Eleven Team Members Named Cushing Terrell’s Newest Associates

Our new associates demonstrate enthusiasm, excellence, and a commitment to advancing both the firm and the AEC industry.

Cushing Terrell, a multidisciplinary architecture, engineering, and design firm, is proud to announce the promotion of eleven team members to the role of associate. These team members represent many professional disciplines and serve clients, both external and internal, in myriad ways and across all market sectors. They have cultivated relationships with countless clients and community members, exerted leadership on projects and initiatives, and heavily engaged with organizations within the industry and in support of their local communities.

“Our associates are a dynamic group of leaders within Cushing Terrell who’ve been recognized for exceptional expertise in their field and for the value they bring to our clients,” President Greg Matthews said. “But even more so, each new member injects drive and purpose into the forward momentum of the firm. I’d like to enthusiastically welcome our new associates, congratulate them, and challenge them to further their already significant impact on their work, their surrounding team, their communities, and the world.”

Meet Cushing Terrell’s New Associates

Ava Alltmont, AIA, LEED AP | Project Manager and Architect | New Orleans

Ava leads Cushing Terrell’s New Orleans office and has a wide range of design expertise in mixed-use developments, multi-family, hospitality, retail, commercial workplace, and education projects, from feasibility through construction. Her experience comprises historic renovations, new construction, adaptive reuse, and most everything in between. Ava’s dedication to client service, project management, and design excellence results in happy clients and meaningful places for people to spend their time. Born and raised in the Northeast, she’s called New Orleans her home for 15 years and has been with Cushing Terrell since 2018. Ava serves on the Louisiana State Selection Committee for the National Register of Historic Places and is a fierce advocate of advancing women in the AEC industry. She helped start the first Women in Architecture (WIA) chapter in the state of Louisiana, and today, WIA New Orleans is the most active committee of the local AIA chapter.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you bring to the associates group?

“I’m excited about growing our historic preservation work and building our knowledge base in this particular area.”

Travis Estvold | Digital Communications Manager | Boise

Travis’ specialization at Cushing Terrell is the introduction and implementation of digital marketing tools, with an emphasis on audiovisual production. His broad professional background includes four years in the U.S. Air Force followed by 16 years in the marketing communications departments of local, nationwide, and international entities. Travis joined Cushing Terrell in 2014 and previously held positions as marketing coordinator and social media manager. Bolstering his ability to communicate with any target audience is his experience in web-building, social content, journalism, blogging, podcasting, and documentary filmmaking. Travis volunteers for the John William Jackson Fund and the Idaho Miss Amazing empowerment event.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you bring to the associates group?

“Serving as the communications lead for Cushing Terrell’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program is a top priority for me professionally and personally. In both this role and as a new associate, my mission is to perpetually keep my eyes and ears WIDE open and serve as an amplifier for the voices of all team members — especially those heard from the least. True inclusivity is a forever goal, and we can create positive inroads every day, at every level!”

Maggie Hardt, NCIDQ, ASID | Interior Designer | Billings

Maggie has in-depth interior design experience on a range of project types. She started her career in Bozeman, Montana, working on high-end residential design, then made the transition to commercial design with Cushing Terrell in 2015. When it comes to projects, her focus is on driving research-based design solutions that respond to the human experience and showcase how great design is best achieved when all disciplines work together. In the commercial market, she is a trusted advisor to our legacy clients, large and small. Passionate about continuing education, she strives to oscillate between mentor and mentee within our firm. Through her work with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) she serves as a mentor for students and advocates for the interior design profession within her region. On a local level, she is a member of the board of directors for the Historic Moss Mansion in Billings.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you bring to the associates group?

“Progressing the profession of interior design forward, as well as serving as an advocate for women and mothers in the workforce.”

Allyn Jorgensen, PE, LEED BD+C | Mechanical Engineer | Billings

Allyn has been with Cushing Terrell for 12 years and has worked on a wide variety of projects with a focus on HVAC and plumbing design. Most recently, she has developed notable expertise and knowledge of data centers and rack room design through her work with Dell for the past 10 years. Additionally, she has been closely involved in innovative commercial workplace design projects for high-profile client, Google. Allyn enjoys volunteering for local STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives including activities with STEM Yellowstone, Girls in Science, Montana Girls STEM Collaborative, ASHRAE, and the MSU-B Science Fair.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you bring to the associates group?

