Schiff Hardin LLP welcomed James E. Frankel to the firm’s New York Office as a partner in its Construction Practice.
Frankel and his prior firm were recognized by the Financial Times with a 2012 Innovative Law Firm award for providing the public and non-profit sectors with a cost effective, fully integrated, streamlined approach to third party delivery of capital projects.
His 30-year practice within the built environment has served owners, architects, engineering, and construction clients in highly complex construction and critical infrastructure projects, including New York’s Grand Central Station, Yankee Stadium, and the Miami International Airport. Frankel joins Schiff Hardin from Arent Fox, where he had been founder and chairman of its construction practice since he joined the firm in 2007.
He represented the automatic fare card collection contractor who won the competitive bid to design and build the automatic fare card collection system for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, the largest fare card system in the world.
Within his Failure & Collapse Program he represented the engineers of record for the Schoharie Bridge collapse on the New York State Thruway, as well as the structural engineers for the John Hancock building in Boston, in addition to representing the City of New York regarding the collapse of 7 World Trade Center.
Perkins Eastman has welcomed Joseph J. Aliotta AIA, LEED AP as a principal in the firm’s New York, NY office.
Aliotta joins to lead the firm’s New York City focused government practice and manage the office’s institutional studio.
His more than 30 years of professional experience most recently comprises leadership in design, renovation, and construction for more than 20 million square feet.
Aliotta joins from the office of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects where he served as managing principal for the firm’s government and institutional work.
He received a diploma in Real Estate, Investment, and Analysis form New York University and a Bachelor of Architecture (Summa Cum Laude) from City College of New York, School of Architecture.
Racanelli Construction Company announced the appointment of Daniel T. Peppers as estimator.
Peppers brings over 15 years of senior-level experience across all facets of construction. He is experienced in diverse projects including historic restorations and has broad technical skills.
Prior to joining Racanelli, he was a senior estimator with MDA Contracting/Ryder Construction.
Among Peppers’ other positions were that of chief estimator with CIC Construction Services; chief estimatorwith S. DiGiacomo & Sons, Inc. and director of operations with Tyree Environmental Organization.
Peppers is a New York State Certified Home and Residential Building Inspector, New York State Class C Energy Auditor, New York State Certified Scaffold Rigger and Operator, New York State Certified “Blue Line” Fuel Systems Pipe Installer/Inspector and State of Arizona Certified “Carrier” Installer.
Peppers’ higher education includes his coursework in Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic University (Farmingdale, NY) and coursework in Civil Engineering at the State University of New York at Farmingdale.
Randy Hubler has been named manager of Contract Performance for Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Hubler has nearly 30 years of experience in project and contract management.
Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, he was a contracts and claims consultant for a global rail signaling systems company.
He previously served as Director of Contract Management, North America, for a global provider of passenger railcars and signaling systems for the high-speed rail, transit, and freight rail transportation markets.
Hubler received a master of business administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Perkins+Will announced that Robin Guenther, FAIA, an international leader in sustainable healthcare architecture, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a 2014 LEED Fellow, the group’s most prestigious designation.
Achieving LEED Fellow signifies the professional is part of an elite class of accomplished green-building experts. To earn the title, professionals with a LEED AP and at least a decade of experience must be nominated by their peers and undergo an extensive portfolio review.
Guenther, a principal at Perkins+Will and the firm’s Sustainable Healthcare Design Leader, is a long-term advocate at the intersection of public health, restorative design and environmental stewardship.
She led the design of several notable facilities including the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Discovery Health Center in Harris, N.Y.
Pratt Institute announced that Alumna Regina Ford Cahill has been named chair of the Construction Management and Facilities Management (CM/FM) Programs.
As chair, she will supervise and develop the department’s curriculum and education programs; recruit, supervise and develop faculty; and promote a stimulating environment for teaching, design and research.
Her appointment follows six years of service to Pratt as the Dean of the division of Engineering and Facilities Technologies and Associate Provost of the Technical Career Institutes. She has also served on Pratt’s Academic Affairs Council, Curriculum Committee and Strategic Planning committee.
Prior to her tenure at Pratt, Cahill served as the Dean of the Division of Engineering and Facilities at Technical Career Institute College.
Cahill earned a Master of Science degree in facilities management from Pratt. She is a member of the International Facilities Management Association and the IFMA Foundation Commission on Accreditation.
Stalco Construction has hired AnaTracey Hawkins as Vice President of Marketing.
She joins Stalco following a successful career as an international fashion model, TV host, personal branding consultant, and a facilitator for such luxury brands as Ferrari, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, BMW, Trinity Yachts, Ferretti Group Yachts, and Prada.
She also served as a sales executive for Mondrian Residences/Morgans Hotel Group and the 444-unit Crescent Heights development in Miami Beach, FL.
Gowoon Jeong has joined Leicht NY as Director of Asian Markets, working with a team of 16 kitchen designers and architects based in the Chelsea showroom at 36 West 25th Street.
Jeong, who is fluent in Korean, Mandarin and English, will provide consultations primarily with Asian clients regarding the German luxury kitchen furniture collection, as well as some of the gallery’s other exclusive brands.
Jeong, who grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Dalian, China, studied at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, China, earning an associate’s degree in Business Administration, and completed her undergraduate studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Housing and Interior Design.
Prior to Leicht NY, she was an interior designer at TEO Site Inc. and, before that, at Sky Land Construction.
Karna Paidimarri has been named an Engineering Manager in the Newark, New Jersey office of Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Paidimarri will manage power transmission projects, designing transmission lines and other utility infrastructure.
He has over 22 years of experience in transmission line engineering design, procurement, construction, and management. Previously, he was an engineer at American Electric Power in Tulsa.
Paidimarri received a B.Tech. degree in civil engineering from Sri Venkateshwara University in India.