"The professors at the University of Illinois School of Architecture stressed the importance of The Interdisciplinary Approach to architecture.  We were taught to understand and to equally respect the contribution of architectural designers, structural engineers, and MEP engineers in the design of buildings.  We were also taught about the importance of preparing proper techincal drawings, details, and specifications and about the proper use of AIA documents to transform a design into an actual building.  After graduation, The Interdicipliary Approach to architecture that we were taught allowed me to be productive on my first day of employment; to be respected by fellow employees; to rapidly grow professionally within and outside of my company; and to become licensed as an architect and structural engineer."

Ian R. Chin, RA, SE, PE, FASTM

Vice President and Senior Principal
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Northbrook, IL

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE)

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is a firm of structural engineers, architects, and material scientists, dedicated to consistently delivering practical, innovative, and technically sound solutions to structural, architectural, and material problems in all types of new and existing structures.

WJE's vision starts with people: people who want to be standard setters and who realize there are always new standards to set.  As such, WJE seeks to employ C2E2 people: people with outstanding Character, and unwavering Commitment to our values, sound Expertise, and genuine Enthusiasm.  WJE expects all of our employees to strive to be extraordinary and to do their part to enhance our reputation and contribute to our success.

Since its establishment in 1956, WJE has successfully completed investigative, testing, and design projects involving virtually every type of construction material, structural system, and architectural component.  Thousands of clients, from individuals to large corporations and government agencies, rely on WJE professionals to deliver better solutions to their deisgn-related and/or construction-related problems. 

With more than 500 employees, WJE has the resources to respond to virtually any problem, and expertise in all aspects of construction technology.  WJE engineers, architects, and material scientists are supported by technicians who are expert in testing and instrumentation.  WJE's understanding of the behavior of structural and architectural systems and the performance of materials is enhanced by experience gained in more than 70,000 projects worldwide. 

Our resources combined our state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities, nationwide offices, and knowledge-sharing systems.  Our investment in a full spectrum of specialized equipment to examine, sample, and test all types of construction materials put WJE's capabilities at the forefront of the profession.

Full Scale Load Testing of Three Buildings Constructed for the 1964 New York World's Fair, New York, New York, 1966.
         The results of the tests lead to an improved understanding of how buildings behave and ultimately fail, especially the vulnerability of concrete buildings to failure in punching shear. 

Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse Investigation, Kansas City, Missouri, 1981
         The walkway collapse at the Kansas City Hyatt was one of the worst structural collapses in U.S. history, and lead to significant improvements in steel design and construction.  The collapse had a profound impact on construction practices in the United States, especially on the respective responsibilities of structural engineers and steel fabricators. 

Schoharie Creek Bridge Collapse Investigation, Amsterdam, New York 1987
         The investigation of the collapse of the Schoharie Creek Bridge focused attention upon potentially catastrophic consequences of scouring around bridge supports.  It triggered an increased level of awareness and monitoring of scour by state transportation departments across the country. 

Nebraska State Capitol Exterior Facade Investigation and Restoration Design, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1995
         This was the first large state capitol restoration project completed by WJE, followed by commissions for the capitols of Kentucky, Georgia, Idaho, Washington, Wisconsin, and others.

Post-earthquake Evaluation of the Washington Monument, Washington DC, 2011
         Subsequent to the earthquake, WJE architects and engineers rappelled down the face of the Washington Monument to observed and document the condition of the exterior facade of the monument.  WJE also prepared construction documents to repair observed distress conditions.

WJE participants in the yearly job fair at the School of Architecture and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois.  Through these job fairs and our intern program, we regularly find and hire graduates from the School of Architecture and the School of Civil Engineering.  We currently have approximately 90 University of Illinois graduates in our staff of approximately 500 employees (18%).

"We hire C2E2 graduates from the University of Illinois because they are well prepared to enter the professional world; because they are ready to be productive on the first day of employment; and because potentially they have the ability to be extraordinary and to do their part to enhance our (WJE) reputation and contribute to our success.