Structural Designer

One thing’s for sure about Ben: When he’s not working hard as part of the FEH structural team, you can find him whipping up some sweet riffs on his guitar. This outdoor enthusiast is also an Eagle Scout. Proof that his passion for building a great product – and a great team – started at a young age!

Q&A with Designer Ben

How did you decide on your career path?

This goes back to when I was a kid. My friends and I loved building forts out of branches and twine in the woods. Unfortunately, the forts could never seem to withstand strong weather, forcing us to come up with new, innovative designs. Now, I’m just swapping out sticks for steel, twine for welds and bolts, and forts for buildings.

What is your favorite part of the design process?

I look at it like a puzzle that needs to be solved, and I’m the one choosing the pieces. The parameters for the project dictate the best pieces and how we approach the layout.

How are you creating vibrant communities through design?

I am an Eagle Scout and received two Eagle Mentor pins from my peers for leading by example. For my Eagle Project, I built a bridge in the Swiss Valley Nature Preserve in Dubuque on the short loop of the mature forest valley trail. The outdoors allows people to relax, and hiking is a great way to experience it. I’m proud one of my projects can contribute to that.

Where is your favorite place to visit in the Midwest?

I’m a fan of Ohio’s Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They have amazing relics from former football players and musicians I admire. I also enjoy camping in Iowa’s beautiful outdoors.

Contact Info

Des Moines Office
604 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

515  288  2000

fast facts

Spirit Animal: Brown Bear.

Hobbies: Playing music, video games, DIY, martial arts, and being in nature.

Vacation: I like going to national parks, especially in the mountains.

Quote: “My guitar isn’t a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.” – Joan Jett

Team: Packers!

Collection: Vinyl and guitars.

Music: Mostly rock and alternative. 

Podcast: Joe Rogan Experience.

Irrational Fear: Flying.

Time Travel: Anywhere Jimi Hendrix was performing.

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