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Hello Wisconsin!

Plan Central

is a women-owned company founded in 2000 to provide owners with the representation to get their project done their way.

Taking the control, PLAN CENTRAL keeps all the disciplines inline and on time with schedules by holding the central position in the coordination of the construction documents.

Our Services

Architectural Design and Layout

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Joanna Opela has over 25 years experience in design of custom and tract homes. She is a computer drafting expert and knows how to communicate ideas in the plans.

Quality Control

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Our strong management team finds errors or omissions before they reach the field, saving time and money. Real Quality Control.

Value Engineering

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Michael P. Opela, Sr. PE has more more than 20 years experience and gained his licensure through experience in the workforce. He uses cost effective engineering to get the job done.

Our Team

Joanna Opela

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Joanna Opela, CEO with over 30 years experience in the construction document field, creating CAD standards and the most complete, comprehensive drawing packages for both residential and commercial construction, Joanna is an eagle eye when it comes to drawing requirements.

YOU

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We work with our clients to create their dream, not ours. With our experience we are here to guide and advise, but not make choices for you.

Michael P. Opela, Sr. PE

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Michael Opela, Sr. VP with over 20 years experience in structural engineering, truss and component design, forensic investigation and special inspections, creating a library of details for hundreds of conditions, Michael is the guru of structural integrity.

Joanna Opela

Background

RECENT WORK HISTORY

November 2006 to present Plan My House ~ Plan Central

Stillwater Minnesota (2009), Edgar Wisconsin (2014)                     Owner/Project Manager

Design media for website, marketing calls and meetings, email advertisers, mailers and billboard for planMYhouse.com website.


Design homes - meet with clients, create floor plans and elevations for efficient housing projects and individual sales. Client contact, implement schedule, project completion and delivery. Problem solving for space, budget and other complications or needs.


Twin Cities Minnesota Umpire/Mediator

Work with Public Adjusters as Umpire for Appraisal Panels, Registered “neutral” with State of Minnesota for ENE process 327A, Mediator.


Opela Worx, inc.  ~   Phoenix Arizona

Project Manager

Project manager for architectural jobs from small home remodel work to large custom homes, tenant improvements and office condo complexes. Projects across the country. Client contact from initial contact, writing contract and implementing schedule. Work with client from schematic design thru design development to finished construction documents and City comments. Reputation for on time and on budget.


Office manager for 12 person firm. Hire to fire daily employee operations from payroll and taxes, health and insurance, benefits, managing office supplies, vendor contact, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Write contracts for services and handle collections. Conflict resolution.

Remodel small homes to efficient spaces. Use of color and texture to create interior environments for the owner, not just a house. Staging for model homes. Show displays.


Opela Worx Structural Engineers, inc.  ~  Phoenix Arizona

Owner/Manager

Project manager for engineering jobs from home remodel work to large custom homes, office condo complexes, industrial buildings and shopping centers. Client contact work from schematic design thru finished construction documents and City comments. CAD detailing, organization of detail format and library. apitude and unique experience in understanding structure.


Weintraub Organization  ~  Phoenix Arizona (satilite office) 

CAD Manager/Computer administrator

Manage all drafting projects, schedule and budget for structural engineering firm doing work for major residential developers in Arizona. Created drafting standards for 7 national offices and maintained working computers, plotters and copy equipment. Manager for 8 person drafting team locally and 36 persons nationally.


Planet Earth Paper Work  ~  Julian California

Manager

Write contracts for services with new clients, create desk top publishing for books, print ads, coupons, baseball and concert programs, wedding invitations, menus and news paper ads. Work with non-profit community association to host events including 4th of July parade, Rodeo, auctions and other fund raising activities to promote the town of Julian, Ca.


