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WHO’S NEWS in Construction & Design: Perkins + Will adds to the team, Hoffmann promotes

Perkins+Will has announced the appointment of technical and management leader, Gregory T. Waugh, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, to the firm’s New York office.

With more than 40 years of experience in a range of large and complex building projects, Waugh is known for his expertise in building systems, technical detailing, integrated project delivery, and resiliency methods.

He has coordinated the design and development of highly sustainable buildings including one with a LEED Double Platinum certification, and has helped oversee post-Sandy resiliency and renewal programs in New York City.

Waugh was recently elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and is co-author of Construction In Cities – Social Political, Environmental and Economic Concerns with Patricia Lancaster.

Prior to joining Perkins+Will, Waugh worked with a range of clients across the U.S. and around the globe, completing large-scale office projects for Hyundai, the IRS, the City of New York, and BASF, among others.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, he volunteered to serve as a New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Special Inspector to assist with rebuilding efforts. He also contributed to the Red Hook Housing Sandy Renewal and Resiliency Program, affecting 28 buildings.
Waugh lectures at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and has contributed to more than 50 AIA continuing education modules over the several decades.

IA Interior Architects announced that Brenton Schulze has joined the firm as Regional Director of Client Services.
Schulze joins the firm from the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), where he served as director of membership development.
Brenton brings a depth of experience in client relations, event planning and strategic planning to IA. He will support IA’s eastern region.

Hoffmann Architects announced the promotion of Graziano Meniconi, AIA, to Project Architect.
Formerly a Project Manager with the firm, Meniconi is a licensed architect in New York as well as in Italy and the European Union.

With a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florence, he has over 17 years of experience in the rehabilitation of building enclosures, both in the greater New York City area and in Europe.

As Project Architect, he is responsible for overseeing project teams and developing design solutions for roofs, facades, windows, plazas, terraces, and historic and landmark structures. He also provides on-site investigation, project representation, and construction administration services.

Currently, he is providing architectural services for Pfizer Inc., Barnard College, the State University of New York Construction Fund, Harriman State Park, and Rutgers University.

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) announced that Judith Donnelly, AIA, has been elected as the organization’s second vice president.
Donnelly has been an active member of AIA-NJ for over a decade and has been a member of several of the organization’s committees.

Previously, she served as secretary and she also served the organization’s Newark and Suburban Architects local section in several positions, including the 2010 President.

Donnelly is the principal owner of Hackettstown-based Donnelly Architecture, LLC, which works on both residential and commercial projects. She also serves her community through pro-bono architectural services.
She holds a bachelor degree of fine arts from Kean University and a master’s degree in architecture from

New Jersey Institute of Technology.
She has also taught in the Interior Design program of the Berkeley College of Business.

Arup has named Mahadev Raman as Director of Arup University, the firm’s program to foster innovation, research, learning, and knowledge among its 13,000 staff members.
Following his term as chairman of the Americas Region, Raman brings his distinctive experience and perspective to the position.

Raman, whose career at Arup began in 1978, is a principal, a member of the Arup Group Board, and Sustainability Director.

He has provided engineering design leadership for multidisciplinary teams on a wide variety of projects worldwide and has been named an Arup Fellow, an honorary title awarded to exceptional members of the firm who are considered role models with world-class vision and initiative.
Raman is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Architectural Engineering Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Visiting Lecturer in mechanical engineering at Princeton University.

Hoffmann Architects announced the promotion of Kara L. Shypula, Assoc. AIA, to Senior Project Coordinator.

After joining Hoffmann Architects’ New York office as a Project Representative, Shypula was recognized for her contributions to the firm with a promotion to Project Coordinator, before earning her current title.

Fostering strong relationships with a variety of clients, including CBRE Group, American Express, the Bank of New York, Cushman & Wakefield, and Fordham University, Shypula provides project management and construction administration services for building envelope rehabilitation and new construction consultation.

Shypula applies her Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Hartford to evaluating facade, roof, and plaza conditions and developing design solutions for the exterior envelope.

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced that Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, of Yardley, Pennyslvania, and Dean Marchetto, FAIA, of Hoboken, have been elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) College of Fellows.

Michael Schnoering, one of the founding partners of Princeton-based Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, is one of a select group of American architects with broad experience in theater planning and design.

His passion for making the arts more accessible and theaters more functional has informed all aspects of his professional life, and his design work has shaped the future of a significant number of historic theaters.

He has guided award-winning renovation projects in historic theaters on the national stage, including the Wheeler Opera House — one of Aspen, Colorado’s iconic structures; and the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut.

