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Thornton Tomasetti Appoints W. Steven Hofmeister and Yi Zhu to Board of Directors

June 22, 2012

International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti announces that Kansas City Senior Principal W. Steven Hofmeister, P.E., S.E., LEED AP and Shanghai Senior Principal Yi Zhu have been elected to one-year terms on the firm’s board of directors. The addition of Mr. Hofmeister and Mr. Zhu brings the number of directors to 10.

Key Points
• W. Steven Hofmeister manages the firm’s Midwest U.S region, overseeing the Kansas City, Chicago and Denver offices.

• Mr. Hofmeister has more than 25 years of structural design and project management experience. He has been with Thornton Tomasetti since 2004 and has worked on such high-profile projects as MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y., CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa.

• Yi Zhu oversees the firm’s operations in China and helped to establish the Shanghai office in 2002.

• Mr. Zhu has more than 24 years of experience in design, construction and seismic research of structures worldwide. He joined Thornton Tomasetti in 1994. His notable projects include Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Taipei 101 in Taiwan and Shanghai Tower in China.

W. Steven Hofmeister, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, senior principal, Kansas City, Thornton Tomasetti
“I am flattered to be invited to sit on the firm’s Board of Directors. It feels great to know that others at the firm value my opinion and believe I have the ability to help guide the growth of our firm. I will use my position on the board to actively seek input from all staff members to discover new and creative ways of doing our jobs.”

Yi Zhu, senior principal, Shanghai, Thornton Tomasetti
“It is very exciting to be the first board member based outside the U.S. My appointment is reflective of the firm’s international growth. A large percentage of the firm’s work is conducted in places like China, Europe and the Middle East, so it will be helpful to have a different perspective weighing in on the board. I look forward to the new opportunities that await me.”

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Thornton Tomasetti is a leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity. With practices in building structure, building skin, building performance, construction support services, property loss consulting and building sustainability, Thornton Tomasetti addresses the full life cycle of a structure. We have supported clients working in more than 40 countries, with projects that include the tallest buildings and longest spans to the restoration of prized historic properties. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is a 600-person organization of engineers and architects collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

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