I have a genuine interest in learning new things and enjoy finding solutions to difficult problems.
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Ken Maschke is responsible for the growth of the Renewal and Forensics practices in Canada. An expert in building failure investigation, structural rehabilitation, recladding and adaptive reuse projects, Ken recently relocated to Toronto after spending 14 years in the Chicago office. While there, he led a number of high profile projects, including structural repairs to the Walter Payton Center (indoor practice facility of NFL’s Chicago Bears) in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the adaptive reuse of the award-winning Saieh Hall of Economics at the University of Chicago. Ken also managed Thornton Tomasetti’s work at Chicago’s Navy Pier, including support for the new Centennial Wheel.
Ken applies the latest technology to his work. He was an early proponent of Revit, which he employed on the One Indiana Square façade overclad in Indianapolis, and introduced the first fully integrated 3D model of an existing building on the Saieh Hall of Economics. He contributed his knowledge of diverse building systems to the conceptual design of the Office of the Future, a cutting-edge concrete prototype using 3D printing technology in Dubai, UAE.
Giving Back to the Profession
Ken enjoys sharing his deep enthusiasm for the engineering profession. He has been active with the American Society of Civil Engineers since his college days and was chair of its Committee on Pre-College Outreach for three years. He served as associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering and writes a blog for the organization’s website. Ken has been active in the ACE Mentor Program and served on the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Students & Educators Advocacy Committee. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the master of architecture program and volunteered with aspiring architects and engineers at Chicago’s John David Mooney Foundation.
Always looking to spread the word about engineering, Ken has had several moments in the limelight, including starring in a National Science Foundation video on a day in the life of an engineer and appearing alongside British TV personality Richard Hammond in the National Geographic Channel’s “Engineering Connections” episode on Taipei 101. He also provided technical consulting for the ASCE-supported “Dream Big” film playing in IMAX theaters in 2017.
Outside of Work
The father of two enjoys traveling, playing soccer and jamming on his Fender Stratocaster guitar. Ken is looking forward to exploring Toronto, particularly the city’s many architectural landmarks.
• Adaptive reuse
• Vertical expansion
• Historic structures
• Green roofs
• Tenant build-outs
• Theatrical rigging
• Cultural/civic institutions
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