Team

Complex projects with time and budget constraints — that’s when we perform best. We share your concerns and take them on as ours. Since we’re from the area, we know all the players in the SE and enjoy the challenge of delivering projects that create long-term ROI for our clients and our community — and take pride in their success.

John Barnes, MBA : President

John Barnes, MBA

President

John is a former Naval Officer who brings extraordinary leadership, planning, business acumen and structural expertise to BDR and its clients. Holding his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Georgia State University, John utilizes his talents to provide innovative, higher-return services in the healthcare and higher-education segments. With over 22 years of experience in helping design, build and support complex structures, John’s leadership and collaborative philosophy is at the cornerstone of BDR. As Principal-in Charge, John’s fundamental role is to ensure all clients have their complex structural investments met and that they achieve the highest possible Return on their Facility Investment.

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Bradley Higdon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CHFM : Partner

Bradley Higdon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CHFM

Partner

As a licensed Architect and project manager, Brad brings over 20 years of planning, design and PM experience to all BDR clients.  Brad’s unique experience with large, complex project types including academic medical centers, active laboratories and healthcare facilities has made him a sought-after expert for project planning and implementation.  Brad’s focus on strategic programming and planning and multi-phase development ensures that design and construction outcomes are aligned with operational goals that help clients achieve their short- and long-term growth and profitability objectives.

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Emily Gossett, MBC : Partner

Emily Gossett, MBC

Partner

With a Bachelor’s in Design and a Masters in Building Construction, Emily leverages over 20 years of facility planning and renovation expertise in the healthcare and education sectors. Emily’s long track record of healthcare success surrounds all aspects including large-scale hospital, ambulatory clinics, laboratory sciences, MOB and outpatient development, provides her with the skillset and expertise to translate the client’s business goals into strategies and plans so they can enjoy sustainable growth and facility ROI. In addition, Emily’s student center, natatorium, and outdoor classroom projects exemplify the diversified portfolio of her education projects. Emily also serves as a student advisor for Clemson University’s College of Architecture Mentoring Program.

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Kimberly H. Cook, M.Arch : Partner

Kimberly H. Cook, M.Arch

Partner

Leveraging a Masters in Architecture (Georgia Tech) and a BS in Interior Design (FSU), Kim brings over 19 years’ experience in strategic planning, design and project management. Kim’s multi-faceted expertise includes multi-campus pediatric hospitals, academic medical centers and specialty medical projects (Gamma Knife, Linear Accelerator, ICU’s, Interventional OR’s, Emergency Departments), ambulatory surgical centers, medical office buildings, as well as K-12 institutions and non-profit clients. She is also experienced in medical equipment planning, Information System integrations and pre-development strategies. Kim expertly foresees and efficiently resolves the issues and roadblocks that could impede successful delivery.

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Anna Forgey, LEED BD+C : Partner

Anna Forgey, LEED BD+C

Partner

Holding a Building Construction degree from Georgia Tech, Anna has presided over multimillions in ground-up and build-to-suit projects, interior tenant build-outs, and complex phased renovations in the higher education, private K-12, and healthcare sectors. An astute financial and scheduling manager excelling in preconstruction, Anna brings this experience to all planning, design, construction and transition management efforts. Also an expert in LEED, Anna has led three LEED Gold projects as well as multiple LEED certified buildings.

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Hector Morales : Partner

Hector Morales

Partner

A Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience as a Design Engineer, Owner, Facility Manager and Program Manager, Hector brings seasoned and multi-faceted expertise to all our projects. With a primary focus on education projects, Hector is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Association and the Society for College and University Planning. Hector helps ensure the facilities that support students and faculty are able to meet the needs of today’s challenging educational programs.

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Jesse Frasier : Partner

Jesse Frasier

Partner

Graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Architecture, Jesse brings 17 years of Program Management, Master Planning, and Design experience with a primary focus in large academic structures. Jesse is a proven leader who provides extraordinary expertise in programming, planning, CAD and BIM from early project assessments right through final project delivery. Jesse is also an Architectural Advisory Board Member at the University of Tennessee.

Katie Leonard, LEED AP BD+C : Partner

Katie Leonard, LEED AP BD+C

Partner

Holding a BS in Building Construction from GA Tech, Katie is a LEED Accredited Professional who brings over 14 years of construction management experience to large, complex projects. Whether it is a $300M laboratory, a $100M private detention center or courthouse renovation, Katie is a Southeast leader in complex facility management, field operations, cost and risk analysis, and procurement. Katie is also serves as a Board Member for Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Georgia Chapter.

David Benson : Partner

David Benson

Partner

Graduating Summa Cum Laude from NC State’s School of Architecture, David is a master planning expert for large, complex structures and campuses. He is extensively trained in all aspects of CAD and BIM design and review; which greatly aids in our ability to streamline and accelerate the planning and construction phases of large, complex projects (400,000+ SF) for our clients. David’s expertise also includes strategic site and facility assessments, transition planning and move management.

