Michael Burson dreamed of becoming an architect in the 9th grade to help improve the community. I feel fortunate that my career has realized my dream allowing me to serve institutions critical to the community.
From 2015-2019 FMPS served as the Owner’s Representative for restoration and renovation of Cincinnati Union Terminal. A National Historic Landmark and iconic symbol in the community, now home to the Cincinnati Museum Center.
FMPS served as volunteer from 2013-15 to assist Cincinnati Shelterhouse construct a new women’s homeless shelter and renovate a former bakery to serve as the men’s homeless shelter.
Our most challenging role was to lead the development and implementation of a 10-year $1.2 Billion program to replace or renovate all of Cincinnati Public Schools' facilities. As district Facilities Director until 2011, and then consultant to 2013, Michael was responsible for selecting and directing all design professionals, acquisition and sale of $millions of property, engaging the communities in the design of the projects, managing the construction process, and development of preventive maintenance and capital replacement programs for the completed projects.
He was previously facility manager for a 650 bed university affiliated teaching hospital, and served as Director of Facility Management for the City of Cincinnati where he was responsible for approximately 69 properties including fire and police facilities, city hall, and public spaces in the downtown core and operations of a historic public market. Prior to this period, Michael was responsible for maintenance and capital improvements in the school district for 15 years.
B.S.; Architecture, University of Cincinnati
Certified Facility Manager, International Facility Management Association
What Experience Do We Have?
- Over 40 years experience maintaining and building public facilities.
- Management of small or large capital improvement projects. This includes providing leadership to an organization; its administration, staff and executives to all work effectively with its consultants and construction professionals so that each member of the team knows what to do and when to do it
- Implementation and development of computerized maintenance management systems.
- Acquisition, disposition of real estate, development of leases, managing real estate issues related to construction.
- Organization of in-house maintenance and project management resources for cost-effective performance.
- Selection and leadership of architects, engineers and other design professionals.
- Knowledgeable primarily in institutional construction types, materials, details used in buildings from the 1860’s to current systems.
- Managing construction quality.
- Effective ways to reduce energy consumption in buildings.
- Strategies for increasing inclusion of diverse businesses in both professional services and construction trades.
- Experience in developing and sticking to realistic budgets and schedules.
- Unique perspective of a certified facility manager with a degree in architecture.
- A collaborative leadership style.
- Proven ability to engage constructively with communities.
- Effective communication skills.