G. Brian Ingham, AIA

Brian’s approach to every project is detail- and planning-oriented.  Even though he focuses on the small things that make a project a success, he also knows when to get out of the weeds and re-focus on the big picture.  Brian strives to collaborate with all other disciplines, extending to working directly with contractors and owners on project sites to come up with construction solutions before schedules and costs are impacted.

Brian is passionate about mentoring the next generation of professionals in the industry and is supported in his guidance by his work in every segment of the industry.

Outside of work, Brian is passionate about photography and spending time traveling with his family.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture
Lawrence Technological University

Bachelor of Science, Architecture
Lawrence Institute of Technology

Professional Registration

Licensed Architect, Michigan

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

James Hooker, PE, LEED® AP BD+C

As a young boy Jim used to take the electric motors out of his toys, make plastic props and build his own twin engine battery powered toy boats. These interests led Jim to Michigan Technological University to earn his BSEE degree in Electrical Power Engineering. Since then, he has added Professional Engineer credentials, LEED BD+C, and NCEES. Jim’s expertise includes all areas of electrical design and brings 20 years of versatile electrical engineering and 7 years working with his own company. His diverse projects from airports and government to schools and hospitals and everything in between.

Having worked construction with his father and residential electrical, Jim offers the commonsense approach. Drawing upon experience and proven technologies, he coordinates the electrical engineering effort from the start to final construction inspection to meet the highest standards of quality. Jim understands how powerful coordination and communication are to project success.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering
Power Emphasis
Michigan Technological University

Professional Registration

Professional Engineer
State of Michigan
State of North Carolina
State of Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations

National / Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE / MSPE)

NCEES

Nicholas W. P. Furgason, LC

Nicholas has worked in the AEC industry since his first ‘job’ in high school with Riverbend Timber Framing and Great Lakes Insulspan. After Nicholas graduated from high school he worked as an architectural CADD technician, where he developed an interest in Electrical Engineering. Since starting his education at Grand Valley State University and continuing his career in Electrical Engineering his career has become focused on Electrical and Lighting Design. Some specific highlights that Nicholas enjoyed working on were the Renovations of the University of Notre Dame Football Stadium and the Home Team Locker Room and Recruiting Center. Nicholas looks at every project in a unique way and tries to identify the unique characteristics and thinks about how to overcome the challenges in his role. Nicholas enjoys constant exposure to ever changing clients and projects.

Education
In progress
Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering
Grand Valley State University

Registrations
Lighting Certification
National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professionals (NCQLP)

Professional Affiliations
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)

Lighting Controls Association

Andrea Everett

Andrea is a firm believer that everyone should have fun at work. Approaching every project with this mindset, she promotes a light-hearted work environment built around team cohesion and creativity, where everyone has a voice. Supported by her detailed-oriented perspective and background in interior design, Andrea considers multiple viewpoints and ideas when it comes to leading teams to develop effective design solutions. Believing that there is no such thing as a bad question, Andrea listens and works with her team to discover all the details that outline how a space works and feels to its users, because in her words these are “the core of providing solutions that promote productivity and improve user experience”. Whether she is working with a K-12 client, or on a higher education project, Andrea’s interdisciplinary approach is driven by enthusiasm for working together with teammates, energizing any discussion, and encouraging others to do their best! Outside of work, Andrea is passionate about the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Interior Design
Western Michigan University

Christopher Allick, AIA

As a project architect, Chris particularly enjoys working closely with all different disciplines to ensure a project has a well-rounded approach.  Helping projects develop from an early design concept to a completed building, Chris thrives when working on interdisciplinary teams of designers, engineers, contractors, and project owners, helping to bring the technical design of projects to fruition.  Since joining the IDS team in 2015, Chris has worked on several higher education and workplace projects, including work for Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, Domino’s Pizza, and United Shore Financial.  Chris takes a detail-oriented approach to architecture and is passionate about developing unique solutions to complex design challenges.  Outside the office, Chris enjoys spending his free time with his wife and daughter.  Additionally, he is personally passionate about golf, and enjoys the Michigan seasons fishing in the summer and deer hunting in the fall.

