New firm associates announced!

By: Travis Estvold
27 May 2016

CTA Architects Engineers has announced additions to its associate ownership group. Eleven team members hailing from six regional offices and working in five different disciplines have been named associates. The naming of team members as associates reinforces CTA’s mission and vision, acknowledges and rewards sustained high performance, and recognizes significant individual contributions to the firm’s success, CTA President Scott Wilson notes.

Newly named 2016 associates include:


CTA_staff_BradThigpen

Brad Thigpen, RA, RID

  • Senior Project Manager/Architect | Austin, TX
  • JOINED CTA: June 2006
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Environmental Design; Texas A&M University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
We are problem-solvers that have to know a little bit about a lot of different things so it satisfies my beagle-like attention span.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The people and the culture is different than any other place that I’ve worked. The commitment to excellence, sustainability, and other people is truly remarkable.


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Bradley J. Feeley, AIA, NCARB

  • Project Architect | Billings, MT
  • JOINED CTA: July 1995
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Arts & Architecture; Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Having the ability to change the community, neighborhood, or area you live in and feel proud about the creations we do. Okay, so that is the political response; the real answer comes from a conversation with my 7-year-old daughter: “Daddy, what do you do at work?” Response: “I do the same thing you do: create spaces and shapes on a sheet of paper and color them up real pretty.”

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
It is the diversity and the options available to grow along with the people I work with when I walk into the building. You can take each day as a gift and I am proud to be a part of a great company that allows each one of us to do so.


CTA_staff_RogerWheat2Roger Wheat, PE

  • Senior Mechanical/Fire Protection Engineer | Billings, MT
  • JOINED CTA: Dec. 2010
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering; Colorado State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
The diverse range of project types I get to work on with HVAC, plumbing, or fire protection designs, and sometimes all three on the same project.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The folks I get to work with.  Tremendous talent across the board, and I’m glad I get to come here each day.


CTA_staff_LindsayErbLindsay Erb, EDAC, CSBA, RA

  • Project Architect | Boise, ID
  • JOINED CTA: Oct. 2006
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture, University of Idaho

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Architecture is diverse, challenging, and intriguing. I learn something new every day, and I love that aspect of architecture and the work we do at CTA.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The healthcare projects I’ve been involved with have been joint efforts between CTA and wonderful clients (like Humboldt General Hospital) and the outcomes have been successful thanks to a full team of enthusiastic and dedicated architects and engineers. I feel lucky to have been working here the past 10 years; the people I call colleagues, I also call friends, and that is what makes this place truly amazing!


CTA_staff_ChrisGoslinChris Goslin

  • Refrigeration Team Leader/Project Manager | Boise, ID
  • JOINED CTA: Oct. 2009
  • EDUCATION: Two years at University of Idaho University plus 15 years of on-the-job experience

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
I like the challenges that come with every project, as well as developing lasting partnerships with clients.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
CTA has a very diverse culture that allows personal and professional growth.


CTA_staff_SpencerShepardSpencer Shepard, PE

  • Regional Mechanical Department Manager | Boise, ID
  • JOINED CTA: Sep. 2002 and again in Oct. 2010
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering; Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
The ongoing challenge of keeping pace with an evolving industry that is constantly pushing the limits of energy efficiency. As a ME, I’m responsible for providing the best design that still promotes being a good steward of the environment.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The atmosphere and relationships that are fostered around the office. I’m amazed at the number of team member-implemented programs that promote relationships away from the office; this absolutely impacts the environment and the ability to do our jobs better.


CTA_staff_NathanHelfrichNathan Helfrich, RA

  • Project Architect | Bozeman, MT
  • JOINED CTA: Jan. 2005
  • EDUCATION: Master of Architecture & Bachelor of Fine Arts, Environmental Design; Montana State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
The opportunity to be creative and the diversity of projects types.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The company culture makes it feel like one big family. I also appreciate the tremendous number of resources available within the company.


CTA_staff_AndrewMoore3Andrew Moore, PE, LC, LEED AP BD+C

  • Electrical Engineer/Lighting Designer | Bozeman, MT
  • JOINED CTA: June 2012
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (Minor, Architectural Studies); Pennsylvania State University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Very few people understand power because you can’t see it (if you can, it’s too late). When you can break it down into simple terms and relate to architects and clients about what is happening, you can gain trust and build a relationship.  Lighting is also a passion, and you can’t conceptualize the built environment without light. Some of our architects and clients get very excited when they hear the types of things we can do with LEDs and lighting design in 2016.

WHAT MAKES CTA A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
Two things:  1. We have offices in the most beautiful places in the United States, bar none. 2. Those places attract high-performing talent, and it’s great to be surrounded with like-minded people who operate at a high level.


CTA_staff_KieronHunt2Kieron Hunt

  • Director of Canadian Operations | Langley/Vancouver, BC
  • JOINED CUSHING TERRELL: July 2013
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies; Simon Fraser University

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
The role of market analysis in land use planning brings an economic and market-driven foundation to determine the feasibility and optimal programming and ultimately helps our engineering and architectural disciplines ensure that the projects we plan and design can be built. It further helps the clients and communities we work with make their visions and dreams a reality.

WHAT MAKES CUSHING TERRELL A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
There is an incredible network of experience and expertise that is shared throughout the firm. It never ceases to amaze me how with one call or e-mail, someone has encountered a scenario or situation that can provide valuable assistance on a project, which ultimately benefits our clients. CTA/Cushing Terrell continues to push the envelope internally with its staff as well as externally in the deliverables we provide our clients and communities.


Processed with VSCO with c1 presetJohn Borer

  • Project Manager | Seattle, WA
  • JOINED CTA: May 2007 (internship) / June 2008 (full-time employee)
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture; University of Idaho

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
Every project is different with its unique set of opportunities and constraints, which keep it interesting and challenging.

WHAT MAKES CUSHING TERRELL A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
The variety of locations and people that we have, and our ability to collaborate seamlessly between all of them.


CTA_staff_KaraEberleKara Eberle, NCARB, GGP

  • Project Manager | Seattle, WA
  • JOINED CTA: May 2011
  • EDUCATION: Accredited Bachelor of Architecture; University of Arizona

WHAT’S BEST ABOUT MY DISCIPLINE:
The architectural profession is not static. It is constantly evolving to keep up with changes in construction materials and methods, and new theories on how the built environment affects human interaction. In summary… it is never boring!

WHAT MAKES CUSHING TERRELL A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK:
From a regional office perspective, it has been great working in a small office environment with the backing and resources of a large firm. We have a collaborative network across the firm that allows team members to learn and succeed.


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