“It takes a team effort to help our clients succeed. The first challenge in any design situation is to discover the real problem. The process starts with laying a solid foundation. It begins with a vision to see the future and to create designs that can stand the test of time. This may be future-proofing a building or simply implementing a well thought out construction phasing plan.”
I grew up in rural southern Wisconsin, and both my parents grew up in large farming families and transitioned into blue-collar factory work. As I grew up, I was encouraged to follow my engineering passion. This led me to major in architectural engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). At MSOE, I met my wife, got married, had two children, and then I found my way to AEI.
Rick is a principal with the firm and an experienced project manager with years of leadership and technical engineering experience. He joined AEI in 1992 as a mechanical engineer in the Madison office after graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering.
Rick’s professional experience spans complex projects for research, pharmaceutical/biotechnology, and industrial/manufacturing clients. His design experience involves facilities containing clean rooms, vivariums, and biohazard safety level (BSL) labs. Some of his key projects include Takeda Pharmaceutical company, Bayer, Northwestern University, Exact Sciences, and Battelle Memorial Institute. He has experience in coordinating design teams, project completion and specifications, performing load calculations, selecting mechanical equipment, and performing field construction services. He works closely with other disciplines to coordinate component locations and constructability. The key to Rick’s success is his ability to understand a client’s requirements and constraints.