Meet K. Grace Viger – Mechanical Engineering
Grace is a mechanical engineer with a passion for public transit. During her 5 years with Wendel, she has taken on the position of Equipment Specialist, working on bus maintenance facilities throughout the US on renovations, upgrades and new builds. She enjoys collaborating with facility staff to create solutions, from bus washes, bus lifts, compressed air systems, gasoline and diesel systems, fluid lubrication distribution systems to general tools and equipment throughout their maintenance bays. Grace’s goal is to work from ideas to installation alongside the end users and equipment vendors to provide the best options for their facility. She also specializes in plumbing and fire protection system design and engineering, performing system layouts, calculations and product selections.
- Grace recently moved back to the quaint Village of East Aurora, NY, where she grew up.
- Grace enjoys many outdoor activities; backwoods camping, canoeing and fishing to name a few.
- Working on bus maintenance garage design is right up her ally, as she loves working on her own vehicles at home. She is also in the process of fully renovating her house!
- Grace and her husband were married on 2/29/2020- Leap Year Day! We’ll look forward to celebrating their “first” anniversary in 4 years.
Wendel provided architecture and engineering services for the design and construction of a new operations and maintenance facility that houses forty buses with room for future expansion. Wendel also provided site selection and master planning services as part of the design work. The City of Augusta utilized a Construction Management (CM) delivery method for the bidding and construction of the new facility. Wendel provided construction administration services to verify that the construction followed all required Federal Transit Authority (FTA) regulations, plans and contract documents. Construction was completed in the summer of 2019.
Meet Jeana Stright – Architecture
Jeana is an architect and has been with Wendel for 9 years, working mostly on transit projects. She enjoys creating positive images for bus transportation through architecture. Her projects respond to the client’s functional needs as well as incorporating sustainable design principles to create dynamic employee spaces while enhancing the communities that they are in. Maintenance facilities especially have reputations for being dark and dingy places. We are seeking to change those perceptions and show how modern maintenance facilities can be great places to work while still staying on budget. Jeana’s experience ranges from conceptual design through construction and loves working with clients to make sure each project responds to their needs.
- Jeana has a B.Arch from Virginia Tech and enjoys going back to visit the school.
- She loves baking and experimenting in the kitchen. Her coworkers in Alexandria aren’t always so happy with the baked goods showing up in the office.
- Enjoys being in the DC area, especially the access to public transportation. Even as a child, she would ride the bus to the library with her grandparents or ride metro into the “big city”.
- Jeana also enjoys traveling for work and for fun, this is good since her projects take her all over the country.
- When not working, traveling, or baking in the kitchen, Jeana enjoys spending time with family and being outside.
Wendel provided complete design for a new 280,000 sf bus maintenance and storage facility. The new facility is located on a large open site that provides excellent opportunities for an efficient arrangement of building, parking, and site circulation. The facility includes interior bus servicing, storage and maintenance for 50 full size buses, 50 paratransit vehicles and covered employee parking.
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Meet John Keegan – Architecture
John has 15 years of experience in architecture and has been with Wendel for 8 years. His area of expertise is construction administration. He enjoys managing the bidding process, working through the logistics of construction and collaborating with a team to problem solve field issues.
John is also a proud member of the Happy Office Committee in Richmond and enjoys planning fun and creative games for his officemates.
- Grew up in Albany, NY and has lived in Virginia for 16 years
- Has 8 year old twin sons and loves playing sports with them in his free time.
- Loves craft beer. Has never met a beer he doesn’t like.
- Went to Virginia Tech for graduate school and is a huge Hokie football fan.
Wendel’s Richmond office
Our office relocated to the 7th floor of a downtown high-rise building. The goal was to create a flexible space to support a collaborative culture. An open breakroom and conference rooms include integrated technology allowing easy communication between multiple Wendel offices, as well as supporting client interface.
Open workstations with low panels encourage communication throughout the studio. The design library provides ample project layout and storage space. The use of company colors throughout the office reinforces the Wendel brand.
Meet Bradley Moery, EIT, CDT – Water /Wastewater Engineering
Brad serves as a Water/Wastewater Engineer in the Williamsville office and has been with Wendel for almost a year. He has already worked on a variety of projects for both small and large clients. Prior to working for Wendel, Brad worked in Oklahoma as a project engineer for one of the largest contractors in the water/wastewater industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
- Brad grew up in the Oklahoma City area but has now been in Western New York for about 2 years.
