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Central to continuing to serve our Clients at a high level is providing opportunities for the growth and development of our bright and dedicated team members. We are pleased to announce the promotion of our new Associate Partners, Senior Associates, and Associates.
I discovered the acoustics discipline when my high school built a new band room. When the space was initially completed it didn’t meet the band director’s needs. A local acoustics firm was called in to help adjust the space. As the band rehearsed, the acousticians rearranged the acoustic treatment around us. I was fascinated to discover a discipline that included music, math, and physics. The minute I heard the words “architectural acoustics” I knew I had found the career for me.
That is a really hard question because I work on such a range of projects. The Ray Charles Center for the Performing Arts is one that I’m very proud of. We all get into the field thinking we’ll design concert halls, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised to really learn how many spaces benefit from even a little acoustical design. I’m also very proud of the many local high schools I’ve helped work on. I feel like designing pleasant spaces for education, including music education, gives back to the community that inspired me. And I can’t forget the work on the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Ghana. Just being part of a project that brought better healthcare facilities to a community was amazing.
The NCAC is a collection of acoustical consulting firms that all agree to a canon of ethics. We also review all applying members to confirm they are qualified to provide acoustical consulting. I’d love to work on every project possible, but I know that if clients go to any NCAC member firm they’ll get quality assistance. The member firms, while technically competitors, don’t have a competitive mindset. We actually help each other and refer work to each other. It’s a supportive community and I’m proud Newcomb & Boyd is a member firm.
I wanted to be a science teacher. And in a way, I did end up teaching acoustical sciences to other young acousticians and clients, but I couldn’t do it on a daily basis. I leave the classroom to my husband, he’s much better at it.
Friday night pizza and a movie night with my kids It’s become a weekly tradition and I love having this very low key, low-stress way to end the week and start the weekend with family fun.
I enjoy the collaboration with my co-workers and the interesting and complex projects we have the opportunity to work on.
There is a high level of professionalism, knowledge, and integrity within our firm that encourages me to strive for excellence every day. I feel it is what sets us apart and what has helped me grow into the type of engineer and project manager I am today. I have also benefited greatly from the continuing education programs that Newcomb & Boyd embraces and continually chooses to invest in.
I would like to land a large, new construction Health Care project and for my team to be assigned to it! I would also like to become more active in professional societies.
Learn how to plan your work and communicate useful information early and often. Do what you say you are going to do, be solution focused, work hard, have an attitude of service, and never give up.
Popcorn, my kitties, and family/friends.
I would likely be a pet sitter or a starving musician. Starving because I enjoy making music tremendously but realize my talent is not that which anyone would pay to listen to 😊
I spent a good part of my childhood on a remote agricultural farm in a very rural part of northern Minnesota. I learned to drive a tractor and the old farm pick-up when I was 12 so I could help with the farm chores. At that time it was acceptable for farm kids to also drive to/from the farm and any destination related to farm business so I routinely drove the farm pick-up around the countryside years before having a driver’s license. I also really did walk a long distance (not quite a mile) to the school bus stop in blizzard-like conditions, with snow up to my knees…but I did get to wear shoes.
I was looking for a job in Atlanta in the consulting engineering industry after graduation and a colleague of Chris Rousseau told me about Newcomb & Boyd. I was impressed by the firm’s project portfolio and by their downtown office space. Since 2006, the biggest changes have been the way we approach project production with the evolution of 3D modeling and the increased focus on sustainability.
I have learned much about our industry through a variety of design and construction experience. In addition, I have gained skills in teaching others and managing project responsibilities. Most importantly though, Newcomb & Boyd has taught me the value of developing important relationships with others both inside and outside the office.
A few years ago I helped lead a tour of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. During the tour, we discussed how the facility was successfully meeting the needs of its tenants, which included new startup companies in the life science industry. It was a rewarding moment to be standing inside our successful project that was serving as an example for others to emulate.
To me, there is nothing better than catching a baseball game at a ballpark on a hot summer day. I’m trying to convince my two daughters the same thing.
A few years ago my wife and I took a trip to Napa Valley wine country in California in late spring. We enjoyed everything about the trip, including the perfect weather and excellent food. We can’t wait to go back soon.