New Hires and Management Changes Highlight Activity; Wight & Co. Adds MEP Group; Harris Construction has New President
Randy Henke has joined HNTB Corp. as chief of rail engineering. He has 30 years of hands-on experience in the rail industry. Henke will provide leadership, management and technical services for rail projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. He previously was vice president of engineering at Canadian Pacific/Dakota Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E) Railroad. Before that, Henke was vice president of design and construction for Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad.
Michael A. Tenuta has joined Reed Construction, Chicago, as vice president and project executive. Tenuta has more than 25 years of construction management and architectural experience. He was previously a project executive for Clune Construction, Chicago. Tenuta is an architect and a LEED accredited professional.
Alan Antoniewicz has joined the Spancrete Group Inc., Waukesha, Wis., as vice president/chief operating officer. As COO, Antoniewicz is responsible for every operational aspect of the company, including the continued pursuit of improved manufacturing and administration policies. Antoniewicz’s experience includes executive roles for manufacturers such as Dresser Flow Technologies, Manitowoc Cranes, Grove Worldwide and P&H Mining Equipment.
Steve Challoner has joined Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental Inc., Milwaukee, as equipment sales manager. He was previously regional sales manager for Gehl Co.’s Mustang Division. Challoner’s 20 years of sales experience also includes serving as regional sales manager for Omniquip, Textron Lull & Sky Trak in Port Washington, Wis., and sales representative at New Reach Corporation/Rental Service Corporation, Inc., Waukesha, Wis.
Jeron Quincy has been hired as general manager of SmartCast by Spancrete, the first mobile precast production operation in the U.S. SmartCast by Spancrete involves developing temporary precast plants near projects, which reduces transportation requirements, construction costs, environmental impact. Quincy has nearly a decade of leadership experience in the concrete pipe and precast products industry, as well as extensive occupational safety experience.
Joseph Hoerner has joined owner’s representative firm Cotter Consulting, Inc., Chicago, as group manager in the Buildings Division. A LEED accredited professional, Hoerner is a licensed architect in Illinois and Indiana who has more than 25 years of experience in project management and architecture. He was previously a senior associate at Teng & Associates, Inc., Chicago. Before that, he was director of capital construction for the Chicago Park District, where he managed a $50-million capital budget.
Albert Mark and Leanne Meyer-Smith have joined Wight & Co., Darien, Ill., as project executive and senior project manager, respectively. Mark, an architect, was previously with the city of Chicago for 29 years, most recently serving as a deputy commissioner. Meyer-Smith has 20 years of experience that ranges from facility analysis and building design to master planning. She was most recently a principal at an architectural firm in Naperville, Ill.
Richard C. “Rick” Kammerer has joined High Concrete Group LLC’s Midwest sales team, serving architectural precast facade markets in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Kammerer has more than 18 years’ experience in architectural precast sales and erection. Since 1999 he had served as vice president of operations for Contemporary Precast Products Inc. and its sister company Concrete Erectors, Ltd., both in Prairie View.
Shawn Martin has joined the International Code Council as director of industry relations in its plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas (PMG) group. Martin, an engineer, was most recently technical director for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute. He holds positions on many industry committees related to green codes, standards and sustainability issues.
Vince Epps has joined Geotechnology Inc., St. Louis, as staff geologist in the firm’s Environmental Group. Epps’ experience includes performing environmental site assessments, asbestos and lead-paint inspections, air monitoring, and geophysical surveys.
Wight & Co. , Darien, Ill., has promoted Ray Prokop to vice president of support services, Stella Nicolet to director of K-12 education practice, and Christian McNamee to manager of special projects. Prokop had been vice president and director of construction. In his new position, he will enhance client service and consistency across all Wight business units. Nicolet had been a senior project manager. She will now focus on the direction and long-range plans for the K-12 business. McNamee had been a project manager. His new duties will include added responsibility for growing Wight’s interiors and tenant build-out business.
Roland Fegan, Jr., a 25-year Indiana Dept. of Transportation (INDOT) veteran, has been named construction director for INDOT’s 15-county Greenfield District in east-central Indiana. State and federal road projects in the district are projected to grow to $700 million this fiscal year.
HONORS & APPOINTMENTS
Larry C. Tate, a Caterpillar product manager who has led the introduction of more than 50 company products, has been elected 2009-2010 chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). He is reportedly the first Caterpillar chief ever elected as an ARTBA officer.