- He met his wife at a Tough Mudder event, and moved with her to New York about 3 weeks after their wedding.
- Most of his spare time is spent in the outdoors and hanging out with his 135 pound Newfoundland, Gus.
- Brad loves to travel and has been to every state, except for Delaware and Alaska.
Medina WWTP Phase 1 Improvements
The Village of Medina (NY) was forced to declare a public health emergency following the failure of 4 of their 6 Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs); their main secondary system biological treatment process. Medina is a small village along the Erie Canal in Orleans County, and their combined sewage Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is designed to handle an average flow of 4.5 MGD. Much of the equipment in the Village of Medina WWTP is at the end of its useful life and is either failing due to age or experiencing increased maintenance requirements. The Village received financial assistance from the NYSEFC and was able to bundle various recommended plant upgrades with the required upgrades. Wendel was able to expeditiously put together design plans and prioritize the improvements, grouping them into three phases. Constant communication with NYSEFC throughout the design and construction process was paramount to keeping the project moving and funding flowing to the Village. The Phase 1 construction was completed in January, and the Village now once again has 6 functioning RBCs. The Wendel team is now in the design phase for the second phase of improvements to the Village of Medina WWTP. What started as an emergency project to replace an old faulty secondary treatment system has blossomed into site-wide improvements that will leave the plant in great condition for years to come.
Meet Elizabeth Colvin – Senior Project Manager
Elizabeth is a Project Manager working out of Wendel’s Williamsville and Buffalo offices, and has been with the firm for nearly 12 years. Liz has a very diverse project portfolio that spans the public transit, private development, healthcare, and transportation/civil client sectors, wherein she has managed a wide range of different projects. Some of her favorites include the transition of Wendel’s own headquarters to its current Williamsville location, the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center, Additions and Renovations at Degraff Memorial Hospital, and Harter Secrest and Emery LLP’s Buffalo headquarters. Most recently, she’s excited to be a part of M&T’s Tech Hub at Seneca One. Liz enjoys the challenge of balancing such a wide portfolio and building relationships by working closely with her teams as well as project stakeholders, for whom she becomes a trusted advisor.
- Liz was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York #livenf
- Alumnus of SUNY Brockport
- Chairwoman of Women’s Leadership Initiative of WNY Urban Land Institute #wnywli
- Loves good food, and great company
- When not at work, she can be found spending time with her 6 year old daughter Nina coaching the St. Peter’s RC School cheerleaders.
Praxair Innovation Center
The objective of this project was to create an incubation space for this industrial client that would provide a variety of flexible meeting spaces that encourage collaboration to problem solve, review and grow ideas. This was done by converting an industrial laboratory space at Praxair’s Technology Center in Tonawanda, NY into an exciting, flexible and inspiring space showcasing state-of-the-art technology, appealing to users and facilitating collaborative teamwork. The 9,000sf Innovation Center celebrates the building’s heritage with exposed structure and utilities, juxtaposed with modern elements introduced through the use of color and texture. To meet the client’s vision for this space, blue and red are primary colors utilized in several elements. Blue to create focused areas of serenity and peace, promoting a relaxed, soothing atmosphere; Red to stimulate and excite, creating zones of movement and energy. Wall and carpet materials strategically locate color nodes, with segments of color reaching out to draw people into these flexible collaboration zones. Flexibility is a key priority, achieved with movable furniture, planters and white boards. Furniture selections provide variety for different meeting sizes, privacy requirements, formality and technological needs. The space can rapidly be configured for large town-hall style presentations with full AV capabilities. Programmable, color changing LED lights are incorporated to allow ambiance flexibility in the space.
Meet Ken Prol, AIA, NCARB – Senior Architect
Ken serves as the Regional Office Leader for the Alexandria, VA office and has been with Wendel for over 10 years. His focus as a Senior Project Architect is in the public transit sector where he has worked on projects from Massachusetts to Florida, varying in size and complexity. He has an Associate Degree from Alfred State and a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech.
- Ken grew up in Northern New Jersey and Central New York and has now been in the D.C. area for over 12 years.
- He served in the Army National Guard for 8 years and was deployed to Tikrit, Iraq from 2004-2005.
- He is recently engaged and his fiancé is also an architect. Together, they have a Miniature Schnauzer who loves hiking with them.
- He spends some of his spare time volunteering as a run leader for a local chapter of Team RWB – a veteran’s group.
