Who We Are

LEVEL is Your Independent Structural Engineering Team

With an accumulated background of over 50 years of engineering experience and 40 years of business experience, we have come together with different expertise to create a strong, yet agile team of engineering and business professionals. We have a common vision to help change the industry and serve the people who need us most.

Our Engineers are registered in Colorado, Wyoming, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Nevada, Utah, West Virginia, Alabama, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, California, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Hawaii.

Each of our team members has a unique professional background. Regardless of how they came to engineering and design, they all have these things in common:

  • Skill, expertise, and experience…less the ego.
  • A commitment to common-sense engineering and design solutions.
  • Down to earth smarts
  • Good natured humor
  • A desire to bring forth their skills and talents to serve our community…and beyond.
  • Compassion

We Value

Integrity

Rigorous and honest. No B.S. Workability. Whole and complete work.

Simplicity

Do less, better. Always bring your A-game: how you do anything is how you do everything.

Growth

As individuals, as team, as community. Crave feedback, expand your skills, yourself, your organization. Teach as you grow.

Being of Service

There is no greater joy than being of service – to our customers, our team, our planet. Generosity of heart, of spirit, of skills, talents and resources make life rich. Cultivate a positive view of humanity and the world.

Inclusivity

Of ownership, of governance, of ongoing creation & innovation.

Freedom

Of time, of choice, of self-expression.

Meet the Team

The LEVEL team has a combined background of over 150 years of design experience and 40 years of business experience.

Scott A. Zurn, P.E

President
Bio

Anya K. Zurn

Business Manager
Bio

JB Macutay Jr. P.E. S.E.

Snr Managing Engineer
Bio

Zack Ballard, MCE., P.E.

Senior Engineer
Bio

Sheri Nichols, P.E.

Senior Engineer
Bio

Bryan Conkle, P.E.

Senior Engineer
Bio

Chris Johnson, P.E.

Engineer
Bio

Ashley Mendez, P.E., M.S.E.

Engineer
Bio

Justin Fendley, P.E., M.S.E.

Engineer
Bio

Jay Blackburn, P.E.

Engineer
Bio

Liberty L. Janson, P.E.

Engineer
Bio

Steven Norton, P.E​

Engineer
Bio

Clifton Palmer, P.E.

Engineer
Bio

Mustafa Alsaid, P.E., M.S.E.

Engineer
Bio

Rustem Shamsutdinov

Engineer - Miami, FL
Bio

Omar Flores

Architectural Drafter, Denver, CO
Bio

Stuart Lockridge

Operations Manager
Bio

Kyle Vanderveen P.E.

Engineer, Las Vegas, NV​
Bio

Raad Azzawi P.E., MBA

Engineer, Dallas, TX
Bio

Kristen Vasquez

Executive Assistant
Bio

Austin Parsons

Engineer
Bio

Sheri Williams

Accounting Manager
Bio

Negar Moharrami

Engineer
Bio

Certifications & Membership

  • Licensed Professional Engineers
  • American Public Works Association
  • Senior Fellows
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • International Code Council
  • Certified Building Inspection
    Certified Weld Inspection
ICC Member
Transportation Professional of the Year 2014
Scott A. Zurn

Scott A. Zurn, P.E.

President

For years in the industry, I observed something missing that cost homeowners untold stress and frustration, cost contractors lost time and money and left real estate agents and lenders unable to satisfy their clients’ needs. I decided to do something about it.

With 32 years of civil & structural engineering experience, I have contributed to all aspects of the building industry. I have achieved success in commercial and residential markets, held leadership roles such as a building official, city engineer, and director for local governments, and accomplished hundreds of millions of dollars in successful commercial building and civil infrastructure as a designer, project manager, and leader.

I have extensive experience with design and project management of transportation, roadways, traffic engineering, storm drainage facilities, bridges, site development review, and inspection. I have also enjoyed building more than 100 custom homes throughout the Front Range.

I am a Leadership Fellow with APWA and was awarded the 2014 Professional of the Year by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). I have held leadership roles in securing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants and have managed multiple federal grants funded NEPA studies and transportation projects. I also held a lead management role in ENR’s Best Project of 2009 for a 300 acre Brownfield redevelopment including $250 million dollars in infrastructure bridges and 650,000sf of retail redevelopment.

