Kenneth Alder LEED AP

Kenneth Alder LEED AP

Ypsilanti, MI, US



Schematic planning, design, documentation, and implementation professional, with over 10 years of experience in a broad range of building, client, and delivery types. Excellent program analysis, building layout, and CAD skills, with extensive facility analysis and construction administration experience. Eager to continue my professional development while contributing to the success of a dynamic design team. Prepared to relocate on short notice wherever I'm needed the most. IDP completed; ARE in progress, with Architectural license expected in the near future. LEED Accredited Professional with BD&C credential.


Grissim Metz Andriese Associates, Northville, MI, US, Landscape Designer/ Detailer

Landscape Design Detailer in as-needed contract position for this Landscape Architecture firm.
• Schematic design through construction drawing layout and detailing of hardscape site elements, for major hospital, school, and municipal streetscape improvement projects

Jul 2011 - current

Roush Enterprises, Inc., Livonia, MI, US, Facilities Planner

Facilities Planner directing the design, documentation, and tracking of multiple building and site development projects for this diversified industrial engineering, development, testing, and specialized manufacturing company, with 25 buildings covering 1.5 million square feet
• Schematic design, estimating, document development, and fast-track construction support for office, engineering lab, and industrial facilities and site improvements
• Coordinated work with and supported Facilities Department operations; provided building data, workstation-level tagging, emergency planning, and drawing support to team members
• Performed life safety, code, zoning, and barrier free evaluations of company buildings
• Managed facilities drawing database: surveyed and updated drawings for all buildings and sites
• Contract employee for specific projects, retained two months beyond planned term

Aug 2010 - May 2011

Cornerstone Design, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, US, Project Coordinator

Project Coordinator for small and medium office, retail, restaurant, clinical medical, industrial, institutional, and residential projects; clients include owners, owner-occupants, property managers, tenants, design-builders and construction managers
• Juggled multiple project assignments in a fast-paced work environment, with limited supervision, from quick plan, elevation, and massing studies to complete bid packages
• Coordinated and assembled documents with project team members; incorporated consultant work into architectural documents, and specification writing
• Evaluated drawings and buildings for zoning, code, life safety, and barrier free issues
• Completed and corrected existing building drawings from a combination of hand and CAD drawings, sketches, site observation, and new work drawings
• Prepared presentation drawings and materials for public meetings and client marketing
• Provided drawing maintenance, space calculation spreadsheets, leasing and construction support for commercial management company clients
• Company downsized due to lack of work during period of extreme economic hardship

Nov 2006 - May 2009

David Milling & Associates, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, US, Project Coordinator

Project Coordinator role throughout the design and construction process, on small and medium municipal library and recreation center projects; provided design, production, and project management support for other team members
• Project Architect-level role on two medium-sized municipal projects, under tight time and budget constraints; participated in meetings with clients, designers, and consultants
• Design work on several library, municipal, and recreation projects- space planning, elevation studies, interiors, sections, context studies, and CAD modeling (ArchiCAD and Sketchup)
• Prepared and coordinated Contract Documents; directed the work of team members; wrote and reviewed specifications; compiled and updated project budgets, estimates, and schedules
• Performed office and field construction administration services: bid review, submittal approval, proposal requests, pay approvals, inspections, deficiency reporting, and RFI responses
• Company downsized due to lack of work

Jul 2003 - Sep 2006

Ralph Calder & Associates, Inc., Farmington Hills, MI, US, Architectural Intern

May 1997 to July 2003 Ralph Calder & Associates, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI
CAD Operator / Architectural Intern responsible for production of nearly all architectural contract documents for higher education, municipal, and commercial projects at this 3-person firm
• Coordinated work with consulting engineers, interior designers, and building occupants
• Participated in design, coordination, and progress meetings with clients and consultants during all phases of work; reviewed submittals, prepared estimates, conducted materials research
• Merged with David Milling & Associates in July 2003

May 1997 - Jul 2003


Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

Practical design- based curriculum, by a faculty that includes many working professionals, particularly at the Graduate School level. Graduates school GPA 3.70.

Sep 1989 - Dec 2003


Graduated With Distinction, Other

Master of Architecture program


Areas of Specialization