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A vice president in the Forensics practice, Joelle Nelson conducts advanced structural modeling and analysis for investigations and renovations as well as for projects with unconventional structures and conditions. She is an expert in new building projects that involve kinetic components, crane engineering and historic construction. As an associate member of the ASCE 7-16 Subcommittee on Wind Loads, she is a trusted authority on the subject.

Renovation Work
Joelle performs structural engineering services for major renovations of commercial and residential buildings, including historic structures and façades. Notable projects include the United States Capitol Dome Restoration, for which she performed a detailed analysis of the cast-iron dome and designed repair components, and design of new head frames for the Roosevelt Island Tramway rehabilitation project.

Advanced Analysis for Innovative Structures
Joelle’s expertise in advanced structural analysis has benefitted several of the firm’s high-profile projects. For the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she performed structural analysis and design for five huge pivoting door panels and the interface with the machinery that moves them. Joelle also worked on the movable mechanism for TILT at 360 Chicago at the John Hancock Center and was on the structural design team for the Santiago Calatrava-designed St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Lower Manhattan.

Outside of Work
Joelle spends most of her free time with her husband and two children. She takes pride in preparing home-cooked meals and in baking delicious, yet not terribly unhealthy, desserts. An Ohio native, Joelle is a loyal Cleveland sports fan, especially when it comes to the Indians. She loves to travel and counts trips to China, Japan, Italy and Hawaii among her favorites.

Expertise
• Structural modeling
• Renovation and rehabilitation
• Forensic investigations
• Litigation support