I have three fabulous daughters as well as two fabulous stepchildren with my wife, Anya. I enjoy outdoor activities around my home in the mountains – getting back to my Wyoming roots.

“Please excuse typos, moving fast.” – Scott Zurn

Anya K. Zurn

Anya K. Zurn

Business Manager

As a 20-year business consultant & executive coach, I have worked with many organizations to take them from idea to profitability, from stagnation to growth, and from team survival to high performance. I love bringing forth new ideas to the marketplace and discovering new and better ways to produce effectively while giving deeper meaning and fulfillment for all involved.

Our core company values such as “Teach as You Grow” and the joy of “Being of Service” aren’t just marketing-speak. They are the drivers of our business decisions.

We look at our individual and company behavior through the lens of our values and ask – what is needed and wanted to express those values at a greater Level?

When Scott shared with me the current state of many engineering firms and the impact that was having on the residential market needs as well as the downward spiral of salaries and retirement for engineers – I knew it was time to commit my own skills and talents to make a real difference.

Austin is my hometown (30+ years) and I love it. So, I had no idea all these years that I am actually a mountain girl! Now, I am hooked. And, any chance I have to explore the wild beauty of Utah, Colorado, or Wyoming, I take it. I keep sane with hot yoga and caring for my two giant malamutes, Togo and Daenerys. I enjoy adventures of all kinds with my husband – including the challenges of our 5 mostly-grown kiddos.

“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to our life.” – Anne Morriss

32 Degree Scottish Rite, Valley of the Hudson, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, New York.

Mecca Shriners, Shriners International, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (AAONMS) New York City, New York.

Master Mason, Joseph Warren Gothic Lodge 934, Grand Lodge of New York (GLNY), New York, NY.

JB Macutay Jr. P.E. S.E.

Senior Managing Engineer

I believe that the success of an endeavor lies in the team behind the work and the leader directing its course. This is true for any projects being undertaken with the utmost consideration to life and safety and the impact they may have on the environment.

With more than 30 years in the field of structural engineering, I spearheaded the completion of multiple design projects using my expertise and passion but integrating value and uncompromising element into my services. It is this spirit that provides the driving forces behind my success in the field of engineering

From the Pacific to the East Coast, I have brought my knowledge and various experiences in design, construction, and management. I have designed different types of structures encompassing residential, commercial, retail, institutional and public works. These include residential houses and condominiums, schools, airport terminals, hospitals, hotels, historical buildings, offices, shopping complex, water and wastewater facilities. These are not only for the design of new structures but the renovation and retrofit of existing buildings. They included signature tenant improvements, façade repairs, curtain walls, vertical and horizontal building expansions, and structural repairs.

I have professional licenses in Hawaii, New York, Connecticut and Minnesota. The last two are currently inactive but could renew if there are projects. I have participated in committee works such as the structural review of the New York City Building Code and currently the New York City Existing Building Code with the objective of aligning the city code with the International Building Code and the International Existing Building Code. I have been a member of several engineering organizations such as the American Concrete Institute and Structural Engineering Association of New York to name a few.

My personal time has been devoted to my wife and kids but if I have some extra time will play a round of golf or hit some spares in the bowling alley. I am also an avid chess player which gives me the brain boost when trying to think of a solution for a project.

I think the foothold of the structural engineering profession in the industry is starting to lose its traction because the way the works of the engineers have been perceived. And that is, the engineers are out of reach by the community because they don’t cater to the people at the grassroots level. 

However, this is entirely untrue, and so we are changing that. I have collaborated with Level Engineering to bring our profession to the community. Helping them to understand who we are and how we can help them. Our profession is now alive, strong and growing due to the efforts of Level Engineering.

Zach Ballard Level Engineering Bio

Zack Ballard, MCE., P.E.

Senior Engineer

I am a Colorado native with over 15 years of engineering experience. My educational background
includes a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, graduate studies at
University of Colorado Denver in Structural Engineering and Concrete Materials, and a Master’s degree
in Geotechnical Engineering from Norwich University in Vermont.

I have provided engineering services
for extensive areas along the front range of Colorado, as well as Montana, Texas, Pennsylvania,
California and internationally in South Korea, Australia, India and France. I am currently a licensed
Professional Engineer in Colorado, Nebraska, and New Mexico.

