RG Architects, P.A. 10th Year Anniversary Party
RG Architects, P.A. hosted a 10th year anniversary party on November 10. The event also celebrated the retirement and birthday of co-founder Charlie Gutekunst. The event was held at their offices in the historic Miles Building at 2070 McGregor Boulevard in downtown Fort Myers
RG Architects, P.A. provides exceptional architecture and design services for landmark commercial, education, and community projects in Southwest Florida. RG Architects, P.A. was founded in 2012 on the idea that design impacts people's lives. People and function are at the center of everything RG Architects does.
The company is committed to:
Providing clients with the highest service standards
Delivering excellent design ideas and solutions
Creating an aesthetically pleasing, functional, sustainable, and cost-effective design
Working hard to meet each project's unique and specific needs
Hoefer Welker Expands to Jacksonville
Kansas City-based Hoefer Welker, an architecture, planning and design firm, is expanding into Jacksonville. It will occupy a 5,600-square-foot office in Riverplace Tower.
“Our footprint in the Jacksonville area continues to expand so it only made sense that we open an office here. We’re eager to continue growing throughout the Southeast” Trevor Lee, AIA, Hoefer Welker’s Jacksonville managing partner, said in an Aug. 16 news release.
Hoefer Welker's Jacksonville projects include:
A VA clinic at 145 Heron Bay Road, 193,500 square feet.
Branches of the 121 Financial Credit Union.
More than 100,000 square feet of projects for Baptist Health.
“With Florida’s increasing population — and our growing presence — Jacksonville was the natural choice for our third office,” said Mitch Hoefer, Hoefer Welker CEO and founding partner, in the release.
Rajput, AIA, Becomes Licensed Architect
RG Architects' Sanjay Rajput, AIA, is now a licensed architect.
“Growing up, I was always interested in breaking things down to look at components. I would tear apart something electrical, like a hair dryer, and put it back together," said Rajput. "As I grew older, I became intrigued with how the components of a building come together. I am passionate about the creativity of architecture and its impact on our lives. We are creating a lifestyle and community."
Rajput has been with RGA since 2019. His project management experience includes the Heights Education Building, the Bay Beach Commons, a multi-family building for the Presbyterian Homes & Housing Foundation, the renovation of Times Square Park on Fort Myers Beach and the renovation of the Fort Myers Technical College.
Halflants+Pichette Grows Tampa Practice
Tara Williams, AIA; Morgan Denty; Dan Greenberg; Buffy Stachorowski; Zack Sladden; Ana Meneses and Sofia Torres have joined the Halflants+Pichette team in 2022.
Williams is an architect with more than 12 years of experience in commercial, office, retail, renovations and corporate interiors. She earned a Bachelor's of Architecture at the University of Florida and a Master's of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. For the past five years, she's been the project architect at the St. Pete Pier. At Halflants+Pichette, she will be the Tampa studio director.
Denty, the office manager, has worked in the architecture industry for 12 years and attended Georgia State University for business administration and marketing. She enjoys being part of a creative team that designs projects to enrich the community.
Project architect Greenberg returns to Halflants+Pichette from positions at ASD|SKY and Alfonso Architects. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida School of Architecture.
Stachorowski will serve as lead project manager in the Tampa office. She has experience managing large-scale projects with team members including project architects and designers, interior designers and landscape architects.
Project manager Sladden studied sculpture and graphic design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has a Master's in Architecture from the University of South Florida. He has worked with firms in Boston and Cologne. Meneses, also a project manager, is a native of Colombia who moved to the United States in 2010. She has a Master's Degree in Architecture and pursued a master's in urban and community design.
Torres, design associate, is in her third year of a four-year Master's of Architecture program at the University of South Florida. She's a native of Puerto Rico.
Halff Expands Practice to Florida
Halff Associates hired Robert Smedley, AIA, and Marjorie Weibe-Reed, AIA, to expand the company's presence in Florida. Smedley and Weibe-Reed will be based in Jacksonville, advancing the firm's portfolio in federal, state, and local government and private industries.
Smedley has nearly 40 years of experience in both the public and private sector, working in the aerospace, aviation, federal, health care, military, and science and technology industries. He is a certified member of the Design-Build Institute of American and serves on national and Florida region committees. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.
Weibe-Reed, an AIA Florida board member, has more than 25 years of experience working on aviation, commercial, government, historic and institutional projects. She previously served as president of AIA Jacksonville and is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Halff is an award-winning, employee-owned professional engineering and architecture firm. It has offices in Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas.
Personnel Moves at REG
REG Architects marked its 34th anniversary April 1 with some personnel moves.
Manuel Ayala, AIA, was named vice president. He replaced the retiring Colin Price. Ayala has been with REG for more than a decade and has more than 25 years of experience. Among his most important projects are the historic Lake Worth Beach Casino and several projects for the Palm Beach and Marin County school districts.
