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THE COVER Top Stories of 2022 - Art by Maisie Johnson

CHANNELS RISING STARS 8 2022 Rising Stars in the AEC Industry 9 2022 Rising Stars in Multidisciplinary Engineering 14 2022 Rising Stars in Structural Engineering 15 2022 Rising Stars in Civil Engineering 17 2022 Rising Stars in Full Service Engineering 18 2022 Rising Stars in Architecture ENVIRONMENTAL + SUSTAINABILITY 20 Taking Sustainability to New Heights 21 Adaptive City Planning Tackles the Uncertainty of Sea Level Rise STRUCTURES + BUILDINGS 23 Precasteel Makes Maiden Voyage at LaGuardia Airport 26 A Stadium Fit for Super Bowls: Engineering SoFi Stadium TRANSPORTATION + INFRASTRUCTURE 28 Paradigm-Shifting Infrastructure in Cairo 29 Breaking New Ground On Equity 31 L.A. Metro’s Purple Line Extension Project Will Reshape Daily Commute for Los Angeles WATER + STORMWATER 35 Pumped Storage Hydropower Acts As a “Water Battery” That Can Sustainably Power Our Communities 38 From a World’s Fair to a Local Neighborhood: The Transformation of Treasure Island BUSINESS NEWS 40 Building a Bridge Between Past and Future SOFTWARE + TECH 41 Digitizing Non-Profit Construction Projects Leads to Residential Revitalization UNPILOTED SYSTEMS 43 Midnight in Sweden: Casale Wins the 2022 Engineering Drone Video of the Year Competition SURVEYING 45 It Takes a Village


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Columns FROM THE EDITOR 5 To Challenges Overcome Luke Carothers



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from the editor The last twelve months have been a special time for the AEC industry as a whole, and we at Civil + Structur- al Engineer Magazine have been lucky enough to cover projects from every corner of the industry, featuring projects and firms that made a difference–big or small. Our last twelve issues have been filled with examples of achievement from around the globe. Whether its a water infrastructure project that provides clean water to a village of 30 people in Romania or a massive lifting project in Times Square, our aim has and always will be to provide information about projects and thought leadership that are elevating the AEC industry. This banner year for the AEC industry was nearly universal as we covered projects in Romania, Saudi Ara- bia, Latvia, Egypt, Canada, France, and the United States to name a few. This is indicative of the global AEC industry’s constant movement to reexamine the way we interact with, plan, and construct the built environment. New tools and technologies are being developed and deployed at a rapid pace with the larger effect of revolutionizing the way the AEC industry works. The digital revolution is nothing new, but the reverberating effects of its adoption and settling are beginning to fuel this revolution. These new technologies and capabilities have made many aspects of the AEC industry more collabora- tive and has given rise to the necessity of collecting and interpreting data. In turn, this has fundamentally changed the way firms, project managers, owners, and stakeholders interact and think about the challenges that lie in front of the AEC industry. This paradigm shift has led to a more outward-facing understanding of how projects are constructed. As more and more processes become digital and new technologies emerge to further augment the way we construct the built environment, firms can no longer exist as silos of data and information. Rather, to support this new way of planning, constructing, and maintaining projects, firms have had to open themselves up to the outside from a digital perspective. While this paradigm shift certainly changes the way firms handle data and information about projects, it also changes the way they identify themselves and structure their business. Firms that previously wouldn’t take a risk on a new or challenging project now find themselves capable of overcoming specific obstacles because they are better equipped to identify, model, and communicate specific issues both internally and with other project stakeholders. Whether its using drones to provide geotechnical analysis at fractional cost or using more sophisticated BIM models to predict how wind will affect a high-rise construction in New York City, firms are becoming more confident in their ability to effectively use new technologies as part of their plan - ning and growth practices. As the AEC enters another new year, we do so on solid foundations secured by the trials and tribulations of the previous. With newly developing tools and a growing foundation of interconnectedness, the AEC industry is imbued with the confidence to tackle the challenges not only of the coming year, but of all the challenges even our youngest children will face. At Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine , we are excited to celebrate the coming year as the AEC industry rises to meet and overcomes the challenges of all those who depend upon the built environment.

To Challenges Overcome

Luke Carothers

LUKE CAROTHERS is the Editor for Civil + Structural Engineer Media. If you want us to cover your project or want to feature your own article, he can be reached at lcarothers@zweiggroup.com.


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events + virtual Events

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at the ElevateHER Symposium in Dallas on February 15, 2023. The 2023 ElevateHer Symposium will include presentation overviews of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 ElevateHer™ cohort’s research findings, team projects, powerful panel discussions, and DEI focused keynote presentations from industry leading change agents. The symposium is intended for anyone interested in solving the AEC industry’s top challenge: recruitment and retention. We hope to see you there! https://zweiggroup.com/pages/elevateher-symposium NATE UNITE is the place to interact with key decision-makers in the broadcast and telecommunications tower erection, service and maintenance industry. Displays ranging from service providers to manufacturers of industry-related products highlight the exposition. Don’t miss out! Your company will gain tremendous exposure by attending and participating in NATE UNITE 2023. https://natehome.com/nate-unite-conference/nate-unite-2023/ NATE UNITE Conference February 20-23 – Orlando, Fl