PERSONAL

  • Born into an artistic family in Penna. Attended art school in Pittsburgh and CAD school in San Diego, CA
  • Enjoy painting, cooking, color and texture in beautiful environments. Love to be outdoors and gardening
  • Experience a healthy lifestyle with exercise, clean fun including mud quadding, hiking, biking and camping
  • Mother of 5 children with 3 dogs, 5 cats and an array of farm critters. I have had many pets from a skunk to green iguanas over the years. I enjoy the company of kids and pets everyday. My husband of 19 years is my best friend

Now
Now

Michael P. Opela, Sr.

Baskground

Structural Engineering & Construction

Agra Industries ~ Merrill, WI

Manage a team of structural and mechanical engineers/designers on large scale steel agricultural projects and agricultural processing systems.


Passed the W11 - National Standard General Building Contractor Test. Provide required testing for General Contracting credentials for licensing. Currently licensed in Allen County, IN. Provide supervision for on site personal and subcontractors.06.16 


Director of Structural Engineering

Professional Certified Inspections (PCI) ~ Phoenix, AZ

Provide structural engineering designs for industrial, commercial and residential structures.

 

Vice President

Plan Central ~ Edgar, WI

Structural engineering in architectural/engineering design firm.


Senior Structural Engineer

EDC Management Corp ~ Stevens Point, WI

Provide structural engineering designs for industrial, commercial and residential structures.


Structural Engineering Manager

Wausau Window and Wall Systems ~ Wausau, Wisconsin 

Manage a team of structural engineers/designers on aluminum window and curtain wall projects.


President and P.E.

Opela Worx Structural Engineers, Inc. ~ Stillwater, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona 

Preparation of gravity and lateral calculations in all seismic zones. Prepare construction documents for city submittals including review of relevant codes. Coordinate workload to insure schedules are met and projects are within budgets. Maintain a working knowledge of all materials and applicable codes and specifications to back check completed projects. Perform forensic studies from small cracks in slabs to large scale defects in roof assemblies. Specialized in post-tensioned slab on grade investigations.


Director of Forensic Testing and Inspection

Forensic Building Science, Inc. ~ St. Paul, Minnesota 

Coordination of observation and testing of all projects in multiple states. Provide direction and coordination with all consultants required to determine facts. Provide expert testimony as to conditions observed and data received from outside consultants.


Project Designer 

Caruso Turley Scott, Inc. ~ Phoenix, Arizona 

Preparation of gravity and lateral calculations in all seismic zones. Prepare construction documents for city submittals including review of relevant codes. Coordinate workload to insure schedules are met and projects are within budgets. Maintain a working knowledge of all materials and all applicable codes and specifications. Perform forensic studies for primarily commercial projects related to concrete slab curling, construction defects related to undersized beams, camber errors as related to creep in wood frame construction. Provide written reports.


Project Manager 

The Weintraub Organization ~ Phoenix, Arizona 

Oversight of structural design of residential and multi-family projects. Insure completion of projects by the required deadlines. Prepare engineering required by the appropriate codes and municipalities. Guarantee quality while working within approved budgets. 


Truss Designer 

Fargo Truss Systems, Inc. ~ Apache Junction, Arizona 

Residential truss design.


Commercial Truss Designer 

TruTrus, Inc. ~ Phoenix, Arizona 

Residential, multi-family, and commercial truss design.


Engineering Monitor/Commercial Team 

Component Manufacturing Company ~ Sioux Falls, South Dakota 

Residential, multi-family, and commercial truss design.


PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS

Licensed Structural Engineer – AZ 

Licensed Professional Engineer – WA

Licensed Professional Engineer - WI


EDUCATION / LICENSING

06.04   Passed Structural 1 and 2 (P.E.)

State of Arizona Board of Technical Registration 

10.00   Passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (EIT)

State of Arizona Board of Technical Registration 

06.91   Bachelor of Science, Accounting

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Computer Science and Business Admin Minor 

07.18   W11 National Standard General Building Contractor


HONORS / AWARDS 

Guest Speaker Mankato Commencement  06.91

Vice President Award for Campus Service  05.91

Guest Speaker Mankato Commencement  06.90

St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carving Contest 5th Place  01.86 

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Then