DC Celebrates Employee Achievements

New professional registrations, credentials, awards, visible expertise, promotions, and professional leadership roles top the list.

Design Collaborative (DC) is excited to announce professional achievements and successes for ten talented team members. From professional registrations to new technical credentials to speaking in front of national audiences and promotions, the firm celebrates with employees and applauds their achievements. Following are the staff achievements from the previous quarter. 
Jason Baker, P.E., LEED AP, partner and mechanical engineer, was promoted to director of engineering. Jason now oversees all in-house engineering disciplines, including mechanical and electrical engineering. In this role, he will guide the strategy to build the engineering team and pursue engineering prime projects across all of the firm’s target vertical markets.
Eric Sank, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP, partner and lead electrical engineer, recently filled the role as lead healthcare electrical engineer. In this role, he will oversee all of the electrical engineering work within the healthcare studio exclusively, solving healthcare client’s unique electrical engineering challenges.
Bill Ledger, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP, senior associate and director of healthcare design, recently presented a virtual presentation, “The Capacity Dilemma: Planning for the surge,” to the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) membership. The presentation explores methods that healthcare systems can increase their capacity in response to various surge capacity events, including natural disaster, pandemic, mass casualty events, terrorist attacks, and more. This presentation is based on his bylined article published in Healthcare Design Magazine in November 2020. He will be presenting the same presentation in March 2021 to the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association (NCHEA) during its Spring Seminar/conference.
Craig Scully, P.E., LEED AP, partner and lead healthcare mechanical engineer, will be co-presenting a virtual presentation, “Strategic Facility Studies: Why your organization shouldn’t invest in capital improvements without one,” which explores the drivers, demand, benefits of strategic facility studies and sample case studies, for the Indiana Society of Healthcare Engineering (ISHE). Bill Ledger, AIA, will co-present. 
Kelsey Rowe, P.E., CLD, associate partner and electrical engineer, recently became a Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) through the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). The CLD certification is the “first evidence-based design certification in architectural lighting design in the world” and qualifies individuals to perform as a lead architectural lighting designer. To qualify, individuals need at least three years of experience as a lead architectural lighting designer and pass a thorough written and portfolio assessment.
Quinn O’Heeney, P.E., associate and project manager, recently became a registered, professional structural engineer. He manages projects in the Higher Education Studio.
Megan Yoder, RA, EDAC, associate and healthcare architect, recently earned the Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) from the Center for Health Design. This credential demonstrates Megan’s in-depth knowledge of evidence-based design best practices, based on the mounting evidence that “the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness, and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings,” according to the Center for Health Design. Megan is an architect for the Healthcare Studio.
Jared Monce, AIA, recently became a registered architect in the State of Indiana and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  He serves as an architect in the Workplace and Financial Studios.
James (Jimmy) Burkhart, P.E., ASHRAE HFDP, recently earned the Healthcare Facility Design Professionals (HFDP) certification through the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). This certification demonstrates competency in critical healthcare facility design knowledge, skills, and abilities and is an ANSI-accredited certification. Jimmy is a mechanical engineer in the Healthcare Studio.
Tracey Gould, M.S. IMC, CPSM, was recently elected to the Board of Directors and appointed to committees for several professional associations, including: the North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) Programs Planning Committee; Women in Healthcare (WIH) Charlotte as Founding Board Member, Treasurer, and Institutional Co-Liaison; Carolinas Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (CSHSMD) Programs Planning Committee; and, the Public Relations Society of America North Carolina (PRSA NC) BOD as Finance Assistant. 
“Design Collaborative is ecstatic about the recent successes of our talented team members,” stated Pat Pasterick, AIA, CEO for Design Collaborative. “Their commitment to their profession and the firm is testament to their pursuit of excellence and delivering high-level of client service, which is at the core of DC’s culture.”