Principals

Allen V. Theisen, P.E.
Principal - Electrical


Al Theisen came to LKPB in 2011 as a Senior Associate, and he became a Principal in the firm in 2013. He often attributes his passion for engineering and the built environment to working with his father on construction projects during his summer breaks. That experience, and his 15 years as a youth soccer coach and referee, taught him that solid teamwork gets the job done. That lesson has carried over through his 25 years as an electrical engineer. Al has served for over seven years on the facility committee at Hill Murray School in Saint Paul, and he incorporates that owner-perspective in his designs and project management. He has worked extensively with Native American communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and understands their requirement for a unique project approach to their multi-faceted facilities.

Al’s focus on energy savings is evident in his work on state-owned buildings, where he has worked with plant management to achieve their state-mandated energy use reductions, and on numerous lighting upgrade projects that have yielded brighter illumination, lower energy costs, and delighted clients. Recent projects of his include the new Seward Community Co-Op in Minneapolis, Winona State Kryzsko Commons Addition, and Grand Casino Hinckley Silver Sevens Lounge Renovation.

Al completed his Bachelor of Science/Electrical Engineering degree at North Dakota State University. He first became a registered professional engineer in 1995, and is registered in 10 states.

Jeff Allman, P.E.
Principal - Mechanical


Jeff heads up our Rochester, MN location. Having lived in that city for almost 30 years, he has seen and been a part of amazing changes in the region. Jeff worked for the Mayo Foundation for six years, and ran his own successful engineering and redevelopment company for over 20 years. He has decades of engineering experience designing systems for housing, healthcare, redevelopment, government, historic and commercial entities. His project philosophy is to help the client by extracting the best value for the money spent and mindfully considering both short and long term consequences – a skill set that benefits clients immensely.

Jeff has years of involvement with the Heritage Preservation Commission of Rochester and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and he owns two historic buildings he redeveloped into housing. Though his interest and efforts with historic properties is vibrant, he also has a broad portfolio of successful work in many other sectors. Project examples include the ENDI, a lake-view 143-unit luxury apartment complex in Duluth; complete modernization of the Mower County Government Center; the
Olympia Building adaptive re-use in Albert Lea; and Ford, Nissan and Toyota Dealerships in Rochester.

Jeff attended Purdue University, completing both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Never one to sit idle, he went on to obtain his professional engineer registration in Minnesota and 8 additional states, and also became a Registered Real Estate Broker.

John Costello, P.E., BEMP, LEED AP, BD+C
Principal - Mechanical


John joined LKPB Engineers in 2014 as a Mechanical Principal in our leadership team. He has a passion for sustainable design and enjoys helping clients achieve environmentally friendly buildings that are also efficient to operate and comfortable for occupants. As a true hands-on leader, John takes an active role in projects and with clients, to whom he is always available - proof of that lies in the ever-present headset he wears at the office. John is involved with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. Along with these professional endeavors, he even finds time to organize a company softball team and to unwind on the golf course.

With broad experience working on facilities in the education, healthcare, and commercial sectors, John offers our clients a premier background and skill set that results in first-rate projects. Recent clients include One Beacon Insurance, the University of Northwestern in Saint Paul and Gustavus Adolphus College.

John is an alumnus of both Saint John’s University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, and the University of Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He has been a registered professional engineer in Minnesota since 2009.

John M. Killeen, P.E., LEED AP
Principal - Electrical


As President of LKPB, John not only oversees operations of the entire firm, he also stays actively involved with projects, guiding design decisions to assure high quality, value-engineered systems for our clients. His 33 years of electrical engineering experience has led him to a major focus on energy conservation and sustainability, and his codes knowledge is second to none. With a true affinity for technology, John makes sure LKPB stays up-to-date in all the firm’s design and administrative hardware and software, keeping our IT manager at full speed and ever vigilant. John keeps his own knowledge up to date through his memberships in professional associations such as the North Central Electrical Engineering Society, National Society of Professional Engineers, and American Society for Hospital Engineering. A second affinity for John is baseball, and he enjoys both his son’s involvement in the sport and watching the Minnesota Twins. To John, nothing is more beautiful than a freshly groomed field waiting for the game to begin.

John’s project experience includes healthcare facilities, ice arenas, post-secondary campuses, and large UPS/engine generator power distribution systems. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and worked on LKPB’s first LEED Platinum project, the Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center in Rochester, MN.

After completing an industrial degree at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, John went on to the University of Minnesota and finished his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was first registered as a professional engineer in Minnesota in 1985 and is also registered in 20 additional states.

Michael A. Westemeier, P.E., LEED AP
Principal - Mechanical


Mike’s leadership style at LKPB is one of ethics and respect, two of many great qualities he developed early in his life while becoming an Eagle Scout and throughout his progressive career at LKPB. Starting at our firm in 1995, he was a fast learner with exceptional people skills, and he quickly moved from designer to project manager to Associate to Principal in only 12 years. Clients appreciate both his collaborative approach to projects and his ability to solve difficult technical issues. He carefully weighs alternatives to determine what technology will most benefit the client long term. Growing up with four siblings helped Mike learn that greater success comes when you work together as a solid team, and he applies that philosophy to both his work and home life.

In his 22 years at LKPB, Mike has worked on many stellar projects. Whether large or small, he applies his Iowa work ethic to all of them.Some of his projects include the St. Cloud State Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility, the Woodbury Central Park and Library, the University of Northwestern St. Paul Sports Complex, and four Hennepin County Service Hubs.

Mike is an alumnus of Iowa State University, Ames, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He first achieved registration as a Professional Engineer in Minnesota in 2005. He is currently registered in 15 states.

Rhonda Smude, LEED AP
Principal - Mechanical


Rhonda is the mechanical department manager and is focused on drawing out the strengths and talents of her department to best serve the company and allow people to be productive and happy in their job. Rhonda is a problem solver and finds favor in challenging projects where she can integrate mechanical systems that enhance the architectural vision.

Rhonda was one of six, and the only woman, of the first graduating class in mechanical design at Dunwoody College of Technology. Some of her first large projects were River Place in Minneapolis and Galtier Plaza in St Paul.She has also worked on post-secondary facilities at St. Olaf College, Middlebury College in Vermont, St. Lawrence College in Canton, NY, University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and campuses in the MnSCU system. Through these projects and others, Rhonda has worked on a multitude of project types, including multi-use high rise condos, office, retail, dormitories, science buildings, athletic facilities, dining centers, pools, ice arenas, student centers and libraries. Rhonda has worked on projects for Centurylink for close to 20 years, assisting them in maintaining, expanding, and improving their equipment spaces and staying ahead of the ever changing requirements for data centers and telecommunication equipment spaces.

Rhonda is a LEED accredited professional and a member of ASHRAE. She has been involved in a number of LEED projects and Minnesota B3 certified projects including a LEED certified platinum project – Beck Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College.

In her years at LKPB, Rhonda and her husband have raised 3 children and are now grandparents of 5. They love spending time with their family on the lake, golfing, snowmobiling, and fishing. They love an occasional getaway to places where they can enjoy all those activities.