The Louis Berger Group, New York, has hired Kirit Mevawala as director of rail and transit. He will be based in the company's Morristown, N.J., headquarters and serve as project manager for the Northeast Corridor Maglev project and support other rail and transit initiatives.


LeChase Construction Services LLC, Rochester, N.Y., has named H. Jessie Brewer vice president. He will report to Kyle L. Sayers, executive vice president.

Lehrer LLC, New York, has appointed Norbert W. Young as executive vice president.

The LiRo Group, New York, has hired Michael Rennard as head of its engineering division.

LiRo has also promoted Michael Mascaro from associate vice president to vice president.

Racanelli Construction, Melville, N.Y., has hired Jerry Tudisco as a project manager. The firm says Tudisco has more than four decades of experience in project management including awarding, writing and administering contracts; negotiating subcontractors' prices, terms and conditions; preparing and implementing project schedules to completion; and acting as liaison between owners and architects.

Gilbane Building Co., Providence, R.I., has hired Peter McCabe as project executive in its New York office. He has more than 17 years of experience focusing on mission-critical projects nationwide. McCabe has provided preconstruction and construction services for more than 3 million sq ft of data centers and other facilities.

HNTB has hired nine new employees in its New York City office. They are Gary Metz as vice president and project director; Phillip Camilleri as director of program-project controls; John Worster as senior project manager of rail; Fiore Kacou as senior project analyst; Virginia Squiteri as senior procurement specialist; Monique Bland, Vernice Copper Jr. and Tamica Lee as document control specialists; and Julie Schwartzapfel as office administration manager.


GEI Consultants Inc., Boston, has appointed Peter Heynen to manage its newly opened office in lower Manhattan that supports the firm's geotechnical, geostructural, instrumentation and monitoring, and environmental investigation and remediation services. Heynen is a senior geotechnical practice leader who most recently led GEI Consultants' geotechnical group in Connecticut.

Hudson Meridian Construction Group, New York, has promoted Noel Hayes from vice president of construction services to senior vice president.

The firm has also hired Robert Schwartz as vice president.

AKF Group, New York, has named partners in its Manhattan office: Dennis Froeder, Paul M. Raschilla, David Thornhill and Susannah Zweighaft.

Kelly O'Brien, project manager at North Haven, Conn.-based Petra Construction, has received the 2013 Woman of Accomplishment award from Professional Women in Construction, Connecticut Chapter. The award, which was instituted in 2010, honors a woman who has been working in the A/E/C industry for at least 15 years and who exemplifies outstanding professional achievement, performance and contributions within her field of work.

Dewberry, Fairfax, Va., has hired Mark Work as deputy department manager in its New York office. His duties include inspections, planning and design oversight of local streets, intermodal transportation facilities, expressways, urban highways and site development. Work will also assist with staff development.

The firm has also hired John O'Dierna as manager of construction engineering and inspection services. He will be based in Dewberry's New Haven office.

Doug Glorie, STV senior project manager, has been named chairman of the Environmental Contractors Association's Environmental Advisory Council. The council, which recently held its first meeting, is made up of environmental remediation professionals.


Dattner Architects, New York, has promoted Kirsten Sibilia from chief marketing officer to partner. She joins principals Richard Dattner, Paul Bauer, Joseph Coppola, Jeff Dugan, Beth Greenberg, Daniel Heuberger, William Stein, John Woelfling and Bernard Zipprich.

Alan Gaynor + Co., New York, has appointed Julie Geffke as director.

BL Cos., Meriden, Conn., has named Nicholas Giardina as a senior project manager and transportation and infrastructure group manager in the Hartford office.

Also joining the Hartford office are Brett Stark, transportation and infrastructure group project manager, and Robert Lacourse, civil engineering group project manager.

Francis Cauffman, New York, has promoted Michael Bonomo from interior architect to principal of interior environments. For the last 15 years, Bonomo has designed award-winning workspaces for the firm's national and international clients. His work includes retail, commercial and institutional projects with a strong focus in New York.

The New York District Council of the Urban Land Institute has named Felix A. Ciampa as executive director. Previously, he served as deputy commissioner of policy and external affairs at the New York City Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development.


The Concrete Industry Board, New York City Chapter, has named its 2013 Leaders of Industry Award winners. They are Anjana Kadakia, senior principal at Thornton Tomasetti's Newark, N.J., office; Jay Badame, president and COO, Tishman Construction Corp.; Eric C. Macfarlane, deputy commissioner, NYC Dept. of Design and Construction; Joseph Mitrione, owner and vice president, Pinnacle Industries II; Ahmad Rahimian, CEO, WSP Cantor Seinuk; Constadino (Gus) Sirakis, deputy borough commissioner, NYC Dept. of Buildings; and Lawrence M. Tabat, principal structural engineer, ARCADIS.

Cas Bognacki, chief of materials, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will also receive the Past President's Award, and Paul Zoltanetzky Jr., assistant vice president, HAKS Engineers, will receive the Ernest E. Trolio Distinguished Service Award.

Rhodeside & Harwell, Washington, D.C., has hired Mary Zimmerman as project manager in its Newark, N.J., office.

Ronald McDonald House of New York, a nonprofit organization that offers affordable and safe lodging for families with hospitalized children, has honored Tom Webb, executive vice president and general manager, Skanska USA, with a Builder of Hope award for leading Skanska in its initiative to raise money for the charity.

The Spector Group, New York, has promoted five employees. They are Andy Saadullah, who has been promoted from junior architect to intermediate architect; Chip Stadnyck, who has been promoted from job captain to project architect; Chris Thibodeau, who has been promoted from intermediate architect to senior architect; Dexter Tinapay, who has been named associate, adding to his present role as design director; and Jonathan Widyawardhana, who has been promoted from project architect to a dual role of project architect/project manager.