Oates Associates: Engineering

 
Date News Release
Jun 2, 2015Andy Mueller of Oates Associates Earns Professional License

Andy Mueller, an engineer and survey coordinator at Oates Associates, has earned his Professional Engineer license in the State of Illinois.

Over his four year career at Oates Associates, Mr. Mueller has been involved with all phases of transportation projects – from performing surveys, to assisting with design, to providing construction phase services.  He currently serves as Oates’ survey coordinator, and plans to become licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the future.

Apr 30, 2015Ben Niesen Joins Oates Associates

Ben Niesen, PE, ENV SP has joined Oates Associates as a project manager.

Ben brings twelve years of civil engineering design experience with a focus on municipal clients. He specializes in site layout, local roads, pedestrian facilities, and green infrastructure. Having worked in the municipal sector, Ben understands the need to provide economical and practical solutions while implementing the visions of the client and community.

As a project manager at Oates Associates, Ben will focus on further developing the firm’s local agency client base.  His project assignments will center around his enthusiasm for both recreational experiences and sustainable design practices, with projects including multi-use trails, green spaces, and green site concepts.

Ben earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  He is a Missouri licensed Professional Engineer and holds the Envision Sustainability Professional credential.  He has managed, planned and designed many trail and roadway projects throughout the St. Louis area for municipal clients as well as the Great Rivers Greenway District.

Apr 8, 2015Travis Helmkamp of Oates Associates Earns ADA Coordinator Certificate

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is in place to ensure that all people are afforded the same opportunities, and in part, have access to transportation and public accommodations.  Oates Associates is pleased to announce that Travis Helmkamp, PE has earned his ADA Coordinator Certification.  He completed the ADA Coordinators’ Training Certification Program, which is offered through the Great Plains ADA Center and the University of Missouri – College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies.  The certification affirms that Mr. Helmkamp has extensive knowledge of the ADA process.

An ADA Coordinator ensures compliance with Title II of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination by public entities on the basis of disability.  As an ADA Coordinator, Mr. Helmkamp has in-depth knowledge of ADA regulations and guidelines that he is able to apply when assisting local agencies with ADA issues.

Mr. Helmkamp is a project engineer at Oates Associates.  He brings an expertise with pedestrian accommodations and ADA compliance, which was further developed through his recent training.  He has served as the lead project engineer for several ADA Transition Plans, which has included developing customized GIS databases, inventorying and evaluating sidewalks and curb ramps, and prioritizing future planning efforts for the local agency.

Feb 27, 2015Ashlee Peno Joins SAVE Coalition Board of Directors

Ashlee Peno has joined the Missouri SAVE (Structural Assessment Visual Evaluation) Coalition Board of Directors as an ACEC Missouri (American Council of Engineering Companies) representative.

SAVE is a group of volunteer engineers, architects, building inspectors and other trained professionals that assist the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency with building damage inspections in the event of a natural disaster.  Ms. Peno has been a member of SAVE for 3 years.

As a project manager at Oates Associates, Ms. Peno focuses on structural building projects.  Her 11 years of experience includes the design, detail, inspection, and rehabilitation of low rise to mid rise structures, parking garages, bridges, retaining walls, and culverts.  She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri and a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois.

Jan 30, 2015Oates Associates’ Expands into New St. Louis Office

A growing workforce and workload at Oates Associates drove the need for more workspace.  The civil and structural engineering / architectural design firm has moved their St. Louis operations to a larger office at 720 Olive Street, Suite 700.

The firm’s operations remain in the same building on Olive Street – they just shifted from the 16th floor to the 7th floor.  “We started to see an increase in both transportation and building project assignments in 2014,” said Jeff Rensing, PE, St. Louis Office Manager.  “We began adding capacity in our St. Louis office late last year to accommodate the growing workload, and recognized the need for more office space to provide for additional personnel.”

The firm has even reason more to celebrate in addition to the expansion.  This year marks the 35th anniversary for Oates Associates.  President and COO Bruce Schopp attributes their accomplishments to their clientele.  He states, “We owe our years of success and growth to our many loyal clients.  We have completed many exciting projects with them and look forward to the future.”

St. Louis Office

Jan 26, 2015Michael Busch – President of St. Louis Branch of APWA

Michael Busch, PE, PTOE was installed as the President for 2015 of the St. Louis Branch of the Missouri Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) at the organization’s January meeting.

As President, Mr. Busch is responsible for providing leadership to the St. Louis Branch, which includes presiding over monthly meetings, supporting the various Branch committees, and serving as a member of the Chapter Executive Committee. Mr. Busch has been a member of APWA since 2006, serving the St. Louis Branch on several committees and board positions.  In 2014 he was named the Professional Engineer of the Year by the Missouri Chapter, which recognizes Mr. Busch’s outstanding leadership and management as well as his sixteen year career as an engineer in public works.

