About the Team

Owner's Representative | Project Manager | Program Representative
Architect | Lab Planner | General Contractor

Owner's Representative

The project owner's representative is Mr. Narij Dangoria who currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Facilities Planning and Management at Stanford University School of Medicine. In this role, he is responsible for leading the School of Medicine's development plan that includes the construction of 1.2 million sf of space. Prior to joining Stanford University in Spring 2007, he has had vast experience in the physical development of three very distinct public institutions:

  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst – a traditional New England Land Grant
  • University of Cincinnati – an urban, research university campus that has undergone a significant physical evolution
  • California State University Monterey Bay – a former military base that is a new campus in transition.

In all these positions Mr. Dangoria has been actively engaged in the development of over 3 million sf of academic space that includes research facilities, educational buildings, and a variety of student life facilities. He has played a significant part in guiding the development of campus plans over the last 18 years. He has a professional degree in Architecture and a graduate degree in planning.

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Project Manager

The project manager is Stephen Pond of Stanford's Land, Buildings & Real Estate Department of Project Management.  In this role he coordinates and leads the project team, administers all project contracts and budgets, and acts as the official University representative in the relationships with the project's architects and engineers, reviewing agencies, the campus community, and the building contractors.  In addition to management of the SIM 1 project Mr. Pond is responsible for the on-going programming efforts for the University's new 100,000 gsf Biology research building and associated 40,000 gsf Biology and Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching laboratory facility. 

Prior to joining Stanford in 2007 he lead the facility planning, design and construction efforts at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, associated with their District's $148M bond financed program of new campus construction efforts.  He was responsible for overseeing the design and construction of 150,000 square feet of new instructional, administrative and support spaces including Life Sciences, Classroom, and Administrative buildings, a Studio Theater and a Student Union. 

Previous professional experience includes involvement with: the master planning, and construction of the Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Pacific Northwest campus located in Washington state; as well as extensive facility planning, maintenance and renovation efforts for Kaiser Permanente Medical Group at various bay area locations.

His professional experience spans twenty years with architectural and construction management firms in the San Francisco bay area; architectural licensure in the state of California; and academic/professional degrees in the fields of Planning (1983), Architecture (1987) and Business Administration (2000).

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Program Representative

The program representative for the SIM1 project is Mr. Chris Shay. Mr. Shay was the owner's representative for:

  • the 200,000 gsf Center for Clinical Sciences and Research building
  • the 22,000 gsf 7T MRI, Cyclotron - Lucas Expansion building
  • the 50,000 gsf new Stanford Blood Center

In addition he managed and directed the study that reviewed the reuse of the 440,000 nasf E.D. Stone Complex at Stanford as a center for biological research. He received his Civil Engineering undergraduate (1996) and his Construction Management masters (2000) from Michigan State University. He received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2007.

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ZGF is adept at handling fast-tracked delivery of large, complex projects. More than a half-dozen are research buildings. Recent laboratories successfully fast-tracked include:

  • The University of Arizona, Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building
  • The University of Michigan, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building
  • The University of Texas at Dallas, Natural Science and Engineering Research Building

Another higher education project, Willamette University's Kaneko Commons, was ready for occupancy in such a short time that the owner's representative called it “truly remarkable.” Tom Fortier, ZGF's Project Manager and Principal-in-Charge, has been practicing architecture for more than 27 years and is a skilled project leader who manages an interactive and collaborative design process. Mr. Fortier assists owners with planning, programming, budgeting, scheduling and implementation. His professional focus has been on higher education facilities, including half a dozen research facilities at schools such as Stanford University, University of California at Santa Cruz, Oregon State University, and University of Idaho. Mr. Fortier has been a registered architect in the State of California since 1984, and is a LEED certified professional. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and the Society for College and University Planning.

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Lab Planner

Dan Dozer, Principal at Jacobs Consultancy/GPR in Solana Beach, California, has been designing and managing scientific and technologically sophisticated facilities for over 25 years. He received his degrees at Washington State University in 1979. He brings a strong reputation for excellence in leading and managing his projects, servicing his clients in an attentive and organized manner. Since joining Jacobs he has managed several higher education projects:

  • College of Medicine, UT Dallas – Natural Science & Engineering Research Building
  • Azusa Pacific University - Math and Science Building
  • Pomona College – Seaver Hall South Science Center Renovation
  • Glendale Community College – Life Science Building
  • University of South Dakota – Graduate Education and Research Center
  • California State University Long Beach – Peterson Hall III Replacement

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General Contractor

The lead contractor representative is John Giovannone from Whiting-Turner Construction, Pleasanton, California. Mr. Giovannone has 22 years of research laboratory construction experience. Highlights of his experience include the construction of:

  • the 457,000 gsf Anlyan Center project at Yale University, which included biological labs, teaching labs, lab support and a 70,000 gsf vivarium
  • the 365,000 gsf Richard Starr Ross Research facility at Johns Hopkins University, which features a 30,000 gsf vivarium
He received his civil engineering degree from Catholic University of America in 1984.

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