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  1. Allison Looper-Chalmers

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    Allison Chalmers has 16 years of experience as an Interior Designer and is responsible for Blitch Knevel Architects’ interior design services. Her involvement begins in the programming phase and continues throughout construction administration for each project, including FF&E procurement. Mrs. Chalmers has experience in healthcare, education, corporate, and senior living and hospitality facilities.

    Education

    Louisiana Tech University, Bachelor of Interior Design, 2005
    President’s List, Dean’s List, Director’s List

    Registration

    Professional Member, IIDA
    Louisiana Registered Interior Designer #1308
    NCIDQ Certificate No. 24352

    Notable Projects

    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport
      • Main Tower Renovations and Expansion
      • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
      • Pharmacy
      • Surgery Modernization
      • Surgeon’s Lounge
      • Post-Partum Upgrades
      • MRI Replacement
    • Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Biloxi, MS
      • Renovations to Building 1
      • Med/Surg Patient Rooms
      • Dental Clinic
    • LSU Dental School Simulation Lab and Pre-Clinical Teaching Lab Renovations
    • Daughters of Charity Health Clinics
      • at Carrollton
      • at St. Cecilia
      • in New Orleans East
    • St. Thomas Community Health Clinic
    • University Hospital – Dental Clinic
    • St. Margaret’s at Mercy
    • St. Margaret’s Daughter’s Home
    • St. Charles College Spirituality Center/Assisted Living
    • Lafitte Senior Living
    • Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center Activity Room
  2. Robert Allbritton

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    Robert S. Allbritton has 8 years of experience as a design professional in the architectural field. He started his career producing construction documentation for refurbishment projects to churches and schools before moving on to producing documents for large-scale healthcare renovations and additions for hospitals across the North Louisiana region. His professional experience has given him a firm belief in providing the client with a seamless design process and a successful construction project, while creating spaces that accomplish their goals and enrich the users’ experience of the built environment.

    Education

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Master of Architecture

    Registration

    Louisiana #9217

    Notable Projects

    • Saint John’s on the Lake Continuing Care Retirement Community
    • Wynhoven / St. Andrew’s Senior Living Expansion
    • Abney Elementary School Gym & Classroom Addition
    • Alexander Ridge Senior Living Community – Conceptual Design
    • Linear Elementary Refurbishment*
    • Caddo Middle Career Technical School Roof Repairs*
    • Woodlawn Leadership Academy Roofing Phase III*
    • Broadmoor Baptist Church Indoor Playland + Gym Refurbishment*
    • CHI St. Luke’s Memorial*
      • Rural Health Clinic
      • Medical Arts Pavilion – Suite Renovations
    • Christus Health at Highland Medical Office Building*
      • ASC Cath Labs
      • PET Scan Renovation
      • 2nd & 3rd Floor Renovation
    • Regional Urology, Marshall, TX*
      • Suite Renovation
      • Re-Roofing
      • MRI Suite Addition

    *with other firms

  3. Vanessa Schneider

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    While specializing in Healthcare Architecture, Vanessa has managed projects ranging from Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center to Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Her experience with General Practice Healthcare construction has allowed her to establish a solid base in the Healthcare Guidelines and practices. Previous experience in high-end hospitality has helped shape her appreciation of gracious and welcoming architecture, while allowing her knowledge of building codes and regulatory practices to progress. She is responsible for coordination of projects from Schematic Design Phase through Construction Administration. Vanessa directs the firms continuing education program, researching and organizing subjects for office wide staff development.

    Education

    Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, Bachelor of Architecture
    Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, Masters of Architecture

    Registration

    Louisiana #7797

    Certifications

    CSI-CDT, Construction Specifications Institute

    Notable Projects

    • Ritz Carlton Renovations & Upgrades, New Orleans
    • Maison Orleans Renovations & Upgrades
    • Courtyard by Marriott Conversion, New Orleans
    • Wynhoven / St. Andrew’s Senior Living Expansion
    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport
      • Main Tower Renovations and Expansion
      • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
      • Interventional Radiology
      • Emergency Generator Building
      • Nursery & Post-Partum Upgrades
      • MRI Replacement
      • Intensive Care Unit
    • Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Biloxi, MS
      • Renovations to Building 1
      • Med/Surg Patient Rooms
      • Dental Clinic
      • Water Intrusion Repairs
    • LSU-Health Care Services Division – Charity Hospital Cleanout, New Orleans, LA
  4. Kay K. St. Amant

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    Kay St. Amant has 38 years of professional experience in the practice of Architecture, 29 years with Blitch Knevel Architects. She has particular expertise in project management and project delivery from schematic design through construction administration.  She has worked with a wide variety of project types from small commercial facilities to large educational and medical facilities.

