Coop Member Spotlight DECEMBER 2022
Dana Berggren
November 30, 2022

The Coop Member Spotlight: Jose Montenegro

Jose Montenegro is an El – Associate Engineer at Forbes-Linchpin Structural Engineering working out of our Coop Summerlin location who has had the opportunity to design several pedestrian trail bridges, some on U.S. Forest Service Land. You can find him online at Linchpin Structural and follow him on Linkedin

Read on to learn more about him below!

Can you tell us a little bit about sustainable engineering design?

Sustainable engineering design involves an effort to reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials like concrete, iron, and steel. At the design level of a building’s life cycle, the impact we can have towards this goal as structural engineers is to control how we specify construction materials and how they are sourced.

Why would someone want to build utilizing this design method?

I believe we all have our part to play in reducing carbon emissions to combat global warming. We do not all have to perfect this, but all of us can certainly try. Those combined small efforts from everyone may add up to make a significant difference in the future. Our firm has established a Sustainability Committee whose responsibility will be to research sustainable design practices and educate our staff. Find more on our website about SE2050 and our Commitment to Net Zero.

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on so far?

I always enjoy a challenge. The coolest project I have worked on so far, is a modern-style A-frame residence with flat dormers in Tahoe, CA . “Phoenix Rising” has won multiple awards and gained attention in various publications. The project is featured on our website:

Within the last year, I have had the opportunity to design several pedestrian trail bridges, some on U.S. Forest Service land.

I know you said you are from here but moved to Reno for a few years.

What did you like the most about living in Reno? Reno has, what has always felt like to me, a very tight-knit community. Reno is a great hybrid between city and mountain town. I miss being close to Lake Tahoe and amazing ski resorts.

What did you miss the most about Las Vegas? Having been born and raised here, I made a lot of friends. My family is also largely here. The hardest part about leaving Las Vegas was being away from them.

How has your experience been working in a cowork environment?

Working from home for over two years during the pandemic put into perspective how important it is to be around people. A small positive interaction with someone might brighten your day more than you might realize. I recommend the co-working environment for anyone who is thinking about pursuing that avenue.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

Lindo Michoacan, W Flamingo & S Hualapai Way.

What do you like to do for fun in your free time?

I am learning to play guitar and enjoy doing that in my free time as well as I enjoy playing tennis.

Where is your favorite place to be in Las Vegas?

Downtown Las Vegas, Freemont Experience.



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