Joseph A. Slack, AIA, LEED AP
Joe is President of HGE and manager of the architectural practice and has held this position since joining the firm in 1995. He has experience with a wide variety of building types from small residential projects to complex multi-million-dollar commercial projects with large consulting teams of design architects, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers. His involvement has been in all phases of work including pre-design, technical needs assessment reports, programming, preliminary design, master planning, public meeting representation, construction document preparation, bidding, and construction administration. Joe enjoys all facets of the profession including the friendships formed with HGE clients and the construction community. He lives in Coos Bay and enjoys getting outdoors fishing in the local rivers, duck hunting in the Coquille Valley, and in the shop building/repairing wooden boats.
Stephanie Martell, RLA, CESCL
Principal Landscape Architect
Principal Landscape Architect
Stephanie Martell is a Registered Landscape Architect, Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead, and the Principal Landscape Architect at HGE Architects, Inc. in Coos Bay, Oregon. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and Environmental Studies. Since joining HGE in 2007, Stephanie has been involved with all aspects of site development from conceptual design through construction administration for a variety of land uses and project types. She provides full technical support during the entire project, acting as a resource to the Project Architect and Team, providing landscape and site design services as well as in-house management support to assure that timing, production efforts, and deliverables are meeting/exceeding expectations. She ensures that the development of each project site meets environmental and zoning requirements while assisting the Project Team with overall design, ensuring seamless integration with consultants and a responsiveness to functional program and cost issues.
Stephanie has extensive knowledge of plant communities in the Pacific Northwest that work well in our coastal environment. She is experienced with Green Infrastructure, Low-Impact Development, and stormwater management systems as they relate to site design, including bioswales, filter basins, and rain gardens. Stephanie’s professional interests include sustainable design, urban design, stormwater management and design, site master planning and site improvements, and coastal/waterfront design.
Notable projects include: North Bend Grant Circle Pedestrian Plaza, Coquille Riverwalk Pedestrian Walkway, Coos Bay School District Madison School Renovation Site Design, Bay Area Hospital Parking Expansion and Community Cancer Center Site Design, and Florence City Hall Remodel / Addition & Site Improvements.
Stephanie resides in Myrtle Point and lives a dynamic life raising a family and volunteering in the community as a youth basketball and track coach, 4H leader, and has served on the school board and city council.
Andrew J. Locati, AIA
Andrew joined HGE Architects in 2014, after 23 years with another local firm. He brings with him over 30 years of architectural design and project management experience. He has a broad experience with various building types such as commercial buildings, historic building restorations and adaptive re-use, waterfront boardwalk design, RV parks, school district master planning, school buildings, financial institutions, medical buildings, restaurants, automobile dealerships and numerous residences.
Andrew graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree from Washington State University in 1987. Besides enjoying designing buildings and seeing them through to construction, he is also involved with the local community, serving on various city committees throughout the years, leading historic walking tours of the downtown every spring, raising a family, running and biking and the occasional pick-up basketball game.
Sam Slack, AIA
Sam first started assisting in our office while in high school, where he started drafting plans in AutoCAD. He officially joined HGE in 2018 as an emerging professional, completing his licensing requirements in 2022. He works to develop projects from schematic design through construction documentation and into CA. During his time at HGE, Sam has worked on projects ranging from residential additions, complete building overhauls, restaurants, and new school buildings. He enjoys the opportunity to work on a variety of project types. While not at the office, Sam is a passionate hobbyist woodworker, and is currently using those skills to restore a 1927 craftsman bungalow. He enjoys exploring the cliffs, beaches and sloughs along the coast with his wife, their little baby boys, and of course their energetic dog as well.
Amy Marino is a designer and project manager working toward her architectural license. Amy rejoined HGE Spring 2019 after working for us in 2012 & 2013 and returns with 12 years of experience which includes project programming, planning, interior design and construction development, construction administration and project management.
Dom earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, where he graduated cum laude with a minor in Landscape Architecture in 2020. He joined HGE thereafter as a designer in pursuit of professional licensure. He has experience with a range of project types, including residences, libraries, schools, motels, and various municipal projects. Outside of work, Dom stays busy renovating his home, and enjoys running, making music, and exploring the coast with his fiancée.
Shane joined the HGE team in the summer of 2022 in the pursuit of licensure. Graduating from North Dakota State University in 2020 with a Master of Architecture degree, he has focused on adaptive re-use, high-end residential, and commercial buildings with an emphasis on community work. Coming to the Oregon coast to connect to the Pacific Northwest and be immersed in the fecundity of nature all around, Shane is an avid watercolor painter, musician, wood worker, menswear designer, bonsai tree enthusiast, and a drawing instructor at SWOCC.
Bookkeeper / Human Resources
Bookkeeper / Human Resources
Gidgette joined HGE in 2014 with 17 years of accounting experience. She is responsible for our business office and human resources as well as project and administrative duties. She assists project managers with contract preparation and administration, as well as project manual and specification editing. She also provides Notary Public services for our office.
While raising her children she was actively involved in their activities and is still an active member in her community. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Sumner Rural Fire Department. She is an avid traveler, reader, knitter and spends a lot of time in the kitchen baking.
Tess graduated from Ferris State University in Michigan in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Since graduating, her professional experience has been in office administration, community management, and advertising. Tess and her husband fell in love with the Pacific Coast and moved from Arizona with their two dogs in the summer of 2020. As the Administrative Assistant for HGE, she assists the team with correspondence, document development, and office organization. She enjoys exploring the local lakes and rivers, curling up with a good book, or playing video games with friends in her free time.