Personalities & Practices
Brent Morgan of Nolte Associates Inc., Centennial, Colo., was recently appointed to associate. Morgan serves as an engineering manager with Nolte’s civil design/land development group in Salt Lake City. With eight years of civil engineering experience, he has managed and designed a variety of water, stormwater and sewer utility systems for various site development projects. He is one of eight employees firm wide who have been recently appointed to associate or vice president.
Stanley L. Welton was elected to the board of directors at Martin/Martin Inc, Lakewood, Colo. A principal with the firm’s structural engineering department, Welton has more than 30 years experience in the design and construction industry. He has a strong background in criminal justice, public administration, office, education, sports and parking facilities, including coordination, quality control and all aspects of major, multi-structure projects. He has been LEED certified since 2007 and holds professional engineering registrations in 10 states, including Colorado.
Denver-based Swanson Rink has hired Hank Seader as head of the firm’s new Data Center Program Development services. He will work with owners to define their information technologies and facility objectives and provide strategic and tactical solutions based on the company’s specific growth projections, IT strategies and business requirements.
Scott Weisbeck has been hired by Boulder, Colo.-based JVA Inc.’s civil department as a senior project manager with a focus on both land development and municipal engineering. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and has lived in Colorado since 1971. Weisbeck was previously an associate principal at another area civil firm and has owned his own engineering company. He is a Colorado-registered professional engineer with more than 15 years experience in civil engineering and related construction.
Dennis Jackson has joined Denver-based CH2M Hill as a senior utility management consultant for the Water Business Group. He will be based in the firm’s Denver office.Jackson joins CH2M Hill after a decade of developing a successful national management and financial consulting business for water and energy utilities. He has extensive client contacts and knowledge of southwest water issues.
In addition to his financial services work, Jackson has 15 years of water utility management consulting experience.Architects.
Doug Thimm and Peter Moyes recently joined the Salt Lake City office of Architectural Nexus as principals.
Thimm has more than 30 years experience in master planning, design and development of urban and resort area mixed-use commercial retail, office, residential, entertainment and other interrelated facilities.
Moyes, who has more than 28 years architecture experience, has significant design expertise in civic, justice and convention center architecture as well for urban commercial office architecture. Key projects include the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, Salt Palace Convention Center Expansion, Gateway Tower West Office Building, 222 South Main Office Building and the Zion’s Bank Tower re-skin.
Denver architect Paul Hutton of Hutton Architecture was selected as one of the chairs of AIA’s National Committee on Architecture for Education. Hutton will co-chair the pre-K-12 portion of the committee, working with other CAE members to help educate the public about the value of quality education design.
The committee focuses on five practice areas: pre-K to 12 public, charter and private educational facilities; higher education; international and non-traditional learning environments; museums, interpretive centers, libraries and other cultural institutions; and corporate learning and conference centers.
Senior Project Manager Bill Speck and Business Manager Rachel Gerhart Denver’s MOA Architecture have been named associates.
Speck joined MOA in 2007 with 25 years experience in educational, senior living and commercial/retail planning and design. He is currently managing the firm’s higher education projects at the University of Northern Colorado and Western State University, and two projects for the Cherry Creek School District.
Gerhart joined MOA in 2004 and has more than 10 years experience in accounting and business administration. Her responsibilities include all phases of accounting, benefits and human resources administration as well as serving as the business liaison for clients, consultants and trade partners.
Bob Binder of Colorado Springs’ DLR Group has been elected president of the Council of Education Facility Planners International’s Rocky Mountain Chapter. Binder is a project manager and principal for DLR Group’s K–12 projects throughout Colorado and Wyoming. CEFPI is a professional organization that helps improve the places where children learn.
Steven Carr and Siobhan Davy have been added to H+L Architecture of Denver’s healthcare team.
Carr, current AIA Denver President, has 32 years of international design experience providing strategic planning, programming, master planning and project management for healthcare systems, institutional and public-sector projects. His previous work includes the Medical Center of the Rockies and St. Anthony’s Hospital.
Davy has been hired as a senior interior designer with more than 19 years of design experience. Her work includes small to large projects, programming through construction administration, and design from concept through construction documents. Her design portfolio includes the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and the National Taiwan University Cancer Center.
Denver’s Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects is celebrating 20 years in business. The firm, born out of the recession that hit Denver in the 1980s, started in response to major industry layoffs, when principals Linda Wagner and Martha Bennett were left looking for a studio to practice architecture.
In November, Bennett, Wagner and John Grody, who joined the two in 1990, celebrated the start of the firm’s third decade in business. “I have a fond place in my heart for recessions,” says Bennett. “It is during a recession that we realize how many people it takes to make a good project that will serve the client well.”
BWG, which specializes in education and healthcare facilities, has grown from three to 40 architects in the last 20 years. Two projects recently designed by the firm are currently under construction: the Academic Construction Building on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins and a renovation of the old main building on the CSU Pueblo campus.“
Now that we have hit 20 years in business, we have started to reflect on all the wonderful opportunities that Denver has given us,” adds Bennett, who says the firm’s first clients were Adams 12 School District and the University of Colorado.
Over the years, the firm has had its hand in landmark projects such as the renovation of the CU-Boulder’s Kittredge Commons and the design of the Eaton Humanities Building, as well as the design of Aspen High School.“
Today, we have children who are living in the Kittredge buildings and taking classes in the Eaton Humanities Building,” says Bennett. “And the feedback we are getting is that they and their classmates are loving these spaces. And really, that is the whole point of why we do what we do.”