Company

Taslimi is founded on integrity, dedication to its clientele, and an unconditional commitment to the utmost quality.

About Taslimi

Founded in 1985, Taslimi has been committed from its inception to providing the highest level of services and products to a discriminating clientele. Quality and attention to detail are hallmarks of Taslimi’s work. Our projects are led by teams that take pride in collective, as well as individual, achievements. By recognizing the value of the contributions of team members while maintaining impeccable professional standards, Taslimi continues to expand its capacity and enhance its services.

The Taslimi Difference

With a broad portfolio of architectural and state-of-the-art technical projects in Southern California, Taslimi has a deep understanding of managing the needs and expectations of complex projects, leveraging that knowledge and experience to successfully complete projects of any size. The Taslimi team provides the highest degree of attention, service, and quality control to its projects while at the same time maintaining cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Taslimi works closely with its clients to ensure that their projects are delivered according to the vision and specifications of the project’s design.

Management
SHIDAN TASLIMI
Co-President
MEHRAN TASLIMI
Co-President
DIANE LOTFI
Director of Finance
JONATHAN FANELLI
Project Executive
AARON LOEWENSON
Chief Estimator
LEILA FARKHONDEH
Senior Estimator &
Project Manager
SEAN YOUSSEFI
Senior Project Manager
JON PATCHEN
General Superintendent
MIKE QUINTERO
General Superintendent
RICH MORENO
Senior Superintendent
MIGUEL AGUIRRE
Manager of Wood Shop Operations
Houshang Banani
Information Technology Manager
Kate de Leon
Human Resources &
Accounting Director
Rosa Rodriguez
Operations Manager
Liza O’Sullivan
Safety Manager
Taraneh Nazari
Accounting Manager
BRAD JOHNSON
Senior Project Manager
Michael Herndon
Senior Project Manager
Omeed Kiafar
Senior Project Manager
Richard Picker
Senior Project Manager

Education

University of California,
Los Angeles

  • Bachelor of Science,
    Structural Engineering
  • Master of Science,
    Structural Engineering

The transformation of raw land and spaces into places of work, hospitality, and learning has always been Shidan’s focus.  On completing the construction of the Cambria Village Condominiums in 1985, he founded Taslimi as a way to realize his desire to build top-quality, interesting, and complex projects.  In the years since, Shidan has undertaken countless significant projects, and is still intrigued by the unique technical complexities that each project offers.  For Shidan, the building environment offers multiple opportunities, from implementing and realizing the designs and dreams of clients and architects to cultivating meaningful relationships and creating a work culture in which individual contributions are valued.

Education

University of California,
Los Angeles

  • Bachelor of Science,
    Civil Engineering

Certifications

  • LEED AP

Associations

  • American Institute of Architects Allied Affiliate
  • MAK Center for Art & Architecture Board Member
  • Santa Monica Art Foundation Board
  • UCLA Arts Board

Training

  • OSHA 30

Before joining his brother at Taslimi, Mehran studied structural engineering in college, in part inspired by his father, the owner of a major construction company in Tehran, Iran.  On the job, Mehran oversees the meticulous planning and coordination required to take designs from preconstruction to project execution.  He is captivated by the complexities of each project, the diverse team that is necessary to carry out the project, and the ultimate goal of achieving the highest quality of workmanship.  Mehran welcomes the opportunity to learn what each new job presents, and never forgets that confidence, humility, and respect for all are the most valuable assets.

Education

Golden Gate University

  • Master of Business Administration

Diane’s interest in systems design and business organization brought her to Taslimi in 2016.  As Director of Finance for the company, she focuses on systematizing and streamlining the documentation and billing process that supports the actual construction project.  Diane emphasizes the need for clear and transparent communication with clients and subcontractors so that all parties can follow the financial aspects of a project.  This requires close collaboration with Taslimi’s construction project managers, with the goal of upholding the Taslimi standard of work in all facets of the projects underway at any given moment.

Education

Arizona State University

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies – Business & Communications

Jonathan grew up in a construction environment, with an architect father who was also a construction manager.  His first major project at Taslimi was the three-year Beverly Hilton Hotel renovation.  He takes a great deal of pride and satisfaction in turning a client’s vision into reality.  For Jonathan, building is more than creating the tangible product itself; it is about collaboration, communication, and leading a team designed to deliver a successful project.

Education

University of Colorado

  • Bachelor of Science,
    Aerospace Engineering

University of Minnesota

  • Master of Architecture

Aaron’s lifelong passion for construction began with Tinker Toys and Legos.  He later pursued this interest in his studies.  His transition from architecture to construction, from concept to building, has brought him full circle in his career.  Aaron’s expertise in architecture allows him to meticulously assess design challenges and guide the preconstruction team to a comprehensive understanding of the project.  His commitment to collaboration and continued partnership with the client, designers, and consultants connects high quality design with the built environment.

