Honoring International Women in Engineering Day 2022

Our organization is committed to supporting the women who contribute to Ross & Baruzzini’s success. Women across our different teams, from aviation to accounting, are extraordinary models of skill, experience, and tenacity.

Ross & Baruzzini is celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2022 by recognizing several of our engineers, leaders, and designers:

Tori Gillespie, PE, Director of Operations – Healthcare, Featured in Thrive Global

Tori Gillespie was recently featured in a Thrive Global community article on reaching career goals and finding a role that brings long-term satisfaction:

“Refrain from saying ‘no’ until you really have evaluated the opportunity,” she says. “You should not be afraid if something takes you outside of your comfort zone. With every challenge, there is an opportunity for growth. If there is something you are not sure about, ask questions. There’s nothing wrong with weighing the pros and cons. Anytime I am unsure of an opportunity, I discuss it with my advocate and personal board of directors. I like to get feedback from others to see things from a different perspective and view.”

As a Director of Operations, she leads multi-discipline teams, managing scope, schedule, and budget to deliver high-performing building infrastructure systems that meet her healthcare client’s goals. Some of her notable project clients include Siteman Cancer Center, BJC HealthCare, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Mobility Systems Vice President – Managing Principal, Megan Huff, PfMP, Accepted into Chief Women in Leadership Network, for Second Consecutive Year

Earlier this year, we were excited to congratulate Megan Huff on her second year with Chief.

Chief’s mission is to drive women to the top — and keep them there. As a private network for powerful women, it’s the only organization specifically designed for women at the highest levels of leadership. At a time when women’s participation in the workforce is at a 33-year low, supporting women in leadership is more vital than ever.

As a member of Chief, Megan is in good company with executive leaders from Google, Square, IBM, and many other leading businesses. “We really are focused on building a community and resources specifically for executive women,” says Chief co-founder Carolyn Childers.

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini – “Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much.”

This quote from Helen Keller highlights the power of teamwork, and we are proud to salute our innovative talent across our firm leading teams, managing deadlines, and keeps projects on track for success in our Women of Ross & Baruzzini series:

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Government & Accounting

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Mobility and Security

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Business Development and Marketing

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Medical Equipment Planning

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Healthcare, Higher Education, and Human Resources

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Indianapolis and Kansas City Offices

Tori Gillespie, Director of Operations – Healthcare, Featured in Thrive Global

Tori Gillespie, Director of Operations – Healthcare, was recently featured in a Thrive Global community article on reaching career goals and finding a role that brings long-term satisfaction:

By staying open-minded, you set yourself up for success when nontraditional or surprising opportunities come your way. For instance, let’s say a recruiter or old coworker reaches out to you on LinkedIn for a role you’ve never considered. If there’s a chance it could help you reach your overarching life and career goals, you should explore it!

Tori Gillespie, healthcare market director of operations at Ross & Baruzzini, recommends engaging in any conversations regarding the new opportunity.

“Refrain from saying ‘no’ until you really have evaluated the opportunity,” she says. “You should not be afraid if something takes you outside of your comfort zone. With every challenge, there is an opportunity for growth. If there is something you are not sure about, ask questions. There’s nothing wrong with weighing the pros and cons. Anytime I am unsure of an opportunity, I discuss it with my advocate and personal board of directors. I like to get feedback from others to see things from a different perspective and view.”

As a Director of Operations, she leads multi-discipline teams, managing scope, schedule, and budget to deliver high-performing building infrastructure systems that meet her healthcare client’s goals. Some of her notable project clients include Siteman Cancer Center, BJC HealthCare, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

To learn more about opportunities at Ross & Baruzzini, visit our Careers page.

Ross & Baruzzini Engineering Wins Commercial Real Estate Awards 2022 for Saint Louis Zoo Project

Last month, our work for The Michael and Quirsis Riney Primate Canopy Trails project at the Saint Louis Zoo was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Awards 2022 for Community Impact.

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Design for the $13 million project began in 2017 with the chief intent to add state-of-the-art, innovative outdoor habitats for Old World monkeys, New World monkeys, and lemurs. The size and scope of the project evolved over time before construction began in late 2019, and the project opened to the public in July 2021.

The new 35,000 SF facility allows all of the primates living at the primate house to access the outdoors, many for the first time, and is helping the zoo improve animal care and well-being of the primates with enriching outdoor habitats, sunlight, and fresh air.

Zoo visitors can now experience the primates from unique vantage points, including a 200-foot-long canopy-level boardwalk. The Saint Louis Zoo attracts approximately 3 million visitors annually and is the most-visited attraction in the region. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Saint Louis Zoo is part of an elite group of institutions that meet the highest standards in animal care.

Read the full news story from St. Louis Business Journal here.

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After 5 Years in Kansas City, Ross & Baruzzini Celebrates Wins and Looks to the Future

As our Kansas City office celebrates five years, we’re excited to see this team’s continued success across healthcare, science and technology, and public sectors. 

