Feb. 1, 2004
TRANSITIONSIn Remembrance Leading healthcare futurist Russell C. Coile, Jr. passed away in November 2003 after a brief struggle with brain cancer and resulting complications. Coile, 60, was a long-time member of The Center for Health Design's board of directors. He was a pioneering health futurist, spotting trends and advising hospitals, physicians' groups and health plans across the country for more than two decades. In 2002, he was named one of the top 100 health leaders in America by Modern Healthcare magazine. Coile was also the author of 10 books, a monthly newsletter and Futurescan, the award-winning annual report on industry trends sponsored by the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.News Makers in Design
  • Gensler has elected a new board of directors, signaling the next generation of senior leadership. The 12-person board will drive the firm's Vision 20/10, its strategic roadmap for the coming decade. Joining the firm's co-founders, Arthur and Drucilla Gensler, on the board are Robin Klehr Avia, Joseph Brancato, Andrew Cohen, Diane Hoskins, Walter Hunt, James Follett, James Furr, David Gensler, Christopher Johnson and Daniel Winey. Eight of the new members are managing principals of the firm's seven regions. Their election follows the recent departures of four of Gensler's long-time directors: Edward Friedrichs, Anthony Harbour, Denis Rice and Margo Grant Walsh.

  • The FIDER board of directors re-elected Beth Harmon-Vaughan, FIIDA, as 2004 board chair. Harmon-Vaughan is director of interior design for Leo A. Daly, Phoenix, AZ. Michael Souter, FASID, of Luminae Souter Associates, San Francisco, CA, was elected 2004 secretary treasurer. In addition, two new members joined the nine-member board in January. Cary D. Johnson, FIIDA, principal and senior director for The Environments Group, Chicago, IL, was appointed to represent NCIDQ. Joseph Pettipas, vice president and director of interior design for HOK Canada, Toronto, Ontario, will represent the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).

  • Robert H. Busler, AIA has joined WDG Architecture PLLC, Washington, DC, as principal, strategic planning and business development. He will be responsible for the strategic direction of the firm, as well as new business development. He brings strong design and management skills from his combined experience at HNTB Architecture and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

  • Thomas Noto has been appointed director of business development for Smith Consulting Architects, San Diego, CA. Noto is charged with cultivating viable leads and new business relationships; organizing and coordinating weekly business development meetings; and assisting in the formulation of the firm's yearly strategic business development plan. He also works directly with the firm's public relations agency.

  • Kahler Slater Architects, Milwaukee, WI, has promoted Barbara Armstrong, Kelly Gaglione, Joseph Heinowski, AIA, John Horky, AIA, Daniel Morgan, AIA, Douglas Nysse, Jennifer Schlimgen, AIA, Stephen Steen, AIA and Matthew Tendler, AIA, to principals. John Cain, AIA, Richard Eschner, AIA, Lawrence Schnuck, AIA and Louis Stippich, AIA, were promoted to senior principals.

  • John McGuire, AIA, joins AC Martin Partners as director of the Sacramento, CA, office. Previously, McGuire was a senior associate at KMD Architects and Planners in Portland, OR. His experience includes educational, civic, justice, commercial and historic preservation building.

  • Deanne Erpelding, IIDA, has been promoted to associate at KKE Architects, Minneapolis, MN. Erpelding has seven years of interior design experience working closely with clients to understand their business and design objectives.

  • John Adams Dix has been appointed project director/architecture for A. Epstein and Sons International, Chicago, IL. He will lead the design efforts of Mc4West LLC, the design-build team developing and constructing the McCormick Place West expansion. Dix has over 30 years of design and management experience on large-scale complex projects.

  • Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design welcomes three new designers. Shoshanna Segal, LC, brings to the New York office 10 years of experience in a variety of areas. Steven Espinoza has also joined the New York office. New to the San Francisco, CA, office is Josie Lawrence, with lighting design experience in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

  • The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) has announced three newly-elected members to its board of directors and two members elected to the membership committee. Mitchell Kohn, Highland Park, IL, has been elected to a two-year term as director of finance. Stefan R. Graf, Ypsilanti, MI, has been elected to a two-year term as director of marketing and communications. Katherine C. Abernathy, North Providence, RI, will serve a three-year term as director-at-large. Elected to serve for two years on the IALD membership committee are Faith E. Baum of Newark, NJ, and Graham Phoenix from London, England. Supplier Appointments
  • Guy Geier has been named CEO of Vitra Inc., USA, New York, NY. A trained architect and space planner, Geier has worked in various management positions with top architectural and design firms for more than 20 years. He was most recently with NBBJ, where he was responsible for business development and client relationship management, particularly in corporate and commercial markets.

