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Two RS&H Associates Recognized as ENR Top Young Professionals

By Joe VanHoose

January 27, 2021

Top Young Professionals Meredith Van Duyn and Adam Mercer recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR).

Two RS&H associates have been recognized in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) regional classes of Top Young Professionals in the engineering field.

ENR Southeast announced Meredith Van Duyn as part of its 2021 Class of Top Young Professionals, while ENR Mountain States named Adam Mercer to its Top Young Professionals class.

The regional contests recognize up-and-coming design and construction industry professionals who exhibit notable achievements in terms of career and industry leadership, community service and creating landmark projects.

“I am truly honored to be considered as a top young professional in the Mountain States area,” Mercer said. “It has been a wonderful experience working for RS&H, and to be nominated for the accolades. 

“I would just like to thank everyone that has believed in me, given me opportunities to excel, and trusted me to be a representative for our great company.”

Mercer has been instrumental in expanding RS&H’s footprint within the state of Virginia with a project win on the Route 29 Solutions Design-Build project. He was ultimately appointed to RS&H’s Virginia State Leader for Construction Management and grew RS&H’s presence in the state from two contracts to 10.

In 2017, Mercer helped expand his practice footprint to the West, as his design-build experience fulfilled the need for a key position on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s $1.2 billion Central 70 Design-Build project. He played a major role in securing the first win for the RS&H’s Transportation-Construction Management practice in Colorado and went on to become one of RS&H’s youngest vice presidents.

“Adam’s unique experience has helped mold his collaborative, project-first approach helping establish transparency and trust between the owner and contractor,” said RS&H Vice President and West Region CEI Leader Fred Holderness. “This approach has been instrumental on the Central 70 design-build project in Colorado, where all levels of the team work together to deliver the project at the highest quality while achieving the safety, financial, and project goals.”

As RS&H’s Transportation Development Group Leader in Raleigh, N.C., Van Duyn is responsible for ensuring RS&H’s five-step QA/QC process is followed on several major projects, supervising the day-to-day work of one of North Carolina’s Transportation Development teams, and coordinating with other groups for technical analyses and designs.

“Meredith is a walking encyclopedia, as she knows something about every aspect of what we do, and she is a great mentor working very hard to provide growth and training opportunities to her team members,” said RS&H Vice President Radha Krishna Swayampakala. “She is always willing to go the extra mile to make it the ‘RS&H way.’”

A firm believer in the power of mentoring, she helps younger staff with their professional development and is the Raleigh office champion for RS&H’s Ignite Women’s Leadership Network, whose mission is to empower women through an inclusive culture to advance the success of RS&H and its communities.

“I’m honored and humbled to be nominated for the ENR list,” Van Duyn said. “It was a really sweet surprise, and I appreciate being considered with this great group of professionals. There are so many talented and dedicated people at RS&H that make this such a special place.”

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Joe is a storyteller with more than a decade of experience in media relations, with particular specialty in writing and promoting. He can be reached at joe.vanhoose@rsandh.com.

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