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WHO’S NEWS: The latest in new hires, promotion and honors

Suffolk Construction announced the hiring of three seasoned construction executives.

With over 38 years of construction experience, Chris Bailey, FRICS will serve as Vice President of Preconstruction, where he will provide leadership on the conceptualization, design review, estimating and constructability of Suffolk’s projects and act as a valuable resource for owners, architects, and engineers throughout the preconstruction phase.

He will also help drive the implementation of advanced technologies on Suffolk’s projects such as Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) tools and Lean construction principles.

Matthew Miller brings over 33 years of experience to Suffolk, with a background that spans both the owner/developer and construction management sides of the business.

As Vice President of Operations, Matthew will provide strong leadership for project teams and will be the primary point of contact for clients, ensuring transparent communications and the delivery of Suffolk’s “build smart” promise.

Twenty-five-year veteran Cheryl Marraffino joins Suffolk as Director of Strategic Relationship Development, where she will develop and maintain strong relationships with clients and partners, provide insight into emerging markets, and develop strategies for pursuing new business opportunities.
Marraffino Chaired the Board of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ) and has been recognized by NJ Biz magazine as a “Top 50 Woman in Business” and by Commercial Real Estate Women with the “Star Performer” award for industry achievements, philanthropic contributions, and business ethics.


Stonehill & Taylor announced that Peter Nicolosi AIA has been promoted from senior architect to associate.

Nicolosi brings over 17 years experience in design development, coordination and production of construction documentation, and construction administration experience to Stonehill & Taylor.
He has managed the design and construction of a wide variety of high-end residential, commercial and institutional projects.

He acted as Project Manager of the new 26-story hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel building, a 251-room hotel on West 36th Street; the Moxy hotel on 28th Street and; the Bryant Park Hotel.

Nicolosi holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology.


Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design (JZA+D) has announced the reorganization and expansion of the firm to handle new business and growth.

New hires at JZA+D include Dani Robertson, project manager; architectural designer Taylor Kinsey, and Deanna D’Elia, designer.

Dani Robertson holds a B.S. degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology and brings five years of industry experience.

Taylor Kinsey is a recent B.Arch. degree recipient from Syracuse University School of Architecture, has been a finalist in design competitions, and boasts architectural software proficiency.

Deanna D’Elia, with a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design, has experience in corporate office, residential, and commercial interiors.

These recent additions to the JZA+D roster will provide support for the efforts of architect Benjamin Grace and interior designer Ashley Servis, themselves part of a recent round of hires from 2014.

Grace recently qualified for architectural registration, and Servis has been promoted to Senior Designer. All are guided by senior associate Mark A. Sullivan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. Additionally, Callie Hancock joined JZA+D as marketing director in 2015.


PREMIER Design + Build Group announced that Jim Kelly has joined its Northeast Division as a superintendent.

Kelly’s entire career has been spent working in the Garden State.

Most recently, Kelly was the development director at a leading New Jersey development company where he was responsible for permits, bidding, contracts, budgeting, requisitions and more.

While there, he managed construction from start to finish and served as the acting superintendent in the field.
Prior to that, Kelly was president of a general contractor company, regional director of another corporation and began his career in project management.

He is a 24-year veteran of the construction industry who has worked on a range of retail, industria, commercial and medical projects.


WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff announced the promotion of two New York City employees in its U.S. Buildings Sector: Dino Buro, associate, building systems; and Johan Leonard, associate, building structures.

Dino Buro provides engineering and project management of building systems projects for the New York City office, including coordination with architects and project management of all trades.

Currently, he is performing project management duties, leading telectrical engineering for the construction administration phase of a 65-story luxury residential high-rise at 252 E. 57th Street, as well as carrying out the electrical design for the LaGuardia Airport new Central Terminal Building.

He recently served as project manager on United Cerebral Palsy’s new pre-school at 80 West End Avenue.

Johan Leonard provides engineering and project management for building structures group in New York, including the 700-ft-tall residential high-rise, 118 Fulton Street; the 665-ft-tall super-slender 161 Maiden Lane; the super-slender 1,250-ft-tall mixed-use tower, 45 Broad Street; and the planned 18-story, 133-unit residential community 122 E. 23rd Street.


Architect Ted Shaw, whose diverse design experience crosses a wide range of program and building types including hospitals, medical centers, specialized treatment facilities, senior living facilities and schools, has been promoted to associate principal within the New York office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will.

Shaw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, previously served as a senior associate with the firm, which he joined over a decade ago.

He is one of six associate principals in the 100-person office.

A consummate professional with more than 18 years of experience, Shaw’s early work in sustainable building practices of affordable multi-family and co-housing projects evolved to applications in healthcare and educational fields.

He began his career working with small design oriented architecture practices in Boston and New York City before transitioning into a larger role at Guenther 5 (G5), which was eventually absorbed by Perkins+Will in 2008.

