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Julia Austin

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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Ryan Buhr

ELECTRICAL DESIGNER

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Tom Foldes, PE

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER | PARTNER

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Ashley Ireland

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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Cory Jacobs, PE

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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Matthew Jahnke, PE

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER | PRINCIPAL

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Caleb Jens

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

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Justin Kling

MECHANICAL DESIGNER

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Russell Kling

BIM COORDINATOR

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Jacob Larson

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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Noah Larson

ELECTRICAL DESIGNER

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Rich Larson, PE, LEED AP

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER | PARTNER

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Mitch McColloch, PE, LEED AP

MECHANICAL ENGINEER | PARTNER

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Vinnie Mendez

TECHNOLOGY DESIGNER

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Nicol Roethler

PROJECT COORDINATOR

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Garrett Russell, PE

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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Jacob Schaefer, PE

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL | MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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Sara Schmerbach, PE, LEED AP

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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Yevhen Shevchenko

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

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Kenny Thelen, PE

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

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Joe Weeks

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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Jason Zagar

TECHNOLOGY DESIGNER | PRINCIPAL

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Josh Zeien

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

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Dakota Zimmerman

ELECTRICAL DESIGNER


Julia Austin

Julia Austin

AustinJ@bluestonemep.com

MECHANICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job?  The variety of projects I get to work on.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Cheer on the Cyclones on gameday with my friends and family in Ames.

What is working at Bluestone like?  The culture at Bluestone is very collaborative. Coming to work is fun because of the great people.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  The Price is Right

What’s your favorite dessert? Homemade apple pie


Team

  • Mechanical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Ryan Buhr

Ryan Buhr

BuhrR@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL DESIGNER


What is your favorite part of your job?  The team environment and the diversity and uniqueness of projects we work on

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Go to college football/basketball games with my son or golf with family and friends

What is a secret skill you have?  Griddle Master…I really enjoy trying new meals on the griddle.

What hashtags best describe your personality?  Don’t have one.

Where is your happy place? Florida or Mexico

What is something you can’t live without?  Traveling w/ my family & friends and Iowa State athletics – Go State!!

What is working at Bluestone like?  Enjoyable because of the people and the office environment – I’m always encouraged to carry out my passion

Which came first – the chicken or the egg?  The egg

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  Stump the Schwab or Who Wants to be a Millionaire

What’s your favorite dessert? Anything Butterfinger or homemade strawberry pie


Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Tom Foldes, PE

Tom Foldes, PE

FoldesT@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER | PARTNER


What is your favorite part of your job?  Helping everyone every day!  Seriously, I enjoy helping people, whether it’s clients with a problem to solve on a project or a coworker that needs a friendly smile and a good word on a bad day.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors!  A long hike or a bike ride (with a stop at a pub along the way!) with a BBQ at the end of the journey are elements of an ideal Saturday!

What is a secret skill you have?  I am bilingual (Hungarian and English)

Where is your happy place?  Maui, HI

What is something you can’t live without?  Books and peanut butter.

What is working at Bluestone like?  A lot of fun!  I enjoy the fun banter that goes around and enjoy getting to know my coworkers better every day.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg?  The Egg

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Jeopardy

What’s your favorite dessert? Ice cream


Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Ashley Ireland

Ashley Ireland

IrelandA@bluestonemep.com

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT


What is your favorite part of your job? The people I work with!

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? Going to the farmers market, brunch or watching my boys play sports.

What is a secret skill you have? I can crush it at Pop Culture Trivia!

Where is your happy place? At home with my family or at the Iowa State Fair!

What is something you can’t live without? Hugs from my kids and Carmex

What is working at Bluestone like?  It’s a fun, creative atmosphere where you can be yourself.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  Who Wants to be a Millionaire

What’s your favorite dessert? Key Lime Pie or Lemon Bars

 


Team

  • Admin

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Cory Jacobs, PE

Cory Jacobs, PE

JacobsC@bluestonemep.com

MECHANICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job? Getting to work with our team every day.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? Spending time with my wife with nothing on the “To-Do” list.

Where is your happy place? Wrigley Field, even on the rare occasion the Cubs don’t win.

What is something you can’t live without? My family.

