BNIM Announces Promotions, New Leadership in All Offices

Kansas City, Mo. (November 30, 2015) – BNIM is pleased to announce the promotion of new Associate Principals, Associates, Managers and Directors.

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These individuals join BNIM’s existing leadership toward realizing BNIM’s collective capacity as design thinkers solving the local and global design challenges of our clients. As BNIM celebrates its 45th anniversary, the firm is focused on Building Positive, an initiative that is concentrated on strengthening our business, our communities and—our greatest asset—our people.  Within each focus area, we are building positive attributes of our brand so that we may continue to enhance the lives of the people we serve.

“Each of these new leaders will create a better BNIM by accelerating our growth and success in the coming years,” said Steve McDowell, CEO and Director of Design for BNIM. “These individuals, along with our existing leadership group, understand what BNIM is focused on achieving as a design, planning and research practice, and they are building positive momentum for the next 45 years of our practice.” 

Kansas City

Rohn Grotenhuis, AIA — Associate Principal
Rohn Grotenhuis is an experienced project architect and designer. Prior to joining BNIM, Rohn's experience extended from the design of Christopher Elbow Chocolates to work on Busch Stadium. Most recently at BNIM, he has been working with Georgia Tech to define the research library of the 21st century.

Erik Heitman, AIA — Associate Principal
Erik Heitman is a project architect whose experience includes numerous past and current renovations to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Presently, Erik is leading BNIM’s efforts to reconstruct the Westport Presbyterian Church and serves as Chairman of Kansas City’s Historic Preservation Commission.

Sarah Hirsch, AIA, CSI — Associate Principal
Sarah Hirsch has worked on a wide variety of project types, including the John F. Kennedy Center addition and 1640 Baltimore, BNIM’s future net zero headquarters. Sarah coordinates BNIM's specification effort and has played a key role in developing the firm’s "green" master specification.

Gretchen Holy, IIDA — Associate Principal
Gretchen Holy has more than 20 years of experience and directs BNIM’s interiors group. Gretchen is working to redefine the research library with Price Gilbert – Crosland Tower Renewal at Georgia Tech, and she recently completed the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Christina Hoxie, AICP, APA — Associate Principal
Christina Hoxie practices an integrated systems approach in projects such as the Thunder Valley Regenerative Community Development on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; Flint Hills Frontiers, an ecoregional plan for 19 counties in Kansas; and three EPA Greening America’s Capitals projects.

Karen Krauskopf, AIA — Associate Principal
Karen Krauskopf is an architect currently involved in leading international projects at BNIM. Her recent experience includes a two-building development on the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego, as well as many large-scale, high performance projects in the hospitality and commercial markets.

Laura Pastine, AIA — Associate Principal
Laura Pastine is devoted to transforming the public realm. She is project manager for both 1640 Baltimore, BNIM’s future net zero headquarters, and Westport Commons, the community-focused work and innovation campus at the historic Westport Middle School.

John Collier, AIA — Associate Principal
John Collier is responsible for project aspects ranging from programming and design to production and construction administration. John’s recent projects include the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC.

Ishita Banerjee, AIA LEED AP BD + C — Associate
Ishita Banerjee believes that every building should be both environmentally and socially responsible. Ishita’s recent projects include the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the redevelopment of Bancroft School into an affordable housing and community center in Kansas City, MO.

Ryan Camp, RA LEED AP BD + C — Associate
Ryan Camp serves as an integral team member for sustainable projects, including the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego, and several projects at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

Brad Clark, AIA — Associate
Brad Clark is consistently involved in BNIM’s award-winning, highly sustainable projects, including the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope, WV; the Kiowa County K-12 Schools in Greensburg, KS; and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY.

Zach Flanders, AICP — Associate
Zach Flanders is a land use and economic development planner whose passion is creating prosperous, sustainable communities. His recent experience includes the Rosedale Master Plan in Kansas City, KS, and comprehensive plans in Enid, OK, and Fargo, ND.