Rendering from UMKC School of Computing and Engineering

Since opening, they have completed over 75 projects totaling $300+ million in combined construction costs with notable projects including the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, completed science laboratory renovations for Johnson County Community College, and handled renovations at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

“Based on the success we’ve seen in Kansas City in a short time, we’re excited to see what the future holds,” says Dan Phelan, Office Director for Ross & Baruzzini’s Kansas City office. “These projects helped demonstrate our ability to provide our clients with innovative solutions and exceptional service, particularly on challenging, multi-phase renovation projects. As our office continues to grow, we look forward to providing our clients with the full spectrum of our firm’s engineering and consulting services to deliver leading-edge solutions to their most complex problems — all while providing top-notch customer service.”

The Kansas City team plans to move to a larger office space in Overland Park, Kansas, to better serve its Missouri and Kansas clients while providing ample space for the growing team. The team is currently located in Prairie Village, Kansas.

“We have several exciting projects on the horizon, so I don’t see our momentum in the Kansas City region slowing down,” says Elizabeth Graff, Business Development Director for Ross & Baruzzini’s Midwest region. “With several upcoming projects at the University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Missouri–Kansas City, and Johnson County Community College — in addition to several significant opportunities in the healthcare, science and technology, and public sectors — I’m confident we’ll continue to build on our successes for many years to come.”

Read the full press release from Cision PR Newswire.

Megan Huff, Vice President and Managing Principal – Mobility Systems, Featured in CEOWORLD Magazine

We are excited to share Megan Huff, PfMP, Vice President and Managing Principal – Mobility Systems, was featured in a recent CEOWORLD magazine article by Rhett Power on breaking down barriers between people and technology:

“By breaking down silos and encouraging technology integration, agencies can better understand the customer journey and improve the design of the transit experience,” says Megan Huff, Vice President and Managing Principal – Mobility Systems at Ross & Baruzzini. “But technology itself won’t solve the problem; it’s only an enabler. Agencies need to thoroughly invest in change management. Even if an agency pledges $100 million to collect and analyze more transportation data analytics, nothing will change if it doesn’t use the data to drive behavioral changes across the entire organization. That’s a people problem that must be addressed through strategic thinking and cooperation.”

Her quote originally appears in her article “There’s a Problem With Technology Integration When It Comes to Public Transit in the U.S., and It’s Not the Tech” where she dives into the importance of removing organizational silos that keep technology, people, and processes stuck in the status quo.

Visit our Mobility Systems page for more information.

Medical Equipment Planning Employee Promotions – March 2022

We’re celebrating more Medical Equipment Planning promotions this week! We’re proud to congratulate more of our Medical Equipment Planning colleagues who are celebrating significant promotions this week. Congratulations to Joseline Rodriguez, Allison Foster, Joanne Worman, and Ryan Larsen.

Joseline Rodriguez
Senior Project Coordinator

While a key team member on the Army Public Health Center project for more than two years, Joseline also supports various projects in the Houston area. We appreciate her hard work and dedication and look forward to her continued success in Medical Equipment Planning.

Allison Foster
Senior Project Coordinator

Allison holds a Master’s degree in Communication and her advanced degree is a major help in keeping projects moving forward. Allison always takes the initiative to support multiple projects, on various planning platforms, all while having a great attitude.

Joanne Worman
Procurement Project Manager

For nearly five years, Joanne has supported multiple federal projects. Now the project lead on the Army Public Health Center project, she continues to push for success and great outcomes as installation and activation quickly approach.

Ryan Larsen
Senior BIM Planner / Equipment Planner

Ryan has done great work since joining our team just over a year ago. His BIM and medical planning skills have garnered praise from clients and team members alike. We appreciate all Ryan has accomplished and look forward to continued success here at Ross & Baruzzini.

Mobility Systems Vice President – Managing Principal, Megan Huff, PfMP, Accepted into Chief Women in Leadership Network, for Second Consecutive Year

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re excited to congratulate Megan Huff, PfMP, Mobility Systems Vice President – Managing Principal, on her second year with Chief

Chief’s mission is to drive women to the top — and keep them there. As a private network for powerful women, it’s the only organization specifically designed for women at the highest levels of leadership. At a time when women’s participation in the workforce is at a 33-year low, supporting women in leadership is more vital than ever.

Through networking and collaboration, Chief provides its diverse members’ opportunities to advance their leadership, expand their influence, and pave the way for other up-and-coming women leaders.

As a member of Chief, Megan is in good company with executive leaders from Google, Square, IBM, and many other leading businesses. “We really are focused on building a community and resources specifically for executive women,” says Chief co-founder Carolyn Childers.

With more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry, Megan has an extensive track record in end-to-end delivery of complex, high-priority projects on tight schedules within mission-critical service organizations and a history of delivering value to the bottom line through process improvements and technology modernization. 

She has expertise in leading and directing technology-related strategic planning, project development, and implementation across a variety of public transit agencies.

Her team’s AR technology-based train dispatch system, HoloRail, has been featured in Forbes, along with Meta and BMW. Her other notable projects include work for Amtrak, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

She has also recently authored: There’s a Problem With Technology Integration When It Comes to Public Transit in the U.S., and It’s Not the Tech.

