December 7, 2017 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Maintaining Our Built World – The Structural Engineer’s Role

Long after the last beam has been delivered to the site, tower crane has been dismantled and the occupancy permit has been secured, the structural engineering profession still has an important role to play in the maintenance, upkeep, and repair of our building structures. In Chicago, structural engineers are regularly called on to inspect, assess, certify, and/or develop repairs or modifications for existing buildings. Code provisions in the Chicago Municipal Code or Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations require periodic assessment of building facades, exposed metal structures, and facade access equipment. In this half-day seminar, participants will gain insight into how structural engineers can best serve the community in this regard. The following topics will be covered:

  • Insights from the Department of Buildings
    Grant Ullrich (Deputy Commissioner), Robert Fahlstrom (Manager of Regulatory Review), and Jose Aparicio (Building Inspector) – City of Chicago Department of Buildings
  • Understanding OSHA Regulations for Facade Access Equipment and Their Proper Application to Building Structures
    Kurt Holloway and Jonathan Lewis – Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. 
  • Best Practices for Facade Related Inspections
    Kathleen Strnad, Klein and Hoffman, Inc. 

Attendees will earn 3.0 hours of Continuing Education Credit.  CE certificates will be emailed after the class. 

Course materials will be provided electronically.

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The registration fee is just $150 for members, $225 for non-members through December 1.   A continental breakfast will be provided. 



Association Forum
10 S. Riverside Plaza #800
Chicago, IL


About the Presenters

Grant Ullrich, Assoc. AIA, is a Deputy Commissioner in the City of Chicago Department of Buildings with responsibility for building code development, policy, and administration. He is a licensed attorney and earned professional degrees in law and architecture concurrently from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Department of Buildings in 2016, he worked in the City’s Law Department for eight years, including on the exterior wall enforcement team.



Robert Fahlstrom is Manager of Regulatory Review for the Department of Buildings and a licensed architect. He has 30 years of experience in building code and life safety enforcement. He oversees the City’s exposed metal report program.  





Jose Aparicio is a building inspector with the City of Chicago Department of Buildings who has been the court inspector for exterior wall violations for nearly 10 years. 


Kurt P. Holloway, P.E., S.E., is a Senior Associate with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Mr. Holloway has extensive experience with design, evaluation and testing of facade access and fall protection systems. He has also performed a variety of other structural investigations, including design of repairs and modifications to steel, concrete, wood, aluminum, masonry, and cable structures of historic and contemporary vintages.



Jonathan E. Lewis, S.E. is an Associate Principal and Unit Manager with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.  Mr. Lewis has been involved in a variety of structural investigations and repair designs. He has developed expertise in fall protection requirements for elevated work surfaces, as well as the evaluation and analysis of facade access equipment. He currently serves on the AEI Task Committee for Facade Access Equipment.



Kathleen Strnad, AIA, EIT, LEED AP, is a Senior Assocaite I with Klein and Hoffman, Inc. Ms. Strnad has managed and collaborated on adaptive reuse and structural restoration projects. Her responsibilities include design and analysis for new construction, building modifications and rehabilitation. She is well-versed in high-rise residential, commerical, museums, higher education, hospitality, and retail with a client-focused approach.  








Edward Swierz ( Integrity Structural Illinois LLC )
Isaac Gaetz ( Envista Forensics )
Oana Toma ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Mark Guirguis
Ray Warner ( Eskenazi & Farrell Associates, LLC )
Rich Leber ( Eskenazi & Farrell Associates, LLC )
Patrycja Szustka ( Eskenazi & Farrell Associates, LLC )
Walter Farrell ( Eskenazi & Farrell Associates, LLC )
Paul Alf ( Eskenazi & Farrell Associates, LLC )
Grant Halvorsen ( Halvorsen Engineering and Consulting )
Kevin Wilson ( TGRWA, LLC )
Moshe Calamaro ( Moshe Calamaro & Associates )
John Fodor ( Fodor Engineering & Design, LLC )
Steve Zimmerman ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Aaron Neuman ( United States Gypsum Company )
John Rosenwinkel ( Fraser Design Group, Inc. )
Michael Murphy ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Roman Szczesniak ( RSJR Engineering Ltd. )
Michele Tydus ( Garza Karhoff Engineering )
Jakub Szewczyk ( Brindley Engineering )
Kevin Scurry ( Applied Technical Services, Inc. )
Kurt Holloway ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Homa Ghaemi ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Grant Ullrich ( City of Chicago Department of Buildings )
Kathleen Strnad ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Jonathan Lewis ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Robert Fahlstrom ( City of Chicago Department of Buildings )
Jose Aparicio ( City of Chicago Department of Buildings )
Arthur Kurzydlo ( Dearborn Engineering Corp. )
Charles Sheridan ( Marquette Steel Supply & Fabrication, Inc. )
Gwen Evans ( Carl Walker )
Al Teska ( Applied Technical Services Inc. )
Michael Wiscons ( Building Technology Consultants, Inc. )
Jared D'Amico ( K2N Crest )
Stephen Schmitt ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Craig Marifke