HDR Names New Civic Leadership in Western Region

(October 28, 2013) - A collaborative solution-oriented project delivery process that embraces a holistic approach to intelligently integrating planning, design and construction underscores the priorities of the new leadership recently announced for HDR Architecture's Civic program in the Western region. The team of J. Louise McGinnis Barber and Catherine Chan will champion a new way of doing business that infuses innovation to the conventional process for smarter, more efficient and high quality delivery.

Louis McGinnis Barber, CPSM

McGinnis Barber, Associate Vice President with HDR, will now serve as Western Region Business Development Director of its Civic program. She has worked in the AEC industry for over 30 years and is well-known for her passion in connecting people and opportunities. A self-acknowledged collaborator by nature, McGinnis Barber is a big-picture thinker, constantly seeking opportunities to build partnerships between HDR's clients and industry to help clients realize the full potential for their projects. For the Western Region, she is responsible for business development strategy, planning and implementation efforts, pulling together expertise-driven, multidisciplinary teams that deliver tailored solutions for HDR clients through a strong local presence and a collaborative, integrated approach. McGinnis Barber currently serves on the Board of Directors for RECON and the Board of Directors for Leadership California; she has also served as president of the Corporate Associates for the California State Association of Counties and the Steering Committee for the California State Sheriff's Association.

Catherine Chan, AIA, HKIA, LEED AP BD+C

Chan is now the Justice Director for the Western Region. A 23-year industry veteran and Associate Vice President with HDR, she has dedicated her professional career to justice architecture, with a remarkable portfolio of award-winning projects that is well recognized for exceptional quality control and schedule-budget adherence. Chan's hands-on technical expertise and fluent technology skills, complemented with her natural collaborative personality, enables a highly effective solution-oriented team process for creative, successful results. She works closely with the team in the Western Region, supported by the firm's national Justice resources and expertise.Chan currently serves as the Advisory Group Chair of the AIA's Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) and continues to support the AAJ San Francisco Bay Area chapter, which she chaired in 2009-2010. She also served on the Office of the State Fire Marshal I-3 Occupancy Codes Task Force and is a frequent speaker at the Stanford University's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering.

Both McGinnis Barber and Chan are based in HDR's San Francisco, Calif., office. They will direct the Civic and Justice efforts, respectively, for the entire Western Region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. HDR is a full-service, multidisciplinary architectural practice that offers a broad range of services—including architecture, engineering, interior design and sustainable design consulting—that fit the dynamic business climate of today's world.

Recently completed projects include the 1.2 million-square-foot California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Correctional Health Care Facility in Stockton, Calif. HDR is also beginning work on the study, design and construction supervision of a nearly three-million square-foot correctional facilities complex for a confidential client in the Middle East.