David J. Atkins, PE Named President of NuTec Design

YORK, PA – NuTec Design Associates, Inc. announces a time of transition and transformation for the 32-year-old company. Effective May 15, 2018, the board of directors has accepted the resignation of Andrew L. Shakely, PE, LEED AP as president of the firm as he pursues new opportunities. In turn, the board of directors has elected David J. Atkins, PE, as president of the company. Atkins is the fourth president in the history of the firm.
 
Atkins joined NuTec Design in 1998. He most recently served as executive vice president, director of operations, and project manager. He also previously served as vice president and manager of the NuTec Design structural engineering department.
 
Atkins holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with Structural Emphasis from The Pennsylvania State University, from where he graduated in 1996. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in 17 states.
 
Active in the community, Atkins has been a coach for Craley Baseball for more than seven years, and he has served as vice president of the organization for the past three years. He is a former member of the Building and Site Selection Committee for York Habitat for Humanity. In the profession, Atkins is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Lincoln Chapter, and he chairs the Scholarship Awards Committee for the organization.
 
Atkins is thrilled about his new challenge: “NuTec Design was founded on the belief of utilizing technology, and I am excited for the ever-changing future of our profession,” he states. “Working with the next generation of clients, our talented staff continues to incorporate new technologies, combined with the lessons learned from our historic project experiences, to provide creative and transformational solutions to our clients.”
 
Contact Dave Atkins at 717-434-1505 or datkins@nutecgroup.com with any questions.

NuTec Design Associates, Inc. is a professionally-owned architectural and engineering practice with a long history of excellence in design.  The firm serves clients throughout the eastern United States and beyond from its headquarters in York, PA and is part of the Nutec Group of companies.

Kimberlee McKitish Honored with State Award

NuTec Design Associates, Inc., an integrated engineering and architectural firm, announces that Kimberlee McKitish, PE, LEED Green Assoc. has been named Young Engineer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE). The annual award recognizes an outstanding engineer no older than age 35, and considers collegiate achievements, professional and technical society activities, engineering experience, publications, project achievements, and additional activities including civic involvement and humanitarian endeavors. 

McKitish attended the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned an Integrated Bachelors/Masters of Architectural Engineering in 2008. McKitish became a licensed structural engineer in 2014, and is also a certified LEED Green Associate through the US Green Building Council (USGBC). She has been with NuTec Design since January 2010, and manages the firm’s structural engineering department.

A regular speaker at national industry conferences, she presented “Learn to Be Selfish” at the Women in Design+Construction Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, in November. The event is hosted by Building Design+Construction, one of the architectural, engineering, and construction industry’s top publications. Previously she spoke at the annual conferences of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and National Council of Structural Engineering Associations (NCSEA), in addition to presenting at events of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Lincoln Chapter and Penn State Women in Engineering Program.

McKitish has also authored several articles for national industry publications, including “Thinking Outside the Wooden Box” in the June 2016 issue of STRUCTURE magazine and “Building Rapport with Senior Leadership: A Millennial’s View” in the September 2015 issue of A/E Marketing Journal. She is active in her profession, having volunteered for the USGBC Central PA, ACE Mentoring, Future City, and Green Drinks York.

Kristen Topper Joins NuTec Design as Lead Architect

NuTec Design is proud to welcome Kristen Topper, RA as the newest addition to their architectural team. Kristen, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, will lead project production and coordination and oversee conceptual design through design development.

Kristen brings a wealth of architectural experience to NuTec. Most recently she was employed as an architect with Melville Thomas Architects and LSC Design. Kristen says, “I am excited to be part of NuTec and looking forward to gaining experience in a new building industry. What intrigued me most about this opportunity was the ability work side-by-side with engineers.”

“We are excited to welcome Kristen into our design team. Her skills and experience as an exceptional collaborator and architect will be a great addition to NuTec,” says Dave Miller, RA, manager of the architectural department. “With bringing Kristen onto the team, we are strengthening our ability to provide innovative architectural solutions and support to our clients.”

Kimberlee McKitish Named Young Engineer of the Year

The Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council (CPEWC) presented Kimberlee McKitish, PE, its 2017 Young Engineer of the Year award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and her community.

