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Jim Damato
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Jim set the cornerstone at zpd+a: as a founding principal, his thumbprint is visible throughout our portfolio. Though he’s been enjoying a little more time on the golf course lately, yet he remains a key figure in our day to day operations: Jim’s long-held client partnerships and distinguished variety of projects illustrate his commitment to quality, creativity, and the fundamentals of timely project delivery. As a trusted resource for both clients and staff, Jim’s experience in program development, planning and design for shell-and-core and interiors development projects brings a deep wisdom to the finer details of construction, and provides an invaluable control / quality assurance standards throughout all phases of a project, from inception to delivery.


Repeat business from blue-chip clients is the hallmark of Jim’s decades-long career, beginning with a multitude of adaptive re-use and renovation projects, then expanding out to include interior buildouts and tenant improvements to new construction on a variety of building types. His experience is extensive, including a variety of projects for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois; BCBS nationwide; the former Uptown National Bank, the Adaptive Re-Use of Soldier Field; Loft Development Corporation: 641 W. Lake Street; The Henderson Company: Ludwig Drum; Stein & Company: Arbor Lake Center; and United Development: and 1400 Lake Shore Drive & 1216 N. Astor Street. Throughout his career, Jim has overseen the development, renovation and reorganization of more than 3,000,000 square feet of new office space, including  the development of a multi-phased 1.3 million square foot, vertical expansion high rise for BlueCross BlueShield located at 300 E Randolph in Chicago. Other banner projects include new Headquarters Buildings in Chicago, Richardson, Texas and Albuquerque New Mexico, as well as customer service centers and corporate office interiors for Health Care Service Corporation throughout Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Montana and New Mexico.

Principal | AIA, NCARB

312 322 9604

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