Forty individuals who have distinguished themselves by their career achievements, service to their professions and communities, and active participation in charitable work.
RETAIL RENAISSANCE MAN
CRAIG CHINN, CSI
KTGY Group Inc., Irvine, Calif.
BArch, MBA, MCP, California Polytechnic University
Started the Construction Specifications Institute Students Club at Cal Poly; served as student body president for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Experienced in multifamily architecture; named Director of Operations for four KTGY offices in 2006.
Registered architect in California.
Took over the firm’s Retail Studio during the 2008 recession; as of early 2013, the studio had more than 5.7 million sf in retail projects under contract.
Created design concepts for Fossil, Ross, Vitamin Shoppe, Sephora, Ashley Furniture, McDonald’s.
Pioneered the firm’s Mobile Design Studio (design hardware/software shipped to client sites in advance of project work) and proprietary Site Survey App (with partner Inspect2Go).
Developed a co-op education program with Cal Poly, giving seniors work experience at KTGY; guest lecturer for 12-unit course.
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers and Urban Land Institute.
Continuous work with Cal Poly CAED Construction Sciences Forum.
OFF THE CLOCK
Hobbies: snow skiing, wine tasting, growing organic vegetables.
Has a movie-style popcorn machine at home.
Grew up on an Idaho horse ranch; developed a talent for dowsing, or “water witching.”
CANDACE SMALL, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC
BS, Bowling Green State University
MArch, Illinois Institute of Technology
Healthcare planner and LEED expert.
Serves on the SmithGroupJJR Client Advisory Board for nursing education, explaining the latest trends in education and simulation to allied health professionals and educators.
Recent projects: Emergency Department and GI expansion, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital; Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care; Roosevelt College of Pharmacy interior build-out (Outstanding Design Award, American School & University magazine); Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center.
Registered Architect in Illinois; assists other employees in completing exams.
National Chair, USGBC Center for Green Schools.
Helped write the LEED BD+C 2009 exam; reviews CE courses for the Green Building Certification Institute.
Author of an international review of sustainable rating systems published in the journal of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Instructor, Upward Bound summer program for low-income high school students. Mentor, East Village Youth Program.
OFF THE CLOCK
Loves yoga, books, and her husband’s fresh pasta and sauce.
Favorite read: “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.”
Universal donor: regularly donates blood platelets.
CHRIS HERMRECK, PE, LEED AP BD+C
JE Dunn Construction,
Kansas City, Mo.
BS, Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas–Lawrence
Has managed >$110 million of healthcare and federal construction projects for JE Dunn.
Recent projects: LEED Silver commercial border station, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Yuma, Ariz.; $55 million hospital in Wichita; $20 million engineering lab at KU.
Guiding a national knowledge initiative at JE Dunn, with the task of improving efficiency and knowledge sharing across 20 offices nationwide.
Co-founder (with Dr. Oswald Chong) of the International Conference on Sustainable Design & Construction.
Helped KU Continuing Education develop courses on green building construction and LEED.
Advisory Board Member, KU Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department.
Technical Panelist, UL Environment Sustainability for Lighting and Sustainability for Thermal Insulation Standards.
Keynote Speaker, 2012 Future City Competition, KU.
Volunteer, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas; Co-chair, CCNEKS Young Patrons Group.
Outreach Chair, ASCE-CI Young Members Directorate.
OFF THE CLOCK
Hobbies: hunting, skiing, working out, traveling, and following Jayhawks sports.
Favorite spots: Italy, Croatia, and the mountains of Colorado.
Grew up working on a family farm in Kansas. Father received the National Outstanding Young Farmer award in 1984.
KARMYN BABCOCK, LEED AP
The Weitz Company,
Des Moines, Iowa
BS, MS, Iowa State University
Joined Weitz in 1997; promoted to Director of IT in 2012, managing a team of 15.
Supervises implementation and upgrades of systems such as JD Edwards, Oracle SOA, Prolog Suite, and BIM/VDC applications, including work with external clients and subcontractors.
Directed Weitz’s beta testing for Prolog Manager 5.0; developed real-time integration between Prolog and JDE regarding project financial information. Developed prototype intranet for 1,200+ employees.
Implemented Lean construction technology practices companywide; renegotiated major technology contracts for the firm.
Inducted into the Meridian Hall of Fame in 2008 for her work with Prolog.
Active member of Construction FutureTech CIO, Construction Executive Leaders, Iowa State University Con E Alumni, Prolog Customer Advisory Board, and iPad in Construction.
Volunteer kickboxing instructor for various charities; assists with fundraising “kickathons” several times a year.
Plays piano, sings, and teaches preschool at a local church.
OFF THE CLOCK
Can’t live without: Amazon Cloud Player (current favorite artists: The Lone Bellow, Walk to the Moon, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis).
Hobbies: playing Rachmaninoff on the piano, shopping for shoes.
Favorite flick: “Fight Club.”
Partial to girls’ weekends in Chicago and Minneapolis.
Senior Associate, Director of
Populous, Kansas City
BInteriorArch, Kansas State University
Has designed interiors with a total value of more than $1 billion for the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, and collegiate clients.
