WHO’S NEWS: Appointments, promotions in construction & design

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Jonathan F.P. Rose has been named the 2021 recipient of the ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, the most prestigious and respected honor in the land use and development community.
The $100,000 ULI Prize, in its 22nd year, recognizes an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to community building globally, who has established visionary standards of excellence in the land use and development field, and whose commitment to creating the highest-quality built environment has led to the betterment of society.
Rose, a long-time ULI Trustee, is founder and president of New York-based Jonathan Rose Companies LLC.
As far back as the early 1980s, Rose proposed mixed-use, mixed-income, green transit-oriented urban development. His 2017 book, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, has informed urban planning thinking from Sao Paolo to Bhutan, where he is helping to guide the nation’s regional and urban planning.
Since founding JRCo in 1989, Rose has developed, acquired and redeveloped or preserved more than 100 affordable and mixed-income, multi-use developments throughout the United States, often in partnership with nonprofit organizations and housing agencies.
Rose was among the first real estate developers to make green building a priority in the development of affordable housing.

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Keith Amann, vice president on the Built Ecology team at WSP USA, has been recognized as a 2021 LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
Amann was among 21 individuals from around the world honored for mastery of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. It is the world’s most widely used green building rating system identifying exceptional work in advancing green building practices.
Throughout his 15-year career, Amann has successfully managed the LEED certification of more than 14 million square feet of space, including projects such as the LEED Platinum Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, New York City Hall and many others.
One current example of his impact can be found on his work with 14th@Irving, a 240,000 s/f office building under construction in New York City, where he serves as project manager for WSP and is part of the team targeting LEED Gold certification for the building.
Amann is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in management; and the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture with a master’s certificate in sustainable design.

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CNY Group announced the elevation of AnaTracey Hawkins to Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth.
Since joining CNY Group, Hawkins has championed the company’s success and increased CNY’s brand awareness across both new and existing markets.
A New Zealand native, Hawkins joined CNY as a vice president in 2018.
She has directly supported the rebrand and expansion of SPACES, CNY’s division focused on interior build outs and special projects that has grown substantially in the last two years.
Hawkins serves as vice chair on CNY’s Senior Executive Team and as a member of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Team. She has assisted firm principals in recruiting top executive talent, oversees the firm’s marketing and business development departments (including communications, PR, and social media).

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Hoffmann Architects announced that Travis Heim has joined the New York office as Senior Staff Architect.
He will provide comprehensive exterior envelope design services for projects in the greater New York City area, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and upstate New York.
Heim comes to Hoffmann Architects from a consulting architecture and engineering firm in New York, where he specialized in high-performance facade systems.
Heim took an unconventional path to the architecture profession, beginning his career as an aviation structural mechanic in the United States Navy.
After leaving the service, he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor, Washington, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural studies from Washington State University. He then went on to complete the Master of Architecture degree program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP).

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Shawmut Design and Construction announced the appointment of Liyuan Woo, executive vice president, chief financial officer at The Beauty Health Company, to its board of directors.
Woo will leverage her experience in finance and operational scaling to help drive the firm’s nationwide growth, with an emphasis on the New York and Los Angeles markets.
Woo brings more than two decades of experience in creating and building infrastructure to enable opportunities for innovation.
In her current role at The Beauty Health Company, with its flagship brand of HydraFacial, she oversees all financial and operational aspects of the company, accelerating BeautyHealth’s mission as a category creating platforms to democratize and personalize beauty health solutions for the masses.
Prior to The Beauty Health Company, Woo was the COO and CFO of The VOID. She has also served as CFO for SharkNinja, Gymboree, and bebe, and provided financial advisory services to public and private companies for M&A transactions, IPOs, and growth initiatives at Deloitte.

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STO Building Group has named Rick Khan its first Chief Innovation Officer, a new role to help the company continue to find new and smarter ways to help advance the construction industry.
Khan has spent the past 26 years in the business of helping people through innovation, with the last 16 years dedicated to the construction industry.
He is an internationally recognized AEC industry thought leader whose background includes innovation strategy, design thinking, architectural design, computer graphics, graphic design, talent development, and communications.
He began his career working for his father in the trades as a pipefitter foreman. After attaining his architecture degree, he developed new ways of visualizing architectural design to key project stakeholders. He then moved into the world of computer graphic industry as a technical producer, serving the gaming and film markets.
This experience led him back to construction to find new ways of improving the lives of frontline workers.

