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SIUE Inducts Schopp into Alumni Hall of Fame

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Bruce Schopp, president of the civil and structural engineering/architectural design firm Oates Associates of Collinsville, Ill., has been inducted into the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association.

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Schopp was honored at an awards dinner on Oct. 8 for his achievements in the engineering field and his contributions to both the community and SIUE.

A licensed professional engineer and structural engineer, Schopp has been with Oates Associates for 25 years and recently was promoted to president and chief operating officer.


Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino has been selected as the 2010 Person of the Year by the Italian American Labor Council.

The council selected Andolino for her leadership and dedication to the success of the O’Hare Modernization Program as well as for her appointment to commissioner of CDA.

The Italian American Labor Council’s annual dinner was held on Oct. 15 in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill.


The Italian American Labor Council was formed in 1966. The council’s purpose is to help transition Italian Immigrants into the American workforce and provide valuable networking opportunities to its members.

Julie Havens, a medical planner/intern for HOK’s Chicago Healthcare Practice, has been selected to receive a Herman Miller for Healthcare Intern Architect Scholarship to attend the 2010 Healthcare Design Conference.

Havens was one of only nine young professionals nationwide to receive the scholarship, which was awarded based on education, healthcare experience, and commitment to excellence in a health care architecture career.

The scholarships, which included $1,500 and registration to the conference, were presented by the AIA Academy for Health and Herman Miller for Healthcare.

Havens has been a member of Chicago’s Healthcare Practice since August 2008. She has worked on several health care projects for the firm, including the Ohio State University Medical Center ProjectONE and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Galter Inpatient Conversion project in Chicago, Ill.


Mark Elmore, senior technician, recently celebrated 30 years of service at Hanson’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Ill.

Elmore is experienced in preparing construction and bid documents using computer-aided drafting programs to detail buildings and bridges. His technical skills provide support for structural, geotechnical, environmental and hydraulic design services.

Elmore has an associate degree in drafting and design technology from John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill.

Malissa Heller with MartinRiley of Fort Wayne, Ind., recently received a certificate qualifying her to perform thermal/infrared thermography.

Thermal/infrared thermography is a non-destructive/non-invasive investigative methodology that is often used to identify areas of wet or otherwise compromised building insulation, helping to locate areas where energy is being lost from a building. It is also used to identify overheated electrical circuits and electrical connections, helping to locate electrical flaws that could result in overheating and electrical system faults.

MartinRiley serves the Midwest market in architectural, engineering and interior design and nationally for building envelope consulting services.

Gregory A. Cook of St. Louis, Mo., has earned professional certification in the field of correctional health care.

To become a certified correctional Health Professional, Cook demonstrated mastery of national standards and the knowledge expected of leaders working in this field.

Cook joins more than 2,000 correctional health care professionals nationwide who have earned this certification.

He is the first architect in the nation to receive this distinction.


Thomas Venarge has been named president of APV Engineered Coatings in Akron, Ohio. Venarge had served as the company’s vice president of manufacturing since 2004 and has also been the plant manager since 1999.


Berry DeSimone Jr. has been appointed chief operating offi cer of Legat Architects Inc. of Chicago. The promotion is part of a third generation leadership transition of the firm, founded in 1964.

DeSimone will lead the firm’s business operations in the areas of project delivery, human resources, technology and client service. He will work closely with the president/CEO and chief financial officer to align the day-to-day operations and performance criteria with the firm’s strategic business goals.

DeSimone works with the firm’s studio directors to oversee project managers and ensure that the firm’s processes provide continuous improvement in the areas of Sustainability, Performance, and Design.

DeSimone joined Legat Architects in 1992 as a senior project manager and has more than 37 years of experience in the architecture and construction industries.

The Opus Group recently announced the appointment of David Everson to general manager of the Chicago office of Opus Development Corp.

In his leadership position, Everson will be responsible for pursuing commercial real estate development and investment opportunities, and for leading development operations. He also will continue his role as vice president of sales and finance.

In addition, Everson will continue in his role as vice president of sales and finance for Opus, where he is responsible for securing the construction financing and eventual sale of various build-to-suit and speculative development projects in Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Columbus.

Throughout his 11-year tenure with Opus, Everson has managed or assisted in the financing or sale of more than $1 billion in commercial real estate.

Everson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a member of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association and University of Wisconsin Alumni Association.

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. of Madison, Wis., recently announced the promotion of Jim Yehle to director of health care. In this position, Yehle will be responsible for leading the Findorff Healthcare Group.

Yehle has worked on a wide range of notable projects since he joined Findorff in 1999, including Edgewood Humanities, Overture Center of the Arts and the American Family Children’s Hospital.


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