Quandel Consultants Expands Company Potential with Strategic Hires

July 3, 2017
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June 29, 2017 – Anitra Schulte, Strategy.Ink-

CHICAGO – Quandel Consultants added three veteran engineers to its team this spring, further enhancing the firm’s expertise and client offerings. New leaders joining the Chicago-based railroad and transit consultancy include James R. Push, P.E. (Chief Transportation Engineer), James LeVan, P.E., PTOE (Senior Transportation Engineer) and Dean Smith, P.E. (Senior Structural Engineer).


Quandel Consultants, LLC, provides engineering solutions for the railroad and rail transit industry, including program management, engineering, planning, operations analysis and construction management. The firm has completed work for departments of transportation in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Colorado.


“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Push, Mr. LeVan and Mr. Smith to our team,” said Charlie Quandel, CEO of Quandel Consultants. “Their combined 68 years of experience, and their status as professionally licensed engineers, will enable us to pursue new clients and move our firm forward. The entire office benefits greatly from their unique expertise, as well.”


James R. Push, P.E.


Experience & Education


Push brings more than 25 years of experience to Quandel Consultants. A frequent collaborator with state agencies, municipalities, regional agencies and private developers, Push will lead Quandel Consultants in the development of project studies and construction documents for roadway improvement and site development projects.

A certified project manager, Push is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. He specializes in preparing contract plans, including specifications and engineering estimates for urban and rural transportation projects. Push also is experienced in the preparation of traffic studies, capacity analysis, alternate geometric studies and in the incorporation of sustainable design practices in project specifications.


Push received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He was Senior Project Manager of Infrastructure at AECOM for 25 years. Prior to that post, he worked as a project manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Push has collaborated with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Will County Division of Transportation, DuPage County Division of Transportation and Cook County Highway Department, as well as local municipalities.


Project Work


In his long career, Push has served as project manager to a wide array of construction initiatives, overseeing engineering studies and the preparation of plans and documents. Projects led by Push include the intersection improvement at Belmont Road and Curtiss Street (Downers Grove, Ill.), reconstruction/construction of a portion of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway/I-90, improvements to 37 railroad crossings in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor, reconstruction and widening of Wolf Road (Orland Park, Ill.), reconstruction of Army Trail Road (DuPage County, Ill.), and reconstruction of US Route 6/159th Street (Harvey and Markham, Ill.) and Bode Road/Springinsguth Road and Spring South Road/Wise Road (Schaumburg, Ill.).


As project engineer, Push completed construction plans and documents for the reconstruction of a seven-mile section of US Route 45/LaGrange Road (connecting Orland Park, Tinley Park, Orland Hills and Palos Park, Ill.), a two-mile extension of 95th Street (in Naperville and Bolingbrook, Ill.), and a reconstruction/add-lane improvement to a portion of the Tri-State Tollway/South I-294 (159th Street to Kedzie Avenue).


James A. LeVan, P.E., PTOE


Experience & Education


LeVan joins Quandel Consultants with more than 27 years of civil engineering experience. Responsible for roadway design and management in his long career, LeVan’s design experience includes concept studies, preliminary design and final design of varying roadway types, ranging from local streets to interchange designs. He has designed many intersections, roadway alignments, profiles, cross-sections and other plan elements such as construction staging, roadway signing, striping plans, quantity computations and specification writing.


He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering/Structures from Purdue University, and a Master of Engineering degree in Engineering Management from the University of Idaho. A registered professional engineer in Illinois and Indiana, LeVan also has a certificate in IT/Programming and is a certified project manager. Previously, LeVan was a Project Manager at AECOM and its legacy company URS. He also led as a Senior Project Engineer at AECOM legacy company CTE Engineers.


Project Work


LeVan served as project manager and lead engineer on Greenwood Road reconstruction plans (Dolton, Ill.) and a local street reconstruction project in Wood Dale, Ill. He led as project manager for the Chicago Avenue/Halsted Street viaduct reconstruction (Chicago), Skokie and Hibbard intersection improvement (Wilmette, Ill.), intersection improvements at Belmont Road and Prairie Avenue, and Belmont Road and Curtiss Street (Downers Grove, Ill.), and bike trail and bridges over the Little Calumet River (Burnham, Ill.).


As project engineer and task manager, LeVan oversaw the widening of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority’s I-294 and the design of 30 at-grade railroad crossings for the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project. He served as both project and roadway geometrics engineer for the development of construction plans and documents for a two-mile extension of 95th Street (Naperville and Bolingbrook, Ill.) and as highway geometric engineer for the Brush College Road study (Decatur, Ill.).


