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Stan-Lee Kaderbek joins Collins Engineers, Inc. Brian Miller, P.E., S.E. joins Tim Haahs Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. hires BIM program manager John Offield Walter P Moore honors Mark E. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., with Horvilleur Award Charles Thornton received the 2008 Turner Prize Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. promotes Carol Post, P.E., S.E., LEED AP; Thomas Poulos, P.E., M.L.S.E., S.E., S.E.C.B.; Garret Browne, S.E.; and David Wiehing, P.E., S.E., LEED AP Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc., promotes Rene Vignos, P.E., S.E.; Allen Nudel, P.E., S.E.; and Irene Lauren, CPSM
Structural Engineer Staff
  • Stan-Lee Kaderbek joins Collins Engineers, Inc.
  • Brian Miller, P.E., S.E. joins Tim Haahs
  • Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. hires BIM program manager John Offield
  • Walter P Moore honors Mark E. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., with Horvilleur Award
  • Charles Thornton received the 2008 Turner Prize
  • Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. promotes Carol Post, P.E., S.E., LEED AP; Thomas Poulos, P.E., M.L.S.E., S.E., S.E.C.B.; Garret Browne, S.E.; and David Wiehing, P.E., S.E., LEED AP
  • Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc., promotes Rene Vignos, P.E., S.E.; Allen Nudel, P.E., S.E.; and Irene Lauren, CPSM


The full press-releases are below.

Stan-Lee Kaderbek joins Collins Engineers, Inc.

Stan-Lee Kaderbek has joined Collins Engineers, Inc. www.collinsengr.com as senior vice president. Kaderbek will oversee the development of the highway, rail, and transit bridge practice for the company’s 13 offices. Collins is a Chicago-based firm and pioneer in the field of underwater engineering, providing structural analysis and design services in transportation, water resources, marine, construction, and bridge engineering.

"Stan Kaderbek is an exceptional engineer with tremendous bridge design and construction expertise who has a real passion for his projects," said Tom Collins, president of Collins. "He brings to the job a great track record of leading large projects and delivering outstanding results."

Collins added that the firm has grown by more than 50 percent over the last two year years, and will continue to expand its national work. Recent projects include construction management for the $810 million reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange (I-94/I 794/I-43) in Milwaukee for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and roadway and bridge design for the widening of SC 802, which includes the design of a new high-level bridge more than 4,000 feet long crossing the Intracoastal Waterway, for Beaufort County, S.C.

"Collins Engineers understands the need to have a national strategy regarding our aging infrastructure," said Kaderbek. "In light of recent developments, including the tragic Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007, Collins continues its commitment to elevate the engineering standards for bridge safety and preparedness across the United States."

Kaderbek brings more than 30 years of experience in bridge and transportation engineering. Most recently, he served as a project executive at Walsh Construction Company that included leading the St. Louis Bay Bridge Reconstruction. Previously, he served as the First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Bridge Engineer for the City of Chicago.

Kaderbek is a Fellow at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association.


Brian Miller, P.E., S.E., joins Tim Haahs

TimHaahs www.timhaahs.com announced that Brian Miller has joined the firm’s Atlanta office as a senior project manager. Miller brings ten years of experience preparing functional and structural plans and specifications for both public and private clients in the industry.

Prior to joining TimHaahs, Miller has served as a project manager in a multi-disciplined design firm and managed projects ranging from parking structure design and parking consultation, to bridge design. He has experience managing and coordinating the design and construction efforts for both cast-in-place and precast parking structures. He has also performed feasibility studies, shared-use analyses, and supply and demand studies for numerous parking projects.

Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. hires BIM program manager John Offield

Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR) www.ssr-inc.com, an engineering design and facility consulting firm, has hired John Offield as a building information modeling (BIM) program manager in the firm’s Southwest division. Offield will provide services to all of SSR’s Southwest offices including Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, and Houston.

Offield brings to this new position expertise in Revit/BIM building design software, 3D modeling, and management of building data. His responsibilities will include research, development, implementation, and training of the overall BIM process as it relates to the firm’s projects. Prior to joining SSR, Offield worked as a BIM specialist manager and IT director for a Nashville-based architectural firm. SSR has completed over two-million square feet of projects using BIM.


Walter P Moore honors Mark E. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., with Horvilleur Award

Walter P Moore www.walterpmoore.com announces that Mark E. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the firm’s "Javier F. Horvilleur Outstanding Young Engineer Award."

Named in honor and memory of Javier F. Horvilleur, P.E., a Walter P Moore senior principal who died unexpectedly in September 2002, this award is presented annually to one young structural engineer at Walter P Moore to recognize design excellence, outstanding client service, and business acumen.