“I’m skilled at coordinating multiple disciplines to create solutions to design problems that work for everyone while maintaining the design intent for the client.”

Troy Kinkade | Project Manager | Boise

Troy has been with Cushing Terrell since 2008 and has spent the last eight years focused on project management and electrical design for Target, with 100-plus remodels in his portfolio. His experience includes more than 20 years of electrical design on projects in every market sector, including education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, infrastructure/wastewater treatment plants, and retail for projects located across the United States. Additionally, he has experience in fire alarm design and designed one of the first mass-notification systems for education facilities in Wyoming. He is skilled in team-building and mentoring, successfully managing an almost fully remote team of 15-20 prior to 2020, enabling a smooth work-from-home transition during the pandemic.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you be bringing to the associates group?

“My focus is always on communication – communication through meetings, emails, construction documents, specifications, and in-person coordination with every team member. I have a culinary background; precise, expedited communication and constant tracking are not only key in the kitchen, but also in the AEC industry, as is the final quality of the product. Producing documents that are pleasing to look at and communicate clearly instills confidence in the design by all who view them.”

Jill Lee, IIDA, NCIDQ, WELL AP | Senior Interior Designer | Boise

Jill has 16 years of experience as an interior designer in a variety of locations and markets, including commercial, healthcare, higher education, residential, and retail. Through this varied experience, she has developed an acute focus on creating innovative workplace environments. Jill says she is passionate about interior design because of its influence on how we work, learn, heal, and live, making it essential to people’s quality of life. Jill is an advocate for the advancement of the interior design profession as a whole and for Cushing Terrell’s interior design service sector, helping to develop education and training opportunities. She has been a board member for the IIDA Northern Pacific chapter for seven years, serving as president from 2017-2018. Additionally, she was a 2015 IIDA NPC Emerging Professional Award winner. Jill joined Cushing Terrell in 2018.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you be bringing to the associates group?

“I’m thrilled and honored to join the associates group at Cushing Terrell. My goal with this promotion is to continue to elevate the many talents and expertise of our interior design staff, champion integrated design and design excellence in our work, and leverage my experience as a trusted advisor to mentor younger staff members across all disciplines.”

Jay Listoe, ASPE, CPD | Mechanical Designer | Helena

Jay has worked for Cushing Terrell in the Helena office since 2006. He has a variety of specialties, including retail and grocery plumbing design, commercial kitchens, sanitary waste systems, fire protection design, Revit, and Computer-Aided Design (CAD)/AutoCAD. Jay works closely with many Cushing Terrell groups and offices, and fully embraces the firm’s culture of collaboration, describing his colleagues as not only friends but family. Jay is a Certified Plumbing Designer (CPD) – a well-recognized credential in the mechanical engineering industry – emphasizing competence and enhancing the status of plumbing engineering and design as a unique discipline. Continuing education is required to keep the certification, allowing Jay to keep up with the latest industry trends and knowledge.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you be bringing to the associates group?

“From Clifton Strengths, and I truly believe it is accurate: Responsibility — I strive for being dependable and expect nothing less of myself. I’m quiet when I need to be so that I can listen and spend as much time as it takes to formulate a thoughtful, meaningful response. I learn best from making mistakes and by teaching, and I love passing on what I know to younger professionals who show an interest in the plumbing engineering field. We have such a deep bench of knowledge at Cushing Terrell, and it’s humbling to be a part of it.”

Raelynn Meissner, PE, LEED BD+C | Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer | Billings

Raelynn has been with Cushing Terrell for 17 years and has spent the last 15 focused on sustainable design and high-performance buildings. Her experience includes building energy studies and analysis, LEED building certifications, and mechanical design for a variety of systems. Raelynn is one of the founding members of Cushing Terrell’s Green Advocacy Council, a green think tank that continues to move sustainable design forward within the firm. She has been a LEED AP since 2005 and has contributed to more than 30 LEED project certifications in the years since. In addition to her LEED certification, she is a GBI Guiding Principles Compliance Professional and has worked on projects pursuing smart building strategies, the Living Building Challenge, and zero net energy (ZNE) goals.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you be bringing to the associates group?

