SEAMASS News & Member Briefs
News | Events | Resources | Opportunities

February 2022
  • A Message from SEAMASS President Lisa Davey, PE
  • Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
  • CALL FOR APPLICANTS by April 30: SEAMASS 2022 Scholarship
  • Congratulations 2021 SEAMASS Scholarship Winner
  • Member Profile: Christine McLaughlin, PE
  • Member News & Announcements
  • SEAMASS Young Member Group (YMG) News & Events
  • Members' Expertise Saves Earthquake-Damaged Buildings in Haiti
  • Recap of SEAMASS Professional Development Events
  • NCSEA News & Updates
  • BBRS Updates
  • Career Opportunities - Our Members Are Hiring!
  • Welcome New Members and Annual Sponsors
Message from SEAMASS President Lisa Davey, PE
2022 is off to a great start and your Board of Directors and I are eager to keep up the momentum. With your support, SEAMASS provided great value to our members and industry in 2021.

Since last Fall, SEAMASS has successfully: 
  • Planned & hosted 14 Professional Development Webinars featuring 18 presenters

  • Filled 755 virtual "seats" at webinar-series events with 363 participants from MA and & beyond

  • Distributed 646.5 PDHs of SEAMASS or NCSEA-Diamond Certified participation

  • Increased individual memberships and welcomed 6 new annual sponsors 
We continued to enhance our successful webinar platform to connect presenters, registrants, and sponsors from across our region. Based on member feedback, we plan to transition to a hybrid model of webinars and in-person events going forward. I’m happy to announce that our first in-person program of the year is in April!

In this issue, we share new events and recap recent ones; profile a member; highlight member news and how our members have shared their expertise globally to preserve earthquake damaged buildings; share Young Member Group updates; call for applications for the SEAMASS 2022 Engineering Student Scholarship; congratulate our 2021 Scholarship winner; promote career opportunities, provide updates from industry peers such as BBRS and NCSEA; and welcome new members and sponsors.

The strength of our organization comes from members. Our volunteer directors and committee members strive to produce quality professional development opportunities, award scholarships to aspiring engineers, and serve the community and industry solely with funds from annual SEAMASS memberships, sponsorships, and event-participant fees. Please invite your non-member industry peers to join SEAMASS, or upgrade your current $50 annual member investment to become a sponsor.
Thank you for doing your part to maintain our vibrant organization and industry.
Lisa Davey, PE | SEAMASS President
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
February 3, 10 & 17, 2022
Webinar Series - Thursdays, 11 a.m. - Noon EST
Embodied Carbon & Sustainable Design
FEB 3: Buildings & Carbon: Understanding Embodied Carbon and its Impacts on Design
Presenter: Jacob Deva Racusin | Director, Building Science & Sustainability | New Frameworks

FEB 10: Design Considerations for Flooding and Sea Level Rise
Presenter: Matthew R. Gilbertson, PE, SE | Senior Consulting Engineer | SGH

FEB 17:  Decarbonizing New York's 100 Year Old Office Buildings
Presenter: Colin Schless, LEED, CPHC | Vice President | Thornton Tomasetti

Can't make the LIVE presentations? Register to receive the webinar recordings.
MARCH 2022
Webinar Series | Dates TBA | 11 a.m. - Noon EST [3.0 PDHs]
Detailing: What Engineers Need to Know
(Concrete, Masonry, and Steel)
APRIL 2022 - 2 Events:
Webinar | Thursday, April 28 | 11 a.m. - Noon | 1.0 PDHs
ACI 562-19 - The ACI Concrete Repair Code
Presenter: Keith Kesner, PhD, PE, SE | Senior Project Manager | CVM Engineers

In-Person Event | Date & Time TBA
Panel Discussion on Current Market Conditions
View or bookmark the SEAMASS Events Calendar for all upcoming events
CALL FOR APPLICANTS (Deadline is April 30, 2022)
SEAMASS Structural Engineering Student Scholarship
The SEAMASS Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded to one candidate in May 2022, who is a college student (at an ABET accredited university) completing Junior, Senior, or Graduate level courses in a Civil or Architectural Engineering program with a focus on Structural Engineering.

Interested candidates shall provide a brief essay of 500 to 1,500 words in response to these questions: [1] What compelled you to study Structural Engineering? and [2] How do you see yourself contributing to the Structural Engineering field following graduation?

Essays will be reviewed by the SEAMASS Scholarship Committee, who may also interview one or more candidates via Zoom in early May prior to final decision.
The submission deadline is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. 

