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Joel Brandts

Partner

Background

Joel's leadership at tk1sc is in the management and creative direction of the firm. His attention to clients and their experience with the firm supports our success in building long-term relationships, and in the retention of our team.

Joel is involved in all phases of construction document preparation, including schematic and design development services, energy compliance documentation, comprehensive electrical specifications, estimating and construction field support. In addition, he is a design leader for k-12 and higher education campuses, sports complexes, recreational facilities, commercial centers, theaters, hotels and industrial facilities.

Professional Affiliations:

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
IESNA - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Education

BS Industrial Design - California State University, Long Beach

Architecture Studies - University of Southern California, Los Angeles

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Roger Carter, PE, LEED AP, CxA

Partner

Background

Roger has 30 years of experience in consulting engineering including over 10 years of practicing experience in the consulting engineering field in Australia and England. This unique background has resulted in creative and resourceful solutions on many of our significant projects. In over 20 years with the firm, Roger has been involved in major healthcare, civic, technology and build-to-suit projects with a focus on providing reliable design solutions and effective client support throughout all phases of a project.

Licenses and Registrations:

Registered Professional Engineer in California 1999 #M30980
LEED Accredited Professional
ACG Certified Commissioning Authority, 2009 #409-477

Professional Affiliations:

ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
ICBO - International Conference of Building Officials
ASHE - American Society of Healthcare Engineering
ASPE - American Society of Plumbing Engineers
ACG - AABC Commissioning Group
BCA - Building Commissioning Association

Education

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering - 1982, Wembley College - Perth, Australia

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Joe Ross, PE

Partner

Background

Joe’s responsibilities include being involved in all aspects of design operations and production activities for the firm’s complete range of mechanical engineering/design services.  Joe serves as the Principal-in-Charge, as well as Mechanical Engineer of Record for all projects with which he is involved.  Additionally, Joe is managing partner of our San Diego office.

Joe’s experience includes a wide range projects that include: healthcare, biotech/life sciences, pharmaceutical manufacturing, hospitality, education, residential and commercial office projects. He has a passion for creating and leading high performing teams and recognizes the importance of integrated project delivery and sustainable design.

Licenses and Registrations:

Registered Professional Engineer in California 1989 #M26277, Michigan
LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Affiliations:

ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
ASHE – American Society for Healthcare Engineering
USGBC – US Green Building Council

Education

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering – 1985 from California Polytechnic State University

 

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Ray Swartz, PE, MIES, LEED AP

Partner

Background

Ray's responsibilities include being involved in all aspects of design operations and production activities for the firm's complete range of electrical engineering/design services. He services as the Principal-in-Charge over many projects, as well as Electrical Engineer of Record for all projects with which he is involved.

Ray also specializes in architectural lighting design and has been responsible for innovative lighting designs which have enhanced the use, comfort, and grace of numerous architectural and landscape projects.

Licenses and Registrations:

Registered Professional Engineer in California  #E15610
LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Affiliations:

AIA - American Institute of Architects/Orange County Chapter
SAME - Society of American Military Engineers
IESNA - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
USGBC - US Green Building Council

Education

Bachelor of Science in Physics - University of California, Riverside, CA

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Tjwan Tang, PE, LEED AP

Partner

Background

Having started his career with the firm nearly 25 years ago as a graduate engineer, Tjwan has the unique perspective of understanding all of the critical details involved in the successful integration of HVAC systems into any number of project types. Tjwan's involvement in major civic, educational, commercial, build-to-suit and tenant improvement projects has demanded an attention to detail and client needs that is part of his approach to every project. A solid understanding of all building systems and their impacts on a well-coordinated project brings invaluable expertise to all aspects of the design and construction process.

Throughout his career ,Tjwan has provided steady guidance to our staff and contributed significantly to the processes that define the quality of the documents we produce.

Licenses and Registrations:

Registered Professional Engineer in California, 1997, #M29973
LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Affiliations:

ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
USGBC

Education

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering - 1991, California State University - Fullerton, CA

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Ron Zawadzki, RCDD, LEED AP, CxA

Partner

Background

Ron leads our low voltage / telecommunications / data / AV services, overseeing the team and working with our clients from the initial planning stages to the final construction support services of a large number of projects.

Ron is involved in all phases of construction document preparation including the initial planning, construction documents, energy compliance, comprehensive electrical specifications, estimating and construction field support. In addition, Ron specializes in Telecommunication/Data Systems, data center design, university facilities design, and high voltage power systems engineering.

Licenses and Registrations:

RCDD #126544 - BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer
ACG Certified
Commissioning Authority, 2011 #411-796

Professional Affiliations:

BICSI - Building Industry Consulting Services International
USGBC - US Green Building Council
ACG
BCA

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering – Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Worcester, MA

Master of Science, Environmental Management – Westcoast University. Santa Barbara, CA

 




Principals

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Louise Belair, PE, LEED AP, EDAC

Principal

Background

Louise is a high-energy, hands-on collaborative leader with more than 21 years of accomplishments in the industry.  She is the managing director of our Los Angeles office, and a principal with the firm.