In his new associate principal role, Shaw’s responsibilities include more new business development; marketing outreach; regional and national collaboration across the Boston, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. offices; and representing the firm’s healthcare leadership group.

A graduate of Boston Architectural College, Shaw is the winner of multiple architecture and interior design awards including the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Healthcare Interior Design Awards for the NYU Men’s Health Center and the highly sought after AIA People’s Choice Award for the Hartford Hospital Interfaith Chapel.


Indhira Figuereo will lead the aviation practice in the Northeast as vice president at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

With more than 17 years of experience, Figuereo has been a project manager, program/construction manager and civil engineer for aviation, facilities, highway and marine projects throughout the Northeast.

Her aviation experience includes work for LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark-Liberty International Airport, and Westchester County Airport.

Prior to joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, she was an associate vice president and aviation operations manager for the metropolitan New York district of a large international engineering firm.
Figuereo earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering geology from The City University of New York.


Drew Galloway has been appointed a vice president, transit and rail planning director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Galloway, who will be based in the firm’s Newark office, will provide guidance and oversight on major projects and initiatives involving rail systems, railroads and transit agencies.

He will be responsible for the leadership, direction and management of planning and engineering services for the delivery of transit and rail projects. He will also serve as leader, technical resource and project manager to support the firm’s transit and rail planning initiatives across the country.

Galloway has over 30 years of experience in all phases and aspects of rail planning, analysis and operations including master plans, service development plans, terminal plans and capital programs.
Before joining WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, he was deputy chief of planning for Amtrak, based in the organization’s Philadelphia office.

During his 19-year career with Amtrak, he was responsible for a broad range of activities including rail corridor planning, station and terminal development, and negotiating railroad operating agreements.

Prior to Amtrak, Galloway was with NJ Transit where he was director of rail service planning and major projects.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in transportation law and economics from Niagara University.

UA Builders Group has hired Richard L. Markel, AIA, LEED AP as Executive Project Manager.

Markel brings a wealth of national construction and design experience to the team.

His experience encompasses more than 15 million square feet of new construction projects. Prior to joining UA Builders, Markel served in senior construction management and design positions at leading national and international real estate, construction, and architectural organizations.

These include Cushman & Wakefield, Savills Studley, Cresa, Gensler, and HOK.

His portfolio includes the renovation of the iconic Astrodome stadium and the 1.2-million-sq.-ft. global headquarters of Enron, both in Houston, TX; and the historic renovation of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Markel holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in New York; Washington, DC; Texas; and Massachusetts. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA).

Markel is a licensed general contractor in Virginia and holds an unrestricted construction supervisor license in Massachusetts.


Racanelli Construction Company announced the addition of two new Administrative Assistants to its staff.

Michelle Torres and Anna Marie Lambur bring extensive administrative and computer skills to their new roles.

Before joining Racanelli Construction, Michelle Torres served as a Licensing Specialist with Rubies Costumes.

Other prior roles included that as a Case Manager with Home, LLP and Royalty Accounting Assistant with Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Five Towns College and a Certificate of Completion in Theatre Arts from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Anna Marie Lambur most recently served as a Shipping/Warehouse Administrator with JD Beauty Group.
She also held positions as Lead Inspector/Assembler with Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc. and as an Assistant Manager with Blimpie/Haagen Dazs.


CBRE Assessment & Consulting Services (ACS), a division of the Valuation and Advisory Services group at CBRE, has announced the development of a new group capable of performing assessment and providing consulting services for Building Envelopes.

Michael Bock, RBEC, has been tapped as a Director to manage the Building Envelope Group.
In addition, Logan Christensen joined the CBRE staff with a focus on adding services and assisting with the development and training of the Building Envelope Team.

Michael Bock, a Registered Building Envelope Consultant (RCI) and a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CSI), joins CBRE after spending the last 18 years in numerous leadership and national development positions in the roofing and waterproofing industry.

His areas of expertise include performance of building envelope and roof assessments, specialty testing, litigation support, moisture surveys, design, construction oversight and contract administration.

Bock is also a certified industrial rope access technician and has supervised completion of exterior assessment of high-rise office buildings, domes, and steep-slope roof with extreme access requirements.
He has extensive experience with all property types, including office, retail, industrial, medical, hospitality, mobile home and multifamily assets.

Logan Christensen joins CBRE after spending the last decade in numerous positions within the engineering industry.

His work experience includes performing building envelope and roof assessments, and providing engineering and CAD support in the remediation, re-purposing and alteration of existing office, retail and industrial building facilities, among other things.

He also has expertise with respect to performing roof and building envelope infrared observations and test cut exploration. Christensen has also overseen building envelope construction of large institutional and resort properties, in which he performed water and air infiltration tests.
Christensen earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with a Structural Emphasis from the University of Wyoming. H

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