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Johnston Welcomes Sara Luay, Design Professional

Please join Johnston in welcoming Sarah Luay as Design Professional, Architecture. Sarah has extensive experience in interior design, resolving complex design issues with innovative and practical solutions, and construction administration. Sarah graduated from Petra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Johnston is very excited to have her as part of the team!

Kristina Orru Attends Houston SMPS Event

Senior Marketing Coordinator Kristina Orru attended the SMPS Houston Complete Community: Panel Discussion + Networking event. A group of panelists from Houston Parks Board, Waller County Precinct 3, Houston Public Works, and Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County discussed what goes into city planning, transportation, flood mitigation, and more for the infrastructure of the Greater Houston area.

Kristina also serves as Communications Director for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Houston chapter. SMPS is a group of marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms.

Johnston believes in professional and career development for its employees and that is why Johnston is a proud sponsor of SMPS Houston.

Johnston Team Volunteers at the Houston Food Bank

Doing our part for the community we live in and work in is very important to Johnston. On Friday, June 17th we had a team at the Houston Food Bank, where Johnston volunteers sorted through pallets of donated food to clean the items and check for expiration dates. Our volunteers sorted through 35 pallets of boxes, which equates to 29,000 LBS of food, creating 24,800 meals – way to go Team Johnston!

Johnston Welcomes Paul Butterfras, Director of Commercial Architecture

Please join Johnston in welcoming Paul Butterfras to our Architectural team as Director of Commercial Architecture. Paul’s experience includes managing projects for transportation and public works with a primary focus on bus maintenance facilities and K-12 projects. Paul graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. Johnston is very excited to have him as part of the team!

Paula Gaviria and David Attard Presented at TAHFM

Paula Gaviria, Director of Healthcare Architecture for Johnston and David Attard MS, PMP, PgMP, Senior Vice President of Facilities, Construction and Systems Engineering for Harris Health System were selected to be presenters at this year’s Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM) conference held in Houston, Texas. Their presentation focused on Renovations In Occupied Acute Facilities.

When lives are at stake and precision is paramount, successfully renovating an occupied healthcare facility requires true balance. Learning to navigate through complex challenges, maintaining consistent communication, and providing innovative solutions unlock the secret to success for all stakeholders in any project. Attendees also heard about the challenges and the innovative solutions that were used in the renovation of Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Emergency Center Level 1 Trauma Center to create efficient flow within the department and with the rest of the hospital.

Roy Karyadi Receives Commissioning Certification

Congratulations to our Mechanical Team Leader, Roy Karyadi, for passing the Commissioning Agent exam! With a new accomplishment under his belt, Roy can ensure that a building or construction project meets the operational requirements of the client. Roy’s contribution as a certified commissioning agent provides Johnston with an edge that will help stimulate and strengthen our project repertoire.

Johnston Welcomes Ashanti Christophe as Human Resources Manager

Welcome Ashanti Christophe, MBA, Johnston’s new Human Resources Manager! With over 21 years of experience, she will be a well utilized resource here at Johnston. Her assistance and management of recruiting and benefits administration will support our employees and strengthen our internal relations. We are proud to have Ashanti, who has a Master’s in Business Administration and will help us to enforce company policies and practices.

Ehsan Borazjani Receives Professional Engineer (PE) License

Johnston would like to congratulate Ehsan Borazjani for receiving his Professional Engineer (PE) License! This is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality.

Ehsan is a senior mechanical engineer on our MEP team and is currently working on healthcare and detention facility projects. We are proud of Ehsan, his determination and hard work!

Johnston Welcomes Ehsan Borazjani as Senior Mechanical Designer

Please join Johnston in welcoming Ehsan Borazjani to our MEP team as Senior Mechanical Designer! Ehsan brings over eight years of experience in mechanical building systems such as HVAC, fire protection, and plumbing design and project management. Ehsan graduated from the University of Ottawa in Ontario with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Johnston is very excited to have him as part of the team!

Johnston Welcomes Rich Elwood as Director of Management

Please join us in welcoming Rich Elwood, Director of Management to Johnston. Rich has over 22 years of experience managing the Construction Programs Division for Harris County where his division was responsible for overseeing many of Harris County construction projects. We are excited Rich is with Johnston and look forward to the growth of his department.

News:   2021