6th International Conference on Grouting & Deep Mixing January 18 – New Orleans, LA Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and International Conference Organization for Grouting (ICOG) with support from Geo-Institute’s Grouting Committee are presenting the 6th International Conference on Grouting and Deep Mixing, January 2023, at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana. Be updated on the latest grouting practices, network with industry professionals, view the latest technology and services in the Exhibit Hall … all while enjoying the excitement and diversity of the Big Easy! https://www.dfi.org/grout2022 This year we are honoured that Dr Bola Olabisi will be giving the key note lecture. Bola Olabisi is founder of GWIIN, a UK based organisation set up in 1998 mainly to research, develop & encourage the growth and emergence of women entrepreneurship amongst inventors and innovators. We will also be joined by the winner of the Karen Burt Memorial Award and WES Historian Anne Locker. https://www.wes.org.uk/events/caroline-haslett-lecture-2022 Caroline Haslett Lecture January 18 – London Embracing themes of connection, collaboration, and creation, Infotech e-Merge represents the virtual convergence of our industry’s best thinkers and doers. If you use one of our solutions, this conference is for you. If you don’t, guess what? It’s for you, too. It’s for everybody! But if you’re interested in learning about the future of the industry and ways to gain efficiency, it’s definitely for you. https://www.infotechinc.com February 2023 Geo Week is the premier event for increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies, bringing together former stand-alone events AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, and powerful partnership events including ASPRS Annual Conference, MAPPS Annual Conference and USIBD Annual Symposium. Geo Week is at the forefront of this integration, providing education, technology, and networking for professionals to help businesses to digitize their workflows and break down silos between disciplines. https://www.geo-week.com Merge Construction Technology Conference January 25 Geo Week & AEC Next February 13-15 – Denver, CO ElevateHer symposium February 15 – Dallas, TX Join Zweig Group and the newly inducted 2023 ElevateHER Cohort

The Precrast Show February 23-25 – Columbus, Oh

The Precast Show provides a platform for discovering new technologies, creating new business opportunities and sharing industry knowledge. https://precast.org/theprecastshow/ March 2023

Leadership Skills for AEC Professionals Spring March 9-10 – Austin, TX

Zweig Group’s strategy approach, previously reserved for advisory clients, is brought to the training environment for the first time ever. This course equips leaders with practical skills to identify opportunities, develop and execute strategy, and build support for initiatives within their organization. This training provides a high impact learning experience that is designed to help emerging and current leaders master the one area that is so often neglected in modern leadership training: developing and executing strategy to solve complex problems. https://zweiggroup.com/products/leadership-skills-for-aec- professionals-spring-2024 Artificial Intelligence in Architecture, Engineering and Construction March 22-23 We are facing the new era in AEC industry. AI has arrived in the arena, and it is now present from design to construction and usage phases. Building information modelling, smart buildings and creation of smart cities have exponentially added to the amount of the existing data. Whereas visual programming has made data-driven design more reachable, and the immersive technologies have enhanced the visual management of the data. To succeed in the digital landscape, we should further develop our AI capabilities and match them with the customer values and business opportunities. To make a breakthrough with AI in AEC, we need open-minded and future-orientated business leaders beside the AI-orientated engineers and researchers, as well as companies



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and universities working together in an international context. This conference will offer in-depth review of current status and future impact of AI in AEC industry. It is about sharing, sparring and networking. It is a place, where the global AI in AEC community meets and pushes together the industry to take the next step in AI deployment. It is time to move from building the foundation towards creating the value from

progress. We’re proud to welcome technologists, users, policymakers, and strategists from over 20 industries and 60 countries. No matter where you fly in from, XPONENTIAL will help you stay competitive and take advantage of immediate opportunities. https://www.xponential.org/xponential2023/Public/Enter.aspx

data and AI. See you in future! #AIAEC2023 https://www.ril.fi/en/events/ai-in-aec-2023.html

Digital Construction Week May 17-28 – London

Join thousands of the brightest minds in digital construction to learn, innovate and connect in-person. On 17-18 May 2023 at ExCeL London, DCW will put the spotlight on the tech and tools solving the built environment’s most pressing challenges. See hundreds of expert speakers and inspiring brands all in one place. Register your interest today and be the first to hear about next year’s show. https://www.digitalconstructionweek.com/ As we unlock the potential of geospatial information, it’s more important than ever to connect and collaborate to drive the profession forward. GEO Business 2022 hosted 120 global brands and cutting-edge start- ups showcasing the newest tech, tools and solutions for geospatial. Plus, a CPD accredited education programme with 200 sessions offered everything you need to get up to date with the latest developments. GEO Business is back at ExCeL London on 17-18 May 2023. Register your interest to be the first to know when free registration opens. https://www.geobusinessshow.com/ GEO Business May 17-28 – London

