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William Bast is the principal in charge of the Chicago office’s Building Performance services. He has more than 25 years of experience in the structural design of buildings, building façade inspections and repair programs, due diligence and building assessments, failure investigations, litigation support, and peer reviews. His portfolio includes the Metropolitan Tower residential conversion project, exterior façade repairs including the Metra Headquarters building and Water Tower Place, the One Indiana Square façade overclad project, Wrigley Building renovations and restorations, and the U-505 submarine relocation for the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago. While with another firm he was project manager and lead structural engineer on the $175-million Navy Pier Renovation and Reconstruction Project.

He is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, was president of the Structural Engineers Foundation, serves as a committee chairman, is on the Committee on Specifications for AISC, and is on the board of directors and is past president of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. Bill holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Lehigh University.