August 13, 2021
We are pleased to welcome Walmer Saavedra, our new Project Engineer, to Epstein’s DesignBuild group! Since joining, he has been assisting in the day-to-day site activities for our Wholestone Farms plant project in Fremont, Nebraska. Previously, Walmer was with Lendlease; much of his experience there was in residential high-rise construction.
Walmer graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in architecture and a minor in finance. While there, he was also a member of the track and cross country teams. Additionally, Walmer co-founded the university’s National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) student chapter and participated in the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) student chapter.
Walmer was first introduced to construction labor from his stepdad when he was young. He also participated in the ACE Mentor program when he was in high school, serving as his first real taste of architecture, engineering and construction management. While earning his degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Walmer interned with a construction management company with the goal of becoming well-rounded within the industry.
Walmer was born in Guatemala and grew up on the south side of Chicago since he was 7-years-old. He attended Lindblom High School in Englewood. Outside of work, Walmer co-founded a nonprofit organization called Human Scale, which designs and builds functional, beautiful and meaningful public spaces in historically-disinvested neighborhoods across the city. Every year, the group aims to complete three projects. So far, they have worked in Englewood, Pilsen, Austin, and North Lawndale. As you can imagine, that takes up the majority of Walmer’s free time, but he does also enjoy playing soccer and traveling.
Walmer has two younger brothers, Denilson, who is 22 and an engineer, and Nico, who just turned 5! Walmer is a very curious person, and enjoys helping people and solving problems.
Once again, welcome to Epstein, Walmer! We’re delighted to have you with us.