Digital Twins 2023 March 23

A digital bridge over three continents: designing and building scalable, interoperable and reusable digital twins for sustainable cities and resilient infrastructure. https://www.digitaltwins2023.com/ April 2023 The CSO Roundtable Retreat is a unique opportunity for AEC firm leaders to engage and interact with industry peers to discuss current issues facing firms today, explore industry trends and next practices, and confront the biggest challenges they face leading their firms. Come prepared to discuss your biggest challenges and successes during this highly interactive session. With you in control of the subject matter, roundtable discussions strike at the heart of what you need to effect change in your organization. https://zweiggroup.com/products/chief-strategy-officer-roundtable Chief Strategy Officer Roundtable April 6-7 – Bentonville, AR Reserve your seat at the table as Zweig Group’s M&A thought leaders share insights and provide deep learning through an interactive experience focused on current and “next” practices in the world of M&A. This highly interactive event is designed to provide M&A education and practical application through interactive roundtable discussions, thought leadership from expert panelists, and focused networking to connect leaders from across the country. You will end the day better informed about the opportunities for M&A as a growth strategy. https://zweiggroup.com/products/m-a-next-symposium-2023 May 2023 XPONENTIAL is a yearly gathering of global leaders and end users in the uncrewed systems and robotics industry. Founded on the belief that cross-pollination drives innovation, it features opportunities to connect and problem-solve with experts across markets and domains. At XPONENTIAL, more than 8,500 of the world’s top experts in autonomous technology come together to change the course of human M&A next Symposium April 27-28 – Savannah, GA Xponential May 8-11 – Denver, CO


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AEC Industry

It's awards season– the time of the year we start honoring and cel- ebrating some of the amazing accomplishments of people and firms in the AEC Industry. There is no better way to start than by recognizing those young professionals who have already made an impact through exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, or public service. The 2022 Rising Stars in the AEC Industry have benefited the design profession, their employers, project owners, and society. Our winners this year hold a diverse skill set and technical capabilities and have done outstanding work in their communities. They are already leaders and mentors in their firms, bringing new ideas, practices, and impacts beyond their technical capabilities. They come from all over North America and beyond–from Guam to New York, from Houston to Chi - cago. This year we have everyone from Presidents and Principals of firms to EIT Civil Engineers. This shows that no matter where you are in a company, you can be a Rising Star in this industry. I also want to take the time to acknowledge all of the people who nomi - nated all of our winners and those who did not win this year. Recogni - tion of a young professional's accomplishments, skill, leadership, etc. can go a long way in that young professional’s career. The knowledge that there is someone out there who recognizes what they are doing and takes the time to nominate them for an award like this is very important. I would encourage everyone to try to think of that young professional in your firm that deserves this type of credit. Letting the next generation of leaders know that their work is getting noticed is not only good for their career but can be very helpful for the long term success of your firm.

Through our awards program, we also recognize revenue growth with our Hot Firm List. We recognize outstanding marketing through our Marketing Excellence Awards. We recognize those who are showing courageous leadership with our highest professional honor, The Jerry Allen Courage In Leadership Award. We honor those new firms who are already making an impact with our Top New Venture Award. And we honor those firms impacting their employee’s live by creating great workplaces with our Best Firms To Work For award. Zweig Group’s Awards are at the center of one of the five tenets of our vision, Elevate the Industry; that tenant is “Celebrate.” There is so much good that this industry brings to the built environment and to the lives of the people who work in it. We want to celebrate the firms, people, and accomplishments of the AEC Industry. These awards give the winning firms and people the recognition that they deserve in an industry that is often overlooked by society. The winners of our awards truly do help to elevate the industry as a whole. Celebrate your success, celebrate your accomplishments, celebrate your employees, and help Zweig Group Elevate the Industry.

KYLE AHERN is the Awards Manager at Zweig Group. He can be reached at kahern@zweiggroup.com.



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Rising Stars in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Water Resources Project Manager Thomas & Hutton Mt. Pleasant, SC

Hillary Aton started her career at Thomas & Hutton in 2015 as a Water Resources Designer and quickly advanced to a Project Engineer within two years and Proj - ect Manager by 2020. Aton oversees various civil and water-resources related projects, from initiation through design and construction, serving multiple clients , including many local government agencies. Aton’s success is driven by a posi - tive attitude and a sense of pride and responsibility, which has allowed her to grow and step into the role of master communicator, presenting project updates to stakeholders at neighborhood meetings, local government councils, HOAs, and private developers with ease. Accomplishments/Projects: Drainage Improvement Studies - Forest Acres (City of Charleston), Phase 3 Drainage (City of Isle of Palms), Old Village (Town of Mount Pleasant), and Arbor Oaks (Town of Summerville), SCE&G Williams Station Spill Prevention (Berkeley County), Volvo Manufacturing Plant (Berkeley County) Education: MS in Civil Engineering, Clemson University, BS in Civil and Envi - ronmental Engineering, The Citadel Professional/Public Service: Berkeley County Habitat for Humanity, American Society of Civil Engineers, Member, Environmental Water Resources Institute, Member, American Public Works Association, Lowcountry Branch Secretary, Na - tional Association of Women in Construction, Palmetto Chapter, Founding Member

