DeSimone expands leadership team in Chicago

DeSimone Consulting Engineers recently added two industry veterans to the firm’s expanding structural engineering practice in Chicago. John Viise, who joins the firm as a managing principal, and Eric Fenske, who comes aboard as an associate principal, will serve clients in both the surrounding Midwest region and abroad in the design and development of high-rise structures.

“We’re very excited to welcome John and Eric to the team,” said Stephen V. DeSimone, president and CEO of DeSimone Consulting Engineers. “Their proven expertise in the design of complex, high-rise structures will serve as powerful assets as we continue to expand our structural design practice in the United States and globally.”

Viise’s most recent work in Chicago includes 900 W. Randolph, a 500-foot-tall condominium tower that achieved a slender form without the need for costly outriggers, as well as work on the Lincoln Yards project. His portfolio of work in the Gulf Region includes The Burj Khalifa, a 2,717-foot tower in Dubai; a proposed 3,280-foot residential building known as The Dubai One Tower; the 1,250-foot Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid tower at the Abu Dhabi World Trade Center and Dubai’s Al Wasl Plaza, which consists of a steel trellis spanning 492 feet surrounded by two hotel buildings and three office towers.

Fenske brings with him more than 17 years of experience in the design of high-rise buildings, mixed-use developments, exhibition halls and specialty structures. His previous experience in Chicago includes 110 N. Wacker, a 51-story, 800-foot-tall office building on the Chicago River; New City, a 1.7 million-square-foot, multi-building development spanning eight acres and a multi-phase residential development known as Lakeshore East, which includes a 444,000-square-foot, 38-story tower, and a 536,000-square-foot, 46-story tower.

Fenske’s international experience includes the 62-story Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, China, the country’s tallest steel building and the tallest detached core structure in the world; the VietinBank Business Center Office Tower, a 3.2-million-square-foot development that includes a 68-story office building and an adjacent 48-story mixed-use building and the Abu Dhabi World Trade Center, a mixed-use development that includes the 88-story Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid residential tower, a 53-story hotel and a 58-story office building.