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Scott Nachemann, AIA, is the recipient of the 2019 Charles W. Nothnagel Award for Public Service.

SCOTT NACHMANN, AIA, was nominated by his peers for the 2019 AIA ILLINOIS CHARLES NOTHNAGEL AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, particularly in light of his efforts in the area of disaster assistance/recovery and public safety. A private ceremony commemorating this honor took place 23 October 2019 at The Cliff Dwellers. Unable to attend this ceremony, SCOTT NACHMANN was deployed to continue the very work for which he is honored for.


As a Director of DESIMONE'S FORENSICS PRACTICE, Mr. Nacheman provides technical oversight and management of the firm’s Midwest forensics team, encompassing both pre and post-failure/loss services. The firm’s forensic services allow DeSimone to assist existing clients, in addition to insurance and legal communities during all phases of a building’s life cycle.


Scott has provided initial emergency response and condition assessment services for buildings damaged by hurricanes, tornadoes, collapses, fires, and building envelope failures. Mr. Nacheman’s professional experience has included investigating and designing repairs for contemporary and historic structures, in addition to many facets of emergency response and structural stabilization efforts. During Mr. Nacheman’s career, he has served as the lead investigator of the 2011 Indiana State Fair collapse incident as well as co-manager of the $208 million Smithfield, Cudahy Wisconsin fire loss. Mr. Nacheman responded to the 9-11 attacks, in addition to large commercial building failures following Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Irma, Maria, CAT90/Sandy, the Christchurch, NZ earthquakes, the Joplin Tornado, and many other large loss events. In addition, he has investigated damage and performed remedial design services for iconic structures such as the Chrysler Building, the Wrigley Building, and the Empire State Building.


Scott’s proficiency in disaster response, post-incident investigations and disaster mitigation builds upon his experience working as a First Responder in New York and Illinois, where he has served as a Firefighter, Lieutenant and Instructor since 1991. He currently serves as a Structures Specialist with DHS/FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) IN-TF1, the FEMA US&R IST incident management team and Illinois US&R TaskForce 1.


Scott earned Masters Degrees in both Architecture and Civil Engineering from theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Nacheman regularly authors and provides instruction to the engineering, building design, fire service and military communities on topics of emergency response, damage assessment and building collapse rescue operations. As an expert, he has testified in numerous matters.


The awards reception also honored Bryan Hudson, AIA, with the 2019 R. Buckminster Fuller Award for Social Good, and Damon Wilson, AIA, with the 2019 John Wellborn Root Award for Emerging Professionals.


All award winners have positively impacted citizens throughout the state of Illinois by helping create communities in which people are drawn to live and work, and to live healthier and happier.


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