Brint Smith : Vice President

Brint Smith

Vice President

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission -- Livable Committee and the CMAA, Brint has a well-regarded reputation as a go-to expert in higher education program management and architecture across all phases including planning, development, design, construction and move in. Brint is also a featured speaker on sustainable housing projects having managed a $299M student housing project that obtained LEED Gold and a $32M housing project obtaining LEED Silver. Brint has proven expertise in programming, planning, feasibility studies and master planning.

Edwin Santos, AIA, CHC : Senior Manager

Edwin Santos, AIA, CHC

Senior Manager

Prior to joining the BDR team, Edwin earned his Master of Science in Architecture and is a former US Air Force Officer and board-certified Health Services Administrator. Throughout his career, Edwin has become a skilled expert in the development of facility needs assessment studies, funding document preparation, procurement process management and contract negotiations. Edwin is a proven project leader who consistently promotes innovation and collaboration within his teams to deliver complex, multi-phased medical facilities to clients.

Erin Carlson, AIA, EDAC, CSSBB, NCARB : Senior Manager

Erin Carlson, AIA, EDAC, CSSBB, NCARB

Senior Manager

As a registered Architect who holds two degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Erin has dedicated much of her career to examining the healthcare environment. A Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, she is able to readily identify process improvements for clients, collaborating often at the C-suite level and beyond to study their business and unearth out-of-the-box solutions. In 2014, Erin obtained the EDAC (Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification), which bolsters her ability to apply both industry-created and self-conducted research to built-environments and process challenges.  Her capability to understand varying perspectives, analyze them, and build on the ideas make her recommendations effective. Today, she applies her unique knowledge to a variety of healthcare construction projects such as new construction, full replacements hospitals, and renovations - always with a focus on the connection between design and clinical process improvement.
Gary Chichester, LEED GA : Senior Manager

Gary Chichester, LEED GA

Senior Manager

Holding a MS in Construction Management and a BS in Architecture, Gary possesses 18 years of industry experience in successfully delivering a diverse range of healthcare, municipal, and community projects. Gary’s collaborative leadership, in combination with his multi-faceted competence in areas including contract management, value engineering, cost estimation, risk analysis, and procurement process development and implementation, enables him to be a versatile client resource. His experienced leadership provides clients with exceptional consensus building in engaging multi-stakeholder clinical teams.

Kelly Panter : Senior Manager

Kelly Panter

Senior Manager

With 14 years of experience, Kelly has touched every role in design and construction, from interior design to contracting to project management. Throughout her career, Kelly has been a dedicated leader of complex, multi-phase projects and has always maintained outstanding client relationships. She has overseen the successful completion of multi-family high rise buildings, mixed-use developments, children’s hospitals, medical laboratories, specialized medical care centers, as well as commercial office projects. Kelly’s portfolio includes projects ranging from $2 to $88 million, and strives to involve stakeholders in every step of the process. With a BFA in Interior Design from Brenau University and an MS in Building Construction from Georgia Tech, Kelly understands the impact that design can have on overall operational performance of facilities. Kelly’s extensive experience in design and construction allows her to provide clients with a 360-degree project perspective, and she has proven how to manage effective teams by anticipating all potential challenges and leading those teams to successful solutions.

Kelly Register, RN, BSN : Senior Manager

Kelly Register, RN, BSN

Senior Manager

With over 25 years of clinical experience, Kelly provides a unique set of clinical, operational development and medical equipment planning expertise to our clients. She brings 17 years of experience providing direct patient care within the emergency and critical care areas, as well as 10 years industry experience within the medical equipment and healthcare manufacturer industries. Kelly's collaborative leadership approach, along with her healthcare strategy development experience play an integral role in her ability to successfully optimize and implement efficiencies into a diverse range of facility projects. Kelly also shares her passion within Lukas’ Fund, a nonprofit organization, where she has served as a board member for the last 13 years.

Mohammad Nadizadeh : Senior Manager

Mohammad Nadizadeh

Senior Manager

Mohammad's construction experience of over 10 years has developed his expertise in leading teams through complex projects and tight deadlines. By being proactive and unafraid to make hard decisions, his clients value him for delivering their visions to fruition. From small to billion-dollar programs, Mohammed has proven to be an effective manager by remaining focused on the process and promoting effective collaboration.

Aaron Groseclose, PE, LEED AP BD+C : Manager

Aaron Groseclose, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Manager

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a background in commission engineering, Aaron provides clients valuable team leadership and management capabilities. His expertise ensures the implementation of complex projects are delivered effectively in coordinating operations, scope development, sustainability, cost projections, and design consulting. Holding certification in Quality Commissioning Processes, Aaron is adept in providing clients the maximum value for their facility investment. He is also a LEED AP and a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Illinois.