Education

University of Southern California

  • Bachelor of Architecture

Associations

  • USC Architectural Guild

Like several of her colleagues, Leila began her career in construction after studying architecture.  Inspired by her father’s success in both fields, Leila knew she wanted to be a part of turning architectural visions into built realities.  She has profited from her time at Taslimi to develop a distinctive skillset as both a senior estimator and a construction project manager.  Leila’s end-to-end experience ensures a seamless transition between the bidding and planning stages, through the release of trades and disciplines, and finally to the realization of the finished built space.  This big picture view results in projects that adhere naturally to the intent of design during the execution phase.

Education

University of Southern California

  • Bachelor of Science,
    Electrical Engineering

Sean’s appreciation of teamwork, attention to detail, and can-do attitude make him an integral part of the Taslimi team.  He leads the construction scheduling and MEP systems coordination efforts required for large, complex projects.  Sean’s love of construction stems from the sense of accomplishment that comes from delivering finished spaces where people can work and thrive.

Training

  • OSHA 30

Certifications

  • CPR & First Aid

With decades of experience in construction, Jon is a unique witness to the growth of the industry and a highly qualified leader in the field. On the job he embodies the lessons learned over his many years in construction. His communicative management style and genuine ardor for his work further define a career that began in Texas when a curious teenager wanted to learn the business of building. Although he has many favorite projects, he is particularly fond of those that demonstrate the intersection of complex design, materials, and installation.

Training

  • OSHA 30

Certifications

  • CPR & First Aid

The collaborative nature of the construction industry brought Mike into the fold over thirty years ago, on the recommendation of a friend.  This is still his principal motivation.  As an early employee at Taslimi, Mike honed his expertise on a variety of projects, the most memorable of which includes Imagine Entertainment, where long-term relationships were established with the client and architect.  As a general superintendent, Mike emphasizes respect for fellow team members as key to the success of his projects.

Training

  • OSHA 30
  • Scissor Lift Operation 

Certifications

  • CPR and First Aid

Rich comes from a construction family and enjoys interacting with people to build something from nothing. He particularly relishes the challenge of complex projects where problem solving and logistics management are key to moving the project forward. On every project, Rich is committed to thoroughly understanding project plans, to paying attention to detail, and to achieving a genuine collaboration with all project stakeholders.

Training

  • OSHA 30

Certifications

  • CPR & First Aid

With almost forty years of experience in millwork fabrication, Miguel is the leader of Taslimi’s millwork team. His mission is always to deliver work that is above and beyond industry standards. In fact, he welcomes complex designs as an opportunity to showcase work of the highest level of craftsmanship.  His favorite projects feature custom pieces requiring methodical precision.

Education

University of California,
Los Angeles

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology
  • Master of Arts,
    Germanic Languages

Certifications

  • LEED AP

Houshang Banani joined Taslimi in 1997 and has been an integral part of the company since. He specializes in IT implementation and manages Taslimi’s IT structure, communications systems, and all software implemented on Taslimi’s platform. In an environment that is increasingly tech-dependent, he is key to keeping projects running smoothly.

Education

University of California, Irvine

  • Bachelor of Arts,
    Psychology & Social Behavior

Certifications

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

Kate joined Taslimi in 2016 as Human Resources Manager and now is responsible for both the HR and Accounting groups. She believes in addressing all matters head on, paying attention to detail, and following through consistently on all tasks, whether large or small. Kate enjoys communicating with both internal and external clients to find solutions to HR and Accounting matters, and to help the company continue to grow.

Rosa joined the Taslimi team in 2011, beginning her career in construction as an assistant to the company principals. Since then, her role has evolved to management of marketing, including the development of RFP responses and interview presentations, preparation and communication of client contracts, and close coordination with the principals on the creation and implementation of company policies and procedures related to various aspects of operations. Collaboration in a productive manner is what motivates much of her work.

Liza joined Taslimi in 2016 to work on a large-scale project in downtown Los Angeles that had extensive and specialized documentation needs. She added her experience with the RFI process, submittals, bulletins, slip sheeting, and overall document control to that initial project and, thereafter, to many other Taslimi projects. Liza now also manages the administration of our rigorous safety program, including subcontractor compliance with all required reporting and documentation for every project.

