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A leader in the Construction Engineering practice in the firm’s New York, Wall Street office, Joelle Nelson coordinates crane and site logistics as well as erection planning for complex and congested sites from preliminary concept design through construction. Joelle draws on her background in forensic investigations of construction claims and crane collapses, for which she is an expert in her field. Dedicated to improving site safety, she serves on committees for the ASCE 37 Design Loads on Structures During Construction and the ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee.

Open and Temporary Structures
During her career, Joelle has conducted numerous studies on wind effects on open structures as well as investigation work for structural collapses of cranes, temporary stages and petrochemical facilities in high-wind events. She performed a detailed analysis of the United States Capitol Dome’s cast-iron structure as part of a major restoration, during which it was completely enshrouded by scaffolding.

Kinetic Structures
With an expertise in kinetic structures, Joelle has worked on several of the firm’s high-profile projects. For 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. She also worked on the movable mechanism for the thrill ride TILT at 360 Chicago at 875 North Michigan Ave. (formerly the John Hancock Center) and designed new head frames for the rehabilitation of New York City’s Roosevelt Island Tramway.

Outside of Work
Joelle spends much 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, she is a loyal supporter of Cleveland sports, especially the Indians Major League Baseball team. A keen traveler, she counts trips to China, Japan, Italy and Hawaii among her favorites.

• Crane engineering
• Kinetic structures
• Forensic investigations
• Renovation and rehabilitation