Crimson Engineering Associates, Inc. (CEA) is a consulting engineering firm based in Colorado. CEA provides construction engineering, temporary structure and other engineering consulting services throughout the United States. Our clients include equipment suppliers, specialty contractors, general contractors, property managers, engineering firms, and architects. CEA can help get your next project completed quickly, accurately, and safely with our dedicated staff of engineers, focused on providing solutions to fit the needs and resources of your company. Crimson Engineering is fully insured and licensed to practice engineering in over 35 states. Click here to see a map of those states.
Adam C. Brown P.E., the president and founder of CEA, is a licensed professional engineer with over 14 years of experience in the construction engineering industry. Mr. Brown held engineering positions in Colorado, California and the United Kingdom prior to founding Crimson Engineering in 2008. He received his degree from The University of Alabama in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, and moved to Colorado shortly after to begin his engineering career. Mr. Brown is currently licensed as a professional engineer in numerous states and maintains a record with NCEES.
Shell R. Buruse, P.E. | Business Development
Mr. Buruse is a graduate of the University of Idaho, earning his degree in Civil Engineering. Shell began his engineering career in Seattle Washington working for Patent Construction Systems. He held various positions with Harsco Infrastructure (formerly Patent Construction Systems) in the Northwest including engineering, sales, sales management and Branch Management. Shell moved to Colorado to enjoy the outdoor activities in 2015 and began working for RMD Kwikform. He joined Crimson Engineering Associates in 2019. Shell is a licensed civil engineer in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. He enjoys many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing – especially when he can do these with his family.
Shantel Claiborne | Office Manager
Shantel is a Colorado native with a bachelor’s degree in business management and has been in the construction industry for over five years. She joined Crimson Engineering in 2018 and enjoys being a part of a growing company. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active and spending quality time with her daughter.
Donald Deschamp, P.E.
Mr. Deschamp, originally from South Dakota, has held positions in the Construction Engineering industry for over 15 years. Earning his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines, Don continues his education by taking graduate courses in civil engineering at the University of Colorado. Mr. Deschamp was employed by the Colorado DOT (CDOT) Bridge Design department for 30 years prior to joining the private sector, and is a licensed civil engineer in Colorado and Florida. With his extensive knowledge of bridge design and construction, Don specializes in the area of Heavy Civil and Infrastructure.
Roger S. Johnston, P.E., ACI Fellow
Mr. Johnston, a Nebraska native, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, earning his degree in Civil Engineering. Roger has been involved in the construction engineering industry for over 50 years, starting his career with Hensel Phelps, McNamara, and Kiewit. Mr. Johnston has also held engineering management positions over the years with Aluma Systems, Patent Construction Systems, and Harsco Infrastructure. Roger retired from Harsco in 2012, ending his 13 year service as Director of Engineering. Mr. Johnston is a licensed civil engineer in Colorado and California, and is an American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fellow, serving as member and Chairman of the ACI Committee 347, Formwork for Concrete, which is responsible for developing the “SP-4:Formwork for Concrete” considered the definitive source for all things concrete formwork and falsework related. Mr. Johnston, an ASCE member, also serves as a member of the ASCE Standards Committee “Design Loads on Structures During Construction” which publishes ASCE Standard 37-14. These days Roger is a part-time engineer, living in the Denver metro with his lovely wife Jane, and enjoys spending time with their grandkids, traveling or taking in the cool mountain air from their cabin outside of Steamboat, Colorado.
Bryce D. Jones, P.E.
Mr. Jones is a Colorado native and received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Bryce has several years of experience in the construction engineering industry and recently received certification as a professional engineer. Having been with Crimson Engineering since 2011, Bryce has become a vital asset to the company in his roles as Associate Engineer and Project Manager. When he is not solving problems for contractors, Bryce likes to spend time with his wife and two boys.
Joseph L. Kulpa, P.E., M.B.A. | Operations
Joe is from North Carolina, having moved to Denver in 2012 to be closer to the Rocky Mountains to enjoy the climbing and snowboarding associated with them. He studied Civil Engineering and graduated in 2008 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Following graduation he was employed at a firm specializing in cell towers performing drafting and inspection work and eventually moved up into a management role. In 2016, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Masters in Business Administration, with a focus in business strategy. Having been with Crimson Engineering since 2014 Joseph strives to add efficiency and advance the quality of the product and continue the values of the CEA lifestyle.
Jeffrey Pritchett, P.E., S.E. (HI), P.Eng.
Jeffrey has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He spent many years designing large custom homes and commercial buildings in the high snow load and seismic area of Reno / Tahoe. In 2009 he moved into the lucrative world of construction engineering as he went to work as an engineer for Safway Scaffolding. After 10+ years as a Regional Engineering Manager for Safway designing numerous scaffolding, shoring, and suspended access projects he has joined Crimson Engineering and opened an office in California to provide a regional presence for Crimson’s West Coast customers. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in Hawaii and a licensed Professional Engineer in 13 Western States and 4 Canadian provinces. In his spare time Jeff spends time with his wife & kids, roasts espresso beans, drinks espresso, and rides road and mountain bikes.
Gaer Sandager | BIM Development
Originally from Minnesota, Gaer moved to Colorado at a young age and has spent most of his life near the Rocky Mountains in both Utah and Colorado. Living here in Colorado has given him the opportunity to enjoy his favorite pastimes of mountain biking and rock climbing. Gaer has worked in the scaffold industry since 2002. His career began at Brand Scaffold (now BrandSafway) where he gained hands on experience, eventually moving up to a project manager for the Colorado branches. In 2007 he began working for Safway Services LLC (now BrandSafway) as a Project Manager, eventually moving up to Sales Manager. During his time at Safway, he utilized the services of Crimson Engineering on several projects and in 2017 joined the CEA team to head up their BIM (Building Information Modeling) department. Gaer graduated with a B.S. in Business / Project Management from Colorado Technical University.
Brian R. Spink, P.E., M.S.
Since 2006, Brian has been involved in a variety of projects in the structural engineering and construction industry providing his expertise in solving complex problems by using his extensive engineering experience and utilization of various structural software programs. He brought his engineering experience to Crimson Engineering in 2012 and has been responsible for a variety of projects including scaffolding, shoring, formwork, falsework, earth shoring, bridge erection, designing and testing personal fall protection equipment, and roof davit systems. Brian adds additional expertise in the design and analysis of residential & light commercial buildings utilizing analysis of all wood, steel, concrete, and masonry members. Brian is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering. Brian has spent the majority of his life living in Colorado and enjoying all the state has to offer. When not working, Brian enjoys his free-time fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, home-brewing, and is an avid sports fan.
Brenda Rubio, E.I.T.
Originally from Mexico, Brenda moved up to Denver as a toddler and grew up in Colorado. She graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering where she also had the opportunity to study at the University of Oviedo in Asturias Spain for a semester. Prior to joining CEA, Brenda briefly worked on the manufacturing side in the oil industry in Houston before moving back to Colorado and working as an applications engineer for the security industry for 3 years. In her spare time she likes to run, hike and spend time with her pups.
John Zeldes, E.I.T.
John moved from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI to Boulder in 2011 to attend The University of Colorado, where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to his degree, John has a certificate from the Lockheed Martin Engineering Management program and is also a SolidWorks Associate. Prior to joining CEA, he worked on military defense contracts and pneumatic conveyance systems for commercial buildings. In his spare time, John enjoys snowboarding, live music, golfing, and watching sports.