Tate previously served ARTBA in volunteer leadership positions that include: senior vice chairman, first vice chairman and central region vice chairman. He also was co-chair of the 2007 Long Range Planning Committee.
The Consulting Engineers Group Inc. (CEG), Mount Prospect, Ill., has announced that M. Larbi Sennour, executive vice president in CEG’s San Antonio, Texas, office, has been named a Fellow in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).
Vertegy, a St. Louis company specializing in consulting services for clients seeking to develop green and sustainable facilities, has announced that project specialist Greg Mueller and administrative specialist Lisa Orlovick have passed LEED Accredited Professional exams.
Lifting Gear Hire reports that in mid September it completed a year without a single lost-time accident, medical-aid or restricted- duty case at its Bridgeview, IL facility. Lifting Gear credits the company’s commitment to safety training for the reduction in accidents in 2009.
Illingworth-Kilgust Mechanical Inc., an EMCOR company, Milwaukee, has been named a GreenStar Contractor by the Mechanical Services Contractors of America (MSCA). The designation is reserved for MSCA Star contractors who clearly demonstrate superior environmental responsibility. To date, only 26 MSCA contractors in the U.S. have reached GreenStar status. That exclusive group includes two other EMCOR companies, The Fagan Co. and EMCOR Services Mesa Energy.
Wight & Company, Darien, Ill., has strengthened its integrated design capabilities and sustainable design/LEED consulting by adding a new engineering group focused on mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), as well as fire protection.
Sudesh Saraf, 46, has joined the company as director of the new MEP engineering practice. He will also be active in Wight’s sustainable-design/LEED consulting business.
Saraf’s career of more than 20 years includes the design of HVAC systems, control systems, energy analysis, life-cycle cost analysis, and pressure vessel and piping analysis for industrial, commercial and institutional projects.
Before rejoining Wight, Saraf was a senior engineer at KJWW Engineering Consultants, Naperville, Ill. He is a licensed engineer in Illinois, a LEED-accredited professional and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Schmidt Associates and Johnson Melloh, both of Indianapolis, have formed a new company called Energy Solutions by JMS, through which they will share resources to design and construct energy-efficient systems.
Schmidt is a full-service architectural and engineering company; Johnson Melloh is a mechanical contractor. Both companies will also continue to operate independently.
Energy Solutions by JMS will serve schools, libraries and buildings owned by units of local government throughout Indiana that are interested in energy-saving programs.
It will offer systems engineering; design-build management; building optimization; certification for LEED, EnergyStar and Green Globes; analysis for renewable resources; alternative funding assistance and 24-hour mechanical service.
E.M. Harris Construction Co., St. Louis, has announced recent changes in its top management. Company founder and former president Mike Harris has become chief executive officer. The company’s new president is Kevin Buchek, who had been executive vice president and general counsel. Mike Harris continues to provide strategic direction to the company while also devoting time to the organization’s sister company, Capital Consultants Inc., a St. Louis construction-advising firm. Buchek has taken on responsibility for all of E.M. Harris’ day-to-day operations.
Buchek began working at E.M. Harris as a laborer during summers while he was in college. After finishing his law degree, he became a practicing attorney. Six years ago, he returned to E.M. Harris, where he has helped develop innovative services and solutions.
D-P Equipment Co. Inc., with facilities in Camden, Mich. and Montpelier, Ohio, has been named a distributor for the full line of Terex compact construction equipment. The Terex line includes compact track loaders, compact excavators, compact wheel loaders, site dumpers, tractor loader backhoes, light towers, telehandlers, power buggies, compaction rollers and a tracked utility vehicle. Founded in 1968, D-P Equipment offers new and used equipment, parts and service for lawn and garden through heavy industrial equipment customers.
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc. Milwaukee, has donated $6,000 raised by its 2009 golf outing to the Rawhide Boys Ranch near New London, Wis., a faith-based, non-profit residential care center offering guidance, encouragement, therapeutic counseling, specialized education, and work experience for troubled teen boys. More than 125 people participated, including Dawes customers, equipment manufacturers, and Dawes and ALL management. The money was raised through mulligans, raffles, and a silent auction. This year marked Dawes’ 17th annual golf outing. The company began raising money for charities at the event about five years ago.
Midwest Mole, Indianapolis, a provider of trenchless technology, has redesigned its Web site to be easier to use and more interactive. The new site features industry information, company news and events, a plan room for easy access to bidding information, links to the industry, a safety page, and the ability to request a quote. The site is www.midwestmole.com.