Nick Mannel, PE, LEED® AP BD+C

 

After earning Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Nick relocated to the Twin Cities in 2004 and joined Loucks soon thereafter. Now CFO and a principal civil engineer at the firm, Nick has earned a reputation for thoughtfully anticipating potential issues before they become major challenges in the construction process. Nick leverages his design experience, along with best practices in technology and sustainability, to manage a variety of industrial, healthcare, commercial, corporate and multifamily projects.

Nick is hard-wired to make a positive impact and his efforts gravitate toward educating peers, clients, and project team members on how to incorporate evolving technology practices into building better projects. He advises team members on new ways to earn LEED and other related accreditation and conducts ongoing Civil 3D training in order to create greater efficiencies in design. Nick helped spearhead Loucks’ early adoption of laser scanning technology. Clients look to Nick for ideas on how to incorporate laser scanned data into their building information software, thereby introducing new efficiencies into the overall design process. Nick’s laser scanning expertise makes him a go-to resource for sites that are difficult to measure, security-sensitive, or involve historical preservation.

Registered Civil Engineer

• State of Minnesota
• State of Wisconsin

Jon Donovan, PE

 

Jon Donovan is a principal civil engineer at Loucks with 17 years of experience. Jon works predominantly on healthcare projects, ranging from replacement hospitals and medical office buildings to hospital additions, heliport renovations and parking expansions. With a portfolio that includes more than two dozen hospitals and an equal number of heliport code compliance reviews, Jon is a trusted, go-to resource for architects, general contractors, owners and developers in the healthcare space.

Jon also serves as lead project engineer on a significant number of Loucks’ urban renewal, commercial, office and community space projects. Specific areas of expertise include: grading design, earthwork computations, surface water hydrology, stormwater management systems, bio-infiltration/filtration systems, urban stormwater runoff treatment techniques, stormwater conveyance systems, sanitary sewer and watermain design, and detailed construction plan preparation. Jon’s attention to detail and effective communication with project team members facilitates a seamless construction process.

Registered Civil Engineer

• State of Minnesota
• State of Wisconsin
• State of Iowa
• State of Kansas
• State of Illinois
• State of Nebraska
• State of Ohio
• State of Michigan
• State of Missouri
• State of Montana
• State of North Dakota
• State of South Dakota
• State of Texas

Paul Kangas, LA

 

Paul has the uncanny ability to quickly interpret site opportunities and constraints in the early stages of the project to help clients visualize remarkable site solutions. His creative yet pragmatic designs enhance unique site features while keeping long-term sustainability, budgetary constraints, and maintenance at the forefront.
 
Paul understands that good site planning must also limit impacts on the environment. He works collaboratively with the entire design team to provide site designs which complement the architecture and inspire clients to make the best use of the land. During his career, Paul has built a sizable portfolio of corporate campuses, master planned communities, public plazas, park trails, athletic complexes, worship centers, healing gardens and urban hardscapes.
 

Registered Landscape Architect

• State of Minnesota
• State of Wisconsin
• State of South Dakota
• State of North Dakota
• State of Iowa

Mike St. Martin, PE

 

Mike St. Martin is President and a principal civil engineer with 25 years of experience and his passion is designing and building inspirational places. Mike’s experience as a project manager on numerous housing, urban redevelopment, corporate and industrial campus projects gives him the foresight needed to create economical, accurate designs that minimize potential headaches during the construction process.

Mike serves as a valuable resource during city council and third party meetings. He has built a solid rapport with local regulatory agencies, which allows him to effectively navigate the approval process to keep projects on schedule. He is especially adept in team-based projects focused on meeting the client’s needs with a high level of service and creativity. Mike’s areas of expertise include site reconnaissance, investigation for soil conditions, grading, drainage patterns, conveyance systems, street access, project compatibility, potential pollution, analysis of constructability, and LEED considerations.

Registered Civil Engineer

• State of Minnesota
• State of Wisconsin

Jeff Shopek, PE

 

Jeff Shopek is CEO of Loucks and a principal civil engineer with 39 years of experience. He works closely with owners and developers to provide site development solutions and specializes in design, condemnations, demolition, remediation and construction management.

Jeff’s candid, collaborative work style facilitates the smooth coordination of project design and implementation with cities, county and state representatives, architects, consulting engineers, planners, and other governing agencies. His previous experience as a paving and grading estimator and field superintendent for a general contractor gives him an in-depth understanding of earthwork evaluation and analysis. He frequently draws upon this expertise to prepare comprehensive civil engineering plans, bid documents, and specifications to actual construction practices.

Since 2005, Jeff has served as principal engineer on a broad range of demolition and remediation projects totaling more than $16.7 million. Jeff understands that demolition is one of the most difficult and challenging projects to develop and bid. With this in mind, he conducts proper site investigation to accurately assess conditions and identify opportunities to reduce waste exported to landfills. Bottom line, Jeff understands and provides the data contractors need to compile accurate bids, which minimizes or eliminates arbitrary cost increases due to unknown conditions.

Jeff is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Registered Civil Engineer

• State of Minnesota
• State of North Dakota
• State of South Dakota
• State of Florida
• State of Wisconsin