Meet the Construction Team
Executive Director: Henry P. Reitwiesner, AIA / LEED AP
Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland. He is an accredited professional in Building Design and Construction through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) and is also certificated through the Green Building Certificate Program by LEED.
Henry’s background includes 24 years of experience as an architect and project manager. He began working closely with schools while he was employed with LKA Partners, a local architecture firm serving educational clients. During his time with LKA, Henry worked with Academy District 20 as the project administrator for the Air Academy High School remodel and for the construction of Academy International and Academy Endeavour.
Henry went on to serve as the director of Auxiliary Services and Construction with Falcon School District. While there he successfully managed 16 capital construction projects with $113 million budget, adding 630,000 square feet in facilities and increasing overall gross square footage of the district by 72 percent in five years. He then worked for Pikes Peak Community College as director of Construction Management and assistant director of Facilities Maintenance and Operations.
In 2011 Henry joined the Academy District 20 team as the supervisor for Construction and Environmental Services and is now taking the reins for the 2016 bond projects.
Director for Contracting and Procurement: Kris K. Garnhart
Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in construction technology from Indiana State University. His background includes 37 years of experience in facilities and construction management.
Starting his career with Fred Fletemeyer General Contractors as a field engineer then superintendent, Kris went on to work as a construction manager for Norwest Banks. He began working for School District 11 as a project manager in 1996. There he served as a project manager, maintenance manager and finally as the director for facilities.
Kris currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Association of School Business Officials and the Colorado School Plant Managers Association.
Accountant / Budget Analyst: Brian J. Cortez, CPA
Brian, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and a master’s degree in accounting from Texas Tech University.
Working in Big 4, Fortune 500 and local accounting firms, Brian brings more than 13 years of accounting and finance experience to Academy District 20. Most recently he served as a tax manager at Stockman, Kast & Ryan, Co. There he worked with, and advised, businesses large and small. He assisted with tax returns for all entity types and of various levels of complexity and reviewed client financial statements and audit, review and compilation reports.
Brian also has experience working with real estate development. Working for Hines Co., in Houston he prepared tax provision calculations for various state and international jurisdictions for the Core Fund, Hines REIT and Hines Global REIT. He also assisted with the due diligence process for acquisitions of properties in various state and international jurisdictions.
Brian is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the
Colorado and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.