Stack + Co. was born out of the founders’ certainty that there must be a better, more cooperative and integrated way to deliver construction projects. At Stack, we believe that Architecture and Construction can happen more collaboratively – under a variety of different scenarios – and the result is a better process, a better building, and more of the project budget going towards the finished product. We believe in a greater emphasis on good design, and a more informed and technology-leveraged Construction Management approach. We use our unique and versatile staff to deliver both Integrated Architecture + Construction, and conventional Construction Management.
Joshua M. Brandt, Leed AP – Founding Partner
Joshua obtained a Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering from Brown University, prior to beginning his career as a Construction Manager. At Shawmut Design and Construction, he worked on complex, MEP intensive projects, including all of Shawmut’s work at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. He is an expert in construction and database technologies, and designed Stack’s cloud-based, proprietary construction cost-control system.
Andrew Wade Keating, Assoc. AIA – Founding Partner
Andrew studied Architecture at Williams College and RISD, and is currently studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MArch). His professional experience includes William Rawn Associates Architects, and Shawmut Design and Construction. He holds an Unrestricted MA Construction Supervisor’s License. As a Project Manager for Shawmut, he ran lab and science, historic preservation and academic projects as large as $20 million. An early BIM adopter, he founded the Rhode Island Revit Users Group and is an outspoken proponent of the paradigm-shift towards Building Information Modeling in the Architecture and Construction industry.
Matthew Aubee – Carpentry Director/Project Manager
A Master Carpenter with 25-years of experience in the industry, Matthew reinforces the idea that in order to successfully manage construction, you must begin by understanding it fundamentally at the jobsite level. Matt oversees and manages all carpentry operations and Stack’s field crew, he also performs carpentry estimating and serves as Project Manager for certain carpentry-intensive projects and scopes. Matt holds a B.A. in Biology from Assumption College.
Shawn Gilmore – Project Superintendent
Shawn Gilmore has run numerous successful projects at Johnson and Wales University and Moses Brown School. He is a 30-year industry professional who brings a wealth of knowledge and good practice to the day-to-day operations on his jobsites.
Mike Mills – Project Superintendent
Mike brings to bear 35 years of experience running a wide variety of multi-unit residential, commercial, healthcare and institutional construction projects. He is a seasoned veteran commercial superintendent. Mike possesses an Associates degree in Architectural Technology from Wentworth.
Greg Geyer – Site Supervisor
Greg specializes in giving clients bomb-proof, 100-year buildings. At 204 Taber Ave in Providence, Greg painstakingly restored the wire-struck brick, copper flashings, gutters and exterior half-timber woodwork. At 15 Elmdale Road in Scituate, RI, he turned a mid-century Tech House into a Deep Energy Retrofit, superinsulated, passive green building.
Kim Toomey – Site Supervisor
With 27 years of experience in building and renovating high-end single family homes, Kim brings her wide range of valuable expertise in residential construction to Stack. In addition to formerly running her own construction business, Kim’s resume includes Payne Bouchier Fine Builders.
Casey Wilcox – Assistant Project Manager
As a former Project Engineer for the Cornell University Stocking Hall (a LEED certified $75-million Food-Science Research Lab & Dairy Process Facility), Casey brings strong experience in agricultural design and construction to Stack. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as an E.I.T. (Engineering in Training) certification in Pennsylvania.
Matthew Demers, Assoc. AIA – Intern Architect
With a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University, and a Masters in Construction Management in-progress, Matt is representative of the new generation of up-and-coming industry professionals who are focused on a progressive, integrated process for delivering construction projects. Working with the Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate, Matt is a designer and BIM modeler who supports both the Architecture and Virtual Design and Construction elements of Stack’s process.
Anne Luther – Finance Manager
Anne is a dedicated and accomplished bookkeeper and finance manager. She has experience across multiple business types, but specializes in the construction industry. Anne runs the day to day accounting and benefits functions of the firm.
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Building Information Modeling is the process of organizing information about a project into a database structure, providing a superior way of modeling buildings, coordinating construction, and producing design documents.
Autodesk’s Building Design Suite Ultimate – including Revit, Navisworks, Quantity Takeoff, and all other Autodesk AEC industry tools – forms the basis of Stack’s design and coordination platform. Our BIM process enables us to model all aspects of the building – including 3D geometry and cost – so that we can wield real-time integrated building data for purposes such as material take-offs, virtual scheduling, energy modeling, clash detection, and pre-visualization.
The BIM process creates a platform for owners, designers, builders and trade contractors to come together to coordinate the project virtually on the front end and avoid costly surprises during onsite construction.
We deliver a large portion of our construction services utilizing a CM At-Risk process: as a Construction Manager holding the prime construction contract, directly executing the work of construction, bidding and holding the subcontracts, and self-performing carpentry activities with our carpentry division where appropriate. We provide our clients with Lump Sum, Guaranteed Maximum Price, or Cost-Plus contract types based on their direction and attributes of the project. In a typical scenario, we engage with the project early, providing real-time costing and constructability feedback to leverage both the client and the design team during the up-front process. Our toolkit represents an evolution of the processes and best practices typical to Construction Managers, including BIM-enabled cost analysis, full integration between up-front subcontractor scopes and bid-evaluations, customized dynamic cost templates that sort and filter to accomodate an unlimited range and complexity of alternate-cost evaluation, and a proprietary cloud-based cost control software designed and built by us – the Stackmachine.
Integrated Architecture + Construction
While the term Design/Build is commonly used to describe a combination of design and construction activities in one firm or one process – Stack is redefining this model with the practice of Integrated Architecture and Construction.
Too often, a Design/Build approach de-emphasizes the importance and value of design, and seeks to package design activities “efficiently” under the umbrella of the construction process. Integrated Architecture and Construction involves combining the two disciplines, and the specialized personnel who perform each role. This takes a number of different forms, from turnkey delivery of design and construction by our firm, to partnerships that are customized to the needs of the project.
While we pride ourselves on bringing a designer’s eye to the job site every day, and a contractor’s knowledge of construction systems to the design process, Integrated Architecture and Construction is more about versatility of the firm or the team, stemming from the combination of specialized personnel working much more efficiently together under one umbrella.
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