Michael J. Burton has joined The LiRo Group, a Syosset, N.Y.-based engineer and construction manager, as senior vice president and national operations manager. He was national operations manager at URS Corp. LiRo is a joint venture member of teams now managing transit projects in New York City. Burton, based in Manhattan, will also assist LiRo’s move into national markets. Burton received ENR’s Award of Excellence in 2002 for managing restoration of Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack. He has chaired two committees of the New York Building Congress.

San Francisco contractor Dome Construction promoted Robert Lynch to vice president and chief operating officer and David Kolonay to director of preconstruction services. Lynch had been biotechnology focus group leader and Kolonay was director of estimating.

Syska Hennessy Group, a New York City-based design firm, has named George Melas senior vice president for global business development. He had been director of business development and international ventures at engineer CUH2A.


Darlene East, president of Houston-based concrete cutter Holes Inc., has been elected the 2009-10 president of the American Subcontractors Association, a nonprofit headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Bill Guerin will head a new Recovery Act Program Management Office for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C. Guerin is currently the assistant commissioner for construction for GSA’s Public Buildings Service. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes about $5.5 billion for building projects.

Philip Dilley has been appointed global chairman of London-based engineer Arup, replacing former chairman Terry Hill who has completed his five-year term. Dilley was chairman of Arup�s Europe region.


The U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit promoting a sustainable built environment, has named Scot Horst to the new position of senior vice president, LEED. Horst is a partner at 7group, a green-building consultant in Kutztown, Pa.

Peter Gertler is chairman of Kansas City engineer-contractor HNTB’s new high-speed rail practice. Elizabeth Rao assumes Gertler’s former role of national public transit services chair. Rao joins HNTB from the Denver Regional Transportation District, where she was assistant general manager, planning and development.


In the March 9 issue, the name of Milo E. Riverso, new president of STV Inc., was misspelled.