What is working at Bluestone like? It is exciting. We get to work on unique projects with wonderful people, and you never really know what each day will bring.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? The chicken.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Bluestone’s E-Week Jeopardy.

What’s your favorite dessert? My mom’s chocolate chip bundt cake.


Team

  • Mechanical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Matthew Jahnke, PE

Matthew Jahnke, PE

JahnkeM@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER | PRINCIPAL


What is your favorite part of your job? The people I get to work with every day.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? Depends on the season – either Hunting, Fishing, or making syrup.

What is a secret skill you have? I have the ability to drive for long periods of time without stopping (much to my family’s dismay)

Where is your happy place? At our cabin located in Peeksville Wisconsin

What is something you can’t live without? Family

What is working at Bluestone like? Every day presents new challenges, but we have a highly engaged team to help overcome those challenges.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? We’ll go with the chicken

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Price is Right

What’s your favorite dessert? German chocolate cake.


Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Caleb Jens

Caleb Jens

JensC@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job? I enjoy getting to meet new people and learn about different companies. I get excited when we get a project for something really unique that requires a deeper understanding of how a space is going to be used.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? My favorite thing to do would be snowboarding in the winter months and camping during the summer. Lately the weekends have been filling up with roller skating and roller derby practice and games for my wife and two daughters. I’m still terrible at skating but it’s still fun to watch how good the rest of the family are doing.

What is a secret skill you have? During 2020 I learned how to paint miniature models for board games.

What hashtags best describe your personality? #laidback #opptomistic

Where is your happy place? I feel most at ease when I’m outside at my parents’ acreage North of Ogden by Don Williams Park.

What is something you can’t live without? It would be a struggle to go without Mt Dew. One of those things that I know is bad for me but have made no attempts to kick the habit.

What is working at Bluestone like? Most days it feels like working with friends. The environment stays lighthearted and upbeat allowing personalities to come out. There’s a willingness to help each other out when things get busy which gives the feeling of a community of people working towards a common goal.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? I would say the egg came first. I would follow the theory of evolution and argue that an egg likely contained an evolution from an earlier chicken like animal. So the animal that came before would not necessarily be considered a chicken.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Probably Wipe Out. I like obstacle courses, but I’m no where near being in good enough shape for the more intense versions like ninja warrior.

What’s your favorite dessert? Mint ice cream


Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Justin Kling

Justin Kling

KlingJ@bluestonemep.com

MECHANICAL DESIGNER


What is your favorite part of your job?  Being met with new challenges every day.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Have a relaxing day and play some videogames or go out and play some sports with friends.

Where is your happy place?  Either at my computer or hiking somewhere with beautiful scenery

What is something you can’t live without?  Internet

What is working at Bluestone like?  Amazing all the people are super nice and fun to work with!

Which came first – the chicken or the egg?  The chicken

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  Wheel of Fortune.

What’s your favorite dessert?  A banana Shake.


Team

  • Mechanical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Russell Kling

Russell Kling

KlingR@bluestonemep.com

BIM COORDINATOR


What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is content development and implementing processes and standards to make the BIM portion of our process as smooth as possible.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? Throw the football around with my kids.

What is a secret skill you have? I am quite the baker

What hashtags best describe your personality? #Balanced, #Decisive, #Organized

Where is your happy place? Home

What is something you can’t live without? Football or Cajun food

What is working at Bluestone like? Working at Bluestone is both very challenging and very rewarding, the staff here really takes the “human touch” seriously and are always happy to assist with whatever issues come up on a day to day basis.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? The egg

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Wheel of Fortune

What’s your favorite dessert? Strawberry Cheesecake


Team

  • Leadership Team

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Jacob Larson

Jacob Larson

LarsonJ@bluestonemep.com

MECHANICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job?  Having the opportunity to solve unique challenges that each project presents.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Spend time outside hunting, fishing, or watching Iowa State football.

What is a secret skill you have?  I really enjoy cooking at home, especially when it’s wild game/fish.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  Jeopardy

What’s your favorite dessert?  Mom’s chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting


Team

  • Mechanical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Noah Larson

Noah Larson

LarsonN@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL DESIGNER


What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is how every day presents a different challenge or puzzle to solve. No two days are the same and there is always new things to be learning.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? My favorite thing to do on a Saturday is to go out with some friends and find somewhere new to enjoy the outdoors.

