Tom Bates, FAIA, CSI, LEED® AP BD+C
Tom joined BLRB in 1981, becoming principal for design in 1987 and managing principal of the firm in 2002. He is actively involved in several organizations including Council for Educational Facility Planners International, the U.S. National Trust for Historic Preservation, U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on Architecture for Education. Tom consistently serves as an advisor, panel member and resource for national and regional concerns including the U.S. Department of Energy, American Institute of Architects, and the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction. In 2008, Tom was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his nationally significant contributions to the practice of educational architecture.
Lee Fenton, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
Lee joined BLRB Architects in 1984, becoming senior principal in 2004. A seasoned project manager and designer with a strong background in educational architecture, Lee’s work has been broadly recognized for excellence by peer and industry associations including the Council for Educational Facility Planners International, American Association of School Administrators, National School Board Association and the American Institute of Architects. His collaborative, intuitive and creative approach to design yields imaginative, yet practical design solutions that consistently exceed client expectations. Lee is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and has served the Southwest Washington Chapter as President, Vice President and Secretary.
John Wegener, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
John is a Senior Principal who has been with BLRB Architects since 1997. He brings a unique perspective to project planning, having formerly served as a practicing architect and capital projects manager for a large public agency. John’s background as a client representative, coupled with more than three decades of design experience lends a holistic approach to planning and development for public projects. John is an active member of several professional and civic associations including the Washington State Council and Southwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Council of Educational Facility Planners International and the Tacoma Narrows Chapter of Rotary International.
Dennis Kabba, AIA, CSI, LEED® AP BD+C
As the firm’s principal in charge of technical services since 2002, Dennis manages and oversees BLRB’s construction administration and quality assurance departments. Dennis brings 32 years of experience to this team (the last 24 of which have been with BLRB) as well as strong, specialized organizational skills, which involve developing document production systems, overseeing the preparation of specifications and drawings and developing building code compliance strategies for the firm. He is an active member and has served on the boards of multiple organizations including the Southwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute, Mt. Rainier Chapter.
Ron Harpel, AIA
A team member with BLRB since 2004, Ron has a comprehensive background in educational and civic architecture. His work focuses on enhancing the public domain, and he creatively leverages internal program requirements to unify outdoor spaces. Recreational, educational and community-building opportunities adjacent to civic projects are the foundation of his vision and planning solutions. His respectful, consensus-building style and innovative design solutions have consistently earned the praise of the clients with whom he works. Ron is actively involved in civic concerns and has lent his talents to Tacoma Public School’s Citizen Leadership Committee, Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Habitat for Humanity, the Tacoma Arts Commission and others.