Arup Hires Brian McElhatten to Lead Structural Team in Chicago

Veteran expert in structural engineering will focus on developing and growing Arup's Chicago office

Jan 22, 2014, 14:32 ET from Arup

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today that Brian McElhatten, PE, SE, has joined the company as associate principal and the structural lead in the firm's Chicago office.  In this new role Brian will be responsible for the day-to-day involvement of all structural projects with the major goal of continuing to develop and grow the Chicago office.


Brian comes to Arup with more than 14 years' experience as a structural engineer.  He has worked around the world on several notable projects throughout his career including the 70-story Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China; a 40-story tower in Shanghai, China; three 60+ story towers in New York City; two 100+ story towers in South Korea, and several government buildings on the east coast.  Previously, Brian was an associate director of structural engineering for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.  He served as the project engineer on multiple, simultaneous projects and oversaw engineers in the Chicago and New York City offices.

"Brian is an exciting addition to Arup's Chicago office," said Mahadev Raman, chairman of Arup Americas.  "With his previous skills and knowledge, Brian will foster tremendous opportunities for our Chicago operations."

With his diverse background, Brian brings a wide range of skills and leadership to Arup, and possesses broad experience in all phases of design and construction.  He has extensive knowledge of tall building systems, analysis and design, and his most proficient quality is the ability to manage multiple projects with critical deadlines.

"I want to work with clients that are interested in doing high-quality, challenging projects" said McElhatten. "I particularly enjoy high-rise design and hope to have the chance to work on these types of projects in the Chicago market and around the world.  For the last 7 years I have been leading several projects with teams that are similar in size to the current Arup Chicago structural group.  I'm excited for the challenge this new position brings and I'm looking forward to providing exceptional work for our clients that will help lead and grow Arup's Chicago office.

Brian holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Association of Illinois (SEAOI), and the ASCE National Technical Program Committee where he is a Topic Chair for Buildings for the National Structures Congress. He is also a licensed structural and professional engineer in Illinois, and a licensed professional engineer in Indiana. 

Arup has a long standing history of working on project in the Chicago area. Most recently, it has been involved with the Earl J. Shapiro Hall Lab School project at the University of Chicago; The Poetry Foundation Headquarters; The Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing; The Gary Comer Youth Center; The British School of Chicago; and The Accident Fund Headquarters in Lansing, Michigan.

About Arup
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