WSP, New York, has hired Allan Alterman as director of the firm's U.S. IT operations and infrastructure. Previously, he was managing director of the IT consulting firm Operations-View LLC, serving clients including New York University.


The LiRo Group, Syosset, N.Y., has promoted Edward Frysztacki to senior associate vice president from associate.

In addition, David Hall has been elevated to senior associate from associate, and Mark Swanson has been promoted to associate from project manager.

EYP Architecture & Engineering, Albany, N.Y., has hired Bob Eichelman as a technical director. He has more than 20 years of electrical engineering experience designing systems for both new construction and renovation projects.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. (BNYDC) has hired David Ehrenberg to be president and CEO of the nonprofit group that manages the 300-acre, city-owned industrial park. Ehrenberg had served as executive vice president at the New York City Economic Development Corp. Dewberry, Fairfax, Va., has hired Stephen Borghi as senior landscape architect in its Parsippany, N.J., office. In this role, Borghi is responsible for land planning. His work involves the full cycle of concept development and feasibility studies to the final phase of site and construction design. He also prepares preliminary design and final presentation design graphics, including rendered plans, cross sections, elevations and perspectives.

SYSTRA, New York, has hired Patrick Harrison as vice president and sector manager of systems. He will lead the firm's signal, communications and systems integration engineering practice and will be based in SYSTRA's New York City headquarters. Harrison is a registered professional engineer with more than 36 years of experience managing engineering, design and construction projects. He has expertise in the start-up and commissioning of major facilities for transit, government and utility clients.

Related Cos. and the Hudson Yards development team have hired Philippe Visser as senior vice president of development. In this role, Visser will be primarily responsible for leading development of the 80-story, 2.5-million-sq-ft North Tower as well as other commercial projects on the 28-acre Hudson Yards project site in Manhattan. Previously, Visser served as director of the World Trade Center redevelopment project, leading the $15-billion, 14-million-sq-ft redevelopment since joining the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2009.

FITCH Architecture, Phoenix, has hired Gina Noda as business development director. Noda, who will be based in New York City, will be responsible for developing new business and expanding the firm's U.S. presence.

HLW, New York, has promoted Edward Shim to principal from senior designer. He has more than 15 years of experience in the architectural practice in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Shimspecializes in the design of commercial, residential, mixed-use, hospitality and retail architecture.

Thornton Tomasetti, New York, has announced several appointments, including the promotion of John Fairbairn to vice president from human resources director. Fairbairn has been with the firm since 2005. Fairbairn's responsibilities include recruitment, employee relations, performance management, benefits administration, policy development and legal compliance.

Thornton Tomasetti's other appointments include naming Paul G. Fu to principal. Fu, who was formerly vice president, is part of the firm's Pacific Rim team and splits his time between the firm's New York and Beijing offices. The firm has also named Robert Otani principal. Otani, who had been a vice president, has more than 18 years of experience in structural design, project management and advanced computational design and modeling.

In addition, Khaled Othman has been named vice president in the New York office. Othman has been with Thornton Tomasetti since 1999.


Burns & McDonnell, Wallingford, Conn., has hired Kevin O'Hara as senior information specialist. He will be providing services to several billion-dollar programs located throughout the Northeast.

Perkins Eastman, New York, has promoted James Butterfield to principal from associate principal in the firm's New York office. The firm has also promoted 11 senior associates to associate principals in various offices across the country. They are: Kirk Anderson, Pittsburgh; Mohammad Attia, New York; Paul Carr, New York; Brian Donnelly, Washington, D.C.; Alan Ho, New York; Ken Kuligowski, Pittsburgh; Angie Lee, New York; David Levo, New York; Lee Pellegrino, Pittsburgh; Yu Dok So, New York; and Joanne Violanti, New York.

Raba Kistner Infrastructure, New York, has rehired Thaddeaus L. Harnois to serve as project manager in the firm's Tarrytown, N.Y., office for the $4-billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. In this role, Harnois is responsible for coordinating and negotiating project management needs. Previously, Harnois worked on the I-15 CORE project, a $1.7-billion project that includes the rebuilding of I-15 through Utah County in Utah.

Conifer-LeChase Construction, Rochester, N.Y., has promoted Brian Russo to operations manager from director of preconstruction. Russo has nearly 15 years of experience overseeing construction projects.

The firm has also promoted Dan Horn to director of field operations from project manager and Tyler Schneider to director of preconstruction from estimator.

Lisa Ricciardi, partner at Castellano, Korenberg, and Co., New York, has been named to Long Island Business News' Who's Who in Women in Professional Services list for her outstanding achievement in the accounting industry. Ricciardi has more than 20 years of experience in construction and construction-related industries, providing auditing, accounting and tax services.

Cerami, New York, an acoustic, audiovisual, and technology design consulting firm, has hired James Casterton as chief financial officer. In this position, Casterton will be responsible for directing the company's financial policies and strategies. In addition, he will supervise a team of accountants and oversee all financial aspects of the company, including reporting, accounting, information technology, human resources and tax treasury functions.


Salvadori Center, New York, has selected Tom Webb, executive vice president and general manager for Skanska USA Building's New York office, to join its board of directors. Webb brings more than 31 years of construction experience to the board and will provide expertise to Salvadori's mission of inspiring students and teachers to "use the built world as a foundation for learning about mathematics, science, art, language, social studies and technology."

SEI Design Group, Rochester, N.Y., has promoted Gian-Paul Piane to associate principal from senior project manager. Piane has more than 20 years of experience as an architect with a focus on K-12 facilities.

Loci Architecture, New York, has expanded into the housing market by hiring the former staff of Meltzer Mandl Architects (MMA), including David Stuart, senior project architect. Stuart and the new Loci team are completing several MMA projects and are supporting the firm's long-term plan to expand its practice to include market-rate and affordable housing.

The Community Environmental Center (CEC), a Queens, N.Y.-based nonprofit that brings sustainability to multifamily buildings in New York City, has named Sarah Gaddis to be in charge of marketing CEC's sustainability expertise to New York building owners. CEC says Gaddis will help bring the organization's energy-efficiency services to the attention of multifamily building owners so that they can "increase their bottom line while decreasing their environmental footprint."