Williams is an associate and project manager in the Structural Diagnostics Services Group in Walter P Moore’s Houston office. He was selected from nominees from throughout the firm’s 13 offices nationwide. Selection Committee chair Viral Patel cited Williams’ outstanding technical and creative contributions to several of the firm’s most significant projects. In presenting the award, Patel added, "Mark Williams exemplifies a coming generation of young leaders. Our firm’s future is in excellent hands."

A graduate of the University of Central Florida (B.S., M.S.) and the University of Florida (Ph.D.), Williams has been a key participant in many of the firm’s major projects. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Florida, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maine.


Charles Thornton received the 2008 Turner Prize

The National Building Museum presented the 2008 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology to Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., P.E., co-founder of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., the international engineering design firm and founder of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of America, on September 9th at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Henry C. Turner Prize, named after the founder of Turner Construction Company, recognizes an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exceptional leadership by an individual or team of individuals in construction technology. Since its inception in 2002, the Turner Prize has been awarded to structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson, architect I.M. Pei, engineer and builder Charles A. DeBenedittis, U.S. Green Building Council, Paul Teicholz, and, most recently, Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies. The Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 from an endowment established by Turner Construction Company.

There is a growing recognition within the building industry that there is a labor shortage in the fields of architecture, construction, and engineering. Through his inspirational work in founding the ACE Mentor Program, Thornton introduces high school students—the nation’s future workforce—to careers in the building arts and sciences. ACE and Thornton have worked to connect students with mentors in the profession and provide college scholarships.

From modest beginnings, Thornton has helped grow the ACE Mentoring Program of America into a national program with affiliate organizations in 31 states, and involvement of 45,000 students nationwide. The program’s mission is to enlighten and increase the awareness of high school students to career opportunities in architecture, construction, and engineering and related areas of the design and construction industry through mentoring; and to provide scholarship opportunities for students in an inclusive manner reflective of the diverse school population.

Jury chair Norbert W. Young, Jr., FAIA, president of McGraw-Hill Construction, said, "ACE’s partnership with industry professionals who collaborate to attract high school students to their professions sets Thornton and ACE apart in the effort to curb the anticipated industry workforce shortage."

Peter J. Davoren, president and CEO of Turner Construction Company commended the selection, saying "Thornton’s leadership of the ACE Mentor Program is providing an impressive pool of talent for the industry for years to come. Approximately 35,000 students have had an opportunity to explore the construction industry through ACE. An additional 10,000 students are participating in the 2008-2009 school year alone. This success makes Thornton very deserving of the honor as the 2008 recipient of the Turner Prize."

Throughout his career as a structural engineer, Thornton has been involved in the engineering of hospitals, arenas, high-rise buildings, airports and transportation facilities worldwide. His expertise extends to the areas of collapse and structural failure analysis. Thornton is also chairman emeritus of the Salvadori Center, a nonprofit educational organization in New York that guides thousands of young people toward careers in architecture, engineering, and construction.


Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. promotes Carol Post, P.E., S.E., LEED AP; Thomas Poulos, P.E., M.L.S.E., S.E., S.E.C.B.; Garret Browne, S.E.; and David Wiehing, P.E., S.E., LEED AP

The managing principals of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. www.ThorntonTomasetti.com have announced the following promotions in the Chicago office:

Carol Post, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, and Thomas Poulos, P.E., M.L.S.E., S.E., S.E.C.B., have been promoted from vice president/principal to senior vice president/principal. Garret Browne, S.E., and David Wiehing, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, were promoted to vice president from senior associate.

Post joined Thornton Tomasetti in 1997 and has more than 25 years of structural engineering experience. Her expertise includes structural designs and evaluations in concrete, steel, timber, masonry and aluminum. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Post implements sustainable design principles into structural designs. Post is the Chicago office’s Higher Education market Sector leader. She is currently leading work on Northwestern University’s Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics, Evanston, Ill; the University of Illinois at Chicago, Forum; The University of Chicago, Jules and Gwen Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery; and The University of Chicago Hospitals, New Hospital Pavilion.

Poulos joined Thornton Tomasetti in 1997 and has more than 20 years of structural engineering experience. He has a diverse background in all types of structures including those requiring design-build delivery. As the firm’s Aviation Sector leader, Poulos’ portfolio includes Memphis International Airport, Federal Express, Airbus A380 Hangar Facility, Memphis, Tenn.; Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, North Terminal Redevelopment, Romulus, Mich.; Indianapolis International Airport, Midfield Terminal, Indianapolis, Ind.; and O’Hare International Airport, United Airlines, Terminal 1 Curbside Addition and South Building Addition, Chicago, Ill. Additional notable experience includes the structural design of the 50-story UBS Tower, Chicago, Ill., featuring an innovative two-way cable net wall; renovations to U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Ill., home to the Chicago White Sox; and projects at the new Doha (Qatar) International Airport, including a hangar with a clear span of 725 feet.