  • Andrew McGregor has been appointed executive vice president of KI, Green Bay, WI. Best known for his repeated successes in start-up, turnaround and general management work for Herman Miller and Knoll, McGregor will build upon KI's recent history of award-winning product designs with his experience as a champion for new product design and development.

  • In an effort to broaden sales and further build its nationwide network of dealers, Allsteel Inc., Muscatine, IA, has restructured its sales management team and dealer development initiative. Martin Scaglione was named vice president sales, responsible for growing sales and increasing the company's overall market share. Allsteel's expanded dealer program will be directed by two seasoned Allsteel executives: Steve Sparks, vice president, dealer development, in the western U.S., and Mike Murphy, vice president, dealer development, in the eastern U.S.

  • PPG Industries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, has appointed Patrick J. Kenny as business manager of the construction market team. He had been director of marketing, flat glass, since 1999. Kenny will direct construction market-focused marketing initiatives among the company's flat glass, architectural finishes and industrial finishes businesses.

  • C.F. Stinson, Rochester Hills, MI, has added Douglas Shantz as national sales director, leading the company's sales efforts of fabrics and vinyls for commercial, hospitality and healthcare environments.

  • American Seating, Grand Rapids, MI, has tapped Bob Wiegand as vice president of sales and marketing. Wiegand's background has primarily focused in the automotive supply industry, with over 23 years of sales and leadership experience at SPX Corp.

  • Christine Woodard has been promoted to vice president of the contract division for Harden Furniture, McConnellsville, NY. A five-year company veteran, Woodard was previously contract division manager. She will now direct the continued development of building new sales and distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada.Expansions Global has recently opened two new showrooms. Its 7,300-square-foot Phoenix, AZ, showroom was officially launched in November with a grand opening celebration. The company's 5,900-square-foot Charlotte, NC, showroom opened in January and marked Global's 26th showroom in the U.S. In addition, Global has six more facilities and showrooms currently under construction and scheduled for opening during the first six months of 2004.Awards & Milestones
  • Samuel Mockbee, FAIA (1944-2001) was selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to posthumously receive the 2004 AIA Gold Medal. The highest honor the AIA confers to an individual, the Gold Medal recognizes an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Mockbee, or "Sambo" as he preferred to be addressed, may be best known for founding the Auburn University Rural Studio—conceived as an opportunity to raise the spirits of the rural poor through the creation of homes and community centers that were designed and developed with the same set of architectural principles as those buildings made for prominent clients with large budgets.

  • The AIA also named Lake/Flato Architects Inc., San Antonio, TX, as recipient of the 2004 AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually to recognize a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. Though firmly rooted in Texas, Lake/Flato has used its enriching approach to architecture across a vast array of places, project types and scales. Its work ranges from family retreats to museums and interpretive centers, independent schools to universities, arboretums to corporate headquarters throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

  • Sidney Epstein, chairman of the Chicago, IL-based A. Epstein and Sons International, Inc., has been named the 2003 Award of Honor recipient by the Chicago Building Congress. Epstein was chosen for his significant contributions to Chicago's building industry. He began work with the firm in 1943 as a structural engineer and currently is licensed as both an architect and engineer. He has served as the firm's chairman since 1983.

  • The Kimball showroom in Washington, DC, received the Excellence in Construction Award for Best Interior from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metropolitan Washington. The 7,600-square-foot showroom supports the company's focus on serving the public sector and showcases a blend of Kimball's wood heritage, innovative products and design focus. The showroom's general contractor was Rand Construction Corp.; architect was Davis Carter Scott.

  • The U.S. headquarters facility of Teknion LLC has been awarded ISO 14001 certification from the International Organ-ization for Standardization, a program directing standards in more than 100 countries. ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS) standard. Designed for businesses, large or small, EMS manages an organization's environmental aspects and the impacts of its operations, while the organization works toward continuous improvement. Certification, a lengthy multi-step process, is obtained through audits performed by third-party independent companies trained and licensed to perform audits specific to ISO 14001. In keeping with Teknion's overall Sustainability Program, this ISO standard ensures that the company commits to protecting the natural environment by conserving resources.

  • Maregatti Interiors won A Monumental Affair Honor Award for interior design for creating a workspace that not only houses its operations, but also tangibly supports its identity, highlights its creativity and represents its ideals. A Monumental Affair is sponsored by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, an Indianapolis, IN-based organization that promotes beautification of the city. Each year Keep Indianapolis Beautiful gives awards to companies and organizations that have made significant contributions to local design, development, construction and beautification. The design for the award- winning Maregatti Interiors had a budget of about $300,000 to transform a 5,075-square-foot space into an environment that maximizes its purpose and functionality and positively affects the behavior of people who work and visit there.
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