Building upon the experience gained from a successful twelve-year association with the respected Martin K. Eby and Morrison-Knudsen construction organizations, Christopher Gartner, PE founded CHRISTOPHER L. GARTNER & associates in 1984. In the years since, CG&a has played various important roles on contracts worth well over $3 billion. Assignments have included bridges and highways, power generation, water/ wastewater treatment, newspaper, hospital, highrise office, retail, hotel, gaming and raw land development projects. CG&a has competently represented only its client’s interests, bringing both enthusiasm and skill into play to resolve challenges encountered. This period has had several highlights of which we are very proud. Among these accomplishments have been:

• Working as Project Representative for Henry S. Miller, CG&a reduced 45 days off the total construction window of an Austin, Texas shopping center by use of a detailed, computerized PERT project schedule. Said schedule not only identified work task by craft, it integrated design and equipment procurement activities as well. The sequencing of the project's three buildings were staggered, completing one 60 days earlier than thought possible by the general contractor. Additionally, our cost estimate for the project proved to be within 0.5% of the contractor's actual bid.

• Serving as Construction Management Consultant to President of Riviera Hotel, we completed a 1,000 room tower addition to the Las Vegas resort ten months after breaking ground. The lower 350 rooms were completed and utilized by guests eight months after the start of foundation work. Importantly, CG&a ran calculations for the Hotel demonstrating how an investment of $200,000 would produce $400,000 in additional cash flow by having access to said rooms at such an early date. This increased cost was earmarked for accelerating the work of the elevator erector, providing protection of guests from the ongoing overhead construction activity as well as compensating the electrical and mechanical contractors for the extra costs they incurred to complete and start-up the 24-floor tower's MEP systems in two phases rather than at one time.

• CG&a was selected in 1990 by the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission as one of four finalists to be Construction Manager over The State of Texas' $700 million portion of the Superconducting Super Collider research facility. Over two hundred firms and individuals submitted their qualifications for consideration by the Commission. Even though we were not the final firm selected, it was an honor to have to been among the four that made the short list. We believe our being considered to oversee this prestigious project continues to say quite a lot about our abilities.

• Representing the construction lender, Citicorp Real Estate, CG&a prepared a graph comparing our anticipated cost to complete finish-out of tenant space in the 30-story Weston Centre office building in downtown San Antonio to that forecast by the project’s Developer. Initially, we were over $1.5 million higher than the Developer’s estimated total costs. Consequently, the Developer "questioned" our estimate. However, the accuracy of our cost projection was later proven as the Developer’s build-out costs slowly increased until they were well within our anticipated final range. This is an excellent example of the success CG&a has had anticipating the actual costs of construction.

• Working as Owner’s Representative/Project Manager for The San Antonio Express-News, CG&a was able to save the Paper many times the cost of our services by successfully mitigating claims resulting from the project’s suspension then later resumption, establishing favorable methods for reimbursement of contractor overhead, finding fictitious materials for which we were billed and reducing the architect’s fee because of improperly completed work.

• Brought on board as Cost Engineering Consultant to assist during the construction of the new headquarters facility for the mutual fund management group United Services Advisors, Inc. By implementing our proprietary cost control management system, CG&a closely monitored all project expenditures and captured savings of over five times the cost of our fee from contractor’s billings.

• The conceptual budget of Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church which CG&a assembled from a single schematic line drawing and outline specifications proved accurate within 3% of final total project cost.

• While serving as Project Manager for Boomtown Hotel and Casino’s development of a river boat casino and shore-front entertainment center near New Orleans, CG&a was able to save this client many times the cost of our involvement. By negotiating advantageous interpretations of federal law with the U. S. Department of Labor, value engineering the use of less expensive materials for erection of the project’s marine structures and rejecting items inappropriately billed to the Owner by our contractors, over $1,000,000 in total cost savings was realized through our efforts.

• As Project Manager for Security Benefit Group of Companies, CG&a led Project Team toward utilization of first of their kind MEP systems in new 325,000 SF corporate headquarters complex. Such systems included underfloor air distribution and modular data cabling allowing the open office layout to be inexpensively modified in future to accommodate business changes. The air conditioning scheme selected enabled each employee to be able to adjust air temperature, air flow direction and fan speed individually at his own desk top providing the ultimate in personal environment control. Every component making up the building was screened for possible alternatives in effort to produce best combination of long term value versus initial cost for client. Almost all of the elements initially proposed by the designers ended up being altered. Some, like awning wings proposed by the architect on building’s exterior were rejected because the negligible energy savings they produced did not provide an attractive return on investment. Others like expensive flooring materials were never installed as we found they had unacceptable coefficients of friction. Had people walked on them with wet shoes they would have gone for a most unpleasant ride. Over $2.5 million in potential costs were returned to owner as a result of CG&a’s efforts.

• Serving the City of Sabetha, Kansas as Project Manager overseeing design and construction of their new Community Hospital, CG&a entirely offset the cost of its fee by negotiating desirable costs for Project scope enhancements and ensuring that procurement of furnishings and equipment packages had adequate competition from potential bidding vendors.