LeVan has led numerous initiatives as project engineer, including the Peoria to Macomb, Ill., highway corridor study, the Belmont Road grade separation (Downers Grove, Ill.), improvement of Museum Drive at 95th Street (Oak Lawn, Ill.), construction of high-level boarding platforms at Hegewisch Commuter Station, reconstruction of the US-6 and County Line Road intersection (LaPorte/Porter Counties, Ind.), reconstruction of Pulaski Street (Hammond, Ind.), and completion of roadway geometrics and the development of traffic plans for the Grand Avenue grade separation and railroad relocation project (Franklin Park, Ill.).


Dean Smith, P.E.


Experience & Education


Smith is a senior bridge engineer and bridge inspection team leader with more than 16 years of experience. He specializes in in-depth inspection and corresponding repair and rehabilitation scenarios, and leads inspections, creates plans for the design of bridge repairs and rehabilitations, performs design analysis, writes specifications and generates cost estimates. His structural experience includes highway and railroad bridges, retaining walls, and culverts. An IDOT-approved Program Manager, Smith leads a substantial portion of Quandel Consultants’ railroad bridge inspection, design and rehabilitation projects.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and Indiana. Smith’s specialized training includes an NBIS 10-day course, as well as trainings in roadway worker safety, in-service bridge safety inspection, element-level inspection (PONTIS), and inspection of fracture-critical bridges (FHWA). Prior to joining Quandel, Smith was a Senior Structural Engineer at AECOM and its legacy company URS. He started his career as a staff engineer at Peter F. Olesen and Associates.


Project Work


Smith’s vast highway bridge experience includes the O’Hare Modernization program, for which Smith inspected the 1.85-mile elevated portion of the Airport Transit System, performed bi-annual inspections and designed three service road tunnels.


As structural design engineer, Smith led a reconstruction/add-lane project for the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), widening and reconstruction of the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), retaining wall plan for and extension of Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), replacement of an elevated intersection over the Union Pacific railroad at Chicago Avenue/Halsted Street (Chicago), retaining wall design for the replacement of North Avenue bridge (Chicago), and emergency repair plan for the Calumet River Bridge.


Highway bridge inspection work executed by Smith includes element-level bridge inspections for 480 interstate mainline and overhead bridges for the National Highway System; inspections of 333 interstate structures on the 158-mile Indiana Toll Road system; and inspection of 60 bridges and structures along the seven-mile Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge system. Smith also provided professional engineer services for the Chicago Skyway Overpass rehabilitation, and calculations and final plans for Chicago Skyway Service.


Smith’s railroad bridge experience includes roles overseeing the inspection of 80 railroad structures in the Belt Railway of Chicago, special detailed inspection and rating of Amtrak’s Michigan Line from Dearborn to Kalamazoo, Mich., baseline in-depth inspection and load rating for structures in the Nebraska and Osgood bridges inventory (Indiana), and inspection team leader and rating engineer overseeing the evaluation of 44 Iowa Interstate Railroad Chicago-Quad Cities structures (Illinois).


In addition to inspection, Smith executed design and specifications for the Belt Railroad’s CREATE Railroad Project (Bedford Park and Summit, Ill.), and for the past 12 years Smith served as the structural engineer overseeing 13 railroad bridges of the South Chicago & Indiana Harbor Railroad.





About Quandel Consultants, LLC

Quandel Consultants, LLC, has provided engineering solutions for the railroad and rail transit industry for four decades. Services provided by Quandel Consultants include program management, engineering, planning, operations analysis and construction management. Quandel Consultants has completed work for Departments of Transportation across the U.S., including Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Chicago-based Quandel Consultants has offices in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, Mich., St. Paul, Minn., and Cleveland, Ohio.



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Engineer Jeff Bucholc Brought Onboard to Lead Department, Expand Client Offerings 

CHICAGO – Engineering veteran Jeff Bucholc joins Chicago rail and transit firm Quandel Consultants to lead and develop the company’s new structures department.

Principal and Chief Structural Engineer Jeff Bucholc, P.E., S.E., brings more than 23 years of structural engineering experience to Quandel Consultants, LLC, which provides engineering solutions for the railroad and rail transit industry. Quandel’s capabilities include program management, engineering, planning, operations analysis, and construction management, and now, structural engineering.

Bucholc is well known across the Midwest and beyond for his bridge and structures design, engineering and project management expertise. He will support Quandel in structures business development, as well as program management and execution.

