Forty individuals who have distinguished themselves by their career achievements, service to their professions and communities, and active participation in charitable work.

May 08, 2013

 

PROBLEM SOLVER

BENJAMIN JOHANNEMAN, LEED AP, EIT, CHC

Vice President/Operations
McCarthy Building Companies, Houston

AGE: 34
BS, University of Kentucky

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
One of firm’s youngest-ever project directors, recently promoted to VP; responsible for preconstruction and construction services for large-scale projects.
Recent projects: $240 million University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Alkek Expansion; MD Anderson Cancer Center Pavilion Expansion ($75 million); University of Texas Medical Branch–
Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center Expansion ($52.3 million).
Overall Best Project, Engineering News Record Texas/Louisiana, 2011.
AGC/Aon Build America Award, Design-Build Renovation, 2011.
AGC Texas Building Branch Outstanding Construction Award, 2011.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Active in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, Greater Houston Partnership (Green Building Subcommittee), Rice Design Alliance, ABC, DBIA, and AGC.
Volunteer service: Habitat for Humanity (Honduras, Brazil, and Fiji), Houston Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club, MD Anderson’s Sprint for Life, and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

OFF THE CLOCK
Hobbies: travel, skiing, wake boarding.
Favorite movie: “Saving Private Ryan.”
Favorite food: Texas BBQ.

SECRET LIFE
In 2008 during Hurricane Ike, led a ride-out team of five employees to Alkek Hospital, Houston, helping prevent damage to this large, occupied facility.

 

CYCLING COUNCILMAN

MICHAEL KELLY, AIA, LEED AP

Principal of Project Development
KCBA Architects, Philadelphia

AGE: 37
BArch, Syracuse University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Worked at multiple architecture firms in Pennsylvania and in the United Kingdom.
Joined KCBA in 2006, specializing in schools and places of worship; made Principal in 2012.
Recent projects: Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Sea Isle City, N.J. (new 1,000-seat sanctuary); Slatington (Pa.) Elementary School expansion and renovation; Wilson Area Intermediate School, Easton, Pa., expansion and renovation.
Advisor to the firm’s Emerging Professionals Group; developing a resource library for professional exams.
Registered architect in Pennsylvania.
Young Architect of the Year Award, AIA Philadelphia, 2011.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Elected to the Chalfont (Pa.) Borough Council; previously chaired the borough’s planning commission and served on its parks committee.
Co-chair, AIA Philadelphia Regional Architects Committee, 2011. Also active in NCARB, including review committee for revisions to the Architect Registration Exam.

OFF THE CLOCK
Favorite activities: biking through the countryside and travel, particularly in Europe.
Favorite food: ribs at Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse.
Favorite movie: “Rocky II.”

SECRET LIFE
Father marched in the Penn State Blue Band and has returned to perform in the homecoming game halftime show for 43 years running.

 

CONFECTIONERY STORYTELLER

CHRISTIAN D. GIORDANO

Principal, Director of
Architectural Design
HLW International LLP,
New York, N.Y.

AGE: 39
BArch, University of Miami
MArch, University of California–Los Angeles

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Instrumental in rebuilding firm’s design portfolio during the recession.
Developed firm’s new specialization in broadcast and media/entertainment facilities, creating a “storyline” design methodology for these project types.
Recent projects: Ferring Pharmaceuticals HQ, lab, and manufacturing facility, Parsippany, N.J.; WPVI broadcast news/office facility, Philadelphia; HBO communications center, Hauppauge, N.Y; ESPN Digital Center II office, broadcast studios, and tech support space, Bristol, Conn.; Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Specialized Medical Centre, Casablanca, Morocco; four residential towers in Jersey City.
Society of American Registered Architects, Architectural Design Excellence Award.
AIA Long Island Chapter, Archi Award for Commercial Buildings, 2012.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Helped create the HLW Mentorship Program for young architects.
Active in architectural exhibitions and collaborations.

OFF THE CLOCK
Learned extreme cake decorating by watching TV shows like “Cake Boss.” Creations include a 20-inch-tall Elmo cake, a triple-tier Strawberry Shortcake cake, and an Angry Birds cake with hidden squawk device.
Owns more than 500 bootleg CDs of Bruce Springsteen concerts.

SECRET LIFE
Uncle Albert Lanzara helped develop the skin for the F-14 fighter jet in the 1950s.

 

STEWARD OF THE PROFESSION

EMILY GRANDSTAFF-RICE, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Associate
Cambridge Seven Associates Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

AGE: 37
BS, BArch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MLA, Harvard University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Diverse international design experience, including King Abdullah Financial District Science Museum and Geo-climate Centre and National Aquarium of Saudi Arabia.
Sustainable design leader at C7A.
Adjunct faculty, Boston Architectural College and Harvard Extension School.
Young Architects Award, AIA/Boston Society of Architects, 2008.
Knowledge Scholar, AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, 2011.
Dean’s Prize for Outstanding MLA Thesis, Harvard University, 2012.

EXTRACURRICULAR
VP/President-elect, Boston Society of Architects.
As BSA board member, helped oversee move to a new headquarters and exhibition space, three Executive Director searches, and the launch of the ABX trade show.
Spearheaded AIA Young Architects Forum “150 at 150” podcasts, highlighting achievements of AIA Fellows.
Developed free workshops to teach public school children about design, including model building with mentor architects.

OFF THE CLOCK
Activities: spinning classes, running.
Favorite cuisine: Indian (a taste acquired during a semester in Ahmedabad).
Listens to broadcasts from the BBC World Service to relax.

