“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
” 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
St. Louis, MO – USA
January 5, 2022
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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
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 www.vestalcorporation.com or send an inquiry email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENGINEERS • ARCHITECTS • CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS
“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 & clients. We look forward to his immediate contributions!”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
WHY WORK HERE? “Growing company, competitive salary and benefits package, great team, huge backlog, latest technology with opportunity for growth!” Check out Vestal’s career opportunities – from entry level to senior level.
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Vestal Corporation is pleased to welcome Michael Arras as Senior Mechanical Engineer. “His professional expertise includes HVAC, fire protection, piping & plumbing designs, equipment layouts and P&IDs. Industries he has served include chemical, consumer products, food & beverage, government, oil & gas, pulp & paper, READ MORE
“Mario earned a bachelor’s degree on Business Management and the Presidential Award for academic achievement. READ MORE
Vestal Corporation welcomes Nick Harvey, P.E. “We are excited to expand our Structural Department with someone of Nick’s caliber. His background with the Department of Veterans Affairs and US Army Corps of Engineers gives him a unique perspective and allows him to provide best-value solutions quickly and to the satisfaction of our clients. READ MORE
Vestal Corporation welcomes Joshua Thomas as a Senior Piping Designer. “With a strong background in Chemical Piping Design and Industrial Process Piping design, Joshua will have a positive impact on Vestal’s Mechanical Design Group. Joshua also has a sound understanding of construction methodologies having spent a great deal of his career in the field overseeing projects. He is experienced in working with multiple software platforms including Plant 3D, Autocad 3D and Revit.” – Joe Milligan, Director of Mechanical Engineering
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“Vestal continues it’s need to expand; thanks to the trust our clients place in us. We are happy to be in a position of growth and excited to bring Tate on board. We have several upcoming projects where his experience with SKM PowerTools software & arc flash studies will be a great asset.”
Brewer Science chose Vestal Corporation to provide design services for their existing facility located in Rolla, MO. “Brewer Science is a global leader in developing and manufacturing next-generation materials and processes that foster the technology needed for tomorrow.” The awarded design proposal READ MORE
All things are possible when it comes to weather events – including Desert Floods. Vestal Corporation is designing a mega brewery just 30 miles off the arid coast of Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. Throughout the year this area experiences very little rainfall, although bordering a coast makes the area prone to seasonal heavy rainfall from pacific coast cyclones creating inundation flooding.
BIEC and Vestal Corporation are pleased to announce Tesia Burgos Camacho has joined our Obregon Site Team as a Civil Engineer. “Tesia comes to us with great experience, most recently from Gilbanke Alberici JV. I have great confidence in her abilities, both for our team , and ultimately, for our clients.”
-Carlos Villasante, Director | Mexican Operations
Data and Design Analytics Impact on Productivity
by Derek O’Brien, Director | Business Analytics
Anyone who has managed projects understands that project schedule management is mission critical. Schedule development typically starts with enthusiasm and optimism that what is scheduled today, READ MORE
Vestal Corporation is pleased to welcome Dwaine Bagby as Senior Plumbing & Fire Protection Designer. “Dwaine has a depth of knowledge in both the public and private sectors over a wide range of projects that will expand our capabilities and give us a stronger team for our clients.” – Brad Gordon, Principal | Mechanical
VESTAL is happy to announce that Ben Merritt has re-joined our team as a Senior Structural Designer. “Benny’s experience, knowledge, and dedication are well-known to our clients and will make an immediate impact on production. His return speaks to Vestal’s growth and culture of service.” Igor Kano, P.E., S.E., PH.D. | Principal | Structural Engineering Leader
“VESTAL has always been identified as a BIM and engineering technology leader. BIM technology and BIM training are foundational elements to our Lean Design-based success. I am especially pleased that after a significant search, we decided that the best people we could find for these important positions were internal. READ MORE
“Kasey’s addition exemplifies Vestal’s commitment to staying on the cutting edge of technology with BIM, Integrated Project Delivery and related state-of-the-art industry tools. She hit the ground running and we could not be more pleased with her immediate impact.” – Igor Kano, Director of Structural Engineering READ MORE
Manually verifying and documenting existing field conditions is a demanding task. It is slow, labor-intensive, presents safety challenges and does not always produce accurate results. READ MORE
National Military Appreciation Month is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. NMAM honors the current and former members of the Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom. Join Vestal Corporation in honoring those who have served.
