Loring Announces 2023 Promotions

Continuing in the Loring tradition of recognizing and rewarding talent, Loring Consulting Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce our 2023 promotions, including three new principal-level promotions and group-level leadership changes. Oleksa P. Breslawec, PE, Miguel Gaspar, PE, LEED AP and Kalpak Karule, PE, CEM, CBCP, LEED AP have been promoted to Principal and Senior Vice President roles. Oleksa P. Breslawec, PE has over 35 years of experience in engineering design, building system controls, new technology integration, and building commissioning. Oleksa joined Loring’s Washington, DC office in 2016 and has overseen the design of millions of square feet of space for both the renovation and new construction of higher education facilities, institutional and commercial buildings. Miguel Gaspar, PE, LEED AP leads Loring’s Building Services Group, which specializes in K-12, residential and mixed-use buildings. Miguel joined Loring almost 10 years ago and has overseen numerous Design-Build projects, working closely with Owners and Development teams on successful projects ranging from ground-up construction, renovations and additions to infrastructure improvements. Kalpak Karule, PE, CEM, CBCP, LEED AP leads Loring’s Energy Services Group and has over 13 years of experience in engineering design, energy engineering, renewable energy, commissioning, and sustainability. He has extensive experience advising government agencies, and institutional and private clients, and developing strategies regarding energy utilization, incorporation of alternative energy technologies, and carbon footprint reduction in both new and existing buildings. Hallah Abodaff, PE, LEED AP, has assumed the role of Managing Principal of our Washington, DC office Ivan Zgombic, Vice President in our New York City office has been promoted to Facilities Design Group Leader. Edgar Eweka in our New York City office was promoted to Associate Vice President. Eric Wells, also in our New York City office was promoted to Senior Associate. Additionally, the following staff were promoted to Associate:
  • Eric Aanonsen, PE, New York City
  • Daniela Fox, EIT, Washington, DC
  • Jerome Frederick, New York City
  • Scott Girouard, Washington, DC
  • Chris Kang, PE, New York City
  • Ro Pamidi, Washington, DC
  • Sean Parslow, New York City
  • Dennis Ramos, New York City
  • Daniel Shank, EIT, New York City
  • Krishna Singhdangol, New York City
  • Lucas Smilios, New York City
  • Joshua Wiggs, EIT, Durham
“Each of these individuals has made unique contributions to the firm and continues to elevate Loring’s success through their ongoing hard work and dedication,” stated Chief Executive Officer Michael DesRochers. “We thank them for their dedication and commitment to the growth and success of Loring and our clients.”

Union Theological Seminary Project Wins ACEC NY Platinum Award

Loring is excited to announce that our Union Theological Seminary project has received a 2022-2023 Platinum ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Award (EEA) in the Building/Technology Systems category. The Union Theological Seminary is the oldest independent seminary in the United States. Its New York City campus consists of twelve buildings built circa 1910 in the collegiate Gothic style. A campus-wide Renewal Plan/Master Plan was developed to provide a mission-driven renovation to reinvigorate this treasured institution for current and future generations of students and faculty. At the core of this program was the delivery of state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, and sustainable mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and information technology systems to provide thermal comfort and modern amenities while preserving the historic architecture of the campus. The first phase included the renovation and revitalization of the main residential building, Hastings Hall, an 85,000-sf, 7-story, 130-bed facility. The new central utility plant incorporates high-efficiency (95%+) condensing boilers and ultra-high-efficiency water-cooled magnetic bearing chillers, coupled with new control systems that optimize energy performance and provide 30% energy savings while reducing the carbon footprint. The project was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and was completed on time and on budget, despite construction occurring amidst the pandemic. ACEC New York will honor the EEA Award recipients at the ACEC New York EEA Awards Gala on March 24, 2023. Thank you to Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, and Beyer Blinder Belle for allowing us to be a part of their project team and congratulations to all the award recipients! “The completion of Phase 1 accomplished the overall mission of the project–to provide UTS with a state-of-the-art facility that met sustainability goals, exceeded energy performance goals, and provides students and faculty with a modern, comfortable building that respects the treasured historic architecture,” says Steven J. Kenah, PE, President and Principal-in-Charge of the project. For more information on the ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards and this year's winners, visit ACEC New York. Click here for additional information on the Union Theological Seminary project on our website.