My passion is in concrete materials, design and forensic analysis. I also enjoy working with clients to see
their vision and make that become a reality whether that is removing a wall in their home, repairing
structural problems, or any other vision they may have. No project is too big or too small.

When I am not working, I enjoy the great Colorado outdoors with my wife and son. We also enjoy
traveling both domestically and internationally.

Sheri Nichols, P.E.

Sheri Nichols, P.E.

Senior Engineer

With 16 years structural engineer experience, I have worked in several different fields of structural engineering. I have worked in new design, restoration of historic buildings and forensic engineering.

At each opportunity I have learned more about all aspects of building, restoration and design. I currently hold licenses in both Colorado and California.

My favorite aspect of engineering though, is helping people with their projects and dreams. No project is too big or small. I am here to help you find a successful solution. I love what we do and get to help people in their home’s vs being in an office.

When I am not helping the clients, I love to spend time with my family. We have two sons, one amazing daughter in law and a sweet, active grandson. We love to travel and see the world. I especially love to experience life like a local wherever we may go.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou

Bryan Conkle, P.E.

Senior Engineer

As a Colorado native with a civil engineering degree from CSU and over twenty years of structural engineering experience, I am excited to be a part of the Level Engineering team.

Having worked for several engineering firms for 9 years as well as owning my own engineering firm for 12 years, I have been involved in projects in Utah, Montana, Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico. Though I specialize in custom homes, other interesting jobs in my portfolio include straw bale houses, a chord wood yurt, over 170 crawlspaces to basement conversions, and a fire station in Aspen.

My passion is the residential market as I believe I can make a difference for the homeowner. This passion began when I helped family and friends remodel and build their own homes. With this experience, I have a better understanding of all the pieces that are involved in the entire construction process.

My work does not end at a set of plans. It includes working with contractors to solve problems as they may arise in the field, collaborating with team members on solutions as well as incorporating the home owner’s ideas to deliver the best structure possible for their needs and dreams.

Having caught the travel bug years ago, my family and I really enjoy immersing ourselves into other cultures. More open-mindedness and seeing from other perspectives have been invaluable learning experiences. I relish the opportunity to learn about others values and views while at the same time spending time with my wife and daughter.

I worked with Bryan and got a very thorough review of my foundation and interior walls in advance of potential remodeling. You can tell Bryan is very passionate about what he does and answered all my questions and educated me on my new house. I learned a lot and feel more confident in moving forward with remodeling and working with Level and Bryan again. I highly recommend this firm for engineering/inspection services. – OD, CO

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Chris Johnson, P.E.

Engineer

Growing up in Colorado and attending The University of Colorado at Boulder has developed in me a deep love for our amazing environment and the culture we have here on the Front Range. I spent the first seven years of my career working primarily as a field engineer looking for practical, hands-on solutions, in real-time. Now as part of the LEVEL Engineering Team, I get to apply the lessons I’ve learned to real challenges facing homeowners, contractors, architects, and real estate agents.

LEVEL Engineering drew me in with its mission and values. I am happy to say that LEVEL is made up of people who are individually and collectively committed to its core values. We walk our talk. I especially love our commitment to being of service to the people we call our customers. We always strive to do what’s best for our clients and their projects.

The thing that I enjoy most about my job is getting to meet people from all walks of life and working together to make our customers’ dreams a reality.

In my free time you can find me chasing our two delightful young children. I also enjoy exploring the world of adventure that the Colorado mountains provide via trail running, backpacking, climbing and just about anything else that is out there.

Ashley Mendez, P.E., M.S.E.

Engineer

I am a Denver native with over eight years of construction and structural engineering experience. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Science in Civil Engineering both from the Colorado School of Mines. I was fortunate to work for a heavy civil construction contractor in Montana right out of college.

After some time as a field engineer in Washington state, I made a career change to a design engineer for the energy and chemicals industries in Texas. There I had the opportunity to work on multi-billion-dollar projects for both domestic and international clients. I currently hold licensure as a Professional Engineer in Colorado, Texas, and West Virginia.

I like working directly with our customers to determine what their needs are. Every project has its own challenges, but I enjoy being of service and finding a solution to each unique project. Whether it be an inspection, remodel, or beyond, I love that each work day is different.

