perform operational testing, and implementation of facility guidelines to bring the entire building on-line.

    ♦ Newport Center, Jersey City, NJ. This residential, commercial and retail center was developed from an abandoned railroad yard into a small city. New infrastructure, roads, and site work on more than 100 acres were installed to support the multifaceted development.

    - Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.  Twin 33-story, 912 units in residential towers on the New Jersey waterfront. Managed in excess of $100 million in construction and coordination of over 30 trades and 600 employees. Construction systems included reinforced concrete, masonry facade, architectural pre-cast, stone clad base, and high end marble.

    ♦ Kings Supermarket, Chatham, NJ, Owner’s representative on fast track renovations during store operations.

    ♦ Colonia Country Club, Colonia, NJ, Owner’s representative for the club house renovation.  Project included the renovation of the s upper & lower grill, locker room, dining area and entertainment patio. Procured all FF&E items to complete the final touch.

    ♦ School Construction Authority, New York City, NY. Owner's representative responsible for the management and administration on new and rehabilitation projects on various public schools in Brooklyn and Queens. Projects included facade, window and roof replacement; new computer facilities, and MEP upgrades

    ♦ Livingston Arms, Poughkeepsie, NY. 7-story, 32-unit luxury condominium, infrastructure and site work. Site and office mobilization, schedule, budget, procurement, and project and field supervision. 

    ♦ Mall 59, Nanuet, NY. Preconstruction, value engineering, and constructability review. Project budget, schedule, and cash flow analysis to assist in site selection, program management, negotiations, and project finance.

    ♦ Drexel Burnham Lambert/Mellon Bank, Fort Lee Executive Park, Fort Lee, NJ. 695,000 sf, 1500-car parking garage with retail space, 70,000-square-foot data center and dining facility. Procurement and field supervision included coordination with two existing ten-story structures.

    ♦ Whispering Woods, Plainsboro, NJ. Engineering and site design of this 2400-unit condominium development.  Site design required geometric and topographical layout, sanitary and storm sewer design, water surface profiles, retention basins, roadway design and field survey.

    ♦ MGS Development, Secaucus, NJ. Executive in charge property blights, tax abatements, site plan approvals, state and building permits. Reviewed financial statements, project proforma and market reports for finance and investment decisions. Directly in charge of construction operations and building acquisitions.

    ♦ Propane Power Corporation, Newark, NJ. Executive in charge for preconstruction of this 150,000-square-foot automated propane facility.  Selected architect, engineer and consultants, prepared budget, schedule and coordinated the equipment design with French supplier, SiragaĆ­ Industries.

    ♦ Patent Scaffold, Carlstadt, NJ. Executive in charge of this six-acre site restoration and 20,000-square-foot industrial fit-out including all phases of construction, infrastructure, and site work.

    ♦ Marriot Corporation, Newark International Airport, Newark, NJ. Geotechnical consultant providing on-site supervision and controlled inspection of dewatering, excavation, fill placement and site work.  Conducted in field density tests, sieve analysis, and soil classification.

    ♦ McDonalds Corporation, Valley Stream, NY.  Geotechnical and subsurface investigation for prospective building sites throughout the Northeast. Investigated potential development sites, conducted test pits, boring analysis, material classification to determine subsurface strata.  Conducted the laboratory testing, feasibility studies, foundation design and specifications.

    ♦ U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, Assunpink Creek Watershed, West Windsor, NJ. Construction supervision and controlled inspection for this earth and reinforced concrete dam, and emergency spillway that covered 100,000-acres of site development. Headwall modification and additional mat slab placement at the toe of dam to eliminate potential overturning failure.

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