Jeff Goodale

Jeff Goodale has joined the Chicago office of architectural firm HOK as senior vice president and co-director of the justice practice. Goodale has been in the profession for more than 20 years. His experience includes master planning, programming, design, security consulting and construction management for a number of criminal justice system projects.

Jeff Mazanec has joined R.A. Smith National as senior project manager in the municipal services division at the company’s Appleton, Wis., office. Mazanec has more than 31 years of experience in municipal engineering, transportation, downtown revitalization, water and wastewater, water resources, solid waste, and environmental engineering services for public sector clients.

Jeff Mazanec

Bill Burke has joined Oates Associates to head up the firm’s new urban planning and landscape architecture group. Oates, of Collinsville, Ill., is a civil and structural engineering/architectural design firm. The addition of the urban planning and landscape architecture group is Oates’ second expansion in six months. Oates added architectural services in August, 2009. Burke has more than 20 years of experience in planning, urban design and landscape architecture.

Brandon Buzzell has joined Baxter & Woodman, Inc., consulting engineers as a structural engineer. He will be based in the firm’s DeKalb, Ill., office and oversee all engineering aspects of bridge-related projects. Buzzell has more than 10 years of experience in planning, design, and construction services for bridge and highway facilities.

John Wang

John Wang , a precast structural engineer with more than 20 years’ experience, has joined the Spancrete Group, Inc., as vice president engineering services. During his career, Wang has been responsible for the design of more than 250 precast parking structures, as well as precast stadiums, high-rise hotels and industrial facilities. Headquartered in Waukesha, Wis., The Spancrete Group, Inc. provides architectural and structural precast concrete products to the Midwest construction industry.

Matthew J. Hall has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), Milwaukee, as the firm’s new chief financial officer. He brings more than 20 years of financial experience working with construction, light manufacturing and service-oriented companies. Hall has served as a chief financial officer for several companies over the last nine years. He replaces retiring CFO Dan Matte, who served EUA for more than 15 years and retired at the end of 2009.

Nicholas Fulton

Nicholas Fulton has joined R.A. Smith National, Brookfield, Wis., as a civil engineer in the transportation division. Fulton has four years of survey and transportation experience as an intern/co-op at R.A. Smith National.

Carol Chiles has joined Cotter Consulting, Inc., Chicago, as vice president of healthcare and life sciences. She brings nearly 30 years of architectural, commercial real estate development and pharmaceutical industry experience to her new role as leader of the firm’s healthcare industries group. Chiles was previously with Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, where she was head of space planning and real estate.

Mead & Hunt, Madison, Wis., has added nine new members to its architecture and building engineering team. Jeff Sorenson is the new business unit leader for federal programs in the architecture and building engineering group. He has more than 25 years of experience and is leading more than 100 staff members in various disciplines. Herbert Jensen, the new architecture department manager, has 25 years’ experience. He leads architects and engineering professionals supporting project teams all across the country. Brian Dunn brings more than a dozen years of experience to his new position as an electrical engineer. Sar Schnucker is a project architect whose experience includes managing projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, Air Force, Army, and Air National Guard. Robert Lux joins the team as an electrical designer specializing in communications, audiovisual, and security systems. He has more than 25 years of experience in designing communications, audiovisual, and security systems. Peter Leoschke, an architect with more than 20 years’ experience, is a new project manager. He has led multi-disciplinary project teams from up to 12 different offices on projects ranging up to $44 million. Richard Sorensen joins the team as a senior site designer specializing in aviation architecture. He has nearly 30 years of experience. Jason Pelletier joins the team as a project architect. Tess Anderson is a new administrative assistant in charge of coordinating contracts and project documents, as well as providing general support for the federal programs business unit.


Paul Taivalkoski
Kelly Rubino

Kelly Rubino has been named principal of Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s aviation market sector. A licensed professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience, Rubino will direct Hanson’s aviation business efforts nationwide. Rubino joined Hanson in 2007, serving as a regional vice president. During this time, he helped expand the company’s aviation client base throughout the Southeast and served as principal-in-charge for many high-profile projects. Hanson, headquartered in Springfield, Ill., is a consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services.

Paul Taivalkoski has been promoted to survey operations manager at R.A. Smith National, a civil engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, geographic information systems (GIS) and 3D visualization consulting company in Brookfield, Wis. Taivalkoski has more than 30 years of varied survey experience, including 20 years with R.A. Smith National’s Survey Division.

Tom Silva

Tom Silva has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing and strategy at the Alter Group, a national corporate real estate development firm headquartered in Chicago. Silva joined Alter Group as communications director in 1996.

HGA Architects and Engineers, an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm headquartered in Minneapolis, has promoted five staff members to vice president and associate vice president at offices in the Midwest. They include: Mia Blanchett (Minneapolis), who has more than 15 years experience working on projects from master planning through construction administration. Brent Peterson (Milwaukee), who has spearheaded initiatives in lean design and work process improvement for healthcare clients. Steven Dwyer (Minneapolis), a project designer and master planner. Rebecca Sanders (Minneapolis), who specializes in healthcare architecture and medical facility planning and programming. Kevin Allebach (Milwaukee), who has more than 10 years project-management experience.

