HNTB Grows Architecture Practice to Accommodate New Projects
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 1, 2016 – HNTB Corporation’s architecture practice has added a significant number of new architects, representing approximately a 20 percent increase in the firm’s total architecture staff over the past fourteen months. Hires include senior and mid-level architects and designers, plus recent graduates and interns, most of whom are based in Kansas City, Missouri. By the end of 2016, HNTB’s architecture practice expects to grow by an additional 30 percent in Kansas City and to double the staff size in its Dallas office.
HNTB provides architectural design and planning expertise on complex, high- profile architecture projects around the United States. These include the new Major League Soccer stadium for the Sacramento Republic Football Club; the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena; on-call Capital Improvements Project at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Orlando International Airport South Terminal C, Phase 1 for Greater Orlando Aviation Authority; and the new Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City.
“Booming U.S. architecture markets include aviation and sports, but HNTB is growing all facets of its architecture practice,” said Chris Migneron, AIA, HNTB architecture office leader and vice president. “HNTB’s success in these markets is recognized on a national scale, and the firm is eagerly adding employees to serve our clients on a variety of projects.”
“In particular, HNTB is expanding its resources to accommodate an increased demand in passenger numbers and terminal amenities at airports around the country,” said Clint Laaser, NCARB, LEED ® AP, HNTB aviation architecture project manager and terminal planner.
Senior-level new hires in the Kansas City office include:
• Kara Boshart, LEED ® AP, NCIDQ – Senior Interior Designer. Prior to joining HNTB, Boshart served on domestic and international projects for many convention centers, and professional and collegiate American sports venues, including the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium, New York Mets’ Citi Field and Reliant Stadium for the Houston Texans and Houston Rodeo.
• Linda Glazier, IIDA, LEED ® AP – Interior Architecture Project Manager. Glazier earned a Bachelor of Arts in interior design from Iowa State University. Prior to joining HNTB, Glazier served on the modernization of the Richard Bolling Federal Building and renovation of the Blue Cross Blue Shield headquarters.
• Mathew Hallett, RA, NCARB – Director of Design and Associate Vice President. Prior to joining HNTB, Hallett served as lead designer for several large sports venues, including the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium and the renovation of the AT&T Center for the San Antonio Spurs. Prior to sports architecture, Hallett served as designer for several Kansas City-area projects, including the National World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial, the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas and H&R Block’s world headquarters.
• Mark Koukol, RA, NCARB, CSI – Senior Project Architect. Prior to joining HNTB, Koukol served on projects for many professional American sports venues, including Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the future home of the Atlanta Falcons, and the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field.
• Jeff Ramsey, AIA, NCARB, LEED ® BD+C – Senior Project Architect. Prior to joining HNTB, Ramsey served on projects for the University of Mississippi basketball arena and the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.
• Jeff Sperling, RA – Senior Project Architect. Prior to rejoining HNTB, Sperling served on projects for Minor League Baseball Stadium Flour Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina; and the City of Brenham Police Headquarters in Brenham, Texas.
• Pat Walsh, AIA, NCARB, LEED ® AP – Senior Project Manager. Prior to joining HNTB, Walsh served on several corporate architectural projects, including the Layne Christiansen Offices in Houston; Prairiefire Development in Overland Park, Kansas; and the Sprint Studio in Kansas City, Missouri.
• Mike Westerheid – Senior Project Manager. Prior to joining HNTB, Westerheid served on projects for several high-profile sports venues, including the Taipei Dome in Taipei, Taiwan; Yankee Stadium in New York; and Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Senior-level hires elsewhere include:
• J.C. Arteaga, AIA, NCARB, CBO, CGC, LEED ® AP – Senior Director of the Southeast Division Aviation Architecture Practice. He is based in Orlando, Florida. Prior to joining HNTB, Arteaga served on projects for Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department and Miami Dade Aviation Department.
• Matt Granlund, AIA – Senior Project Architect. Granlund earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University. He offices in Orlando. Prior to joining HNTB, Granlund served on projects at Salt Lake City International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.
• Isaiah Johnson – Senior Project Manager. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Southern University. He is based in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to joining HNTB, Johnson served on projects at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
• Enrique Mendez, AIA – Project Director and Associate Vice President. He is based in Dallas. Prior to joining HNTB, Mendez served on projects and programs for Dallas Love Field Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Additional new hires include:
• Ernest Banks – Intern Architect. Banks is working on a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.
• Christian Berger – Intern Architect. Berger is working on a Master of Architecture at Kansas State University.
• Addison Bliss – Project Architect. Bliss earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas.
• Kate Bullinger, AIA – Architect. Bullinger earned a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University.
• Kathryn Eckhoff – Intern Architect. Eckhoff is working on a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Northwestern University.
• Alex Forsythe, AIA – Architect. Forsythe earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.
• Jessica Griesemer – Interior Architect. Griesemer earned a Master of Interior Architecture and Product Design from Kansas State University.
• Eric Mueth, AIA – Architect. Mueth earned a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University.
• Jacob Pfeifer – Intern Architect. Pfeifer is working on a Master of Architecture at the University of Kansas.
• A.J. Prizzi – Architect. Prizzi earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
• Peter Ryan – Architect. Ryan earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is based in Dallas.
• Jasmin Sangha – Intern Architect. Sangha is working on a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
• April Trojniak, AIA – Project Architect. Trojniak earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
• Allison Wilke – Architect. Wilke earned a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the Miami University in Ohio and a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas.
HNTB’s architecture practice has been involved in some of the most high-profile projects in the U.S., including Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers; the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center; the air traffic control tower at San Francisco International Airport; the Chicago Midway Airport Terminal Complex; the new terminal for the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, Kansas; renovation and expansion of Kansas City’s Union Station; and renovations and additions to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall Convention Center Complex.
Additional current projects include suite renovations at The Ohio State University’s Ohio Stadium, the South Terminal Redevelopment Program at Denver International Airport, terminal planning for the new Mickey Leland International Terminal at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and a new downtown transit station for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.
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