People: New York
Dewberry has promoted Craig Johnson to president of its Northeast regional operations. He is based in Bloomfield, N.J., and had been branch manager. The firm has more than 500 employees in the region. Johnson also maintains regional leadership for Dewberry's transportation service line and alternative delivery services.
The firm also promoted Keith Itzler to vice president from assistant branch manager. He is based in New York City.
BEM Systems Inc., Chatham, N.J., has hired Audrey Heffernan as environmental planning practice leader. She will be responsible for leading National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmental compliance tasks on its major infrastructure projects in the New York and New Jersey area, including transportation work and Superstorm Sandy resiliency projects. She is a former chief environmental officer for MTA Capital Construction
The LiRo Group, New York City, has promoted Alfred Bereche to vice president. He continues as the firm's general counsel and corporate secretary. Bereche joined LiRo in 2011 and is responsible for overseeing all legal compliance.
The firm also has hired Joanna Pestka as associate vice president, responsible for managing its cultural institution work. Most recently, she was vice president for capital planning and construction at the New York Public Library. Pestka also had been director of the City University of New York's department of design construction and management. She also served as assistant commissioner for both the New York City Dept. of Design and Construction and Dept. of General Services.
Maser Consulting P.A., Red Bank, N.J., has hired three new environmental sector managers following its Feb. 25 announced acquisition of Environmental Compliance Inc. (ECI), formerly based in Warren Township, N.J. John Jimenez, former ECI president, now is a Maser department manager. Joseph Torlucci Jr., former ECI vice president, also is a department manager, but he is based in Mt. Arlington. Bharat Patel now is senior project manager based in Clinton, N.J.
MDSzerbaty + Associates Architecture LLC, New York City, has named Michael Freedman partner of the firm.
Junaid Syed has joined engineering firm HAKS, New York City, as senior vice president and quality assurance and health and safety officer. He had been executive deputy agency chief contracting officer at the New York City Dept. of Transportation and is an 18-year veteran of the agency.
Gilbane Building Co. has hired Donald McMillin as estimating executive in New Brunswick, N.J. He will oversee preconstruction and estimating operations for regional projects. The firm did not disclose McMillin's previous employer but said he was preconstruction manager on health care, pharmaceutical and higher education projects in the state.
Jon J. Frascatore has been elevated to vice president of STV. A senior project manager in the New York City firm's construction management division and a 10-year veteran of the company, he also worked in the public sector and owned his own construction services firm for eight years.
Magnusson Architecture and Planning, New York City, has promoted Fernando Villa to principal and director of design from associate principal.
VRH Construction, Englewood, N.J., has promoted Jeff Konen to chief operating officer from vice president. He will manage the firm's day-to-day construction operations.
The U.S. Green Building Council board of directors has named Fiona Cousins, a principal at Arup, chair-elect. In this role, she will be responsible for facilitating discussion among board members; guiding the board in its legal, strategic and fiduciary duties; chairing meetings; and maintaining appropriate communication between the CEO and the board.
Thornton Tomasetti, New York City, has hired Hauke Jungjohann as vice president and Eastern U.S. region leader for the firm's facade engineering practice. He has 13 years of experience in facade design and structural engineering, with a focus on parametric modeling, complex geometries and the application of new materials.
In addition, Gunnar Hubbard, a firm principal and sustainability practice leader, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Architecture. He will be honored at the 2015 AIA national convention in Atlanta in May.
Scarinci Hollenbeck, a Lyndhurst, N.J., law firm, has hired Todd W. Terhune as a partner in its environmental and land use group. He had been an attorney with Wolff & Samson, a West Orange, N.J., firm. Terhune also is co-chair of Scarinci's brownfields and infrastructure subgroup.
Buckland & Taylor, New York City, has promoted Joe Viola to vice president and project director. Viola has been with the firm since 2012.
Genero Velez, previously a chief project manager at the firm, will assume Viola's former role as New York practice lead.
In addition, the firm has hired Frank Verni as construction manager, Josef Villa as a senior supervising engineer and Richard Fischer as New York City area manager.
SYSTRA USA, New York City, has appointed Joseph Bonsignore as chief engineer. He will oversee the firm's U.S.-based infrastructure, traction power, systems, construction management, program management and planning practices. Bonsignore was the firm's infrastructure sector manager.
SYSTRA has named Joel Minch as new infrastructure sector manager.
Spectronics Corp., Westbury, N.Y., has promoted Mike Fleming to director of product management from national sales manager. The firm also has promoted Limin Chen to vice president of manufacturing and special products from mechanical product engineer.
Forest City Ratner Cos., New York City, has appointed Susi Yu as executive vice president for residential development. She returns to the company from a stint as senior vice president at Howard Hughes Corp.
Stantec has hired Maria Wilpon as a principal. She will be based in the firm's Manhattan office. She had been director of education at AECOM and is a past board director of the Society of College and University Planning and Professional Women in Construction.
Turner Construction Corp. has named Jim Barrett, Frank Gramarossa and Dave Masel as vice presidents in New York City. Barrett also serves as the contractor's chief innovation officer. He joined the company in Boston in 1993 and has been based in New York since 2008, when he was named regional manager of building information modeling. Gramarossa also serves as construction executive in Turner's sports group. He joined the firm in 1979. Masel, who also serves as a sports group construction executive, joined Turner in 1998.
Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM), Iselin, N.J., has opened an office in Morris Township that is being managed by vice president Fohn J. Ruschke. The new office is part of HMM's municipal and county services division.
Zwicker Electric Co., New York City, has named Michael D'Auria as senior vice president of operations. He will oversee the direction of Zwicker's construction and interiors projects.