Proficient in all aspects of mechanical engineering, Louise is involved in all phases of construction document preparation, including schematic and design development services, energy compliance documentation, comprehensive mechanical specifications, estimating and construction field support.

Licenses and Registrations:

Professional Engineer - California #38180, Arizona #37481
Ingenieure - Quebec #106292

Professional Affiliations:

ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineers
ASHE - American Society of Healthcare Engineers
CSHE - California Society of Healthcare Engineers 
USGBC

Education

Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering 1989, University Of Montreal Ecole Polytechnique - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Bill Brown, PE

Principal

Background

Bay Area industry leader and award-winning mechanical engineer, Bill is a seasoned manager with proven success in the delivery of complex projects requiring well-executed coordination and intense communication with clients. He has over 30 years of experience in the planning, engineering, and design and construction of MEP systems for a broad range of market sectors. Bill’s experience includes significant work in the fields of energy and infrastructure, science and technology, higher education, healthcare, electronics, and biotechnology. He has led several complex engineering as prime, and managed multidisciplinary design teams from concept planning and programming through engineering design and completion of construction.

Licenses and Registrations

Registered Professional Engineer, California

Professional Affiliations

ASHRAE

 

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA

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Becky Clift, RCDD, LEED AP

Principal

Background

As a Principal specializing in electrical and low voltage design, Becky is responsible for the day-to-day management of projects from the initial planning stages to the final construction support services. As a project leader, she directs engineering teams throughout all phases of a project from concept through construction.

In addition, Becky has extensive healthcare experience that includes master planning, executive engineering, and design of new and renovation projects in acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral health, and medical office buildings. 

With over 20 years of experience, Becky's knowledge and abilities make her a valuable leader in the success of our firm.

Licenses and Registrations:

RCDD - BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer
LEED Accredited Professional
 

Professional Affiliations:

ASHE – American Society for Healthcare Engineering
BICSI – Building Industry Consulting Services International
USGBC – US Green Building Council

Education

Brigham Young University

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Denise Gala

Principal

Background

Denise leads our Business Services department overseeing accounting, HR, IT, and administrative operations. With over 25 years of experience, she finds creative and innovative solutions to improve organizational processes, foster team productivity, and enhance our clients' experience. An expert in Deltek Vision, the industry's top financial management system, Denise is skilled in all aspects of accounting and job costing, payroll, financial analysis, and reporting. Her skills in software implementation, team-building, mentoring, and leadership contribute to our firm's ongoing success.

Education

Western Governors University - Business Management and Accounting

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Charles Hutchinson, LEED AP, CxA, CCP

Principal

Background

Charles has 23 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. He brings a depth of knowledge and skills in the engineering and commissioning of all types of buildings that include civic and municipal, commercial, higher education, retail, healthcare, research and development, and more.

Charles leads our Commissioning group who provide third-party services on all projects types. He works with clients to help them achieve LEED certification from Silver to Platinum. He is skilled in leading teams in fundamental and enhanced commissioning, as well as continuous commissioning. 

Licenses and Registrations:

LEED Accredited Professional
ACG Certified Commissioning Authority, 2011 #411-796
CCP Certified Commissioning Professional

Professional Affiliations:

BCA - Building Commissioning Association
AABC Commissioning Group (AGC)
USGBC - US Green Building Council

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - 2003, New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, NM

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Andy Thul, PE

Principal

Background

A nationally-recognized expert in code, life safety, and fire system (CLSF) consulting, Andy leads our CLSF group. Working with owners, architects, and contractors, he solves code issues though fire and smoke path models, a deep analysis of the building code, negotiations with local jurisdictions and more. His experience includes work with hospitals, higher education, K-12, residential, retail, mixed-use, manufacturing and industrial clients.

Licences and Registrations:

Fire Protection Engineer, California #1782

Professional Affiliations

Society of Fire Protection Engineers
National Fire Protection Association
BOMA Greater Los Angeles - Codes and Regulations Committee
City of Los Angeles Fire Code Advisory Committee

Education

Graduate Certificate in Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2010
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007




Senior Directors

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Robin Callaway

Senior Director

Background

Robin has over 40 years’ industry experience in mechanical and plumbing systems, from field construction foreman to executive management. He brings a wide range of knowledge and rounded experience in pre-construction, prefabrication, site operations, project management, and budgeting. Experienced in design-build, and all forms of delivery methods, he is skilled in several market sectors that include commercial, hospitality, healthcare, higher education, government, military, residential, data center, labs, and clean rooms. 

Robin is an accomplished and versatile professional with a proven ability to assimilate customer project needs and effectively present viable solutions. He is a dedicated and self-motivated results-oriented professional with an established track record for building, developing, and promoting highly successful projects and strong relationships.

