William Commer, AIA, has a unique expertise and perspective gained through 30 years of professional experience. His Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management and two Masters Degrees, including Architecture, prepared him to provide design solutions that are constructible and cost-effective.
Before starting WJCA in 1994, Mr. Commer served in various corporate management positions for Omniplan, The Limited, May Company, Venture Stores, and United Retail Group. His responsibilities included managing the design and construction of many types of commercial, institutional and residential projects. The insights gained from these experiences, as a client of architects and general contractors, helps him understand, anticipate and deliver to his clients the value-added solutions and services that meet and exceed their expectations.
Mr. Commer is licensed to practice architecture in 22 states, enabling WJCA's specialization in design management for national construction programs. With a team of 16 professionals, WJCA offers a full range of design and construction administration services. WJCA tailors these services to match specific client requirements for successful construction projects and programs. Since 1994, WJCA has completed 2200 projects in 50 states, creating assets for their clients of more than $1.6 billion.
In addition to the leadership and direction that he provides to WJCA, Mr. Commer also volunteers his time as a design consultant for Pwoje Espwa and other programs that serve children and the poor.
With more than 20 years experience in project and cost management, Bill Strohmeyer brings a unique expertise to work for WJCA clients and their programs. He directs his scrutiny of project costs toward efficient and competitive cost control. At the same time, his background in a variety of manufacturing and service industries affords him insights into the collaborative meshing of clients, their vendors and other service providers. This blend of scrutiny and collaboration helps WJCA deliver balanced results that focus on total value as expressed in terms of benefits to clients and their projects.
Prior to 1994, when Mr. Strohmeyer co-founded WJCA, Bill dealt with corporate and project specific tasks. He managed and maintained budgets, bid processes, and comparative tabulations and qualifications. He brought these experiences into a basic system that continues to work for WJCA today. This system involves a simple, concise comparison of costs and a presentation that clearly identifies and summarizes the results. When brought into use, these systems enable WJCA to better support its clients and their cost management through more disciplined contractor and vendor negotiations that result in Agreements with outside resources that are clear and concise.
Clear Agreements translate into more intelligent cost accounting and management. Mr. Strohmeyer's team is also adept at accounting for costs, managing cash (or cost) flow and payment processes. And scrutiny is again at work with Strohmeyer watching Agreement terms and, therefore, controlling cost exposures that exceed the relative levels of project completion. Again, these same strategies are at work, whether dealing with WJCA costs, WJCA sub-consultant costs, or Clients' construction costs.
Mr. Strohmeyer has a BA in Management and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Both local and National chapters.)
Lino Picinic has nearly two decades of design and construction experience. He holds architectural licenses in a number of states and is a member of the International Code Council. Lino has an extensive background in construction, which enables him to better serve clients' needs with respect to budgeting, critical path scheduling, and interacting with outside parties during construction phases. In addition, he works as one of WJCA's design program manager, where he serves or has served a wide range of retailers, developers, office tenants and warehouse/light manufacturing operations. Lino functions as project architect/job captain for a variety of project types, including interior fit-outs, core and shell, and site planning.
Jeff Clark shares nearly 25 years of experience in design management and lighting design with WJCA and its clients. Mr. Clark brings sensible design solutions to retail planning and lighting challenges.
Much of his experience has revolved around converting concepts into replicable, national construction programs. This requires a no-nonsense approach to design and an approach that focuses on constructability and cost objectives.
Securing architectural licenses in an increasing number of states, Joel Torielli continually expands his professional qualifications to better serve WJCA clients. Mr. Torielli is a Clemson graduate and holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan. He recently completed a MBA-track certification in Business Management.
Joel's training and experience combine to offer a strong and broad support for many WJCA clients. Mr. Torielli is particularly attentive to client objectives, which he is able to effectively translate into actionable tasks to produce high quality outcomes.
Retail has been the dominant theme of Kim Lucas' professional career. Kim started on the sales floor and eventually worked her way into store management. After serving as a District Manager for a national retailer, she moved into Home Office Operations and focused her skills on cost control, training and manual-writing. Kim's interests later shifted to design and construction and, over a 15 year period, she became well-versed in retail design and building processes. She has become an in-house expert on code and process and routinely assists project leaders in creatively navigating tricky approvals. Kim's initial research efforts helps WJCA teams understand specific challenges in preliminary project stages, so that problems can be dealt with in advance.
Stephanie Kuo has worked in residential and commercial design for nearly a decade-she holds a degree in Interior Design from Syracuse University. Stephanie is a dedicated team player and a creative force at WJCA. Her design talent and graphic communication skills are valued by all WJCA clients with whom she has contact. She is a talented interior designer, but is also proficient at technical development and documentation. Stephanie understands detailing and how to capture and convey design ideas properly for construction purposes.