Congratulations to Megan for her continued dedication to leadership development.

Medical Equipment Planning Leadership Promotions – February 2022

Onward and upward! This month, we’re celebrating Pier Vettorazzi, Mischelle Keenan, Kelly Kirkpatrick, and Jennifer Lieb on their recent Medical Equipment Planning Leadership promotions:

Pier Vettorazzi
Regional Director

Pier brings over two decades of architectural and project management experience to the multitude of projects he serves in Texas. Clients demand his presence on projects, and it’s no surprise we continue to call them all ‘repeat’ clients. 

Pier is also involved with the industry through his mentorship and speaking engagements. He recently took part in the annual AIA (American Institute of Architects) Houston Committee Healthcare SES (Symposium Exhibition & Social) event and received high praise for his inspiring messages geared towards students. He will also participate in the ASHE PDC in New Orleans as lead presenter for the AIA AAH Medical Equipment and Technology Forum next month.

Mischelle Keenan
Director of Production

During her 17 years with the firm, Mischelle has been a significant part of our success through our database standards, quality control process, and simply “getting stuff out the door on time”. We look forward to her continued success in mentoring the next generation of Equipment Coordinators and Planners.

In addition to these roles and responsibilities, Mischelle continues to drive the success of the MetroHealth project. We appreciate her relentless hard work and dedication to the firm and our clients.

Kelly Kirkpatrick
Director of Procurement

Kelly brings great experience and incredible work ethic to her new role as Director of Procurement. As an integral member of our procurement team within Medical Equipment Planning, her attention to detail and dedication reflect on all her projects. She is our go-to tech guru and is always willing to help her team. 

Jennifer Lieb
Regional Director

In nearly ten years with the firm, Jennifer continues to deliver many of the most successful and profitable projects within Medical Equipment Planning. Her ability to manage, plan, procure, and install projects is a key part of her ongoing success. We look forward to seeing Jennifer’s attention to detail serve her well as she leads the growth and development of the Western region.

Stay tuned for more Medical Equipment Planning promotions next week!

Ross & Baruzzini Director of Operations – Healthcare, Tori Gillespie, PE, Accepted into FOCUS St. Louis Spring 2022 Women In Leadership Cohort

We are proud to recognize Tori Gillespie, PE, Director of Operations – Healthcare for her acceptance into the FOCUS St. Louis® Spring 2022 Women In Leadership (WIL) Cohort earlier this month.

FOCUS gives leaders the tools they need to make a difference in their workplaces and their communities through our civic leadership programs.

“For 40 years the Women In Leadership program has been bringing together a diverse mix of women from across sectors for growth, learning and connection,” says Shalia Ford, WIL Program Director. “This experience is designed to help participants gain the tools, resources and network to lead more confidently and effectively in all their spheres of influence.”

Tori is a licensed Mechanical Engineer for the State of Missouri as well as Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis’s joint engineering program with Washington University. She also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University.

Tori has 14 years of healthcare and government facilities design and consulting experience as a Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, and now Director of Operations. She is experienced in Revit and has designed heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in new and renovated hospitals and medical office buildings across the nation.

As a Director of Operations, she leads multi-discipline teams, managing scope, schedule, and budget to deliver high-performing building infrastructure systems that meet her client’s goals. Some of her notable project clients include Siteman Cancer Center, BJC HealthCare, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Despite her busy project schedule, Tori also serves as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, implementing and guiding DE&I programs within Ross & Baruzzini.

Congratulations to Tori for this outstanding achievement.

Ross & Baruzzini Security Vice President – Managing Principal Phil Santore Featured on FOX 2 News

“We removed the aspect of ‘you must have a brick wall to be safe,’ and that’s not really true. There’s many, many ways to keep students safe even when there’s glass involved.”

Ross & Baruzzini Security Vice President – Managing Principal, Phil Santore, spoke with FOX 2 News about his team’s work on Lindbergh High School’s security-focused remodel:

Santore is working with Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, MO to add comprehensive high-tech security features. He explains all school security starts with three basic areas:

  1. Physical components (sidewalks door, frames, lighting)
  2. Technology (cameras, card readers, intercom)
  3. Human factor (properly-trained staff)

Lindbergh High School’s new design combines the school’s former five buildings into just one large building. It will have new open common areas, open classrooms and hallways, a new gym, and a new performance hall. Santore says, even though the building has glass throughout, he included safe spaces that hide students from intruders.

The school will also have security cameras and locks on all doors. Superintendent Dr. Lake says the biggest and most important feature is one large secure entryway, with bullet-resistant glass.

“Our wonderful kids and families are probably going to get to come to the building that’s one of the safest and most innovative places to learn, I’ll even say in the state of Missouri, maybe even the Midwest,” Lake said.

“It just makes everybody safer and just more comfortable coming in. When you’re comfortable, you can learn better,” said Freshman John Eckarich.

Santore says the best safety tool of all is to value mental health and counseling to students at all schools — to prevent any kind of tragic incident.

Visit our portfolio to learn more about Phil Santore’s work and our full suite of Security planning services.