Congratulations to Kevin Menninger for the 2016 BICB Special Honor AwardNov 18 2016 · 0 comments · COMPANY NEWS, NISHKIAN MENNINGER ·0
Kevin L. Menninger, Vice President and Managing Principal of our San Francisco office, was recently honored with the 2016 Special Honor Award by the Building Industry Conference Board (BICB) at the 66th Annual Awards Banquet held in San Francisco, California on November 10, 2016. This award is made annually by the Building Industry Construction Board to celebrate and honor the most outstanding design and construction professional who outshines the rest as having contributed exceptionally to the construction industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. Last Thursday’s event was well attended with more than 200 attendees from across the spectrum of Bay Area construction —from owners and developers, to general contractors, to sub-consultants and insurance and A/E professionals.
Kevin started his career in Los Angeles working with Hillman Biddison & Loevenguth after graduating with honors in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1981. After moving to San Francisco in the mid-80s, he later partnered with Levon Nishkian and established Nishkian & Associates in 1989 which soon became Nishkian Menninger. With 35 years of strong structural engineering background and 27 years of skilled consulting practice, Kevin has completed countless building projects changing the landscape in the Bay Area and the San Francisco skyline in particular. Kevin maintained outstanding relationships and working history with various Bay Area building departments and with top A/E/C companies. When asked about the Nishkian Menninger partnership, Levon Nishkian says, “Kevin and I have so much fun together. Our personalities work. Kevin is a hardworking man. I knew that when it came down to it, he and I will get it done. There is no ego between us. I’m happy that Kevin is getting the recognition and honor he richly deserves.”
Outside his myriad of professional accomplishments, Kevin is a devoted husband whose love for Kim knows no bounds. Together they built a solid foundation and created a family enriched in love and generosity. Anyone who knew Kevin would say that he enjoyed spending time with his family, and that his wife and children are his greatest pride and joy. Kevin is also deeply committed to his church and its ministries investing his time, his money, and himself. Additionally, Kevin has a passion for sports. He is one of the most physically active and accomplished professionals in the industry. Besides the countless triathlon sporting events Kevin has finished in multiple distances, last year Kevin earned the title Ironman when he completed the 2015 IRONMAN race in Whistler, Canada covering a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon run. And to this day, Kevin loves to give back to the place that made all of this possible, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo—and to mentor the next generation of engineers.
All four Nishkian firms join together in congratulating Kevin. We are incredibly proud of Kevin and all that he has achieved. Kevin’s dedication to the design and construction industry, and his relentless efforts make him an effective mentor and role model. We could not agree more with Dave Williams, President of Pacific Structures and Kevin’s colleague of 20 years, when he presented Kevin the prestigious honor at the 2016 BICB Annual Awards Banquet. Here’s an excerpt of Dave’s speech:
“Over time it became clear that the designs coming out of Kevin’s shop were consistently among the most efficient. And I stop being surprised when the lowest numbers and the fastest schedules were Kevin’s builds. That time for me, seeing all those buildings– instilled in me a passion for efficient structural design. And the benchmarks for it was set by Kevin… He has no ego about his work. When you challenge his design, he listens. If you are right he says, ‘good idea’ and change his design. If you are wrong, he will take the time to explain it to you so it makes sense to you. He does not care much about being right; he cares about getting the best solutions. He always hits his engineering numbers. Kevin explains structural issues on buildings in lay language. He does not want to confuse you and establish his own superiority and make you live with it. He wants you to understand what is really going on so you can accept it, and maybe you can make it better. He really enjoys teaching the next generation. He is patient. He wants them to figure it out themselves, and helps them get there. When he makes a mistake there’s no defending it or talking around it. He is as good as his word… Kevin you’re an exemplary engineer! I personally do not know anybody better. Your firm has designed hundreds of buildings that make up the Bay Area landscape, and many of us in this room has built them– even enjoyed great professional and personal success. You mentored droves of young people in construction within Nishkian Menninger and within all the companies involved in the buildings you designed. And you do it all with the kind of humility, patience, integrity and sense of humor that makes for an environment where all of us and the next generation of builders can go hard after the very best solutions together, and expect to achieve it.”