Matthew R. Perez, PE, LEED® AP BD+C

Matt’s mission is to solve problems creatively. He constantly looks at numbers and thinks about conserving where he can. As a mechanical engineer, Matt successfully integrates all of these skills into every project and every aspect of his life. An outside the box thinker, he tries to find the most efficient and innovative way to tackle a project. He aims to affect the world with positive change, environmentally, in his community, at IDS, with his children and family. His passion for the industry is unparallel, and is illustrated with his contribution of ideas and innovation to our clients. Ultimately Matt likes to provide the most efficient and innovative solutions whenever presented with a problem. Outside of IDS he loves camping, hiking and exploring Michigan with his family.

Education

Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Professional Registration

Professional Engineer, Michigan

LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD)

Scott Smith

Scott has a passion for technology in both his professional and his personal life, especially when it’s used to compliment and improve the surrounding architecture. When he is designing, his approach focuses mainly on listening to the needs and problems of his client and then developing a creative solution to address their concerns and enhance the space. Scott strongly recommends spending time upfront in the design process to listen and plan because it saves the customer money and results in a technology package that serves an identifiable purpose instead of simply designing technology for technology’s sake. Scott enjoys all of the technology projects he does, but has a passion for working in educational spaces. He enjoys feeling like he’s making a difference in the children’s lives, and he believes that technology has the ability to inspire the innate curiosity and wonder of the kids and enhance their learning experiences.

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
Walsh College

Associate of General Studies
Macomb Community College

Professional Registration

Crestron Certified Digital Media Designer

Dominic Paone, III, CCP, LEED® AP BD+C

Dominic strives to make the impossible become possible every day. Whether it’s creating snow in a four-wheel drive dynamometer or designing a one-of-a-kind data center, he combines his years of professional experience with modern problem-solving techniques to make even the most difficult challenge seem realistic. He enjoys building relationships with clients and working with them through the many phases of their buildings needs. Dominic is a market focus leader of Research and Industrial & Automotive. Inside the office, he is known as a proactive leader with a distinctively assertive approach to his project that always strives to achieve the best possible result. Dominic’s dedication to the office is second only to the love and devotion he has for his wife and two young daughters.

Education

Mechanical Engineering
Macomb Community College

Professional Registration

LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction

Certified Commissioning Professional
Building Commissioning Association (BCA)

David M. Giroux, AIA, CDT

David lives by the creed, “anything worth doing is worth doing right” and demonstrates this in all aspects of his life – from his meticulous approach to his projects, to his commitment to his wife and children.  David’s passion for healthcare design and construction developed as an intern and cultivated further during his years living and working in Chicago.  As Senior Vice President an experienced Construction Administrator and regular Quality Management reviewer, David utilizes his strong technical knowledge of Healthcare to support development of standards and processes. He strives to align and develop thorough documentation with design intent. Outside of the office, David volunteers his knowledge to the Finance Council, and Building and Grounds committees at St. Mary Catholic Church and School in Royal Oak.

Education

Master of Architecture
Lawrence Technological University

Bachelor of Science, Architecture
Lawrence Technological University

Professional Registration

Licensed Architect, Michigan

Construction Document Technologist (CDT)
Construction Specifications Institute

Lean Healthcare Certificate Program
College of Engineering Integrative Systems & Design, University of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Thomas B. Carron, PE

A zest for science led Tom to a career in engineering. As the beneficiary of years of mentoring under skilled professionals, he has a passion for providing guidance to those around him who will benefit from his experience. He has served as lead electrical engineer on many projects in a wide assortment of market segments since joining IDS. As Vice President, Director of Electrical Engineering, he is energized by collaborating with staff to provide design solutions that have a lasting and positive impact on clients. Outside of work, time with family and friends is a priority. Golf, jogging and cycling are among his favorite ways to relax.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
University of Detroit

Professional Registration

Professional Engineer, Michigan

Professional Affiliations

Illuminating Engineering Society

Michael D. Barden, LC, Assoc. IALD

Mike has enjoyed working hard but also finding time to enjoy multiple activities from playing hockey to golf to running marathons all requiring discipline. He uses this same disciplinary approach to the tasks involved in completing a project. Mike has always had an eye for details regardless of the task he enjoys the thought and discovery process, seeing the effort pay off with a successful project completion. Over the years Mike has taken these discoveries and details and turned them into standards for his everyday practice in the field. He enjoys the design process and technical challenges each project brings, large and small. His approach is simple, “slow it down” this will allow the i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed.

