Resume - Vasaitis, Val

Val Vasaitis, SE

Senior Structural Engineer

Structural, Connection, and Construction Engineering

Val has over 18 years of varied experience in structural engineering, working on industrial, bridge, government, and other project types. He has experience with the design and analysis of many different building materials. Val has been involved in all stages of a structural steel project, from conceptual design, contract document preparation, fabrication services, to installation services.

Val is responsible for the execution of engineering and deliverable preparation on several projects concurrently with RexConn Design. Activities include design and analysis of complex tasks, review of team staff engineering work, preparation of design drawings and sketches, and communication with clients to achieve project objectives and schedules. Project types include structural steel connection design, ornamental steel design, and glass engineering.

Education

University of Illinois at Chicago
Masters of Science in Civil Engineering

University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering

Project Experience

Extensive project experience across North and South America, including:

Cuajone Copper Mine – Peru

Traditions Schools – SK, Canada

Falcon’s Stadium – Atlanta, GA

Santa Fe HS Stadium – Edmond, OK

Northwest Crossing – Chicago, IL

Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL

Professional Licenses & Accreditations

Licensed Structural Engineer (SE) – IL

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

Market Expertise

– Government
– Mixed-Use
– Retail

– Bridge
– Education
– Industrial


Resume - Mazurek, Arek

Arek Mazurek, PhD, PE, SE

Senior Structural Engineer

Structural Engineering

Arek is an experienced structural engineer, with a diverse expertise and skill set.  He spent 15 years at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, working on and leading many significant and complex projects, and also chairing their research group.  Arek holds a masters degree and PhD in engineering.  He is skilled at conventional structural analysis and design, and excels at incorporating new approaches while also focusing on the constructability of his solutions.  Arek has spent many years researching and implementing various structural optimization strategies.  His experience in design combined with research and development gives him the unique ability of finding structural solutions that minimize material quantities while maximizing both structural and architectural performance.

Arek’s project experience ranges from large-scale, mixed-use projects to small scale tenant fit-out, specialty studies, and feature elements such as cable structures and glass design.  Arek’s focus is on working with architects and contractors to provide solutions which enhance the overall project.

Arek is also involved in the professional community and academia.  He has published several papers on structural optimization, and serves as the Chair of the ASCE Optimal Structural Design Committee.  His numerous presentations and lectures teach the engineering community about efficient structural design.

Work Experience

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Chicago, IL)
2005 – 2020 (15 years)
Associate Director / Senior Structural Engineer

Education

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

Cracow University of Technology, Poland
Masters of Science in Civil Engineering

Professional Licenses & Accreditations

Licensed Structural Engineer (SE) – IL

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) – CA, United States & Poland

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
– Chair of Optimal Structural Design Committee

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)

Market Expertise

– Commercial
– Residential
– Hospitality
– Mixed-Use
– Supertall
– High-Rise
– Mid-Rise

– Large Scale
– Small Scale
– Education
– Healthcare
– Amenity
– Artwork
– Renovation

Academic Affiliations

Northwestern University
2015 – 2020 (5 years)
– Guest Lecturer: Teaching various classes on material optimization, topology optimization, and graphic statics

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
2001 – 2005 (4 years)
Instructor / Teaching Assistant: Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Computer Engineering, and Statistics

Project Experience

Extensive project experience in the United States, Middle East, and Europe.  Includes all phases of the project – from conceptual design through construction administration.


Resume - Kuo, Jason

Jason Kuo

Senior Plumbing Engineer

MEP Engineering

Jason has over 25 years of plumbing engineering including design, design supervision, site investigation, and quality control of projects including healthcare facilities, universities, libraries, office buildings, medical buildings, and aerospace facilities. He is responsible for supervision of the plumbing design, project planning, quality control, and inter-discipline coordination.

