Ronald Kretz, RA, AIA
Director - Federal Architecture
Ron has been a part of creative teams, building and leading large federal architecture and multi-discipline engineering programs nationwide. With nearly 30 years’ experience providing architecture, design, planning, project and office management, he recently served with Michael Baker International, L.R. Kimball and CH2M. He has successfully executed projects and programs for federal, municipal, aviation, private and commercial clients throughout the United States. He has a diverse project history and experience with multiple delivery models including contractor-led design-build, integrated project delivery and traditional design-bid-build methods.
Among recent projects, Ron was project manager for a new fuel cell maintenance hangar at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for USACE Philadelphia and Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC). The project was a full A/E design of an 84,200 sq. ft. single bay, fully enclosed fuel cell maintenance hangar servicing both C-5 and C-17 aircraft. He was project manager and architect for the relocation of the primary 911 Call Center and County Emergency Operations Center for Allegheny County which serves regional Pittsburgh.
One of Ron’s largest challenges was as program and project manager for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implementing the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program. The program was developed after 9/11 to record the entry and exit of non-resident aliens into the country. Efforts required the oversight and training of seven teams comprised of multiple discipline members including architects, engineers and government personnel, to visit and survey 114 international airports of entry and 14 seaports in the continental United States. Teams collected on-site building data and engage with port personnel and GSA for installation of equipment and systems.
Ron also has a strong aviation background working at major airports in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, design of private and corporate hangars and vehicle maintenance facilities for local county and municipal authorities.