Hillary Aton, PE

Market Director–Transportation and Water Ulteig Fargo, ND

Aaron Lauinger’s 16-year history serving Midwest and Western clients covers multiple civil engineering disciplines. He has transformed Ulteig’s transportation and water sectors, serving as market director since 2017. His strategic leadership resulted in new markets in Colorado and Texas, resulting in a 90 percent growth rate and service offering expansions through new traffic, environmental, and bridge teams. Aaron created the “Energy and Infrastructure” podcast and published thought leadership on electric vehicle impacts to the AEC industry. Aaron has a passion for teaching, mentorship, coaching, and advocating for diversity and women in engineering. Accomplishments/Projects: Williston Basin International Airport (XWA), Project Executive Education: BS in Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University Professional/Public Service: American Council of Engineering Companies, North Dakota, CEO/Key Transportation Principal Committee, ACEC National, Energy and Water, Engineering Change Labs, Planning Committee, AWWA Member

Aaron Lauinger


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Rising Stars in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Civil Engineer EnTech Engineering, PC New York, NY

Rima Abisaad began her career at EnTech Engineering by providing design de- vices for the firm’s civil engineering team, but her passion for continuous learning and research soon distinguished her as a leader in the field. Abisaad is driven to transportation engineering because it combines the civil and traffic engineering disciplines, which allows her to focus her work on creating sustainable designs that keep people safe and get them where they need to be. Abisaad represents a rising generation of transportation engineering professionals that is ready to take on cur- rent and future challenges such as climate change and increased use of electric and smart technologies. Accomplishments/Projects: Van Wyck Expressway Expansion, JFK Airport Ter - minal One, Civil3D Modeling, Project Lead Education: PhD in Transportation Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technol - ogy, BS in Civil Engineering, Lebanese American University, Beirut Professional/Public Service: Transportation Club of NJIT, member, NJIT Intel - ligent Transportation Society, President, NJIT Institute of Transportation Engi - neers, President

Rima Abisaad, PhD, EIT

Project Manager JQ Engineering, LLP Dallas, TX

Conner Maines has been able to rise rapidly in the Structural Engineering industry based on his demonstrated capacities for project design and management, leader- ship, and public service. An in-depth knowledge and grasp of technical issues has allowed Maines to participate in some of the more complex public sector projects undertaken by his firm. In just under three years with JQ Engineering, Maines has held management duties on many complex projects in both design and construction administration phases. Throughout his career, Maines has also been passionate about the positive impact our profession has on society, working with students at his hometown high school. Accomplishments/Projects: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport/Terminal D Expansion, Construction Administration Manager. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility, Project Manager and Structural Engineer of Record. Public Safety Building/Weatherford TX, Project Manager and Structural Engineer of Record Education: BS in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, ME in Civil Engi - neering, Texas A&M University Professional/Public Service: American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Committee on Manuals, Voting Member, Structural Engineers Association of Tex - as (SEAoT), Member, JQ Community Outreach, Co-Founder of the Waxahachie Dulin Memorial Scholarship

Conner R. Maines, PE, NSSA AP



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Rising Stars in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Managing Partner Universal Engineering Services Las Vegas, NV

James Bristow is a professional engineer actively involved in improving his com - munity socially, economically, and environmentally. An experienced leader who manages significant projects and teams, Bristow currently serves as a Manag - ing Partner at Universal Engineering Services (UES). As a part of the fastest growing architecture, engineering and construction firm in North America, James Bristow has proven himself to be a critical leader. Additionally, he has demon - strated a passion for fostering rich opportunities for career path development among young engineering professionals by participating in multiple industry and professional boards. Accomplishments/Projects: Las Vegas Convention Center, Phase II Expansion, UnCommons Development Project, Las Vegas, Project Neon Highway Education: BA in Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, MS in Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Professional/Public Service: Green Our Planet, Board of Directors, American Concrete Institute (ACI), Examiner, Nevada Contractors Association, Voting Member, NAIOP, Government Affairs Committee

James Bristow, PE

Group Leader/Project Manager Thomas & Hutton Mt. Pleasant, SC

John Winters joined Thomas & Hutton in 2015 and has 16 years of experience in recreational, golf course, resort, traditional neighborhood, mixed-used, commer - cial, retail and industrial planning and design. Winters has a penchant for not only understanding the tasks at hand, but also seeing them through to completion. He is notably adept at guiding his team through the client’s needs and challenges to create a mutual understanding of the project’s objective for the end-user. At the heart of Winters' work at Thomas & Hutton is a desire to create timeless spaces for people by balancing community, culture, and nature. Accomplishments/Projects: Daniel Island Waterfront Park, Landscape Archi - tecture Project Manager, Shem Creek Phase 3 Improvements, Landscape Archi - tecture Project Manager Battery Park Pedestrian Bridge, Landscape Architecture Project Manager Education: BS in Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University, European Institute of Golf Course Architecture Professional/Public Service: Leadership Charleston, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Member

John Winters, PLA


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Rising Stars in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Site Development Department Manager Croy Marietta, GA

Scott McNally has repeatedly shown a capacity for leadership and responsibility, and was named head of Croy’s Site Development department in 2021. In his first year in this role, McNally set records for both utilization and departmental profit. In this role, McNally leads a team of seven individuals who are both younger and older than him. McNally also demonstrates his leadership qualities through men - torship by diligently tracking key metrics, strategic planning and workload sharing, commitment to quality, and a positive team attitude. Accomplishments/Projects: Greystone Power Headquarters Campus, Lead De - sign–layout, grading, and detention pond design, Kennesaw Depot Part, Project Engineer, Powder Springs Downtown Greenspace, Project Engineer Education: BS in Civil Engineering, Georgia Southern University Professional/Public Service: ACEC Georgia, Future Leaders Program, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Next Generation Mentoring Program, Leadership Pauld - ing, Participant

