HOUSTON, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, the global design and consulting firm for the built environment, is pleased to announce Ricardo Pittella, PE, LEED AP has joined its Houston office as Buildings Group Leader. A specialist in the design and analysis, and documentation of steel, reinforced concrete, and composite structures, he has delivered numerous projects in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and China.
"Ricardo's deep relationships with Arup's interdisciplinary experts around the world will be an invaluable resource for colleagues and clients alike," said Brian Raine, Houston Group Leader. "With Ricardo on board, we will continue to deliver Arup's peerless design and engineering capabilities—as seen in our work on the White Rose concrete gravity sub-structure wellhead offshore platform—to the Houston and Texas markets."
"I am looking forward to helping set the pace and focus for our team to grow in Texas," said Pittella. Arup established its building engineering team in Houston four years ago, and currently has a 20-member staff. The firm plans to grow the team to 50 people within three years, and contribute to the most significant projects in the state.
The Arup Houston office is currently working on major projects in several sectors throughout the state. These include the Houston International Airport Terminal D Renovation/Expansion, the Blanton Museum Repository at UT Austin, the San Antonio Museum of Art central plant, mechanical upgrades for the Kimball Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum renovation, the Childsafe Project in San Antonio, the Hotel Santa Rita in Midland, and a new 120 room boutique hotel in Austin.
With Arup since 1997, Pittella transfers to Texas after launching the firm's Brazil office; previously, he was based in the New York office, where he was the Structural Discipline Leader and the Americas Region Structural Skills Leader.
The preeminent provider of engineering, consulting, planning, design, and technical specialist services in the built environment, Arup aims to do the best quality work across diverse specialties to deliver value to its clients and achieve a positive impact on our world. The firm opened its first US office over 30 years ago and now employs 1,400 people in the Americas. Since its founding in 1946, members of Arup have developed transformative ways of working with its clients. The firm's unique version of employee-ownership promotes long-term thinking and significant investment in research and innovation for the benefit of its clients. For additional information, visit Arup's website at www.arup.com and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas at doggerel.arup.com.
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