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James Brannan

Senior Project Manager

James Brannan Senior Project Manager
Chicago 321 North Clark Street
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60654

Professional Experience

As a Senior Project Manager with CBRE’s Project Management Group, James Brannan is responsible for leading comprehensive project teams through all phases of strategic planning, design, construction and occupancy of commercial office buildings throughout the Chicagoland area. James’ attention to detail and ability to maintain client’s goals, expectations, schedule and budget ensure the project stays on track through the entire process.

James is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in project management and construction best practices. Prior to joining CBRE, James spent the last 8 years working as an Owner’s Representative, where he was responsible for the delivery of tenant improvement projects ranging in size from 2,400 SF to 600,000 SF.  Prior to that, James worked for Pepper Construction with overall responsibility of leading the ground-up construction effort of multiple retail centers and department stores.  James’ background also includes a broad range of other project types including warehouse/distribution, medical office, site improvements as well as ground-up residential projects.

Professional Affiliations / Accreditations

  • OSHA 30-Hour Safety Training


  • Purdue University, B.S. Construction Management

Significant Assignments

  • WMS Gaming | 5 story office building | 120,000 SF | $46.0M
  • ACCO Brands HQ | TI Buildout | 189,000 SF | $15.3M
  • RR Donnelley | TI Buildout | 34,000 SF | $2.5M
  • SRAM | TI Buildout | 69,000 SF | $10.7M
  • Guaranteed Trust Life | Dedicated Office Building Renovation | 68,000 SF | $7.2M
  • PSAV | TI Buildout | 75,000 SF | $11.0M
  • PetSmart | Warehouse/Distribution Center | 1,000,350 SF | $28.0M
  • ITW HQ | TI Buildout | 600,000 SF | $95.0M
  • R.J. O'Brien & Assoc. | TI Buildout | 35,000 SF | $5.4M
  • Lakeshore Medical Center | Ground-Up | 150,000 SF | $22.0M

Clients Represented

  • ABN Amro
  • ACCO Brands
  • Aviva Investors
  • Deloitte
  • Donlen Corporation
  • Donnelley Financial Services
  • EN Engineering
  • Fidessa
  • Guaranteed Trust Life
  • ITW
  • JC Penney
  • LSC Communications 
  • Locke Lord
  • Lundbeck Pharmaceutical
  • Medline
  • One Equity Partners
  • PSAV
  • R.J. O'Brien & Associates
  • RR Donnelley
  • Shapack Partners
  • WMS Gaming
James Brannan Senior Project Manager
Chicago 321 North Clark Street
Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60654