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R&D Named Top Workplace 6 Years Running

2019-07-03T14:07:48-05:00

Ring & DuChateau has been named a Top Workplace for the sixth consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Currently a team of 90 engineers, designers, technicians and support staff, R&D placed 17th of 75 companies included in the small company category ((50-149 employees).

According to Ring & DuChateau President Dave DuChateau, the award is really a reflection of staff commitment and dedication.

“It’s because of all of you that Ring & DuChateau is a great place to work,” DuChateau told staff during a company meeting in June. “We work hard, but we try to balance that with opportunities for fun and flexibility.”

Ring & DuChateau is an equal opportunity employer offering a work atmosphere and benefits package that promotes successful work-life balance. For information on R&D employment opportunities, contact Linda Russell at lrussel@ringdu.com.

R&D Named Top Workplace 6 Years Running 2019-07-03T14:07:48-05:00

Cooper Retires To Next Life Phase

2019-05-23T17:35:12-05:00

Senior Lighting Designer Marge Cooper officially retired from her role as Ring & DuChateau lighting design matriarch on May 1. Cooper entered the field of lighting design in 1992, after earning her degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She worked in project support for several years then in 1999 joined Ring & DuChateau, where she’s remained for the past two decades. She scaled back her work hours in 2018 to transition into retirement. Cooper has no official plans for the next phase of life, other than to make no commitments for the first month.

“Ring & Du has been very fortunate to have Marge anchoring our lighting design group for the past 20 years. She was directly responsible for the growth and success of the group,” said Ring &DuChateau President Dave DuChateau. “In addition to her design expertise, Marge always spent the extra time to mentor our younger lighting designers. She has left an imprint on our lighting group that will shine for many years and we will miss her,” said Ring & DuChateau President Dave DuChateau.

Cooper Retires To Next Life Phase 2019-05-23T17:35:12-05:00

Plumbing Intern Wins ASPE Scholarship

2019-05-07T13:37:55-05:00

Ring & DuChateau plumbing intern Nora Ureche has been awarded a 2019

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Alfred Steele Scholarship from the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). Ureche is a student at Milwaukee School of Engineering and a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of ASPE. She is one of three recipients, receiving $2,000 to continue pursuing her degree in Architectural Engineering at MSOE. She will return to Ring & DuChateau in early June for her second summer as an intern with R&D’s plumbing group.

The scholarship is named in honor of Steele, a long-time member of ASPE and a visionary and pioneer in advocating education and professional development for plumbing engineers and designers. It is awarded to one or more recipients who are members or immediate family of members who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who are enrolled at or plan to attend a college, university or technical school on a full-time basis enrolled in an engineering program.

Plumbing Intern Wins ASPE Scholarship 2019-05-07T13:37:55-05:00

Van Kauwenberg Joins R&D As Senior Project Engineer

2019-05-08T13:20:46-05:00


Ring & DuChateau’s HVAC group has added Jeff Van Kauwenberg as a Senior Project Engineer. Van Kauwenberg is a Milwaukee School of Engineering graduate with more than 10 years of engineering consulting experience, most recently with local engineering firm RTM. His project experience includes a good portion of healthcare work.

“Jeff’s background and skillset, particularly his healthcare experience, will be a real asset for the mechanical team given our current and future healthcare workload,” said HVAC Department Manager Jeff Saunders.

The addition of Van Kauwenberg brings the total HVAC staff to 32, and the total of all Ring & DuChateau departments to 90 engineers, designers, technicians and support staff.

Van Kauwenberg Joins R&D As Senior Project Engineer 2019-05-08T13:20:46-05:00

R&D Project Achieves LEED® Silver Certification

2019-05-07T12:22:37-05:00

The Commons at Marquette University, the new student housing and food service facility that opened in fall of 2018, has achieved LEED® Silver certification. The project had no credits denied in the certification process, achieving 56 points for its Silver rating. That number is just 4 points below a Gold rating.

Ring & DuChateau provided scope HVAC, electrical and plumbing/fire protection design for The Commons, as well as energy modeling and commissioning. In addition, R & D provided full lighting design services for the food service, meeting, study and worship areas of the space connecting the residential towers.

R&D Project Achieves LEED® Silver Certification 2019-05-07T12:22:37-05:00

R&D Adds Modlinksi For Plumbing And BIM Coordination

2019-05-06T15:56:11-05:00

Ashley Modlinski joined the Ring & DuChateau plumbing group as a CAD technician in April. Modlinski was previously a kitchen and bath designer for a firm in Mukwonago. In her new position at R&D she will primarily be handling CAD/Revit project responsibilities, but will also be working closely with the BIM/CAD coordinator to further develop company Revit standards. Modlinski is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture Design.

R&D Adds Modlinksi For Plumbing And BIM Coordination 2019-05-06T15:56:11-05:00

Hoadley Hire Adds New Dimension To Ring & Du

2019-05-06T15:39:17-05:00

Ring & DuChateau is excited to welcome Mike Hoadley as a Senior Project Manager focusing on project planning, project procurement and project quality assurance. He brings to the newly-created position a wealth of knowledge and experience from the contracting industry, which will help grow and strengthen Ring & DuChateau’s engineering opportunities and client relationships.

Mike is a registered Professional Engineer and has spent the last 15 years as an account executive with C.G. Schmidt, a construction management and general contracting firm with offices in Milwaukee and Madison.

“Mike will be a great complement to our current senior project engineering team,” said R&D President Dave DuChateau. “His contracting and project delivery background will add another dimension to Ring & DuChateau and will fit perfectly with our company’s goal of insuring that our engineering process leads to the most effective and coordinated engineering design for our clients.”

Hoadley began work with Ring & DuChateau on March 18.

Hoadley Hire Adds New Dimension To Ring & Du 2019-05-06T15:39:17-05:00

Hobbs Joins HVAC Group As CAD Technician

2019-03-21T18:02:22-05:00

Lem Hobbs has joined Ring & DuChateau’s HVAC group as a CAD Technician. Hobbs brings to the position 10 years of experience with local electrical and mechanical contractors, having worked on projects including the Fiserv Forum, UW-Madison fitness center and Marquette University dormitories. His initial work in the department will be on utility/infrastructure projects. Originally from the Chicago area, Lem has made the Milwaukee area his home for the past 12 years. In his free time, he enjoys music and arts, including playing the trumpet, acoustic guitar and old-school drawing — on paper.

Hobbs Joins HVAC Group As CAD Technician 2019-03-21T18:02:22-05:00

Electrical Adds Gibbs As CAD Technician

2019-03-21T17:57:06-05:00

Jasmin Gibbs has joined Ring & DuChateau’s Electrical group as its newest CAD Technician. She graduated from Wisconsin Art Institute in 2015 with a degree in interior design. Jasmin has experience with CAD design and lighting design, having worked most recently as a junior lighting designer with a local business interiors firm. While she will begin her work at R&D providing CAD support for all areas of the Electrical group, she will eventually specialize to become part of the lighting design team.

Electrical Adds Gibbs As CAD Technician 2019-03-21T17:57:06-05:00

HVAC Group Adds Gilgenbach to Team

2019-02-21T12:07:08-05:00

Alex Gilgenbach has joined Ring & DuChateau’s HVAC department as an engineer. She is a West Allis native and Milwaukee School of Engineering graduate, holding both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from MSOE. She brings to the new position more than five years of varied work experience in engineering consulting and with design-build contractors. Her project experience includes healthcare, industrial and commercial facilities.

HVAC Group Adds Gilgenbach to Team 2019-02-21T12:07:08-05:00