Ryan Rotzell, PE Receives Lehigh Valley Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award

The Lehigh Valley Business Journal has recognized O’Donnell & Naccarato Project Executive Ryan T. Rotzell, PE to be among “the Greater Lehigh Valley’s most accomplished young businessmen and women who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the community.”

If you live in the Lehigh Valley, the odds are pretty good that you have been in or very near a building designed by Ryan T. Rotzell, PE. As a structural engineer, Ryan’s most impressive work often goes unseen. His creativity, design intelligence, and remarkable engineering acumen is represented in steel beams and intricate wood frames, hidden from view behind countless walls, floors, and ceilings that make up the Lehigh Valley built environment. Ryan has personally contributed to the success of some of the most significant construction projects to occur in the Lehigh Valley in the past ten years. Through no small amount of effort, he has forged a reputation as a leader in the office, on the job site, and in our community.

At age 36, the lifelong Lehigh Valley resident has devoted more than a decade of his career to O’Donnell & Naccarato. Ryan earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Since joining O’Donnell & Naccarato as a design engineer, Ryan has excelled professionally, ascending the ranks to assume management positions. In his current role as Project Executive, Ryan leads the firm’s Bethlehem office, supervising its growing staff, maintaining client relationships, providing quality control, and managing each project’s financial matters.

Perhaps Ryan’s most notable project is the comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest Campus. The vast undertaking included the design of: the Kasych Family Pavilion, a 7-story, 340,000 SF, 182-bed patient tower; the Center for Advanced Health Care, a 4-story, 132,000 SF, medical office building; and two 500-car parking decks.

Ryan’s diverse portfolio includes the Kasych Family Pavilion (top left), the Butz Corporate Center (bottom left), and the House of Sports (bottom center).

While O’Donnell & Naccarato provides structural engineering for many of the region’s healthcare systems, Ryan’s work is not limited to any one sector. His portfolio boasts more than 1,000 large and small projects spanning the entire Lehigh Valley. Some of his most recent work in the area includes: the Northampton County Health and Human Services Building; St. Luke’s Anderson Campus Cancer Center and Medical Office Building; and the Butz Corporate Center in Allentown, PA. Ryan collaborates with diverse clientele made up of architects, building owners, and developers. His task as structural engineer is to support his client’s vision, in turn helping to shape the Lehigh Valley’s future, one structure at a time.

As a husband and father Ryan’s work life is balanced by an active presence at home, and in his community. Through his involvement with the ACE Mentor Program, a non-profit organization for high school students interested in careers in the building industry, Ryan seeks to pay forward the encouragement he received as a youth to the next generation of Lehigh Valley leaders.