Director: Jonathan G. Eklund
Born and raised in New York, Jonathan has a long history of construction trade experience. Working at his father’s design/build firm, Reich/Eklund Construction, in Eastern Long Island at a young age, Jonathan quickly took to the carpentry aspect of the industry. After receiving his business degree from the George Washington University in 2002, Jonathan moved to Manhattan and opened a small renovation and custom woodworking firm called Atlantic Development Group Int’l., LLC (ADG). Less than 2 years later, ADG was contracted to manage the conversion of 120 Greenwich Street, a turn-of-the-century 80,000 square foot defunct butter factory turned rental building in Manhattan’s Financial District, into luxury condominiums. Following the overwhelming success of Greenwich Place, ADG has since renovated and consulted on several single-family projects throughout the New York Metro area, as well as, managed the new construction of The VERE, a 45,000 square foot luxury condominium project, and the Z NYC Hotel, a 100-room luxury boutique hotel, both in Long Island City, NY.
Throughout his career, Jonathan has been involved in the “green building movement,” maintaining memberships with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). In 2006 ADG had the opportunity to work on the design of a 10,000 square foot net-zero residence in Shelter Island, New York. Understanding the benefits of and realizing the steadily increasing market for energy efficient building, this project sparked the fire to redirect the focus of ADG toward sustainability. In order to provide this new, more energy conscious, class of clientele with the most comprehensive services available, Jonathan became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified professional and in 2010 completed training with the Building Performance Institute (BPI) as a single and multi family whole building energy analyst. Earlier this year, Atlantic Development Group Int’l. LLC became Ecostruct LLC, founded on the principle that sustainable development is not only the right choice for the homeowner or developer, but is integral to the forward progression and survival of the built environment.