Education

Master of Architecture
University of Detroit Mercy

Professional Registration

Licensed Architect, Michigan

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Justin Kiriazis, PE, LC

Justin’s propensity for math and science at a young age quickly drew him to the field of Engineering. He followed this interest at the University of Michigan where he pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering. Justin values continuing education and enjoys attending seminars, conferences, and trade shows which enables him to communicate intelligently and effectively with clients on current technologies and design. Justin is committed to upholding the positive reputation of IDS. He strives to generate creative design solutions that fit within the client’s needs and budget. Outside of work, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife Renee, biking in the summer and skiing in the winter. They are avid fans of Michigan football and Detroit sports and try to attend as many games as possible.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Engineering
University of Michigan

Professional Registration

Professional Engineer, Michigan

Lighting Certified
National Council on the Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP)

Tracie Withrow, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CCCA

Tracie’s interest in architecture and construction started when she was young while visiting construction project sites with her father, a construction foreman and later a site inspector. These field experiences combined with the planning and scheduling skill sets inherited from her mother quickly led her to realize that the architecture and construction environment was a natural fit for her. These experiences also quickly led her to realize the importance of teamwork, and how being able to work with and effectively communicate with team members of all skill levels and of varying trades and disciplines is important to the success of a project team, and to the overall success of a project.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Architecture
Lawrence Technological University

Master of Science, Construction Management
Eastern Michigan University

Professional Registration

Certified Construction Contract Administrator

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

Frederick J. Wesolowski, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED® AP

Fred has worked in the architecture industry 36 plus years. He was drawn to the architectural industry growing up amongst Alden B. Dow who was a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice that designed buildings near Midland, Michigan where Fred grew up. With a Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, Fred’s deep fascination for drawing and designing facilities has helped shape his successful career as a professional architect. Fred is a registered architect in Michigan and Colorado. During the course of his career Fred has worked as a Designer, Design Director, and Healthcare Practice Director which has infused him with an owner’s perspective. As an exceptionally clear thinker, Mr. Wesolowski understands the needs of complex healthcare organizations, with knowledge of how to balance the demands of the varied constituents, thus, building alignment and consensus. In his spare time, he takes pleasure in traveling and spending time with his family.

Education

Master of Architecture
University of Michigan

Bachelor of Science
University of Michigan

Associate of Science
Delta College

Professional Registrations

Registered Architect: Michigan, Colorado

LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction

American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Board Certification

Evidenced- Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC); Center for Health Design

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Valerie L. Grant, IIDA

Val’s drive and constant need for achievement comes from her belief of always leading with her strengths. She finds satisfaction in the feeling of completing a project, but there is always that internal fire pushing her to do more – just waiting for the next opportunity to rekindle the fire. She is a puzzle master extraordinaire when faced with complex situations involving many factors. She enjoys managing all variables from arranging to re-arranging until it feels right. She is always trying to figure out the best way to get things done. Being able to understand the pieces of the puzzle and the goal allows her to be flexible with the process from start to finish. From the early stages of programming through the final move-in, being completely submerged in the design keeps her compelled to nurture, refine and stretch the project towards excellence. Val understands that sometimes it’s important to be silent. She’s found you can learn a lot by listening. In this you can see the unvoiced question and anticipate the needs of the unspoken – all by sensing the emotions of those in the room. ASK, ENGAGE, LISTEN!

Education

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Eastern Michigan University

Coursework, Environmental Design
Northern Michigan University

Professional Registration

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

NCIDQ Certification #0030821

Scott Batzold, PE

Scott’s interest in becoming an electrical engineer began at a young age. In grade school, he was required to write a research paper on a career and it just so happened to be the profession he would spend the rest of his life mastering. With a BS in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University, Scott has been in the industry for over 10 years. Scott takes pride in his work and especially enjoys tackling technically complicated design challenges. He has a record holder account with NCEES as a model law engineer, is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit, and is a volunteer judge for the Michigan Regional Future City competition. Some of his interests include hunting, ATV riding, and spending time with his family at their cottage in northern Michigan. One of his greatest accomplishments at IDS includes his involvement with the award-winning Chrysler project where he designed the installation of their largest horsepower climatic test cell 4-wheel drive dynamometer.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
Western Michigan University

Professional Registrations

Professional Engineer, Michigan

Professional Affiliations

Engineering Society of Detroit

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)