The award is presented based upon the engineer’s professional and technical society activities, positions held, and achievements. Also in consideration are the engineer’s community and humanitarian activities, as well as professional competencies.

Kim received this award in honor of her engineering and supervisory positions with NuTec Design since 2009, along with her service to the Central PA Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, and many other engineering professional services. Kim shows her passion of engineering through her involvement with ACE Mentoring and Future City Competitions, both of which expose students to the engineering discipline. Kim has presented at national engineer conferences, engaging audiences in engineering related content, and recently had an article published in Structure Magazine. She holds a BAE and MAE in Architectural Engineering, in addition to, an Engineering Mechanics Minor from The Pennsylvania State University. She currently holds her LEED Green Associate Certificate.

The CPEWC presented the award to Kim during its 2017 Engineers Week Awards Banquet on February 23rd, 2017.  “I would like to thank CPEWC for honoring me as the Young Engineer of the Year,” Kim stated in her acceptance speech. “This award would never have been possible without the amazing people in my life, including everyone I work with at NuTec. It is amazing to be with a company and in a profession where I can learn and grow daily, while teaching others along the way.”

About the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council (CPEWC)

CPEWC is a non-profit organization established to plan and implement the celebration of Engineers Week annually in the Greater Harrisburg Metropolitan Area and the surrounding communities. The CPEWC is composed of representatives from various engineering and technical societies in Central Pennsylvania. These Member Organizations have joined together to fulfill the Council’s mission to promote the work of engineers for the public’s understanding and welfare; to honor outstanding members of the engineering profession; to recognize outstanding engineering and technical achievements; and to enhance technological literacy of the public through educational activities. www.cpewc.com

Taryn Gilvey & Zachary Smith Obtain LEED Green Associate Certification

NuTec Design proudly announces that Taryn N. Gilvey, EIT, and Zachary J. Smith recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

A LEED professional credential, awarded by the USGBC, signifies an individual is a leader in the field and an active participant in the green building movement. A LEED Green Associate designation indicates an individual has a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices.

Taryn N. Gilvey, E.I.T, a Structural Designer, recently earned her LEED Green Associate credential upon successful completion of the exam. She graduated from Penn State Harrisburg majoring in Structural Design and Construction Management Technology and has almost 4 years’ experience in the field. Her responsibilities with NuTec include designing new structures, reviewing and analyzing existing structures, and developing construction models.

Zachary J. Smith, an Architectural Designer, recently completed the exam earning his LEED Green Associate credential. He graduated from York Technical Institute majoring in Computer Aided Drafting and Design and is currently attending Academy of Art University to obtain a Bachelor of Architecture. He has more than 2 years’ experience and his responsibilities with NuTec include architectural design, construction document development, surveying, BIM modeling and acting as Lead CAD Operator.

NuTec Staff Helping to Build Future A/E/C Workforce Through ACE Mentor Program

NuTec Design employees are encouraging and engaging students through the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the ACE Mentor Program. The ACE Mentor Program of America is a nationwide after-school mentoring program for high school students with the purpose of inspiring students to pursue careers in the architecture, construction, and engineering industries.

ACE Mentors are industry professionals who volunteer their time to expose students to real world design team challenges. Teams are composed of students and mentors which are structured similar to an actual design team, with the students being led through a mock design project from architects, engineers and construction managers. Students also have the opportunity to visit actual construction sites during the program.

Kimberlee McKitish, P.E., LEED, Manager of the Structural Department at NuTec Design Associates, Inc., volunteers her time in the Cumberland County School District once a week throughout the school year with high school students. She is on the Board of the Cumberland County chapter of ACE Mentoring where she helps plan and execute the programming for approximately 40 students each year. This includes finding mentors and serving as one herself.

Kimberlee will lead the program when the students start learning about her expertise, structural engineering. She explains an example exercise she would set up for the students.

“For the structural activity, we separate the students into small groups and hand out a set amount of gumdrops and spaghetti to build a structure to a list of criteria that can hold the most magazines in the group. The activities always try to incorporate a real world problem, so halfway through the building, we tell the students the client has decided to make a change to the original design and the tower must be three inches taller.”

