About

About DSS Condo

We specialize in planning and executing every type and size of renovation and restoration project for Florida’s Condominium Associations and HOA’s. Servicing Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier, and Palm Beach counties.

Our Story

DSS Condo was founded in 2014 by a team of experienced construction professionals who could no longer accept the fact that Condo Associations were over-paying for low-quality work and disorganized renovation and restoration projects. More often than not, Condo projects turned into every unit owner’s nightmare, creating chaos within communities and costing homeowners millions more than necessary.

It became clear that Associations needed a qualified, independent third-party to guide them through the construction process and protect the interests of unit owners along the way.

The team distilled their expertise and decades of construction experience into innovative new approaches to construction; created from the Association’s perspective, and designed to protect the unit owners’ interests.

 

We Can Help at Any Stage Of Your Project

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Project Planning

The key to delivering your project on time and in budget is starting off on the right foot. DSS Condo will work with you and your team to ensure your project’s goals, budget and timetable are aligned and realistic.

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Pre-Construction

DSS Condo will review your project’s proposed design for feasibly, cost-effectiveness, and accuracy, identifying any design flaws or opportunities for cost savings.

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Construction

With DSS Condo, you’ll have a full team of construction experts on your side who know how to manage the project and can quickly and cost-effectively solve problems, so you stay on schedule and budget.

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Close-out

DSS Condo will dot the i’s and cross the t’s to ensure successful completion of your project.

Interior Renovation

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Common area renovations

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Material alteration votes

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Interior design optimization

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Interior corridor renovation

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Gym/spa remodels

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Life safety updates

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Sprinkler installation

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Electrical updates

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Elevator modernization

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LED lighting installations/green initiatives

Exterior Restoration

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40-year recertifications

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Concrete restoration and painting

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Balcony repair/replacement

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558 claim-related repairs

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Pool deck renovations

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Roof replacement

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Waterproofing

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Landscape removal and installation

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Post-tension cable repairs

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Garage and site lighting

Your DSS Condo Team

Donald Kipnis, Founder & CEO

Donald Kipnis has guided clients to the successful completion of construction, renovation and restoration projects for more than 30 years. Donald has earned a reputation as one of South Florida’s most experienced, innovative and competent construction professionals. Donald’s and his team’s ability to simplify, direct and successfully complete even the most daunting projects are a source of comfort and confidence for clients.

James LaGreca, EVP Operations

James LaGreca was practically born into the construction trade, working for his father’s general contracting company from an early age. Today, James holds a master’s degree in Architecture from Florida International University, where he also serves as a professor. James has a unique blend of hand’s on experience and a sophisticated understanding of the formal concepts at play in the design and construction fields. Thanks to his knowledge, experience, and high standards DSS Condo clients have avoided spending millions of dollars unnecessarily.

Anna Brautigam, EVP Business Development

Anna Brautigam, is an award-winning property manager who has worked with a multitude of Associations throughout Miami-Dade.  Anna has been recognized as “Manager of the Year” by the Florida Communities of Excellence and brings a deep understanding of the political, legal, financial and operational challenges faced by Condominium Boards, Unit Owners and Property Managers.

Jennifer Smith, Project Executive - Interiors

DSS Condo Design Director, Jennifer Smith, has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and a master’s degree in Architecture as well as a passion for thoughtful design processes and sensitivity to environmental impacts. Jennifer has a knack for creative problem-solving, attention to detail, and a keen ability to communicate with and successfully manage all construction trades.

Michael Pou, Project Executive - Exteriors

Michael Pou is a Certified General Contractor as well as Certified Roofing Contractor with nearly 20-years’ experience building and restoring condominiums, private homes and commercial spaces throughout South Florida. Michael has been on the front lines as a senior project manager for two of Miami’s largest general contracting firms, and has spearheaded major concrete restoration projects at many of Miami’s premier Condo buildings.

Claudia Garcia, Operations Manager

Claudia Garcia, is the daughter of an architecture professor and a mechanical engineer. She holds a master’s degree in Architecture, is passionate about design, and is meticulously detail-oriented in the way she plans and executes projects.

Jennifer Luis, Project Manager

DSS Condo Project Manager, Jennifer Luis, holds a master’s degree in Architecture and has worked with construction companies on a wide variety of design and build projects. Jennifer’s clients find her highly personable and adept at handling the multiple facets of her projects.

John Gioello, Project Manager

John Gioello has a Masters in Architecture as well as a Bachelors in Fine Arts. John grew up in South Florida and worked as an apprentice in his father’s painting business. Over the years, John has developed his construction skills while leveraging his artistic talents working as a designer, fabricator and project manager.

George Strom, Project Manager

George Strom is a 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry in both Miami Beach and New York City. Prior to joining DSS Condo, he was Director of Operations for the well-known Pubbelly Sushi group. George brings our team a strong business acumen and the ability to handle a demanding workload and high-pressure situations.

Andreina Borges, Project Manager

Andreina holds a Masters in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University, Indiana and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated Cum Laude from Simon Bolivar, receiving an honorable Mention for outstanding concepts in contents, development and presentation for her final thesis project. Andreina’s architectural education combined with her strong analytical skills make her a valuable asset to our DSS Condo team. Reliable and energetic, Andreina shows her professionalism and commitment to excellence in all her projects.

Susan Myers, Office Manager

Susan Myers has 10 years’ experience as a project coordinator and customer service professional. She provides outstanding, detail-oriented back-office support and assistance to our Project Management team.

Marie Mondiere, Project Associate

Marie has been with DSS Condo since she began as an intern in early 2018. After earning her Master’s Degree in Architecture from FIU, she became a full-time Project Associate.

Richard Angrand, Project Associate

Richard recently graduated from FIU and currently provides support to our PM’s and Executive PM’s on both interior and exterior projects.

 

Sofia Ornelas, Project Associate

Sofia graduated from California State University and comes to DSSC from the corporate hospitality industry. Sofia provides direct support to Director of Operations, James LaGreca.

Jonathan Cohen, Project Associate

Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami, and is currently completing his Masters Degree in Construction Management.

Condo renovation projects are hard.

So hard, in fact, that most are either late, over budget, or both –But they don’t have to be. You can beat those odds. Let us show you how.

“We are strong supporters of DSS Condo and the qualities and skills they bring to their projects. Yacht Harbour has been a total success. DSS Condo’s expertise saved us a significant amount of money.”

 Paul Kaplan, Managing Director, KW Property Management

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944 N.W. 9th Court Miami, FL 33136

305.985.3772

info@dsscondo.com

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