REG also welcomed Ricardo E. Gonzalez III, son of Rick Gonzalez, AIA, to the firm as the head of marketing and business development. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, the younger Gonzalez previously worked in public insurance adjusting.
Arquitectonica Expands to West Palm Beach
Arquitectonica opened a new office in Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach.
"We have long had a presence in the region thanks to strong client relationships and high-profile projects," said Timothy Reedy, Arquitectonica's CEO. "We see tremendous opportunities for growth in the region and are excited about the prospects this new office will provide for our clients and our firm. Our clients want an architecture firm that has a local presence backed by global expertise, and our expansion into West Palm Beach is a natural step to better serve our clients in the region."
The new office will be led by Vice President Michelle Cintron, AIA.
"Over the past several years, we have experienced a steady increase in clients within the market and are confident that this location will advantageously position the firm to extend our service offerings and continue to build upon our strong foundation in Florida."
Arquitectonica has more than 600 employees across an international network of offices.
Hagopian Named to Design Review Board
Jason Hagopian, AIA, president and founder of Neuvio Architects was reappointed recently to the Design Review Board in Miami Beach. That board ensures that new development in the city meets the highest standards of design and sustainability.
Peacock + Lewis, JBD JGA Design Join Forces
Peacock + Lewis Architecture and Interior Design and JBD JGA Design and Architecture formed a new private club-focused professional services network, ClubWorks.
"Both Peacock + Lewis and JBD JGA have long been design leaders in the private club industry. This exciting relationship will not only support each companies' individualism and identity but enhance the ability to provide even better service and a higher level of creativity to a wider geographic market," Peacock + Lewis CEO Brian Idle, AIA, said. "With our combined 100 yeas of club amenity design experience, the club and hospitality industry will be the beneficiary of this new partnership."
ClubWorks will be the "go-to" for clubhouse design, JBD founder Judd Brown says. The network will provide design services to private clubs around the U.S.
Davenport Named to Capital City Bank Group Board
Bonnie Davenport, AIA, president and founding principal of BKJ Inc., was named to the Capital City Bank Group board of directors on Dec. 14.
She is a certified general contractor with NCARB certification. Davenport is a member of the Maclay School Board of Trustees and of the Urban Land Institute-Capital Region. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 28, Entrepreneurial Excellence Program Class 3 and the Jim Moran Small Business Entrepreneurship Class 5. She is a double graduate of the University of Florida.
Capital City Bank Group is one of the largest publicly traded financial holding companies headquartered in Florida with about $4 billion in assets. It provides a full range of banking services. Capital City Bank, the group's bank subsidiary, was founded in 1895 and has 57 banking offices in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
Woodury Named Chairman/CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts
Mark Woodbury, AIA, a theme park architect with Universal Parks and Resorts, was named chairman and CEO of the company effective Jan. 1.
Formerly the vice chairman of Universal Parks and Resorts and president of Universal Creative, Woodbury will take over for Tom Williams, who will retire March 16. Woodbury has been with Universal for more than 30 years. He has lead planning and design strategy for Universal Parks & Resorts worldwide, design and creation of Universal ride experiences, themed lands, destination hotels and more. His latest project was Universal Studios Beijing.
“Mark has unique and essential insight into everything that makes Universal Parks & Resorts successful,” said Jeff Shell, chief executive officer of NBCUniversal. “Beyond his ability to create incredibly innovative guest experiences, he has tremendous experience with strategy, financials, stewardship of the Universal Parks brand and so much more. He has also been a key part of planning for the future of Universal Parks & Resorts. All this makes him perfect for this role.”
Peacock+Lewis Announces New Director
Naples, Florida — Peacock + Lewis, a leading architecture and interior design company servicing the private club and hospitality markets welcomes licensed interior designer Patricia Sampson as the director of client initiatives for the firm.
Sampson comes to Peacock +Lewis with more than 25 years of nationwide experience designing award-winning private clubs, luxury residences and hospitality projects. Sampson will manage business development and client relationships firm-wide. Additionally, in the Naples office, Sampson will be in charge of servicing the interior design and purchasing needs of private clubs regionally. Sampson holds a BA from the University of Virginia as well as an interior design degree from Seminole State College of Florida. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Urban Land Institute, and is NCIDQ certified. Nationally and as a resident of Southwest Florida, Sampson has developed long-standing relationships with manufacturers, suppliers and industry leaders servicing private clubs and hospitality projects.
Peacock + Lewis, based in North Palm Beach and Naples, recently won multiple design excellence awards from the American Society of Interior Designers and design and honor awards from the American Institute of Architects. Peacock + Lewis has been providing award-winning architecture and interior design services for private clubs, residential golf course communities and the hospitality industry since 1961. For information, visit peacockandlewis.com.