What is a secret skill you have? One of my secret skills is that I have a really good memory.

What is something you can’t live without? I would not be able to live without music. It is a constant in my life.

What is working at Bluestone like? Working at Bluestone is like getting to work with a bunch of your friends every day. The atmosphere at the office is very fun and brings about a lot of interesting projects to work on.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? A gameshow I always wanted to be on was Wipeout.

What’s your favorite dessert? My favorite dessert would be some homemade scotcheroos.


Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Rich Larson, PE, LEED AP

Rich Larson, PE, LEED AP

LarsonR@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER | PARTNER

Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Mitch McColloch, PE, LEED AP

Mitch McColloch, PE, LEED AP

McCollochM@bluestonemep.com

MECHANICAL ENGINEER | PARTNER


What is your favorite part of your job?  Meeting new people and building relationships.  Each project is different with unique challenges so you always have to be learning and growing.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Hand tool woodworking

What is a secret skill you have?  Sewing

Where is your happy place? The woods or the mountains

What is working at Bluestone like?  Bluestone is a very fun place to work with a fast pace environment.  Everyone on our team is extremely talented and are amazing people to work with.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  American Gladiators

What’s your favorite dessert? Fudge brownies


Team

  • Mechanical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Vinnie Mendez

Vinnie Mendez

MendezV@bluestonemep.com

TECHNOLOGY DESIGNER


What is your favorite part of your job? Meeting new people and building relationships.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? Spending time at kids events.

What is a secret skill you have? Fishing

What hashtags best describe your personality? #Go getter

Where is your happy place? Rocking out on a drum set

What is something you can’t live without? Family

What is working at Bluestone like? Flexible work schedules.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? The chicken

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Wheel of Fortune

What’s your favorite dessert? DQ Blizzards


Team

  • Technology

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Nicol Roethler

Nicol Roethler

RoethlerN@bluestonemep.com

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Team

  • Leadership Team

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Garrett Russell, PE

Garrett Russell, PE

RussellG@bluestonemep.com

MECHANICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job? Getting to solve challenging problems for our clients.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? Grill a brat, hike with my dog, woodworking or garden projects, really anything that doesn’t involve email.

Where is your happy place? Naples, Florida beach at sunset.

What is something you can’t live without? Cold brew coffee.

What is working at Bluestone like? To answer this question I’ll modify a famous quote about the American army during WWII. “The reason why (Bluestone) does so well in (MEP engineering) is that (MEP engineering) is chaos, and (Bluestone) practices chaos on a daily basis.”

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Jeopardy.

What’s your favorite dessert? Carrot cake, specifically from The Café in Ames, IA.


Team

  • Mechanical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Jacob Schaefer, PE

Jacob Schaefer, PE

SchaeferJ@bluestonemep.com

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL | MECHANICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job? Getting to know our clients and design partners as people, beyond just the project.

What is a secret skill you have? I’m a pretty well-versed Tolkien reader.

What hashtags best describe your personality? #notahashtagperson

Where is your happy place? Anywhere with a good view of mountains.

What is something you can’t live without? Hugs from my kids.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? There is no debate! Dinosaurs and other reptiles were laying eggs long before the chicken

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? The Big Fat Quiz of the Year

What’s your favorite dessert? I have a pretty big sweet tooth, so there are many! Maybe Tres Leches Cake


Team

  • Leadership Team
  • Mechanical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Sara Schmerbach,  PE, LEED AP

Sara Schmerbach, PE, LEED AP

SchmerbachS@bluestonemep.com

MECHANICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job Walking through the completed project.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? Hang out with friends and family outside or read a book on porch.

What is a secret skill you have? I can DIY most things with decent results after watching a YouTube video or seeing a photo.

What hashtags best describe your personality? #soccermom #girlboss #nerd

Where is your happy place? On a lounger in an infinity pool with infinite cocktails

What is something you can’t live without? Sunshine

What is working at Bluestone like? Challenging, easy going, and never boring. I love learning new things and still learn something new every week.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? The chicken.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Who wants to be a millionaire?

