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

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Engel Burman has hired Nicholas J. Cappadora as Director of Land Use and Zoning Entitlements and Associate General Counsel.
As part of the in-house counsel team, he will work directly with Engel Burman’s principals and general counsel on all legal matters.
Cappadora joins Engel Burman from Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC, where he was a Partner.
Cappadora is an active participant and member of the New York State and the Nassau County Bar Associations.
He received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University School of Liberal Arts and Science, where he graduated cum laude.
While attending law school he interned for Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Anthony L. Parga. He also participated in the LIREG at Work Program, where he shadowed prominent leaders in the Long Island real estate industry.

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Hoffmann Architects announced that Tai Mahmuti, PE, has been promoted to senior engineer and has accepted the firm’s offer of joint ownership.
Since joining the firm in 2015 as project coordinator, Mahmuti rapidly advanced in his career, moving to senior project coordinator, project manager, and then to project engineer within three years, in recognition of his initiative, leadership, and expertise in building envelope systems.
Mahmuti earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
He specializes in existing structure analysis, repair design, and energy performance improvements, as well as development of protocols for laboratory and field-testing of building enclosure elements.
For over five years, he has partnered with Hoffmann Architects’
president, Russell M. Sanders, AIA, to complete multiple projects at the Scholastic headquarters in SoHo, New York. He has also worked with The
Bank of New York Mellon for over three years on a variety of projects and provides new construction building enclosure consultation services
In addition to his professional engineer certification, Mahmuti is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate.

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Peter Waldt is bringing nearly four decades of experience to WSP USA as the firm’s new director of commercial planning and development.
Waldt will be leading efforts to find commercial value in public transportation, rail and highway sectors, as well as property portfolio management for clients.
Prior to joining WSP, Waldt served as senior director of commercial planning and development for Amtrak, leading a team responsible for Amtrak’s non-fare revenue generation and major station redevelopment transactions. His projects included work on the master developer agreements for the Moynihan Train Hall redevelopment in New York City, Chicago Union Station, and Baltimore Penn Station.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in early American economic history, and a master’s degree in public policy analysis, quantitative analysis and economic development, from the University of Rochester.
He is a member of the New Jersey chapter of the Regional Plan Association.

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Mancini Duffy announced the addition of Jessica Mann-Amato, IIDA, LEED AP, a principal and newest shareholder.
With over 20 years of design experience, Mann-Amato joins shareholders Christian Giordano, Scott Harrell, William Mandara Jr., and Bolanle Williams-Olley.
In 2019, Mann-Amato joined Mancini as principal and has been instrumental in fully integrating technology into all phases of the design process.
As a shareholder, she aims to continue to evolve Mancini’s interactive 360 Design process and make it even more efficient for the firm’s clients.

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Thornton Tomasetti announced that Mack Conachen, P.E., S.E., R.A. has joined the firm as vice president and San Diego office director.
Conachen has more than 15 years of experience in structural design, analysis, and project management.
He will be responsible for the growth and management of the San Diego office.
Prior to joining Thornton Tomasetti, he was a senior structural engineer at IMEG Corp in San Diego.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Larken Associates announced the hiring of Emilio Valdo as senior estimator.
Valdo joins Core Enterprises, Larken Associates’ in-house construction team, and will assist with the company’s growing development pipeline and third-party construction projects.
Bringing nearly 25 years of construction estimating experience to his role, Valdo will work to ensure cost-effective planning and delivery of projects.
Throughout his career, Valdo’s organizational and communications skills have been trusted by notable construction firms such as Noble Construction Group, DPR Construction, Phelps Construction Group, Merritt Construction Services, and Turner Construction Company.
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LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (LERA) announced the promotion of Douglas P. González, P.E., to partner.
With the firm since 1991, González leads many of LERA’s healthcare and adaptive reuse projects.
Currently, he is overseeing new and renovated facilities at NYU Langone Health, Coney Island Hospital and Mount Sinai South Nassau.
He has active projects across New York, Pittsburgh, the Midwest, and in Asia.

