“We believe in collaboration, communication, and transparency.
We live in Santa Fe and are raising our children here – we are committed to its continued vitality and economic health.”
Peter Brill, Principal of PBI Construction Consulting
Peter Brill, Esq., Principal
Peter’s father, Sidney Brill, was a powerful force in public-works construction in New York City from the 1960s through the 1980s. Throughout his youth, Peter served as an apprentice to Sid. After Sid’s passing in 1990, Peter assumed management of his dad’s firm, which included detangling several lawsuits, thereby igniting his interest in the law. Peter closed the business in 1991 to enroll in the University of New Mexico’s School of Law. Upon passing the bar, Peter incorporated Sarcon Construction in Santa Fe (in 1995), adopting the name of his father’s company. Sarcon is known throughout the Sangre de Cristo foothills as a progressive and trusted builder, with signature works including Stieren Hall at Santa Fe Opera, Levan Hall at St. John’s College and SITE Tomorrow for SITE Santa Fe. This experience, managing projects with a combined value over $100MM, along with Peter’s legal background, inspired the formation of PBI as a distinct entity to serve the interests of owners and other professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction communities.
Peter is the only owner’s representative in Santa Fe and the surrounding area who is both an attorney and contractor. Having a legally trained and experienced person as your representative at the negotiation table preempts many issues that could become problems. Acknowledging this dual expertise, the American Institute of Architects and the Association of General Contractors have called on Peter to serve as a resource.
Education: Juris Doctorate, UNM, School of Law; coursework in Construction Management, New York University; BA Geography, Clark University (MA).
Associations and Boards (past and present): American Institute of Architects (Santa Fe); Associated General Contractors of America (Santa Fe); American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry; City of Santa Fe Planning Policy Commission; City of Santa Fe Historic Design Review Board (former commissioner); City of Santa Fe Community Development Committee; National Dance Institute-New Mexico; Santa Fe Children’s Museum; Railyard Park Steward; Santa Feans for Responsible Growth.
Since his teens, Rob knew he was destined to live in the Southwest.
With his last child about to start college, he gave a year’s notice to his employer of nine years and moved to Santa Fe in 2007, and subsequently joined Sarcon and PBI. Over several decades, Rob has touched every corner of the construction industry from development to design build to construction management to CMAR to serving as an Owner’s Representative. He found an outlet for his interest in sustainability in earlier years of his career when serving as an energy conservation analyst for New York State and as a developer of affordable housing in Albany, NY. With his deep experience and no-nonsense approach to problem-solving, Rob easily cultivates the confidence of his clients. They know without reservation their interests are being protected so they can focus on their core jobs instead of on the job site.
Education: Masters and Ph.D. coursework American History, Rutgers University (NJ); BA, Coe College (IA)
Katrien relieves owners of the day-to-day stress of construction so they can focus on their core jobs.
One of Peter Brill’s gifts is identifying talent and then nurturing it. Such was the case when he brought Katrien, a formidable project manager, onto the team in 2007. Katrien’s unique amalgam of skills and sensibility draws directly from her roots in art history, her major at the University of Ghent, and project coordination skills, honed while working on large-scale projects in her native Belgium. Her background working with an interior designer informs her approach to each project, as well. With her measured temperament and disciplined attention to each detail in the construction process, Katrien relieves owners of the day-to-day stress of construction so they can focus on their core jobs, knowing their interests are being protected.
Education: MD History of Art, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
With in-the-field construction experience, a degree in architectural engineering, and decades of design and drafting, Andrew bridges the gap between design and construction.
His expertise encompasses initial programming, through design and working documents, to construction administration. Andrew’s background enables him to quickly assess constructability, viability, and to troubleshoot issues that could lead to an extended schedule or increased costs. Raised in Santa Fe, Andy is an accomplished diver who has spent time mapping sunken shipwrecks and drawing scale diagrams, for both the National Park Service and NOAA, off the coast of southern Florida.
Education: BS Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming.
When told “you don’t miss much,”
Florence takes it as a compliment.
Because attention to detail is precisely what you want in the person responsible for a company’s financial management. Florence’s association with PBI and its sister company, Sarcon Construction, began in 1998. She oversees all aspects of the financial side of the business – including executing pay applications, preparing financial statements, participating in audits, producing job-cost accounting reports, etc. — with dogged precision. It’s the same tenacity that prompted Florence, and her husband, to tackle building an off-the-grid straw bale home in the foothills of the Ortiz.