Scott McNally, PE

Director of Civil Engineering Ulteig Greenwood Village, CO

Andria (Andi) Schmid was promoted to Director of Civil Engineering for Ulteig Engineers, Inc. in late 2020, overseeing eight engineering teams that comprised 110 employees. Since taking this position, Schmid has grown into one of the stron - gest leaders in the rapidly growing firm, consistently demonstrating her ability to build organizational cohesion, competence, and resilience. In this time, she has increased net service revenue 32 percent year over year, successfully hiring more than 20 new employees. Schmid also established and leads a women’s Employee Support Group (ESG) to provide support to this critical, under-represented group of employees. Accomplishments/Projects: CDOT Region 1 Fall River Road Project, Project Manager, I-70 EB Peak Period Shoulder Lane Project, CDOT Project Manager Education: BS in Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines Professional/Public Service: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Colorado, Member, Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado, Member

Andria Schmid, PE



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Rising Stars in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Senior Project Manage The VERTEX Companies, Inc. Freehold, NJ

Victoria “Tori” Spina has quickly risen through the career development stages at VERTEX, demonstrating the professional drive and work ethic that is consistent with the company’s highest level of project management practices. She currently managers multiple staff members in New Jersey and Maryland in a way that em - bodies VERTEX’s core value of caring for your team. Tori Spina consistently demonstrates a sense of urgency, is always willing to take on new challenges, and develops high quality deliverables. Education: BS in Earth and Environmental Science, Lehigh University, MS in Management and Organization, University of Colorado (Sp. 2024) Professional/Public Service: Society of Environmental Insurance Professionals, Young Professionals, Development

Victoria Spina

Senior Engineer Arup New York, NY

Adam Jaffe has worked on over 100 projects in his six year career with Arup. These projects have covered topics as diverse as the durability of precast tunnel segments, automated crash test simulation post-processing, embodied carbon and circular economy, the design of a refrigerator with no power source, and more. Because Jaffe has unique skills and sits in a small team, he has often worked as the project manager or technical lead on these projects. Jaffe is also the man - ager of Arup’s Material Skills Network in the Americas. In this role he supports learning, skill development, and knowledge-sharing in the materials discipline as well as working cross-regionally to adopt best practices and allocate funding for priority research topics. Accomplishments/Projects: Million Cool Roofs Challenge, Project Manager and Technical Lead, Engineers Without Borders, Chill Challenge, Project Manager and Technical Lead Education: BS in Materials Science and Engineering, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science Professional/Public Service: Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining, Member

Adam Jaffe, MIMMM


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Rising Stars in Structural Engineering

Principal, Project Manager Walter P Moore Houston, TX

Erin Kueht joined the AEC industry in 2007 and has spent her entire career with Walter P Moore. Kueht manages a variety of complex structural projects, lever - aging her expertise in structural engineering analysis, design, and management in a variety of market sectors. Kueht was named a Principal of Walter P Moore in 2017 and serves as the co-leader for the firm’s Project Management Committee. She has demonstrated an outstanding ability to profitably manage her projects through a focus on alignment of scope and fee, along with strong risk manage- ment skills with a particular emphasis on managing risk through responsiveness and attention to quality. Accomplishments/Projects: Churchill Downs, Project Manager, Houston Bo - tanic Garden, Project Manager, Stephen F. Austin Basketball Practice Facility, Project Manager Education: BS in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, MS in Civil Engi - neering, Texas A&M University Professional/Public Service: Architecture Construction and Engineering(ACE) Mentoring Program, Founding Member, Executive Board, Passion Behind Design

Erin Kueht, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Associate Principal ZFA Structural Engineers San Francisco, CA

Angie Sommer started her career as a drafter for a structural engineering firm during her final year of college before graduating and working as an engineer on large, custom residential homes. Sommer joined ZFA Structural Engineers in 2011, advancing to the role of Senior Engineer six months later. By 2019, Sommer rose to Associate Principal and had joined the ZFA ownership group as a shareholder. Sommer has worked both internally and externally to further the causes of gender equity, diversity, and engagement in the structural engineering profession. Accomplishments/Projects: SE3 Committee, Primary Author for 2016 SE3 Sur - vey Report and 2016 SE3 Pay Report, 12+ Presentations Nationwide to Profes - sional Organizations and Conferences Education: BS in Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnic State Univer - sity, San Luis Obispo Professional/Public Service: Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), SE3 Committee, DEI Endowment Committee; National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), SE3 Committee, Racial Equity Task Group; Commercial Real Estate Women San Francisco (CREW SF), Communications Committee, Finance Committee, Chief Financial Officer

Angie Sommer, PE, SE



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Rising Stars in Structural Engineering