He has also completed successful projects at well-known historic downtown theaters, including multiple projects at New Brunswick, New Jersey’s State Theatre; Red Bank, New Jersey’s Count Basie Theatre; and Lansdowne, Pennsylvania’s Historic Lansdowne Theater.

Dean Marchetto, the founder of Marchetto, Higgins and Stieve Architects PC, specializes in mixed-use multifamily residential projects designed to to restore New Jersey’s downtowns with projects ranging from three to 40 stories.

Since starting the firm in 1982, Marchetto has played a major role in the resurgence of Hudson County. In Hoboken alone, he has completed more than 100 multifamily buildings, due in large part to his ability to use sensitive, contextual design to reconstruct the urban fabric of Hoboken while at the same time maintaining a continuity in its historic character.

Marchetto is responsible for the design of the state’s first fully robotic parking garage, and continues to use the space-saving technology in his larger multifamily projects. In recent years, his firm’s work has spread into suburban neighborhoods, as he has designed transit-oriented development projects in Morristown, Westfield, Madison, Waldwick, Englewood, Florham Park, and Long Branch.

Builders Institute/Building & Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region announced the appointment of Margaret A. Collins, as the organization’s new director of membership, advertising and communications.

Collins brings experience in sales and editorial with notable publishers as diverse as The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Harper & Row Publishers and The Civil War Monitor magazine.
In addition, she is skilled on the quantitative side of the creative process.

VHB continues to add talent and experience to its urban real estate, local government, and transportation teams in New York City.

Joining the civil engineering practice as a Project Manager is Wilson Ribadeneira, PE, whose experience with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit, New York State Department of Transportation, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will help VHB diversify its service offerings to its transit and rail clients.

Wilson is skilled in preliminary through final design, scheduling, budgeting, quality assurance/control, construction support, and value engineering.

Joe Romeo, Senior Transit Planner, brings considerable experience in the planning and assessment of rail, bus, and ferry transit systems throughout the country to VHB’s Transit & Rail team. He has contributed to Alternatives Analyses, Major Investment Studies, Environmental Impact Statements, long-range planning studies, feasibility studies, and operational analyses.

Jay Prouty, PE, Project Manager, recently moved from the firm’s Boston office to New York City to help strengthen the local site/civil team and meet growing real estate market needs.

His proven dedication to client service and proficiency in the civil design and permitting of urban real estate development programs will help move projects forward throughout the five boroughs
DMR Architects continues to grow its staff to more than 35 to support current projects throughout New Jersey with the addition of Kyle Stoker as a Project Architect and Dingwen (Wen) Chen as a Junior Architect.

Kyle Stoker will be working on new residential projects. He joins DMR Architects with 12 years of architectural project management and structural design experience, most recently as a project manager at Tricarico Architecture and Design in Wayne, NJ.

Prior to that he held positions at Hamon Custodis, Toll Brothers, K STOK Inc. and Caruso, Turley & Scott Inc. in Tempe, AZ.

He has a degree from Drexel University College of Engineering.
Dingwen Chen will be part of the production team.  Prior to joining DMR, he worked at LA River Revitalization Planning Studio and then the Main Street Sustainable Planning Studio, both in Los Angeles, CA.

Prior to that he worked for the Institute of Tourism Management of ZJU in Hangzhou, China.
He holds degrees from the University of Southern California and Zhejian University (ZJU) in Hanzhou, China where he received numerous awards and scholarships.

Hunter Roberts Construction Group has named Michael Beirne, Vice President and General Manager of Interiors based out of its New York office.

Beirne will oversee the planning, organizing, and executing of New York commercial interiors and retail markets. He will manage a staff of 28 and contribute to the overall discussion of Hunter Roberts’ sales, finances, and annual business plan.

Beirne has more than 31 years of experience in the metropolitan architecture, engineering, and construction industries.

His move to Hunter Roberts comes after many years as project executive at Turner Interiors where he contributed to the build-out of the four-level, 240,000 s/f World Trade Center retail concourse; the addition of all food, beverage, and merchandise components suites at the new Yankee Stadium; and the interior fit-out of the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building.

After graduating from New York Institute of Technology with a degree in Architecture he worked with local architects until taking a position in an international architectural firm in Manhattan.

While at HLW International Beirne helped establish HLW Design Build LLC and did an auditorium for Jack Welch at General Electric, and bicoastal training centers for MetLife in Secaucus and Los Angeles.

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