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WHO’S NEWS; Tom Cavanagh named Mancini•Duffy principal; Hollister names new PM

Mancini•Duffy announced the promotion of Thomas Cavanagh, AIA, LEED AP, to the roles of principal and executive vice president of the firm.

Tom Cavanaugh
Tom Cavanaugh

Cavanagh joined Mancini•Duffy in early 2014, and has been instrumental in the management of its architectural projects, such as the build-out of the 32-story, 250-room Tommie Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and the building renovation and new building addition at 17 John Street.
At Barclays Capital and St. John’s University, Cavanagh directed architectural and interior design work, as well as the development of capital project master plans for real estate holdings.
He has held senior positions at Swanke Hayden Connell and at Gensler, where he also managed a studio of professionals.
At the real estate firm of Jones Lang LaSalle, Cavanagh led the team responsible for the infrastructure and technology of all critical systems at the Bank of America Tower, currently New York City’s third tallest building.
Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers announced the promotion of José Rivera, PE, LEED AP, Director of Plumbing and Fire Protection, and John Hassett, Director of Technology Solutions Group, to Associate Principal.
José Rivera has headed up Lilker’s growing sanitary and fire protection division since 2010.
He is responsible for quality assurance and oversight on all projects in the firm’s diversified portfolio of private and public sector work. He also manages large infrastructural projects, including, most recently, a domestic hot water distribution system upgrade at 2 Park Avenue.
Rivera is a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association, and an active participant on the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York Building Codes committee.
John Hassett has built a solid client base for Lilker’s Technology Solutions Group (TSG) since joining the firm in 2008.
Projects recently completed include IT cabling and security systems for St. John University’s new 120,000 sq. ft. Manhattan Campus at 51 Astor Place; IT cabling, security and audiovisual designs for the approximately 150,000 s/f Human Resources Administration installation at the Bronx Banknote Building.
Also promoted in the New York City office were: Robert Trovato, P.E., LEED AP, to Senior Associate; Keith Wanser, CPD, to Senior Engineer; and Shane Carey and Benjamin McDermott to Engineer. At Lilker EMO, the firm’s energy services subsidiary in Falls Church, VA, Danny Yeh was promoted to Senior Energy Engineer.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) announced the new officers who have been selected to lead the nation’s largest construction trade association.
Chuck Greco, chairman of Houston, Texas-based Linbeck Group, will serve as president.

Mark Knight, president of Webster, S.D.-based Foothills Contracting Inc., will serve as senior vice president; Art Daniel, president and COO of Cedar Hill, Texas-based A.R. Daniel Construction, Inc. will serve as vice president; and Joe Stella, president of Wakefield, Mass.-based P.J. Stella Construction Corp., will serve as treasurer.
As president, Greco will lead the officers in a national effort to address growing workforce shortages, improve the productivity of the nation’s construction companies and help builders succeed in the ever-changing economic and political environment.
Among the top issues the officers will address are the proliferation of new, and often ineffective, regulatory burdens, the need for new infrastructure investments and the continued adoption by the industry of new technology and new approaches to completing projects.
The officers will serve in these positions until March 2016, at which point Knight will move into the position of president.
Hollister Construction Services has hired Richard Russoman as project manager.


Russoman has 15 years of construction management experience, specializing in the construction of educational facilities.
He has worked on numerous campuses on the East Coast and West Coast, and overseen many difficult, complex projects on active, occupied campuses. Russoman will help lead the expansion of Hollister’s education practice.
Russoman will serve on-site project manager for capital projects totaling $11.7 million. The effort includes building a smart seminar classroom at Hennessy Hall, and evaluating the Rothman Building’s roof and infrastructure at the university’s Florham Campus in N.J.; and constructing the new Doerfler Business Lab, and renovating the Becton Dickinson Lab at its Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J. in addition to other projects.
Cooper Robertson announced that Yanko Apostolov, RIBA, has joined the firm as Design Director.
Apostolov brings award-winning design leadership in museum, commercial, mixed-use, research, and high-rise projects worldwide.
He will direct the design of the firm’s cultural and educational projects and has previously collaborated with Cooper Robertson on the firm’s design concept for the new Guggenheim Helsinki museum.
Apostolov most recently led his own firm, Yanko Apostolov Architects, with offices in New York, Shanghai, and Sofia.
His most notable design project is the 250,000 s/f National Museum Complex in Sofia, Bulgaria which he won in an open international competition in 2010.
From 2001 to 2011 Apostlov was a Senior Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox, where he served as senior designer for the Harbin Bank Headquarters in Harbin, China and other large-scale commercial and mixed-use buildings.


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