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Dresdner Robin has hired three new employees: Senior Project Manager Christine A. Arico, Senior Engineer Benjamin J. Zoller and Landscape Architect Mark Robison.
With more than 15 years of experience in environmental science and project management, Christine Arico manages environmental consulting and remediation services for clients.
Prior to joining the team, Arico served as a project manager at New Jersey-based environmental consulting firm, JM Sorge, Inc.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Mary Washington.
Benjamin Zoller, who received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University, supports the firm’s clients in brownfield redevelopment, site planning, utility design and construction administration.
Zoller previously worked for Parkhill, an architecture and engineering consulting firm in Texas.
His most notable development was the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) project at Vicenza High School in Vicenza, Italy, where he was responsible for site layout and select design elements.
A fellow associate at the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a 2020 Landscape Architecture Foundation Scholar, Mark Robison earned his master’s degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University.
In his new position, he’s charged with site design and construction.
In collaboration with Rutgers University students and New Jersey-based architects, his most recent work was MLK Park in Paterson, N.J., where he contributed design concepts and plans.
Prior to joining Dresdner Robin, Robinson was a senior creative director for Momentum Worldwide advertising with a background in brand, experiential and digital marketing.

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Charles Joyce, PE, an expert in life safety and fire protection engineering, has joined the New York City headquarters of Syska Hennessy as a senior associate.
In this capacity, he oversees evaluations of existing fire protection and life safety systems, the design of new systems, and system testing.
Joyce also serves as vice chair of the New York City Building Code Technical Committee of Fire Protection Systems, which is developing the next version of the New York City building code.
Joyce earned a B.S. in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the New York Fire Alarm Association, and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
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Denholtz Properties has announced several new hires aimed at enhancing and streamlining internal financial and construction operations.
Joseph Fernandez joins as Director of Construction and will oversee all construction on the company’s development pipeline spanning over 600,000 s/f across New Jersey.
Fernandez brings 30 years of experience and a robust skillset to his new role. He has completed projects on behalf of Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Tommy Hilfiger.
Prior to joining Denholtz Properties, Fernandez served as Vice President and Director of Construction for Nucor Construction Corp.
His career also includes former roles with Michilli Inc., AmTrust Realty Corp, CBRE, Tessler Developments and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).
Further bolstering the firm’s in-house construction capabilities, Denholtz Properties has also hired Parth Patel as a Project Manager.
New additions to the finance team include Mark Mahasky as Director of Capital Transactions with William Ryan and Olivia Ham joining as senior portfolio analysts.

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Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers announced that Jenny Mendovaya, PE, was named Senior Associate, Director of Healthcare, and Eric Chan, PE, was promoted to Senior Associate, Associate Director of Institutional Projects.
Jenny Mendoyava heads up Lilker’s growing Healthcare Studio, which provides strategic consulting and design services to a roster of world class clients, including Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian, Mount Sinai and Saint Barnabus hospitals.
Eric Chan provides design and project management for electrical upgrades, additions and new construction for the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) as well as other institutions throughout New York City.
Additional senior staff promotions at Lilker include: Helen Castle, Senior Associate, Electrical Engineering; John Sapia, RCDD, CTS, Senior Associate, Technology Solutions Group (TSG); Jeffrey Hildreth, PE, LEED AP, Associate, Director of Engineering, Falls Church, VA; and Matt Heong, PE, LEED AP, Department Head, Electrical Engineering, Falls Church, VA.

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Syska Hennessy Group has promoted Brian Nguyen, RCDD, and Christopher Wescott, PE, CEM, LEED AP, to associate principal.
Brian Nguyen has more than 15 years of experience in the information technology field. His project portfolio encompasses the healthcare, commercial, and critical facilities sectors.

Christopher Wescott has more than 30 years of experience in the engineering of mechanical systems. His projects include master plans, renovations, and new buildings for aviation, education, healthcare, and government.

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Tarter Krinsky & Drogin announced the promotion of Sean Scuderi to Partner in the Construction Practice.
Scuderi represents property owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals, negotiating construction and design agreements, and litigating construction-related disputes.
In New York City, he provides general construction counsel for the world’s largest Buddhist organization, Soka Gakkai International-USA, and has assisted with its development of new cultural and community centers in Brooklyn and Queens.
In addition, he is a legal advisor on the construction of new schools that serve impoverished communities in the city.

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Hines announced the establishment of the position Vice President-Carbon Strategy to lead the firm in assessing its global carbon emissions and develop the strategy to set and achieve the firm’s science-based targets.
Michael Izzo, formerly Vice President-Construction in the firm’s U.S. East Region, has been appointed to this role.
Izzo previously served as Vice President-Construction, working closely with the Hines New York team to evaluate climate risk and carbon emission reduction opportunities on the Hudson Square building portfolio.

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