Richard Cavallaro, a veteran New York City construction executive, now is CEO of Syosset, N.Y., design and CM firm The LiRo Group.
A former Gilbane Building Co. executive vice president and the contractor's New York-New Jersey region chief, he succeeds Luis M. Tormenta, who retired in November after 15 years. The move follows LiRo Group’s shareholder purchase agreement in September 2020 with investment firm Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. to become part of its organization platform. Cavallaro joined Gilbane in February 2020 after 25 years at Skanska USA, where he was president and CEO, and also headed its civil construction unit.
Peter T. Gaynor, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration and former acting secretary of the U.S. Homeland Security Dept. in the Trump administration, also joined the firm as senior vice president to lead a new resilience, response and recovery program consulting practice, the firm said. During his time at FEMA, Gaynor led the agency’s response to more than 300 presidentially declared emergencies and disasters, according to LiRo.
Gaynor also had been director of emergency management for Rhode Island and emergency management and homeland security director for the city of Providence. LiRo ranks at No. 16 on ENR’s list of Top 100 CM-for-Fee Firms, posting $230.1 million in 2019 revenue in that sector.
Gilbane elevated Grant W. Gagnier Jr. to senior vice president of its New York City unit but did not rname a successor for Cavallaro’s former role.
Nat Oppenheimer has joined San Francisco infrastructure design firm T.Y. Lin International following its April 8 acquisition of New York City-based structural engineering firm Silman, of which he had been executive vice president. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, with 160 Silman employees also in Washington, DC, Boston, and Ann Arbor, Mich., now added to the TYLI staff of 3,200.
Joe Tortorella, a 42-year Silman veteran and firm president since 2013, is not joining TYLI but will be an "advisor," the company said. As a TYLI senior vice president, Oppenheimer assumes Tortorella’s leadership responsibilities within TYLI, along with Silman Senior Principal Kirk Mettam, says the new parent.
TYLI ranks at No. 38 on ENR's list of the Top 500 Design Firms, reporting $467.6 million in 2019 global revenue. Silman was founded in 1966 by Robert Silman, who died in 2018. The firm says it pioneered innovative structural concepts for conserving historic buildings.
Luis Delgado has joined STV as executive vice president and head of its nationwide construction management practice, based in Dallas. He had been U.S. west region director of growth for AECOM. Delgado is a board member of the Construction Management Association of America and a past president of its North Texas chapter, and also a regional director of the Hispanic Constructors Association of America. The firm also elevated Northeast regional manager David Isabelle to senior vice president. He joined the firm in 2019, from a previous role as senior vice president at H.W. Lochner Inc.
Eversource Energy, New England’s largest utility company based in Hartford, Conn.,, has elevated Joe Nolan to CEO, effective on May 5. Now executive vice president of strategy, customer and corporate relations, he succeeds Jim Judge, who will be executive chair. Nolan will oversee a 9,300 employee-firm providing electricity, gas, and water utilities to 4.3 million customers in three states. Eversource also has a growing offshore wind development portfolio through a joint venture with Danish developer Orsted.
Rob Adams has joined Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Parsippany, N.J., as a principal, following its April 1 acquisition of Dallas-based Adams Consulting Engineers Inc., of which he was founder and president. The purchase, with transiaction terms not disclosed, adds 40 employees to Langan, which says it now has 1,300 staff. Adams, who founded the firm in 1980, will remain based in Dallas. The firm also has offices in Tyler and Austin. Langan ranks at No. 53 on ENR's Top 500 Design Firms list, reporting $307 million in 2019 revenue, about 52% in the general building sector.
The University of California, Irvine, on April 1 named Magnus Egerstedt, dean of the Henry Samuel School of Engineering, effective in July. He had been chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, which UC-Irvine says has nearly 2,400 students and a $100-million annual budget. Egerstedt's research has focused on control theory and robotics and remote environmental monitoring. He also led creation of the university's Robotarium, a "remotely accessble swarm robotics lab used by more than 3,000 researcher around the world," said Georgia Tech
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has named Jason Glickman to a newly created role of executive vice president, engineering, planning, and strategy, effective May 3, which includes oversight of the gas system and electric infrastructure, among other utility assets, the firm said. He now is a partner and global head of utilities and renewables at investment firm Bain & Co., with work related to advising energy companies on strategy, sustainability and digital transformation.
Greenman-Pedersen Inc., a Babylon, N.Y.., engineering and construction services consultant, has elevated M. Denise Carter, executive vice president and branch manager to chief strategy officer for the firm. Gregory Zenk is promoted also to executive vice president and branch manager and Michael J. Salatti to senior vice president and deputy branch manager, both based at headquarters. Zenk had been director of construction services and Salatti has has served as director of transportation services for the past 27 years. The firm ranks at No. 64 on ENR's Top 500 Design Firms list, reporting about $259 million in 2019 revenue.
Walt Crampton has joined ENGEO Inc., a San Ramon, Calif., geotechnical and environmental engineering firm, as senior principal, following its March 30 acquisition of TerraCosta Consulting Group, a San Diego coastal design specialist of which he was president. ENGEO says it is employee-owned with a staff of 350. professionals located in California, Nevada, Washington, Guam, New Zealand, and Australia. Crampton will remain based in San Diego.
Marian University, Indianapolis, has named Binh Tran founding dean of the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering, effective on June 1. Currently associate professor in the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. he is nationally recognized for his research in telehealth and telemedicine, health information technologies, and biomedical instrumentation, says the university. The E. S. Witchger School of Engineering will accept its first class of students in fall 2022, set to offer degrees in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering. Launched last October, the new engineering school will have a dual-degree program with Purdue University for fall 2021.