We are proud to share with you that the following individuals have been promoted.
Meet Our New Principals
David Aucoin, P.E.
David serves as a Principal and is a 15 year veteran of the firm. As the leader of the New England office, he handles a wide variety of projects from new construction of mixed-use and multi-family residential to very complicated manufacturing and distribution warehousing projects requiring high levels of coordination, as well as renovation and adaptive reuse for community and commercial buildings. He serves as Co-Chair of the Joint SEI-CASE Committee on Building Information Modeling and is active in the Connecticut & Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. David received his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1998 and his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005. He resides in West Hartford with his wife Marybeth and their three children, Anslea, Carter, and Hadley. When David is not in the office, you can likely find him on the soccer field where he enjoys coaching various youth teams and even playing when possible.
Chad Forster, P.E.
Chad serves as a Principal in the Atlanta office and is a 16 year veteran of the firm. His structural design expertise includes a wide variety of projects ranging from assisted and senior living facilities, healthcare projects, religious facilities, multi-family housing, office buildings, hospitality projects, and industrial facilities utilizing various structural systems including concrete, masonry, steel, and wood. Currently serving as a Studio Director, he coordinates and oversees the work of Project Managers and Engineers within his team for all projects. Chad is also responsible for the firm’s financials and IT Department. He’s actively involved with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia and the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia. A 2004 graduate of the University of Florida, Chad lives in Brookhaven with his wife Lauren and their three children Grant, Ben and Isabelle. When he’s not busy at PES you can find him hiking, camping, enjoying Gator sports or chasing his kids around.
Erik Swerdlow, P.E.
Erik serves as a Principal in the Atlanta office and is a 15 year veteran of the firm. A 2000 graduate of the University of Florida, Erik has over 19 years of experience in the structural design of multi-family developments ranging from garden-style to podium to high-rise, mixed-use developments, golf and country clubs, and educational facilities involving various structural systems including timber, concrete, steel, and masonry. He’s passionate about timber construction, including the innovations of mass timber and its use in building design. Currently serving as a Studio Director, he coordinates and oversees the work of Project Managers and Engineers within his team for all projects. His responsibilities also include managing the design processes of various projects and working on a day-to-day basis with clients. An avid learner, Erik frequently attends various industry events, like Bisnow, to gain knowledge on all the facets of development, not just engineering. Erik and his wife Amanda live in suburban Atlanta with their sons Jonah and Ethan who keep them busy with Cub Scouts, high school band, and the general wildness of two boys.