Resume 1951-2004



The Citadel, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 1951

Yale University, Masters in Civil Engineering, 1952



Professional Engineer – Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Other States

American Society of Civil Engineers

National Society of Professional Engineers

Engineers Club of Philadelphia

1995 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year



Principal, Perks Reutter Associates, July 1993 – 2008

 Mr. Perks was the owner and served as the principal of Perks Reutter Associates.

Mr. Perks was also Principal-in-Charge for managing the on-going renovation of the historic Philadelphia Academy of Music including roofing, foundations, structural, HVAC, acoustical, electrical and life-safety improvements.  Mr. Perks was also Principal-in-Charge for the Capital Improvement Program for the Philadelphia Free Library Foundation overseeing their citywide, five year program which entails $30 million of improvements at The main library and the 52 branch libraries.

Mr. Perks was Principal-in-Charge for Project Management of the multiyear, $30 million capital program for the Philadelphia Zoo including the new Primate Reserve, and for the proposed $250 million Regional Performing Arts Center.  Mr. Perks was the Principal-in-Charge of projects along both North and South Broad Street associated with the Avenue of the Arts program for the City of Philadelphia, including the Clef Club.

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority,  January 1990 – July 1993

Mr. Perks was responsible for the construction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the largest single public works project recently undertaken in Philadelphia.   The total project cost was $523,000,000.   His responsibilities included all aspects of the design, construction and operation of the new facility.

Streets Commissioner, City of Philadelphia, 1985-1988

As Streets Commissioner, Mr. Perks headed the second largest Department in the City of Philadelphia employing 3,500 persons and having an annual budget of $ 150 million.  Mr. Perks oversaw the collection and disposal of trash; the design, construction, and maintenance of the City’s highway and bridge infrastructure; and the City’s land surveying operations.

President, Day and Zimmermann, Inc.,  1976-1984

 Executive V.P., Day and Zimmermann Inc., 1969-1976

Day and Zimmermann, Inc., is a professional service firm providing engineering, construction management, and management consulting services worldwide.

Deputy Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia, 1967-1969

As Deputy Superintendent, Mr. Perks was responsible for all non-educational programs of the School District including finance, personnel, facilities, transportation, food service, procurement and computer services.

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