William D. Bast, a principal in the Chicago office of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., has been named president of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA).

William Bast

NCSEA advances the practice of structural engineering and, as the national voice for practicing structural engineers, protects the public’s right to safe, sustainable and cost effective buildings, bridges and other structures.

Bast is principal-in-charge of the Chicago office’s building performance practice. He has more than 25 years of experience in the structural design of buildings, building façade inspections and repair programs, due diligence and building assessments, failure investigations, litigation support, and peer reviews.

His portfolio of work includes the Metropolitan Tower residential conversion project, exterior façade repairs including those for the Metra headquarters building and Water Tower Place, the One Indiana Square façade overclad project, Wrigley Building renovations and restorations, and the U-505 submarine relocation for the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago.

Bast received the Distinguished Service Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, chaired NCSEA’s code of ethics and membership development committees and served as president of the Structural Engineers Foundation.