Andrew Nelch
Nathan Hart
Kim Tompras

Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis general contracting and construction management firm, has promoted three team members. Kim Tompras has been promoted to project manager, and Andrew Nelch and Nathan Hart have been promoted to senior project engineer. Previously a senior project engineer Tompras joined Tarlton in 2006. Nelch has more than a decade of experience in the industry and joined Tarlton in 2006. Hart has worked as a project engineer on several Tarlton concrete projects. He started with Tarlton as an intern in 2005 and joined the firm full time in 2006.

Ryan B. Lorton
Christie Crites
Edward Cramer

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT), a consulting-engineer firm headquartered in Springfield, Ill., has named three employees as associates of the firm. Edward Cramer is a senior mechanical engineer who has been with CMT since 1997. He is assigned to the company’s water and wastewater group. Christie Crites is also an engineer. Since beginning employment with CMT in 1996, she has been assigned to the water and wastewater group, where she has served as a design and construction engineer for water, wastewater and public works projects. She is currently lead construction administrator of the Spring Creek Wastewater Treatment expansion project for the Springfield Metro Sanitary District. Ryan B. Lorton is assigned to the St. Louis aviation group and has more than nine years of service with CMT. During that time, he has served as project manager, and design and resident engineer on airfield projects in Missouri and surrounding states.


Kevin Surace , CEO of Serious Materials, a green-building materials manufacturer in Chicago, has been named entrepreneur of the year by Inc. Magazine.

Joseph A. Gonzalez, principal at Chicago’s DeStefano Partners, an architecture, urban planning and interior design firm, has been elected to the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council’s board of governors. The board is a regional community of leaders who work cooperatively to achieve economic growth and enhance opportunity and quality of life.

Hao Zheng

Hao Zheng, a project engineer at Kwame Building Group in St. Louis, has earned accreditation by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional. Zheng is Kwame’s project engineer on metropolitan sewer district watershed planning projects.

R. Lynn Treat, director of field operations for Ryan Companies US, Inc., has been installed as chairman of the board of directors of the Builders Association of Chicago for 2010. Builders Association members include major contractors and suppliers in the Chicago area construction industry.

Walter D. Street III, a senior architect at Johnson & Lee, Ltd., has been named president of AIA Chicago for 2010. A long-time member, Street previously served as treasurer in 2008.

Sergio “Satch” Pecori, president and CEO of Hanson Professional Services Inc., Springfield, Ill., has been elected to a two-year term as treasurer of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). ACEC is a professional association that represents more than 5,500 member firms in the engineering industry nationwide.


Laurie & Brennan LLP, Chicago, is a new legal firm specializing in construction law. It is being founded by Ty Laurie and Daniel Brennan, both formerly of DLA Piper’s construction law group. The two have worked together for two decades on a range of projects, including high-profile jobs like Soldier Field and the new Children’s Memorial Hospital. Joining them are three former DLA attorneys: Krista Hallberg Kapp, Vasilios (Bill) Toliopoulos, and Chad Shifrin.

Clayco Inc., St. Louis, a national leader in real estate development, design and construction is opening a full-service office in the Minneapolis area. Clayco has named industry veteran Tim Murnane to head its Minneapolis operation. Murnane has been lead developer on more than 10 million sq ft of industrial, office and retail projects, including the 1.6-million-sq-ft Best Buy headquarters and the 1.0-million-sq-ft Ameriprise headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.

Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), Milwaukee, recently formed EUA Design Application Consulting, an extension of the firm. The new group will provide peer consulting, software training, content-creation services and supplemental modeling assistance for the Revit-based Building Information Modeling (BIM) authoring platform.

Aria Group Architects, Inc., Oak Park, Ill., is celebrating 20 years in business. The company, which started as four people working from a home, has grown to a staff of 64 and has completed more than 1,600 projects across 40 U.S. states, Europe, the Middle East and Mexico.

HOK has promoted five employees and hired two at the architectural and interior designing firm’s Chicago office. Robin Ellerthorpe and Mark Lavender have been promoted to vice president. Nicolas Bracco and Colin Rohlfing have been promoted to senior associate. Deepa Narayanan has been promoted to associate. Mark Banholzer and Patricia Canedo have been hired to the staff of the firm’s healthcare practice at the senior level. Banholzer has returned to HOK as vice president and interior design principal. Canedo has been named associate and medical planner.

Lifting Gear Hire, Bridgeview, Ill., has launched a new Web site, www.lgh-usa.com, which it says is easier to navigate and enables customers to quickly find local representation and submit quote requests directly over the Internet.

Miller-Bradford & Risberg, Sussex, Wis., an equipment dealer serving Wisconsin, Illinois, and Upper Michigan, offers MacLean Engineering’s municipal vehicle (MV) at all of its locations. The MV is designed for a variety of maintenance activities, such as snow removal, sweeping and mowing and accepts a wide range of attachments, including snowblowers, plows, sanders, mowers, asphalt planers, sweepers and water tanks.

Faith Technologies, a full-service electrical and specialty-systems contractor headquartered in Menasha, Wis., has worked two million hours without a lost-time accident. The safety milestone represents more than 1,500 employees working on projects nationwide without a lost-time incident since December 29, 2008.