Candidates must email their completed essays, or any questions, to SEAMASS Secretary Aaron Ford, PE at Winner announced at the 2022 SEAMASS Annual Meeting.  View, print or share the PDF summary of this opportunity.
Congratulations 2021 SEAMASS Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to our 2021 SEAMASS Engineering Scholarship winner! Louise Holway, a student at Northeastern University in Boston, will earn her B.S. in Civil Engineering and Architecture in May 2022.

Louise’s Award Package includes a $1,500 check; complimentary one-year SEAMASS / NCSEA Student Membership, and admission to a SEAMASS professional development event of her choice.
Louise shared, “Thank you so much! I am honored and grateful to be chosen for the scholarship, and it will help immensely with academic expenses.”
SEAMASS Member Profile
Christine McLaughlin, PE
Christine is a structural engineer with HNTB in Boston, as well as Event Coordinator with the SEAMASS Young Members Group. She has five years of experience with bridge design, inspection, and rating services, in addition to miscellaneous building design. Christine earned her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University with a Structural concentration.

She answered the questions below, so we can know her better. Thank you, Christine, for your contributions to SEAMASS and the Structural Engineering profession!

Why did you join SEAMASS? I was invited by the YMG Chair at the time through a different industry organization event. I had been interested in networking more with other structural engineers and growing my knowledge, as I don't get much building experience in my current role.

What are your goals as an engineer?  I’d like to broaden my expertise. I’ve worked on a variety of projects, but I appreciate the different experiences of working on small and large projects with different scopes and requirements.

In the engineering field, what accomplishments are you most proud of? Working with outreach groups to encourage young women and girls to get involved in engineering and providing support to them through mentoring. It’s one of the things that I’m extremely passionate about and brings me so much joy!

Describe a project that you’re involved with. I’m currently working on a bridge replacement. The fun part is, the old bridge is a 38-year-old “temporary” bridge built by the Army Corps as a trial for a river crossing. It’s also my first project working with a landscape architect. We’ve had interesting conversations about... READ MORE
Member News
Veitas and Veitas Engineers announces that Rimas Veitas, PE has passed the reins of ownership to Jonathan Bayreuther, PE, along with Andrew Filipe and Tim McKenna, PE. Rimas remains active in the firm’s project development and innovation. The new leaders will continue to build on the firm’s 60+ year legacy of providing structural engineering services for major wood framed multifamily housing projects.
SEAMASS Young Members Group Updates
The SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) continues to grow and enhance the SEAMASS community by coordinating events and programs designed to support young engineering professionals. Recent events are summarized below.
Habitat for Humanity Build Day

The SEAMASS YMG participated in a Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Westwood, MA on Saturday, Jan 15. With the major structural and architectural elements previously completed, work was focused on finish details.
Funding was obtained through generous contributions from AISC and GEI Consultants, and additional donations from L.A. Fuess Partners, Veitas & Veitas, Tighe & Bond, and SGH will be used toward future build days. If you or your firm would like to support this mission, either by volunteering your time or a financial contribution, please contact YMG Member Orion Paul, PE.
Pictured, from left: Orion Paul, James Gayle, Dylan Quinn, Chelsea Hoplin, and Kyle Karschner.
YMG New Year Celebration 2022

In January, the SEAMASS and BSCES YMGs gathered to kick off the new year, socialize and network at Nightshift Brewery at Lovejoy Wharf. DEWALT once again sponsored this annual event with generous raffle prizes, food, and refreshments.
Upcoming YMG-Coordinated Events:
MAR 2022: SEAMASS & SENH YMG Ski Night [Date TBA]
APR 2022: SE/PE Exam Prep Informational Webinar [Date TBA]
Follow or Link to SEAMASS YMG on these Social Platforms,
to stay informed about upcoming events currently being planned:
Instagram (@seamassymg); LinkedIn; and Twitter
Members' Expertise Saves Earthquake-Damaged Buildings in Haiti
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake centered near the city of Les Ceres in Haiti on Aug 14, 2021 caused widespread damage in a country still recovering from a 2010 devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Through Tighe & Bond, Catholic Charities sought volunteers to provide structural assessments for the charity’s structures in Les Ceres.

SEAMASS Members Doug Antholz, SE of Tetra Tech and David Schnerch, PE of Wiss, Janney, Elstner met via video conference with David Murphy, PE of Tighe & Bond, who was in Haiti as part of the earthquake response that included structural assessment of multiple critical buildings including Les Caye Cathedral, multiple churches, facilities buildings, highway bridges, and pedestrian bridges.

