Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF) Breaks Ground on New Urgent Care Facility in the Metro-East

SIHF,  in conjunction with  Touchette Regional Hospital broke ground on East St. Louis’ first Urgent Care Clinic.  The project is in part, the result of a grant from Illinois Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives and a first step in the larger “LifeBridge” Campaign that will, connect health and social conditions to create a path to good health.   Larry McCulley CEO of both SIHF and Touchette Regional Hospital stated, ” We are extremely pleased to be launching this much-needed service for the residence of the greater East St. Louis metro area.

Vestal Corporation’s – Healthcare Group supported SIHF and its General Contractor partner, Impact Strategies through providing Integrated Design Services for the new $2.8 million, 5,000 square foot Urgent Care Facility.  The new facility is connected to an existing SIHF Healthcare Facility and includes, Reception, Patient Waiting Area, Exam Rooms, Procedure Room, Laboratory and Radiology Services.  The structure was designed to blend the existing building architecture but express its unique purpose through innovative design elements and positioning”

Vestal Corporation is an Integrated Design firm offering architectural and engineering design  services throughout North America.  Vestal’s headquarters is in St. Louis, Missouri, with offices in Houston, TX, Obregon and Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Welcome Haden Smith

“Vestal Corporation is pleased to welcome Haden Smith as a Design Technology Manager. Haden comes to us with more than 30 years of experience in Architecture, Engineering and construction related technology. Additionally, his teaching experience will help strengthen Vestal’s commitment to advancing the industry.” – Brian Hertz, Design Technology Director

Welcome Vince Bloom

“We are pleased to announce that we have a new Project Director.
Vince Bloom is coming to us with more than 25 years of commercial, industrial, and institutional project experience. He has held a variety of positions at some companies that will be familiar (Skanska, Robinson, Lee Mechanical, FruCon, and others).” – Dale Carlton, Vice President of Project Management

Welcome Rich Bulczak

“We are excited to announce that Richard Bulczak, PE, SE has joined Vestal Corporation as a Senior Structural Engineer. Richard has 24 years of diverse structural experience and we expect him to be a valuable addition to the Structural Department as a lead engineer for complex projects.” – Igor Kano, Director of Structural Engineering

Welcome Bob Wajda

“Vestal is happy to announce that Bob Wajda has joined the team as Deputy Chief HVAC Engineer. Licensed in over half of the States, Bob brings more than two decades of HVAC engineering experience. Bob has a broad range of expertise and is a combat veteran. We’re excited to add his capabilities to the department, and we’re confident that Bob will help our clients achieve success!” – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome Manal Hamouda

“Vestal is excited to welcome Manal Hamouda to the Mechanical Department. Manal has experience in all phases of HVAC design and construction. We look forward to Manal’s contributions to the success of our clients!” – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome Claire Maniscalco

“Vestal is pleased to welcome Claire Maniscalco as a Civil CAD Technician. Claire has been working with CAD since she was first introduced to it working with the Solar Design Team at Missouri S&T. Her CAD background will be a great asset to the Civil Design Team. We are very excited to have her onboard!” – Chris Maniscalco, Principal Civil Team Leader

Welcome Cory Schneider

“Vestal is pleased to welcome Cory Schneider as an IT Support Technician, the position is an integral part of the IT team supporting users and the IT infrastructure. Cory will be a great asset to our Vestal team. We’re excited to have him with us!” – Carlos Rapa, Vice President of IT

Welcome Bryan Dunne

“Vestal is pleased to welcome Bryan Dunne as Revit Coordinator. Bryan has extensive experience using, teaching and administering Revit, and will be a great asset to our design team. We’re excited to have him aboard!” – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome Carlos Rapa

“Vestal is pleased to announce that Carlos Rapa joined the company as Vice President of IT on May 4, 2022. Carlos has more than 20 years of IT experience with last 12 years in the banking sector. Our long time Sr. Director of Advanced Technologies and IT, James Huang is retiring this year and we are very happy he can support during the transition of IT leadership.” – Richard Vestal, President

