Joe has over 40 years of industry experience, 30 of which as a licensed professional Architect. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska. Having written more than 600 specifications, Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences for the AIA and CSI, and has published many technical articles in professional journals. He has worked as the firm specification writer for both Clark Enersen Partners and Bahr, and founded the independent specifications firm Great Plains Specifications. Joe is an active member of the Advisory Group for the AIA Building Performance Knowledge Community.
Joe enjoys reading and writing science fiction and hopes to one day publish his own novel. It is then of no surprise that his favorite architectural building is Villa Savoye, with its highly influential modernist design.
Tanya Coachman has managed editorial production for over 10 years, 7 of which in the architectural and engineering space. She has worked for award-winning publications, including a magazine that won a Neal Award for an investigative series examining the impact of demography on the housing industry. Tanya is an expert in the editorial process from start to finish, including developing editorial calendars, guidelines, and budgets; recruiting and training editorial staff and freelancers; tracking and enforcing deadlines; and working closely with writers and production staff to complete the production process. When Tanya is not chasing down specifications, you might find her in front of the watercooler practicing the eight-count for her favorite style of partner dance called Chicago Stepping.
Kristi has nearly 20 years of experience in architecture, working on a variety of project types across North America, from small, complicated renovation work to multimillion-dollar new construction for residential, corporate, healthcare, historic preservation, retail, and educational building projects. Her experience as a project architect, project manager, and construction administrator brings an additional element of expertise to her specification writing. Kristi has had professional articles published in the Construction Specifier Express.
Kristi’s favorite building is La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. In line with her experience in historic preservation work, Kristi loves historic buildings for their level of detail and the stories they hold. She enjoys spending time with her three young children and outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, snowboarding, hockey, and golf.
Paula P. Gillette
Paula has 38 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Her expertise is predominantly in mechanical engineering for national and international healthcare buildings, but her experience also includes a wide variety of other building types.
Paula is a licensed PE in multiple jurisdictions and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. Paula is a former ASHRAE committee member on Standard Project Committee 189.3 “Standard for the Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable High-Performance Healthcare Facilities.”
Paula’s favorite piece of architecture is La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. Outside of work, Paula enjoys ballroom dancing. She has been a ballroom dancer for over 20 years and has competed in competitions with her husband at local, regional, and national levels.
As a registered Professional Engineer, Michael brings an extensive understanding of the technical and legal requirements for construction documentation and the innovative vigor to bring specifications to life for our customers. He joins Avitru through the acquisition of ARCOM, where he served as Director of Content Production, Assistant Director of MasterSpec, and started as a spec writer maintaining the Division 26, 27, and 28 (Electrical, Communications, and Electronic Safety and Security) sections. He came to ARCOM with 12 years of engineering design experience. As an active participant in the engineering community, Michael is a regular blogger for Consulting Specifying Engineer and a frequent speaker. He is a subject matter expert on sustainable design requirements for LEED 2009, LEED v4, the IgCC, Green Globes, and ASHRAE 189.1 as well as AIA and EJCDC contract documents. Michael holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. Outside the office, he feeds his competitive drive racing dinghies on local and international waters and is an aficionado of intensely spicy food.
Gill brings to Avitru – in equal measure – insights in building architecture and software architecture. He joins Avitru through the acquisition of InterSpec, where he was founder and CEO. While at InterSpec, he developed patented technology for BIM-to-Specs integration before most of the industry had even begun to embrace BIM. An Architect for over 35 years, Gill spent 17 of those years leading a team of specification writers who completed hundreds of projects for clients all over the world. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Architecture with a concentration in Computer Aided Design and Artificial Intelligence from California Polytechnic State University. Gill exercises his creative spirit as an artist, with works in both oil and watercolor.
George has over 35 years of experience writing construction documents for Architectural and Engineering disciplines, and has been writing specifications as a certified Construction Documents Technologist since 1993. He has an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Building Construction Technology from Southern Maine Technical College and supplemented his education by completing Integrated Management at the University of Southern Maine. George has developed hundreds of construction project specifications for clients across the country. His favorite architectural piece is the Daytona International Speedway, and he was personally involved with its renovation. A true outdoorsman, George spends much of his time hunting, fishing, and camping in Maine’s wilderness.
AIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP
Jonathan brings over 34 years of professional experience as an architect, specifier, contract administrator, master detailer, and technical expert on construction and the construction process.
Before joining us, Jonathan was an independent specification consultant with his own firm. He provided local and national clients with project specifications, firm master specifications, manufacturer guide specifications, and professional continuing education programs. Before that, he was a Senior Specifier for the Vermont satellite office of Davis Langdon Schuman Smith/Davis Langdon, where he compiled project manuals for large national and international projects. Jonathan is both a certified construction specifier and a registered architect, with experience from firms in New England and the Midwest, where he first became an advocate of Green Building.
Jonathan is a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute (FCSI). He served as Chair of CSI’s Certification Committee, which maintains the CDT, CCS, CCCA, and CCPR certifications. He also was an active contributor to five BoKA task teams and contributing author to CSI’s Sustainable Design and Construction Practice Guide. He completed alternative dispute resolution training with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and was on their Construction Panel of Neutrals.
Jonathan was awarded the CSI Environmental Sensitivity Award, Distinguished Service Medal from the Northeast Region CSI, and was twice awarded the Dedicated Service Award by the Vermont Chapter CSI.
Jonathan enjoys hiking and spotting wildlife. His favorite piece of architecture is La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona.
RA, CCS, CCCA. CSI, AIA
Ron has been an architectural specification writer for 40 years. He is a Registered Architect, Certified Construction Specifier, and Certified Construction Contract Administrator. He was in private practice as an independent specification consultant for architectural, structural engineering, and civil engineering firms, producing more than 420 project manuals for a wide range of project types. While employed at different architectural firms, Ron was a project manager, project architect, and designer specializing in the design of churches, schools, and professional sports facilities.
After concluding his search for the finest barbeque sauce, Ron is in constant search of the ultimate dark chocolate on his days off. Perhaps he will find it near his favorite architectural building, The National Assembly Building in Bangladesh.
Doug Roemer has been in the industry for 8 years, 4 of which as a CDT. He is a graduate of Towson State University and holds a Publications Specialist Certificate from George Washington University. During his career, Doug has worked in numerous disciplines, reviewing a variety of publication types, including books on linguistics and deaf culture for Gallaudet University Press, testing materials for the U.S. College Board, and the Analytical Chemistry Journal for the American Chemical Society. In his free time, Doug photographs live bands and is an avid collector of music memorabilia.
AIA, NCARB, CDT
Sheri graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture in 1992 and has been a licensed architect since 1997. She started her career as an intern with an A/E firm in Auburn, Maine. In this position, Sheri gained experience with Housing and Urban Development projects, project programming, site analysis, code compliance reviews, schematic design through contract administration, and project construction specification manual preparation.
She later became a consultant, writing specifications and conducting peer review for architectural firms across the U.S. for various building types including educational, retail, mixed-use, high-end residential, museums, and healthcare. Sheri is also expert in Revit integration services, BPM specification writing, and Office Master development.
Sheri’s favorite piece of architecture is the Chrysler Building in New York, New York. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading historical fiction, and home improvement projects.
AIA, CSI, CDT
Tamsin, a licensed Architect for 20 years, has 27 years of industry experience. An expert in BPM specification writing, she is a forward-thinking and creative individual who enjoys problem solving. She leverages these talents in the creation of training materials, thought leadership articles, and software development and testing. She also likes to use her creativity outside of work, where she creates mixed media art pieces by combining her love of nature photography with encaustics (hot wax painting). Her favorite building is the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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