Mr. Busch is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.  He is currently a project manager at Oates Associates, where he oversees and designs transportation projects ranging from interstate highways to local streets.

The American Public Works Association exists to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities. Working together, APWA and its membership contribute to a higher and sustainable quality of life.

Dec 6, 2014Wildwood Community Park Presentation to Students

Tom Cissell presented the Wildwood Community Park project to a group of second graders in the Rockwood School District.  The students are enrolled in “The Naturalist” class – a course that is designed to encourage creative problem solving through nature exploration.  The students are studying natural play opportunities and have been working on natural playscape designs.  During his time with the students, Tom highlighted the natural play/exploration elements of Wildwood’s new Community Park, which is located in their community.  He visited with the students to learn about their projects and provided feedback on their designs.  Tom shared his newfound awareness on how the roads, parks and buildings that we create impact others.  “As I was presenting, I was reminded by these bright youngsters that design services are more than lines on a paper or calculations on a note pad.  Our projects ‘connect people to places.’  Experiencing the excitement in the room made it obvious that this project will have an impact on all the students, their families, the teachers, and the entire Wildwood community,” he stated.

Rockwood Presentation

Nov 17, 2014Oates Associates Adds New Architect

Oates Associates welcomes another new architect, Martha Martinko, AIA.  Ms. Martinko joins Oates Associates’ building + sites group to support the firm’s growing client base and project load.  She brings five years of experience in educational and civic projects.  She earned her Master of Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her first assignments will include projects for the Illinois Capital Development Board, the City of Jacksonville, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Nov 10, 2014Michael Busch Recognized as Professional Engineer of the Year

Michael Busch, PE, PTOE was named the 2014 Professional Engineer of the Year by the Missouri Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

This award recognizes Mr. Busch’s outstanding leadership and management as well as his sixteen year career as an engineer in public works.  Mr. Busch has been a member of APWA since 2006, serving on the St. Louis Branch board and various committees.  He will serve as the President of the St. Louis Branch for 2015.

Mr. Busch is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.  He is currently a project manager at Oates Associates, where he oversees and designs transportation projects ranging from interstate highways to local streets.

The American Public Works Association exists to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities. Working together, APWA and its membership contribute to a higher and sustainable quality of life.

Oct 2, 2014Oates Associates Expands Building Services Group

Oates Associates welcomes Jill Walker, PE as a structural engineer and Christo Poggas as an intern architect.

With more than 20 years of structural experience, Ms. Walker brings an expertise in delivering practical solutions to the most challenging building projects.  She has designed a range of structures, including police and fire stations, academic buildings, gymnasiums, banks, and destinations/attractions.  Ms. Walker has been involved with many prestigious projects over the years – from the Elephant Enclosure at the Saint Louis Zoo to the Automotive Addition for Ranken Technical College to the Tri-Star Mercedes-Benz dealership in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Poggas joins Oates Associates’ building group with 10 years of experience in detailing, drafting, 3D modeling, computer rendering and construction observation. He earned his Master of Architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008 and he is currently working toward earning his licensure.  He has a long resume of educational, recreational and commercial projects.

Aug 25, 2014Oates Associates Adds New Structural Engineer

Oates Associates welcomes Haley Coons, PE as a structural engineer.

Ms. Coons will support the firm’s building structural group.  She brings ten years of experience in the structural design and inspection of steel, concrete, masonry and timber structures.  Ms. Coons specializes in steel connection design, ensuring complete structural integrity and economical solutions for even the most complex connection projects.

Jul 14, 2014Jeff Rensing Installed as ISPE President

Oates Associates is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Rensing, PE, SE was recently installed as President for the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) during the organization’s annual convention on July 11.

As President, Mr. Rensing is responsible for providing guidance to 21 local chapters, supporting legislative business issues, and promoting ISPE’s mission to enhance the engineering profession.  This is a continuation of his previous efforts as state Vice President, which he served as for four years before being nominated to President Elect in 2013.  He has been active in ISPE for over 15 years, holding leadership positions at the local St. Clair Chapter, serving on various committees, and participating in programs to promote the engineering profession to young students.

Mr. Rensing has been with Oates Associates since 1997.  He has 17 years of roadway and structure design experience including planning, bridge design, intersection layout, and highway and roadway design.  His expertise extends to buildings as well.  Some specialty structural projects he is managing involves structural inspections to fall-protection assessments for rooftops and roof access points for multiple buildings in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers represents over 2,500 engineers and has served their needs for over 125 years.  Several employees at Oates are active in the organization, with many serving on various committees at the local Chapter and State level.  Bruce Schopp, President of Oates Associates served as state President for ISPE from 2009-2010 and David Oates, Chairman of the Board was state President from 1992-1993.