    Education

    Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Architecture
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude; recipient of the AIA Medal

    Registration

    Louisiana #3788

    Notable Projects

    • St. Margaret’s at Mercy Skilled Nursing Facility
    • Lafitte Senior Housing
    • Our Lady of Wisdom Intercommunity Healthcare Center
    • Housing Authority of New Orleans – Fischer Elderly Housing
    • Louisiana Air National Guard Multi-Unit Readiness Center
    • Jackson Barracks Readiness Center for 1st Battalion
    • University of Louisiana at Monroe Library
    • Xavier University of Louisiana Living and Learning Center
    • Holy Cross School
    • McGill-Toolen Catholic High School Student Center
    • Desire Street Ministries School
    • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
    • Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital – East Tower Expansion
    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Outpatient Center
    • East Jefferson General Hospital Expansion/Renovation of Cardiology and 1st Floor Renovation
  5. Ken Knevel

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    Ken Knevel has more than 35 years of diverse experience in design, technology and management, with a special emphasis on the execution of complex projects.  Mr. Knevel works closely with clients and construction teams to ensure successful completion of projects.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, 1974, University of Notre Dame

    Registration

    Licensed in Louisiana, Indiana

    Notable Projects

    • Louisiana State University Academic Medical Center
    • University Hospital Interim Medical Center of Louisiana
    • East Jefferson General Hospital Intensive Care Unit
    • East Jefferson General Hospital Medical Office Building and Parking Garage
    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Medical Office Building
    • Lambeth House Continuing Care Retirement Community
    • Slidell Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building
    • Slidell Memorial Hospital Radiation Therapy Facility
    • Riverside Medical Office Building
    • VA Medical Center NHCU/Parking Garage
    • Xavier University – University Student Center
    • Xavier University – St. Martin DePorres Residence Hall
    • Our Lady of Wisdom Skilled Nursing Facility
    • Big 4 Depot Main Street Bridge Intermodal Project
  6. Ron Blitch

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    With more than 40 years of experience in architecture, Ron Blitch is responsible for the firm’s primary concept design and design development coordination.  His hands-on participation in the entire design process results in creative solutions for the firm’s clients.  Mr. Blitch is a nationally respected authority in Healthcare and Senior Living design, and has won numerous awards for his innovative designs of educational, healthcare, senior living and religious facilities.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, 1976, University of Notre Dame,
    Magna Cum Laude
    Recipient of Henry Adams Award for Architectural Education

    Certifications

    Certified Healthcare Architect – FACHA
    Elected Fellow – ACHA
    Fellow, American Institute of Architects

    Registrations

    Licensed in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Indiana and Pennsylvania

    Professional Boards

    NCARB – President 2012, 1st Vice President 2011, 2nd Vice President 2010
    NCARB – Committee on Examination 2003-2007, Chair 2008, 2009, 2010
    NAAB Accreditation Team, 2009-2012
    Regional Chairs Committee, 2010
    Committee on Procedures and Documents, 2010
    ARE (Architectural Registration Exam) Assistant Chair 2003-2005
    ARE (Architectural Registration Exam) Committee, 1998-2005
    Coordinator – Construction Documents & Services, 2000-2002
    State of Louisiana – State Board of Architectural Examiners 1993-2000, Second Term 2008-2014
    President, 2000
    Architects/Engineers Joint Committee, 1993-2000
    American Institute of Architects
    Board of Directors, Academy of Architecture for Health, 1995-97
    Vice President for Design 1995-2000
    Chairman, Design for Aging Committee, 1991-2002
    Design for Aging Center, Founding Chairman

    Notable Projects

    • East Jefferson General Hospital Intensive Care Unit
    • East Jefferson General Hospital Medical Office Building and Parking Garage
    • Louisiana State University Academic Medical Center
    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Clinical Services Addition
    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Emergency Department
    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Medical Office Building
    • Memorial Hospital at Gulfport OR Renovation
    • New Orleans Regional PET Scanner & Gamma Knife Center
    • Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital
    • Slidell Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building
    • VA Medical Center NHCU/Parking Garage
    • McGill-Toolen Catholic High School Science and Technology Center
    • New Campus for Holy Cross School
    • University Hospital Interim Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans
    • University of New Orleans Student Housing
    • Xavier University – University Student Center
    • Xavier University College of Pharmacy Addition/Renovation
    • Lafitte Senior Housing
    • Lambeth House Continuing Care Retirement Community
    • Malta Square Senior Living Community
    • Our Lady of Wisdom Skilled Nursing Facility
    • Providence Community Housing
    • St. Anna’s Senior Residence
    • St. Margaret’s Daughters  Home
    • Willwoods Community (Assisted Living Facilities)
    • Corpus Christi Catholic Church (Community Center and Church Expansion)
    • St. Thomas Catholic Church
    • Northshore Harbor Center