WSP USA engineers Kevin Chow and Jay Wratten have been selected for Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s ninth annual 40 Under 40 list.
The 40 Under 40 program honors young building and engineering professionals who have demonstrated a dedication to their profession, leadership, a drive to make a difference in their industries and communities, and the determination to excel. The winners were announced on May 16.
Chow, 31, a mechanical engineer in the Dallas office, began his career at WSP + ccrd, a WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff company, shortly after earning his architectural engineering degree from Kansas State University in 2008.
His responsibilities with the firm include mechanical engineering design, project management, construction administration and quality control. He has been involved in the design of a variety of projects including greenfield health care facilities, department renovations and expansions, central plant upgrades, medical office buildings and parking garages.
He earned his LEED AP BD+C certification in 2009, became a licensed mechanical engineer in 2012, and in 2014 was promoted to associate.
Chow’s portfolio includes several high-profile jobs, such as Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, the first stand-alone children's hospital in Louisiana, which is nearing the end of design. As lead mechanical engineer on the project, he is providing a central plant design that meets the owner's requirements for redundancy and ease of operation while maintaining budget constraints. In addition, he is guiding a team of mechanical designers, and is responsible for day-to-day coordination with the architect and other consultants.
Chow’s other design projects include Plano Medical Center in Plano, Texas; Kingswood Medical Center in Kingswood, Texas; Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; and San Jose Regional Medical Center in San Jose, California.
For several years, Chow has been the team leader for Canstruction, which has brought in a significant amount of canned food for the North Texas Food Bank.
“I’m very grateful for receiving this recognition,” Chow said. “ccrd had a long standing tradition of young professionals receiving this award, and I’m excited to carry that on as we move forward with WSP.”
Wratten, 36, a senior associate in the Boulder, Colorado office, plays an integral role in WSP's lighting design studio as part of the practice's national leadership, and as a lead designer and project manager.
Wratten is responsible for the lighting design on a wide variety of projects, including athletic facilities, aviation, academic, commercial, custom fixture design, exhibit, historic, residential, retail, tenant improvement and transportation projects in the U.S. and internationally.
A graduate of the University of Kansas with an architectural engineering degree, Wratten moved to Boulder, Colorado, after spending several years in the firm’s San Francisco office.
His responsibilities encompass all phases of a project, from schematic design to construction administration, including design and project management. He is a registered lighting certified professional and has extensive knowledge of lighting control systems and daylight harvesting as well as experience in solid state lighting performance.
Wratten has served as an instructor and mentor for lighting design students at the University of Colorado. When the university needed funding for a new lighting lab, he led the grant writing process that secured funding for the project. He is also a member of several industry organizations, including the Illuminating Engineering Society and the Next Generation Luminaire Competition.
“I am humbled and excited to be among those recognized with this year’s CSE 40-Under-40 award,” Wratten said. “This award is certainly a reflection of the encouragement and guidance I’ve gotten from my colleagues and mentors here at WSP over the past 10 years. Given the many innovative opportunities at the firm right now, I believe the really fun stuff is just starting!”