Kimberlee says her greatest reward is “helping the students through the problem-solving and creativity of the challenge, as well as introducing them to a career path that I love."

Taryn Gilvey, E.I.T., a Structural Designer at NuTec Design Associates, Inc., mentors students who attend Lancaster County Schools. For the past 3 years, Taryn has spent almost every Tuesday evening helping high school students understand the industry and get a hands on feel for what exactly it takes to become an engineer or architect. She believes exposure to certain disciplines before college is critical in determining your future career path. Taryn wishes there was a program like this when she was in school since she started college majoring in architecture but switched to study structural engineering when she realized architecture wasn't really what she enjoyed.

Taryn explains why she is so committed to the ACE Mentorship program, "Watching the students get really enthusiastic about their design during the presentation in front of their parents is really fun to see.  Also, knowing that I might have made even a tiny impact on these students future and what they want to do with it is pretty gratifying." 

Josh Millman, AIA, CFM, LEED AP, Vice President of NuTec Design Associates, Inc., spent 5 years volunteering with the Dauphin County School District Ace Mentoring Program, 2 as a lecturer/mentor and 3 as a leader. As AIA Central PA Chapter President Josh became aware that current demographic trends indicated there will not be enough trained architects to meet demand within 20 years. He knew this was a way to address that concern and make a difference.

Josh’s greatest reward when he worked with the ACE Mentor Program was “to see students successfully gain admissions to ACE-related university programs, and then come back and tell the students about their university programs, and then become mentors and leaders for ACE.”

About ACE Mentor Program

ACE services are funded by firms, trade associations, and manufacturers in the A/E/C industry. This program not only helps increase the overall pool of college students majoring in engineering, architecture and construction management but helps increase diversity within the fields. ACE also provides scholarships to program alumni who major in an industry-related field. Learn more about ACE here: http://www.acementor.org/

NuTec Announces Civil Department Additions

W. Casey Deller and Christopher J. Beauregard hired as new leads in the civil engineering department.

NuTec Design is excited to welcome W. Casey Deller and Christopher J. Beauregard as the newest team leaders in the civil engineering department. Both come to NuTec group with decades of experience as professional engineers.

W.Casey Deller, PE joins NuTec with over 15 years of experience in civil engineering and project management. He holds professional licensure in 4 states and his technical expertise lies in the design and approval of land development and site design projects, as well as the management of multi-discipline private and public improvement projects. At NuTec Design, Casey is responsible for the civil engineering team, including ensuring the completeness and quality of designs, allocation of resources, strategic planning, staff oversight, business development and community engagement. Contact Casey at 717.434.1506 or cdeller@nutecgroup.com

Christopher J. Beauregard, PE has over two decades of experience in civil engineering and project management for governmental, commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. Chris holds his professional licensure in 11 states and at NuTec, Chris will be regularly involved with project management, permitting, cost estimating, scheduling, and budget monitoring for land development projects. Contact Chris at 717.434.1515 or cbeauregard@nutecgroup.com

“Both Casey and Chris bring a wealth of experience and industry knowledge which already make them key additions to our civil team and the NuTec family. I am confident Casey and Chris will play key roles in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.” Andrew L. Shakely, President, NuTec Design Associates, Inc.

Kimberlee McKitish Featured in STRUCTURE Magazine

Kimberlee McKitish was recently featured in the June 2016 issue of STRUCTURE magazine. Her article, Thinking Outside the Wooden Box, talks about creative problem solving for repairing wooden structures.

Click here to view the article or download the pdf here.

Kimberlee A. McKitish, PE, LEED Green Assoc. has six years of experience in structural engineering and design. McKitish is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and a Master of Architectural Engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer and a LEED Green Associate, a designation obtained through the U.S. Green Building Council. Her responsibilities include performing structural analysis and design of foundation and structural systems for industrial, food and beverage, commercial, and educational projects.

Comments? Questions? Contact Kim at kmckitish@nutecgroup.com or 717.434.1518