Jul 3, 2014Tim Verheyen Recognized as Young Engineer of the Year

Oates Associates is proud to announce that Tim Verheyen, PE, LEED GA was named the 2014 Young Engineer of the Year by the St. Clair Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE).

This honor recognizes young members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their community.  Mr. Verheyen’s outreach extends from assisting with teaching engineering classes at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) to having led a SIUE Senior Design Group – an assignment that gives engineering students the opportunity to gain real world work experience by researching and designing a project in a professional office.  Mr. Verheyen also volunteers for the School of Engineering’s Annual Open House at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  This event allows students to speak to engineering companies about their experience working in the profession.

Mr. Verheyen is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Green Associate with over seven years of site, athletic and roadway design experience.  He is currently providing site design services in association with the renovation of the historic Lincoln School, which will be the home to The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.

The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers represents over 2,500 engineers and has served their needs for over 125 years.  Several employees at Oates are active in the organization, with many serving on various committees.

Jun 20, 2014Oates Welcomes Three Junior Engineers

Oates Associates welcomes Kermit (Ben) Christmann, Matt Fields, and Tyler Huffman as junior engineers.

Ben Christmann recently earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  He will begin his career at Oates supporting the firm’s structural group.  Previously, Mr. Christmann worked in construction, completing various projects throughout Belleville.

Matt Fields graduated from the University of Kansas recently, earning his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  While working toward his degree, Mr. Fields interned at Metro.  He will be involved with transportation projects, including roadways, streetscapes and trails.

Tyler Huffman will support the firm’s transportation group.  While completing his engineering degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Mr. Huffman served as a Civil Engineering Intern for the City of O’Fallon, Illinois, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and for a local consulting firm.

Jun 16, 2014Tim Verheyen Earns LEED Designation

Tim Verheyen, PE, a project engineer at Oates Associates, earned the designation of LEED Green Associate (GA).

As a LEED GA, Mr. Verheyen demonstrates an understanding of green building practices. He has implemented his knowledge of sustainable design through many projects that incorporated bioswales and permeable pavement.  He has also provided site design for LEED Certified projects, including the LEED Silver, $52 million Science Building on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Mr. Verheyen is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 7 years of site and roadway design experience.  Earning his LEED GA designation is his first step to becoming a LEED Accredited Professional.

Mar 19, 2014Barbara Anderson a New Stockholder at Oates Associates

As part of Oates Associates’ long-range ownership transition plan, Barbara Anderson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C has purchased shares of stock in the engineering and architectural services firm. Anderson lives in Edwardsville, Illinois.

“Barb has demonstrated a strong commitment to the success of our company,” said Oates President and Chief Operating Officer Bruce Schopp. “We look forward to continuing to grow with her and our building services group.”

Anderson has secured many new and diverse business opportunities for Oates including work for federal, municipal and educational clients. Projects include park masterplans, water treatment facilities, recreational facilities, and K-12 and higher education building and athletic projects.

Anderson currently manages projects for the Illinois Capital Development Board, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Scott Air Force Base, Department of Military Affairs, Corps of Engineers and several municipalities and school districts.

Mar 6, 2014Oates Associates Adds New Architect and Junior Engineer

Oates Associates has added Stan Hampton, AIA, as an architect, and Brandon Ratermann as a junior engineer.

Stan Hampton, AIA, of Florissant, MO has more than 25 years of diverse professional experience designing facilities for federal, educational and commercial clients. Hampton is joining Oates Associates’ growing Building Services Group.

Brandon Ratermann of Aviston, IL earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and worked as a construction intern with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Ratermann will support Oates Associates’ Transportation Group.

Feb 24, 2014Oates Associates Expands with New Belleville Office

Oates Associates has expanded its presence in St. Clair County, Illinois, with a new office at 20 East Main Street in Belleville.

Established in 1980, Oates provides engineering and architectural design services to state, county, municipal and institutional clients. Oates is headquartered in Collinsville, Illinois, and opened a second office in St. Louis in 2006.

“We’ve had an established presence in St. Clair County and throughout the St. Louis Metro East region for more 25 years,” said Oates Associates President and COO Bruce Schopp. “Opening the new Belleville office deepens our commitment to St. Clair County. We are excited to embark on new projects within the community.”

Oates Associates moved their St. Clair County operations from a previous location in Belleville to a larger office to allow for more workspace. The new office is located on the second floor of the Bridgeman Agency building in downtown Belleville.

