As an ongoing and developing process, Joseph Fontana embraces innovative technology through hardware as well as software. This pure and simple method of operation allows him to design, produce, problem solves, and execute for some of New York’s leading design firms commissioned on substantially high-profile projects. The result of this collaboration is a global design portfolio exceeding 1.2 billion dollars and occupying over 9.7 million square feet. The scope of installations ranges from restaurant, residence, retail, bar, broadcast, kitchen, bath, furniture & lighting design to architectural sculptures exceeding a half-million dollars for a single piece of art.
Joseph’s unique approach is best exhibited with his first corporate position as “Designer, Store Design, Worldwide” for Estëe Lauder. Before he was an employee at their headquarters in New York City,
the length of time to complete an “in-house store request” by hand was approximately four days. Under his recommendation and supervision, the company purchased new CADD workstations and cutting-edge 3D production software. The result was a 94% reduction in production time, bringing the thirty-two-hour requirement down to just under two hours.
In his three years with the company, Joseph had designed and produced construction documents and maintained the correspondence throughout production in over eighteen countries: a total of two hundred twelve Aramis retail stores worldwide.
Perfecting his methodology was again brought to new levels with his first architectural design solution for Steve Wynn’s Bellagio Hotel. Prime, a $6.7 million-dollar 170-person occupancy steakhouse developed with the renowned Interior Designer Michael de Santis. Converting the entire office to a digitized department, he managed and produced all construction documents, maintained the system and CADD administration, including programming, DXF translations, data communications, diagnostic analysis, hardware/software installations, and modifications.
Following the completion of Prime, Joseph refined the design details of nine Broadcast studios for CNN (e.g., Anderson Cooper 360, Nancy Grace, Paula Zahn, and American Morning) at the Time Warner Center in New York; a prototype studio for CNN International in Atlanta and sister studios in London & Hong Kong for Publicis Events. For Rockwell Group, he initiated the preliminary engineering and followed through with the implementation of the designs on several high-end architectural sculptures and developed the conceptual design of a $2.7 million-dollar Tree House bar for MGM at the Mirage CityCenter in Las Vegas. In the Swiss Alps, he developed initial concept designs for a forty thousand sq. ft. addition to a fifty thousand sq. ft. private residence designed by the office of Thierry W. Despont.
More recently, Joseph Fontana’s passion for design has evolved into software solutions to communicate design intent. As a Revit Specialist, he was the lead Revit consultant orchestrating construction documents of 57 buildings for NYCHA HSCIP (New York City Housing Authority; Hurricane Sandy Capital Improvement) encompassing five developments; Astoria, Beach, Hammel, Oceanside, and Redfern for Ronnette Riley Architect. For DeSimone Consulting Engineers, Joseph created virtual structural models within “Revit Structure” for architectural firms (e.g., Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.)
Currently, Joseph has developed and established methodologies for processing architectural, structural, civil, and lighting models to assure stability, file reduction, and efficiency when linking to MEP files—developed operational protocols to facilitate the team’s ability to communicate design intent. Trained engineers on advanced Revit modeling operations for design, production, 3D analysis, and MEP Families.
Joseph Fontana is the founder of RevitX, LLC., designer and developer of RevX® - H3O®: A Revit project template developed to reduce liability through clash coordination, create precise documentation and execute BIM production in 1/10th the time of standard BIM protocols.
U.S. Patent Pending, filed October 22, 2020. Fontana, Joseph.
A methodology using Revit/Supporting software directed by BIM procedural protocols to produce construction documents.
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