We’re excited to announce two promotions to Vice President: John R. Burhenn, CSI, LEED AP, CCCA, CDT, and Brett A. Carte, Associate AIA! These consummate professionals offer unique strengths and leadership qualities in their respective fields and we want to celebrate their success with you.
John’s advancement is attributed to his excellent project management leadership skills as well as his responsibility and direction of TMP’s sustainability initiatives. A LEED AP since 2008, John has contributed to multiple successful LEED-certified projects, including serving as project manager on the University of Michigan (UM) School of Dance, a high-performance building which achieved LEED Silver.
In his three decades of experience, John has provided project management, construction administration, design, and construction document production. He is a Construction Specification Institute Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), and Certified Document Technologist (CDT). John has practiced in Michigan, Chicago, and New York City, serving as a lead architectural representative for large and complex construction projects. This includes the UM School of Kinesiology (LEED Gold), UM Steven M. Ross South Athletic Campus (LEED Silver), UM Taubman Medical Science Library (LEED Gold), and Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit (LEED Gold).
This fall, John led a sustainability workshop for the entire firm focusing on TMP’s longstanding commitment to environmentally sensitive architecture and championing the tools and processes we use. John’s dedication to green practices extends into his personal life, where he is converting his own home to a net zero energy dwelling and has participated in local green councils.
Brett was named a vice president in recognition of his passion for quality construction and his leadership role in the firm. He began his career at TMP three decades ago as a draftsperson, moving on to job captain and architectural field representative, where he earned a reputation for thorough and methodical work. In his current role as Director of Construction Services, Brett focuses on carefully mentoring his team of construction administrators.
Early on at TMP, Brett recognized the benefit of building off the success of his predecessors and wanted to document these years of institutional knowledge as well as the proven standards and protocols in use. Brett took on the task of editing and streamlining multiple documents, creating new content, and standardizing what is now TMP’s Construction Administrator’s handbook.
Brett also demonstrates his commitment to quality control and continuous improvement by proactively communicating with engineers and contractors to gather insights on best practices, new techniques, and product recommendations. Brett closes the loop by integrating this feedback into TMP’s construction documents, bringing added value to every project. He also shares lessons learned with his team and throughout the organization.
Brett earned an Architectural Technology Associate degree from Ferris State University and is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). From a young age, Brett learned to value hands-on work from his father, a tool and die maker, and was steered into the profession by his father-in-law, a well-respected mason. As a result, his career has long remained focused on construction services, primarily for K-12 projects, and he is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). His work has included the Lower School Addition at Detroit Country Day School, and multiple remodeling projects for Wayne Westland Community Schools, Haslett Public Schools, Port Huron Area School District, and many more. Most recently, he has been involved with bond projects for Novi Community School District.
Congratulations John and Brett!