Michigan State Capitol Project Wins ACEC MW Honor Award

The American Council of Engineering Companies Metropolitan Washington (ACEC MW) Chapter has selected the Michigan State Capitol Infrastructure Upgrades and Below-Grade Heritage Hall project as an Honor Award Winner in the 2022-2023 ACEC MW Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. ACEC MW will honor the EEA Award recipients at the EEA Awards Gala on December 8, 2022, where three of the 16 Honor Award recipients will receive Grand Awards. This project will also advance into the National ACEC competition. [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.loringengineers.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/MichiganStateCapitol.SmallerSize.mp4"][/video] The Michigan State Capitol is a magnificent National Historic Landmark, designed by Elijah E. Myers, and dedicated on January 1, 1879. Loring was entrusted by the owner, Michigan State Capitol Commission and design-builder, The Christman Company to design MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) systems that would modernize the Capitol infrastructure and provide state-of-the-art systems to the new 40,000 sf underground visitor center, Heritage Hall. Careful planning and phased implementation of modern systems were essential to maintain full occupancy within the building during construction. Loring also worked with architects, EYP Architecture & Engineering P.C. in preserving the historic capitol, and with Quinn Evans Architects in designing the new Heritage Hall addition. A focal element of this project was creating a new 10,000 sf below-grade central utility plant that provides year-round heating and cooling to the Capitol building and Heritage Hall through carbon-free geothermal energy. Resilient and energy-efficient MEP system solutions provide significant life-cycle savings and allow the historic Michigan State Capitol to flourish for years to come. The Michigan State Capitol project has proven to be a success and has generated great enthusiasm for many visitors to the Capitol, and for the residents of Michigan. Heritage Hall serves as a welcoming venue for visitors of the Capitol and provides connectivity to the Capitol building, orientation spaces, rotating exhibits, and a 600-seat auditorium. “As a demonstration to all Michiganders, this project serves as a great example of the State’s emphasis and commitment to the incorporation of energy-efficient, sustainable, and carbon-reducing technologies into their buildings,” says Michael Galway, PE, LEED AP, CPD, Principal at Loring. For more information on the Michigan State Capitol project, click here or contact Hallah Abodaff, PE, LEED AP and J. Michael Galway, PE, LEED AP, CPD.

Oneil Gayle, PE Inducted into ACEC NY Board of Directors

Congratulations to Oneil Gayle, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CBCP, CEA, Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Loring Consulting Engineers for his induction into the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY) Chapter Board of Directors. ACEC NY inducted a new slate of officers and directors at the association’s annual meeting on June 1st, 2022. Oneil’s influence continues to extend beyond Loring to the industry and his community at large. We are proud of his dedication to enhance the future of engineering.

Commercial Observer’s National Healthcare Forum

At the Commercial Observer’s National Healthcare Forum held yesterday, Rahul Tikekar, PE,MS,MBA had the pleasure of participating in a one-on-one conversation with David Kontra, MBA, Senior Director of Real Estate at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s. The discussion included a variety of topics such as how the healthcare industry has changed since Covid-19, changing community needs, the need for a community healthcare presence, the latest technology in healthcare, decarbonization, current supply demands challenges, and much more. Thank you to all who joined this fascinating discussion and stopped by at Loring's table!

Stony Brook University Project Receives ACEC NY EEA Award

On April 19th, Loring was the recipient of a Platinum Award for the SUNY Stony Brook Research and Development Park Innovation and Discovery Center project at the 2022 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in the Building/Technology Systems category. As the name implies, the mission of the facility is to foster the spirit of science-driven innovation and discovery to allow entrepreneurs of “mezzanine” business pursuits to expand beyond incubator start-ups, to refine product development, and to attract venture capital investment. “The building is inherently forward-thinking to mirror its tenants and is recognized as a valuable platform to enable further development of critical research, allowing entrepreneurs to overcome upfront capital costs that would pose significant barriers to entry,” says Ivan Zgombic, PE, LEED AP, Vice President and Project Manager. Thank you to SUNY Stony Brook University and Mitchell Giurgola Architects, LLP for allowing us to be a part of their project team, and congratulations to all the award recipients!

