James has over 20 years of experience in developing, rehabilitating, renovating, preserving, and restoring historic structures. His love of old buildings began with the Mohasco Mill in Amsterdam NY, where he spent his high school years working for his grandfather to renovate and build out factory space.
After completing his Bachelor of Architecture degree in Rhode Island, he gained experience in both design and construction, then spent five years working on high profile historic district projects encompassing academic, religious, residential and commercial clients in Newport.
Rebecca McWilliams. Principal
James then relocated to Massachusetts to work with Philips Exeter Academy on large-scale campus historic restoration work. For the past two years, James has worked with Independent Design, developing the firm’s practice and planning divisions. At ID he provides consulting and design services including project management, architectural design-build, accessibility solutions, historic preservation, casework, and life safety code support.
James Meinecke. Principal
Rebecca is a licensed architect and industry expert well-versed in managing the design and construction process for both residential and commercial buildings all over New Engalnd. With over fifteen years of experience, she provides custom design solutions for spaces of any scale or complexity. Having lived and worked in New England her whole life, she is particularly fond of historic building projects. Her expertise as a code consultant for ADA/MAAB handicap accessibility and universal access design solutions allows her to assist clients of any ability range, including aging in place.
Rebecca integrates sustainable project objectives and the MA STRETCH code to ensure long-term energy and cost savings for her clients. Her building experience includes integrating solar power, "living" green roofs, Zero Net Energy, Net Positive Energy, and LEED Certification. She is well-known in the Greater Boston area for her ability to synthesize ideas into fruition for historic, commercial, and high-end custom residential projects.
Rebecca has experience on all phases of public and private building projects. She worked as a BIM Manager for a large A/E firm in Boston for six years where she developed expertise in working as an Owner's Information Manager, BIM Execution Planning, developing Level of Development expectations, BIM Kickoff Meetings, BIM for Green Buildings, model hand-offs, BIM for LEAN process, co-locating teams, "BIG ROOM" coordination meetings, and BIM process support. Rebecca is also an Autodesk Certified Professional and trainer in Revit software.
Rebecca has presented on best practices for project management and BIM at the Construction SuperConference, Autodesk University, BIMForum, United States Green Building Council, Association of General Contractors of America, and Boston Society of Architects.