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Construction projects are complicated. Clients benefit from working with project managers who will make each phase of the project successful, from the earliest ideas all the way into the first few months of operation. An owner’s rep will stay on a little longer past start-up into normal operations. Through this process a team consisting of designers, construction managers and other specialty consultants is assembled to deliver the project that meets the client’s goals – cost, schedule and impact to the community. An owner’s representative is the ally who manages for their client's interests first, guiding the larger team toward this shared purpose.

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.

Established in 2018, Aparna Bapu Consulting, LLC provides owner's representation and program and project management services. ABC LLC is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). ABC LLC reduces the stress and risks clients face by understanding how they work to best manage and execute complex projects, bringing their visions to life. 


Aparna Bapu

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Ms. Bapu brings over 25 years of 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 cultural projects to airports and tenant 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.  She balances her passion for architectural excellence with her practical building knowledge to best perform in the role of an owner’s representative to deliver real value to clients.

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, FAIA, IIDA
Senior Principal
DLR Group | Westlake, Reed Leskosky
Aparna’s formal training and enduring passion for architectural excellence, balanced by facilitating construction practicality is fundamental to the success of her projects.
Jim Conrath
Retired Project Executive

Get to know Aparna

What does an owner's representative do?

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Aparna Bapu Consulting helps clients realize projects at all phases:
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It all starts with an idea. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? What can you afford? 

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How do we get there?  We get real about goals,

needs and project parameters including costs, schedule.

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Helping you get the right team of experts and the right design for your project that meets your needs. 

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Selecting the right people to build your vision.  It is your biggest cost and risk.  We are in your corner managing your needs.

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Ensuring that you got the building you expected and know how to run its technical systems. And of course, celebrating what you have just completed!


Project Experience

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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.

Project List

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History Transformation

Client: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Architect: DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky

Aparna Bapu Consulting


UFC Gym Wrigleyville

Client: Grit Sports YT

Aparna Bapu Consulting

The Obama Presidential Center

Client: Obama Foundation

Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Senior Project Manager, JLL


Hood Downtown Gallery

Dartmouth College

Senior Project Manager for the Arts District

Hood Museum of Art Expansion & Renovation

Client: Dartmouth College

Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Senior Project Manager for the Arts District

Harvard Art Museums Expansion & Renovation

Client: Harvard Planning & Project Management

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Project Manager, Arcadis (formerly the Rise Group)

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Expansion & Renovation

Client: The Cleveland Museum of Art

Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects

Project Manager, Arcadis (formerly the Rise Group)

Kogod Courtyard

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Client: Smithsonian & Hensel Phelps

Architect: Foster + Partners

Project Manager, Josef Gartner USA

O’Hare Airport Façade & Circulation Enhancements 

Client: City of Chicago, Department of Aviation

Architect: Murphy/ Jahn

Assistant Project Manager, Walsh Construction

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Millennium Park Project

Client: City of Chicago, Public Building Commission

Architect: Gehry Partners, LLC 

Structural Group, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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