Loring Celebrates 65 Years of Dedicated Service

This year, we celebrated our 65th anniversary of providing engineering services. Since our founding in 1956, we have prided ourselves on delivering comprehensive building and infrastructure systems design services for every building type while creating lasting relationships with our clients and partners. We look forward to working with our clients for years to come as we continue to provide a dedicated focus on providing high-value, smart engineering solutions tailored to optimize each client’s investment and long-term needs. Below is a short video of our accomplishments, involvement, and dedication over the years. Thank you for inspiring our work for 65 wonderful years! [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.loringengineers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Loring-65-Years_12.23.21-HD-1080p.mp4"][/video]

Loring Expands Mid-Atlantic Presence

Loring Consulting Engineers, Inc., a leading building systems design and energy consulting firm, announces the opening of two offices in Philadelphia, PA, and Gaithersburg, MD. The new locations expand Loring’s geographic reach through seven offices along the East Coast and in Toronto, Canada, giving the firm a strong local presence in high-growth markets for its commercial, healthcare, laboratory, higher education and historic restoration practices. Loring’s new offices will be supported by the expertise of its 175-deep, multi-disciplined team of mechanical and electrical, technology, commissioning and energy professionals. The group has provided engineering for some of the foremost educational, healthcare and cultural institutions, including: Columbia, Princeton and New York universities; Mount Sinai, NYU Langone and New York Presbyterian healthcare systems; the National Institutes of Health; and the Smithsonian Institution. Philadelphia: New Office, Old Friends No stranger to the Philadelphia market, Loring has a long history in the area, including projects for the University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, IBM, and various commercial office and retail clients. Currently, the firm is serving as prime consultant on a 100 million dollar mechanical upgrade at the Philadelphia Customs House for the General Services Administration. Design and construction on the 17-story historic building will be phased over several years to accommodate building occupants. Loring’s Philadelphia office, located in the heart of the city at One Liberty Place, will be led by Vincent Farese, PE, Principal-in-Charge of the firm’s Princeton, NJ office, and Randy Cook, PE, who recently joined Loring as Vice President. Vincent Farese, PE, a 30-plus year veteran of the firm, will maintain his oversight role in Princeton. He has extensive experience in historic restorations, recently winning a Building Design + Construction 2020 Reconstruction Gold Award and an ACEC NY 2021 Building / Technology Systems Platinum Award for the Wyoming State Capitol Rehabilitation and Restoration, and managing mechanical and electrical upgrades for the New Jersey Executive Statehouse Comprehensive Renovation and Historic Restoration in Trenton. In addition, Vincent was Principal-in-Charge on the celebrated Willow School Health, Wellness and Nutrition Center, a highly sustainable, Net-Zero Energy Building, which was awarded the Living Building Challenge designation by the International Living Future Institute. He will be actively involved in both offices. Randy Cook, PE, was the lead mechanical engineer on the Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital renovation, which included a patient bed tower and an 18 operating room expansion; the Center for Advanced Medicine for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; and the University Medical Center at Princeton, NJ. He also managed successful renovations for Capital Health in Ewing, NJ and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ. In the science and technology sector, he worked on a solid dosage pilot plant for Johnson & Johnson, a vivarium for Lundbeck, and a Fermentation Facility for Pfizer. Randy's extensive portfolio also includes facility infrastructure and commercial building systems design. Gaithersburg, MD: Beyond the Beltway Loring is branching out from its Washington, DC office to be better positioned to focus on research laboratories, healthcare, higher education and commercial opportunities along the I-270 Technology Corridor, from Bethesda to Frederick and northeast to Baltimore. The Maryland office, at 9711 Washingtonian Boulevard in Gaithersburg, will be managed by J. Michael Galway, one of two Principals in Loring’s Washington, DC office, and Vice President Moustapha Diack, PE who Loring welcomed to the team this summer. Joining forces, Michael and Moustapha bring extensive experience in mechanical and electrical systems design for many clients and building types, including government facilities, private development, historic restoration, healthcare, laboratories and educational facilities, commercial, mixed use, multifamily residential and light industrial facilities. Michael Galway, PE, oversaw the mechanical engineering design for the award-winning Wyoming State Capitol and the Michigan State Capitol, as well as for the new National Law Enforcement Museum in the District. He has provided peer review consulting to NASA, performed numerous quality assurance and quality controls for the GSA and the NIH, and is leading the mechanical design for both the Smithsonian Institution and GSA’s Philadelphia Custom House. Galway will continue to co-lead the DC office with Hallah Abodaff, PE, taking on an expanded role in the day-to-day management there. On the electrical engineering side, Moustapha Diack, PE, provided design for the UNCF headquarters in Washington DC, the Under Armour Overflo office in Tide Point, Baltimore, and the Moving Beyond the Earth exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in DC. He oversaw the design for the Carrol County Community Center, and several laboratory designs at the NIH. He is a member of both the electrical and green Task Advisory Groups that review the respective codes for adoption by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. “While Loring has been entrenched across the Mid-Atlantic region for over 50 years, a local presence in these two exciting markets affords us greater immediacy and accessibility in serving our local clients there,” says Oneil Gayle, Loring’s Chief Operating Officer.

