Wier & Associates, Arlington, Texas, has elevated Carlo Silvestri to president. A principal of the engineering firm since 2004, he joined in 1993, beginning as an engineering intern. Silvestri was cited by ENR/Texas&Louisiana in its Top 20 Under 40 list in 2011.
Mike Meyers is set to join contractor McCarthy Holdings Inc. as vice president of operations in its central division, following the completion of its purchase of Castle Contracting LLC, of which he is chief operating officer. The firms, both privately held and based in St. Louis, announced the planned purchase on Aug. 12. No purchase price or deal completion date were announced, but Castle will become a standalone subsidiary, they say.
Steven B. Lesser has been named chairman of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, a 6,000-member group of global construction attorneys. He is chairman of the construction law and litigation practice at Becker & Poliakoff, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., firm with about 170 attorneys, and last year was named a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. The Forum will hold its annual fall meeting in Chicago on Oct. 16-17.
Brad Schrock, Tom Waggoner, George Heinlein, William Johnson, Tracy Stearns and Chris Trainer, senior principals at Kansas City-based 360 Architecture, are set to join design firm HOK in as yet undisclosed senior positions, following the latter’s Aug. 19 announcement that it has agreed to acquire the former. 360 Architecture, which has 180 employees, is a sport facility design specialist. St. Louis-based HOK ranks at No. 36 on ENR's list of the Top 500 Design Firms, with $409 million in 2013 revenue. It had spun off its sports practice in 2008 but now is re-entering the sports and entertainment design markets, the firm says. The acquisition is set for completion by the end of October, says HOK.
Woods Hole Group, Inc., a Falmouth, Mass., environmental consultant, has elevated Robert P. "Bob" Hamilton Jr. to president, succeeding Dennis Aubrey in that role. Hamilton had been vice president of business development; Aubrey remains CEO
Neal Forshner has joined TranSystems, Kansas City, as northeast regional vice president, based in New York City. He had been northeast region senior vice president at AECOM and is the incoming chairman of the New York Metro chapter of the American Council of Engineering Cos. .
Jeffrey J. Garriga is named principal and director of technology at Finegold Alexander + Associates, a 52-year-old Boston architecture practice responsible for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., along with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
Michael Baker International LLC, a Moon Township, Pa.-based architecture and engineering firm, has named Timothy J. Bond vice president and managing director-in-charge of the company’s Middle East and North Africa division based in Abu Dhabi. He most recently served as managing director of WS Atkins & Partners’ Saudi Arabia division. Michael Baker is No. 26 on ENR's Top 500 Design Firms list.
John W. Braccio has been promoted to president and CEO of Wright-Pierce, a Topsham, Maine-based water, wastewater and infrastructure engineering firm. Formerly senior vice president in charge of wastewater engineering for southern New England, he succeeds William E. Brown, who remains chairman. Brown had been CEO since 2002 of the firm, which has 200 employees in seven offices in the northeast U.S.
Newport Beach, Calif. named Mark Vukojevic deputy public works director and city engineer. He previously served as city engineer for Anaheim, Calif.
Michael L. Montandon, a three-term mayor of North Las Vegas, Nev. from 1997–2009, has joined DC Building Group, a Las Vegas building contractor, as vice president of business development and government affairs.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., named nuclear engineer and retired General Electric Co. Vice Chairman X. George Xu as the school’s Edward E. Hood Jr. Endowed Chair of Engineering.
John F. Travassos was promoted to vice president of operations for Burke Construction Group, a Las Vegas general contractor. He previously led the company’s west, southwest and upper mid-west divisions.