The firm will continue to serve its St. Clair County-based clients from the new Belleville location, while the Collinsville headquarters and St. Louis office will serve other clients throughout the St. Louis and Metro East region.

Dec 6, 2013Barb Anderson Elected to USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter Board

Oates Associates is pleased to announce that Barbara Anderson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager at Oates Associates, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Missouri Gateway Chapter.

Barb has been involved with USGBC for many years.  She previously served as the Leadership Circle Representative to the Board of Directors, is the Chair of the Advocacy Committee, and is a member of the Volunteer Speaker’s Bureau.  As a Board Director, she will provide guidance for the overall mission of the chapter.

Barb has over 25 years of experience in a variety of project types, including municipal, federal, recreational, educational, health care, commercial, hospitality and industrial buildings.  She is a LEED Accredited Professional with sustainable project experience.  To help educate the public about sustainability, Barb often speaks at a variety of events as a member of the Council’s Volunteer Speakers Bureau.

The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to making green buildings available to everyone.  Through education and advocacy, they are encouraging sustainable practices to organizations and communities throughout the nation.

Jun 24, 2013Chief Executive Officer Elected as ACEC-IL CDB Liaison Chair

Joseph Hagerty, Chief Executive Officer of Oates Associates, was named chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) Capital Development Board (CDB) Liaison committee.

The CDB Liaison committee is responsible for communicating matters of mutual interest between ACEC-IL and CDB.  Before being named chair, Mr. Hagerty served as a committee member.

Mr. Hagerty has been with Oates Associates since 1991.  He is responsible to the Board of Directors for providing overall firm leadership and guidance and implementing the firm’s Strategic Plan.  His specific responsibilities include oversight of finance and accounting, marketing, and human resources.

ACEC is the voice of the engineering industry.  ACEC-IL represents firms across the state and strives to support member firms to advance their practice of consulting engineering.  CDB oversees the construction of state facilities and is responsible for the renovation and rehabilitation projects.

May 10, 2013Oates Welcomes New Structural Engineer

Oates Associates welcomes Ashlee Peno as a structural engineer.

Ashlee Peno earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  Her studies focused on structural engineering.  She has 9 years of experience and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri and a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois.  At Oates Associates, Ms. Peno will concentrate on building design.

Mar 4, 2013Grand Award for Sidewalk Inventory and ADA Transition Plan

The City of St. Charles, Missouri and Oates Associates received a Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Missouri for the Sidewalk Inventory and ADA Transition Plan project.  The ACEC competition recognizes firms for projects that demonstrate innovation, achievement and value.  A Grand Award is given to one project in each entry category.

The City of St. Charles is located along the banks of the Missouri River, with over 400 miles of sidewalks covering 20 square miles of land.   To ensure that the sidewalk system functions and meets the needs of all users, the City took a proactive approach to establish an ADA Transition Plan and inventory the sidewalk network to identify needed improvements.   The City of St. Charles hired Oates Associates to develop an automated inventory and evaluation system that would be integrated with the City’s Geographic Information System (GIS).

The planning process began by meeting with city officials, school officials, disability advocates, business owners, representatives from the various historic districts and the citizens of St. Charles.  An online survey was developed to help prioritize improvements by gauging citizen’s use of and issues with the sidewalk system.

A GIS based inventory and evaluation system was established to operate within the City’s existing GIS system.  This system allows the City to consistently update the sidewalk inventory as improvements are completed, and maintain an up-to-date report on the needs of the City.

The Plan is in place and will be continually updated as the City improves their sidewalks and as ADA regulations evolve over time.  The Plan identifies objectives and develops criteria for the goal of creating a continuous sidewalk system that supports a safe, pedestrian friendly community with access to schools, parks, trails and other popular destinations.

Feb 22, 2013Oates Associates Receives ACEC Merit Award for South 17th Street

The City of Belleville, Illinois and Oates Associates received a Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois for the reconstruction and extension of South 17th Street.  The ACEC competition recognized 56 Illinois-based firms for excellence in engineering at a recent luncheon attended by over 400 engineers, clients and government officials.

The reconstruction and extension of South 17th Street improves safety and increases accessibility for motorists and pedestrians.  Oates Associates began working with the City of Belleville in 2004 to develop plans for improvements to South 17th Street and was involved from concept through construction on this two phase project.  The corridor includes Phase I, a 0.5 mile reconstruction of South 17th Street from West Main Street to IL 13 and Phase II, a 0.5 mile extension of South 17th Street from IL 13 to South 20th Street along an abandoned railroad right of way.  The completed roadway is part of a corridor that connects a variety of destinations.