Modular Buildings

Loring has extensive experience designing mechanical, electrical, and low-voltage systems for prefabricated modular buildings. Modular buildings have the potential to significantly reduce disruption to sites by shortening active construction timelines. We have worked with multiple fabricators to seamlessly coordinate services with utility and site conditions, as well as the integration of each individual prefabricated module to ensure the projects are executed successfully. Citizen Care Pod In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Loring teamed up with design and construction professionals to repurpose shipping containers into portable virus testing centres. The pod was designed to be fully customizable to fit each client’s needs and was outfitted with the capabilities to enable turnkey mobile COVID-19 testing across North America. US Embassy in Central Asia Loring provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and telecommunications engineering design services for a new 60,000 SF Embassy that incorporated stringent HVAC and security requirements. The telecommunications design was comprised of highly redundant cabling infrastructures. The project was executed as a design/build and was of modular construction with the modules built in the US and shipped to Asia for assembly on-site. Modular Office Building The University of Toronto Mississauga was looking to build a modular office building that would be fabricated offsite, shipped, and assembled on-site to minimize disruption on campus. The new building was designed to accommodate the campus police and hospitality departments, so there were a number of security and circulation considerations. Additional coordination was conducted for systems mating at module seams, and services such as voice/data cabling, piping, ductwork, drainage, and conduit. Water Treatment Plant The new water treatment plant will serve a new community for the Hiawatha First Nations. The project consisted of two phases – phase one was the design of the prefabricated water treatment plant, and phase two was the design of the site services including power distribution for the well pumps, outdoor backup power equipment including a diesel generator and ATS, and an outdoor dehumidification unit for the treatment plant. Loring worked with the enclosure fabricator and the site services contractor to ensure all services were coordinated when the enclosure was delivered to the site. Radiology Pod Loring partnered with an industrial manufacturer to develop a modular radiology pod to bridge downtime at hospitals when MRI machines were being upgraded. MRI machine upgrades can potentially take months to complete, resulting in significant downtime and loss in revenue. Loring designed the MEP systems so they could be easily assembled and disassembled to move the radiology pod from hospital to hospital to increase its productiveness and use. For additional information, please contact Nigel Bastiampillai, P. Eng., Principal at Loring.

Revitalization of the Historic CORE

The Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle) and the Arts and Industries Building (AIB) have welcomed multitudes of visitors for more than 150 years. These buildings have embraced artifacts, curiosities, science laboratories, lecture halls, libraries, art galleries, and so much more. Over their lifetimes, both buildings have experienced numerous changes — accommodating expanding collections, evolving to meet public needs, and surviving fires and earthquakes. EYP-Loring LLC, a joint venture between EYP and Loring Consulting Engineers, is honored to work with the Smithsonian Institution to provide design and engineering support to modernize these historic structures for the 21st century. The Revitalization of the Historic Core project (the RoHC) includes the Castle, the AIB, and a new underground central utility plant. Once complete, the RoHC will honor and protect architectural treasures while providing a visitor experience that promotes the Smithsonian's vision to engage, inspire, and impact the nation and the world. Building Facts • 259,000 SF Modernization • 185,000 SF New Construction • New Central Utility Plant • National Historic Landmarks The Castle Constructed between 1847 and 1855 and designed by James Renwick, Jr., the Castle is the museum system's oldest building. Serving as the public's doorway to, and the symbol of, the Smithsonian Institution, the Castle is home to administrative offices and a visitor information center. The modernization work will preserve the building's picturesque exterior silhouette while restoring the principal interior spaces to their early 20th-century splendor and architectural significance. The team will also completely replace the building systems, upgrade windows, and provide structural reinforcement to protect against seismic events. Arts and Industries Building The AIB was designed by Adolf Cluss and Paul Schulze to house the National Museum's rapidly growing collections. Opened in 1881, the AIB is the nation's best-preserved example of 19th-century World's Fair or exposition architecture. Since 2015, the Smithsonian has used the building for special events, but after the team completes the full interior building rehabilitation, the AIB will reopen to the general public. New Central Utility Plant The project also includes a large below-grade addition to provide space for a new central utility plant that will supply the Castle and AIB and allow for future connection to other Smithsonian museums on South Campus. The addition will expand the existing loading facilities and include new spaces for critical support areas to serve the Castle and AIB. Infrastructure for storage, maintenance, and modern mechanical equipment will be located in the below-ground space so visitors can enjoy these historic buildings as they were intended. For additional information, please contact: J. Michael Galway, PE, LEED AP BD+C Hallah Abodaff, PE, LEED AP