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Office of Planning and Design & Project Management


Joanna Whitcomb 

Director of Campus Planning

(603) 646-9852

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Joanna is responsible for the implementation and oversight of planning for buildings, land use, transportation, and sustainability strategies. Joanna works closely with senior staff and colleagues on capital planning and with the Town of Hanover on community planning issues. She has been employed at Dartmouth College since December 2006.

Joanna is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners, a member of the American Planning Association and the Society of College and University Planners. She received a MS in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire and a BS in Physical Geography and Environmental Science from McGill University.

Joanna currently serves on numerous local and regional land use boards. Joanna grew up in the Upper Valley and lives in Hanover with her family.


John Scherding 

Director of Campus Design & Construction

(603) 646-3351

John leads the design and construction of new buildings, building additions, building renovations and landscape projects at Dartmouth College. He provides oversight of all project delivery activities as well as guidance for sustainable building practices, high-performance building technologies, accessibility compliance and appropriate building and landscape design.

John came to Dartmouth in 2002; prior to that he was a practicing architect in the Boston area with a focus on the higher education market.

John is a registered architect in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a member of the United States Green Building Council, the Society of College and University Planners and the Association of University Architects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.


Joanna Simpson

Capital Program Controls Coordinator

(603) 646-0570



Paul Tougas

Project Manager

(603) 646-2067

Paul has served Dartmouth College for many decades as a highly versatile and effective project manager capable of supporting numerous projects at any given time. Paul has a deep understanding of construction and design and brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his design solutions.

Paul is a member of the Architectural Services team – a group of three who are capable of designing and managing all phases of a project. The Architectural Services team brings tremendous value to the College due to their nimble and efficient work manner. Paul enjoys the summer months, when he is able to commute to work in his vintage British sports car.


Jason Rouillard

Project Manager

(603) 646-2431

Jason is a Project Manager in the Office of Planning and Design and a member of the Architectural Services team. For the past 17 years he has overseen the construction of numerous academic and workplace projects, interacting with user groups, administrators, contractors and architects. Jason's easy manner has earned praise from our clients, many of whom are new to the disruptions that come with construction projects. Jason is an experienced designer capable self-performing a large volume of complex work, and is equally adept as a manager of external consultant teams.

With an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Vermont Technical College, Jason has previously worked for BR+A Consulting Engineers, Real Log Homes and various local carpenters.

When not at work, he enjoys coaching and playing ice hockey, biking, and spending time with his family.


James Pike

Project Manager

(603) 646-0442

James is a Project Manager in the Office of Planning & Design and a member of the Architectural Services team. James is responsible for the design and construction of numerous projects across the campus, with a wide range of scale and complexity. James is highly proficient with CAD systems and is capable of performing sophisticated design work. James has also managed numerous large-scale projects from inception through completion of construction, with great success. In addition, James provides a high level of technology expertise for the office including CAD management, computer setup, document management and troubleshooting.

James came to Dartmouth in 1999 as an intern while studying at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Bradford Vermont and has a passion for the outdoors. He spends his free time hunting, fishing, golfing and taking care of a mini-farm complete with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs.


Douwe Wieberdink

Space Planner

(603) 646-3227

Douwe is the newest member of the Planning and Design team and is excited about the opportunities and challenges that come with this job. As space planner, he is currently working on the implementation of a new Space Management System.

Douwe spent most of his planning career in Peru, where he owned a small consulting company that advised the private and public sector on urban development policies. He worked with local communities to create and implement urban development plans and zoning regulations.

Douwe is a Dutch citizen with a M.Sc. in Political Science and a M.A. in Urban Planning.


Kevin Nelson

Spatial Database Analyst

(603) 646-4046

Kevin celebrates his first year with the Office of Planning and Design and is a welcome addition to the team. He is responsible for managing campus space data for building and landscape. He has produced an interactive online map and has developed a GIS database for facilities needs. He is also working with FO&M to implement a new space management system for the college.

Prior to Dartmouth, Kevin worked for Cornell University's planning department as a GIS Analyst. He worked with Cornell's CALS to help create a space management system using ArcGIS. He has also worked with the USDA NRCS in Erie County, New York.

Kevin has a B.A. from the University at Buffalo in Geography with a concentration in GIS. He currently resides in Enfield.


Joe Broemel

Senior Project Manager

(603) 646-9932

Joe came to Dartmouth in 2002. During this timeframe, he has been responsible for managing construction projects for the Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth College. Joe works closely with the Campus Planning and Design staff to coordinate projects from conception to completion.

Prior to joining the College, Joe worked as a consulting engineer designing and managing projects in Colorado and throughout New England. Joe is a registered professional engineer, licensed in Vermont, Massachusetts and Colorado.

He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver. Joe lives in Springfield, Vermont, is an avid golfer and enjoys woodworking and managing "smaller" construction projects around the house.


Last Updated: 9/13/16