Managing Partners

Managing Partners

Calder Richards was founded on a balanced commitment to service and technical excellence in meeting or exceeding client needs. With 5 senior principals managing engineers, Revit, and support staff, our team has the depth of resources for projects with complex design and delivery needs.

From left to right:
Jonathan (JR) Richards, PE, SE - Founding Partner
Jonathan Richards serves as managing partner overseeing business and general operations of the firm. JR has over 28 years of experience in structural engineering, seismic design and construction. His innovative approach and creative solutions to difficult structural problems is renowned.

Kelly G. Calder, PE, SE - Founding Partner
Kelly Calder brings to the firm a depth of experience, creative insight, and expertise forged in over 30 years of structural engineering. He is closely involved in project development, quality control, and client relations.

Shaun Packer, PE, SE - Principal / Project Manager
Shaun brings to the team 25 years of engineering complex building renovations as well as historic preservation projects. He also leads the firm's mixed use, TOD projects encompassing multi-family development, commercial and hospitality spaces, resorts, and parking structures. In addition, he oversees the frim's work for public safety projects for police and fire stations.

Scott Wilson, PE, SE - Principal / Project Manager
Scott manages the firm's peer/plan review department, working closely with municipalities, state agencies, and school districts throughout Utah reviewing plans for structural code compliance. By developing the code savvy necessary to critique the work of others in the structural engineering industry for the past 26 years, Scott has developed exceptional design and value engineering capabilities. He also works with the firm's K-12 studio for new school design.

Nolan Balls, PE, SE, LEED-AP - Principal / Project Manager
Nolan spearheads the firm's LEED accreditation projects and was involved with a LEED double platinum certification: Nexus Design Center. With 14 years of experience, Nolan brings to the team a proven track record engineering cost effective design approaches for schools as well as on-going plant engineering for national Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. and abroad.