What’s your favorite dessert? Cookies and cream ice cream


Team

  • Mechanical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Yevhen Shevchenko

Yevhen Shevchenko

ShevchenkoY@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job?  I enjoy working with lighting!

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Spend time with my kids.

What is a secret skill you have?  I don’t hide this skill – I can use a soldering iron.

Where is your happy place? It’s home, but I like to travel.

What is working at Bluestone like?  It’s not just work, It’s also a small family.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg?  Egg, first chicken came from regular egg, but that egg was not from regular chicken.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  BattleBots

What’s your favorite dessert? At my home we call it Anthill cake.


Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Kenny Thelen, PE

Kenny Thelen, PE

ThelenK@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job?  Coming up with creative solutions.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Playing a round of disc golf or a bike ride.

Where is your happy place? In my back yard with the kids and dogs playing.

What is working at Bluestone like?  It is like working with good friends.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  Family Feud

What’s your favorite dessert? Chocolate Shake


Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Joe Weeks

Joe Weeks

WeeksJ@bluestonemep.com

MECHANICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job? Each project brings a unique designs and it is fun to problem solve with my peers.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? My favorite thing to do on a Saturday is to wake up and have a home cooked breakfast with my family and watch Premier League Soccer.

What is a secret skill you have? Drawing

What hashtags best describe your personality? #creative

Where is your happy place? My home with family.

What is something you can’t live without? Can’t live without my iPad. Work, play, creativeness, entertainment, etc all in one device.

What is working at Bluestone like? Working at Bluestone is a great environment with fun and supportive people.

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Not sure, but I’ll eat both.

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Lego Masters. Who wouldn’t want to build cool stuff out of Lego and win a bunch of money?

What’s your favorite dessert? I am not a huge dessert eater, but if I had to choose it would be Cheesecake.


Team

  • Mechanical

Location

  • Iowa City
Jason Zagar

Jason Zagar

ZagarJ@bluestonemep.com

TECHNOLOGY DESIGNER | PRINCIPAL


What is your favorite part of your job?  Working with all of the great talents and creating new relationships/friendships with both coworkers and clients.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Go to farmers markets and sporting activities.

What is a secret skill you have?  I can barefoot waterski.

What hashtags best describe your personality?  #Researcher #Constant Learner #Tech Geek

Where is your happy place?  Vacationing by a pool or mountains.

What is working at Bluestone like?  I love the mix of projects, fantastic culture, and staff!  I am able to continue to learn something new every day!

What is something you can’t live without?  Fun cars!

If you could be on any game show, what would it be?  Match Game


Team

  • Technology

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Josh Zeien

Josh Zeien

ZeienJ@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER


What is your favorite part of your job? The favorite part of my job is working with both my co-workers and our clients to design and build a better world together.

 

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? I love bike riding, wood working, and laying back playing video games on the weekend.

 

What is a secret skill you have? A secret skill is the woodworking knowledge I gained from two generations of builders in my family.

 

Where is your happy place? On a lake, in a boat, with a drink and my girlfriend in the summertime.

 

What is something you can’t live without? Cheese, I’ve been told I eat a lot of it.

 

What is working at Bluestone like? A rewarding and educational workplace with only room for growth.

 

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? The egg as the chicken had to come from somewhere!

 

If you could be on any game show, what would it be? Wipeout, always looked fun.

 

What’s your favorite dessert? Homemade cookies.


Team

  • Electrical

Location

  • Des Moines, IA
Dakota Zimmerman

Dakota Zimmerman

ZimmermanD@bluestonemep.com

ELECTRICAL DESIGNER


What is your favorite part of your job?   Having a flexible schedule and a great team to work with.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?  Do anything outside.  Working in the shop, yard work, or even just relaxing in a lawn chair.

What is a secret skill you have?  If it’s broke, I’ll fix it or use it to make something else.

What hashtags best describe your personality?  That’s the pound symbol…

Where is your happy place?  Out in the woods and open country

What is something you can’t live without?  Freedom

Which came first – the chicken or the egg?  I had eggs for breakfast, chicken comes with dinner.  So, the egg came first.

What’s your favorite dessert? Seconds of the main dish or a side!


Team

  • Electrical
  • Technology

Location

  • Des Moines, IA