We’d like to share the news that Jim Stephenson has retired and transitioned to a Principal Emeritus role with SDG. In 1999, Jim was instrumental in the founding of Structural Design Group and served as our official President.

Jim started his professional career 45 years ago in 1977.  After a return to graduate school, he started working at Stan Lindsey’s in 1981. He began specializing in healthcare design in the 1980’s and was involved early on in the nationwide growth and expansion of HCA Healthcare hospitals. In 1999, when SDG was founded, Jim began the design of the new Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, which is one of the highlights of his professional career. He is proud to have worked on projects all over the country, particularly in Alaska. Respect for Jim’s knowledge and experience in the structural design and construction industry is without comparison.

“It has been my pleasure to have been associated with so many talented architects, engineers, and contractors over these many years. I consider myself fortunate and blessed by the opportunities and kind people who have been a part of my life and career. I will miss the daily interactions and the creative aspects of designing new projects, but after 45 years of work, I’m looking forward to additional time with family, more time to travel, and weekdays to fish and shoot clays.”

We were able to celebrate Jim and his family at the Nashville Gun Club with all our SDG family and a few close friends this summer. We sure will miss seeing him every day at SDG!

See a slideshow of our celebration for Jim at SDG on LinkedIn

Some photos of Jim through the years at SDG on Facebook