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I did a search on Weidlinger Associates and came up with the following, among other stuff:
The new global marketplace challenges us to design safe and elegant structures for the lowest cost both at home and abroad. We use innovative technology to improve the competitive position of our clients.
We have a long-term commitment to work overseas and to maintain our presence in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Our key resources, creating many opportunities for us, are the range of our technologies and the diversity of our staff, who collectively speak more than fifty languages.
2/2001 - WEIDLINGER ASSOCIATES ESTABLISHES OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, DC TO BETTER SERVE GOVERNMENT CLIENTS; JERRY RASGUS APPOINTED REGIONAL MANAGER
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Weidlinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting engineering firm, has opened a new office in the heart of Washington, DC, and announced the appointment of Jerome W. Rasgus PE , AIA, as Regional Manager for the National Capitol Region.
The new office, located at 1030 15th Street NW, will enable Weidlinger to more easily access and serve its government clients, as well as providing the opportunity to develop new clients in the region. Mr. Rasgus, a Professional Engineer and Registered Architect with more than 30 years of industry experience, will oversee the opening of the new office as well as all DC-based projects.
"A variety of Mr. Rasgus' projects have already achieved national recognition thanks to his unique qualifications in computer-aided structural analysis and design experience," said Dr. Jeremy Isenberg, president and CEO of Weidlinger Associates. "He also has an equally strong background in construction administration and management. We are delighted to have him spearheading this new project."
Mr. Rasgus has worked in Washington, DC, most recently as the structural department head for the URS Corporation. Mr. Rasgus also served for 22 years as director of structural engineering for the Washington office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill. In the past, he has worked on such noteworthy projects as the FBI Washington Metropolitan Field Office, the complete renovation of the Commonwealth Tower in Arlington, VA, and the 28-story IBM Building in Baltimore. His recent projects include the North and West Flank Parking Garages at Dulles Airport and the adaptive re-use of the Pentagon Basement.
"The opening of this full service office signals our increasing activity within our nation's capital and the surrounding areas," Dr. Isenberg said.
Mr. Rittenhouse joined Weidlinger Associates in 1984 and has been a principal since 1995. He has been responsible for many large design projects and oversees the firm's blast engineering efforts. His projects include the EPA Research and Administrative Facility in Research Triangle Park, NC, the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, VA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Laboratory in Jamaica, NY, and the York County Courthouse in York, PA.
As a blast engineer, Mr. Rittenhouse has provided protective design engineering for numerous embassies, courthouses and federal buildings including: the new Oklahoma City Federal Building, the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse and the Las Vegas Federal Courthouse; and the replacement of embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. He graduated from Fordham University with a BS in Physics and received his BSCE from Columbia University. He has authored numerous articles on terrorist and blast-resistant buildings.
This firm was the one that was given the contract to rebuild the American embassies that were allegedly blown up by Mr. Bin Laden and his merry men in Africa. Was this article a 'payback'???
Or it might occur to somebody with a truly sinister mind that this very specialized brand of expertise might even be called upon BEFORE a disaster such as this.
It seems to ME that any American firm involved in that kind of work would have ties to the CIA.
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