When I’m not working, I stay busy with my daughter, husband, and our two blue heelers. It’s amazing to see our daughter learn and grow every day. We love spending time with our families and taking in the beauty of Colorado.

I received Ashley Mendez as a reference for structural engineering design and support through a good colleague/friend of mine. I reviewed several companies/competitors prior to this word of mouth reference, but after speaking with Ashley, it was clear Level Engineering, and more specifically, Ashley was the right person to support my home project needs. Ashley was very knowledgeable on structural design, was distinctly clear and concise on the topics at hand, answered all of my technical questions, and was sure to keep my best interests in mind first – top tier customer service. I was very impressed during her first visit to my property and her technical review to provide several solutions to support my project requirements. She was very involved through the project execution and answered queries to roadblocks and/or technical clarification timely. Ashley made the process to complete the work safely easier, ensured the work was carried out according to the design drawings, and improved my project cost and schedule.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to work with Ashley and will definitely be keeping her and Level Engineering in mind for any future project needs. Thanks for being available and accommodating my project with such short notice. – Alexsander Lopez, CO

Justin Fendley, P.E., M.S.E.

Engineer

I am an Alabama native but after visiting the Salt Lake area several times, I knew this is where I wanted to be. For my undergraduate degree in civil engineering, I attended Auburn University then I pursued my masters of science degree in structural engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Since graduation, I have obtained my Professional Engineering License in Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Throughout my career, I have obtained over twelve years of structural engineering experience. Right after obtaining my masters degree, I was fortunate enough to be hired as a fulltime structural engineer for a major energy and chemicals design firm in Houston, Texas. I worked for this company for over nine years, working on projects ranging from multi-million-dollar scopes to multi-billion-dollar ones. My last three years at this firm, I personally lead gulf coast structural projects for several major energy companies with scopes ranging up to one hundred- and twenty-million-dollar budgets.

I have found over the last few years of my career that I love engaging with clients to ensure their needs are met. This often involves sharing knowledge of the structural engineering practice so that the customer can be apart of the design process allowing their needs to be met in due time and within their budget. The Level Engineering practice methods facilitate this ideology and I could not be more excited to be a part of it.

When I am not working, I like to be active. The Salt Lake area has unlimited amount of hiking trails in the summer and ski trails in the winter that I will be exploring every chance I have with friends and family. I also have a workshop in my garage where I build and refinish furniture for fun.

Justin was incredibly responsive and I love how well he worked with my vision of our home’s kitchen remodel. He was very straightforward in letting me know what would work and where things may go awry. His turn-around times were also a thing of beauty since we were on a bit of a tight timeline. Overall, I would highly recommend Level Engineering for a home renovation project. – Zack Downs, SLC

Jay Blackburn, P.E.

Engineer

Growing up around Colorado’s Front Range, I spent my early years playing baseball, snowboarding, and fishing. It was there I learned to appreciate our state’s amazing natural resources. Regularly passing by abandoned mine tailings, dried up streams, and seeing the relentless development of once pristine land taught me at a young age that problems are usually easier to create than to solve.

In 2013, I completed my bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering with an emphasis on Water Resources at the University of Colorado at Boulder. However, it was not until a post-graduation backpacking trip in Chilean Patagonia that I realized, true to my Colorado roots, my true passion revolves around humankind’s connection to nature and, more specifically, the water resources which make such a beautiful place possible.

Now, after seven years working as an engineering consultant for municipal water and wastewater districts across the Front Range, I’ve seen first-hand the unwavering need for quality engineering and consulting services. I am proud to have facilitated many successful water and wastewater projects which have improved the level of service to municipal customers. My experience in other areas of civil engineering, municipal consultation, and subsurface utility engineering has given me confidence to take on today’s challenges, both large and small.

Over the next five years, I plan to continue working to expand my network of like-minded of engineers, contractors, and municipal agencies to improve the way the industry operates for the better.
The environmental problems we face together were created over many generations, but they don’t have to take generations to solve. Working together, I believe it’s possible to significantly improve the quality of life for, not only ourselves and our neighbors, but for the natural environment as well.

I now live in Denver with wife, Ashley, and our 5 chickens. On the weekends, I still play baseball and get out to fly-fish whenever possible.