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Holt Construction Corp. has announced their firm’s expansion with the following appointments and internal promotions.
Michael Fabean, managing director. With over 30 years of industry experience, Fabean has worked for the world’s leading private real estate and development firms.
Joseph Martinez, director of preconstruction. With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Martinez responsibilities include support at the start of every assignment to set up every project for success.
Alexandria Perotti, director of Corporate Initiatives & Strategic Planning. As a member of the team for the past 11 years, Perotti was previously project executive and director of operations. Perotti will oversee the execution and implementation of key corporate initiatives.
Sean Camo, financial controller. Camo brings 25 years of corporate accounting experience managing accounting functions for several highly regarded firms. He will monitor critical financial operations, grow client relationships, and implement new control systems.
Jessica Rondash, manager of Corporate Strategy and Development. As a member of the Holt IT team for almost six years, Rondash will support corporate initiatives and implement procedures that will standardize practices among all Holt employees. She will also develop employee training programs, ultimately increasing efficiency and consistency across the organization.
Jacqueline Horowitz, regional manager. A seasoned veteran of the construction industry, Horowitz has a special focus on project and system procedures and controls. She will oversee all of Holt’s projects and the systems to deliver them on time and within budget.
John Alvarez, managing executive – Houston, will grow the firm’s practice in aviation, education, health science, and other growth markets throughout the Southeast and Central Texas.
Richard Coleman, account executive, Mission Critical | Technology, will leverage his network of equipment providers, design professionals, and technical services to provide clients with the best available industry products and services.
Stacey Blume, director of marketing, will assist in the positioning of Holt’s brand across all business networks.
Chris Cesario, director of business development, will support business development initiatives across Holt’s national business unit network.
Dan Depew, associate business development – Hudson Valley Region. Depew, will support growth in Holt’s presence in key growth markets.

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CNY Group announced that William Brody, director of Business Development, has been appointed to the leadership team of NYC Builds Bio+ (NYCBB+), a non-profit organization instrumental to promoting and expanding New York’s life sciences industry.
Brody’s role will be focused on connecting commercial life science opportunities to New York City’s real estate development community. As Co-Chair of the planning and membership development committee, he will oversee the organization and implementation of a variety of activities aimed at increasing the visibility of NYCBB+ and its mission.

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The Building and Realty Institute (BRI) announced the promotion of Timothy Foley to Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Foley was previously BRI’s Executive Director, a position he took on in January 2020 to lead the organization through a period of transformation, prompted by the long-term trends for affordable housing in the region, the changes enacted by the state legislature in the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act, and the changes from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
During 2020, the BRI was instrumental in launching the Building and Allied Construction Industries of Westchester (BACI), the local Westchester chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the New York State Builders Association (NYSBA).
Foley was recently appointed to a one-year term on the Land Development Committee for NAHB.

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Architecture + Information (A+I) has promoted Sommer Schauer to chief design officer and Peter Knutson to chief strategy officer.
They will join the agency’s executive team.
A 20-year veteran of the firm, Schauer will oversee the production and continued growth of services, including brand, experience, interior and graphic design. .
Knutson will guide clients through explorations of program and employee needs.
Additionally, A+I has hired creative agency veteran Natasha Markley, who will serve as executive director of Marketing & Partnerships .
Markley comes to A+I with 15 years of leadership experience at some of the world’s most creative companies, such as Ogilvy Advertising, W+K, New York Times, having led award-winning campaigns for brands like Nokia, NBC Sports and Blink Fitness.

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Spacesmith has announced its addition of project manager and architect, Kim Wood, AIA.
Wood has worked across a wide range of sectors including retail, corporate, hospitality and commercial building projects, with experience in everything from data centers to fragrance laboratories to fashion boutiques.
She served as in-house architect for a major carpentry contractor and previously, as global account director for Verizon.
Wood will lead new design projects and business initiatives through the firm’s offices in both New York City and Hudson, New York.
A graduate of Pratt Institute, Wood has been honored by New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering for her MakerSpace project, which garnered a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce award in 2017.
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Rockabill Consulting announced that Katie Devine has been elevated to principal and co-owner of the firm along with its managing principal & founder, Niall Murray and principals Richard Brown and Tim Collins.
Katie has served as senior vice president since joining Rockabill in March 2018.
Prior to moving to the New York City area in 2018, she worked for several years with established Chicago-based developers – including Evergreen Real Estate Group and UP Development, LLC, specializing in supportive housing. More recently, she served as the director of housing development at Southside United HDFC in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Devine holds a Bachelor of Science from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, where she graduated with honors.
She has attended the CSH Supportive Housing Institute in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and is a certified Tax Credit Specialist.

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