BRENDEN KOLLAR

Project Manager

Mr. Kollar is a Project Manager in B&D’s Washington, D.C. office. Before joining the firm, he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Miami. His many leadership roles and achievements led to his tapping into the Iron Arrow Honor Society – the highest honor attained at the University of Miami. After graduating, he continued working for the University in the Housing and Residential Life Office before interning for an architecture firm in Coral Gables, Florida.

Since arriving at B&D, Mr. Kollar has worked primarily on higher education planning for quality-of-life facilities encompassing housing, recreation, and union buildings. Along with his background in architecture, he applies analytical and planning skills to assist clients in strategic decision making throughout complicated planning and implementation processes.

Client Opportunity

  • Refine the campus master plan, realigning original planning strategies with the university’s current and future needs
  • Evaluate potential projects in the context of the university’s strategic goals and the key principles of its 2008 plan
  • Revisit the Land Use Plan developed as part of the 2008 master plan and determine the most appropriate land use strategies
  • Allocate construction and renovation program funds to their highest and best use
  • Examine and recommend project delivery methods, assuring feasibility of the plan with respect to budgets and timelines

B&D Process

  • Conducted multiple stakeholder interviews on housing, dining, parking and transportation, athletics and recreation, information technology, communications, and admissions
  • Met with the mayor and borough manager of Lewisburg to gain their input on Bucknell’s impact on the surrounding community
  • Evaluated and prioritized recommendations from the 2008 master plan
  • Formulated appropriate financing structures and developed a plan for their implementation

Project Highlights

  • Four themes emerged as driving forces in the creation of the university’s targeted new master plan: New academic buildings, campus housing needs, reconfigured and/or additional life spaces, and parking and traffic
  • University to utilize these themes to provide guidance and clarity in terms of prioritization and sequencing of its capital projects
  • Timing framework provided for new and renovation projects, campus enhancements, and infrastructure needs
  • University to study pros and cons of public-private partnerships based on B&D’s recommendation for the range of projects set out in the plan

B.Arch. (University of Miami)