Reigstad Engineers, Inc.: LOCAL MINNESOTA ENGINEER NAMED ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD (ENR) TOP 25 NEWSMAKER OF 2017
Reigstad Engineers, Inc.: LOCAL MINNESOTA ENGINEER NAMED ENGINEERING
NEWS-RECORD (ENR) TOP 25 NEWSMAKER OF 2017
Warning About Potentially Dangerous Parking Garages
ST. PAUL, Minn., February 28, 2018—Jason Reigstad, Vice President of Special Projects at Reigstad Engineers, Inc., is the only engineer in Minnesota to be selected as one of the top newsmakers of 2017 through the national publication, Engineering News-Record. Reigstad and other newsmakers of 2017 will be honored at the 2018 ENR Award of Excellence Celebration at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, N.Y. April 5-6, 2018.
Reigstad was selected for this prestigious honor for his investigative work regarding a possible danger hiding in over 100 precast concrete parking garages across the United States as there have been failures in at least three garages. The issue lies within a problematic product these garages have in common called C-Grid, a grid of high-strength carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (FRP).
“I am thrilled to be selected for this award, says Reigstad. “Determining that this FRP product has been under-designed by nearly a factor of four in these garages is crucial to not only changing how parking garages are built but also fixing current garages to eliminate the possibility of injuries. This is a life-safety issue.”
Initially, Reigstad investigated two separate failures involving C-Grid in Cherokee, N.C. and after conducting a survey to determine how many other garages used the product, began contacting the parties involved to ensure knowledge of this deficiency.
Individuals for top newsmakers of the year are selected by ENR editors and chosen for their outstanding accomplishments, exceeding expectations that benefits the industry and the public.
Established in 1979, Reigstad Engineers, Inc. is a structural engineering firm headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. Reigstad’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and economical designs tailored to our clients’ needs. For more information about Reigstad Engineers, Inc. visit www.reigstad.com or to learn more about ENR and Reigstad’s story, visit https://www.enr.com/articles/43815-sounding-the-alarm-about-problematic-parking-garages.