James Pawlikowski, SE, LEED AP

Principal / Director of Engineering
  • Discipline :
    Structural, MEP, Connection & Construction Engineering

  • Bio :
    At REX Engineering Group, James (Jim) oversees and leads the structural, MEP, and construction engineering services. He is responsible for implementing strategies, procedures, and goals ensuring that the daily and long-term operations of the engineering firm are met. He has extensive experience in the A/E industry, leading and working on a wide variety of engineering projects.

    Prior to joining the REX team, Jim has 24 years of experience working with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). His accomplished background and experience have given Jim a unique insight and expertise in many components of the profession. He is proficient in many areas of structural engineering and understands the importance of building relationships with project teams – this translates to a focus on collaboration with the design and construction teams, with an emphasis on servicing his clients.

    Jim earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture in Structures Option from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is associated with several local and national professional organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Structural Engineers Association (SEAOI). He is a licensed Structural Engineer (S.E.) and a LEED Accredited professional (LEED AP).

    Jim is also active in academia at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Clinical Professor and Kerbis Fellow in Structures, Materials, and Innovation in the School of Architecture, and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He teaches courses on Tall Building Design, Design of Structural Systems, and Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design. His proudest achievement was designing the College of Engineering’s new building for University of Illinois.

    Besides being a passionate engineer, Jim loves to spend time with family, traveling, golfing, mastering the art of cooking. He is an ardent Chicago Cubs fan and enjoys hockey and football too.

  • Work Experience :
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Chicago, IL) 1996 – 2020 (24 years)
    – Associate Director / Senior Structural Engineer

  • Project Experience :
    Extensive project experience in the United States, Middle East, and Europe. Includes projects located in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Russia, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Korea, and Malaysia. Includes all phases of the project – from conceptual design through construction administration.

  • Professional Licenses & Accreditations :
    Licensed Structural Engineer (SE)

    LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)

    City of Chicago Registered Structural Peer Reviewer

  • Professional Affiliations :
    Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI)
    – Board of Directors (2019 – 2022)

    Structural Engineers Foundation
    – Board Member (2007 – 2011)
    – President (2011 – 2019)

    SEAOI Structural Symposium Committee

    American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

    American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

    American Concrete Institute (ACI)
    – Voting Member of ACI Committee 216 – Fire Resistance & Fire Protection of Structures
    – Associate Member of ACI Committee 303 – Architectural Cast-in-Place Concrete

    Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB)

    CTBUH Geotechnical Award Juror (2019 – 2020)

  • Education :
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    – Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies
    – Masters of Architecture – Structures Option

  • Recommendations :
    ''Jim Pawlikowski is one of the finest structural engineers I have ever worked with: his structural abilities exhibited in his designs and during field inspections are exceptional and include consideration to accommodate all the necessary architectural and MEP details. He is always helpful, understanding and timely with his work and with solutions to problems that arise during design and construction. He provides clear and useful direction to solve budget and coordination problems that arise during design as well as field problems due to issues that arise during construction. His communication is effective whether to the top managers or to the trade forces performing the work.''
    – Louis LeMieux of Related Midwest (Former Client)
    Senior Project Manager, Construction

  • Academic Affiliations :
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Civil and Environmental Engineering External Advisory Committee

    Tang Committee Member (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture Planning Committee)

    University of Illinois at Chicago High-Bay Testing Facility External Advisory Committee

    Clinical Professor & Kerbis Fellow in Structures, Materials, and Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture

    Adjunct Instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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