Browne joined Thornton Tomasetti in 1994 as a senior engineer in the Chicago office. With more than 22 years of experience, Browne has worked with many types of structures, including performance theaters, commercial buildings, institutional buildings, tenant build-outs and rehabilitation projects. He has recently led the foundation design for the deep basements at both Block 37 and the Chicago Spire. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and a diploma in engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Browne has lectured and published articles on various topics of structural design. In addition to his project work, Browne is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and the Institute of Engineers of Ireland. He is also an Outside Advisor to architectural students at Illinois Institute of Technology and a guest instructor for the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Weihing began his structural engineering career in high school, working part-time as a drafter for a precast concrete company. In 1995, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minn. After four years with Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, he joined Thornton Tomasetti in June 1998 in the role of engineer, focusing on technical engineering responsibilities. A motivated and dedicated engineer, he quickly proved himself, rising to lead technical teams under the direction of project managers and principals. Today, Weihing leads major structural project teams for significant commissions. Currently he is managing a team of 10 for Bank of America Center in Charlotte, N.C., where an entire bay of the 800,000-square-foot office tower cantilevers 35 feet over an adjacent structure.


Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc., promotes Rene Vignos, P.E., S.E.; Allen Nudel, P.E., S.E.; and Irene Lauren, CPSM

Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc. www.forell.com, a San Francisco-based structural and earthquake engineering company, has announced the promotion of two engineers to principal—Rene Vignos and Allen Nudel. In addition, Irene Lauren, CPSM, the firm’s director of business development was elevated to senior associate.

Vignos, principal, is a licensed civil and structural engineer who joined Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc., as a project engineer in 1999. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in structural engineering in 1992 and obtained a master’s in structural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Vignos became an associate in 2001 and a senior associate in 2003. His structural engineering experience includes such notable projects as the recently completed and award-winning Utah State Capitol Seismic Rehabilitation in Salt Lake City, and the new San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Vignos also worked on the new UCSF/Mission Bay "Rock Hall" Biomedical Research Building, the California Maritime Academy’s new Simulation Center, and the historic Baker Hamilton Building Renovation, which is now home to Adobe, Inc. Some of his current projects include the new UC Berkeley Student Athlete High Performance Center, SFMoMA Sculpture Garden, SPUR Urban Center, and St. Joseph’s Hospital Women’s and Children’s Pavilion in Stockton, which is now under construction.

Nudel, LEED AP, principal, is a licensed civil and structural engineer who joined the staff of Forell/ Elsesser as a project engineer in 2000. He obtained his bachelor’s in architectural engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1994 and a master’s in structural engineering from UC Berkeley in 1995. Allen became an associate in 2004 and a senior associate in 2007. His structural engineering experience includes such notable projects as the recently completed Portola Valley Town Center (seeking LEED Platinum), the new Woodside Priory School Performing Arts Center with its green, living grass-roof, and the new Morgan Hill Indoor Recreation Center. Nudel also worked on the new award-winning Olympic City Club in San Francisco and new Cupertino Civic Center. Several of his current projects include the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life in Palo Alto, California State University, East Bay’s new Administration Building, City College of San Francisco’s new Chinatown/North Beach Campus and the Napa Valley Community College’s new Performing Arts Building.

Lauren, CPSM, senior associate, joined Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc. as director of business development in 2000. She became an Associate in 2001 and earned her degree as a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) with SMPS, the Society for Marketing Professional Services in 2003. She also served on the SMPS San Francisco Chapter Board from 2001-07 and was Chapter President in 2005-06. Lauren has helped the firm secure several major engineering commissions, including a few notable projects such as the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio (CAMP), UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archives, San Mateo Community College Student Services and Wellness/Aquatic Design/Build project, AOC Porterville, Madera and Mammoth Lake Courthouses, and UC Berkeley CITRIS III project, amongst others. Her efforts have also resulted in securing over 10 structural engineering awards in the past two years, project cover stories with several trade publications, and recognition of the firm in Structural Engineer Magazine as "The 4th Best Structural Engineering Firm to Work for in the Nation."

According to company President/CEO Simin Naaseh, "These individuals have become active and integral members of Forell/Elsesser Engineers and they represent the next generation of our firm’s leadership. These promotions acknowledge their increasing responsibilities within the firm, and their outstanding contributions toward providing quality project engineering and client management services."

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