Integrated Design Group Adds Eleven

Integrated Design Group, an architectural, engineering and planning firm focused on data center design, announced today that it has added eleven members to its Boston and Dallas offices. New employees join the architectural, engineering, and project management groups.

Added to the architectural staff are Luis Cetrangolo, AIA, associate and architect; James Highum, AIA, LEED AP, architect; Travis Blake, designer; Mohanned Iskanderani, co-op; and Courtney Newhouse, co-op. Ernest Needham, PE, electrical engineer and Alex Marshall, co-op join the electrical group. The project management team welcomes Brian Rattigan, PE, project manager; and Lindsay Shanley, assistant project manager.

“People make Integrated Design Group the unique firm that it is,” said Robert Stein, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Integrated Design Group. “We have established a culture that promotes both an integrated team approach and individuality. It’s a combination that attracts the most qualified individuals who are passionate about good design and client service.”

Boston, MA
Travis Blake, designer, rejoins Integrated Design Group’s architectural department after first working at the firm in 2009 as a co-op. Blake’s technical skills include Revit, BIM, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and e3co. Along with his previous work experience at Integrated Design Group, Blake has worked as a designer at Wiederspahn Architecture, and as an architectural engineering design assistant at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. He received his master’s degree in architecture from Northeastern University in 2011. 
Luis Cetrangolo, AIA, associate and architect, brings a rich 20 years of experience in project design and management to Integrated Design Group. Cetrangolo received his master’s degree in architecture from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. He is fluent in Spanish and competent in French and Portuguese. An Autodesk® Certified Professional (2010/2011), Cetrangolo has trained architects, engineers and contractors on Revit, Navisworks and AutoCAD. He is enthusiastic about continuing that type of interdisciplinary teamwork at Integrated Design Group. 

James Highum, AIA, LEED AP, architect, has more than 25 years of experience in architecture. With a key focus in architectural design and management, Highum brings extensive experience in Chapter 149 public projects to Integrated Design Group. Other areas of expertise include green building, preserving historic buildings, and renovations. He is LEED 2.0 and NCARB certified. A licensed architect in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Highum received his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Ernest Needham, PE, electrical engineer, brings more than 25 years of electrical engineering experience to Integrated Design Group. With a strong consulting background, experience includes directing electrical designers, projecting workloads, preparing engineering budgets, providing value engineering, construction estimating, and quality control. Needham has worked on government projects in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has provided construction administration services in Paris, France for the King Abdul University for Science and Technology based in Saudi Arabia. He attended Tufts University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis on power system engineering.

Brian Rattigan, PE, project manager, has more than 20 years of experience as a professional engineering manager with process engineering firms dedicated to the design of industrial facilities. As an accomplished and dedicated engineering professional, Rattigan’s experience includes principal and founder of a consulting practice, directing multi-discipline project teams of facility engineers and architects, and teaching graduate courses in Operations Management and Business Statistics at Boston University. His industry focus has been in the food, consumer product, and pharmaceutical markets. He attended Northeastern University for his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and received his master’s degree in business administration from Babson College. 
Lindsay Shanley, assistant project manager, offers Integrated Design Group her skills in both architecture and design. A graduate of Northeastern University, Shanley received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a minor in urban studies while working as head graphic designer at TEC Inc., in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Her previous work experience includes roles as the lead designer for YouthBuild Boston’s Designery, and as an architectural drafter at South Coast Design and Construction. Skills include AutoCad, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup, Ecotect, and SoftPlan.

Mohanned Iskanderani, co-op, is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in architecture at Northeastern University. With ample experience as an intern in Saudi Arabia, Iskanderani’s technical skills include AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, Vegas, Fraps, and Kerkythea. He is expected to graduate in May, 2014.

Alex Marshall, electrical co-op, is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Northeastern University. A previous intern at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, Marshall has experience in lighting density, photometry and the photometric specific program Visual, editing electrical floor plans, and drawing various electrical details using AutoCAD. He is expected to graduate in May, 2013. 
Courtney Newhouse, co-op, is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in architecture at Northeastern University. As a design assistant at Northeastern University Space Planning and Design, she created renderings and plans using SketchUp, AutoCAD, and Revit. Other previous experience includes work as an architectural assistant at Chambers and Associates Inc., and office assistant at the Northeastern University Architecture Office. Technical skills include, ArchiCAD, Kerkythea, and Adobe Creative Suite. She is expected to graduate in May, 2013.

Dallas, TX
Ryan Collier, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, architect, has five years of experience in the architectural field. His professional experience includes industry work in corporate mission critical facilities, education, healthcare, and interior projects. Experienced in BIM, rendering, contract administration and project management, Collier has taught contemporary American architecture and design at Cistercian Preparatory Academy, and assisted research at the Texas A&M University. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture. 

Jason Dugas, AIA, project manager, has nearly 20 years of experience in the architectural field. He has senior level experience in managing project teams through all phases of the project cycle including client and development interaction, and municipal coordination and planning and design. In his most recent scope of work, he helped establish a National Architecture and Electrical (A&E) department for a wireless telecommunications company. Furthermore, he managed outside A&E consultants to outsource and accommodate high volume workloads, and worked closely with internal and external site acquisition teams. He received his bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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