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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

Mechanical Engineer: CA, NV, AZ, OK, OR, UT, WA, HI, TX
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:

Electrical Engineer: CA, NV, WA, OK, AZ, OR
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:

Mechanical Engineer: CA
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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Larry Buck

Principal

Background

Larry brings over 25 years of experience in various leadership roles including responsibilities for sales and marketing and leading a product production division as a General Manager. He has a strong business development background working for such companies as Jacobs Engineering, where he was the global sales leader for their data center design practice, General Electric Digital Energy, Rockwell International and EYP Mission Critical, a preeminent data center MEP design engineering firm. His experience includes working with Fortune 1000 customers, and other clients, across a wide variety of market verticals providing integrated service and product solutions.

Professional Affiliations

SMPS - Society for Marketing Professional Services

Education

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering - University of Maryland

MBA, Corporate Finance - University of Notre Dame

Professional Certification, Six Sigma - Villanova University

Professional Certificates, Financial Management and HVAC Systems Design - University of California, San Diego

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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 is a corporate leader with over 25 years’ experience in professional services. She leads our Business Services Department overseeing finance and accounting, contracts and administration. She finds creative and innovative solutions to improve organizational processes, foster team productivity and enhance our clients experience. Denise has expertise in implementing Deltek Vision accounting software and has developed our accounting and job cost systems, payroll, financial analysis and custom reporting. Her skills in team building, mentoring and leadership contributes to our firms ongoing success.

Professional Affiliations

IMA - Institute of Management Accountants
SDA - Society of Design Administrators

Education

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Organizational Behavior Concentration, summa cum laude - Colorado Technical University

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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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Dan Munn, SE, PE, LEED AP

Principal, Seattle Office Lead

Background

Dan leads our Seattle-based office and structural engineering department. He is a thought-leader in the delivery of integrated design, emphasizing that sustainable design is an imperative, not an option. In his 25+ years of experience, and nearly 20 years serving the Puget Sound, Dan has worked with notable clients like Boeing and Google, as well as numerous K-12 school districts, colleges and community colleges, large retail centers, healthcare systems, and government facilities.

Over the past five years, Dan has led the design and installation of large photovoltaic systems for Google’s Santa Clara campus, the Miami Heat Stadium, the San Francisco 49er’s new Santa Clara, CA stadium, and at the MGM Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

Licenses and Registrations

Civil Engineer: WA, CA, ID, MT
Structural Engineer: WA, CA, AZ, HI, OR, WY, AK

Professional Affiliations

Seattle 2030 District Board – Current
Structural Engineers Association of Washington
United States Green Building Council
Design In Public (Seattle AIA Affiliate) – Past Board Member

Education

Arizona State University, 1993, BS Civil Engineering

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Steve Neimeister, LC, MIES

Principal

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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Amarpreet Sethi , CEM, LEED AP, WELL AP

Principal

Background

Amarpreet Sethi, CEM, LEED AP ,Well AP, is a principal and the High Performance and Sustainability leader. Based in the firm’s Seattle office, Amarpreet brings a passion to provide valuable contributions to our clients’ sustainability goals.

Amarpreet’s background in architecture and engineering allow her to provide expert leadership in the field of high performance buildings. Her deep knowledge of climate responsive design, building envelope, daylighting, and HVAC systems enable her to assist integrated design teams to deliver true high-performance buildings in all our market sectors.

Driven by a passion to provide valuable contributions to clients’ sustainability goals through Building Optimization services, Amarpreet has been performing energy modeling and building performance analytics for 18 years. Her work has impacted clients like Google and Boeing who strive to enhance user experience and environment stewardship by cutting operational costs and improving work space through the implementation of high performance systems.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Focus on Sustainability - T.V.B School of Habitat Studies

Master of Science, Energy and Climate - Arizona State University

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Bill Voller

Principal

Background

As a Principal, 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




Senior Directors

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Patti Bosalet

Senior Director

Background

Patti is a strategic human resources executive with more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience and an extensive background in operations, labor and employee relations, employee engagement, talent acquisition, compliance, process improvement and change management in both manufacturing and healthcare environments. Patti brings a strong sense of judgment, critical thinking skills and the ability to apply equality and integrity to the decision-making process. She is skilled in LEAN Manufacturing practices and implementation to include 6S, visual management, daily accountability, strategic planning and leader standard work.

Professional Affiliations

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management
ASHHRA - American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
PIHRA - Professionals in Human Resources Association

Education

Master of Science, Leadership - Grand Canyon University

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies - California State University, Long Beach

Certificate in HR Management - University of California, Irvine

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D. Ted Edelmann, PE

Senior Director

Background

Ted brings more than 30 years of experience in numerous fire protection arenas, including system design, full-scale fire testing, code consulting, computer fire and egress modeling, and as an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for local municipalities and Federal government agencies. These Federal efforts have included full-time staff augmentation positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) performing design reviews, test witness services and facility assessment activities centered on fire system and life safety deficiencies.

Ted continues performing design reviews, consulting to industrial clients, and designing fire suppression and alarm systems for government and commercial facilities, including office, hospital, residential, theme park, research laboratories and airport structures.

Licenses and Registrations

Fire Protection Engineer: CA, VT, DC, MD, VA, WV

Professional Affiliations

ICC - International Code Council
NFPA - National Fire Protection Association
SAME - Society of American Military Engineers
SFPE - Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Education

Bachelor of Science, Fire Protection Engineering - The University of Maryland

Bachelor of Science, Physics - Frostburg State University

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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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Andy Reed, PE, LEED AP

Senior Director

Background

Andy has over 30 years of mechanical engineering and design experience in a wide variety of markets and building types. He is a highly motivated and thorough engineer always looking for the best solutions for his clients. As a team-builder, he strives to communicate openly with all project team members, keeping them actively engaged and productive in their respective roles.

Andy always brings a strong focus on energy efficient designs and sustainable solutions, in order to provide building owners and operators a facility that will save energy over the entire life span of the project. With project types from sports arenas, to data centers, to correctional facilities, Andy’s career spans a wide breadth of project types and HVAC system solutions.

Licenses and Registrations

Mechanical Engineer: CA
LEED Accredited Professional

Professional Affiliations

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

Education

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering - University of Texas, Austin

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Eileen Thomas, LC, IALD, LEED AP

Senior Director - Lighting Studio Leader

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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Jason Tornquist, SE, PE

Senior Director

Background

As a Senior Director of structural engineering, Jason is responsible for leading structural staff and project teams, identifying goals and making decisions with key project stakeholders, and working with our clients throughout a project to ensure that structural systems and detailing are consistent with the project's goals. 

Jason is an articulate and professional leader who is passionate about seismic resiliency, sustainability, and architectural design, which is reflected in his resume of successful educational, civic, workplace, residential, and large-scale solar projects.

Licenses and Registrations

Civil Engineer: WA, CA, OR, ID
Structural Engineer: WA, CA, OR, HI

Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineers Association of Washington
AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction
 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of Washington