Education

Associate Degree, Electrical Engineering Technology
Macomb Community College

Certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance

Certificate of General Studies of Architecture

Professional Registration

Lighting Certification
National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions

Associate IALD
International Association of Lighting Designers

Professional Affiliations

Illuminating Engineering Society

Lighting Controls Association

Jeffrey D. Johnson, AIA

Everything Jeff does revolves around tackling challenges our clients face. He will stop at nothing to do so. Jeff starts with uncompromising customer service and leads the team to complete beautiful buildings that inspire, engage and support its visitors. Jeff happens to be an architect…what keeps you up at night?

Whether your project challenges are employee engagement, retention, schedule, cost or architectural complexity, his steady approach to project management and problem solving gives our clients the confidence that their project is in good hands. Jeff is a market focus leader of Higher Education and Workplace. He has successfully led our office through several significant collaborations with internationally known design partners including Zaha Hadid and Preston Scott Cohen. Jeff’s professional work includes an impressive list of educational and research facilities in the K-12 and Higher Education markets as well as Workplace design. He is an active member of the AIA Michigan Mentoring Network and a Business Partner for the Oakland County Advisory Committee. Jeff also volunteers his time coaching youth sports providing quality experiences to teams and organizations. The parents on Jeff’s team love his commitment to communication, organization and planning.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture
University of Detroit Mercy

Study Program
Florence/Volterra, Italy

Professional Registration

Licensed Architect, Michigan

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Society of College & University Planners (SCUP)

Community Involvement

AIA Michigan Mentoring Network

Mark Reaves, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, NCARB

Mark is a problem solver. He is driven foremost by a client’s needs and the desire to find unique solutions for complex problems. In his own words he becomes “completely absorbed” in the process of asking questions and listening attentively in order to fully understand, and meet a client’s goals. Mark designs to optimize how people work and looks beyond the norm to make significant and meaningful change. His passion for supporting environmentally sensitive design extends beyond architecture to his personal life as an early adopter of electric car technology. In his free time, Mark enjoys sketching, designing and building furniture, as well as participating in a variety of outdoor activities from cycling and backpacking to mountaineering and rock climbing.

Education

Master of Architecture
Lawrence Technological University

Bachelor of Science, Architecture
Lawrence Technological University

Professional Registration

Licensed Architect, Michigan

LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Bruce J. Snyder, CEM, LEED® AP BD+C

Bruce is deeply driven by the challenge to find a more efficient way – whether it be through energy management and controls or directing our internal operations – and seize the opportunities to capitalize on its savings. He understands the importance of integrating energy management in the organizational structure and enjoys the process of working to find those solutions with clients. Bruce is a frequent presenter on the subject and his passion extends onto the Board for the Association of Energy Engineers, East Michigan. His analytical yet straightforward nature makes complex concepts easy to understand and his affable spirit telegraphs easily between his professional and personal life. Keeping his own energy level up at home are his three children that enjoy their dad as coach of their team sports and tireless supporter of their extracurricular activities.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
University of Detroit

Professional Registration

LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction

Certified Energy Manager
Association of Energy Engineers

Certified Energy Auditor

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers

Association of Energy Engineers, Board Member

Building Commissioning Association

Engineering Society of Detroit

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Michael C. Nowicki, PE

Growing up through the ranks, as Mike’s Army father would say, gave him the best education of how to run a successful business. He’s worked almost every aspect of our business model over the past 30 years and, as Director of Operations, continues his educational career but now as a leader and a mentor. His philosophy that every job has the opportunity to be unique has become a bridge between the architectural and engineering designs of our projects, fitting the pieces together to come up with different and creative solutions. He loves a complex challenge and gets excited about innovation to help solve it. Speaking of challenges, Mike trains two to three days a week with his Karate instructor when he isn’t training for a marathon. He has in two words, an ‘indomitable spirit’.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
University of Detroit

Professional Registration

Professional Engineer, Michigan

Professional Affiliations

7×24 Exchange International Mission Critical Association

AFCOM Association for Data Center Management Professionals

Engineering Society of Detroit

Illuminating Engineering Society

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

National Society of Professional Engineers