NEW YORK CITY-GVA Williams has started a project management group to be called GVA Williams Project Management LLC. Michael DeJohn has been named president of the group.

“GVA Williams Project Management, led by Michael’s invaluable expertise and insight, seamlessly complements our in-house arsenal of real estate talent. In concert with our existing service lines, this new division will enhance our ability to serve our expanding roster of Fortune 500, regional and local clients,” says Mark Jaccom, president of the GVA Williams Tenant Representation Division, in a statement.

The new group will work in an advisory capacity on office, retail, residential, and industrial projects. For now the services will be provided to clients in New York City, as well as Parsippany and Princeton, NJ and Stamford, CT, according to DeJohn.

DeJohn tells that the group was formed because, “GVA William’s clients are asking for these services as part of the pre-transaction process and for resulting capital projects as well. The clients of real estate services firms want vertically integrated services from their real estate service providers.”

DeJohn declined to number the project management team but says the core staff is currently in place and additional project managers are in the process of being hired. Current projects the group is working on include a 50,000-sf medical office building in Brooklyn for HIP, a 20,000-sf hedge fund project and a 20,000-sf facility for Vontobel Asset Management, a Swiss company. DeJohn tells they are also in the early stages of a 150,000-sf corporate office relocation.

Prior to joining GVA Williams, DeJohn worked as a partner at WG Project Management. In that capacity he oversaw several significant Manhattan projects including the 300,000-sf Ann Taylor site at 7 Times Square. Before WG, DeJohn worked at Jones Lang LaSalle where he helped with Ernst & Young’s 1.1-million-sf 5 Times Square project.

“Michael is a consummate expert in all facets of the project management business, and we are very pleased that he has joined us to integrate this offering into our suite of services at GVA Williams,” says Robert Freedman, president and CEO of GVA Williams. “His arrival at GVA lends greater organizational depth and synergies to our business model.”

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