Amit Bhansali and Wyatt Wirges, mechanical engineers in the Dallas office, were named to Consulting-Specifying Engineering (CSE) magazine’s 40 Under 40 list for 2017.
The award is presented to building industry professionals under the age of 40 based on their commitment to excellence in their academic, professional, personal and community involvement.
Bhansali and Wirges were surprised and honored to be recognized by CSE.
“I am very appreciative that I was nominated by [senior vice president] Danna Jensen, and I feel blessed to earn this acknowledgement,” Bhansali said. “This honor is a testament to my co-workers, my mentors, and the encouragement of my friends and family.”
“I feel so grateful that my co-workers felt my performance was worthy of an award like this,” Wirges added. “I hope this recognition helps provide opportunities for WSP to successfully win more work and further its reputation as a firm that fosters an environment of technical excellence.”
Bhansali and Wirges will receive their 40 Under 40 awards at an Oct. 3 ceremony in Chicago.
Bhansali, 32, joined WSP in August 2015 as a senior mechanical engineer.
He has been involved in a variety of projects including health care, data centers, commercial buildings, medical office buildings, and office spaces. In addition to design and project management, he serves as an energy modeling leader.
“Working on health care is so much more than just engineering,” Bhansali said. “It’s also about being part of something that’s going to serve the community. The feeling at the end of the day that your work and effort is going to make a difference in the community is exciting.”
His projects include the Blue Star Health and Wellness Center in Frisco, Texas; St. Bernard’s Medical Tower in Jonesboro, Arkansas; Las Palmas Medical Center Expansion in El Paso; West Valley Medical Center in Boise, Idaho; and South Austin Medical Center Expansion in Austin.
Originally from Indore, India. Bhansali earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Indore, India, the city where he was born and raised. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University.
“My desire to become a mechanical engineer was due to the curiosity I had to learn more about the physics behind how things worked,” Bhansali said. “The expansion of my interest to include mechanical-electrical-plumbing design came naturally thereafter, as I became interested in thermal sciences.”
Bhansali served as the 2016-17 president of the North Texas chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) International Building Performance Simulation Association. He is an associate member of ASHRAE.
He serves as head of donor entitlements for Godparents.in, an organization that links donors to nonprofit groups in India. Each year, Godparents.in arranges funding and resources for 400 children in India to get an education. Bhansali also provides support for the Miracle Program Fund at Children’s Hospital, and volunteers for the annual food camp program at Irving Bible Church that distributes food bags to shelter homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
He hopes to take on additional leadership roles on building projects and participate in business development work for WSP.
“WSP has given me the opportunity to work on some exciting projects in my city and around the country,” Bhansali said. “I have been part of great project teams and have become more experienced not just in my specialization but also in managing large-scale projects.”
Wirges, 27, joined WSP in July 2013 as a mechanical engineer.
He has been involved in design and construction administration for several projects with a primary focus on the health care market. His responsibilities include mechanical and plumbing design, site surveys, energy modeling, facility studies, U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) documentation, project management, construction administration and quality control. He recently assisted with the master planning of a health campus.
“I really enjoy the early planning phases of every project, where we develop the vision for the major systems and equipment and then work with members of the design team to implement that vision,” Wirges said.
His WSP projects include Sanford Health Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota; Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California; Texas Health Huguley Hospital in Burleson, Texas; Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth; Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Lee Health Gulf Coast Medical Center, in Fort Myers, Florida, and Texas Health Frisco Hospital and Medical Office Building in Frisco, Texas.
Wirges was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architectural engineering from the University of Nebraska.
He was inspired to pursue a mechanical engineering career by his father, who runs a plumbing business in Omaha. “I spent my summers during high school and early college working for my Dad, digging ditches as a laborer,” Wirges said.
After high school, he registered as an apprentice in Omaha and worked as a plumber throughout college. “It was those experiences working in construction that helped develop my appetite for engineering,” he said. “Watching my Dad manage the company taught me the value of management that cares about more than just the bottom line.”
Wirges has been a part of the WSP Canstruction team, competing in annual charity events where teams of architects, engineers, designers, contractors and engineering students build artistic structures out of food cans, which are then donated to local hunger relief organizations. He is a member of ASHRAE.
He is grateful for the experiences he has had during his time with WSP.
“I feel extremely blessed to have spent the entirety of my short career with WSP,” Wirges said. “There are so many great engineers here that want you to succeed and are willing to spend the time to pass along the knowledge they have gained in their careers.”