Robert S. Wetmore | Transportation
Master's of Regional Planning | University at Albany, SUNY | Albany, NY | December 2011
Bachelor of Architecture | Syracuse University | Syracuse, NY | 1998
Internships, Experience & Awards
Capital Program Manager | State University Construction Fund (SUCF) | 02/2009 to Present
At SUCF, a public benefit corporation which plans and implements multi-billion dollar capital improvement programs for 32 SUNY campuses, Robert develops and manages system-wide 10-year master planning and directs individual five-year campus capital plans. Other leadership activities include managing yearly planning activities - including project scoping, budgeting, scheduling, procuring, and project management - as well as interagency coordination and interface (including SUNY, SHPO,DEC, NYSDOT, DOB, OSC, etc.)
Project Manager | HCP Facilities Design / BBL Development & Construction | 06/2005 to 01/2009
Working for HCP, Robert coordinated planning, development, design, and construction activities with BBL, often in the context of fast-paced delivery methods such as design-build. An advocate for healthy architecture and low-impact development, Robert's primary activities included serving a lead role in site selection, project conception, project management, client service, and coordination of engineering consultants for medical, office, hotel, and parking structures.
Project Architect | EYP Architecture & Engineering / 12/1999 to 05/2005
At EYP, a large multi-disciplinary firm with a signficant volume of notable design-oriented projects, Robert served as a team leader for the WMHT Telecommunications Station project and as project manager for higher education projects including three College of Saint Rose projects and a Michigan State University Resident College Complex. Other endeavors included serving as co-designer for the Dominican College and Sitrin Health Car Facilities Master Plans as well as increasingly specializing in green building practices.
To date, Robert's professional planning successes have centered on physical development, operating somewhere between and among architectural production, facilities planning, public finance, and regional planning and economics. Driven by a lifelong passion for rail and mass transit, he hopes in the future to utilize his experience in public works and interagency/interdisciplinary coordination within the fields of transportation planning, mass transit infrastructure, and transportation capital planning and finance. He holds strong and growing interests in regional and intergovernmental planning, meso-scale regional economics, megaregions, and national resource allocation. Robert also expects to continue in a career of professional writing, as well as to maintain his relationship with UAlbany’s Planning Program.
Thesis/Research Paper Topic
Robert has completed a Master’s Research Paper on comparative evaluation of, and arguing for well-planned approaches to, amenities and improved service quality in light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT). Previous and on going research includes efficiency comparisons between transportation modes and capital financing alternatives for rail and other infrastrucutre. Robert plans to continue researching, writing, and being published on topics such as transit, history, mass transportation comparisons and advocacy, planning history and theory, and cultural criticism, including the cross-disciplinary role of the arts and theories of art and architectural production.