MEET ADAM ROHRBAUGH
Iowa native Adam Rohrbaugh established his roots in design and construction by helping his grandfather craft custom furniture and leatherworks in his basement workshop. While learning about Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in the fifth grade, Adam began his journey toward an architectural career. Years of architectural and technical drafting in high school led to him to earn a bachelor of architecture degree from Iowa State University.
During his college years, Adam worked several jobs that supported him and broadened his knowledge of the architectural and construction professions. His experiences included several years of work under the university’s architect, coordinating campus-wide roofing and other miscellaneous restoration projects; work for a general contractor and concrete restoration company as well as a company specializing in custom prefab concrete skirting panels for manufactured homes; and several years as an employee at local hardware stores.
Shortly after graduation, Adam relocated to Newport Beach, Calif., where he was hired by Nestor + Gaffney Architecture (NGA). During his tenure at NGA, Adam gained valuable knowledge into the traditional architectural practice by working for a very small firm doing large-scale projects. NGA’s work included multiple high-density multi-family and mixed-use infill projects, historic restoration projects, tilt-up industrial and other office buildings, theater and restaurant projects, and a variety of tenant improvements.
After four years at NGA, Adam left to focus on working as a construction and architectural consultant, specializing in forensic consulting that often includes serving as an expert witness for construction-related disputes. In 2010, he founded A7 Group, a diversified and rapidly growing consulting firm that offers a variety of services including architectural design, quality control and assurance, waterproofing consulting, construction management, and forensic consulting.
Adam has been involved with over 500 projects relating to traditional architectural work, remediation and reconstruction, forensic investigation, construction claims, and lawsuits. Because of his diversified knowledge in architecture and construction, he gives clients the unique benefit of having a professional leader that not only has the ability to design “trendy” new buildings and spaces; but also understands how the “details” translate to the actual construction assemblies. Because of the potential risk for water intrusion, this knowledge becomes extremely important when it involves new building design or repairs to the building envelope.