Education

University of California,
Los Angeles

  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics

Taraneh joined the Taslimi accounting group in 1996 and is responsible for a wide variety of accounting tasks. She is involved in every project from commencement through closeout, always keeping documentation on track and ensuring compliance. In her daily work, she strives to implement the principles she has learned to value at Taslimi: a commitment to excellence and an attention to detail, as well as a willingness to pitch in and move projects forward.

Education

Boston Architectural College

  • Bachelor of Architecture

University of Connecticut

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Certifications

  • LEED AP

Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Registered Architect, Massachusetts

As an architect and project manager with over thirty-five years of experience in the design and construction fields, Brad has always had a keen interest in constructability, construction detailing, and contemporary design.  At Taslimi, Brad has managed a wide variety of construction projects, from restaurants and office space, to complex art installations, museums, and theaters, including the James Turrell Retrospective at LACMA.  The construction process today is very much a collaboration between builders and designers, in order to determine the best path to project success.  To this, Brad brings deep project knowledge, detailed communication, patience, and persistence.

Education

Art Center College of Design

  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design

While pursuing his B.S. in Environmental Design, Michael spent his summer breaks digging trenches and sweeping construction site floors which eventually led him to a career in contracting and then project management. Using his background in design, Michael has the ability to understand the project’s vision while building collaborative teams to ensure the successful execution of the project. One of his favorite projects was a luxury private office that houses the client’s unique car collection.

Education

University of California, Irvine

  • Bachelor of Science,
    Business Economics
  • Minor,
    Construction Management

University of Southern California

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Real Estate Development

Certifications

  • LEED AP BD+C

Omeed’s passion for architecture and design brought him to Taslimi in 2015. His extensive experience in project management provides him the ability to manage and lead complicated and high-end projects to their successful conclusion. Omeed’s many projects have included highly technical spaces such as screening rooms, editing and recording studios, and podcast facilities, as well as upscale offices for our elite clientele in the design, technology, law, and entertainment sectors.

Education

New York University

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theater

Fordham University

  • Master of Business Administration

University of California,
Los Angeles

  • Construction Management Extension Program

Certifications

  • LEED AP

Since joining Taslimi in 2006 as project engineer and then as project manager, Richard has found there is no such thing as too much communication. He enjoys watching a project take shape from an empty space to a finished product ready for the client’s use. He addresses each new project with attention to detail and the requirements of the space. His experience includes restaurant renovations, innovative sports facilities, and high-end tenant improvement projects for tech and entertainment clients.

Awards
2018
Calibre Award
For: Knoll
2018
Calibre Award
For: Attitude Health Club at Wilshire Grand
2018
Calibre Award
For: La Boucherie at Wilshire Grand
2015
Calibre Award
For: Found Animals Foundation
2014
Calibre Award
For: CBRE Global Headquarters
2014
41st Interior Design Competition
For: M Building
2009
Calibre Award
For: Financial Management Firm
2008
Calibre Award
For: Creative Artists Agency
2007
Calibre Award
For: Le Chateau at The Beverly Hilton
2005
Calibre Award
For: Saban Capital
2004
Calibre Award
For: Warner Bros.
2003
Calibre Award
For: Univision
2003
Calibre Award
For: Klasky Csupo
2003
Calibre Award
For: Cook Inlet Energy Supply
2003
Calibre Award
For: Temple Isaiah
2003
Calibre Award
For: Julien J. Studley, Inc.
2001
Calibre Award
For: White, O’Connor
1994
Calibre Award
For: Taslimi Construction
2015
REmmy Award
For: Glumac
2002
Design Award
For: Temple Isaiah
2014
Design Award
For: M Building
2019
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: Terasaki Research Institute
2019
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: Knoll
2015
Interior Design Award
For: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
2015
Interior Design Award
For: Legendary Entertainment
2014
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: United Talent Agency
2014
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: M Building
2014
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: CBRE Global Headquarters
2010
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: Annenberg Space for Photography
2007
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: Creative Artists Agency
2006
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: Haworth Showroom
2002
Los Angeles Architectural Award
For: Revolution Studios
2019
Commercial Real Estate Award
For: Dekkadance & Sora at Wilshire Grand
2019
Commercial Real Estate Award
For: Culver Studios - Presidio
2019
Commercial Real Estate Award
For: POETIC STRUCTURE: ART + ENGINEERING + ARCHITECTURE Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
2014
Commercial Real Estate Award
For: CBRE Global Headquarters
2018
Design Award
For: POETIC STRUCTURE: ART + ENGINEERING + ARCHITECTURE Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
2018
Design Award
For: Terasaki Research Institute
2018
Design Award
For: Dekkadance & Sora at Wilshire Grand
2015
Design Award
For: Steelcase
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