Torrance, CA – August 20, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) has hired Ronald Benson, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP, as senior associate in its Los Angeles office. A licensed senior project manager with more than 25 years of international and domestic experience, Benson will join the firm’s higher education and healthcare practice groups.
“Ron is an industry veteran whose diverse experience and skills will be a great addition to our office,” said James Matson, AIA, vice president and principal of HGA’s Los Angeles office. “His strengths in project management, client relations and construction administration oversight will be extremely valuable as we continue to build our practice in Los Angeles.”
In his new role, Benson’s depth of experience presents the opportunity to work on several high-caliber projects across the education and healthcare industries. Utilizing his management and technical skills along with his strong sensitivity to design quality, Benson will be working on projects such as the “Net Zero-plus energy” project at College of the Desert’s new West Valley Campus in Palm Springs, Calif. Phase one of the project, which the Los Angeles office is currently designing, will include 50,000 square-feet of classroom, laboratory and office space designed around a central, shaded courtyard. In addition to College of the Desert, Benson will be involved in the Barlow Respiratory Hospital project, a new, 80,000-square-foot acute-care facility located adjacent to Elysian Park in Los Angeles.
“I am very impressed by the talent and energy of the firm, and look forward to supporting the goals of the Los Angeles office for continued growth in the higher education and healthcare practices,” stated Benson.
Before joining HGA, Benson was a senior associate for Perkins+Will in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for client relations and project management primarily on large international projects including Ministry of Interior, Security Forces Medical City; National Guard Health Affairs, King Saud Children’s Specialty Hospital; and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Benson has extensive experience in a broad range of building types and has played a pivotal role in a number of well-known projects, including Loker Student Union Expansion at California State University, Dominguez Hills and the Price Center Student Union Expansion at the University of California, San Diego with the Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design.
Benson has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a past chairman of the AIA/LA Professional Practice Committee and is a LEED® accredited professional.
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