Cellular service in Haiti did not support extended video calls, so the team performed live assessments while reviewing pictures. This enabled the engineers in Massachusetts to direct the field team where to look and what to review, to facilitate a structural review process that allowed them to provide guidance for short-term stabilization, and determine areas that required review for the long-term renovation of each structure. As a result, several structures that might otherwise have been torn down were preserved so future engineers can provide in-person repair guidance.
Recap of SEAMASS Professional Development Events
Since September, SEAMASS has Successfully:
  • Produced 14 Webinars featuring 18 Presenters
  • Hosted 363 webinar participants
  • Distributed 646.5 PDH credits via SEAMASS or NCSEA Diamond certificates
January 2022 Webinar Series [3.0 PDHs]
Construction Engineering - Best Practices, Project Examples & Insights
JAN 13: Temporary Bracing During Demolition and Erection: Not Just an Afterthought
Presenter: Diego S. Arabbo, PE | Senior Project Manager | Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
JAN 20: Facadectomy: Saving the Sage Hall Wall at Wellesley College Science Building
Presenter: Nathan Roy, PE | Principal | LeMessurier
JAN 27: Temporary Roof Shoring: Seattle Climate Change Arena
Presenter: Shawn Leary, PE | Thornton Tomasetti – Boston, MA
December 22, 2021 NCSEA Webinar [1.5 PDHs]
Existing Buildings and the "10% Rule" - Are We in Agreement?
Presenters: Kevin O'Connell, SE and Daniel Zepeda, SE
November 2021 Webinar Series [3.0 PDHs]
Mass Timber & Wood Construction Design and Detailing
NOV 4: Mass Timber is Here! How Designers Aren't Letting the Adoption of the 10th Edition Get in the Way of Building Taller Wood Buildings
Presenter: Brian D. Kuhn Jr., PE | Consultant | Code Red Consultants, LLC
NOV 11: Five Tips for Detailing Better Mass Timber Connections
Presenter: Kevin Chen, PE | Project Manager - Engineering | Nordic Structures
NOV 18: Essential Design & Detailing Aspects of Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction
Presenter: Marc Rivard, PE, SE | New Eng. Reg. Director | WoodWorks Wood Products Council
October 2021 Webinar Series [3.0 PDHs]
Special Projects Spotlight Series
OCT 21: Harvard University, Science and Engineering Complex | Allston, MA
Presenters: Fraser Reid | Associate Principal and Paul Richardson, PE | Principal - Buro Happold
OCT 28: Maine Medical Center Coulombe Family Tower Expansion – Portland, ME
Presenter:  Brian M. Twomey, PE | Senior Project Manager | Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger 
DEC 9: MFA Relocation of the False Door of Khufuankh | Boston, MA
Presenter: Judd Galloway, PE | Vice President | Thornton Tomasetti
September 2021 Webinar Series [3.0 PDHs]
Steel: Academic, Practical, and Example
SEPT 23: Sound Isolation and Noise Control in Steel Buildings: A Summary of AISC Design Guide 30
Presenter: Benjamin Markham LEED AP | Director, Architectural Acoustics | ACENTECH
SEPT 30: Thin to Win: Harnessing the Power of Cross-section Stability
Presenter: Kara D. Peterman, Ph.D | Asst. Professor, Dept. of Civil & Env. Eng. | UMass Amherst
OCT 7: From Bridge to Tower: Navigating Air Rights at Fenway Center
Presenters: Derek T. Barnes, PE | Associate and Ian Neill, PE | Associate - LeMessurier
September 2021 Webinar [1.0 PDHs]
T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award-winning Presentation
SEPT 9: SpeedCore + Steel-Concrete Composite Construction: The Best of Both Worlds
Presenter: Amit Varma, Ph.D | Professor of Civil Engineering | Purdue University
NCSEA News & Updates
The NCSEA 2022 Structural Engineering Summit
In-Person: February 14-17, 2022 - Hilton Midtown, NY
Virtual: January 31-February 24, 2022

Designed by Structural Engineers for Practicing Structural Engineers, the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit has a successful history of bringing together the structural engineering community to network, learn, and celebrate our profession.

This year's event offers immersive experiences, both in-person and online, including unrivaled educational opportunities; an industry-leading trade show; and unique networking opportunities. Learn more and register to participate
BBRS Updates
The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted in these new members at its January 11th meeting: Chairwoman: Kerry Dietz, AIA, LEED AP, President of Dietz & Company Architects in Springfield, MA., representing Registered Architects.
Vice Chair: Michael McDowell, Owner of Building Inspector of America, representing Contractor of One or Two-family Homes.
Current Schedule for the 10th Edition of the MA Building Code:

Now: The Draft 10th Edition of the MA State Building Code 780 CMR is posted at the website link below for public view and comment:

Monthly: Chapters are posted for public review after each BBRS meeting. Check monthly for new chapter postings.

May 10, 2022: BBRS will hold a public hearing to discuss proposed Draft 10th Edition of the MA State Building Code 780 CMR.

June 2022: BBRS will hold a vote to move the 10th Edition of the MA Building Code to the Building Code Coordinating Council (BCCC).

January 2023: Planned promulgation of 10th Edition of the MA Building Code.
Career Opportunities - Our Members are Hiring!
BALA seeks a Structural Engineering Manager and other positions for the firm's Boston-area office.
Click here to view or share descriptions, apply, or sign up for job alerts.
RSE Associates Inc. seeks candidates for this position in the firm's Boston office:
Socotec seeks candidates for a variety of positions throughout New England.

Click here to view all open positions
Thornton Tomasetti seeks candidates for the positions below. Click here for details
Structural Engineers - Entry to Mid-level
Building Envelope Consultant - Mid to Sr Level
Forensic Structural Engineer, Forensic Architect
Veitas and Veitas Engineers seeks candidates for these full time positions:
Vital Structures, LLC seeks candidates for these opportunities:
Vulcraft of New York seeks to fill these career opportunities in Salem NH:
WJE seeks candidates for a variety of career opportunities.
Click here to view all open positions
This section is a benefit to all SEAMASS Sponsors. Email with a brief description (and PDF file or link to a position description) for publishing consideration.
Welcome New SEAMASS Members
Maryam Aboosaber, PE | Project Manager | DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Yelena Bronshvayg, PE, SE | Senior Structural Engineer | GeoEngineers
Louise Holway | Engineering Student | Northeastern University
Ineabelle Iglesias | Field Engineer | Hilti
Caren Irgang | EIT
Pavel Kozhokin
Brandon Lathe | Intern | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.
Adam Levesque, PE | Director of Restoration | Walker Consultants
Ashley Nickerson, PE | Associate | LA Fuess Partners
Allison O'Neill, PE | Senior Structural Engineer | Gale Associates
Alexandra Pina | Engineering Student | WIT
Kenneth Quigley, PE | Executive VP | CCA, Construction Consulting Associates, LLC
Ervin Qyra
Michael Riemer, PE | Senior Structural Engineer | Atkins North America
David Sullivan | Structural Engineer | Tighe & Bond
Jay Sweet | NSI Contracting, LLC
Zachary Valente | EIT | Tetra Tech
David Wittliff, PE | Partner | Design Group Facility Solutions, Inc.
Bala Consulting Engineers is a 200+ person firm with offices in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. We are a multi-disciplined company made up of Mechanical, Electrical, Structures, Technology and Commissioning Practice Groups. Our markets include mission critical ,corporate, high-rise mixed-use, lifecare, hospitality, education, transportation, and building infrastructure.  For details, visit:
Veitas & Veitas is the established market leader in multifamily housing. We have built a unique team of innovators with the knowledge and drive to guide our clients to the best structural solutions for their projects. It is our mission to Think Different about each coordinated design, to Build Better. For details, visit:
IDEA StatiCa world-leading software enables steel connection design, member analysis and code checking of concrete details in minutes. The software uses component based finite element analysis which allows users to create models and perform analysis any configuration of members and loadings. This enables engineers to work faster and use the optimal amount of material. Visit: 
The Marr Companies include four separate, distinct entities: the original firm established in 1898, Daniel Marr & Son Company (steel erection); Marr Crane & Rigging (cranes, rigging, warehousing); Marr Scaffolding Co. (scaffold, shoring, mast climbers, power equipment, bleachers) and Isaac Blair, a specialty heavy-duty shoring firm that provides emergency services. Visit:
Lindapter steel connections have been used worldwide for 85+ years as alternatives to drilling and welding. Our ICC evaluated, seismically rated products are designed to minimize field labor and down time. Innovative solutions include Girder Clamps for renovation of classic steel structures; structural expansion bolts for connections; and modern hollow structural sections.  
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services firm and a leading builder in diverse market segments. We have earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for clients, employees and community. With a staff of 10,000, Turner offers accessible support, stability and resources. Visit:
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