As senior project manager for Newmark Knight Frank’s Central Region, Robert Trauth provides direct oversight of each phase of a project, including planning, execution, procurement and contracting, monitoring and project completion, while staying focused on the scope, budget, schedule, quality and risk management. Mr. Trauth acts as the liaison between the owners, architects, engineers and governmental agencies.
Throughout his career, Mr. Trauth has been involved with numerous project types including retail, restaurants, corporate offices, industrial, adaptive re-use, mixed-use and ground-up developments. He is accountable for all phases of a project life cycle, from initial site selection and entitlement to construction close-out and move management. Mr. Trauth is especially adept at establishing detailed project scopes and developing accurate budgets and schedules, which has allowed him to consistently deliver his projects on time and within budget. In addition, he has worked with clients on improving their operational efficiencies, resulting in 90% fewer change orders and 40% lower construction costs.
Mr. Trauth has more than 30 years of project management experience representing tenants, landlords, asset managers and investors. Prior to joining NKF, he was managing director of Trauth, LLC, a construction and development consulting firm. Prior experience also includes: senior project manager at CBRE, project director at Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., where he managed over 4.2 million square feet of space with annual budgets ranging from $10 million to $20 million; facilities project manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; director of store planning and construction for Gingiss Formalwear; and principal of Trauth Associates, Ltd. a leading commercial and retail design firm based in Chicago.
- LEED AP ID+C, U.S. Green Building Council
- Registered interior designer, state of Illinois
- NCIDQ Certified interior designer
Mr. Trauth holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design from Northern Illinois University and has numerous works published in trade publications.