SECRET LIFE
Magician’s assistant at age 11: “I learned how to levitate, jump through paper, and escape from a locked box, skills that still serve me well today.”

 

BUDGET WATCHDOG

JONATHAN COLLINS, CPE, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Estimator
Manhattan Construction Co., Dallas

AGE: 37
BS, Texas A&M University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Initially hired by Manhattan as project engineer.
Currently oversees preconstruction and estimating for large projects involving places of worship, sports, cultural, and higher ed.
Representative work (Dallas metro): $850 million DFW International Airport Terminal Renewal and Improvement plan; $30 million MacGorman Chapel and Performing Arts Center, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; $87 million Grand Prairie Public Safety Building & The Summit Adult Activity Center; George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Senior estimator for the University of North Texas Apogee Stadium, the only LEED Platinum college football stadium in the U.S.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Teaches “Basics of Construction” at Southwestern Baptist Seminary, helping future church leaders understand facilities issues.
Active in ASPE and AGC.
Volunteers with H.I.S. BridgeBuilders program, a faith-based urban renewal initiative, and Hearts and Hammers.

OFF THE CLOCK
Built a 50-gallon aquarium tank for African cichlids.
Hobbies: biking and triathlons.
Enjoys beach life and wade fishing in Florida.

SECRET LIFE
Was pressed into service as an extra for his little sister’s dance company: “Yes, I wore tights.”

 

JURIS ARCHITECT

JOSH FLOWERS, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

In-House Legal Counsel
Hnedak Bobo Group, Memphis

AGE: 35
BArch, JD, University of Tennessee

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Since joining HBG in 2005, has spearheaded the firm’s expansion into development, construction management, and historic preservation.
Recent projects (Memphis): $43 million Beale Street Landing; $40 million Westin Beale Street (architect, legal counsel).
Instrumental in ownership transition from founding partners to next generation of leadership.
Implemented contract procedures to enable the firm’s transition to BIM.
HBG Employee of the Year, 2009.
AIA Tennessee Presidential Award of Excellence, 2012.
Memphis Business Journal, Top 40 Under 40, 2012.

EXTRACURRICULAR
National Knowledge Director, AIA Young Architects Forum, 2013-14.
President, AIA Memphis, 2012.
Actively involved in NCARB, Association of Corporate Counsel, ULI Memphis District Council, USGBC, and CSI.
Approved instructor for AGC Certificate of Management in BIM.
New Memphis Institute Fellows Program, 2011.
Pro bono attorney/mediator, Community Legal Center of Memphis.
Assisted the nonprofit Juvenile Intervention and Faith Based Follow-up organization.

OFF THE CLOCK
Hobby: hiking.
Favorite reads: “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,” “Thinking Fast and Slow,” “The Warmth of Other Suns.”
Favorite spot: The Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord.

SECRET LIFE
Spent a semester studying architecture and urban design in Krakow, Poland.

 

COMMUNITY SPARKPLUG

CINDY BENJAMIN, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB

Associate Principal; Operations & Finance Manager
LS3P Associates Ltd., Greenville, S.C.

AGE: 38
BArch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Manages projects for clients in healthcare, higher ed, K-12, and worship sectors.
Specializes in fast-track, complex projects and “messy renovations.”
Promoted to Associate at Neal Prince Architects at age 32; moved into leadership role at LS3P upon merger in 2011.
Registered architect in South Carolina.
Young Professional of the Year, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 2009.
Greenville Business Magazine, Best and Brightest 35 and Under Award, 2009.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Active in local, state, and national AIA.
With Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greenville Class 33, led the upgrade of facilities at Safe Harbor emergency shelter. Helped in raising $40,000 for Safe Harbor and procuring a delivery truck for furniture donations.
Chair-elect of the Greenville Chamber’s Leadership Development Board.
Executive Committee, Greenville Professional Women’s Forum.

OFF THE CLOCK
Can’t live without: a cold Diet Coke at 3 p.m.
Addicted to “Downton Abbey.”

SECRET LIFE
Her father invented a way to increase GPS accuracy from 1 meter to 3 centimeters.
Husband Brad was a member of BD+C’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2012.

 

CREATIVITY NAVIGATOR

DAVID GRANDY, FACHE

Associate Vice President, Director of Innovation, Senior Healthcare Consultant
HDR Architecture, Omaha, Neb.

AGE: 38
BA, Western Michigan University

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
As head of HDR’s Innovation Consulting Group, helps clients like Google, Kaiser Permanente, GE, and USG Corp. discover novel ways to achieve goals.
Created a system called SYNAPSE to analyze complex problems using nontraditional thinking.
As Senior Healthcare Consultant, helps designers understand how health system executives think.
Recent work: modernization projects in Trinidad and Tobago; addition/renovation for Community Hospital, McCook, Neb.; conceptual design of King Hussein Medical City, Amman, Jordan.
Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives; Certified Medical Practice Executive, American College of Medical Practice Executives; Lean Healthcare certification, University of Michigan Department of Engineering.
ACHE Distinguished Service Award; Regent’s Young Executive Award.

EXTRACURRICULAR
Worked with an HDR team, Ohio State University, and the International Poverty Solutions Collaborative to examine community healthcare issues, leading to a 2012 colloquium.

OFF THE CLOCK
Can’t live without: quad-ruled Moleskine notebook, Wrigley’s 5 gum, Monocle magazine, and a good watch.
Plays piano and guitar.
Favorite food: Whatever’s fresh at Hog Island Oysters, San Francisco.

SECRET LIFE
Intrigued by origami: “I’m fascinated with how those artisans envisioned three-dimensional form and the sequences to create them.”

         
 

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