Louis J. Santora graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Technology in 1987 and was selected to the Deans List.
Mr. Santora's started his career in architecture working as a draftsman for a small firm in Commack, NY while he finished his architectural degree. He became very proficient in drafting residential additions and alterations and had the opportunity the design and provide the construction documents for his first new house, a 5000 sq. ft. two story contemporary house with a center glass enclosed atrium in Nesconset, NY.
He later moved on to work for Sbarro Restaurants Inc. in the architecture department from 1989 until 2001 and worked his way up to Senior Project Manager. It was here that he gained his valuable experience in various types of restaurant design and food service equipment. Starting with food court locations and then working up to providing drawing documents for such notable restaurants as Rothmann's Steak House, Boulder Creek Steaks and Saloon, Burton and Doyle, and other high end restaurants in New York City as the company diversified it's customer base. He also was Project Manager for casual and quick service dining restaurants such and Umberto's Pizzeria of New Hyde Park and Mama Sbarro's Pizzeria. He dealt directly with the company's CEO, consulting Interior Designers and Engineers, Real Estate and Legal Departments, Contractors, and Store Managers from the initial concept to construction completion.
Mr. Santora subsequently worked in other notable firms in which he was the Project Architect for data centers in Manhattan, NY and Seattle, Washington. He also had the great opportunity to work for a prestigious firm on the south shore of Long Island as the lead Project Architect providing full architectural services for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre for large churches such as Christ The King in Kings Park, NY. Beside the new church, this project also involved converting an existing garage to offices and the original church into a gymnasium and locker rooms.
He gained his Fire Station experience at another firm on Long island in which he was the lead Project Architect for such projects as the Bellmore Fire District Headquarters with a four million dollar construction budget, and Merrick Hook and Ladder, which was praised publicly for its design and functionality. He provided construction management for the projects and gained valuable experience in the public sector of contracts and labor laws.
He started his own full time architectural practice in 2004 and is always striving to provide professional services to all his clients and projects. Mr. Santora works personally with all his clients on every project. Mr. Santora has also been certified by New York State as a Code Enforcement Officer and is currently the Building Department Superintendent for a prominent village in Nassau County.