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Expertise Spotlight: Architecture

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Since our founding in 2009, we have continued to evolve to include additional industry disciplines and specialty areas to better serve the needs of our diverse client base. One such area of expertise we are proud to now offer at Xpera Group is architecture.

Although we are not an architectural firm per se, our team, including both in-house staff and Xpera Group members, includes a number of licensed architects. Typically, these professionals are active in forensic services, but their expertise has also proven invaluable to our other divisions, including construction management, building envelope and market research. Allow us to briefly introduce you to some members of our team:

Kirk O’Brien is a past president of the San Diego chapter of AIA and currently serves Xpera Group as a full-time architectural advisor. He is also active in the building envelope and construction management divisions, splitting his time between the San Diego and Los Angeles offices. Kirk gained a great deal of disaster response experience during the 2003 and 2007 San Diego County wildfires, leading to his selection to participate in the re-writing of the statewide disaster response manual and a three-year appointment to the AIA National Disaster Assistance Committee. He is licensed and certified by the State of California as a building safety advisor following disasters, and was deployed for building evaluations after the Easter 2010 earthquake in El Centro.

Fay Lorraine Sueltz provides us with expertise on ADA compliance issues. With degrees from USC and Columbia University, she has over 30 years of architectural experience and is also a Certified Access Specialist for the State of California. Her accessible design work predates the 1991 ADA law, and she has completed more than 200 preliminary and final CASp reports to help clients avoid civil and federal lawsuits for ADA noncompliance.

Terri Bumgardner was with the City of San Diego Development Services Department for 26 years, where she held the positions of senior planner and environmental planner. She has extensive experience with land use and CEQA processes and has worked with the city on leases and CEQA determinations that might be subject to the environmental review process. Over her career, she has worked with multiple jurisdictions, including the California Coastal Commission, State of California and Unified Port District of San Diego, and has produced a number complex environmental documents.

Robert Carroll has been practicing architecture for over 25 years and carries an extensive portfolio of work, including such notable locations as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. His specialization is in design, renovation and project management of commercial, military and classroom/training facilities. Robert has worked extensively in forensic architecture and is a sought-after expert witness for his technical expertise in cost-effective repair recommendations for building defects and failures. He is a licensed architect in California, Arizona and Nevada and holds a bachelor of arts degree in architecture from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers.

Doug Pederson, Associate AIA, is a graphic designer, with 11 years of experience in architectural design and rendering. Doug holds multiple degrees from Cal Poly, Pomona and Mesa College. Knowledge of ADA accessibility and Coastal Development Zone regulations has enhanced Doug’s value to his clientele. His particular area of expertise is 3-D rendering of building exteriors.

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