DETROIT — Architecture company Harley Ellis Devereaux are growing their Detroit office leadership team. John Clay, Charlie Jacobs, Jessi Mesalic and Tracy Sweeney have been named as new associates of the firm. Tim Reamer has been named as a principal of the firm.
Clay of New Boston received his bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University, and worked five years in the process chemical industry before entering the HVAC industry by becoming a project manager to pursue design-build or design assist. After completing several projects including Comerica Park and research facilities for General Motors, he joined HED in 2004, working mainly on health care and forensic projects.
Jacobs of Livonia and recipient of a bachelor’s of landscaoe architecture from Michigan State University, previously worked at Albert Kahn. His experience is mainly in working directly with engineers and contractors to prepare project estimates during all phases of design and construction. This includes managiing RFIs, reviewing submittals, and changing orders and contractor payment applications, and has resulted in cost savings to his clients and ensuring project budgets were maintained.
Mesalic of Royal Oak attended the College for Creative Studies, and received her bachelor’s of fine arts. Before coming to HED, she worked for six years with Rossetti Architects and as an adjunct professor at her alma mater for two years. She now works mainly with the architectual and engineering teams as well as any clients to create projects.
Sweeney of Oak Park received a bachelor’s of science in architecture from Lawrence Technological University, a bachelor’s of fine arts in archtectural illustration from the same school, and a master’s of architecture from there later on. She was a senior associate for 12 years with Fanning Howey Associates Inc. where she specialized in public library work, K-12 education and higher education design. Today, she is a multi-disciplinary designer where her main role is concept design, and oversees the projects through different stages such as in design development, documentation, and intergrating furnishings, signage, and environmental graphics.