PES Structural Engineers, Inc. (PES) is pleased to announce that Chad Forster, P.E. and Erik Swerdlow, P.E. have been promoted to Senior Associates and added as new owners of the firm, while John O’Brien, P.E., S.E. and Chad Boyea, P.E. have been promoted to Associates and Laura Cullen, E.I.T. has been promoted to Project Engineer.
Forster and Swerdlow join David Aucoin, P.E. in the ranks as Senior Associates. With this new title, each assumes an ownership role within PES. This follows their 2016 promotions to the Associate level.
An 11 year veteran of PES, John serves as the Technical Director for PES. In this role, he makes sure PES is at the forefront of structural engineering design, technology and building code application. To do so, John and other staff members participate in national industry groups where they interact with other industry leaders to help shape the direction of the structural engineering community. John is an active member of the NCSEA Wind Engineering Code Advisory Committee and an associate member of the ASCE 7 Wind Loads Subcommittee. These committees are involved in the review and development of building code provisions as they relate to all aspects of wind design, from the overall plan for the primary structural system to the detailed attachment of components and cladding to the building envelope. John is also involved with national and local committees for Special Inspections and Quality Assurance, and Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) for post-disaster assessment of buildings. Additionally, John serves as firm-wide resource to our staff to facilitate creative structural solutions for challenging projects, conducts in-house training to keep our engineers up to date on the latest changes affecting the design community, and serves as mentor as well. John graduated from the University of South Carolina and lives in Midtown with his fiancé, Erica. He can be reached at email@example.com.
What started out as a summer job building houses with his father’s residential construction company turned into a career for Chad. After building a home from the ground up, off a set of drawings, he was hooked. As Chad puts it, “I applied to colleges as an architecture major but quickly realized my mathematical skills were much stronger than my artistic skills and structural engineering was where I belonged.” He serves as Project Manager on a host of project types ranging from hotels, manufacturing and distribution facilities, office buildings, retail developments, educational facilities, to healthcare facilities and historic preservation projects. He’s well versed working with structural systems involving concrete, masonry and steel design. Chad’s an active member of ACI Committee 360 – Guide to Design of Slabs-on-Ground and ACI Committee 302 – Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction. The diversity of project types is something that Chad likes about his project management role. It means there’s always something new to learn, a new challenge to solve. Chad’s a Virginia Tech grad and lives in the Oak Grove neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife Stephanie and their daughter, Lydia. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura joined PES in early 2015 and has found the collaborative environment very helpful as she’s started her career. She’s been busy with Revit and ETABS since coming aboard and is working on a variety of projects that utilize different materials, such as wood, steel, and concrete. She says the best part about PES, however, is the work environment, “We work hard, but we also have a good time together.” Laura is actively involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and Commercial Real Estate Women Atlanta (CREW Atlanta). She plans to pursue her SE certification as soon as she’s eligible to do so. Laura lives in Decatur with her husband, Kevin. Laura can be reached at email@example.com.