“The unique viewpoint I bring to the associates group is furthering our knowledge management goals through post-occupancy evaluations and sharing those lessons learned in order to forever improve our design work and the solutions we bring to our clients’ projects.”

Andy Meyer | Director of Graphic Design | Billings

Andy drives the creative and strategic direction of our firm’s visual identity, both internally and externally. He has 20-plus years of experience working on/with a wide range of projects and clients, and ten of those years have been with Cushing Terrell, helping to embody our culture and brand. His expertise covers graphic design, illustration, print, digital/social media, iconography, infographics, and experiential design. A true team player who loves competitive sports, he always brings his A-game to his endeavors. His insights, skills, technique, and creative talent help our firm stand out from our competitors and tell the story of who we are.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you be bringing to the associates group?

“I will bring a positive attitude and easy-going demeanor to the associates group. I hope to continue to be an advocate for promoting and growing our brand; Cushing Terrell is just scratching the surface of what we can become.”

Jennifer Moore, IIDA, NCIDQ | Interior Designer | Austin

Jennifer’s focus is on studying human-centered design as it pertains to the unique needs of each client and project. Driven by her goal of curating fulfilling user experiences, she’s been instrumental in fostering relationships with big-name clients and global corporations to help re-center their spaces and standards to promote health and well-being. She’s dedicated to research-based design and the process of listening and collaborating to ensure each client’s mission and vision are realized through design solutions optimized for all users to thrive. Jennifer joined Cushing Terrell in 2015.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you be bringing to the associates group?

“I’m driven daily by the vast potential of tackling problems with a diverse team dedicated to curiosity and integrated solutions. This notion inspires me to be my best for my teammates and clients, with an understanding that our collective insight and problem-solving will always achieve far more than any single individual could. Additionally, I’m committed to studying the ways natural environments cultivate human wellness and developing new design strategies to enhance the ways the built environment shapes quality of experience.”

Michael White, PE, ASCE | Director of Civil Engineering | Denver

Michael leads our civil engineering group, currently comprised of more than 20 engineers, surveyors, and designers. His expertise is in land development and utility and transportation infrastructure, as well as project management, staffing, mentoring, and the professional development of his team. His early career was spent on projects in Pennsylvania, the Denver metro area, and the Colorado Front Range region. Recently, he’s led projects throughout the United States. His project portfolio includes multi-family development, municipal water transmission, highway and roadway design, rail and transit-oriented development, commercial and light industrial sites, K-12 education, retail pad sites, single-family subdivisions, and one “very cool” cable-stayed bridge in Penobscot Narrows, Maine. His passions include designing ADA improvements and serving as an advocate for inclusive infrastructure and equitable access for all people. He is committed to the multidisciplinary approach that Cushing Terrell brings to its clients and continues to work toward the civil group supporting all our vertical markets.

What unique viewpoint/talent/goal will you be bringing to the associates group?

“I have a unique, non-traditional viewpoint that draws from experiences in professional theater, commercial floor care, carpentry, food and beverage, construction, and now almost two decades in the civil engineering world. I intend to extend the values I hold our civil team to into my work with the associates group: emphasizing people, projects, and the pursuit of excellence.”

About Cushing Terrell

Cushing Terrell was founded in 1938 on the belief that integrating architecture, engineering, and design opens the doors for deepened relationships and enhanced creativity. This foundation continues to define the firm and its multidisciplinary team today. Driven by empathy, the team works to design systems and spaces that help people live their best lives and enjoy healthy, sustainable built environments. With more than 425 team members spanning 30-plus disciplines and expertise across the commercial, education, government, healthcare, infrastructure, residential, and retail markets, the firm has offices in Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Texas, and Washington. For more information about Cushing Terrell, visit cushingterrell.com.