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


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


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


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


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 : Senior Vice President

Anna Forgey, LEED BD+C

Senior Vice President

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 : Senior Vice President

Hector Morales

Senior Vice President

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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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.

Katie Leonard, LEED AP BD+C : Vice President

Katie Leonard, LEED AP BD+C

Vice President

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.

Jesse Frasier : Vice President

Jesse Frasier

Vice President

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.

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.

Ace Barghi, LEED AP BD+C : Manager

Ace Barghi, LEED AP BD+C


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.

David Benson : Manager

David Benson


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.

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.

Ali Freeman, MPH : Manager

Ali Freeman, MPH


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.

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

Aaron Groseclose, PE, LEED AP BD+C


Earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and with a background in commission engineering, Aaron provides valuable team leadership and management capabilities to all of our clients. Aaron’s expertise with in coordinating operations, scope development, sustainability, cost projections and design consulting ensures that the implementation of complex projects are delivered effectively and that maximum value is provided for the clients’ facility investment. Aaron also leverages a certification in Quality Commissioning Processes and is a LEED accredited professional, as well as a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Illinois.

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.

Kevin Richardson, CHC, CSSYB, HCC : Manager

Kevin Richardson, CHC, CSSYB, HCC


Earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton, Kevin brings over 8 years of experience specializing in the delivery of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure projects for healthcare & education facilities. Kevin is a proven leader in managing complex infrastructure replacement projects. Many of those projects involved replacement of critical equipment and services while the facility they serve remain open to continue serving patients and staff. Kevin also is experienced in various phased occupied interior renovation fit outs, and medical equipment installations. Kevin is Health Care Construction certified, as well as a member of ASHE and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Candidate. He is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance. Kevin also has previously served on the Lean Six Sigma Council for Grady Health System.

Stuart Schmidtke, LEED GA : Manager

Stuart Schmidtke, LEED GA


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.

Garrett Smith, LEED GA : Manager

Garrett Smith, LEED GA


Garrett graduated with a BS in Housing and Human Sciences from Florida State University and has over ten years of healthcare construction, real estate, and project management experience. Throughout his career, Garret 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.

Jayne Woodward, EI : Manager

Jayne Woodward, EI


Holding Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Civil Engineering from Samford University and the University of Alabama, Jayne serves as a versatile resource to our clients. Jayne is currently a certified Engineer Intern with extraordinary expertise in infrastructure planning, design and construction. Her analytic skills and seasoned experience in renovation, academic facilities, healthcare transition management and campus planning make her extremely valuable to our clients and their complex project requirements.

Audrey Hoge, LEED GA : Project Coordinator

Audrey Hoge, LEED GA

Project Coordinator

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. She has a strong knowledge of what communication and coordination practices will best deliver complex projects with various stakeholders and pressing deadlines. Audrey is attentive and efficient, which helps keep the teams she works on organized and on-track to deliver the highest quality projects for our clients.

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 depth of knowledge and expertise in coordinating and communicating the requirements needed to successfully deliver a range of complex healthcare projects. In addition, Ashleigh’s pragmatic, detail-oriented skill-set enables her to develop a unique implementation approach to drive the project team’s goals and actions in order to successfully deliver a project on time and in budget.

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


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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