Welcome Shamik Bhattacharya

“Vestal is pleased to welcome Shamik Bhattacharya, PhD, as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. Shamik comes back to industry after years in academic research. We are excited to have him serving our clients and developing our associates.” – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome Debbie Alcorn

“Debbie Alcorn was hired as a Project Assistant in Document Control and we are excited to have her on board. She brings several years of experience working for a General Contractor.” – Lori Melton, Document Control Manager

Welcome Rich Knode

“Vestal is pleased to welcome Rich Knode as Senior Plumbing Designer. Rich has had a long and successful career in plumbing design, and will be a great mentor to our growing team. We’re excited to have him on board!” – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome Mary Wadum

“Vestal is pleased to welcome Mary Wadum as a Mechanical Designer. Mary comes to us from Ameren, where she worked as a contractor. Mary has a degree from Ranken Technical College in Building Systems Engineering Technology. We’re excited to have her on the team!” – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome Shirly Gamliel

“Vestal Corporation is pleased to welcome Shirly Gamliel as an Electrical Engineer. Her professional experience includes working in quality control for Honeywell FM&T. Shirly attended Missouri S&T where she earned a BS in electrical engineering and a Masters Degree in electrical engineering. With her education and quality control experience, Shirly brings great value to Vestal and to our Clients.”  – Jeff Allen, Principal Electrical Engineer

Welcome Ian Law

“Vestal is pleased to welcome Ian Law as a Mechanical Designer. He recently graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he was on the Formula SAE team. Ian returns to Vestal after an internship in the summer of 2021. His insights and skills will be a great benefit to our clients, and an asset to our team.” – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome Matt Crown

” Vestal is pleased to welcome Matt Crown as Mechanical Designer. Matt recently graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. Matt’s strong analytical skills will be a great value to our clients. Matt is certain to be a productive member of the team.” – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Didine Koutchoukali Promoted

Press Release

St. Louis, MO – USA

January 5, 2022

Vestal Corporation

Vestal Corporation (VESTAL) announced today that Didine Koutchoukali, PhD/SE/PE has been promoted to Vice President – Production.

Richard Vestal, President stated, “… Didine is an internationally known principal structural engineer with the unsurpassed career in advanced and seismic concrete and steel structures and is highly respected with his industry colleagues and his associates at VESTAL.  He has been the Senior Director of Production and part of the Leadership Team for several years and this promotion further recognizes his influence, leadership and contribution to the firm and to our international clients.”

VESTAL is a multi-national engineering, architecture and construction consulting company headquartered in St. Louis, MO – USA with branch offices in Houston and Tampa Bay Area.  VESTAL’s wholly owned subsidiary in Mexico, Baja Industrial Engineering and Consulting, S.R.L. (BIC) is headquartered in Guadalajara, Jalisco with branch offices in Obregon, Sonora and Piedras Negras, Coahuila.

Welcome Grant Ramsey

“Vestal Corporation is pleased to announce that Grant Ramsey (AIA, NCARB) joined our company as a Project Director . Grant has his Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Washington University. He has 24 year of experience in the construction industry, including extensive experience in a wide range of projects (Healthcare, Military, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Education, Office, and Hospitality). Most importantly Grant brings a great attitude and a team approach to providing customer satisfaction. Welcome to the team Grant, glad you are here.” -Dale Carlton, Vice President of Project Management

Welcome Oscar Pachon

“Vestal Corporation is pleased to welcome Oscar Pachon as Mechanical Designer. Oscar comes to us from Bogotá, Colombia, and is a native Spanish speaker. Oscar earned both his bachelor and master of science in Mechanical Engineering from St. Louis University, where he was captain of the tennis team. Oscar is an active ASME member, and looks forward to taking his fundamentals of engineering exam this spring.” Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome Alex Petersmeyer

“Vestal Corporation is pleased to welcome Alex Petersmeyer as Mechanical Designer. He has studied at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he participated in the steel bridge design team. He has a degree in Building Systems Engineering from Ranken Technical College. Alex brings a knowledge of Revit, which he uses not only at work, but also at home to design his own house.”   – Bill DeLong, Director of Mechanical Engineering

Bill DeLong Promoted

“Vestal Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Bill DeLong, PE as Principal and Director of Mechanical Engineering. Bill has been with Vestal Corporation since June 2020, and has led the Piping/Process Team since November 2020. Bill’s leadership role is supported by over 17 years of work experience in the Food & Beverage Industry, Wastewater Treatment and Green Industry among others. We wish him great success in this new role.”