Professional Affiliations:

ASHRAE – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
CPMCA – California Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association
SMACNA – Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
US Green Building Council
AGC - San Diego

Education

CA Certified JM SMWIA
CA Certified Energy Management
NEMI Trained EM Auditor
SMACNA Certified TAB
AEE Certified in Co-Generation
LEED, LEAN experience/training
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Jennifer Crawford, CPSM

Senior Director

Background

Jennifer is a leader and strategist in business development and marketing, with more than 20 years in the AEC industry. Her career began in marketing communications and research for software and manufacturing companies, working with Battelle in the launch of one of the first searchable text database programs in the late 1980s. She served as the communication manager for Den-Mat, a dental products manufacturing company, and helped launch the very successful Rembrant Toothpaste product line to the mass market during the 1990s. Jennifer was a professor in the Journalism department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she taught public relations and writing. She has also been a debate coach and judge at both the college and high school levels. Jennifer is a member of SMPS and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer. She has served as a mentor and board member of the SMPS San Diego Chapter, and is active in the Society of College and University Planners and the Design-Build Institute of America.

Certifications

Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM)

Professional Affiliations

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
Society of College & University Planners (SCUP)
Society of Professional Services Marketers (SMPS)

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Business & Organizational Communication, University of Akron, Akron Ohio

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Russell Gault, LEED AP

Senior Director

Background

Russ leads of our Plumbing Department and with more than 30 years of experience in plumbing and fire protection system design, he has been involved with some of the most significant projects in our firm's history. Russ brings a strong ability to understand project requirements, respond to client needs and communicate with industry professionals contributing to overall project success. He has worked on build-to-suit, commercial, hospitality, educational and civic projects with an emphasis of bringing value throughout all phases of project development and construction.

During his tenure Russ has become a steady guiding influence for our Plumbing Department, which is reflected in the quality of our work.

Registrations:

LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Affiliations:

ASPE - American Society of Plumbing Engineers
IAPMO - International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

Education

Associate in Applied Science - 1980, Phoenix College - Phoenix, Arizona

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Peter Maradudin, IALD, MIES

Senior Director, Lighting Studio Leader

Background

As Studio Director for StudioK1, Peter Maradudin provides overall aesthetic direction for the lighting design group. 

In addition to his architectural work, Peter has been acknowledged as one of the foremost theatre lighting designers in America, having designed the lighting for over 300 productions for Broadway, Off-Broadway and every major theatre in the country. He brings this theatrical training and practice to his work in architecture, using light to enhance the story each environment wants to tell.

Professional Affiliations:

IALD - International Association of Lighting Designers - Professional Member
IESNA - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
American Institute of Architects, Orange County Chapter
United Scenic Artists Local 829

 

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Design - Yale School of Drama
Bachelor of Arts, History - Stanford University
Bachelor of Arts, Drama - Stanford University
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Steve Neimeister, LC, MIES

Senior Director

Background

Steve is involved in all engineering decisions and is responsible for the day-to-day management of projects from the initial planning stages to the final construction support services. He leads some of this firm's largest and most notable projects that include work with the City of Hope and the Irvine Company. His leadership in building successful relationships with the owners and architects we work with sets teams up for success. From his commitment to team collaboration, managing projects, and mentoring the next generation of engineers, Steve is a great part of our success.

Certifications:

National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, Lighting Certified Professional (LC)
State of California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, Engineer-in-Training (EIT)

Professional Affiliations:

IESNA - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
USGBC - United States Green Building Council
BICSI - Building Industry Consulting Services International, Information Transport Systems

Education

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Bachelors of Architectural Engineering, Lighting – Electrical Engineering, 2004
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Eileen Thomas, LC, IALD, LEED AP

Senior Director

Background

As a specialist in architectural lighting design, Eileen’s passion for lighting the built environment is evident in her work. For the corporate headquarters of the energy drink Monster Energy as well as our own office in Irvine, Eileen’s vision earned her awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of America, IESNA. She was integral in the $100 million re-imagining of the open-air lifestyle center, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, where her lighting inspirations evoke a welcoming, high-end shopping experience. With a background in theatre lighting as master electrician and stage lighting designer, Eileen keeps what’s important in the light. More of her work can be found on the StudioK1 website, the lighting studios of tk1sc.

Other award-winning, iconic projects include the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California; the Hubbell Lighting Inc. Headquarters in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Game Works throughout the United States. Current projects include the Pistoia Apartments in Irvine, California; Lake Forest Civic Center in Lake Forest, California; and Highgate Active Center in Bakersfield, California.

Registrations:

- LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Affiliations:

- NCQLP - National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (LC)
- USGBC - US Green Building Council
- IALD - International Association of Lighting Designers, Professional Member
- Design Lighting Forum, Los Angeles

Education

- NCQLP Lighting Certification (LC)
- BFA Theatre Production Design and Technology - Ohio University

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Bill Voller

Senior Director

Background

As a Senior Director, Bill Voller provides project management services for a wide variety of engineering projects and is involved in all engineering decisions.  Bill is also responsible for the day-to-day management of projects from the initial planning stages to the final construction support services.

Proficient in all aspects of electrical design, Bill is involved in all phases of construction document preparation including schematic and design development services, energy compliance documentation, project budgeting and construction field support.

Bill's experience includes educational facilities, retail buildings, commercial office buildings, recreational facilities/parks, fitness centers, theaters and commercial storage facilities.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - University of California at Riverside, CA