We’re proud to introduce you to our newest team member, Jeannette M. Pfeiffer, S.E., P.E., LEED AP. Jeannette brings 17 years of structural design and construction industry experience to K2N Crest as well as a commitment to advancing the structural engineering community. Here, Jeannette shares insights into her interests and expertise.
What drew you to K2N Crest?
“I like the fact that the company has been around for more than 20 years and has evolved organically. As a privately-held organization, the company’s growth and stellar reputation has required leadership that combines structural engineering expertise with business acumen. I believe that this combination is essential to inspiring a strong culture that drives employee and client satisfaction as well as financial success.
“I also enjoy challenges and K2N has a team of professionals who are expert in dealing with a wide array of issues that go beyond structural design. They offer intelligent, cost-effective solutions to complex challenges ranging from structural analysis to architectural design to façade restoration and water infiltration. This is an environment where I can learn and grow my skills.”
How did you get into engineering?
“I like making things stand up. As a child, I remember using simple Legos to create multi-floor houses. I was also inspired by my father, who was a building engineer. He knew how to run everything in that building, from the HVAC system to the locks on the doors to the lighting.
“It was while I was attending Architecture Camp at the University of Illinois prior to my senior year in high school that I discovered that I was more interested in making sure a building could stand up than I was in its aesthetic design.”
What is your educational background?
“I attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (Building Structural Systems). There I learned about every component that goes into a building from its architectural design to the HVAC and water and ventilation systems. This gives me a solid, practical foundation from which I can address our clients’ structural and other building issues.
“Before earning my Master of Science, Structural Engineering at M.S.O.E., I worked with an Arizona-based Structural Engineering firm. There, I learned how to communicate with contractors and gained an understanding of how buildings get made. That position also taught me how to combine my theoretical knowledge with practical implementation. It was an invaluable experience.”
What special skills do you bring to your position?
“In addition to being experienced in all phases of new design and construction, renovation and forensic projects, I love working with clients—simplifying what can be incredibly complex concepts into terms, explanations and examples that the client can readily understand.”
Why is involvement in the structural engineering community so important to you?
“I love everything about the structural engineering process—the investigation, the problem solving, the calculations required. Because I find this field so exciting, I want to inspire others who are just entering or considering a career in this industry. I make this happen by being a mentor, teaching S.E. and design courses and actively participating in local and national structural engineering associations.”
What is your business philosophy?
“I’m all about keeping things as simple as possible. What is the best way to do something that has the least impact on the surrounding structure and systems? Depending upon the situation, we want to maintain or create building integrity in whatever we do, but we also want to keep in mind the needs of the client, the building and the construction partners.”
Want an example of Jeannette’s passion for structural engineering? Click here to read her article on her work with Chicago’s famous John G. Shedd Aquarium.