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Leggette, Brashears & Graham Inc., a professional groundwater and environmental engineering services firm based in Shelton, Conn., has hired Karen Benson as an associate. She will be based in the firm's Upper Saddle River, N.J., office.

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The company has also named Sean Groszkowski as senior associate. He will be based in the firm's White Plains, N.Y., office. Groszkowski's duties include managing projects across a wide spectrum of environmental disciplines.

Partner Engineering and Science Inc. has hired Kevin Schmitt as technical director of building sciences, investment advisory group, at the firm's New York office.

Ware Malcomb, Edison, N.J., has promoted Michael Bennett to regional director of the New Jersey office.

Daniel P. Huttenlocher, dean of computing and information sciences at Cornell University, has been named vice provost and founding dean of the Cornell/Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's planned tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The university has also announced that Cathy Dove, associate dean in Cornell's College of Engineering, will co-lead the new campus as vice president and that Craig Gotsman, a professor at Technion, will serve as the founding director.

STV Inc., New York, has hired Norbert Young as senior vice president. He will lead the project controls group at the firm's construction management division. The firm has also hired Joe A. Hastey as senior vice president and director of corporate development.


Anthony Buscema has been appointed as special assistant to Joseph Ramaglia, the business manager of District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Ernest Castellana has been appointed business representative of Local Union 24, and Charlie Nieves as director of servicing.

Jay Badame of Tishman Construction Corp., an AECOM company, and David Pinter of Zwicker Electric and National Electrical Contractors Association, New York City chapter, have been elected as co-chairmen of the Building Trades Employers' Association.

Peckar & Abramson, New York, has appointed Steven M. Charney as chairman of the firm.

Grassi & Co., New York, has named Chuck Schwartz president of its technology consulting division. His duties include leading the division in new areas, including not-for-profit, health care and logistics. The firm has also hired Frank Vitale as marketing director. In this role, he will focus on developing marketing and business development strategies.

Anthony P. Schirripa has been elected to the national board of directors of the American Institute of Architects by the delegates to the AIA of New York State. He will serve on the board until the close of the 2014 annual meeting. Schirripa is the chairman and CEO of Mancini-Duffy/TSC, New York.

Ted Moudis, founder and senior principal of Ted Moudis Associates, New York, was honored with the Visionary Award by the New York City chapter of the International Facilities Management Association for exhibiting outstanding leadership as well as support of IFMA and the industry at large. Moudis received the award at the association's 30th Annual Awards of Excellence Dinner.

VIP Structures Inc., Syracuse, N.Y., has hired Janel Lunkenheimer as an administrative assistant.

Stalco Construction Inc., Islandia, N.Y., has promoted Joseph M. Serpe to vice president. His responsibilities include overall management of the firm's construction operations and supervision of the firm's project management and superintendent staff. He will also be responsible for management of selected projects as executive project manager and for mentorship of junior project management personnel.


John M. Dionisio has been elected chairman of the New York Building Congress, succeeding Peter A. Marchetto, president of Tishman Construction Corp. Dionisio is currently chairman and CEO of AECOM, New York.

Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, has named Phillip Girandola director, ports & marine-northeast, and James Murray has been named a senior supervising project controls manager in the firm's East Windsor, N.J., office. In his new position, Murray will serve as project controls manager for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's Interchange 6 to 9 Widening Program. Also, James Monsees, senior vice president and technical director for underground structures at Parsons Brinckerhoff, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Tunnels & Tunnelling International magazine. Monsees was recognized for his extensive contributions to the tunneling industry, both in technical accomplishment and as an inspiration to future tunnelers.

Perkins Eastman, New York, has hired Damian Besculides as associate principal.


Thornton Tomasetti, New York, has appointed Ahmed Al Hashimi as vice president of the company's Middle East division, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Al Hashimi is a chartered structural engineer who will help expand the firm's business in the region. Thornton Tomasetti has also opened a new office in Denver. The office will offer building structure services, construction support, property loss consulting and building performance practices.

The Long Island Contractors' Association has appointed Dan Perkins as manager of public affairs. He will serve as liaison to federal, state and local elected officials and to governmental and agency representatives involved in funding, regulating and approving infrastructure projects.

Fletcher Thompson, New York, has hired Christopher "Kip" McMahan as principal of the firm's New York and Rhode Island offices.

Kideney Architects, Buffalo, N.Y., has hired Timothy E. Kupinski as an associate in the role of design architect.

Bendheim, Passaic, N.J., has hired Anna C. Murray as a sales account manager, responsible for architectural and design accounts in New York City.

Sweetwater Construction Corp., Cranbury, N.J., has hired David Kristjanson as director of business development.

Aragon Construction, New York, has hired Daniel Capozzi as director of operations. He previously served as the general superintendent of the firm. He has worked at Aragon for more than a decade.

WSP Flack + Kurtz, New York, has promoted Frank Muscarella to senior vice president. Muscarella is also the assistant department head for the firm's New York HVAC practice and previously served as vice president. He has more than 17 years of experience with the company in the design of mechanical systems for a wide range of project types.

Mace, New York, has hired Greg Parker as managing director of cost consultancy for North America. His duties include delivering cost consultancy to owners, investors and builders of real estate nationwide.

Adam Moore, an associate at KBE Building Corp., Farmington, Conn., has earned Certified Construction Manager designation from the Construction Management Association of America. Also, Tyler McIntyre, a project engineer in KBE's Columbia, Md., office, has achieved LEED Accredited Professional-Building Design & Construction certification.


Kevin McCormick, senior estimator for Skanska USA's New Jersey office, has been selected as president for the Newark and Suburban Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He brings 17 years of construction and architecture experience to the position.

Jerry Guillorn will take on the newly created role of executive vice president, sales, of M+W U.S. Inc.'s Mt. Laurel, N.J., life sciences global account management group. In his new role, Guillorn will be responsible for developing and leading the account management team in generating revenue and profits aligned with the firm's growth plan for its life sciences market segment.

Viking Construction, Bridgeport, Conn., has won a merit award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut for his role as general contractor on the $21.6-million Westwood mixed-income housing development in Stamford, Conn.

Tyco, Princeton, N.J., has hired Rajeev Arora as senior director of the vertical markets, transportation department. In this global role, Arora will work with the regional products and services teams to define strategy and accelerate profitable growth in the transportation vertical market.


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