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WHO’S NEWS, Construction & Design: Frizzell named VP, Dinkels joins AFG

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) announced that Verity Frizzell, AIA, of Bay Head, N.J., will serve as the organization’s first vice president in 2016.

A commercial and residential architect with more than two decades of experience, Frizzell has served the organization in various capacities in the past, including Second Vice President and Secretary.

She also served as president of AIA-NJ’s Jersey Shore local section. Frizzell has served the national AIA organization as a member of both the AIA Culture Collective and the AIA Strategic Planning Task Force, and is currently serving on the AIA National Equity in Architecture Commission.

Since 1999, Frizzell has been principal of Feltz and Frizzell Architects, an architecture firm based in Point Pleasant, N.J.

She possesses 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 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.

AFG Group, Inc. (AFG) announced that Jerrold Dinkels has joined the firm as Director, Program & Construction Management in the firm’s New York City office.

Dinkels brings over 45 years of professional experience in the planning, design, and construction of major public facility, transportation and infrastructure projects throughout the New York and New Jersey region.

Dinkels holds a Bachelors of Civil Engineering degree from the City College of New York, and is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey.
Prior to joining AFG, he held several senior-level positions with prominent engineering firms and New York City/New Jersey public agencies.

Dinkels was involved in several of the region’s foremost infrastructure redevelopments such as the World Trade Center, PATH Rail System Capital Construction Program, the New York Airport Access Program and the JFK Redevelopment Program.

Francis Cann has been appointed a vice president at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
In his new position, Cann serves as business development director in the firm’s power group, responsible for business development strategies in power generation, transmission and distribution, hydropower and energy services projects across the U.S. Cann has over

35 years of experience in the power engineering and construction industry.
Before joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, he served as vice president of the power and industrial business for the New York metro region at a global architectural engineering and construction company, responsible for the multi-billion dollar P & L for the business unit.

Cann received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College. He is a member of the Project Management Institute.

Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) announced that Benjamin Cornelius has been named a partner of the firm.

With the firm since 1994, Cornelius currently leads LERA’s efforts in the investigations and expert witness sector of the firm’s practice.

In his forensic work, he has advised legal teams in disputes involving tall buildings, residential structures, embassy complexes, sports and entertainment structures, and commuter rail structures.

His background and continued experience as a structural designer of high-quality building projects positions him well to provide sound advice to investigation and expert witness clients.

Cornelius is the current chair of ASCE’s Committee on Forensic Investigations.

Rose Associates announced that it has promoted Charlotte A. Sturgis to head of construction.

Sturgis joined Rose in 2013 as managing director of pre-construction. Prior to joining Rose, Sturgis held positions at Bovis Lend Lease LMB, Inc. and Trinity Works LLC.
Sturgis has more than 15 years of experience in real estate development.

At Rose, she has helped lead the construction of 7 West 21st Street, 210 Livingston Street and 2230 Broadway as well as directed the company’s renovation department, which manages large scale projects for clients.

In past roles, she participated in the development of noted luxury high-rise properties in Manhattan including Carnegie 57, Tower 111, 200 West End Avenue, Chelsea House, RiverEast and the Mandarin Hotel at Time Warner Center. Sturgis also managed the building program for the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Sturgis graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Civil Engineering.
She is currently completing NYU’s SCPS Real Estate Finance Program, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.

Kliment Halsband Architects announced the promotion of two senior members of the firm, Michael Maza AIA, LEED AP, and David Whitehill AIA, to Partner.

They join the firm’s four current partners: Frances Halsband, Alex Diez, Michael A. Nieminen, and George K. George.

Michael Maza joined the firm in 2005 and became an Associate in 2010.

He has distinguished himself as a designer and expert manager of construction for complex projects, from new buildings to the renovation of historically significant structures on college and university campuses.

His recent accomplishments include serving as project manager for the renovation of historic Welch Hall Library at The Rockefeller University in New York City, and the complete reconstruction of the iconic modernist Humanities Building at SUNY Purchase College.

He is currently managing teams for the conversion of two townhouses into active learning spaces for The Allen-Stevenson School, and the renovation of a nine-story historic building for flexible academic office space for New York University.

He is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey and a LEED accredited professional. he holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, and a Master of Architecture from The School of Design at North Carolina State University.
David Whitehill joined the firm in 2008 and became an Associate in 2011. In 2013, he opened KHA’s Massachusetts office in Northampton.

Whitehill has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the design and management of diverse projects for higher education, cultural, and religious clients.
His recent accomplishments include serving as project manager for the transformation of a historic theological seminary building into a multidisciplinary research incubator at the University of Chicago.

He is currently managing a multi-disciplinary team for the expansion and renovation of Friends Seminary in New York City.

Whitehill is a registered architect in New York and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Thesis Prize, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics also from the University of Maryland.

Lendlease announce a new framework for its construction division in the Americas.
The construction division is now divided into two distinct regions; an east region and a west region.

The east region is comprised of operations in New York City, Boston/Princeton and Washington D.C., and it will be led by Ralph Esposito, who has been promoted to run the entire east region, and continues to report to Americas Chief Operating Officer for construction, Jeff Arfsten.

Leaders from the New York City, Boston/Princeton and Washington D.C. offices will now report to Esposito.

Prior to his new role with Lendlease, Esposito served as Executive General Manager overseeing construction operations in the New York metro area.

Under his leadership, Lendlease was managed the construction for such projects as the Columbia University’s Manhattanville Development, 432 Park Avenue the tallest residential project in the western hemisphere; and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

The west region is comprised of operations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago including the Great Lakes area, Raleigh/Durham and Mexico.

Jeff Arfsten will continue to have direct responsibility for the west region, as well as continuing to lead the overall construction division in the Americas.

Skanska announced four promotions:

Sal Taddeo was named chief operating officer overseeing civil construction operations in the east region, which includes New York, New Jersey, Boston, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. as well as operations in the southeast and midwest regions.

Taddeo, who has been with Skanska for 20 years, was most recently executive vice president of the southeast region. He led record revenue growth and helped win Skanska’s first public-private partnership (PPP) projects in U.S. history, Elizabeth River Tunnels and I-4 Ultimate.

He also led the company’s expansion in Florida.
Keith Sabol was promoted to vice president of design-build.
Over the course of his career, Sabol has delivered more than $4 billion worth of design-build projects throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Since joining Skanska in 2012, his expert direction has led to improved design-build execution across the regions and improved the interactions between Skanska and design partners.

Mike Mifsud was promoted to vice president of field operations for the northeast. In addition,

A 30-year Skanska veteran, Mifsud has been an integral part of the company’s success through his oversight of operations and by bringing cutting-edge innovation to the design-build field.

Beth Miller was promoted to senior director of communications for the northeast.

With nearly 15 years of communications experience, six of which at Skanska, Miller has helped build and protect the company’s brand on a both a regional and national level.
She has worked side-by-side across all departments to launch internal campaigns and employee engagement initiatives.

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