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Charles W.


  • Currently I am managing partner of Salient Associates, a telecom-oriented AE and project management firm
  • 25 years of diverse architectural experience
  • 15 years of telecom experience includes design of over 1000 wireless sites
  • Managed overseas office of US-based architectural firm for 7 years
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (Major, USAR retired)
  • NCARB-certified and licensed to practice architecture in seven states

Skills: Read, write, and speak French.


  • 1982- 1987 University of Minnesota. Bachelor of Architecture


  • NCARB-certified and licensed to practice architecture in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Delaware, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.


Nov 2001- Present

Salient Associates, Englewood, NJ
Founded Charles Whelan A.I.A. in 2001, which became Salient Associates in 2002. Salient provides design and project management services to all the major wireless carriers and architectural services to traditional building clients. Our expertise is unusually diverse. We have been integral in the AE effort for major wireless deployments, and we provide project and construction management services to the carriers. We have a strong background in in-building wireless systems. Additionally, we design buildings, and have have successfully executed overseas projects for the Army Corps of Engineers. Our offices are in New Jersey and Massachusetts My role is to manage finances and administrative services for the firm and to oversee much of our design work. I hold the primary professional licenses under which we operate. Examples of projects I have directed:

  • T-Mobile USA: AE services for over 600 new and upgrade sites
  • Sprint Nextel: AE services for over 350 Network Vision site
  • MetroPCS: AE services for over 200 new sites in their initial
    New York deployment.
  • Port Authority of NY and NJ:
    • AE services for wireless logistics system at the Maher Marine Terminal in Elizabeth, NJ
    • Survey and existing conditions drawings of the PATH subway infrastructure at the World Trade Center
    • Architect of record for the in-building wireless system at the World Trade Center Memorial

  •  Con Edison: Exclusive provider of AE services for wireless communications sites since 2010.
  • Sims Metal Management: Design services for industrial and office facilities and their Newark, Jersey City, and New Haven metal recycling sites.
  • Aventis Holdings: Provided consulting services to prepare bids and written contracts for building projects in France and Equatorial Guinea.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers: Design-build paratroop training facility in the Rift Valley, Kenya. Project required design and prefabrication of a very complex jump tower and swing-landing training apparatus in the U.S, shipment to Africa, and construction of the complete facility in Kenya.

Aug 1998 - Nov 2001

Ronald Schmidt & Associates, Englewood, NJ

Architect, Project Manager:
Coordinated design, production, and construction administration effort on building projects. Developed budgets and staffing projections. Lead manager and principal client contact for all K-12 educational projects.

  • Hackensack Middle School: 50,000 sf addition of new fifth andsixth-grade wing.
  • Hillers Elementary School: addition of three-story classroomwing.
  • Teterboro Campus: Bergen County Technical High Schools:Multi-phased project to create a state-of-the-art technical high school from a light industrial building. Renovation 168,000 sf. New construction 20,000sf.
  • Bergen County Schools Administrative Offices: 20,000 sf renovation/remodeling of what had been the county museum, to create modern offices for the school district.

Feb 1995 - Aug 1998

ARCNET, Holmdel, NJ
Project Manager, Project Coordinator
Designed telecommunications sites, and managed AE effort for major build programs. Directed a staff of up to 25, including architects, engineers, drafters, field technicians and administrators. Responsible for allocating resources, foreseeing problems and expediting solutions. Client’s primary contact for advice on construction and site engineering aspects of build-out.

  • Omnipoint Communications New York and New Jersey build-out
  • Comcast Metrophone
  • Nextel in 1997 and 1998

Feb 1988 - Dec 1994

MSAADA Architects, Wayzata, MN

Resident Architect—Madagascar Office:

After four months as a staff architect in the U.S. headquarters, was assigned to run one of the firm’s four overseas offices. Responsible for all aspects of the operation, including design studies, working drawings, specifications, materials importation, contract administration, and site supervision, as well as client relations and administering a staff of five. MSAADA executes a wide variety of projects principally for church-based clients and humanitarian organizations. These include schools, churches, hospitals, offices, an orphanage and a national park visitors’ complex.

  • Mandritsara Hospital: New 30,000 sf hospital with 85 beds, surgical suites, out-patient clinic, laundry, maintenance, and administrative facilities, and staff housing.
  • Sambava Hospital: New 16,000 sf hospital with 40 beds, surgical, radiology, and dental suites, out-patient clinic, and staff housing.
  • School for the Deaf in Tamatave: Eight classrooms, dormitory for 40 boarders, dining and assembly halls, plus staff residence. 10,000 sf.
  • Avotra Orphanages: New dining hall, director’s quarters, and water system in an existing center. New construction of a 30,000 sf reception center for street children.

Jan 1978 – Jan 1982

U.S. Army
Commissioned Officer, Corps of Engineers Combat engineering assignments:

  • Platoon Leader, Company Commander
    Civil works assignments:
  • Architectural project officer: St. Paul, MN District