People

Thomas H. Platz, AIA, Principal

Auburn, Maine

Bachelor of Arts – Harvard University
Master of Architecture – Harvard University
Special Studies in Construction – MIT

Licensed Maine Architect
NCARB
American Institute of Architects

Tom, along with his brother Jim, is one of the original founders of Platz Associates. A native of Auburn, Tom left in the late 1960’s to pursue his education at Harvard University.  Upon the completion of his formal education Tom remained in the Boston area to continue his architectural training while working on several nationally prominent architectural projects.  His experience includes involvement in such national projects as The Baltimore Aquarium, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Children’s Museum of Boston and the Smith College Library.

Tom is a licensed Architect with extensive experience in project development as well as building design.  Tom has been the principal Architect on many projects in the State of Maine.  These projects include Two Great Falls Plaza, The Peck Building, Lewiston-Auburn College, Androscoggin Home Health Services and the rehabilitation of the Bates Mill Complex.  Involvement in a multitude of development projects allows Tom to bring to a project experience in design, development, financing, scheduling, tax credits, permitting and contract negotiations.  Tom maintains involvement in all aspects of the design and construction of projects at Platz Associates and is the Principal-in-Charge of all our projects.

James A. Platz, P.E., Principal

Auburn, Maine

Bachelor of Arts – Harvard University
Master of Science – University of Maine

Licensed Professional Engineer
National Society of Professional Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers

Jim, a practicing engineer for the past twenty five years at Platz Associates, is well versed in the design of wood, steel, masonry, and concrete for a variety of building types. Key design expertise includes concrete and steel systems for multi-rise projects and an extensive background in geotechnical engineering and the design of deep foundations. Jim is past Chapter President of the National Society of Professional Engineers, as well as a past member of the State Board of Registration for Geologists and Soil Scientists. Unique projects with which he is credited include the Engineering and Boat Maintenance Facility at the Maine Maritime Academy, which incorporated the first tie-back retaining wall of its type in the state, and a five tier parking garage in Lewiston for which the structural system resulted in the lowest per car construction cost of comparable garages in the area.

Bruce Allen, Construction Manager

Auburn, Maine

Associate of Science, Engineering – University of Maine
Bachelor of Science, Engineering – University of Maine

Bruce came to Platz Associates in 1983 with ten years of experience as a field superintendent for a general contractor.  He has supervised projects ranging from $50,000 to $12 million dollars which have encompassed all types of construction including wood, concrete, steel and masonry.

During the last thirty years with Platz Associates, Bruce has been the Construction Engineer for over $140,000,000 worth of projects. Many of these have been fast tracked and, therefore, have had strict construction schedules.  With his engineering background, Bruce works directly with the design team to develop optimum design solutions which significantly impact scheduling and project costs.  Bruce is responsible for all aspects of Construction Management at Platz Associates.  Bruce’s integration into the design team has earned Platz Associates the reputation of delivering solutions that meet original design goals as well as financial constraints and exacting time schedules.

Michel Giasson, AIA, Architect

Auburn, Maine

Bachelor of Architecture at Boston Architectural Center – Boston, MA
B.Arch. –Valedictorian, AIA School Medal, BSA Scholarship, Thesis Award
Study in Denmark, Sweden and Finland, Scandinavian Design Summer Program – S.U. School of Architecture
Licensed Maine Architect- NCARB, American Institute of Architects

Michel joined Platz Associates in 2011 and has been involved with a diverse set of projects including many banks, medical space, offices and more.  A selection of his projects include: The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, Central Maine Healthcare – Linear Accelerator Renovation, Endoscopy Suite Renovation, Androscoggin Savings Bank – Auburn, multiple Bath Savings Institution projects, Baxter Brewing Co. offices and more.  Michel is an avid musician and plays Guitar & Bass Guitar with Cheyanne and various other local bands.  He contributes his talents by volunteering in his community for the Urban Forestry Board and for years has designed pro-bono for Habitat for Humanity.

Travis Nadeau, LEED AP BD+C, Architect

Lisbon Falls, Maine

Licensed Maine Architect
Bachelor of Architecture – Syracuse University, NY
D.I.P.A. Study Abroad Program – Florence, Italy, Syracuse University


Travis joined Platz Associates in 2004, bringing over ten years of prior experience in a wide range of residential, civic, religious, and retail projects.  His most recent work in Boston involved extensive Historic Landmark review, H.U.D., and Department of Neighborhood oversight, requiring construction cost estimating and involvement of the community in workshops and presentations.  Travis has coordinated design teams for a wide range of projects, from 70-unit apartment buildings to 175,000 square foot retail and entertainment centers, tailoring solutions to meet an array of client and contractor needs.

With Platz Associates, Travis’ projects have included the entry addition at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Fish Bones American Grill, Bates Mill Dermatology, Androscoggin Bank’s operations center in Lewiston’s Bates Mill, and the rehabilitation of a 20,000 square foot historic building in Lewiston where the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce and the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council are located.   He is extremely successful with building consensus around a shared vision and produces beautifully detailed architectural renderings to help with this.

In addition to his design work, Travis has carpentry experience on a variety of light wood frame projects, including a marine biology center for Bowdoin College and many single-family residences across mid-coast Maine.   His solid base of hands-on experience gives Travis a practical perspective on complex design issues and a strong focus on quality construction documents.

Gabrielle Russell, Architect, LEED Accredited Professional

Lewiston, Maine

Licensed Maine Architect
Master & Bachelor of Architecture, Tulane University – New Orleans, LA
Tulane University Study Abroad Program – Vienna, Prague, Basel

Gabrielle joined Platz Associates in 2014, with years of experience in design and commercial construction firms.  Recently, she has worked on projects throughout Maine including Bates Mill No. 5, Roscoe’s Bed and Bark, many office renovations, and private residences.  Before Platz she was involved in projects including a Portland Brewery, The Agora Grand Event Center & Inn, and the historic Strand Theater in Skowhegan.

She is motivated to improve her community and it shows in her volunteer work as a Founding Member and past Board President of Grow L+A.  She currently serves on the Auburn Lewiston YMCA Board of Directors and in the past has served on Lewiston’s Historic Preservation Review Board, Lewiston’s Zoning Board of Appeals and LA Arts.

Louise Wotton, Office Manager & Certified Bookkeeper

Lewiston, Maine

Certified Bookkeeper – The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers

Accounting courses – Kaplan University

Following years working as a legal assistant, Louise joined Platz Associates in 1995 as Office Manager.  In addition to managing the office, she handles all of the firm’s accounting, as well as payroll, benefit administration, and provides administrative support to the team.