“If you don’t have a leader, be one” – Jay Blackburn

Jay from Level Engineering was beyond helpful in my home project. I am moving an interior wall and I had a support from the roof sitting on that wall. Jay listened to me, the scope of the project, my skill level and we discussed a few different options. He helped me understand the pros and cons of each, the best way to tackle the project and answered all of my questions in a simple to understand way. He also looked further into the relocation of the wall to see if I would run into anything else.

It was nice to talk through everything with a professional. He was very courteous, respectful and it was very nice to have an engineer help with such a “little” project.

I highly recommend Jay and Level Engineering for any level project you have. – Tyler Pengelly, Denver

Liberty L. Janson, P.E.

Engineer

As a forensic engineer with a background in analysis of structures, civil grading and drainage, building envelopes, and related building science systems I take a holistic approach to every assignment.

I’ve learned that it is important to understand not just the individual building systems, but where those systems overlap, before moving forward with any revisions to an existing structure.
A local architectural firm offered me a unique opportunity to begin my design education while attending high school.

After earning a Bachelors’ Degree in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), I began my professional career in structural design of residential, educational, and medical facilities. My experience providing engineering support for extensive modernizations, hospital equipment upgrades, and seismic retrofit measures fed my passion for improving existing building inventory and enhancing public safety.

With over 19 years of engineering experience including structural design, forensic investigation, facility analysis, and performance testing, I remain excited for each unique opportunity to support Level Engineering clients.

I am a Level 1 Thermographer and Board-Certified Diplomate of Forensic Engineer (DFE) currently serving on the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) as well as Vice Chair of Denver Affiliate Board for ACE Mentorship Program.

I am passionate about mentorship, theater, travel, and college basketball.

Steven Norton, P.E.

Engineer

Having grown up in Loveland, Colorado is home for me. I attended Colorado State University and completed my degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis. I have accumulated over 8 years of engineering experience working in various sectors, including heavy
industrial, commercial, and residential. In addition, I have obtained Professional Engineer licensing in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

Through my experience, I have had opportunity to work with other engineering disciplines as well as develop project leadership skills, both creating and managing designs, teams, budgets, and schedules. I am excited to be working with Level Engineering. My passion is creating a positive experience for each client, working face-to-face and helping them reach their goals. I also love sharing knowledge about what I do with customers so that they are included in the design development process.

I deeply value spending time with my incredible wife and two beautiful children. We love spending time taking mountain adventures and enjoying amazing foods of all types. I also love personal development. In the years I have spent in the engineering industry, one of my favorite aspects has been working with incredible teams who value growth, both professionally and personally. I desire to help people find what they’re good at and push them to grow in that direction. I also enjoy business.

My wife owns and operates a wedding photography business, and we own a coffee shop here in Colorado. Both have brought excitement and challenge, and the relationships we have built with those we work alongside of have sweetened the journey in many ways.

Very pleased with the overall experience with Steven Norton and Level Engineering. The level of detail and professionalism provided during our home structural inspection was excellent. Communication in setting up the appointment and post inspection follow-up was top notch. Would highly recommend. – Wakumoto Family, CO

Clifton Palmer, P.E.

Engineer

Mr. Palmer is licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Utah and Colorado with over ten years of experience. Prior to working with Level Engineering and Inspections, he was a project engineer with his previous firm.

Mr. Palmer’s experience includes a diverse range of projects from small residential additions to custom residences, telecommunication structures, industrial loading platforms and failure analysis. He is knowledgeable in the areas of timber, steel, concrete, masonry and FRP design.

In his free time he enjoys going on hikes with his family and exercising.

“I had a great experience with Clifton. He talked me through my options for the project and was extremely helpful! He got the plans done quick as well. I will definitely be recommending him to anyone who needs engineering!” — Sheila Warnick

“We were looking for an engineer company and after looking online we found Level Engineering. Clifton was so nice and professional. He gave us lots of information and our plans he sent to us were so detailed and easy to read. I would recommend this company.” — Trilby Dodson

“Clifton at Level Engineering was great to work with. He made me feel comfortable with the new home building process through his personable advise throughout the process. My favorite part about working with Clifton was his response time. I was nervous he would be slow with the crazy market, but he proved to be quick and responsive at every step. I will definitely recommend Clifton to my friends building custom homes.” — Kevin Holt

Mustafa Alsaid, P.E., M.S.E.

