Principals

Richard Elliott

Richard "Gig" Elliott, P.E. President

As President and one of the majority shareholders, Gig Elliott is a consensus builder. He oversees key functions and establishes strategic initiatives in collaboration with his executive board and shareholders.

As a technical professional, Gig functions as Principal-in-Charge, setting direction, mentoring, providing quality reviews and consulting with his Project Managers and technical teams. He brings a unique perspective to technical discussions and design, working 17 years as an electrician prior to engineering.

Gig's professional passion is to assemble and develop the best people available who deliver by first understanding the Client's needs and then providing services in a manner that meets those needs. Better informed delivery enables the Client to thrive and grow! Mentoring individuals to share this vision and desire is one of his personal goals.

Joining Beardsley in 1994, he rose quickly within the firm, becoming a Principal in 1999, Executive VP in 2002 and President in 2004. He has worked extensively with both public and private clients.

In his spare time, Gig plays squash and has recently taken up running, which provides him time for relaxation and reflection as he strives to achieve his demanding personal and professional goals. He is committed to improving the community in which he lives, serving on the boards of the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, Cayuga Counseling Services and the Auburn YMCA Stingray swim team. Gig also serves on the education committee for ACECNY.

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Syracuse University
LEED Accredited Professional BD+C – U.S. Green Building Council

Steven Moolin

Steven F. Moolin, R.A. Principal

Steve Moolin considers his primary role, as a Principal is to ensure Beardsley has an environment that supports and nourishes creative people. He brings a broad design perspective as a result of his experience with several national design firms, and works to share that awareness and broaden the point of view of Beardsley's staff. Steve knows that the ultimate responsibility for the work of the firm rests with the Principals.

He believes it is his responsibility to mentor and remove obstacles for his staff so they can grow and flourish in a supportive environment. Steve thinks that the firm should benefit all employees, not just the owners, and that clients, as a result, will reap the rewards. "As a multi-disciplined firm, we can solve anything. I'm very excited about that," notes Moolin.

As a LEED accredited professional, Steve knows that sustainable design has much more to do with improving the environment for those who live and work in a LEED certified building, than it does with anything else. Good sustainable design practices are ingrained in the culture at Beardsley.

Steve is a member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and volunteers for several community groups. These include the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center where he is President of their Board of Trustees, and St. Catherine of Siena Parish where he is involved with the church's facility committee. He is an avid reader and fly-fishing enthusiast.

Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University
LEED-Accredited Professional - U.S. Green Building Council

Mark A. Rebich

Mark A. Rebich, P.E. Principal

Mark Rebich likes to solve problems – simple, complex or any variety! He embraced the technological revolution from the beginning and has been instrumental in integrating technology into day-to-day operations at Beardsley. This has included the assimilation of MS Office and Building Information Modeling (BIM) into the design process.

He is the technology guru of the executive board, translating "tech speak" into laymen's terms for those who don't share the same passion. Mark has been instrumental in establishing processes and procedures and getting staff the appropriate training to work effectively and efficiently as technology evolves throughout the profession.

Mark is intimately involved in the fast-paced world of design/build where you have to make solid, informative decisions quickly to meet compressed time schedules. He has built a solid reputation as a detail-oriented problem solver with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He leads by example and through collaborative strategy sessions with his design teams.

His professional memberships include the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) where he previously served as Post Vice President at Fort Drum. His personal interests include volleyball and golf.

Bachelor of Science (Civil and Environmental Engineering) - Clarkson University
LEED-Accredited Professional - U.S. Green Building Council

Barry Halperin

Barry Halperin, AIA Principal

As a Principal and former owner of his own firm before merging with Beardsley in 2000, Barry Halperin is a key contributor to office-wide management decisions. He describes his leadership style as collaborative, and he enjoys working in partnership with Beardsley's quality staff, both in the Malone office and throughout the company.

Barry is proud of the client relationships he has maintained over the years and believes this has paid dividends to the firm in repeat business and great design opportunities. He describes his design philosophy as one that best serves the needs of the client. He knows you have to first understand the client's needs in order to create a building and space that works well for them. "I take great pride in the multi-family affordable housing that our firm has worked on because it provides something good for people who really need it," says Halperin.

Working closely with clients on projects, Barry enjoys the variety of work that his office undertakes, particularly the complex environmental and geographic conditions they often face. With an emphasis on contextual design, he particularly enjoys residential design including Adirondack camp design, senior housing, high-end residential and multi-family affordable housing.

Although not a North Country native, Barry has settled into the outdoor lifestyle of northern New Yorkers. He enjoys hiking, fishing, canoeing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, taking full advantage of being at home in the Adirondack Tri-Lakes area.

Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University

Shelley Simon

Shelley Simon, AIA NCARB Principal

Shelley Simon's passion for design and an entrepreneurial spirit is evidenced by the creation and growth of an innovative architecture and interior design firm in Missouri. After 23 years, she sold her interest and worked in the non-profit sector as Executive Director of the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation before realizing she missed making an impact on people's lives through design.

She believes, “Design is a collaborative experience, bringing the diverse strengths of each individual to the table early in the design process, using the collective talent to create a successful balance of beauty, function, and technological excellence. Design impacts individuals, organizations, and entire communities. We architects have a responsibility to faithfully facilitate and promote good design.” Her special interest in green and sustainable business practices is regularly considered during design, weighing the project's triple bottom line – its environmental, social, and economic impact.

Shelley's past professional activities included leadership roles in the local and state AIA chapters, as well as serving as Architecture Chair of Missouri's professional licensing board. Her commitment to community service includes over 30 years' experience with non-profit, public sector, and for profit boards and task forces. Currently, she is a member of the advisory boards for the University of Notre Dame's Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship and the University of Missouri's Department of Architectural Studies. Her personal interests include photography, running, skiing, reading, and studying business strategy and culture, and rooting for the Fightin' Irish.

Bachelor of Architecture – University of Notre Dame
LEED Accredited Professional – U.S. Green Building Council

Carmen J. Lapine

Carmen J. Lapine, P.E. Principal

Carmen Lapine utilizes his knowledge and strong leadership skills to advance Beardsley and their clients. As a Principal, Carmen leads by example working together with Beardsley's quality staff to help build strong client relationships.

Carmen believes in the importance of mentoring and encourages staff development by providing supportive environments that promote professional growth and allow staff to flourish. “Without knowledgeable staff in this fast-paced design world that we live in; quick informed decisions to meet compressed schedules and budgets cannot be made,“ says Lapine. This philosophy has helped Carmen build and establish relationships with industrial corporations, multi-family & senior housing associations, educational facilities, government agencies.

Carmen enjoys the variety of work that he manages, particularly the award-winning Parks and Recreation projects that Beardsley has completed in the Finger Lakes, Central, and Thousand Islands Regions. He also enjoys seeking out new clients and projects that enhance the Firm.

Carmen is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Water Works Association (AWW). Carmen volunteers for several local organizations, coaches youth sports teams, and serves as an executive board member for Salt City Little League in Onondaga County, NY.

Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) - Clarkson University

Guy Garnsey

Hamilton "Guy" Garnsey, P.E. Principal

As a licensed professional in civil, structural and fire protection engineering, Guy Garnsey's insights and 40 years of experience are invaluable to the firm, the development of staff, and the retention of clients. As a Principal and former President, he is actively engaged in mentoring BDA's future leaders. He eagerly shares his knowledge base through customized training sessions and development of technical standards.

Beardsley's entry into design-build project delivery, a major focus of the firm's present business practice, is a result of Guy's 20-year involvement with military clients and early identification of the new delivery methodology. He continues to enjoy long-term relationships with the Air National Guard, Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, and General Dynamics / Electric Boat.

Guy serves on the board of the American Council of Engineering Companies of NY (ACEC), and is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and a lifetime member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

His community involvement includes the Seward House Museum Board and the Howland Stone Store Museum facility committee. He is an avid cyclist and recently became involved in outdoor garden railroading, which combines his interest in woodworking and civil engineering on a 1:20 scale!

Master of Engineering (Civil) - Cornell University
Bachelor of Science (Engineering) – Cornell University
LEED-Accredited Professional - U.S. Green Building Council

Guy Garnsey

Michael N. Reynolds AIA Principal

Michael can be described as an architect who targets service and the ultimate client experience as prerequisites to exceptional architecture. He is able to hear the one-of-a-kind story in each person’s life and use it to frame a holistic and rewarding design experience, leading to lasting relationships and architecture specific to each client.

Joining the firm in 2000, Michael has developed as a client-centric principal within the firm. While his training in psychology and empathic nature has defined his path as a means to connect to clients, he accredits his creativity and ability to see patterns where others may see complexity, to his parents; a family of artists and architects who gave him an edge that proved successful in 2010 by receiving the highest award given for residential architecture by the AIA, Central New York chapter.

Michael is a present-day leader and embraces humility, empathy and open mindedness as primary leadership qualities and is driven to support others by promoting their strengths and sharing in their success.

Spare time is a luxury devoted to growing older with his two girls and wife Paddy. They love all that the Adirondacks have to offer, while enjoying the lakes, mountains, people and architecture of the region.

Bachelors of Science in (Psychology) – State Univ. of New York, Plattsburgh
Masters of Environmental and Resource Engineering – State Univ. of New York College of Environmental Science and Syracuse University
Architectural Coursework - Boston Architectural College and Harvard Graduate School of Architecture