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30 for 30: Engineering Our First Thirty Years
30 for 30: Engineering Our First Thirty Years

On June 29, 1987 Primera Engineers opened its doors looking to establish itself as a premier minority-owned engineering firm, focused on putting its people first. 30 years later, Primera continues to build on that legacy to be a leader in the areas we serve – Buildings, Transportation, Utilities, and Business Consulting. We have grown into one of the largest woman-owned engineering design and consulting firms in the region while our commitment to our clients and staff remains the same.

As part of our anniversary celebration, we are offering you a glimpse into our history and highlighting a mix of 30 employees, clients, and projects that have helped shaped us into the powerhouse firm we are today. We will be updating this page regularly throughout our 30th year, so make sure to check back and read up on our featured stories.


1. Our Lighting Studio Expert Highlights Career Growth and a Commitment to Quality

Deborah Steimel-Clair has been with Primera since January 2004. As a recent college graduate with a Master’s of Science in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University, Deb was brought on to Primera’s Buildings team as an Electrical Engineer. She has gradually progressed in her career and today serves as the firm’s leading lighting design expert. Deb’s favorite projects include 31st Street Harbor and Maggie Daley Park, both of which have been recognized with industry awards.


2. Distribution Engineering Director Focuses on our Growth Strategy

Bryan Knowles joined Primera in 2006. Since then, he has moved up the ranks and is currently known as one of the firm’s leading substation and distribution experts. He recalls that around the time he was hired, Primera was slowly starting to shift from internally being organized by degree to being more organized by industry, similar to what the firm looks like today. He credits this as being a big driver in Primera’s ability to grow and focus on what sets Primera apart from other firms.


3. Project Coordinator Applauds our Corporate Social Responsibility Efforts

Roseann Marra was hired at Primera as an Office Manager in 2005, however her passion for customer service and desire to work with clients inspired Buildings Division Manager, Ken Panucci to transition her to Project Coordinator shortly thereafter. Throughout her time at the firm, Roseann has always been impressed with Primera’s give-back efforts, stating that at any given time there is always something going on as it relates to improving our local communities – from highway clean-ups to mentoring to environmental stewardship.


Check back regularly as we’ll be updating this story throughout our 30th year, ending June 29, 2018.

30 for 30: Engineering Our First Thirty Years

In honor of our anniversary celebration, we are featuring a mix of 30 employees, clients, and projects that have helped shape us into the premier engineering/architecture firm we are today.