2016 40 Under 40: Louis DeAlba, 31

Electrical Designer and Revit Administrator, Primera Engineers, Chicago   BS Interior Design, Westwood College


Louis DeAlba, 31. Electrical Designer and Revit Administrator, Primera Engineers, Chicago. BS Interior Design, Westwood College. Courtesy: Primera EngineersLouis DeAlba, 31

Electrical Designer and Revit Administrator, Primera Engineers, Chicago

BS Interior Design, Westwood College

Before he finished his undergraduate program, DeAlba started working in the electrical group at KJWW in Chicago as an AutoCAD technician. After two short years, he was promoted to electrical technician. He enthusiastically completed all of the firm's internal training courses for entry-level electrical engineers. Only 2 years after this promotion, he accepted a position at Primera Engineers as an electrical designer and Revit administrator. Currently, DeAlba is the lead electrical designer for a number of projects spanning from schools and parks to theaters and dorms. He worked extensively on the company's Chicago Vocational Career Academy project as lead electrical designer and BIM/Revit administrator. Among DeAlba's top accomplishments is the creation of the Primera Revit User Guide. DeAlba leads Primera's volunteer partnership efforts with the Francisco Madero Middle School Mentor Program, Rebuilding Together, and Canstruction. In addition, he volunteers each week at the ACE Mentor Program of America and serves on Primera's Wellness and Consultant of Choice committees. DeAlba loves basketball and regularly plays pickup games when at the gym. He enjoys the game so much that he started a Primera intramural league. He also is enrolled in acting classes at Second City, Chicago's premier comedy club, and is preparing to start auditioning for small roles or commercials. When DeAlba is not on the court or on the stage, he's in the kitchen. He loves to cook and is always trying out new recipes, especially for his favorite meal of the day: breakfast. Most recently, he participated in Primera's chili cook-off and took second place for his "Hot Meat & Cool Beans" chili recipe.

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