Prior to founding ThinkForm, Russell DiNardo and Michael Crackel collaborated in the studio of world-renowned architect Michael Graves. As the Project Architect/Project Manager for the William B. Bryant Federal Courthouse, Michael led the design team during all design phases and throughout construction period services. The building is prominently located in Washington, D.C., at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues. It occupies an extremely small site with many challenges including the need to satisfy the two major design review agencies in the city; National Capital Planning Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts. Other review agencies included the DC Planning Department; the DC Department of Transportation; the U.S. Marshals Service; the Federal Protective Agency; the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; and the National Park Service. The design also complied with the GSA’s security and blast design criteria. The project was reviewed by the U.S. Access Board, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Finally, this project was subject to the GSA’s Design Excellence program.
ThinkForm provides the leadership and requires assigned staff to be familiar with the procedures and requirements of all review agencies to practice our craft with responsibility and accountability.