“Quandel is very excited to enter the structures arena with Jeff Bucholc at the helm, to offer new and existing clients expanded services and to grow and diversify our business,” said Charlie Quandel, CEO of Quandel Consultants. “Jeff has worked across Chicago, and across the country, developing cost-effective solutions to complex bridge and structures challenges. His vast experience and long-standing industry relationships will be tremendous assets to our firm.”

Bucholc specializes in the inspection, design, construction and rehabilitation of railroad, highway, local road and airport bridges and tunnels. An IDOT-approved program manager, Bucholc leads teams on initiatives of all types – from complex multi-year plans to small programs. His expertise includes the preparation of contract plans, specifications and cost estimates, as well as the execution of condition assessments, reports and feasibility studies.

Education & Employers

A registered structural engineer (Illinois, Alaska) and professional engineer (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin), Bucholc received a bachelor’s of science degree and master’s of science degree from Southern Illinois University, where he also taught Engineering Statics and Construction Material Science. Over the course of his career, Bucholc has completed numerous courses in bridge safety inspection and roadway worker safety, and he is a member of the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).

Prior to joining Quandel Consultants, Bucholc was Senior Manager of Railroad, Transit and Aviation Structures at AECOM and their legacy companies including URS, Dames & Moore, BRW, Hazelet & Erdal and Midwest Consulting Engineers.

Railroad & Moveable Bridge

Bucholc brings vast railroad bridge expertise to Quandel Consultants. As lead structural engineer, Bucholc oversaw the design, rehabilitation and replacement of several bridges for the Belt Railway Company of Chicago. As a part of IDOT’s US-6 reconstruction project, he led the design of Canadian National bridges and retaining walls with the project limits. In task and project management roles, and as lead structural engineer, Bucholc completed railroad and moveable bridge projects in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Louisiana, New York, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, working alongside transportation authorities, departments of transportations, and passenger and freight railroads to complete project work.

Railroad bridge inspection is another expertise of Bucholc, who oversees the inspections of the 80 bridges of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago annually.  He has led the inspections, load ratings and repairs of the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway Bridges from Skagway, Alaska, to Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada.  In addition, he led inspections for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, Chicago Short Line Railroad, and River Terminal Railroad in Cleveland, Ohio, among others. Bucholc has completed moveable bridge projects in Mississippi, Wisconsin and New York, and studies in Florida and Washington, D.C., with tasks including inspection, evaluation, construction, rehabilitation and replacement.

Highway & Local Roads Bridge

Bucholc has served as lead structural engineer and project manager of a wide range of highway bridge projects. He managed the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company’s annual inspection program from 2013 to 2016; Chicago Skyway’s annual inspection program, from 2002 to 2012, and oversaw the annual maintenance program and bridge portion of the mandatory capital improvement program for the Skyway. Bucholc led design for the widening and reconstruction of several Tri-State Tollway, I-294 bridges, 127th Street over the I355 South Extension, and many other construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation and intersection improvement projects across Chicagoland.

In local roads initiatives, Bucholc acted as manager for bridge projects in Deerfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, and Wood Dale, Ill., and as design engineer for bridge projects in Rolling Meadows, Joliet, Glencoe, Kane County and Monee, Ill. He liaised with railroad and civic entities to execute road projects over Metra and freight railroad tracks, the Chicago River, small waterways and pedestrian bridges, as well as a bike path underpass.

Aviation & Additional Expertise

As senior structural engineer and task manager, Bucholc led several projects within the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), including the Airport Transit System’s bi-ennial bridge inspection, condition assessment, extension and new stations. Bucholc led the design of the Mt. Prospect Road, South Access Road and Post Office Road tunnels, providing extensive construction support, as well as the design of the junction chambers for 144” reinforced concrete pipe of storm sewer system E.

Bucholc contributed to designs for numerous bicycle path/pedestrian bridge and retaining wall projects in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Prospect Heights Park District, McHenry County Conservation District, Cities of Rolling Meadows and Wood Dale, and the Villages of Libertyville and Woodridge.


About Quandel Consultants, LLC

Quandel Consultants, LLC, has provided engineering solutions for the railroad and rail transit industry for four decades. Services provided by Quandel Consultants include program management, engineering, planning, operations analysis and construction management. Quandel Consultants has completed work for Departments of Transportation across the U.S., including Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Chicago-based Quandel Consultants has offices in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, Mich., St. Paul, Minn., and Cleveland, Ohio.

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