Patrick O'Connor: Background
Patrick O'Connor has over 20 years of experience in development and construction. O'Connor has "fine-tuned the fundamental balance between art and science that is essential to successful real estate development through more than a hundred successful projects for some of the country's most ambitious clients." Detailed below is more information on his personal and professional background, award-winning projects, other notable projects, and contact information.
- Patrick O'Connor currently lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife and two children.
- He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American/United States Studies/Civilization from the University of Notre Dame.
- He followed the following people on LinkedIn: Craig Newmark, an American entrepreneur and philanthropist; Katya Andresen, SVP Card Customer Experience Executive at Capital One; Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group; and Daniel Solove, a law professor at the George Washington University known for his academic work on privacy in relation to information technology.
- Patrick O'Connor worked for Sterling Bay Companies for more than 20 years. He joined the company in 1995 as a project manager, a position he held until 2007. In 2009, he became the director of construction and then became a principal in 2011. He held both positions until he left the company in 2016 to join the then newly launched Farpoint Development.
- In 2016, Scott Goodman, Sterling Bay's co-founder, launched a new firm, Farpoint Development. Three of the earliest employees of Sterling Bay joined him as principals; one of them was Patrick O'Connor. The other two are Eric Helfhand, Sterling Bay's former chief financial officer and director of accounting, and Regina Stilp, who oversaw the building designs.
- Currently, O'Connor is still a principal at Farpoint Development. He is also a principal at Griffon Associates, LLC. According to his LinkedIn profile, Griffon Associates is "the extension of his 20-plus years experience building and directing the Development/Construction team at Sterling Bay, one of Chicago's most innovative commercial real estate developers." However, the website link he provided for Griffon Associates, LLC. does not work.
- On LinkedIn, he has 14 endorsements on construction management, 12 on real estate development, seven on contract negotiation, and three on LEED industry knowledge. His endorsements are mostly from executives, consultants, and shareholders.
- Patrick O'Connor was the principal-in-charge and personally directed the development execution for some of Chicago's award-winning developments, such as 1k Fulton, 400 S. Jefferson, and Burr Ridge Medical Center.
- 1k Fulton received the Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago in 2015. In the same year, 1k Fulton was also awarded as the Redevelopment of the Year at the 27th Annual Chicago Real Estate Awards. In 2018, it was a winner in both Chicago North Central Region TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Award and Chicago Local TOBY Award in the Earth category by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) in Chicago.
- In 2012, 400 S. Jefferson won the Cosmetic Redevelopment of the Year by the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 28th Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards.
- In 2013, Burr Ridge Medical Center received the Suburban Chicago TOBY Award by BOMA.
Other Notable Projects
The following are some of the notable projects of Patrick O'Connor, including their rentable square feet (RSF) as well as major tenants of the developments:
- Fulton West | 300,000 RSF | Major tenants: Skender Construction, Sterling Bay
- 1k Fulton | 535,000 RSF | Major tenants: Google, SRAM, Swift & Sons
- 400 S. Jefferson | 231,000 RSF | Major tenant: Hillshire Brands
- 111 N. Canal | 860,000 RSF | Major tenant: Gogo, UBER, Twitter
- Burr Ridge Medical Center | 104,000 RSF | Major tenant: Loyola University Health Systems
- 300 W. Adams | 252,000 RSF | Major tenants: Vibes, Emmi Solutions, If By Phone
- 325 N. Wells | 151,000 RSF | Major tenants: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Kimball Office
- 626 W. Jackson | 105,000 RSF | Major tenants: CARA Chicago, IDEO
- 564 W. Randolph | 94,000 RSF | Major tenants: Starbucks, Prophet, Embeya
- Patrick O'Connor was one of the guest speakers during the 2019 Realty Club of Chicago.
Other Relevant Findings
- In 2017, Patrick O'Connor was supposedly the lead developer of the Northlight Theater development project in Evanston, Illinois. This mixed-use development project proposal raised some concerns about the possibility of displacing old businesses in the area. The following year, the development plan was scrapped "after numerous town hall and community meetings."
- In 2018, Mayor Rham Emmanuel announced a partnership with Farpoint Development and Jam Productions on a $75-million restoration plan of Chicago's historic Uptown Theater. In this partnership, Patrick O'Connor said, "Uptown United’s longstanding work to support economic development and infrastructure improvements in the community has been instrumental in making the Uptown Theater project a reality." (Uptown United is Uptown Chicago's Economic Development Agency.) However, we could not find any press releases or news articles in the public domain that could prove that Patrick O'Connor is directly involved in this restoration project.
To provide information about the background of Patrick O'Connor of Farpoint Development, we started our research by looking into his LinkedIn profile provided by the client. However, this profile has very limited information on it. We tried looking for another LinkedIn profile with the same name in the hope that he has a different account that is more active and has more information on it. We found another profile with the same name. To ensure that both profiles are of the same person, we matched some information, such as the address (Greater Chicago Area), work experience (principal at Sterling Bay Companies), and degree and university name (Bachelor of Arts at the University of Notre Dame). We collated the screenshots of the two profiles in a Google document for easy reference. We also looked into his profile on Farpoint Development's website and found that several projects on his portfolio matched the projects listed on the LinkedIn profile we found, a guarantee that we have the right LinkedIn profile. Thus, we made these two sources (his active LinkedIn profile and FarPoint Development profile) as a starting point to find other relevant information about him from credible third-party sources.
However, even after exhaustive research in the public domain, we could not find any of his upcoming events or engagements, recent projects, and news articles or interviews that might show some conversation points. Most of the articles we found were from 2017 and 2018, which were all about the scrapped Northlight Project in Evanston, Illinois, a project that O'Connor was supposed to lead.