HGE has built a team of experts focused on delivering the highest level of design excellence and service to our clients. Principals directly manage and supervise personnel working on projects. Our collaborative cross-discipline approach ensures stronger solutions to our clients on every project we complete.

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Joseph A. Slack, AIA, LEED AP
Joseph A. Slack, AIA, LEED APPresident / Principal Architect
Joe is President of HGE and manager of the architectural division in the Coos Bay office. He is the principal-in-charge for all architectural projects assigned to HGE. Joe has held the position of project architect for a wide variety of building types. His involvement has been in all phases of work including negotiation, programming, preliminary design, public meeting representation, construction document preparation, bidding, and construction administration. He has also performed structural investigations, technical feasibility studies, and site master planning.
Stephanie A. Martell, ASLA, CESCL
Stephanie A. Martell, ASLA, CESCLLandscape Architect/Project Manager/Erosion & Sediment Control Lead
Stephanie works on a variety of project types including: educational, medical, commercial, residential multi-family, and landscaping/site improvements. She is an expert on plants in the Pacific Northwest and proficient in many graphic design applications. She is also experienced in storm water design as related to site design, including bioswales, filter basins, and rain gardens. Stephanie handles construction document preparation, preliminary design renderings and other graphic deliverables.
Andrew J. Locati
Andrew J. LocatiProject Architect
Andrew has over 26 years of architectural design and project management experience. He has a broad architectural design background in a diverse variety of projects such as: commercial buildings, historic building restorations and adaptive re-use, waterfront boardwalk design, school district master planning, financial institutions, medical institutions, restaurants, automobile dealership, and numerous residential designs.
Stephen R. Cox
Stephen R. CoxSenior Designer - Emeritus
Stephen Cox, a senior design and project manager, has been employed with HGE Inc., Architects, Engineers, & Planners since 1964, until his retirement August 2017. During his tenure, he worked in every project facet from conception to construction management including: Planning, Surveying, Design, and Inspection. He continues to assist our team in the process and coordination required between permit and funding agencies, owner, public, project design team, governmental agencies, and contractor for completion of a successful project. Since 1972, Stephen has been involved in more than 1,600 municipal improvement projects.
Christopher Kinney, EIT
Christopher Kinney, EITEngineer In Training
Christopher recently joined the HGE Engineering Team. He has more than five years’ experience in engineering work including water, sanitary, drainage systems, rainwater harvesting systems, sustainability coordination of water and energy systems for a municipality, and design-build of: a hydro-electrical generator, gray water systems, slow sand water filtration tank, water storage tank, waterline from a natural springs source, and rainwater harvesting systems. Christopher’s software expertise includes ArcGIS, AutoCAD, RISA 3D, MATlab, Mathematica, and Microsoft Project.
Sam Slack
Sam SlackIntern Architect
Sam Slack first started assisting in our office in high school. Sam officially joined HGE in 2018 as an emerging professional on the path to licensure. He prepares AutoCAD and REVIT drawings for preliminary design proposals, design development, and construction document phases of various projects. He has worked as support for HGE’s Architectural Department on all phases of design, and construction administration of various project types.
Gidgette Hill
Gidgette HillBookkeeper / Human Resources
Gidgette joined HGE in 2014 with 17 years of accounting experience.
Catrina Bazen
Catrina Bazen