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, 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, whom 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, educational facilities, commercial, mixed-use, multifamily residential, and light industrial facilities.
Michael 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 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.