Engineer

I am a Professional Licensed Civil (Structural) Engineer, P.E., in Nevada with nearly a decade of engineering experience. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tikrit University, Iraq, and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

I spent the first half of my career in Iraq working in the construction of heavy civil engineering projects including oil refineries, silos, large commercial buildings, and in the testing and inspection of soils and foundations of new buildings. While in the construction fields translating buildings from papers to reality, I loved the idea of becoming a structural engineer designing such buildings for people.

In 2012, I was awarded a scholarship to study structural engineering in the United States for graduating at the top rank of engineering schools nationwide. I obtained my Master’s degree in 2017. Since then, I have provided structural engineering services for multiple interesting projects including the new Las Vegas Stadium, high-rise buildings in California, office buildings for the Federal Aviation Administration, 60-mile long public transit monorail in Cairo/Egypt, concrete bridge structures, rail track switching complex structures, nuclear power plants, and general engineering services in multiple states and nations.

My best part of being an engineer is to see what was one day just an idea in my mind becoming a reality that people can touch and use for a long time. I enjoy helping clients from all walks of life transform their vision into a reality whether that is removing a wall in a home, or designing a challenging complex structure.
When I am not working, I enjoy going out to new shows and concerts in Las Vegas, going to hikes and nature around the city, taking road trips to the beach of California, and traveling to other cities and countries to explore other cultures and meet new people.

Mustafa is great to work with great comunction and always happy to answer any question, I’m a owner of construction company and work with mustafa on several project now, his work always been professional and thorough. – Avi Feneche, NV

Mustafa was great! He was very professional and helped me work through some questions I had with the city. After the report was sent to me he followed up 2 weeks later see how things were going and if I needed any additional help. I would definitely recommend Level Engineering!! – Mary Ironside. NV

Rustem Shamsutdinov

Engineer, Miami, FL

I grew up in Russia and have a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering.

After graduation, I moved to New York City and I spent the first eleven years of my career working primarily as an engineering consultant designing structural steel and reinforced concrete buildings, wood and timber framed construction, cold-formed construction, doing repair and restoration of historic structures, etc. I have built a reputation among developers, architects, and builders for providing innovative and cost-effective solutions.

Now I live in Florida, in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area with my family and helping Floridians to make their dreams a reality.

On the weekends, I love to play soccer, spend some time with my family and friends barbequing, fishing, and kayaking. We also enjoy traveling around the world.

Omar Flores

Architectural Drafter – Denver, CO

After Graduating from the University of Colorado, Denver with a Bachelors in Science of Architecture, I worked for a small residential landscaping company developing a strong work ethic and appreciation for entrepreneurship which have become key components to the foundation of my architecture career.

I joined Level Engineering in September of 2021, where I get the amazing opportunity to work with Designers of many calibers, and most importantly, directly with the Client. To me, being part of the process of bringing a client’s vision to life is what I truly enjoy doing. It is what drives me everyday to put my best effort into solving problems and helping clients see their vision more clearly.

When you don’t find me working, I spend my time watching Formula 1 races and enjoy time with friends and family.

Stuart Lockridge

Operations Manager

I am the Operations Manager for Level Engineering. I oversee the day-to-day operation of our corporate headquarters in Loveland Colorado.

I am a Retired United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer with over 27 years of military service with increasing leadership roles and strong interpersonal and communication skills. I have extensive experience managing facilities and executing programs. I am a dedicated leader who manages productivity within departments and specialized teams, initiates process improvements, managing budgets and policy changes. During my time in the Navy, I deployed 7 times to the Middle East, Mediterranean Sea, and the Western Pacific.

I was born in Madison Indiana but have lived all over the United States and in Italy. My wife and I have been married for over 25 years and have 2 grown children. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, reading, and spending time with my family.

Kyle Vanderveen P.E.

Engineer, Las Vegas, NV

I am a San Diego native who moved from the coast to the Las Vegas desert in 2019. My engineering background starts with obtaining my Bachelors’ Degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Since then I have accrued nearly a decade of structural engineering experience.

I was fortunate enough to begin my professional career in the design of residential projects which included engineering custom homes and multi-family developments in southern California. Through my experience I was able to expand my project scope by taking on more complex residential and commercial buildings, managing a team of engineers, and mentoring junior engineers. Since I have moved to Las Vegas, working more with existing structures the last couple years has given me the opportunity to learn more about the history of engineering and building design methods in the area.