Senior Structural Engineer BASE Tamuning, Guam

Yuriy Mikhaylov joined BASE as a structural designer in 2010. Before this, Mikhaylov was a research assistant at the University of Hawaii studying the per - formance of multi-story reinforced concrete buildings in various seismic zones and under tsunami loads. His first major project was the Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC), which is a state-of-the-art hospital designed for extreme seismic and typhoon loadings to meet essential facility post-disaster requirements. Accomplishments/Projects: Guam Regional Medical City, Lead Structural De - signer, Tsubaki Tower, Lead Structural Designer, Aircraft Maintenance Hangars P-109 and P-601, Lead Structural Engineer, Special Inspector, Special Inspector of Record, Holds ICC Master of Special Inspection certification Education: BS in Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, MS in Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professional/Public Service: Guam Symphony Society, First Violin

Yuriy Mikhaylov, SE

Rising Stars in Civil Engineering

Project Manager Wallace Montgomery, LLP Richmond, VA

Julia Simo has ten years of experience in structural engineering, project manage - ment, and program management. Prior to joining Wallace Montgomery, Julia worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation as a Structural Engineer in the Structure and Bridge Division and a Senior Construction Engineer in the Construction Division. Since joining Wallace Montgomery in June 2020, Julia has stepped into a leadership role on many transportation design projects. To deliver the designs for her current projects as efficiently as possible, Julia has managed the development of 3D models, which has improved efficiency, avoided delays during construction, and saved tens of thousands of dollars. Accomplishments/Projects: Route 50/Route 606 Intersection Improvements, Project Manager, Albemarle Intersection Improvements Bundling Design-Build, Deputy Design Manager, Chatham Bridge, VDOT Lead Designer Education: BS in Civil Engineering, Old Dominion University; MS in Structural Engineering, George Washington University; MBA (Data Analytics), University of Richmond Professional/Public Service: Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington DC Chapter, Presenter; American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston Branch, Presenter; American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Virginia Beach, Emerging Leaders Program; Women’s Transportation Seminar, Central Vir - ginia Chapter, Treasurer

Julia Simo, PE


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Rising Stars in Civil Engineering

Associate Vice President Baxter & Woodman, Inc. Chicago, IL

During his time at Baxter & Woodman, Matt Moffitt has furthered the firm both internally and externally during his time at Baxter & Woodman. He was promoted to Water Resources Department Manager in 2013, growing the department from a staff of five to 45 through four new departments. Moffitt also fosters growth through mentorship; he has developed both department and project managers. He has secured five new clients, three of which have annual billings in excess of $1 million. Moffitt is also a co-founder of BWNR, a Natural Resources Maintenance and Construction subsidiary company. Accomplishments/Projects: Village of Wilmette Neighborhood Storage Project, Co-Program Manager, Village of Glenview Stormwater Management Program, Stormwater Engineer and Program Manager, City of Lake Forest Stormwater En- gineer, Project Manager Education: BA in Physics, Western Illinois University, BS in Civil and Environmen- tal, Engineering, UUIC, Graduate Certificate in Water Resources Engineering, UUIC Professional/Public Service: American Public Works Association, Suburban Branch, Chicago Metro Chapter, Vice President, American Society of Civil Engi - neer, Environmental and Water Resource Institute, Past-Chair

Matt Moffitt, PE, CFM, CPESC

President Civil Tec Engineering & Surveying Suffern, NY

Rachel Barese is a talented and competent civil engineer in the land development field. What makes Rachel unique is a combination of excellent engineering and business management skills. As President and a founding member of Civil Tec, Rachel has exhibited her leadership skills in guiding the growth of a thriving engineering business. Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Rachel has persisted in leading her company, continuing the business uninterrupted, and continuing its growth without detriment to the quality of work. Education: BSCE in Civil Engineering, Bucknell University Professional/Public Service: New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Rockland County Chapter, Young Engineer of the Year (2014-15), Vice President, Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo, Planning Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers, Member

Rachel Barese, PE



January 2023

Rising Stars in Full Service Engineering

Architectural Project Manager, Senior Associate Galloway & Company, Inc. Greenwood Village, CO

Blake Olson demonstrates a quiet yet decisive leadership style that has earned him the respect and appreciation of all who know him. His ability to effectively navigate challenging circumstances, evaluate multiple perspectives, and develop strategies for success has defined Olson as a leader for his team and company. Olson not only excels in management, leadership, and mentorship, but also in his commitment to being an instrument of change. Under his leadership, Olson has greatly elevated Galloway’s strategic planning efforts around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by setting clear objectives, building a team to support these objec - tives, and shepherding actionable items until accomplished. Accomplishments/Projects: Vasa Fitness National Rollout Program, Future Leg - ends Sport Complex, Ko-Kwel Rehabilitation Center Education: BS in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder, MS in Architecture, University of Colorado Denver Professional/Public Service: National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA), Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado Chapter, Mem - ber, AIA Colorado Justice Equity Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) committee, Member

Blake Olson, AIA, NCARB, NOMA

Vice President of Design and Engineering Volumetric Building Companies Philadelphia, PA

Sara Ann Logan has propelled a team from a few employees primarily working on single-family houses into a first in class integrated full service architecture, interiors, and production engineering multidisciplinary company with over forty talented designers, engineers, modelers, and project managers. As the VP of Design and Engineering, Logan has led her office to become the premier innovative design firm for modular construction while managing to keep focused on the company’s original values. One of her most valuable skills is her ability to craft buildings from a form and function perspective while simultaneously understanding the im- plications from a manufacturing and construction perspective. Accomplishments/Projects: 2021 Women Who Inspire, ArchNative, 2018 & 2019 Best Architecture Firm, Cambridge Scout Magazine Education: BA in Architecture Arts, Rice University, B.Arch in Architecture, Rice University Professional/Public Service: National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Licensed in 13 states, Member, IIDA, Member



