Once again, the Xpera Group team is expanding to serve the needs of clients in our various specialty groups.
Jim Downs has over 30 years of construction industry experience, with technical expertise in exterior and interior framing systems, finishes, shoring and scaffolding systems, as well as extensive project management and estimating experience in commercial construction.
Over the course of his career, he has been involved in cost estimation and project management for all types of hospitality, commercial, healthcare, military, multi-family and tenant improvement projects, and is a Certified Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) Inspector.
Jim is currently providing inspections for four Xpera projects involving the exterior building envelope, windows, weather barriers, EIFS and cement plaster, as well as repair observations and documentation for a water damage remediation project.
“Jim has a positive attitude working with the trades during his field inspections and is a great all-around team member,” said Steve Easton, who heads up Xpera’s Building Envelope Group. “He has a never-say-no attitude and is ready to help with any task required.”
Camille LaCour holds an architecture degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her background includes working in quality control for a large contracting firm and as a building envelope technician/field inspector for a Northern California building envelope firm. She has joined Xpera’s Los Angeles team and will be working directly with Kirk O’Brien. As an up-and-comer in the world of building envelope consulting, she is already making an impact.
“Whether Camille is working as a plan/peer reviewer or donning a hard hat and vest to test windows and perform job site inspections, she has proven herself to be an invaluable member of our team,” said O’Brien, who heads up Xpera’s Los Angeles office. “She has a keen sense of how to navigate through stubborn project situations and is adept at getting everyone to work together as a team to get things done right the first time.”
Nicole Taylor is working with John Kyrklund, director of the Quality Assurance Group, to review client issue repair photos and prepare and issue compliance reports for various special inspections. Her background includes several years working in various scheduling, account management administrative and customer service roles.
“Nicole’s attention to detail and professional attitude to each and every project make her an asset to the QA team,” said Kyrklund.
Nathalie Adler is the new project coordinator for Xpera’s Consulting Services division, providing support on forensic assignments and liaising with outside consultants. She joins Xpera’s forensic services team following several years as a construction defect analyst and researcher, as well as working in real estate and new construction. She is a LEED Green Associate with degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Indiana University.
“Nathalie’s background in real estate and construction, with a particular focus on forensic analysis, makes her an ideal addition to our team,” said Xpera’s Brian Hill. “She is an expert at making sense of massive document repositories and finding the proverbial needles in the disorganized haystacks we often find ourselves dealing with on large, high-stakes claims and disputes.”
Welcome aboard, everyone. Your contributions to the team are greatly appreciated by all of us and our clients. Keep up the great work!