Vestal Corporation announced today that Paul Sabal, AIA/NCARB has joined the firm as Director – Architecture.
Richard Vestal, President of Vestal Corporation stated, “… several of our senior leadership team have had a long and successful professional association with Paul. He has a very strong reputation in architecture and a national reputation in the healthcare industry. We are very excited that Paul has chosen to join us at Vestal.”READ MORE
Vestal Corporation team members showing their team spirit and supporting the St. Louis Cardinals on Opening Day! Go Cardinals!
Vestal Corporation would like to honor all the men and women Vietnam War Veterans for their service. Your duty and sacrifice for the United States of America is not forgotten. Thank you all!
Richard Vestal, President of Vestal Corporation, is pleased to announce the promotion of Anthony Augustine, P.E. to the position of Assistant Director of Structural Engineering. Anthony has demonstrated high levels of technical competence, leadership, and initiative and we expect that his new role will increase his opportunities to contribute to the success of the structural department and the entire Vestal organization. Please join Vestal in congratulating Anthony.
Vestal Corporation announces three major promotions: Dale Carlton, PMP – Vice President – Project Management Mark Hubbs, MMgt. – Vice President – Business Development Didine Koutchoukali, Ph.D., SE & PE – Sr. Director of Production Richard Vestal, President of Vestal Corporation stated, We have always had an extremely talented team, however we are very fortunate that over the last decade so many talented and exceptional people have joined the Vestal Team. READ MORE
Vestal’s BIM team performed 3D Imagining of an existing distillery fermentation process in preparation for major production expansion. Services included full 360 deg. scans and model development to support distillery expansion that included adding Mash and Fermentation Tanks into a very area restricted process floor. The Vestal BIM team used a Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner and Autodesk ReCap Pro for collecting and processing the data. The ReCap Pro processes used formatted the BLK360 imagery and scans to allow the client to view data points, take measurements, annotate and collaborate into the application in real time.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Vestal Corporation would like to acknowledge one of our team members for their outstanding service to St. Louis and its Irish community. Vestal’s Lead Plumbing Engineer, Joe Milligan is a volunteer member of the Metropolitan St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (MSPDPC).READ MORE
It is National Employee Appreciation Day! To celebrate and show our appreciation the Principals of Vestal’s St. Louis office made the team breakfast this morning. We enjoyed breakfast burritos, biscuits & gravy, cinnamon marble bread, and assorted fruits. This was a great way for our team to start Friday off on the right foot!
It’s National Engineers Week! E-Week was started in 1951, dedicated to ensuring a diverse, well-educated future workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Vestal Corporation’s team of engineers and drafters work together in our offices across the United States and Mexico delivering Integrated Project Designs.
Friday evening Vestal Corporation team members and their families volunteered for the Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine in St. Louis. Night to Shine is a worldwide, unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation. The Tim Tebow Foundation’s mission is to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. It is great to see Vestal’s team members and their families volunteering together and giving back to the community. Great job!
Vestal Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Damon Peak, PMP as Senior Project Manager in its St. Louis office. Damon brings more than 30 years of engineering design and project management experience. His areas of expertise include life-cycle management, implementing engineering design solutions and managing multi-discipline teams. Please join Vestal in welcoming Damon to the team.
Vestal Corporation has made a corporate gift to The Center for Autism Education in support of their 17th annual trivia night. The Center for Autism Education’s mission is to assure each student regardless of ability or economic level is provided an education in a positive and safe learning environment so that all reach their fullest potential. Like CAE, Vestal supports teaching the skills to become a happy, successful member of the community too.
