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Government facilities are emblems of our national character. They should inspire pride and confidence, while being judicious with resources and oriented toward the future. In over 70 years of service to the US government, we have designed across a wide range of project types, gaining expertise in the standards and procedures of federal agencies. As a full-service architecture, engineering, and planning firm, we offer a complete solution with minimized risk. Our multi-disciplinary design teams are coordinated to deliver projects that meet security, energy, and cost goals, while remaining adaptable over the long term. Our credo is simple: use less and deliver more.

 

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GSA design standards demand reduction of fossil-fuel-generated energy consumption by 100 percent by 2030.

Federal buildings must be designed to achieve energy consumption levels at least 30 percent below ASHRAE standards.

Federal Leadership

Kurt F. Ubbelohde

Kurt F. Ubbelohde

Vice President

National Director - Federal Programs

Profile

Kurt is immersed in the culture, standards, and processes of federal clients. During his 26-year military career with the Army Corps of Engineers he executed operations in military construction and civil works around the world, and provided design and construction management support to other federal agencies involving complex business plans, managing multi-million dollar budgets, indirectly managing hundreds of personnel, and involving regular interface with Congressional leadership and senior-level Executive branch officials. His extensive background includes complex project management, revenue enhancement, cost avoidance, customer relationship management, negotiated settlements, problem analysis and resolution, and international projects. He has an Executive MBA from the University of Nebraska, and is a member of international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma.

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Edward Piekarczyk

Edward Piekarczyk

Vice President

National Director - DoD Programs

Profile

Ed has been with LEO A DALY since his retirement from the US Air Force in 2008. He has over 26 years of active duty experience in the US Air Force as a civil engineer, culminating in three successive positions as the Base Civil Engineer and Fire Marshall, and has a diverse background in architecture/design, construction management, force protection, and physical plant operations. His extensive experience includes the management of a multitude of base level engineering projects, from small Sustainment Restoration & Modernization (SR&M) work to large MILCON facility alteration/construction.

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Michael D. Huffstetler

Michael D. Huffstetler, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Vice President

National Director - DHS Programs

Profile

Mike has worked in the federal and aviation industries for 30 years serving as market sector leader, operations director, project manager, interagency liaison, client manager, construction manager, and executive officer (XO). As a military veteran in both the US Air Force Civil Engineering career field and the US Army Corps of Engineers (multiple exchange officer assignments), Mike distinguishes himself as a team leader, facilitator, and project manager.

Mike joined LEO A DALY in 2005 following key leadership roles on some of the largest, most high-profile construction programs in the Washington DC area at the time, including the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Capital Construction Program ($4B) and the Pentagon Renovation Program ($1.2B). Through the years, Mike has applied his leadership and collaborative skills to build effective external partnerships and internal teams in aviation, healthcare and federal in support of LEO A DALY’s international practice and our domestic US nationwide presence. He is passionate about leveraging the unique strengths from across the entire company to better serve the ever-evolving mission and security needs of our country.

In addition to Mike’s role as our National Director for DHS Programs, he serves as director of the firm’s Leadership Institute, an immersive, executive-level leadership program that annually identifies and trains emerging leaders from across the LEO A DALY company.

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Emmett B. Ahearn

Emmett B. Ahearn, RA

National Director - GSA Programs

Profile

With design and delivery of over 80 federal projects, Emmett has delivered a wide range of project types specified in the RFP, including GSA projects at SSA Woodlawn and the Fallon Building. His other federal projects include the National Archives at College Park, renovations at the US Naval Academy, and GSA projects in Suitland, Avondale, Maryland. He has led similar IDIQ design task orders contracts for GSA (Regions 2, 3, 4 and NCR), Social Security Administration (nationwide), the Army Corps of Engineers (Baltimore District), US Navy (NAVFAC), and National Park Service. By facilitating exceptional technical design solutions, he brings competence to communication, negotiation, BIM delivery, and sustainable innovations. His experience on design-build projects makes him an exemplary IDIQ leader uniquely suited to this sort of contract where coordination and collaboration are critical.

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Irena Savakova

Irena Savakova, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C

Vice President

Director of Design

Profile

Irena is an award-winning architectural designer with 25 years of experience developing projects for federal, commercial and educational facilities in the US and internationally. She enjoys an industry-wide reputation for her creativity, passion, and knowledge in managing complex core and shell developments, interiors, and space-planning projects. Over the past seven years, Savakova has led or contributed to the architectural design of new signature facilities for the US Department of State, Social Security Administration, the National Guard Bureau, the Air National Guard, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and NASA. She began her design career in Bulgaria. In 1991 she graduated with a Master of Architecture degree and began practicing in the European Union, where she is licensed as a registered architect. In 1995, she earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Peter A. Yakowicz

Peter A. Yakowicz, PE, MHA

National Director - Veterans Affairs Programs

Profile

Pete is solely dedicated to the VA client, and is guided by a personal dedication to the health and well-being of veterans in every aspect of his work. Pete’s unparalleled insight into the VA's mission and its challenges comes from having spent 33 years working with the VA, including the management of an $8 billion dollar capital asset portfolio for 12 VA campuses and 68 community-based outpatient clinics. In 2005, Pete earned a federal award from the Department of Energy in recognition of VISN 23’s energy saving and water conservation efforts. He also earned several awards of recognition from the Secretary of the VA, including a 2010 award related to his work in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for helping stimulate the economy and creating jobs.

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