Education

University of Maryland
Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Project Experience

Extensive project experience, including:

Lofts at NoHo Commons – North Hollywood, CA

MTA Gold Line Extension – Foothills, CA

Metro Lofts – Los Angeles, CA

Playa Vista Community Center – Playa Vista, CA

Great Republic Lofts – Los Angeles, CA

Kumho Asiana Plaza – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

California Polytechnic State University Engineering Building IV – San Luis Obispo, CA

Korean American National Museum – Los Angeles, CA

Peninsula Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA

2900 Wilshire Apartments – Los Angeles, CA

Market Expertise

– Commercial
– High-Rise

– Residential


Resume - Hellstern, Wendy

Wendy Hellstern

Vice President of Business Development

Connection & Construction Engineering

Wendy Hellstern is the Vice President of Business Development for REX Engineering Group's Connection & Construction Engineering division, including RexConn Design. Wendy has a vast amount of experience in the metals industry, stemming from her time as the Outside Salesperson for Infra-Metals Co. and the Director of Membership at AISC. Throughout her years in the industry, Wendy has brought steady growth to each organization she's been a part of by forging robust, long-term relationships with clients and colleagues. For instance, during her employment at the American Institute of Steel Construction, Wendy was awarded for Recruitment Excellence for the greatest increase in membership in association history. She focuses on building a mutually respectful and beneficial partnership as the foundation of each relationship, and has worked directly with fabricators, service centers, mills, galvanizers, engineers, and architects.

Work Experience

Infra-Metals Co.
2013 – 2020 (7 years)
Business Development Representative

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
2005 – 2013 (8 years)
Licensed Real Estate Executive

American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.
2001 – 2005 (4 years)
Director of Membership

Education

Illinois State University
Bachelors of Science in Political Science

Recommendations

"When I first met Wendy I was immediately struck by her obvious passion for all things metal and was in awe of her extensive knowledge of the steel industry and market trends! While working in procurement at Contrx Industries, Wendy was by far the most responsive, enthusiastic, and personable sales rep I dealt with! Her knowledge, insight, and "can-do" approach always made my job a little easier. It's rare to come across a sales professional as invested and hardworking, yet extremely enjoyable to work with. I'd recommend anyone with a chance to work with Wendy to jump on it! She's that good!"

– Becky Nichols of Leonardo DRS (Former Client)
Planner II

Professional Affiliations

Chief Chicago
– Founding Member (2020)

Sales & Marketing Expertise

Contract Negotiations

Strategic Corporate Marketing

Customer-Centric Platform

Proven Successful Prospecting Skills & Closing Strategies

Successful Integration into Multiple Industries

Professional Awards & Accolades

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
– Recruitment Excellence Award – Greatest increase in membership in association history

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (CBRB)
– 1st Runner-Up Rookie of the Year – Tied revenue in sales
– One of only two realtors asked to join the elite CBRB Broker Manager Training Program


Resume - Girard, Chris

Chris Girard, PE, SE, P.Eng

Senior Structural Engineer

Structural, Connection, and Construction Engineering

Chris has over 14 years of varied experience in structural engineering, working on commercial, industrial, public bridge, healthcare, government, and other project types. He has experience with the design and analysis of several different building materials, however the majority of his experience is in the structural steel industry. Chris has been involved in all stages of a structural steel project, from conceptual design, contract document preparation, fabrication services, to installation services.

Chris is responsible for the execution of engineering and deliverable preparation on several projects concurrently with RexConn Design. Activities include design and analysis of complex tasks, review of team staff engineering work, preparation of design drawings and sketches, and communication with clients to achieve project objectives and schedules. Project types include structural steel connection design, fall protection design, lifting device design, temporary construction support design, building stability analysis during erection, and design of stability bracing during building erection.

Chris's experience prior to RexConn Design also was heavily focused in the structural steel industry. Structural engineering services for structural steel fabricators and erectors were a large portion of his experience. The project types include structural steel connection design, building stability analysis and design of temporary bracing during erection, engineered heavy crane lifts, lifting device design, renovation of heavy industrial structural steel buildings, field fixes for damaged or deteriorated structural steel structures, and temporary construction support design and implementation.

