In addition to Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, Faz has led the structural design for nearly a dozen major healthcare projects in the U.S. and abroad.

Faz Ehsan oversees Thornton Tomasetti’s Midwest region. He has more than 28 years of experience in the structural design and management of large-scale and challenging projects. Faz works closely with clients through all phases of design and construction. He excels at balancing the demands of architectural and program requirements while maintaining efficiency and economy in the structural systems.

Healthcare Expertise
Faz currently serves as co-leader of the firm’s healthcare market sector. He has considerable expertise in the design of new facilities and multi-phased renovations, feasibility studies and construction administration. His portfolio includes the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at the Ohio State University in Columbus, as well as major healthcare projects in Chicago, including Rush University Medical Center’s Transformation Program, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s new Prentice Women’s Hospital and The AbilityLab at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Contributions to the Profession
Faz is actively engaged in activities related to the field of engineering. He is the author of numerous articles and papers and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. He has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois since 2008. Faz recognizes the need to educate and train the next generation of engineering professionals. In addition to mentoring younger staff members, he has been an active member of the ACE Mentor Program and previously served on its board of directors.

Outside of Work
Faz enjoys gardening in the summer and considers his recent attempts to grow a butterfly- and hummingbird-friendly garden a partial success (no hummingbird sightings yet!). He also enjoys live jazz and classical music, but is known to secretly listen to more contemporary music, too.

Expertise
• Structural engineering
• Healthcare Structures