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Helping owners get the most out of their building projects

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Construction projects are complicated. Owners benefit from working with project managers who will make each phase of construction successful, from the earliest stages of developing business plans through your first months of operation. Aparna Bapu Consulting reduces the stress and risks owners face by managing and executing complex design and construction projects, bringing their visions to life.

With over 25 years in the architecture, engineering and construction industries, principal Aparna Bapu has the know-how to adeptly guide owners through the building process, keeping projects on track and building teamwork. Aparna balances her passion for architectural excellence with her practical experience as structural engineer, construction manager, and owner’s representative, to deliver real value. 

Building projects are never easy, but they are made easier when you have someone looking out for your interests every step of the way. Aparna Bapu Consulting is the partner informed owners seek.


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Aparna Bapu Consulting’s experience with commercial construction informs their pragmatic approach to reconciling difficult financial and constructibility issues while creating exceptional architecture.
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Actively makes the client and their staff knowledgeable members of the project team by keeping them informed and engaged in all aspects of the project execution. 

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Provides logistics planning and move management oversight to meet client’s needs and construction constraints.

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Cultivates a culture of teamwork by facilitating communication throughout the project team to solve problems and make decisions resulting in minimized cost and schedule risk.

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Reviews design documents for completion, constructability, coordination between trades, and implementation of client requirements to then communicate any concerns to the project team for resolution.

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Manages financial aspects of the project including bidding, contract negotiations and award, value-engineering, change management and invoice processing.

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Oversees close-out on complex, high-performance projects including commissioning, punchlist inspections, training, turnover and move management.


Project Experience

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"Prior to the involvement of Aparna or our firm, these projects were stalled due to scope and budget issues; Aparna rescoped and restructured the projects and created an achievable framework for implementation to achieve project goals. "
- Paul Westlake, Sr Principal
DLR Group

Cleveland Museum of

Natural History

Cleveland, OH

As owner's representative, Aparna Bapu helped the Cleveland Museum of Natural History realize its multiphase Centennial Transformation project. The ‘Gateway’ phase of the project, planned to coincide with the museum’s centennial celebrations in 2020, renovated the auditorium and courtyard and added a new Current Science gallery and central utility plant. Phase 2 includes a new two-story, 46,000 SF gallery and storage addition, and Phase 3 will renovate the existing 200,000 SF building’s galleries, and create an education center and new research facilities. These projects will help the museum better serve its annual 275,000 visitors who interact with its collection of 5 million artifacts and specimens.

Project List

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History Expansion & Renovation

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Project Executive, Aparna Bapu Consulting


The Obama Presidential Center

Obama Foundation

Senior Project Manager, JLL


Hood Museum of Art Expansion & Renovation

Dartmouth College

Senior Project Manager for the Arts District, Aparna Bapu Consulting


Harvard Art Museums Expansion & Renovation

Harvard Planning & Project Management

Project Manager, Arcadis (formerly the Rise Group)


The Cleveland Museum of Art
Expansion & Renovation

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Project Manager, Arcadis (formerly the Rise Group)

Kogod Courtyard

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Hensel Phelps Construction Company & Smithsonian

Project Manager, Josef Gartner USA

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Millennium Park Project,

City of Chicago, Public Building Commission

Structural Group, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

O’Hare Airport Façade & Circulation Enhancements 

City of Chicago, Department of Aviation

Assistant Project Manager, Walsh Construction


General Motors Headquarters, Interior Renovations

General Motors & Hines

Structural Group, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


Aparna Bapu

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Ms Bapu brings over 25 years experience in architecture, structural engineering, and construction management to her role as owner’s representative. With a deep knowledge of nearly every area of design and construction, she adeptly steers teams to actualize complex, large-scale, high-profile projects. Her diverse project experience from airports and museums to corporate offices and retail build-outs allows her to see the big picture and provides maximum flexibility. Collaborating at every phase, Ms. Bapu excels at creating long-term relationships with clients - getting to know their needs beyond the project at hand. 


Cleveland Museum of

Natural History

Cleveland, OH

As owner's representative, Aparna Bapu Consulting, LLC helped the Cleveland Museum of Natural History re-envision its Transformation Project. To maximize the $150M project budget and minimize risk to the museum, the project has been carried out in phases. This allows the museum to stay open and to plan around visitor experience, de-installation and re-installation of galleries as the 100-year old institution is transformed. The ‘Gateway’ phase of the project opened to coincide with the museum’s centennial celebrations in December 2020. This phase included the renovation of their auditorium and courtyard and the creation of the current science area to showcase the research and collections of the institution.  Currently under construction are upgrades to aging centralized utilities. 
The scale of these projects has prepared the museum for the larger remaining phase of construction that includes 2-story, nearly 50,000 SF expansion along Wade Oval and renovation of public areas within the existing 230,000 SF museum. The last phase of construction will fully open by Summer 2024.

Owners Representative

What does an owner's representative do?

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Aparna Bapu Consulting helps clients realize projects at all phases: from initial feasibility planning, local agency and stakeholder approvals, and architect and contractor selection, through design, construction, move-in and post-occupancy services. The firm's “let’s do this” attitude carries through every project large or small, often making lifelong friends in the process.
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It all starts with an idea. Who do you want to be? How do we get there?

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We get real about goals, needs and project parameters.

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Helping you get the right team and the right design for your project. 

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Negotiation, quality control and delivery. We're in your corner.

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Making sure you got the building you paid for and can fully celebrate the grand opening.

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