Mr. Melvin “Mel” Garcia is a native of Puerto Rico, who at age 7 moved to New Jersey when his father, a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer working for the Federal Government, was hired as Supervisory Project Manager in the Economic Development Administration—Department of Commerce, and transferred to Philadelphia.
At an early age, Mel exhibited a talent and ability for art, so his father encouraged him to pursue architecture. Growing up in the northeastern United States, he was inspired by the great Urban Centers, which led him to attend Pratt Institute School of Art & Design and the School of Architecture where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree.
While attending Pratt, he worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard surveying and documenting various historic buildings on the site. After graduating from Pratt, Mel worked in Princeton, N.J., on several large-scale projects for Fortune 500 companies, mostly in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. He relocated to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in 2002 before moving to Southwest Florida to be closer to family.
His experience includes architectural planning, concentrating on areas of presentation, design, construction documents, design development, construction administration, project management, code review, permitting, and CAD operations.
Mel has been involved in the design and development of several new construction, additions, renovations and TI projects with small and corporate clients in residential, commercial, institutional, hospitality, retail, research and development, and private and public educational facilities. His other interests include art, music, history, politics, motorcycling, boating, and scuba diving.