Vestal Corporation has made a donation in support of the Sonoran Institute’s Mexicali Fluye Project. The Mexicali Fluye Project is a flagship program that has revolutionized the cleaning of drains and seeks to change the culture of communities by transforming depleted areas in to shared living spaces. The Mexicali Fluye project is a great way to support a healthier environment and a better quality of life for local residents. This project includes the greater Mexicali area, which is where Vestal’s subsidiary Baja Industrial Engineering and Consulting is located. Vestal and BIEC are committed to making a positive impact in the communities around them.
Happy Holidays from Vestal Corporation!
Vestal Corporation’s St. Louis office hosted their annual Holiday Lunch at Charlie Gitto’s. Lunch was a great way to take a break and have some great food with even better coworkers. Vestal would like to thank all of our team members for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
In conjunction with our friends at Boeing, Vestal Corporation wrapped up its annual United States Marine Corps – Toys For Tots Campaign. Vestal team members donated over 30 toys with Vestal Corporation matching their donations bringing the total toys donated to just over 70. The toys where delivered to members of the USMC at the Missouri Athletic Club’s annual Army vs. Navy football game day celebration.
Vestal Corporation is getting in the holiday spirit with each building on campus having its very own custom designed Christmas tree. Lori Melton, Vestal’s Document Control Specialist, has spent time over the last year searching for and acquiring all of the beautiful decorations to adorn these amazing trees. Great job Lori!
Vestal Team Member Coaches Team to Conference Championship!
This fall Vestal Corporation’s Marketing Coordinator, Adam Hubbs volunteered as a coach for the Columbia Blue Jay’s junior league football program 5th & 6th grade team. READ MORE
Vestal Corporation would like to thank all veterans for their sacrifice and service. Your willingness to serve is what makes America the greatest country in the world. We also would like to offer a special acknowledgment and thanks to our veteran team members at Vestal. Joe Milligan – Air Force, Charles Scarbrough – Army and Steve Green – USMC. Thank You All! & Happy Veteran’s Day!
Happy Halloween from everyone at Vestal Corporation! Here is how a few of our team members got in the holiday spirit. #VestalCorporation #IntegratedDesignExperts
This past weekend, Vestal’s Team Leaders headed to Lake Taneycomo in Southern Missouri for some late season trout fishing. Temperatures were in the low 70’s during the day and upper 40’s in the evening. Even though the fishing was tough, no one seemed to mind. The sun was warm, the water calm, and the beer cold……. A Perfect Day! #VestalCorporation #IntegratedDesignExperts
Vestal Corporation is conducting a feasibility study for a Greenfield FDA Packaging Facility. Vestal is evaluating multiple sites, developing concepts, determining project scope limits, process design, identifying and evaluating equipment, creating the project layouts, determining the electrical requirements, and preparing a capital cost estimate. The product of Vestal’s efforts will help the client in its evaluation of the proposed project and its potential ROI.
Vestal Corporation is providing Integrated Design Services to expand production of hydrated lime with the addition of a new hydrate line. The hydrate line is located in the existing facility to assist in keeping pace with increased demand for its products. In conjunction with the hydrated lime production expansion, Vestal is also providing Integrated Design Services for a new rail spur, product storage silo with rail loading capability.
Vestal Corporation and Constellation Brands team members enjoyed a fun filled evening at TopGolf; St. Louis’ newest attraction. It did not take very long to realize that we were all better designers and builders than golfers. Despite our lack of golf skills a great time was had by all enjoying the great outdoor space TopGolf provides and the taste of refreshing Modelo and Corona Premier beers.
Vestal Corporation is providing Integrated Design Services to upgrade an existing cement import terminal in Florida. Import terminal upgrades include a new concrete dock and mobile ship unloader. Additional upgrades include a new ship unloading system to support the installation of a new cement pneumatic transport line that will tie into the existing conveying line.
