187 East Market Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
The people serving your project determine your success. Optimus has established over years of practice a consistently high quality and stable professional staff. Many of our personnel have been with our firm for more than ten years. Most all of our personnel grew up in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Those who came from other places have long made the Hudson Valley their home. This has many benefits for us and our clients, having professionals dedicated to the quality and vitality of our local and northeast communities. We work collaboratively within our firm, with our clients, consultants and contractors, to achieve optimum results for your projects. All of our staff earn very high praise from our many repeat clients. Here is list of key staff.
Daniel Gallagher, AIA, Principal Architect, took over ownership and responsibility for Optimus Architecture on July 1, 2018 after twelve years with the firm. A registered architect in NY and NJ, Dan has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Buffalo. He joined Optimus Architecture after working with several recognized firms including Cannon Design and Kohn Pederson Fox.
Mr. Gallagher has worked principally on our healthcare projects. Dan entered the firm in a support position and quickly grew into a capable project architect, designer and manager, completing many challenging healthcare projects. These included many hospital renovations, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, two 18,000 sf hospital patient units, and many outpatient clinics, among many other projects. Prior to becoming principal architect, he managed our services for two of our longest standing healthcare clients, Glens Fall Hospital and ODA Primary Health Care Network, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY.
Patrick Roberts, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect, a registered architect, had twenty years of experience in a variety of project types when he came to our firm. Mr. Roberts now has ten years of experience with us on our healthcare projects, making a total of thirty years in architecture. Mr. Roberts manages our services for several of our important local clients, including Columbia Memorial Hospital and Central Hudson Gas & Electric.
Jason Terranova, Project Manager, has been a member of our firm for more than twenty years. Mr. Terranova has grown and developed into a leader on all issues relating to consultant coordination, building codes, health codes, construction documentation and construction phase services. Mr. Terranova has contributed to many of our healthcare projects. More recently, he managed the design development, construction documents and construction phase administration on three Mid Hudson Medical Group projects totaling 175,000 sf and $38.5 million completed over a five year period.
Caitlyn Cestone, NCIDQ, IIDA, Interior Designer, joined our firm with a BFA, Interior Design and a minor in Business Administration from Sage College of Albany. Prior to joining Optimus, Caitlyn worked with other firms on space planning, furniture systems and interior finishes. Caitlyn is a team member involved in each of our healthcare projects, addressing space planning, interior finishes research, interior design, construction documents and construction phase support. Caitlyn is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
Nate Gange, Graduate Architect, has worked for our firm for five years, starting with summers and vacations while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Buffalo and then as a graduate student at Rice University School of Architecture. Mr. Gange earned a number of scholarship honors and design awards in school. Since graduation in the winter of 2016, Nate has worked full time with us on a variety of healthcare projects under the supervision or our principal and senior architects.
Stacy Becker, Office Manager, recently joined our firm to take over the Business Manager’s position. Stacy has been employed in financial, customer, facilities, business, engineering and architecture administrative responsibilities since 1994. She holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degrees from the University of New York, College at New Paltz.
Employment Opportunities. If you are an experienced healthcare architect, recognized by your clients for your contributions to their success, please contact us. There may be an opportunity to join our team.
Interior Design Consultant
Tina Stephens, RN, IIDA, a Registered Nurse and certified Interior Designer, is a former Optimus Architecture staff interior designer. Tina started working with us in 2003 when she graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Interior Design. (FIDER accredited program). Over an eleven year period, Tina designed the interiors on every healthcare project in our firm. Tina was well liked by all of our clients for her skill and , In 2014, Tina left us to attend nursing school. She now works as an RN in a hospital patient unit where she is experiencing all of the patient care, operational, housekeeping and maintenance issues that we design for. With her experience in both healthcare design and nursing, Tina can now more effectively help us design facilities that work better and last longer for the healthcare staff that equip, use, and maintain them. Tina is available to consult to us when she is not working at the hospital.
Architectural Design Consultant
David A. Souers, AIA, has been practicing architecture for forty-five years, with twenty-seven in healthcare. David, a graduate of Harvard and Syracuse, had a twenty year career in commercial and corporate office architecture before founding Optimus Architecture. Mr. Souers worked with nationally recognized design firms including I.M. Pei & Partners, ADD Inc and Cambridge Seven, all in Boston, on major projects including the Christian Science Center, the John Hancock Tower, Digital Equipment World Headquarters and Charles Square. Returning to New York, Mr. Souers worked with the Edgewater Companies, a real estate development firm developing office buildings for corporate clients including IBM, Allstate, and CNA Insurance. His final project with Edgewater was a new health education and administrative building for Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, where he developed a 130,000 sf five story building in Syracuse, NY. This background provided a solid foundation for all of Optimus Architecture’s professional services, until he retired from his position as principle architect and owner of Optimus Architecture on June 30, 2018.
Mr. Souers, who established Optimus in 1992, developed the firm into a nationally recognized healthcare design firm with several design awards, as well as a locally recognized firm for delivering high quality commercial, residential and community projects in addition to healthcare projects. Mr. Souers was a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects, where he served on a committee to qualify architects for application to the ACHA. Mr. Souers is available to Optimus Architecture on a project by project basis where his expertise can be beneficial.