How old are you?
Where were you born?
What is your role at Design Collaborative?
I’m a principal, a mechanical engineer, and I’m also the healthcare market leader. I oversee our engineering department.
How many years of experience do you have in the industry?
What registrations and certifications do you hold?
I am a registered engineer in 14 states – Indiana, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Where did you obtain your degree?
Michigan State University, BSME 1992
Do you focus on any specific market?
Mainly Healthcare. I do have some other longstanding clients outside of healthcare that I still serve.
Describe a project that you’re currently working on.
I’m working on a renovation of a historic, 1922 high rise in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s a multi-year, multi-phase project and it’s really interesting because we’re having to renovate certain floors while the building is occupied on the other floors. Part of the renovation is a complete replacement of the mechanical and electrical infrastructure. With an occupied building, that always creates challenges, so we’ve spent a lot of time putting the phasing together to ease the disruption of the client.
What is one of your favorite projects that you have worked on?
I don’t know if I have a favorite project, but I have a favorite project type. As an engineer, I am a problem solver by nature. So I enjoy additions and renovations more than new projects because they offer more challenges, especially mechanically and electrically. There are more problems to be solved.
What is your favorite thing about working at Design Collaborative?
The people I work with. We have a tremendous staff. I enjoy working with them on a daily basis. I also enjoy the opportunities to meet with current and new clients. I know that sounds strange for an engineer, but I actually enjoy being in front of people.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Two passions that I have are education and sports. Right now, I am heavily involved with hockey. I coach, referee, and am the current president of the Fort Wayne Amateur Hockey Association, which is a new board that was formed to unify hockey within Fort Wayne and have a more focused development path for our athletes.
Why do you think people choose Design Collaborative?
I think people choose DC because of the passion that we, as a company, show toward our clients and our projects. We really do believe in improving people’s worlds, and finding ways that our buildings and our projects can impact people’s lives.
What is something people don't know about you?
I’m an avid wood worker. It's my creative outlet. As an engineer, most of the stuff that I design is pretty black and white, and rigid. As a wood worker, I get to be a little more creative and do some fun stuff. I specifically enjoy building furniture.
What is your advice for current and future clients?
As architects and engineers, our job is to help clients articulate the vision of their project. My advice to them is to partner with somebody that can help them articulate their vision and achieve the goals that they’re trying to achieve. There are a lot of opportunities along the way to make an impactful statement without spending a lot of money. I’d suggest clients look for those opportunities and take advantage of them.