Among working with clients to provide the best solution for their needs, what I enjoy most about structural engineering is each project is unique and provides its own set of challenges. I love seeing the end result of the client’s vision that came to life.

Outside of engineering I enjoy traveling with my wife, spending time outdoors with our dog, golfing, watching sports, or trying new restaurants with friends.

“Kyle Vanderveen, PE executed our calculations and drawings. He not only got to our project in a timely fashion, but also did excellent work that our Architect was very pleased with. At this time in LV, construction professionals and associated people are in ENOMROUS demand, and it is often very difficult to obtain these services. I remind readers that you cannot even apply without these drawings completed. Kyle made promises that he KEPT. Originally, the engineer we were supposed to hire, from a different firm, through no fault of his own ended up in the hospital. Kyle filled that gap exceptionally well. Three cheers for Kyle!” — Dr. MM. Rosenblatt

Raad Azzawi P.E., MBA

Engineer

I hold licensure as a Professional structural engineer P.E. in Texas. Also, I hold MBA in projects
finance and investments. With over twenty years of extensive design and construction experience, I
have contributed to different aspects of the building industry. I enjoy working with homeowners and
investors to see their vision and make that become a reality.

My favorite aspect of engineering is doing new design, property special inspection, and helping to find a successful solution. I have designed multiple projects using my knowledge, expertise, and
engineering passion. These include residential, commercial, water treatment plants (WTP), pipe
jacking projects, bridges, warehouses, pavements, and schools.

I have skilled in ICF design using more efficient EPS units in terms of cost and thermal insulation. I
have experimentally inspected utilizing steel fibers as a reinforcement in concrete for different
applications. My goals are to deliver projects with the best possible standards in terms of quality, cost, and time.

I enjoy traveling both domestically and internationally to explore the world with my family.

Dallas, TX

Kristen Vasquez

Executive Assistant

I am originally from New Hampshire and moved out to Colorado over 20 years ago. I studied here in Northern Colorado and have my Associates Degree of Applied Science in Architectural Engineering Technology and two certificates in Architectural Engineering and Construction Technology: Architectural Drafting and Structural Drafting.

In my career, I previously worked as an Executive Director and other subset roles in the non-profit Healthcare industry and am excited to be working in the A&E field as the Executive Assistant to our CEO and co-founder, Scott Zurn.

Level’s business model, accelerated growth strategy, and their mission and values align perfectly with my personal and professional goals. I am excited to be a part of this talented team.

Personally, I enjoy listening to music, gardening, games, traveling, cooking, and art. My favorite type of art I am currently creating is woodburning. I also enjoy camping with my husband and son, we love bringing along family members, friends, and our pets.

I have a big heart and a variety of interests! I enjoy being actively involved in multiple causes that support children, animals, seniors, and environmentally friendly missions.

You never settle for less than the whole if you knew the half. – Dr. Math

Austin Parsons

Engineer

After graduating from University of Colorado at Boulder in 2016 with my engineering degree, I began my career in heavy civil construction where I gained a lot of hands-on experience.

Seeing how things were done in the field was a very important lesson that I try to take to the office every day. I migrated in my career to focusing on infrastructure design and construction of all types with a focus in water and wastewater infrastructure.

It was here that I found my passion and felt that I could make a genuine impact on the world. I joined LEVEL because of the values it holds and the service it promotes. These values and services have created a remarkable network of engineers dedicated to solving our client problems and is what drives me to become the best version of myself.

Outside of work, you can find my fiance and me spending time in the mountains with our whacky german shepherd, Murphy.

Sheri Williams

Accounting Manager

I have been in the financial field in some form for 30 years. My Bachelor’s degree is in Business Management and I received my Master of Finance degree in 2021, both from Colorado State University Global Campus. I love working with financial data and making sense of all the information.

I was born and raised in Southern Illinois, but have lived all over the country, from Connecticut to Washington State. My family has called Colorado home for almost twenty years and we love everything this state has to offer!

In my spare time I love spending time with my husband of 31 years, our three children and our twin granddaughters. We love boating, playing games and spending lots of time outdoors.

“Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Sheri is so knowledgeable and helpful with structural foundation issues. – Angel K.