An independent architectural specification consulting business that writes specifications for other Architect’s building projects and manufacturer’s product guide specifications.
Progressive AE – Project Architect; Grand Rapids, MI [September 2001 – March 2004 (2 years 7 months)]
Member of the Retail Group working on Toys-R-Us big box retail stores; developing plans for their Geoffrey prototype stores in Jacksonville, NC and Fond du Lac, WI, and later part of Transportation Group on first LEED NC Certified transit facility, the Interurban Transportation Partnership (ITP) Bus Terminal in Grand Rapids.
Cedar Corporation – Project Architect; Menomonie, WI [February 1996 – August 2001 (5 years 7 months)]
Completed numerous primary and secondary School and University projects in west central Wisconsin area; major projects include the Wakanda Park Aquatic Center in Menomonie, WI; Independence School District K thru 12 public school in Independence, WI; additions to Menomonie High School; and various renovation projects for University of Wisconsin’s Eau Claire, River Falls and Menomonie (Stout) campuses.
Professional Management Services, Inc. – Project Architect; Eau Claire, WI [July 1993 – Feb 1996 (2 years 8 months)]
Involved with numerous school projects for this Design and Construction Management firm; primary projects consisted of additions and remodeling of K thru 12 public school in Turtle Lake, WI; remodeling of High School in Cornell, WI; and elementary school remodel for Cameron School District in Cameron, WI.
DeWinter & Craig Architects – Project Architect; Grand Rapids, MI [August 1992 – June 1993 (11 months)]
Small architectural design firm, worked on various commercial projects upon return to Grand Rapids after graduation from LTU with 5th Year Bachelor of Architecture Degree.
WBDC Group – Intern Architect; Grand Rapids, MI [September 1990 – August 1992 (2 years)]
Assistant Project Manager for large A/E firm; most notable project was the Bridgewater Place office tower and parking structure in Grand Rapids, MI.
The Design Forum – Intern Architect; Grand Rapids, MI [June 1987 – July 1990 (3 years 2 months)]
Intern Architect on various school projects with this small A/E firm; most notable is the late 80’s AIA Grand Valley Award winning project, Ridgeview Elementary School in Sparta, MI.
Daverman and Associates – Intern Architect; Grand Rapids, MI [September 1985 – June 1987 (1 year 10 months)]
Large AE firm direct out of college, it provided experience working on large commercial projects and interacting with both architects and engineers. Developed my drafting skills by hand drawing with plastic lead on mylar, CAD was just getting started back then. This firm has become an architectural component of the URS Corporation.
A.S. Dorchen, Architect – Draftsman; Oak Park, MI [August 1984 – August 1985 (1 year 1 month)]
This was my first job working in an Architect’s office, a 6-person sole proprietorship, where I developed my drafting skills and my initial understanding of how building components fit together.