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The Development Design Team raising standards for TGC


The Development Team has three equally important divisions: Development Management, Construction Administration, and its most recent addition, the Design Team. When asked why, Ken Koziol, Chief Development Officer said, “The primary reason why we elected to bring these disciplines in-house is to have immediate control over the most creative parts of our projects. While we use a lot of the same building and product types, it is the site planning, landscape design, and interior design that set one project apart from another. These are the elements that stand out to potential residents and breathe life into each project.”


The Garrett Companies has experienced many positive outcomes from the formation of the Design Team. The most notable of which has been the ability to coordinate cost impacts quickly and more directly compared to outside sources. This gives the Development Team much more flexibility, allowing changes to be made at any point within the process. Ken also noted, “We have been able to establish our standards and set ourselves up to refine them quickly as the market evolves.”


Meet the Team:

Nick Smith, Landscape Architect: comprehensive design of site planning, landscape architecture, and signage; streamlines processes from conceptual to review to approval.


Kate Sullivan, Director of Interior Design: oversees all interior design and procurement aspects starting with the conceptual phase all the way to furniture installation and everything in between.


Emma Wright, Interior Design Associate: aids in getting all projects to completion, handling everything from space planning and finish selections to procurement selections and installation.


Danielle Biggerstaff, Development Coordinator: coordinates FFE items, monument/signage packages, fitness layouts, access control & package solutions; assists with furniture procurement, installation, and contracts. A lot of this work plays a huge role in being able to pass inspections and receive TCO.


Jacob Weichman, Design Manager: works closely with the design team from the initial phase of development to the point of turning over to construction, reviews drawings to ensure consistency between consultants, uncovers errors to help prevent unnecessary cost exposures and delays during construction.