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WHO’S NEWS: Construction & design hires and promotions

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) announced that Verity L. Frizzell, AIA, owill serve as the organization’s 2017 president elect.

Frizzell has held several leadership roles in the organization, including First Vice President, Second Vice President and Secretary. She also previously served as president of AIA-NJ’s Jersey Shore local section.

On the AIA national level, Frizzell was as a member of the AIA Culture Collective, the AIA Strategic Planning Task Force, and the AIA National Equity in Architecture Commission. She is currently a member of the AIA Public Outreach Committee.

With over 20 years of experience in the field of architecture, Frizzell is principal of Feltz & Frizzell Architects.

She possesses a diverse mix of commercial and residential experience, with specializations in green building, residential additions, alterations and new construction. She is a licensed architect in New Jersey and Texas.

Frizzell’s previous chapter involvement includes serving as chair of the AIA-NJ Committee on the Environment (COTE). In 2011 and 2015, she received the AIA-NJ Distinguished Service Award. She was also named the AIA Jersey Shore Young Architect of the Year in 2003.

Frizzell received a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.


E.W. Howell Construction Group announced the promotion of three executives in its Arts & Culture division.

Dominic Paparo Jr. and Bob Zirkel have each been promoted to Vice President of the Arts & Culture division. Jehan Joonoos has been promoted to Senior Project Manager within the division.

Dominic Paparo has nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He joined E.W. Howell Construction Group in 2000 as its Director of Business Development, and was promoted to Vice President of Business Development in 2005.

During his career at E.W. Howell, Paparo has worked on a variety of projects, including Christie’s Auction House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University.

Bob Zirkel has been with E.W. Howell for more than 30 years, beginning as a Project Superintendent and rising to General Superintendent of the New York City office.

Zirkel has worked on several high-profile projects, including Bergdorf Goodman, The Spence School, Waldorf Astoria and The New York Botanical Garden.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from William Patterson College and a certificate in construction technology from NJIT. Zirkel is OSHA-30 certified, and a licensed NYC superintendent.

Recently promoted to Senior Project Manager, Jehan Joonoos joined E.W. Howell in 2007 as a Assistant Project Manager.

Joonoos has more than 10 years’ experience in the construction industry working on a variety of projects, including The New York Botanical Garden, Century Association, Brooklyn Museum and Waldorf Astoria.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from SUNY Buffalo, and is OSHA-30 certified.


Steven Paquette has been appointed president of the U.S. water and environment business unit at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Paquette joined WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2015 and has directed the firm’s water business.
He has 32 years of senior management experience at major consulting engineering organizations. Prior to joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, he was national sales manager at a global infrastructure engineering company.

Previously, he founded and served as president of Groundwater Technology Government Services. As a senior vice president at a national engineering organization, he led government programs while also serving as program manager for $500 million Superfund restoration program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Paquette received an executive M.B.A. from the University of California and a B.S. in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He is the chairman of the water infrastructure committee at the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure.


VHB announced that Courtney Riley has been promoted from Team Leader to Director of the Land Development practice on Long Island.

She is responsible for managing a team of civil engineers and designers, driving the sustainable growth of integrated land development services in the public and private sectors, leading client development activities, and providing quality assurance and control of technical work and client deliverables.

Since joining VHB in 2006, Riley has provided civil engineering and permitting for building and infrastructure projects throughout Long Island.

Clients have included Simon Property Group, Deepwater Wind, sPower, Stop & Shop, Northwell Health, and Brixmor Property Group, to name a few.

She is an active member of the USGBC Long Island Chapter’s Education Committee and has taught the Sustainable Site class for many years. Riley is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.


Dattner Architects announced several promotions. Eric Epstein, Gia Mainiero, and Ruth Ro have been elevated to Associate Principal and Douglas Freeman has been promoted to Senior Associate.
In addition, Kirsten Sibilia has been named Dattner Architects’ Managing Principal.

A proponent of an iterative design process that is rooted in program needs, Eric Epstein AIA, LEED AP is the project manager for the Joel Braverman High School Master Plan, Renovation, and Addition project.

He is also the lead designer and project manager for the Charles F. Murphy Early Childhood Development Center in Coney Island, the addition to PS 50 in Queens and Riverside Center School in Manhattan – all of which are under construction.

Gia Mainiero AIA, LEED AP BD+C was project manager for the award winning Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed.

Ruth Ro AIA, LEED AP BD+C was a member of the team for the Hub, a 55-story residential tower now under construction in Downtown Brooklyn and she continues to lead several projects at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for Steiner Studios.

With over 30 years of experience with complex urban projects, Douglas Freeman AIA, LEED AP joined Dattner Architects four years ago.

With a focus on transportation and infrastructure projects, he is the project manager for renovations at the Henry Hudson Bridge, East 91st and West 59th Marine Transfer Stations, PATH Substation No. 9 and LaGuardia West End Substation for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Kirsten Sibilia Assoc. AIA, LEED AP joined Dattner Architects in 2010 to lead the firm’s marketing, business development and communications and strategic planning efforts.

In her new role as Managing Principal, Kirsten will oversee the firm’s operations, provide business leadership, and serve as a point person for key discussions.


Stephen Buente has been named a senior supervising engineer in the Lawrenceville, New Jersey office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Buente will manage multidisciplinary infrastructure projects and business development in the New Jersey region.

He previously served for 25 years with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, most recently as supervising engineer for planning and environmental projects.

He was responsible for preliminary engineering and preparation of the environmental impact statement for the $2.5 billion widening of the turnpike from interchanges 6 to 9.

A licensed professional engineer in New Jersey, Buente received a B.S.C.E. from Pennsylvania State University.


Habitat for Humanity New York City (Habitat NYC) announced that Anthony M. Montalto, an Associate Partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles, has joined the Habitat NYC Board of Directors.

Montalto, a longtime supporter and volunteer with Habitat NYC, has drawn on close relationships to provide exceptional assistance to the organization.

Since joining the board of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) NY chapter in 2013 and chairing ASHRAE’s committee on Community Sustainability Projects, he has spearheaded organizational partnerships with Habitat NYC, including supervising volunteers, fundraising, and providing advisors on projects, including design reviews, building surveys and energy audits.

In 2014, he led his firm in a joint venture with Habitat NYC to bring their expertise to the Sydney House project, a 57-unit multi-family development in the Bronx that will be the largest development ever built by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Montalto holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering at Villanova University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional.


TPG Architecture announced the promotion and hire of two senior level employees: Carly Jacobson was promoted from Senior Associate, Designer to Design Director, and Jennifer Haney was hired as a Senior Designer.

Carly Jacobson joined TPG in 2008 after graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design. She started as a Junior Designer and quickly rose through the ranks.

Jacobson has expertise in workplace design for TAMI clients including notable work for The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. in several U.S. cities. Celebrated projects including Spotify New York, MullenLowe Winston-Salem,

Jennifer Haney brings over 10 years of experience in interior design and architecture to the team. She will lead hospitality and creative corporate interiors projects. Haney has created dynamic spaces for clients including: Google, Twitter, NBC, JetBlue, Salesforce, and JLL. She joins TPG from IA Interior Architects. She received her Bachelor of Science, Interior Architecture, from the University of Florida.

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