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AECOM B+P New Hires Juan Carlos Arias, Lorena Toffer & Jorge Martinez

Dallas – Jan. 4, 2018 - AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, today announced the addition of three architects and designers in Texas to expand its rapidly growing Buildings + Places (B+P) practice within the company’s Design and Consulting Services Group: Juan Carlos Arias, senior project architectural designer; Jorge Martinez, AIA, senior architect; and, Lorena Toffer, AIA, senior architectural project manager.

"AECOM has experienced tremendous growth in the past year and we are thrilled to scale our design and innovation capabilities with the addition of these experienced individuals," said Ted Kollaja, AECOM's regional managing principal for the Gulf Southwest region. "Lorena, Jorge and Juan Carlos bring advanced design skills for building modeling, enabling us to push the envelope of architecture here in Dallas and beyond.”

Juan Carlos Arias, Senior Project Architectural Designer

Arias has over 25 years of experience designing corporate, institutional, health care, retail, hospitality, and educational buildings. He is a BIM expert with more than 15 years of experience creating digital models to communicate design ideas to colleagues, consultants and clients. His project experience includes both local and international work in Australia, China, India, South Korea, Spain, South America and the Middle East. His projects include The Araba Hospital-Vitoria-Gasteiz in Basque Country, Spain; The Samsung Global Engineering Center in Seoul, Korea; The Kuwait Correctional Complex in Kuwait City, Kuwait; The Omni Hotel in Fort Worth; and The Northside Hospital in Canton, Georgia.

He is an International Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a licensed architect in Colombia. Arias has received several awards including the AIA Dallas Special Juror Commendation for the Sengkang Hospital in Singapore, Excellence in Sustainable Design award for the Samsung Research and Development Center, and the Merit Award for the Samsung Headquarters in Seoul, Korea.

Jorge Martinez, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Architect

Martinez is a licensed architect in Texas and Colombia. He is an expert in BIM with more than 10 years of experience specializing in a wide variety of projects including civic, education, entertainment, faith, health care, mixed use, office, retail and renovation in the U.S., Central and South America and South Korea. His notable projects include The Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, the Samsung Global Engineering Center & Research & Development Building in Seoul, South Korea, the Roosevelt Field Mall renovation in Garden City, New York and the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences in Lubbock. Additionally, he has provided BIM and Revit training to the National CPNAA and XII International Fair of Design and Construction, and has been an international guest speaker at the National CPNAA where he discussed how “BIM changes everything.” Martinez has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture, and has earned the AIA Dallas Excellence in Sustainability award and the AIA Dallas Merit Award for an unbuilt project.

Lorena Toffer, AIA, Senior Architectural Project Manager

Toffer has more than 12 years of experience as a lead designer, project architect and project manager in higher education, adaptive reuse, museum facilities, corporate, hospitality architecture and medical office environments. She is a licensed architect in Texas and Mexico, and has earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture. Her notable client work includes Methodist Health System, DFW Airport, Panola College, The Dallas Holocaust Museum – Center for Education & Tolerance and The Sixth Floor Museum. Toffer is an active member of AIA Dallas and the Dallas Center for Architecture, and has served in various capacities with AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture, the Foundation for the Education of Young Women and the Public Arts Committee for the City of Dallas.

Toffer has been honored as a “Leader of the Future” by Latino Leaders Magazine and has received numerous awards from professional associations including the Young Architect Award from AIA National, the TEXO Summit Award, the Young Architect Award from AIA Dallas and the Diversity Honor Program Award from AIA National. As a graduate of the AIA Dallas Advanced Leadership program, she now serves as a mentor for high school students in pursuit of an architecture career. Recently, she co-founded and serves as advisory board president at CityLab High School, an open enrollment Dallas ISD Transformation School that opened its doors in August to train students for future careers in architecture, urban planning, environmental science, public policy and community development in downtown Dallas. Toffer is the recipient of the 2018 Connect Media Women in Real Estate Texas Award.