Education

Lawrence Technological University
Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering

Professional Licenses & Accreditations

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) – AZ, DC, DE, IA, KY, MI, MN, MS, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, SD, TN, VA, WA

Licensed Structural Engineer (SE) – IL

Licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng) – AL, ON, SK (Canada)

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

Structural Engineering Association of Michigan

Market Expertise

– Commercial
– Government
– Mixed-Use
– Retail

– Healthcare
– Education
– Industrial
– Bridge

Project Experience

Extensive project experience in the United States and Canada, including:

Flushing Town Center – Mixed-Use Development
New York, NY

Carnegie Melon University – Scott Hall
Pittsburgh, PA

Barry’s Corner
Allston, MA

Merritt Biomass Fired Power Plant
Merritt, BC, Canada

Ronald McDonald House
Jacksonville, FL

The Chao Center – Harvard Business School
Boston, MA

Rutgers Academic Building
New Brunswick, NJ

Lindt & Sprungli Inc. Building Addition
Stratham, NH

Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater
Town of Geddes, NY


Resume - Saab, Bassem

Bassem Saab

Senior Mechanical Engineer

MEP Engineering

Bassem has more than 15 years of consulting experience in a wide variety of project types including office buildings, restaurants, schools, and high-end retail. He is responsible for mechanical system design, energy compliance calculations, LEED projects design and documentations, and design coordination. Past project experience includes smoke control/evacuation and fire alarm coordination.

Education

California State University, Los Angeles
– Masters in Mechanical Engineering (In Progress)

Lebanese University
– Bachelors of Arts in Mechanical Engineering

Project Experience

Extensive project experience, including:

Jenner & Block Offices – Los Angeles, CA

Woodland Hills Recreation Center – Woodland Hills, CA

Paramount Pictures – Los Angeles, CA

The Argyle – Hollywood, CA

Mt. St. Mary University – Los Angeles, CA

Kumho Asiana Plaza – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

MTA Gold Line Extension – Foothills, CA

De Beers Retail – Multiple Locations

Animo Pat Brown Charter High School – Los Angeles, CA

The Hollywood Roosevelt – Hollywood, CA

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Order of Engineers and Architects – Lebanon

Market Expertise

– Commercial
– Retail
– Healthcare
– Food Service

– Renovation
– Residential
– High-Rise
– LEED Projects


Resume - Mysliwiec Jr., James

James Mysliwiec Jr., PE, LEED GA

Project Manager

MEP Engineering

James is a trained mechanical engineer who has spent a considerable amount of time within the consulting and client side of the industry. Working for the first 7 years of his career on the consulting side before spending 4 years on the client side, James brings a unique skillset and perspective to the REX team. From initial site selection, landlord lease negotiations, and concept design to construction administration, facilities coordination, and post-occupancy commissioning – James has the capabilities to see a project through from start to finish. Spending an extensive amount of time on-site has lent James the ability to make informed, robust decisions with significant impact on not only mechanical, but electrical, plumbing, bms, and fire protection disciplines. Directly working with architect and contractor colleagues has allowed James to hone his communication and project management skills in order to manage expectations and deliver a project that satisfies all parties.

James’s project experience includes higher education, single and multi-family residential, commercial, retail, performing spaces, K-12 education, and industrial. James is passionate about sustainability and tries to implement as many energy-efficient technologies as a project may allow. With a focus on schedule, budget, and simplicity, James strives to develop and deliver a project that is constructible within the budget and time constraints.

Work Experience

Equinox (New York, NY)
2019 – 2020 (1 year)
MEP Engineering Manager

Apple (Cupertino, CA)
2018 – 2019 (1 year)
MEP Engineering Program Manager

Gap Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
2017 – 2018 (1.5 years)
Senior Engineering Manager

Arup (New York, NY)
2015 – 2017 (2 years)
Senior Mechanical Engineer

dbHMS (Chicago, IL)
2010 – 2014 (5 years)
Project Engineer

Professional Licenses & Accreditations

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) – CA, NY, NC, FL, TX

LEED Green Associate (LEED GA), USGBC

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Market Expertise

– Higher Education
– K-12 Education
– Single-Family Residential
– Multi-Family Residential
– Hospitality

– Offices
– Retail
– Commercial
– Mixed-Use
– Tenant Fit-Out

Education

Purdue University
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Project Experience

Extensive project experience in the United States and Europe.