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Designer Brian Tolman has joined NELSON Worldwide as Senior Vice President, Northeast Region Lead.

Bringing more than 20 years of experience in workplace and hospitality interiors and building practices, Tolman will lead the multidisciplinary team.

Tolman earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), accredited in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

He has received numerous AIA awards for his work, including an AIA Honor Award for his work on the Bloomberg office interiors in New York and an AIA NYS Honor Award for American holding company IAC’s offices. In 2010, Tolman was named one of ENR NY’s Top 20 Under 40 young professionals.

A gradutae of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, he began his career with Studios Archtecture and later worked as global design director with Unispace and principal at Assemble Design Group. Prior to joining NELSON Worldwide, Tolma was senior vice president of design and construction with Convene.


Colliers Project Leaders | USA announced the hiring of Christopher Pateman as a Director based in the firm’s Stamford, Connecticut office.

With 24 years of construction industry experience, Pateman will assume a leadership role focused on growing the Colliers Project Leaders footprint in Southern Connecticut and New York State.

Pateman has worked across all major facets of the construction industry in Southern Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley, including projects for the New York City School Construction Authority.

He has expertise in project and construction management, architecture and urban and regional planning and, prior to joining Colliers, was a senior project executive with Savin Engineers, P.C.

Pateman earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his A.S. in Architectural Engineering from the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston.


Alfred Sanzari Enterprises announced that John Schleer has been promoted to Director of Construction.

Building upon a 13-year career at Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, Schleer has taken on roles of increased responsibility and complexity throughout his time with the firm.

Directing Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ in-house construction team, Schleer will continue to oversee all aspects of construction and will also be responsible for coordinating with project engineers and working with the leasing department.

Schleer joined Alfred Sanzari Enterprises in 2007 as a construction project manager.


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Lendlease announced the appointment of Mike Fratianni as managing director of Construction for the Americas.

Fratianni will succeed Andrew Council to continue to drive the strategic growth and diversification of its construction business in gateway cities throughout the U.S.

Council, who joined the Americas business in 2017 from Lendlease’s Australian headquarters, has overseen the expansion of the firm’s share of market in the residential sector into positions in the design/build, healthcare, commercial office and hospitality sectors.

Fratianni spent most of his career at Hunt Construction Group, a construction management firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he rose from a field engineer in the Indianapolis office of Huber, Hunt and Nichols to lead the firm through its acquisition by AECOM in 2014 and afterwards.

Prior to his appointment, Fratianni served as president, CEO of Hunt and COO of AECOM Hunt.


Collado Engineering announced that Andrew Hlushko, P.E., has been named president of the MEP consulting firm.

He takes the reins from firm founder Al Collado, who has led the company since its formation in 1999 and will continue as chairman of the Board of Directors. 

Hlushko joined Collado as vice president in 2011, bringing global expertise in managing large and complex projects in multiple market sectors. Before that, he was a senior vice president with WSP Flack+Kurtz.

An active supporter of the engineering community, Hlushko served as a 15-year member of the Electrical Engineering Board of Advisors for Manhattan College, his alma mater, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York.


Suffolk has hired former General Electric Company (GE) vice president Ann Klee as its new executive vice president.

Klee will be responsible for leading Suffolk’s national business development function and external and government affairs, with the goal of expanding the company’s presence nationally.

Before joining Suffolk, Klee simultaneously held several executive positions at GE. She served as GE’s vice president of Boston development and operations leading the search for GE’s new headquarters and move to Boston.

She also served as president of the GE Foundation and was a visible liaison for the company in the community. Under Klee’s leadership, the GE Foundation helped launch an effort to support STEM education in the Boston Public Schools and address the opioid crisis, including Project Here, a partnership that provides substance abuse education.

In addition, Klee served as vice president of environment, health and safety at GE, leading a global organization dedicated to protecting employees, environmental compliance and sustainability, and risk management.

Before GE, Klee enjoyed an extended career in Washington D.C. as an environmental lawyer at two prestigious law firms, as well as in several senior government positions on Capitol Hill and in the George W. Bush administration.


Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP (FDT) announced that Brenna R. Strype recently joined the firm’s Construction and Litigation practice groups as an associate.

Prior to joining FDT, Brenna was an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.

She earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Delaware.


Cyrus Izzo, PE, co-president of Syska Hennessy, has been elected president of 7×24 Exchange International, a not-for-profit organization for professionals in the mission-critical industry.

Izzo, who first joined the 7×24 board of directors in 2010, has focused on the mission-critical sector throughout his career.

In 2005, he established Syska’s Critical Facilities practice, overseeing the design of systems for some of the world’s most important data centers and trading floors. Today, the firm is widely recognized as a leader in the field:.

Izzo holds a BSEE from Manhattan College, and is a licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

He is a member of Syska’s board of directors, responsible for long-term growth and corporate governance of the privately held firm, which was founded in 1928.

Additionally, he serves on the boards of the American Council of Engineering Companies, New York Building Congress and ACE Mentor Program of New York.


Mancini announced the promotion of John Anthal to principal.

Anthal will continue to push growth of the firm’s aviation work across airports throughout the country and abroad.

Anthal, a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology, has led design projects at major airports including Newark Liberty International Airport, Philadelphia and Boston Logan for major carriers.

His team’s design for American Airlines’ JFK International Airport Flagship Lounge has been recognized as among the best airport lounges in the world. His team is currently completing logistics design in Terminal B at LaGuardia International Airport.

Anthal founded the Mancini aviation group after joining the firm in 2014.


MJM+A Architects announced that Henry Ramirez was has joined its New York studio.

Agraduate of New York Institute of Technology, Ramirez recently returned to New York after working in Florida’s high-end residential sector with Harrison Design architecture and design firm.

His experience lies in luxury, custom residences, townhomes, and specialty commercial projects. At MJM+A, he will continue to bring his talent to the firm’s diverse culture.

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