This summer Arantxa Sanchez interned for Vestal Corporation at the Constellation Brands Brewery in Nava, Mexico. Arantxa is a junior at Universidad de Monterrey studying civil engineering. A large part of Arantxa’s learning experience included meeting with construction team project managers and superintendents to review progress and gain a better understanding how engineering designs are implemented in the field.READ MORE
Tomorrow is International Beer Day!
Vestal Corporation’s Brewing Club is joining in on the fun by brewing its own Amber Ale. Not only has Vestal designed the world’s largest brewery (30 Million Hectoliters) but it also has designed and operates the world’s smallest brewery. Vestal Brew Club celebrates International Beer Day by reaching the milestone of brewing One Hectoliter of beer. CHEERS!
Vestal Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Kuhlmann design Group’s engineering services personnel to the Vestal team and the establishment of a strategic alliance with KdG to provide building engineering services on KdG projects. READ MORE
Vestal Corporation has been selected by Kuhlmann design Group to provide electrical and mechanical design for the renovation of Boeing’s Executive Briefing Center in St. Louis, Missouri. KdG is the lead designer for the project providing architectural design and project management services and Vestal is supporting KdG by providing engineering services. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support.
Vestal Corporation was selected to assist Buzzi Unicem with upgrading its existing dust collection system located atop of the cement storage silos at its Festus, Missouri location. Vestal’s Integrated Design will include flow diagrams, demolition plans, arrangement layouts, development of the construction scope of work and project capital cost estimate. Upgrades to the existing dust collection system will improve environmental air quality and life safety for Buzzi’s employees.
Vestal Corporation’s brewing club President, Bob Messmer and member Mark Hubbs enjoyed sharing its latest brew, an American Cream Ale with Edgar Reyes of Constellation Brands – Beer Division. Like Constellation Brands, Vestal hopes to “ELEVATE LIFE WITH EVERY GLASS RAISED”. CBI produces for the U.S. market Corona Extra, Corona Light, Corona Premiere, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, Modelo Chelada, Pacifico, Victoria, Ballast Point, Funky Buddha and fine craft brews from its newest acquisition Four Corners Brewing. #VestalCorporation #ConstellationBrands
Its’ National Boss’s Day! Here’s to all of the leaders who promote a collaborative team environment and encourage us to be the best we can be. Your dedication to success never goes unnoticed. #VestalCorporation #IntegratedDesignExperts
Here is a look at what Vestal Corporation has been up to. The world’s largest brewery of its kind, producing 30 million hectoliters of beer per year for Constellation Brands. Constellation Brands produces high-quality beers we all know and enjoy including Corona Extra, Corona Light, Corona Premiere, Corona Refresca, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, Modelo Chelada, Pacifico, Victoria, Ballast Point, and Funky Buddha. Now, who’s thirsty? #IntegratedDesignExperts #VestalCorporation #ConstellationBrands
Today we remember those who lost their lives and loved ones on this day 17 years ago and reaffirm our gratitude for all of the members of our armed forces who protect us from danger every day. #NeverForget
Vestal Corporation provided Integrated Design Services to Ziemann Holvrieka GmbH on the new Constellation Brands Cornstarch storage facility at their Nava brewery. Nava is the world’s largest brewery producing 30 million hectoliters of beer per year. Yesterday the first truck with 24 tons of Grits was unloaded and stored at the new Cornstarch Silo facility. Vestal would like to thank all team members for their efforts on creating this outstanding project. #IntegratedDesignExperts #VestalCorporation #ZiemannHolvrieka #ConstellationBrands
Vestal Corporation has been selected to provide Integrated Design Services for Nestle Purina Pet Care’s – Empty Can Storage and De-Scrambler Building at their new Hartwell, Georgia facility. When completed, the Hartwell facility will be NPPC’s showcase for state-of-the-art pet food manufacturing technology. READ MORE
Nothing better than celebrating Independence Day early with an afternoon office visit from the ice cream truck! WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY & SAFE 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!