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Takis Tzamaras

A photographic portrait of Takis Tzamaras
Superintendent, Senate Office Buildings

Takis Tzamaras received his Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1991. Since then, he has earned his Professional Registration as a Fire Protection Engineer with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Prior to joining the Architect of the Capitol, Takis served as Project Manager for a large Architectural/Engineering design firm and for a nationwide Building Code/Fire Protection consulting firm. He has provided his expertise for a wide array of projects and clients that included the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, U.S. Department of State, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S Department of Justice, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the World Trade Center in Barcelona, Spain.

In 2002, Takis joined the Architect of the Capitol as the Fire Protection Engineer responsible for the fire and life safety program in the Senate Office Buildings. In September 2004, Takis became the Assistant Superintendent responsible for the oversight of design and construction projects, worker safety, and computer-aided facilities management in the Senate Buildings. In January 2007, Takis became the Deputy Superintendent of the Senate Superintendent's Office, he was named Superintendent in April 2013.

Takis believes that quality management is based on the principles of Client Focus, Involvement of People, and Strong Leadership. He has derived these principles from his experiences and uses them as a framework to guide the organization towards improved performance.