Vice President for Planning,
Design and Construction
Reporting to the President, Mr. Nolan has primary responsibility for the leadership of the organization’s physical planning effort and the execution of its restoration / renovation program.
His responsibilities include providing leadership and direction for: all physical planning, project development, public and regulatory approvals, project design and construction, and project management and administration. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining departmental and project controls and is the principal contract officer on contracts for the renovation, restoration and operations program.
Mr. Nolan collaborates with the President and other Vice Presidents to develop the organization’s strategic and operational objectives, and as a corporate officer, works directly with the Board of Trustees on committees including the Park & Visitor Experience, Strategic Planning, and other committees, as required.
Mr. Nolan works with the President and senior management team to develop strategic goals and operational objectives, providing input grounded in the historic context, design appropriateness, technical feasibility, and public approval and regulatory framework. He leads the physical planning efforts to develop short and long term plans for restoration and renovation programs that are consistent with the Conservancy’s mission and strategic objectives.
Organization Management and Administration
Mr. Nolan implements the corporate mission statement as it relates to the work of his division. He collaborates with senior management peers to ensure all planning, design, and construction efforts support the Conservancy’s strategic objectives and operational needs.
Mr. Nolan oversees the preparation of annual and multi- year program budgets and monitors efficiency and the progress of work. He provides the Board, President and peers on the senior management team with information required to report on and assess the performance of planning, restoration and renovation programs.
Mr. Nolan negotiates consultant and construction contracts, executes contracts within authorized limits, oversees all contract administration, negotiation and authorization of change orders, and authorization of contract payments. He negotiates and administers publicly funded contracts with the City of New York.
Mr. Nolan provides leadership and direction to program and project planning, establishes restoration and design goals, and ensures that the goals are met. In addition to the planned program of work, he directs repair and restoration efforts in response to unanticipated events that impact Park landscapes and infrastructure. He is responsible for the design, technical quality, production, management, and overall efficiency of restoration and construction projects, and conservation of the Park’s monuments and architectural/decorative features. Mr. Nolan develops and implements effective systems for work planning and financial control to ensure that the division and its projects operate within the approved budgets and financial policies. He strives continually to ensure that work is completed on time and within the allocated budget, reporting to the Board, President, and peers on the senior management team as appropriate when unanticipated circumstances impact project budgets and schedules.
Regulatory Approval and Public Approval
Mr. Nolan directs internal and external communications related to outreach efforts for securing community support and regulatory approvals. He acts as the primary organizational contact for public and regulatory agencies, and represents the organization’s interests at public hearings. He monitors proposed and current laws, ordinances, and regulations that affect or might affect the organization. Mr. Nolan develops effective relationships and alliances with community groups, public agencies, and professional organizations. He takes action required to maintain and enhance the organization’s reputation for excellence in design, preservation, restoration and management.
Mr. Nolan collaborates with the President and other Vice Presidents in development efforts to ensure the organization achieves its funding goals. He develops program and project proposals that are consistent with the Conservancy’s long-range objectives and support the organization’s funding model. He participates in development and fundraising activities in order to represent the organization’s goals, capabilities, and track record in restoring the Park, thereby helping to secure the confidence and commitment of donors and ensure that funding goals are met.
Since joining the Conservancy in 1989, Mr. Nolan has successfully managed over $75 million in capital improvements, including the restoration of the Bethesda Terrace Minton Tile Ceiling, Literary Walk, the Reservoir Fence, the 59th Street Pond, and the Great Lawn. Many of these projects have received national and local awards for construction, design, and preservation.
Mr. Nolan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. He is a registered landscape architect in New York State.
In the center of this playground is a whimsical concrete fountain featuring characters from Alice in Wonderland. Play features include colorful pipe frame equipment and bucket swings and are geared toward toddlers.