Projects include work at Arrowhead Stadium, Great American Ballpark, Kauffman Stadium, Marlins Ballpark, University of Phoenix Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Heinz Field, and Bridgestone Arena.
In 2010, was tasked with expanding the firm’s work into product design and development.
Ten-year Alumni Honoree, Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design, 2012.
IIDA Annual National Chapter Awards, Excellence in Special Event Graphics (first place).
Launched contract furniture line with Martin Brattrud, 2010.
Conference speaker, Association of Luxury Suite Directors.
Guest lecturer and critic for KSU.
Past Director of Communications, IIDA Kansas City Chapter; Mentor, 2012-13 IIDA Mid America Chapter’s Leading the Way program.
Co-founded Boulevard of Dreams event benefiting the Dream Factory of Greater KC (wish-granting nonprofit).
Board Member, KC Century (anti-cancer cycling event).
OFF THE CLOCK
Activities: long-distance running, furniture design.
Favorite spots: Newport Beach, Palm Springs, Calif.
Favorite film: “Hoosiers.”
Has a collection of more than 150 never-used shot glasses.
CIERINE NICOLAS, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CDT
Vice President, Electrical Engineer
Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago
BS (EE and Molecular & Cellular Biology), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS Graduate Fellowships at Princeton (electrical engineering) and Stanford (theoretical astrophysics)
Completed a major in molecular and cellular biology as a pre-med undergraduate.
Joined ESD in 1998; became the Chicago office’s first female VP in 2012.
Supervises electrical design for high-profile international projects, including supertall buildings in Riyadh, Jeddah, Seoul, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Madinah, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Mumbai, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Chicago.
Recent work: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah; King Abdullah Financial District Parcels, Riyadh (mixed-use); U.S. Department of Homeland Security, St. Elizabeths Campus, Washington, D.C. (secure 175-acre complex, 4.5 million sf).
Co-chairs ESD’s Outreach Committee (community work, philanthropy).
Team Captain, 4th Annual Canstruction Chicago Design/Build Competition.
Volunteer work: Habitat for Humanity in Chicago; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
OFF THE CLOCK
Activities: high-adrenaline water sports, running, tennis, alpine skiing, baseball, golf.
Holds a brown belt in Krav Maga.
Relaxes with precision rifle marksmanship, skeet shooting and target practice.
Can't live without: sports and designer high heels
Spouse is electrical engineering director at competing firm SOM.
Daughter Quinn born Feb. 4, 2013.
THOMAS HUSSEY, AIA, LEED AP
City Design Practice
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago
BArch, University of Southern California
MArch, Harvard University
Expert in the design of cities, districts, and large, complex architectural projects.
One of the youngest Associate Directors at SOM.
Recent projects: master plans for developments in Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, Panama, Brazil, Riyadh, Mecca, and Cairo.
Co-manages a studio of 30 in Chicago; indirect leadership responsibility for groups in Shanghai, London, and New York.
Licensed architect in California and Illinois.
Worked with IBM Smarter Cities to help SOM co-found the Urban Systems Collaborative, an independent nonprofit dedicated to advancing intelligent city infrastructure.
Winner, Urban Land Institute/Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition, 2006.
AIA National Urban Design Honor Award, 2011.
AIA Chicago Honor Award, 2011.
AIA National Young Architect Award, 2013.
Active in the Urban Land Institute and in AIA’s Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community.
OFF THE CLOCK
Favorite food: Texas-style BBQ (smoked brisket and sausage).
Amateur travel agent: helps friends find great deals and interesting itineraries.
Grandfather raised prize turkeys in Iowa and Texas, once supplied the White House’s Thanksgiving bird.
HEALTHCARE CONSTRUCTION PRO
MAJA ROSENQUIST, LEED AP
Vice President, General Manager
Mortenson Construction, Denver Operating Group
BS, University of Washington
Healthcare construction specialist. Has progressed from field engineer to project manager to general manager of healthcare for firm.
Recently promoted to VP in Denver, supervising more than 400 field and office personnel and overseeing projects generating more than $300 million in annual revenue.
Recent work: $386 million, 830,000-sf Exempla St. Joseph Replacement Hospital; $199 million, 695,000-sf Ralph L. Carr Colorado Justice Complex; $137 million Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center (AGC ACE award).
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Denver Class of 2010; Impact Denver Class of 2008.
Board positions with Aurora (Colo.) Economic Development Council, Exempla Lutheran Medical Foundation, Susan Duncan YMCA, Downtown Denver Partnership Economic Development Committee, and LoDo (Lower Downtown) District.
OFF THE CLOCK
Can’t live without: secret stash of chocolate-covered acai berries.
Favorite hobbies: skiing, camping, scrapbooking.
Favorite spots: Maui, Costa Rica, San Diego.
Grew up in a family salmon fishing operation on the Bering Sea. “One day my father and I caught 18,500 pounds of salmon in 18 hours, just the two of us. Almost sank the boat. I have incredibly high standards for seafood.”