Hub Group International Headquarters in Oak Brook, IL was featured in Architect magazine, highlighted for reflecting “corporate culture, image, brand and commitment to sustainability”. With its efficient design Hub Headquarters will become the larges LEED Gold Certified commercial building in Illinois. Click here to read the full article.
The 2013 National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Awards panel of judges included Brian among 8 other judges charged with evaluating outstanding recent projects both domestically and internationally. The panel, consisting of individuals from SEAOI, awarded 18 projects in 8 different categories including New Buildings under $10 Million to New Buildings over $100 Million. Winners will appear in the Spotlight Department of STRUCTURE magazine throughout the 2014 editorial year. A full list of winners is available at the following link.
With the 2010 edition of the AISC Code of Standard Practice updated to include a third connection design responsibility option, Brian Dekker and Monica Shripka provide a useful guide to the application of any of the 3 design options and provide useful tips for going through the design of any project. To follow more on AISC code visit the Modern Steel Construction Website. To read the full article go here.
To replace an outdated 60 bed dormitory, our team designed this new, 60,000 sqft, 235 bed dormitory. Construction, which began in June 2012, is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.
This new 78,000 sqft, 3-story, facility will house the University’s signature academic programs in science and health professions, as well as offices for University Ministries, international study, career development, and resident life. Construction began in October of 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in time for the Fall 2014 semester.
“Between IIT’s crowded calendar of networking workshops, professional events, and career related development, it becomes clear that IIT is dedicated to improving students’ odds of getting a job during or immediately following graduation. There were two notable events in January, that both encouraged students to understand the reality of life after college that I would like to throw light upon….
…The SEA IIT (Structural Engineers Association of IIT) January presentation by Brian Dekker, the Director of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association and new President of Sound Structures, Inc. Mr. Dekker spent much of his presentation on the amazing benefits of a successful professional student organization, but made it clear that in order to succeed today you need to network as much as possible. Dekker claims he did not have the best grades in college, but he achieved the Highest Scholastic Achievement from his department upon graduation, for knowing the content and for getting to know his professors.
From a quirky story about falling asleep in class, Dekker explained how he became known to all of the Structural Engineering Professors at UIUC and how this helped him start his network as well as land his first job. Immediately after graduation, he was in high demand among professional engineers who had heard about his achievements and personality from his professors in school. He explained that because of this network, it took him only 7 years to go from being a student to the president of a structural engineering firm and onto the board of the National Structural Engineers Association. He iterated and reiterated what made his success possible in more or less the same words as the Architecture Alumni Panel: “it’s not always what you know, but who you know.”…”-Dan Zwieg, Tech News
For the full article about IIT’s spring events visit the Tech News website.
Owner Robert L. Miller officially passed the management torch to long time employee Brian Dekker this year marking the beginning of a new era in RLMA history. The new name Sound Structures reflects both a new management as well as the revised mission statement to continue the high levels of service and expertise that RLMA worked to build for 29 years. Staff, office contact information, and office location will all remain as before, including keeping founder Bob Miller on staff in a Quality Control and Assurance role.