Ace Barghi, LEED AP BD+C : Manager

Ace Barghi, LEED AP BD+C

Manager

Holding three degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (a MBA, a MS in building construction, and a BS in electrical engineering), Ace has 14 years of project management and construction experience in the healthcare industry showcasing his collaborative leadership approach to successfully deliver complex, quality projects on-time and within budget. His value-added expertise extends to all phases of a project including hard bid and negotiated contract estimation, on-site preconstruction and construction management, and close-out/warranty process management.

Alison Gordon, P.E., LEED : Manager

Alison Gordon, P.E., LEED

Manager

With a BS in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a BS in mathematics from Emory University, Alison is a licensed Professional Engineer and leading expert on local and regional impact regarding transportation, noise, wayfinding, and parking optimization for active, high-volume campuses.  Alison specializes in lab, clinical, and large-scale office renovations and successfully delivered over one million square feet of interior and new construction projects in the healthcare and higher education sectors.

Ali Freeman, MPH : Manager

Ali Freeman, MPH

Manager

Ali is a distinctive member of our team utilizing her Master of Public Health Management degree from the University of Georgia to bring a broad and unique skill set to our client teams. An accomplished project manager, Ali deftly plans and executes complex strategic initiatives and operational improvements. Naturally analytical and communicative, Ali excels in stakeholder engagement, consensus building, process mapping, and strategic change management to ensure our clients’ goals of implementing new programs are successful.

Audrey Hoge, LEED GA : Manager

Audrey Hoge, LEED GA

Manager

With a resume that boasts years of experience in successfully coordinating projects and stakeholder communication, Audrey is a valuable resource for both BDR and our clients with complex projects and delivery needs. She has a strong knowledge of which communication and coordination practices will best deliver complex projects with various stakeholders and multi-consultant teams. She is a strategic thinker, detail-oriented and efficient at offering solutions to complex and challenging projects.

Garrett Smith, LEED GA : Senior Manager

Garrett Smith, LEED GA

Senior Manager

Garrett graduated with a BS in Housing and Human Sciences from Florida State University and has 12 years of healthcare construction, real estate, and project management experience. Throughout his career, Garrett has developed a proven record of successfully delivering a wide range of hospital renovation and new tower projects that exceed client expectations. Garrett’s value-added expertise includes capital program budget development, cost estimating, land acquisition and market analysis assessments, schedule management, and contract negotiation as well as leading multi-stakeholder teams toward consensus.

Stuart Schmidtke, LEED GA : Manager

Stuart Schmidtke, LEED GA

Manager

Possessing a degree from Auburn University in Environmental Design with minors in Business and Sustainability, Stuart brings five years of healthcare project management and construction experience in leading projects ranging from $20 million to $435 million. Stuart’s leadership skills and project implementation proficiency guarantee a collaborative, on-time, successful project. Stuart’s expertise in disciplines ranging from procurement knowledge to infection control and medical equipment planning to budget and schedule management are crucial for healthcare project delivery.

Ashleigh Hoppe : Project Account Coordinator

Ashleigh Hoppe

Project Account Coordinator

Holding a degree from the University of Southern Mississippi combined with four years of industry experience, Ashleigh brings a depth of knowledge and expertise in coordinating and communicating the requirements needed to successfully lead a team to complete a range of complex healthcare projects. In addition, Ashleigh’s pragmatic, detail-oriented skill-set enables her to develop deliverables that connect and leverage the purchasing power and decision-making opportunities at a system-wide level for our most complex clients.

Mike Dawkins : Marketing Manager

Mike Dawkins

Marketing Manager

With over 7 years of progressive agency and corporate experience, Mike brings a diverse set of skills and a fresh perspective on how to apply marketing principles to a B2B service organization. His previous experience includes marketing and design for brands like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and professional firms like Boston Consulting Group and Gensler. He is a resourceful problem-solver who specializes in branding, visual design and effective storytelling. He is a relationship-oriented professional with a dedication to efficiency and excellence.

Debbi Legg : Project Cost Analyst

Debbi Legg

Project Cost Analyst

Joining the BDR team with over 10 years of controller and fiscal management responsibilities, Debbi is a valuable asset for project accounting and billing. Debbi is highly organized and a superior multitasker, which allows her to provide complete, accurate, and on-time accounting and billing across multiple projects. An exceptionally resourceful employee, Debbi utilizes critical thinking skills to continuously seek areas of improvement, streamline processes, and reduce expenses.

Gayle Sanders : Controller

Gayle Sanders

Controller

Graduating with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, this rocket scientist also hold a Masters of Accountancy from Mercer University. Gayle's depth of knowledge and diverse range of experience in accounting across multiple industries ensures that the planning and execution efficiencies gained at BDR translate into significant cost savings for our clients. In addition, Gayle serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate-level fundamentals of accounting and cost accounting courses at Mercer University's School of Business and Economics.

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