Thompson Phelan Group (TPG) and Barber McCalpin Associates (BMA), its architectural division, are Great Lakes Based corporations engaged in the professional disciplines of architecture and project management. The companies share a foundational belief that architecture is a communication experience. To succeed in this communication the client’s objectives must be understood by the design team. Interpretation of the client’s goals and objectives expressed through design innovations and functional awareness are the measure of the firm’s success with each project. Financial service centers make up the clear majority of the firms work. They also work in healthcare, retail, municipal, education and ecumenical markets.
The phrase “Total Project” was coined by TPG. The “Total Project” strategy is their responsibility for the communication between architectural services and project manager. The firm is passionate about communication in every aspect of their work. Their construction documents display an unyielding dedication to communication through precise details which result in fiercely competitive subcontract bids regularly within 1% and 2% of bid value. Their average total change order rate is 1% of project cost.
Brian began his architectural career in 1988, and joined TPG in 2000. He has also served as an instructor at Lawrence Technological University and at Baker College in Architecture. In his role as General Manager, he oversees the architectural, accounting, construction, purchasing, and estimate personnel. Brian received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University in 1993 and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, also from Lawrence Technological University, in 1991. Brian is a partner in TPG and Barber-McCalpin Associates.
John Schwark is a 1979 graduate of Lawrence Institute of Technology, with a degree in architecture. He has been a Licensed Builder since 1981 and became a Registered Architect in the State of Michigan in 1989, in the State of Ohio in 2000, and has recently been registered in the State of Indiana. In 2006 John also received N.C.A.R.B. (National Council of Architectural Registration Board) certification in 2000. John joined TPG in 1984, with seven years of construction experience. John is a partner in TPG and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Architect and partner in Barber-McCalpin Associates.
From concept to completion, John directs project services for the full range of physical space needs of institutions, including new construction, remodeling and renovations. Since 1986 clients have benefitted from his experience of relationship management. A solid history of repeat clients is a testimonial to client satisfaction.
John went to work for TPG right out of high school working both in the office and the field before moving on to work in the custom millwork industry for six years. In 1991 he took on the general management and day to day operations of our sister company, Financial Furnishings. John has been involved in the commercial construction business for over 35 years and helps guide our clients through all aspects of the designing and building process as a project consultant.
Kelly began her architectural career in 1999 and is one of the designers who will oversee your project. Kelly received her Masters of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in 2003 (Graduated with Distinction). She received her dual Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Interior Architecture, also from Lawrence Technological University, in 1999. In her position, she is responsible for interior and exterior design, finish selections and space planning studies. Kelly joined TPG in 2006.
Bill began his architectural career in 2001 and is one of the Architectural Project Managers who will oversee your project. Bill received his Masters of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in 2004 and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2001, also from Lawrence Technological University. In his position, he is responsible for plans and specs used for bids, permits, and construction. Bill joined TPG in 2005.
Greg began his architectural career in 1996 and is the Construction Project Manager and Estimator who will assist on your project. Greg worked as an architect’s apprentice planning, designing and overseeing construction of financial institutions prior to joining TPG in 2012. Greg continued his education at Lawrence Technology University and received an Undergraduate Certificate in Building Information Modeling, and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture. In his role as Construction Project Manager, he is responsible for soliciting bids, negotiating contracts, writing purchase orders and change order correspondence, and is responsible, with each project’s superintendent, to maintain safety compliance on the worksite.
Chris is responsible for scheduling and oversight of all construction projects and their superintendents. He handles warranty issues and holds progress meetings with our clients, subcontractors, and superintendents. Chris joined TPG in 1977.