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August 2006

What a Year!

Global Warming

CTH+A Firm News

Senior Project Manager Hector L. Torres, AIA has been appointed to National Institute of Building Sciences’ Building Information Model (BIM) Standard Project Committee.  The committee is composed of building-related professionals with diverse areas of expertise that are charged with developing national BIM standards.  BIM is a digital and dynamic representation of the building process that merges the architectural design with a database of project information related to engineering, construction and client specifications.  At CTH+A, Torres leads the implementation of integrated practice and BIM project planning, continuously identifying new technologies to improve the efficiency of the firm’s entire communication system, design and production capabilities

Karen Casteel has joined the firm as assistant to president / office manager.  In addition to serving as assistant to firm President C.T. Hsu, Casteel is responsible for all office administration matters.  Casteel has 15 years of executive office management and executive assistant experience, most recently with Phoenicia Development, LLC in Orlando.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University in Alabama, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the National Theatre Conservatory in Colorado, and is a notary public.

C.T. Hsu + Associates has been named one of the nation’s fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms for 2006 by management consulting and research firm Zweig White Information Services.  The Zweig Letter annually ranks the top 100 design and environmental firms that have outperformed the economy and competitors to become industry leaders.  The ranking is based on gross revenues and limited to firms based in the U.S. and Canada that derive the majority of their revenue from the practice of architecture, engineering, planning, environmental consulting or allied disciplines. C.T. Hsu + Associates made the list with gross revenues that grew 166 percent from 2002 to 2005.  It is one of 14 Florida firms on the list, an indication of the state’s thriving economy. 

Richard L. Mullis has joined CTH+A as a project manager, bringing to the firm more than 12 years’ architectural design experience.  Prior to joining CTH+A, he served as a project manager for Looney Ricks Kiss Architects in Celebration, Fla. where he worked on condominium projects in Celebration and Baldwin Park.  His career also includes several years at R.J. Heisenbottle Architects, P.A. in Coral Gables, Fla. where his project work included the City of Miami Media and Office Complex and historic preservation of Hallissee Hall at University of Miami, the Colony Theater in Miami Beach and Old Miami High School, a Historic American Buildings Survey project.  Mullis holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from Florida A&M University.   

Robert Vella has joined CTH+A as senior construction administrator.  Vella is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force with more than 25 years of experience in construction engineering and project management from both the designer and owner perspectives, with particular emphasis on educational facilities.  Most recently, he served as a senior project manager for PMA Consultants, a Detroit, Mich.-based international construction consulting firm, where he managed a $12 million renovation project for Orlando International Airport and numerous new school construction projects for the Orange County School Board including multimillion dollar additions, several $17 million elementary schools and a $32 million middle school.

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