John joined ESa in 2013, after working with ESa on multiple projects for over 25 years as an owner’s representative. John has over 40 years of experience in the architectural and construction field, and served as Architect and Project Manager for the Office of Space and Facilities Planning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) for over 27 years. While at VUMC, one of John’s most notable projects was the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)—a 206-bed hospital, clinic and Doctors’ Office Tower comprised of 800,000 square feet and completed in 2004. Designed by ESa, it is still the largest project ever built by Vanderbilt University and one of the largest in the Middle Tennessee area.
Since joining ESa, John has been involved in providing construction contract administration services for the Gaillard Center project. In this role, John documents current conditions, formulates field reports and also assists with monitoring cost events, schedules and punch schedules. He also coordinates with the owner, contractors and design team members.
John earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 1973, and has worked on over 300 projects over the course of his long career. During that time, he has strived to listen to his clients and provide them with quality service. He believes that “quality design is important, and obviously an important part of the project, but providing quality service is at the top of the list.” He also strives to foster a team approach to developing and completing projects. He operates with an honest and respectful attitude, which helps engender a collegial atmosphere with the project team.
When not in the office or traveling for work, John volunteers for the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves on the many train excursions they operate each year. He likes to paint with water colors, and has dabbled in oils. He also enjoys photography, but his primary hobby is model railroading. He also assists his wife with her garden.