About AECOM

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

 

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Courtney Spellicy

DALLAS – Nov. 29, 2017 – AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure service firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Courtney Emich Spellicy to the City of Dallas Landmark Commission. Councilmember Tennell Atkins of District 8 appointed Spellicy to serve a two-year term effective now through September 2019.

Spellicy will help make recommendations on what should be deemed a conservation or historical district as well as permit or refute changes to historical properties. As part of the existing board of architects, landscape architects and historical preservationists, Spellicy will keep long-term goals in sight for preserving the city’s culture. When asked about her goals for the position, Spellicy said she would like to see “preservation with a purpose.”

“I don’t want preservation to be about limitations and prohibitions. I want to see preservation serve as a symbol of where the city was, and as we move toward development, juxtaposed with where the city will be; and, I’m willing to put in the time and effort to serve in a way that is meaningful and effective,” said Spellicy.

Spellicy brings 11 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry with projects ranging from $3 million to $150 million.  Her interest in historic preservation began with an estimate for a client on the Old Central Dallas Library.  She joined AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice in 2016 to grow the firm’s design, building engineering and master planning presence in multiple markets. She is heavily involved in several community organizations including The Real Estate Council (TREC) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee and as a board member of the Friends of Fair Park.

“Courtney has been an active member of Friends of Fair Park and during the last City bond program, she attended numerous public meetings and paid extraordinary attention to the details in the proposal to make sure Fair Park's historical preservation needs were addressed,” said Craig Holcomb, executive director, Friends of Fair Park.  “Thanks in part to her efforts, Fair Park received $50 million and I know she will uphold the same standard of excellence within her role on the Landmark Commission.” 

Recently, AECOM’s internal team of archeologists and architecture historians worked in tandem to create a D2 Alternative Analysis for a DART subway station in Downtown Dallas. The analysis provided cultural resource center considerations that enabled engineers to analyze nine different routes that maintain historical intent. AECOM has also provided services for many projects around the U.S. including the modernization of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C., the renovations program for the Capitol Complex in Minneapolis, planning of historical streetscapes at Dumbo & Vinegar Hill in Brooklyn, New York and renovation of the mammal exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to name a few.

“AECOM is actively engaged in helping the city create mindful, intentional developments that protect the integrity of the past and future. I’m proud to be a part of this firm and extend my expertise and personal mission through the various committees I serve on, including my new role on the Landmark Commission, helping maintain the integrity of cultural resources here and throughout the nation,” said Spellicy.

About AECOM 

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $18.2 billion during fiscal year 2017. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

 

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Courtney Emich Spellicy Courtesy of AECOM

DALLAS – June 6, 2017 – AECOM, an integrated global infrastructure firm, today announced the addition of Courtney Emich Spellicy to the Buildings + Places (B+P) practice in Dallas. In her role within Client Services, Spellicy will help grow the firm’s design presence in multiple markets, including North Texas.

“Courtney’s unique background and skill set in various market sectors has prepared her for the diverse practice we have at AECOM and we are confident her leadership will help us grow client relationships and design opportunities throughout North Texas,” said Ted Kollaja, FAIA, vice president and managing principal of AECOM’s B+P practice for the Gulf/Southwest region. “Her ability to connect with clients in a meaningful way will continue to advance AECOM’s design presence in North Texas and the region.”

With 11 years of experience in architecture, engineering and construction, Spellicy has collaborated on various projects ranging from $3 million to $150 million, including corporate commercial, K-12 and higher education, mixed-use, civic, hospitality and retail.

In her new role, Spellicy will use her skills in strategic planning, project management, business development and preconstruction to concentrate on strategic client acquisitions in multiple markets.

Prior to joining AECOM, Spellicy helped oversee corporate strategic plans and developed an annual business and marketing strategy for Campos Engineering. For nine years, she advanced within The Beck Group, gaining skills in project coordination and leadership, while developing detailed estimates from conceptual design through contract documentation.

Before making the switch to the commercial real estate industry, Spellicy worked as a protective order advocate in the Family Violence Unit of the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. She also served as a legal advocate for New Beginning Center, a nonprofit serving victims of family violence.

