Longtime M/M Principal Retires
April 10, 2012
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Odell K. Johnson, PE, a structural department principal, retired on April 2 after 39 years with Martin/Martin Inc. Consulting Engineers and its predecessor firm KKBNA.
As a Martin/Martin principal-in-charge and project manager, Johnson made his client’s objectives his own. Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, King Soopers and Beaver Run in Breckenridge are among long-term clients with whom he had worked for decades. They, as well as others, counted on Johnson’s insightful, steady approach and guidance.
Throughout his career Johnson specialized in structural design of medical and commercial facilities including hospitals and libraries, and educational and community-oriented facilities. He also provided design for many remodel and renovation projects. Johnson had been a longtime member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), Urban Land Institute and Colorado Bio Science Association.
Johnson’s life path began on the North Dakota farm where he, “like all farm boys, grew up mechanically inclined and was always using critical thinking skills learning how to take things apart and put them together again.” During the Vietnam Era Johnson served in the Air National Guard and was stationed at Lowry AFB. When he completed his service to his country, Johnson earned his BCSE degree at North Dakota State.
Johnson returned to Colorado to begin his structural engineering career in the ’70s. He went from using a four-function calculator and IBM punch cards to today’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) design software. Johnson noted that use of rudimentary tools of the trade as a young engineer helped him understand how buildings come together. He consistently drew upon this knowledge to develop thoughtful, innovative engineering solutions throughout his career.
A travel enthusiast, Johnson, and his wife, Paulette, have visited all seven continents during their 43 years together. They have plans for many adventures yet to come.i