Ring & DuChateau has named Holly Blomquist, Jason LaRosh and T.J. Smith to its group of associates. Holly Blomquist was hired as a lighting designer in 2014 and was promoted last year to project manager and lighting group manager to lead R&D’s seven-person lighting design team. Smith joined Ring & DuChateau’s plumbing systems department in 2015 and has designed plumbing and fire protection systems for more than eight years. LaRosh, who has more than 13 years of experience in HVAC systems design and project management, joined Ring & DuChateau’s HVAC systems group in 2017 as a project manager for corporate, municipal, healthcare and education facilities.
Ring & DuChateau project team members got the rare opportunity to enjoy a night out in a completed project space during the Jan Serr Studio Sneak Peak on November 7.
R&D provided multiple-discipline systems design, including HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection and lighting design, for the project that remodeled the UWM Kenilworth Theater. The new space has an industrial feel with exposed structure and mechanicals, plus a 40’x 26’ window looking toward downtown and a large window and balcony facing Lake Michigan.
“It’s not often we get to see our work after punch lists, so it was cool to see the owners, contractors and others enjoying the space,” said Senior Project Engineer for HVAC Systems Staci Olson. “It’s quite impressive.”
Connor Dunn has joined Ring & DuChateau as an intern for the IT team. Dunn is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing a degree in IT Administration and Management. He will be working part-time as he finishes his degree, providing front-line support for day-to-day hardware and software issues. Dunn’s prior IT experience includes work at UWM as well as with Waukesha County.
Ring & DuChateau, LLP is excited to announce the promotion of Mike McGann to the role of Vice President.
Mike has been with Ring & Du since 2008, acting as a Senior Electrical Project Manager for 6 years, as Associate for 3 years, and most recently a Partner since January of 2018. He has more than 27 years of electrical engineering experience and has led many of Ring & Du’s high profile projects.
Mike has provided significant contributions to our growth by blending technical expertise and communication skills to form strong relationships with new and existing clients. His priority will remain his current clients and project management responsibilities while he becomes more involved in daily business management decisions within the firm.
Through leadership by example and attention to the Ring & DuChateau culture and philosophy, Mike he has earned the respect and support of the entire RD team. Mike’s addition to the management team at R&D is just another step in our process to maintain the strong leadership of the company and insure the long term continued success of Ring & Du.
Please join us in congratulating Mike in his new position with the company!
John Dusing has joined the Ring & DuChateau HVAC department for the summer as an intern. Dusing, who just finished his junior year at Notre Dame University in its mechanical engineering program, is a Brookfield, Wisconsin native home for the summer.
Ring & DuChateau’s Wellness Committee enjoyed its first team outing at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk at Milwaukee’s lakeshore on May 5. The event raised funds to support inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities.
R&D Senior Project Engineer Staci Olson’s daughter Amelia, who is active in the cause at her high school, was an ambassador for the event with her buddy Hannah. As ambassadors, the girls spoke at the opening ceremony of the event and with the media.
In addition to participating, R&D won an event daily Team Challenge for having the most people register and make a donation.
Ring & DuChateau was named a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 2018. R&D placed 8th of 70 in its category of small companies (50-149 employees), plus earned a special award for Work/Life Flexibility.
“We have won the Work/Life Flexibility Award in the past, and it’s a definite sign that everyone in the company seems to appreciate that part of our culture,” said Ring & DuChateau President Dave DuChateau. ”These awards are a true reflection of what each of our team brings to the company. I hope everyone continues to believe in what we are doing and how we are doing it”
For information on R&D employment opportunities, contact Linda Russell at email@example.com.
Virginia Depies has joined Ring & DuChateau’s Electrical Department as a senior electrical engineer/technology specialist. Depies was most recently a technology designer with an equipment provider and before that an electrical designer/engineer with an architectural firm for 18 years.
“Given Ginny’s broad background, she brings extensive electrical industry knowledge to the department,” said Electrical Department Manager Gordy Pierret.
Ring & DuChateau’s HVAC department welcomed Kelsey Hailey as an engineer back in March, two months ahead of her graduation from MSOE with a degree in Architectural Engineering.
Prior to working with Ring & DuChateau, Hailey completed internships with both structural and electrical engineering firms, but ultimately chose HVAC for her career path. Although she is from the Kansas City area, she like the Milwaukee area so decided to stay.
Hailey begins working full time in June.
Despite the fact that he was set to retire, Doug Sauer has rejoined the Ring & DuChateau electrical team as an engineer.
“I was set to retire May 1, but after seeing Linda (R&D Human Resources Director Linda Russell) at an event I decided to postpone it for a while,” Sauer said. Sauer was previously with the department for 12 years from 1997 to 2009, and spent the last nine years with another local firm.
“The timing for this worked out well with our increased workload,” said Electrical Department Manager Gordy Pierret. “We’re really glad to have Doug back.”