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Rising Stars in Full Service Engineering

Structural Department Manager R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc. Westlake, OH

Ryan J. O’Hearn is the Structural Department Manager and a shareholder at R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc (REW). O’Hearn is responsible for managing and super - vising all structural engineering work and personnel. He directly supervises a team of 15 professionals that provide full-service structural engineering services for a diverse array of projects across the industrial and government sectors. In recogni - tion of his many contributions to REW, O’Hearn was nominated and elected to become a shareholder of the firm in 2016. O’Hearn has also been recognized as one of R.E. Warner’s next generation leaders, and is currently enrolled in the 2022 Management Training initiative. Accomplishments/Projects: Cargill Boat Loader Upgrade, Structural Engineer, Honda Auto Plant Weld Line Zone Innovation, Structural Engineer, Avery Denni - son Performance Tapes New Coating Line and Plant Upgrades, Structural Engineer, New Aurora Road Pump Station, Cleveland Division of Water, Structural Engineer Education: BS in Civil Engineering, Cleveland State University, MS in Structural Engineering, Cleveland State University Professional/Public Service: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Cleveland Section, Chair of Communications/Website Committee, Past President

Rising Stars in Architecture Ryan J. O’Hearn, PE

Senior Associate O’Connell Robertson San Antonio, TX

Misela Gonzales-Vandewalle is an Architect, Senior Associate, and rising leader at O’Connell Robertson where she leads talented teams of problem solvers to design buildings that enrich the lives of the people they serve. Gonzales-Vandewalle has supported the complex project development of numerous school and university buildings, creating environments that encourage innovation, foster security, and empower individuals. She approaches this work with empathy, caring personally about others, and promoting team strengths to cultivate a collaborative workplace and inspire design solutions that positively impact communities. Accomplishments/Projects: Santikos Micronauts Center, Project Architect, San Antonio College Fletcher Administration Center, Project Architect, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Architectural Designer Education: BS in Architecture, Texas Tech University, MS in Architecture, Uni - versity of Texas at San Antonio Professional/Public Service: Association for Learning Environments, South Tex - as Chapter, Board Member, North East Educational Foundation, Board Member, ElevateHer, 2022 Cohort Member, SAHCC Latina Leadership Institute Alumna

Misela Gonzales- Vandewalle, AIA



January 2023

Taking Sustainability to New Heights By Luke Carothers

As the AEC industry continues to prepare for and respond to the ef- fects of climate change, many firms are turning to alternative building materials that will be a catalyst for building a decarbonized future. One of the firms pushing this view of the near future is DIALOG. A multi-discipline design firm that incorporates architects, urban plan - ners, interior designers, and landscape architects as well as mechani- cal, structural, and electrical engineers, DIALOG has adopted the AIA 2030 Commitment to make all projects carbon neutral by 2030. As a part of this commitment, DIALOG is in part focusing on how we can achieve the ambitious goal of decarbonization while sustaining the vertical urbanization that is taking place all over the world. DIALOG has recently developed a Hybrid Timber Flooring System (HTFS) as one measure towards decarbonized vertical expansion. The HTFS is part of DIALOG’s Hybrid Timber Tower Prototype, which is intended to demonstrate that tall buildings can be a catalyst for the future. Crafted by DIALOG’s research and development team, the Hybrid Timber Tower Prototype suggests that building zero-carbon tall buildings is a viable option for the future. Seeing the immediate application of the HTFS for their client base, DIALOG chose to develop this aspect of the tower first and is currently pursu - ing a patent for the HTFS. DIALOG’s HTFS combines cross-laminated timber panels with steel and concrete. The HTFS system can also incorporate other smart building technologies such as photovoltaic, algae bioreactors, or other renewable energy solutions, which would allow a tower as tall as 105 stories to achieve carbon neutrality. The HTFS system is made with post-tensioned steel cables encased in concrete bands and embedded into cross laminated timber (CLT) panels. This system allows for a 40 foot column-free span, while standard CLT design systems currently span just three-quarters of that distance. Starting from the floor up is more than just a phrase. Typically, floor plates comprise approximately 70 percent of building materials used in high rise projects according to Craig Applegath, AIA, a founding partner at DIALOG and one of the project’s key leaders. This means that, when employed, the HTFS can drastically reduce a project’s carbon footprint. When further incorporated with renewable energy solutions, this system significantly reduces the environmental impact of tall building development in high density urban areas. Traditionally, concrete and steel are used in the construction of tall buildings due to code and safety requirements. However, because of the massive carbon footprint of these materials through the manufac- turing and installation processes, there is a drastic need to develop

alternative materials for these projects. Studies estimate that buildings in both the US and UK are responsible for up to 40 percent of annual CO2 emissions. Using sustainably harvested wood will drastically re - duce these carbon emissions, locking up carbon for decades. Planting young trees to replace those that have been harvested would continue to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Furthermore, the HTFS system helps developers and builders save money, open more of the calendar year to construction, and reduce safety and environmental risks onsite through prefabrication. Panels up to 10 feet by 40 feet are processed in a controlled environment, which means structural integrity can be tested and verified. CLT is bonded with reinforced concrete and high tensile steel, then the panels are delivered to the construction site ready to install. In the United States as in the UK, one of the biggest challenges facing the implementation of timber hybrid buildings is code enforcement. In recent years, there has been an increase in small and medium sized buildings using timber, but this has not yet been seen for large, high- rise buildings. These larger and taller buildings are limited in their use of timber due to structural, fire, and cost considerations. Once patented and approved by local authorities, the HFTS offers a potential solution to these problems. The HTFS is poised to make a significant contribution to the environ - mental goals of the AEC industry. Recently named one of Fast Com - pany’s 2021 “World Changing Ideas” in the architecture category, HTFS represents a significant building block towards the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. While the world population continues to grow, these building blocks are foundational to ensuring that we can reduce our carbon footprint while continuing to develop high density urban buildings.

LUKE CAROTHERS is the Editor for Civil + Structural Engineer Media. If you want us to cover your project or want to feature your own article, he can be reached at lcarothers@zweiggroup.com.



January 2023

Historically, engineers have designed cities’ infrastructure to a baseline climate. However, given the inevitability of and rapid acceleration of climate change, this baseline is shifting. “Sea levels along the United States coastline are projected to rise a foot on average over the next three decades, which is equivalent to the total rise we’ve seen over the last 100 years,” notes D.J. Rasmussen, a climate change risk & resilience consultant in global built environment consulting firm Arup’s San Francisco office. “Because of the inertia of contributing factors, including increasing global temperatures associated with greenhouse gas emissions, coastal floods will become an inevitable problem for hundreds of millions of people living in low lying areas for centuries to come.” Adaptive City Planning Tackles the Uncertainty of Sea Level Rise By Liza Moriconi

Constructed wetlands along the East River serving as both green infrastructure and park amenity for Hunters Point South in Queens, New York City. Photo: Arup

lic projects,” says Vincent Lee, an associate principal and Global Water Skills Leader in Arup’s New York office. “With one of the waterfront developments we supported New York City in developing, a portion of the waterfront used a resist strategy to protect visitors in the public space and the residents in new housing. In another part of the park, Arup used a restore approach to cultivate coastal wetlands, providing benefits to both the natural environment and New Yorkers seeking refuge from the concrete jungle.” With long term planning, using a hybrid strategy provides a variety of options for infrastructure planners. Arup is also contributing to vari - ous planning projects that are connected to a large-scale transportation infrastructure project geared toward urbanizing Honolulu in an effi - cient and resilient way. Recently, they worked on a masterplan for a new transit-oriented development in Honolulu, which creates a linear park out of an existing flood control canal. “You wouldn’t know if you looked at it, but the park design is providing an increased level of pro- tection for the area by embedding a seawall underneath the landscape,” shares Hogan. “This work couples resilience with revitalization and sustainable transportation. I love to see projects that are not only proac - tive in putting infrastructure in place to defend against the worst to come with climate change, but that also achieves other co-benefits and enhances the public realm at the same time.” When deciding which pathway is the best proactive method to protect against sea level rise, infrastructure planners must take into account the option with the least potential regret. The goal is to avoid a “stranded asset,” or an infrastructure investment that did not survive the entirety of its intended lifecycle. The Flexible Adaptation Pathways approach supplies options for making infrastructure investments that are flexible, to better stand the test of time and avoid potential regrets. Flexibility is an ideal planning parameter that is paramount in climate change adaptation. “Superstorm Sandy was a wakeup call for New York City,”

To provide proactive planning measures, Arup uses a resilience- focused planning approach called “Flexible Adaptation Pathways,” which focuses on providing dynamic and adaptive planning solutions for many climate-change-related uncertainties. “Flexible Adaptation Pathways are often compared to a subway map because they can offer multiple routes to arrive at the same destination,” says Jack Hogan, a senior risk and resilience engineer in Arup’s San Francisco office. “In some ways, a static planning process can be destined to fail. Instead of trying to predict the water level in 100 years, this approach pro- vides the opportunity to change course and switch from one strategy to another as we gather more climate data to achieve the least potential regret.” The adaptive planning approach recognizes that every situa - tion is different, and there may be better defensive approaches suitable for different projects. “Deliberate adaptive planning is entirely differ - ent from how leaders have approached natural hazard preparedness. Instead of implementing a solution and forgetting about the problem until something goes wrong again, Flexible Adaptation Pathways keep attention on the issue over time,” adds Rasmussen. Flexible Adaptation Pathways chart specific decision outcomes on a timeline for infrastruc - ture planners to visualize how something, like a seawall or levee, might perform against different sea level rise scenarios. It can also provide insight into when a specific infrastructure investment should be made or when a switch should be made to another strategy. In developing coastal resilience, there are three main strategies a city might look to: resisting, restoring, and retreating. These solutions are not mutually exclusive, and using a hybrid approach typically provides the best line of defense against sea level rise. Resisting includes de - fining a specific level of protection, restoring includes implementing nature-based solutions, and retreating includes pulling back from the shoreline. “Making these decisions is a result of a robust engagement process with stakeholders and community groups, especially with pub-


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