Leadership

Jim Rice, LEED AP BD+C, CxA

Jim Rice, LEED AP BD+C, CxA

President

Main: (713) 482-2300
Direct: (713) 482-2305
Email: Jim.Rice@ricegardner.com

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Jim Rice is a LEED Accredited Professional, a CxA-Certified Commissioning Authority with the Associated Commissioning Group (ACG), and a Certified Building Commissioning Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). As President of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Jim has extensive experience in managing a wide array of projects for a variety of clients.

Professional and Community Outreach Experience

    • IES – Vice President of Membership Activities, 1990-1992
    • Boy Scout Troop 441 – Troop Committee Chairman, 1999-2006
    • BSA Tomahawk District – District Chairman, 2002-2005
    • Fort Bend Cares – Co-Founder, 2005-Present – Chair, 2010-2012
    • Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Forum Class, 2004-2005 – Board Member, 2005-2008 – Education Division Vice Chair, 2009-Present – Vickie Hamilton Award, 2008
    • Fort Bend Literacy Council – Board Member, 2005-2012
    • Fort Bend Regional P16 Council – Board Member, 2008-2009

Education

Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Administration – “The Management Program”

Professional Affiliation and Registrations

    • LEED AP – LEED Accredited Professional (USGBC)
    • CxA – Commissioning Authority (ACG)
    • CBCP – Certified BUilding Commissioning Professional (AEE)
    • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
    • Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
    • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
Ron Keller, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Ron Keller, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Vice President

Main: (713) 482-2300
Direct: (713) 482-2351
Email: Ron.Keller@ricegardner.com

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Ron Keller has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of a project including, bond planning, master planning, program management, real estate development, schematic design, design development, construction documents, contract/construction administration and marketing. Ron has successfully managed commercial, educational, medical and higher education projects. Ron is a registered architect, AIA and NCARB member, and LEED AP. Ron’s expertise is team collaboration and client satisfaction.

Education

University of Houston – Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Affiliation and Registrations

    • State of Texas Registered Architect #13485
    • Member AIA (American Institute of Architects)
    • Member NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)
    • LEED AP – LEED Accredited Professional (USGBC)
Claude Yoas, PE, QCxP, BECxP

Claude Yoas, PE, QCxP, BECxP

Senior Project Manager, Commissioning Agent

Main: (713) 482-2300
Direct: (713) 482-2399
Email: Claude.Yoas@ricegardner.com

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Claude Yoas is a senior project manager with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Yoas is responsible for managing new projects and existing projects to break down structures and using critical path analysis to earn management value for RGCI. Mr. Yoas has extensive knowledge in MEP systems design, helping him work with design teams to manage communications with the client.

Education

Texas A&M University – Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Professional Affiliation and Registrations

    • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Texas – #69532
    • Qualified Commissioning Process Provider (QCxP)
    • Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP)
    • American Society of Heating & Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE)
    • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
Jorge Huerta

Jorge Huerta

Senior Project Manager

Main: (713) 482-2300
Direct: (713) 556-9221
Email: Jorge.Huerta@ricegardner.com

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Jorge Huerta has over 18 years of experience as a project manager in both public and private sector. Jorge has collaborated in a multitude of projects facilitating contract management and program administration services while establishing budgets, schedules, procedures and policies for a multi-project building program.Jorge has provided predesign and preconstruction services for projects that require early program consultation, contract procurement, designer selection guidance, relocation management, program budgets, infrastructure management, post-occupancy functional review and more.

Education

  • University of Houston – Bachelor of Architecture
  • Boston Architectural Center

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