Ms. Collester is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science in Fire Protection Engineering. She is a registered professional engineer with current registration in Indiana, Illinois, & Kentucky. She holds a member grade in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers where she served as Vice President for the Indiana Chapter and the National Fire Protection Association.
Prior to joining RTM Consultants, Inc., Ms. Collester was employed with a fire protection engineering firm. Ms. Collester served as project manager for numerous fire protection and alarm system installation projects and as fire protection engineer and code consultant on joint ventures for larger construction projects.
Ms. Collester’s previous experience also includes employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Regional Safety and Fire Protection. Her responsibilities included inspection of facilities for compliance with NFPA, OSHA, ANSI and accessibility codes and standards, review and approval of construction documents and acceptance testing and inspection of fire protection and alarm systems.
Ms. Collester’s project experience is broad based and has included fire protection systems design and analysis including preparation of specifications and design drawings, cost estimating, review of construction documents and construction inspections. Ms. Collester has provided code consulting services to architects and building owners for new buildings, additions and renovations. Her projects have included high-rise office buildings, medical centers, shopping malls, detention and correctional facilities, residential, industrial, commercial and government facilities.