– Didine Koutchoukali, Sr. Director of Production

New Guadalajara Office Now Open


Vestal Corporation, a full-service integrated design firm headquartered in St. Louis Missouri USA announced today that the firm has relocated the headquarters for its fully owned subsidiary – Baja Industrial Engineering and Consultants (BIEC) from Mexicali in the Mexican State of Baja California to Guadalajara in the Mexican State of Jalisco. BIEC’s new Mexico Headquarters is located in the Torre Prive’ Business Center at Calle Morelos, 2332 Colonia Arcos Vallarta, Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX.
“I am excited that Vestal is in a position to expand and strengthen BIEC’s presence in Mexico. Relocating BIEC’s headquarters to Guadalajara will better positioned us to provide even greater value to our clients in a location that will help us attract the industries’ top performers, and create a work life experience they can excel in”, said Vestal Corporation President and Founder Richard Vestal, P.E.
Guadalajara is located in West Central Mexico and is the third-largest metropolitan area in Mexico. With a population of over 5 million people the Greater Guadalajara Area is an international center for business, finance, arts, and culture, as well as one of the most productive and developed regions in Latin America.
Carlos Villasante, Director of Mexico Operations for Vestal will continue to lead BIEC’s efforts in Mexico. BIEC’s new headquarters will support 32 relocated and new team members and include design professional from Architecture, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Project Management, BIM, and IT.
For more information about Vestal Corporation and BIEC please visit our website or send an inquiry email to

Welcome Brandon Marshall

“Vestal Corporation welcomes Brandon Marshall, Electrical Designer, to the Electrical Team.  Brandon brings CAD and Revit experience to Vestal from his work with an electrical contractor.  His past work includes work on Ballpark Village and other large commercial projects.  His expertise in Revit as a user and a teacher will be a great benefit to Vestal’s electrical team & clientsWe look forward to his immediate contributions!”  

Welcome Arjay De Guzman

The Structural Department would like to welcome Arjay De Guzman as a Sr. Engineer. Arjay is bringing more than fifteen years of structural engineering and project management experience, which also includes assessment of structural integrity of various structures/components/materials as well as extensive knowledge of OSHA/MSHA procedures. We are happy to have you on the team!

Welcome Daniel Lee

Vestal Corporation is pleased to welcome Daniel Lee, EIT., as a Civil Engineering Designer. He has a master’s degree in engineering from Washington University and is experience in Land Development & Production of Topographic Surveys for Commercial and Residential projects. We are glad to have him join our Civil Team in St. Louis his engineering skills will be of great value to the Vestal Team and our Clients.

Welcome Hans Knape

Vestal Corporation is happy to welcome Hans Knape, P.E., as a Senior HVAC Engineer. His professional experience includes the design of a variety of HVAC systems and associated equipment.  Hans has served  in multiple industries including commercial, educational, government, health care, industrial and residential. Han’s previous experience will serve as a major benefit to Vestal’s team and our clients.

Welcome Kieran Vaughn

Vestal Corporation is pleased to welcome Kieran Vaughn, as a Senior Mechanical Designer. His professional experience includes BIM HVAC design of air and liquid systems, equipment layout along with a wide cross-discipline knowledge. Industries Kieran has served include government, educational, health care, industrial, commercial and residential. The depth & breadth of Kieran’s experience is a great value to Vestal’s team and clients.

Welcome Monica Clemens

Vestal Corporation is happy to welcome Monica Clemens as the new Marketing and Communication Strategist. “We are very pleased to have Monica join Vestal Corporation.  Her successful experience developing strategic branding and marketing initiatives in the A & E Industry will be instrumental to Vestal’s continued growth.”  Mark A. Hubbs, MMgt., Vice President – Project DevelopmentREAD MORE