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Field Notes

Welcome to Modern Steel Construction's Field Notes podcast series, where we interview industry personalities with interesting stories to tell.

Making a Mark

Mark Trimble’s introduction to building things was as his father’s right-hand man on household projects. Little did he know that it would prepare him for a career in construction. Now AISC’s vice president of membership and certification—following a 25-year career with a steel fabricator—Trimble talks about his start in the steel business, his love of music, and going back and forth between big city and small town living.

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A Strong Cast

Carlos de Oliveira and Michael Gray, co-founders of AISC associate member Cast Connex, forged a partnership as students that evolved into a company that is now a global leader in steel castings for structural applications. They talk about how they met, how their student research became a steel construction phenomenon, their favorite Toronto buildings, and their company’s humble beginnings—complete with a road trip to NASCC. Listen below or read an excerpt of the interview in the January 2021 issue.

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Make It Here

Zekelman Industries CEO Barry Zekelman doesn't just want you to use American-made steel. He wants you to use American-made everything. And through a new advertising campaign, he is working to push for industries of all types to grow and maintain their manufacturing operations here in the U.S. You can also read a transcript of his interview in the December issue. 

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 Equality Expert

Yiselle Santos Rivera is a major force in creating a sense of belonging, both in her workplace and the buildings her firm designs. In addition to being a vice president and senior medical planner with HKS' Washington, Washington, D.C., office, she is also the company's global director of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (J.E.D.I.). Listen to her interview below or read a transcript of it in the November issue. 

 

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Industry ACE

Angela Cotie is a project executive with Gilbane Building Company and the chair of ACE Mentoring Houston, where she takes a leading role in introducing the next generation to the wide breadth of careers in the construction industry. When she first started in college, she had a pretty specific idea of what her role in the industry would be, but then she discovered that it could be even more than she expected. You can also read the interview in the October issue.

 

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 Perfect Pair

Rosannah Harding and Matthew Ostrow are the founders of HardingOstrow, a New York-based design practice. They are also the winners of this year’s AISC Forge Prize Award for their design Footbridge. They discuss their winning project, their architectural inspirations, life in a commute-less world, and more. You can also read their interview in the September 2020 issue.

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 Lifetime Advocate

Hollie Noveletsky is CEO of AISC member fabricator Novel Iron Works in Greenland, N.H., and is also an AISC board member. Hollie grew up around steel, visiting and working for her father’s fabrication business before embarking on a career in nursing, specializing in geropsychiatry. Hollie talks about making her mark in the family business—which she now runs—applying her healthcare background to the manufacturing world, and how both roles have helped her company weather the current pandemic. You can also read her interview in the August 2020 issue.

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 There and Back Again

Steve Knitter is president of AISC member fabricator Geiger and Peters in Indianapolis and AISC's board vice chair. Steve talks about how his career evolved from robotics to steel fabrication, why he prefers skiing to snowboarding, what it was like racing to the finish on a project at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and how he found his way back to Hoosier State (twice). You can also read his interview in the July 2020 issue.

 

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 Making Connections

Carol Drucker, SE, PE, PEng, is the cofounder of  Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers in Chicago and an AISC Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Listen in to hear how she became a connection design guru, how she and her staff adapted to the COVII D-19 pandemic, and what she loves most about the Windy City. (June 2020)

 

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  Judge and Jury

John Parucki has been the head national judge of AISC’s Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) for a quarter-century. He talks about the competition, how he became involved with it, what it means to him, how it’s changed over the years, and how he got into the steel business. (May 2020)

 

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 Running Free

Tabitha Stine grew up in a construction family, married another structural engineer, and now she's AISC’s vice president of market development. Between her career, her family, her volunteer leadership of a suburban baseball, softball, and tee-ball league and her running hobby, Stine is always on the move. (April 2020)

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 Longtime Lion

Lou Geschwindner, professor emeritus in architectural engineering at Penn State, is well known for his vast wealth of steel knowledge--as well as his trademark moustache. (March 2020)

Lou Geschwindner

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Beating the Drum

Structural engineer (and drummer) Bill Bast has designed projects for the base of Chicago's tallest building twice, including a recent major renovation. (February 2020)

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