SmithGroupJJR, one of world’s preeminent integrated design firms, has promoted Oscar Cobb, Luigi Coletta, Amanda Key, Oliver Kiley, Bryon Lewinski, Dave Whitman and Xin Zong to principal at its Detroit and Ann Arbor offices.
Oscar Cobb, Jr., PE, LEED AP BD+C
Oscar Cobb, Jr., is a senior mechanical engineer at the Detroit office who works on projects in a variety of markets, such as workplace, science and technology, healthcare and higher education. Recent work includes alterations to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe, Mich., including the new 40,000-square-foot visitor center and the 17,000-square-foot administration building; and the new one-million-square-foot Robley Rex VA Medical Center, underway in Louisville, Ky. Cobb regularly volunteers with various local organizations and schools to bring awareness of the industry. He is serving as president of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers Detroit chapter, and is an affiliate member of the Engineering Society of Detroit. Cobb earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University.
Luigi Coletta, AIA
With over 20 years of experience, Luigi Coletta is a sought after lead architectural designer at the Detroit office. He has worked on several complex, multidisciplinary projects, engaging high-profile clients such as the University of Michigan and First Automotive Works. Serving as lead architectural designer, notable work includes the Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital Expansion; the national award-winning new 1,000,000-square-foot Robley Rex VA Replacement Medical Center for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Louisville, Kentucky; and the new 120,000-square-foot Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business in Detroit, slated to open spring 2018. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects Detroit chapter, and earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Amanda Key, IIDA, NCIDQ
As a lead interior designer at the Detroit office, Amanda Key has worked on several award-winning projects throughout the U.S. With an expertise in the interior design of university and campus life facilities, she is inspired by the ability to impact human experiences through the design of space. She has served as lead interior designer on the recently completed two-story Valley Dining Center at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; and the new visitor center and administration building for Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe, Mich. Key is an active member of the International Interior Design Association’s Michigan chapter, and graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Interior Design.
Oliver Kiley, PLA
Oliver Kiley is a sought after landscape architect at the Ann Arbor office. He specializes in the intersection of community planning and urban design, specifically how public streets and trails can be used to strengthen quality of life, better connecting people to their community and environment. Serving as project manager, notable work includes The Treeline - Allen Creek Urban Trail, a new transformative trail system in the City of Ann Arbor; and the Cuyahoga Greenways Regional Trail Plan, a project to develop a network of urban trails throughout Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Kiley graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Natural Resources, followed by a Master of Landscape Architecture.
As the corporate controller located at the Detroit office, Bryon Lewinski is dedicated to the attainment of the firm’s overall financial stability and growth. In his role, Lewinski is responsible for being adept at understanding the firm’s accounting policies, procedures and financial activities, as well as leading firm-wide rollouts and annual audits. Most recently, Lewinski significantly contributed to SmithGroupJJR’s smooth and successful acquisition of TRO, a healthcare design firm in Boston. Lewinski graduated from Tri-State University (now Trine University) with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting.
Dave Whitman joined SmithGroupJJR in 2017 as the corporate communications director located at the Detroit office. He brings over 25 years of experience managing integrated branding and communications activities for major global, national and regional brands in both agency and corporate environments. In his current role, he is responsible for leading the strategic communications plan for the firm, which includes serving as the project lead for the development of the firm’s new website that will launch in spring 2018. Whitman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and political science from the University of Michigan.
Xin Zong, PE, LEED AP
As a senior structural engineer at the Detroit office, Xin Zong frequently works on some of the firm’s largest, most complex projects, delivering high-quality and innovative results for well-known clients throughout the U.S. Zong is currently serving as project structural engineer on the new 300,000-square-foot Biological Science Building at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dentistry expansion and renovation at Boston University. She is an active member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Structural Engineers Association of Michigan. Zong earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North China University of Technology, followed by a Master of Science in structural engineering from Northern Jiaotong University and a Master of Science in materials engineering from the University of Michigan.