WestEast has added an engineering department to its architecture practice. Three professional engineers, Ed Garcia, Curt Van De Walle (not pictured) and Michael Miller, have joined the firm along with two engineering designers, Reuben Gonzales and Samuel Bishop, and project manager Alex Peña.
WestEast is adding this service line to the company in response to clients’ requests.
“The new department will broaden our field of expertise and enable WestEast to offer additional services to our clients,” said Christopher Kimm, CEO. “We will be able to provide the same attention to detail on the engineering side of the design as they have come to expect in our architectural design,” he added.
All three engineers have a background in the U.S. Air Force and bring a combined 83 years of experience to the engineering practice.
Garcia last worked at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), where he managed the engineering review of multi-million-dollar projects. His prior work included facilities engineering and facilities operations and maintenance in high-tech industries.
Before joining WestEast, Van De Walle was capital programs manager with the city’s Department of Transportation and Capital Improvements. In that role he managed a $260 million design and construction program for the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio International Airport. Van De Walle also served as the chief of strategic design and construction at AFCEC, managing a $48 million portfolio.
Following an engineering career in the Air Force, Miller was a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee, where he managed congressional oversight of the Defense Department’s $850 billion/562,000-facility installation portfolio and its $8 billion annual construction, environment and energy budget.
“We are very pleased that they have joined our family,” said Kimm.