Paul Lippitt is the newest member of Ring & DuChateau’s Plumbing team, joining the group as a project engineer based in the Madison office. He is a licensed Master Plumber and Registered Designer for both plumbing and fire protection and brings to the position more than 47 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Ring & Du, he was a project manager with the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration-Division of Facilities Development for 10 years. Welcome, Paul!
Lucas Schneidmiller has joined the R&D HVAC team as a project engineer. He comes to us from Spokane, WA and is a 2016 graduate of Gonzaga University. His six years of experience, two years at Boeing and four years at a small consulting firm in the Spokane area, includes projects in healthcare, commercial, multi-family and senior living markets. He currently holds Professional Engineer licenses in Washington and Idaho, and is working toward licensure in Wisconsin. Welcome, Lucas!
In recognition of dedication, achievement and ability to represent our company in developing its culture with clients and within our own team, Ring & DuChateau has named eight new Associates to its leadership team. They are:
Mike Bartley, Senior Project Engineer, DE
Justin Cosgrove, Project Engineer, PE
Jeff Doyle, Senior Commissioning Provider, QCxP
Heather Erdman, Project Manager
Mike Hoadley, Senior Project Manager, PE
Matt Jungers, Senior Project Engineer
Ryan McNally, Project Engineer, PE
Kirk Stache, Project Manager, PE
“We recognize that the strength of our company is entirely based on our team and their ability to engineer for, and communicate with, our clients and each other,” Ring & DuChateau President Dave DuChateau said. “We are proud to be represented by these new Associates.”
Each of the group is a current team member, a testament to Ring & DuChateau’s efforts to recognize, reward and promote from within the company to grow and build for the future.
Congratulations to this new group of Ring & DuChateau leaders!
Madison Youth Arts Center (MYArts) was recently recognized as an energy efficiency success story by Focus On Energy®, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable resource program. Ring & DuChateau provided mechanical, plumbing/fire protection, and electrical, including lighting and technology, systems design for the new 65,000 sf facility that brings several youth arts programs together under one roof. In total, MYArts received $29,000 in incentives for the efficient design solutions the Ring & DuChateau team specified, including:
▪ Variable air volume (VAV) system
▪ High efficiency condensing boiler
▪ Displacement ventilation
▪ Demand control ventilation
▪ Reduced lighting power density
Eppstein Uhen Architects, a Focus On Energy® Trade Ally, provided architectural services for the project which was completed in 2021.
Displacement vents below seats deliver air at floor level
Jim Schrager joined Ring & DuChateau’s electrical group as an engineer June 27. Schrager is a 2015 graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering and brings to the position seven years of industry experience. He was previously with CannonDesign and Oneida Engineering Solutions (OES). Schrager enjoys projects that require more technical design, his experience for which includes hospitals, medical office buildings, clinics, central plants and laboratories. Welcome, Jim!
The Daily Reporter honored seven projects for which Ring & DuChateau provided engineering design as Top Projects for 2021 in a ceremony May 11. They include:
▪ Hmong American Peace Academy
▪ Oriental Theatre Revitalization
▪ St. Joan of Arc Chapel
▪ University of Wisconsin-Platteville Boebel Hall
▪ Uline W8 / I7 Warehouse and Distribution Center Facilities
▪ Waukesha City Hall
▪ WEC Energy Group Public Service Building – Steam Damage Repairs
The Top Project awards showcase AEC industry achievements throughout Wisconsin. The event May 11 was the 23rd annual celebration.
Hmong American Peace Academy
St. Joan of Arc Chapel
UW-Platteville Boebel Hall Lab
Uline I7/W8 Rooftop
Waukesha City Hall
Winners of the 25th Annual Mayor’s Design Award in Milwaukee include the Oriental Theatre Revitalization and Hmong American Peace Academy, both of which feature Ring & DuChateau design.
The R&D lighting group provided lighting design for the historic revitalization project at The Oriental Theatre. The team coordinated interior lighting layout and specification for upgrading historic lighting throughout the facility’s three auditorium spaces including architectural accents, color changing LED and integrated seat and handrail lighting. The project also included upgrading lighting controls and lobby lighting updates.
For the Hmong American Peace Academy Ring & DuChateau provided mechanical, plumbing/fire protection and electrical design, including lighting and technology. The new 99,000 sf high school facility includes 38 classrooms, a new gymnasium and a multi-purpose resource center.
Award recipients were announced May 12 and awards will be presented at a ceremony May 18.
Hmong American Peace Academy
Jason LaRosh has been promoted to partner on Ring & DuChateau’s leadership team. LaRosh joined Ring & DuChateau in 2017 as a project manager and became an associate at the end of 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a master’s in business administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently holds engineering licenses in several states, including Wisconsin, Alabama, Colorado, Illinois and New York. Additionally, he is a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and LEED® Accredited Professional.
Since starting at R&D, LaRosh has served as project manager for multiple mixed-use developments including Bottleworks, several multi-family housing facilities, and many municipal/county projects including Marathon County North Central Health Care Campus Facility Upgrades.
“We are extremely excited to have Jason join the partner group and look forward to his ongoing contributions to the company,” said Ring & DuChateau President Dave DuChateau.
LaRosh was a partner with Angus-Young Architects/Engineers in Janesville, WI prior to returning to the Milwaukee area to join the Ring & Du team. With his addition, Ring & DuChateau’s partnership group stands at 13 members.
R.D. Ruffin has joined Ring & DuChateau’s Plumbing Group as a project manager. Ruffin, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering as well as a professional engineer license in Wisconsin, brings more than two decades of experience to Ring & Du’s team. His most recent position was with a manufacturer’s representative. Prior to that, he was director of mechanical engineering with Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) for nearly 20 years. His work experience includes department leadership as well as project management and plumbing systems engineering for projects ranging from small remodels to large replacement healthcare facilities. Beyond providing engineering support for projects across markets, R.D. will focus on project management support for Froedtert Health projects.
Downtown Milwaukee’s Brighten the Passage project, for which Ring & DuChateau provided lighting design, has been recognized with an Award of Excellence in Urban Place Management from the International Downtown Association (IDA).
“This is a pretty special recognition,” said Ring & DuChateau Associate/Lighting Group Manager Holly Blomquist. She led the project for R&D, with the entire lighting design team having a role in the final design.
The award recognizes an excellent response to an urban place management challenge in the category of Planning, Design and Infrastructure, specifically in the areas of downtown master planning, streetscape improvements, sustainable infrastructure and wayfinding.
The goal of Brighten the Passage was to strengthen pedestrian connectivity between the Historic Third Ward and the downtown Milwaukee’s central business district. The project team, led by Milwaukee Downtown and Historic Third Ward BID #2, accomplished the goal starting with mural art on four I-794 Freeway supports framing the street area, followed by the installation of a dynamic aesthetic lighting array designed by Ring & DuChateau’s lighting design group on both sides of the corridor. The system which features a nightly light show that corresponds to season, events, sports teams and holidays and includes interactive color spotlights on the sidewalks.
Additional information on the award and the project can be found: