WHR Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Joel Colwell, AIA, to principal. Colwell joined the firm in 2004, having spent the previous ten years on the client side as a facilities/project manager for a hospital in Louisiana.
With over 30 years of experience, Colwell has managed large-scale, complex projects for major healthcare systems as well as challenging smaller renovations and additions — all with notable success. "WHR has been a great fit for me," said Colwell. "The firm's focus on client service and responsiveness really resonates with healthcare owners and administrators. It is the foundation for our relationships as trusted advisors to our clients."
An excellent example of Colwell's project leadership is his work for Stamford Health System in Stamford, Connecticut, where he has been responsible for the management of multiple projects over seven years. Many of these projects were the result of "make way" projects implemented from the facilities master plan developed by WHR for Stamford Hospital in 2004. These projects set the stage for the development of the new specialty building on campus that includes diagnostic and treatment functions. Recently, the hospital authorized WHR to proceed with the horizontal and vertical expansion to the previously designed Diagnostic & Treatment base building, adding seven bed floors and a lobby expansion.
A graduate of Louisiana State University, where he received his bachelor of architecture degree, Colwell is a member of the American Institute of Architecture and is certified by the NCARB. BD+C