"What inspires me the most is that no two projects are alike. Each facility may have the same kit of parts, but the clients use the building differently."
SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECT
University of Kansas School of
Architecture and Design
What's been your most rewarding project(s) while at your firm?
During my time at HNTB Corporation I have had the privilege of working on city landmark projects. My most rewarding experience to date has to have been my contributions to the Louisiana State University football operations center renovation and expansion project.
It was the first project in my career where I was leading a team and working as the main contact between us and the client. Together with my design team, we were able to deliver a cutting edge project tailored specifically to their program. There are many unique features that reinforce family, nutrition, hydration and recovery. There is a state of the art hydrotherapy pool that allows the players to seamlessly move from hot to cold plunges to assist in their recovery. There are flexible meeting rooms that allow for virtual reality practice. Those are just a few of the numerous highlights.
It was a challenging project with an aggressive timeline and I learned a great deal about how to deliver 4 for 4 with the resources available to me. The project will dramatically change how the football staff and players train. Each path through the building is purposefully designed in such a way that these young athletes will have no choice but to refuel, recover and rest their bodies. My feeling is that when the facility opens, it will change the way collegiate programs train their athletes.
Most interesting place you've traveled for work?
Most of my project work is to college towns, so from Tempe to Baton Rouge, I enjoy the towns and travel.
What inspires you about your profession?
What inspires me the most is that no two projects are alike. Each facility may have the same kit of parts, but the clients use the building differently. This makes for unique opportunities to solve similar issues in different ways, so they are tailored to each client.