Stuart Hendricks, CASp
Director of Quality Assurance / Architect

What does a “Director of Quality Assurance” do?

My responsibilities include: reviewing design and construction documents at various stages of production for code compliance; coordination within and between design disciplines; value engineering; constructability, completeness, being technical correct, and clarity of graphic and written communication.  I strive to promote consistency and standardization to achieve consistent, high quality construction documents.

How does your CASp certification inspired you to be a better Architect?

I feel I’m held to a higher level of accountability and responsibility with respect to disabled access issues.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others.

What is your favorite lesson-learned project story?

There’s something to be learned on every project. I don’t have a “favorite” lessons learned story, but I do have some tidbits of gray-beard wisdom I would like to share.

When producing construction documents, a person should always think about what they are doing and why.  Every line and every word impacts the drawings and specifications.

Do not assume anything; assumptions get you into trouble.  Some popular assumptions are:

  • It worked before on project XYZ.
  • The contractor will figure it out in the field.
  • See structural/plumbing/mechanical/electrical drawings.

What is the most rewarding aspect of working out of TETER’s Visalia office?

It is rewarding working out of any TETER office.  It is great to work with a group of people who strive to be the best they can be (professionally and personally) and to provide excellent client service.  I really enjoy working in a multi-discipline firm. It offers the opportunity to work closer with those involved in the project outside of the architectural discipline.  This promotes better construction documents through better communication and understanding between the project participants.

What do you do for fun?

I like to work on various classic car projects, go to car shows, or to races.  I’ve also been taking a welding class at night to develop welding skills for more complex car projects.

What non-profit organization do you support and why?

Gateway Church of Visalia.  It is important to me to be connected to a body of believers as an extended family. I support the church by being involved in men’s ministries and various other programs.

I’ve been on the board of the Mineral King Preservation Society (MKPS) for almost 25 years.  MKPS preserves the cabin community in Mineral King.  Mineral King is an area that includes a cabin community of approximately 60 cabins that are lost in time.  It was a year-round mining community in the 1870’s but the mining never panned out.  The US Forest service offered 99 year leases in the 1920’s for recreational cabins and approximately 60 cabins were constructed through the 1950’s.  The Disney Corporation wanted to develop a ski resort in the late 1960’s but was met with resistance from the cabin community and the Sierra Club.  The Mineral King area was incorporated into the National Park system in the late 1970’s, this appeared to be good for the area but it turned into a threat to the cabins. Thus, the MKPS was established in the late 1980’s.  In 2003, Mineral King was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Mineral King Road Cultural Landscape District.  The MKPS now works with the NPS to manage this historic district.  The Mineral King community is unique because most of the cabins are still owned and occupied by descendants of the original builders.  I have been going to Mineral King since 1976. My adult sons are fourth generation Mineral Kingers on their mother’s side.  The road to Mineral King is not for the light-hearted.  It is a lane and a half wide at best, and climbs 6600 feet in elevation in 25 miles, has over 600 turns, and dead ends in the Mineral King valley.