Spellicy is heavily involved in several community organizations. For The Real Estate Council (TREC), she serves as a TREC foundation board member, PAC board member and serves on the Associate Leadership Council Alumni Association core committee. She also serves as a board member and committee member for governmental affairs and community engagement for Friends of Fair Park. For Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) she serves as the programs committee chair, and she received CREW’s 2016 Rising Star Award. Her other awards include the Lawrence A. Wilson award for her preconstruction achievements at The Beck Group and The UT Dallas Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Spellicy graduated with a 4.0 GPA from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies in May 2004.

About AECOM

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

 

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Steven Janeway, AECOM

DALLAS – May 9, 2017 – AECOM, a premiere, fully integrated global infrastructure service firm named Steven Janeway, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, as regional design director in the Dallas office for the firm’s Buildings + Places (B+P) practice for the Gulf Southwest area. The region includes Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Janeway joins Ted Kollaja, FAIA, who joined the firm in 2016 as vice president, managing principal to lead the B+P practice for the Gulf Southwest region.

“We are thrilled to have a leading industry expert join our growing team for the B+P practice,” said Kollaja. “His experience is unmatched and will help us improve our business offerings in the region, better serve our clients and further enhance AECOM’s ability to build a better world through innovation and bold ideas.” 

Janeway brings 30+ years of experience in design, and overseeing and directing teams to achieve high-performance building architecture while meeting clients’ expectations and resources. He collaborates and leads all design disciplines including architecture, interiors, planning, mechanical, electrical, fire protection and structural design to create an integrated, quality architectural result.

In his new role as regional design director, Janeway will set the agenda and drive innovation for the design teams throughout the region and work directly with key clients and projects. His focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology as the chief enabler of project process, key component of construction simulation and data management is unique in the industry and seeks to change the way design and construction projects are delivered.

Prior to joining AECOM, Janeway led extensive international projects including the Samsung Global Engineering Center in Seoul, South Korea, he Desert Kingdom-Entertainment Resort in Dubai, UAE and the CoolPad Headquarters in Shenzhen, China. He also led many Texas-based projects, which include the Shell Oil-Woodcreek Campus, the Omni Fort Worth Convention Hotel, Veterinarian Technology, Science and Allied Health Building at Cedar Valley College and Urban Living Laboratory (ULL) Master Plan for the Texas A&M AgriLife campus. Janeway also was the leading designer of the master plan for Digital Dallas Data Campus for Digital Realty in Richardson, Texas.

Janeway is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects and USGBC North Texas. He attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design Professional Development Program from 2001-2002 and has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee as well as an Associate of Architectural Technology from Walters State Community College. He is a registered architect in Iowa, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

About AECOM

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

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AECOM_Intl Women's Day

DALLAS (March 16, 2017) — AECOM, a fully integrated infrastructure firm, celebrated International Women’s Day with a week of festivities honoring the 227 female employees in Texas and 64 in the Dallas and Fort Worth offices capped off by a lunch and learn with Rangers CFO Kellie Fischer. The week of events helped foster deeper engagement and thought provoking conversations among AECOM’s female leaders while enjoying team building activities complete with games, snacks and slushies.

At the #BeBoldForChange wall display, employees were encouraged to share a picture or story of a bold woman in their life. The events also included educational and inspirational films like the Verna Myers TED Talk on “How to Overcome Our Biases” and the movie “Miss Representation” followed by roundtable discussions on overcoming stereotypes and growing as leaders. On Thursday, March 9, Texas Rangers CFO Kellie Fischer joined the group for a lunch and learn on the behind-the-scenes financial empire of the Texas Rangers.

“International Women’s Day and the whole week of celebrations at AECOM was about reminding the women in our office that each of them has the power to influence positive change,” said Wendy Lopez, senior vice president, Texas area manager for AECOM. “We believe in supporting, enabling, elevating and respecting each other and encouraging one another to be bold.” 

In addition to the team building activities throughout the week, the office collected new and unused toiletries, women’s hygiene products and make-up to donate to the local Genesis Women's Shelter.

About AECOM

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

 

 

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