Matthew Fahrenbach Earns “Rising Star” Honors

Matthew Fahrenbach
Matthew Fahrenbach

Matthew Fahrenbach, P.E., LEED AP, has been named a “Rising Star in the AEC Industry,” a program sponsored by ZweigWhite that recognizes future role models and leaders who will shape their firms and professions.

A senior structural engineer at HDR based in the firm’s Princeton, New Jersey, office, Fahrenbach has a deep bench of experience in the successful design and construction of highly complex building projects. These facilities impact not only their local communities through state-of-the-art healthcare delivery, but also internationally by providing intricate environments needed for global scientific research and the advancement of public health. 

During his 15-year tenure, Fahrenbach’s background has included design and construction of both low- and high-rise structural systems composed of multiple framing materials. He layers this knowledge with experience in advanced and specialized analyses.

“I can’t say enough about the impact that Matthew has had on advancing our practice,” commented Joe Krzyzewski Jr., P.E., LEED AP, structural engineering section manager. “Beyond outperforming on every structural project he manages, Matt excels at elevating our designs through his technological knowledge and creativity.”

A few of the many notable projects in Fahrenbach’s portfolio include the University of Louisville Center for Predictive Medicine for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, the first regional biocontainment lab to ever earn LEED Silver certification; the Hartford Bone & Joint Institute, recognized by Engineering News-Record as the “Best Overall Project for New England in 2017;” and the new 1.5 million-square-foot patient pavilion for Penn Medicine Pavilion.

Because of his leadership and continued support for the Penn project, Fahrenbach was asked by the University of Kansas to present the Integrated Project Delivery, Building Information Modeling and design challenges associated with the project to over 450 people at its annual Structural Engineering Conference in March 2019, to which it was well received.

Fahrenbach is an active member of the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineering, frequently participating in local chapter events. He is also continuously motivating younger engineers in his office to increase involvement in their local engineering groups to help elevate the engineering industry.