Josh Harrold, AIA —  Associate
Josh Harrold is now working on 1640 Baltimore, BNIM’s future headquarters. Prior to joining the firm, his projects included a LEED Platinum fire station in Dallas; work for Missouri State University; USGBC North Texas Green Building Resource Center; and the AIA National award-winning Exeter Schools.

Elise Hubbard, ASLA — Associate
Elise Hubbard explores how nature can inform sustainable architecture, creating design that nurtures the human spirit and cultivates thriving communities. Her recent experience includes the Westport Presbyterian Church, Kansas City's Water Services Department, and the Marlborough Catalyst Plan. 

Thomas Morefield, AICP — Associate
Thomas Morefield has developed a multi-faceted perspective on planning and decision-making in both public and private realms. He has recently worked on Kansas City’s streetcar expansion plan; complete street design for Branson, MO; and disaster recovery work in Springfield, MA, and Tuscaloosa, AL.

Adam Wiechman, ASLA PLA — Associate
Adam Wiechman works on a variety of institutional, civic, corporate campus, and public park projects. Adam’s recent experience includes Branson’s Spirit of 76 Country Boulevard complete streetscape and a high-performance project for Kansas City's Water Services Department headquarters.

Janell Rock, NCIDQ — Director of Design for Interiors
Janell Rock has more than 22 years of experience, and her current projects include the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and 1640 Baltimore, BNIM’s future net zero headquarters. Prior to joining the firm, Janell worked on the Sprint Center in Kansas City and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. 

Paul Waters — Director of Information Services
Paul Waters is experienced in a broad range of industries, including technology, education, and manufacturing. Paul is knowledgeable in systems administration, networks, and technical support. Prior to BNIM, he was the IT Manager for Garsite, a global provider of aviation refueling equipment.

Ruthie Harrison — Director of Human Resources
Ruthie Harrison is an experienced Human Resources Manager whose prior work experience includes both nonprofit and corporate organizations. Ruthie serves on the Board for the RevoCup Foundation and is an active volunteer in refugee resettlement and immigration services in her local community.

Beena Ramaswami — Director of Brand Identity
Trained as an architect, Beena Ramaswami is a skilled communication designer. Beena identifies, conceptualizes, designs, and manages print and digital collateral that advance the BNIM brand. Her work also includes the integration of branding and environmental graphics into the firm's projects.

Brandon Wlosinski — Manager of Virtual Design and Construction
Brandon Wlosinski helps to support day-to-day technological needs at BNIM and keeps his finger on the pulse of what is new and emerging in design technology. Brandon combines his knowledge of both architecture and technology to support BNIM's presence as a cutting-edge national design firm.

Carly Erickson — Manager of Client Development
Carly Erickson uses her passion for writing and keen eye for detail to share the myriad facets of BNIM’s story. Since joining BNIM, Carly has quickly adopted its core values and approaches each project with these values in mind, whether it is assembling proposals or writing blog posts.


Des Moines

Jonathan Ramsey, AIA — Associate Principal
Jonathan Ramsey has been a practicing architect in Iowa for more than 10 years.  Jonathan leads high-performing and award-winning commercial and residential projects throughout the state and region.

Jeff Shaffer — Associate
Jeff Shaffer is experienced in various project types for private and public clients. His recent project experience includes Metropolitan Community College, Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology in Omaha, NE; the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego; and the BNIM Des Moines Office.


San Diego

Danielle Buttacavoli, AICP, APA, AIA — Associate
Danielle Buttacavoli has extensive experience planning communities and bringing to life high-performance buildings. Recently, Danielle has been an integral team member on the Pacific Center Campus Development, the Block D Makers Quarter project, and the Pacific Beach EcoDistrict, all in San Diego.

Celina Echezarreta — Associate
Celina Echezarreta works on a wide range of buildings, from large-scale structures to intimate interior detail work, many of which have achieved levels of LEED certification. Recently, Celina was a key team member for the Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego.

Matt Winter, AIA — Associate Principal
Matt Winter manages multiple projects and has experience working with civic institutions, state entities, and universities. Matt is working on the Makers Quarter projects in San Diego and recently completed Pacific Center Campus Development in San Diego, as well as a planning study in Durango, CO.