East Pasco Fleet/Transit Facility
Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) was struggling with an undersized operations and maintenance facility that failed to accommodate the current capacity of county staff and assets. The county received $3.5 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration in order to construct a new Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility for PCPT, to be developed on a new 25-acre site. The Wendel design team was brought in to design the new facility, and in early March of 2017 began coordination and consultation with Pasco County representatives toward the creation of a master plan for the undeveloped site. The new facility was designed to include six (6) service bays, with the capacity to accommodate up to ten (10) additional bays as demand for service increases. Multiple progress meetings were held to inform key stakeholders and county representatives of the plan’s development throughout the following months. While the master plan is based on the future establishment of a shared-use facility between PCPT, Pasco Utilities and the Department of Public Works, Wendel designed the plan in such a way that each facility could stand alone if necessary. The Wendel design team utilized the site’s existing pond, situating the facility nearby and using it as a stormwater management feature, while retaining and enhancing as much of the greenery on site as possible. Designs included HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire safety. Equipment process systems were also detailed in the design process.
Meet Sheila Ransbottom, P.E. – Civil Engineer
Sheila has more than 24 years of experience in the Civil/Transportation/Environmental fields in Western New York. She has worked on projects with numerous local villages, towns and cities, as well as state agencies such as Thruway Authority and Department of Transportation. Her areas of expertise include project management, transportation engineering and planning, public participation, traffic analysis, utility coordination and environmental assessments/coordination.
- Sheila started her professional career at Wendel – after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, she spent 4 years here in the Transportation Group.
- She and her husband Mike met in their Differential Equations class at the University of Pittsburgh. They have two kids – Mark, 20, studying Bioengineering at Syracuse University, and Rachel, 17, a senior in high school.
- Favorite vacation spots include Disney World, Outer Banks, Jamaica and Cozumel.
- Grew up in Allegany, NY (Cattaraugus County) and now lives in Lancaster.
Village of Lancaster West Main Street Road Extension Project
Wendel was hired by the Village of Lancaster to provide planning, engineering and construction services on this Empire State Development funded project. This project will help improve connectivity and enhance the economic viability of the Central Business District (CBD).
The current West Main Street will be extended through an existing vacant parking lot restoring an historic connection between Central Avenue and Aurora Street. Engineering and design will address a drastic street grade change and relocation of utilities to result in a more walkable and ADA-compliant thoroughfare. Re-establishing the historic street grid will enable new economic development opportunities for infill and mixed-use buildings that will recreate the urban fabric of the CBD. Additionally, the area will become more bikeable and walkable, provide for better traffic flow. New lighting, streetscape enhancements, and wayfinding signage will enhance the vibrancy of this area, creating a destination for residents and visitors.
Meet Robert Krzyzanowski – Director of Emergency Services
As the Director of Emergency Services for Wendel, home of the award winning Five Bugles Design, Robert oversees all emergency services construction projects from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting. He has over 20 years of experience working on public projects, has been involved in more than 25 fire station projects in the past three years and over 70 during his career. Robert has an Associate’s Degree in Drafting and Design Technology from Minnesota State College Southeast and has taken a lead role in expanding Wendel’s Master Builder Approach to the Midwest.
- Robert was born in Thorp, WI and still lives there to this day.
- He is married to his wonderful wife Michelle and has three children: Kayla (22), Madisyn (19) and Mason (7).
- His life has been a blur of days in the gymnasium watching his kids play various sports or on baseball and softball fields. As well as donating quite a bit of time raising funds to support local athletes on the Thorp Athletic Booster Club.
- Between the Brewers, Packers and Wisconsin Badger games, Robert spends his free time on the lake ice fishing in the winter, boating in the summer and just relaxing there when possible. He also spends the months of October and November in the woods bow hunting whenever he can.
The City of Chippewa Falls Central Fire Station
The City of Chippewa Falls selected Five Bugles Design to provide a comprehensive G.I.S. Site Selection Study as well as Architectural Design Services for the City’s new Central Fire Station. Located on the City’s east side, its location with immediate access to two highways provided the opportunity to adequately serve the growth on the South side of Chippewa, but also reach the industrial park on the City’s North side.
A large bronze bell is proudly displayed at the front of the station. This bell was forged in 1882 and was used by citizens and firefighters when smoke or fire was detected as an alarm system. The departments crest was also cast into stone medallions and installed into the station’s exterior. Finally, a bronze sculpture is showcased in the lobby which symbolizes the front line of action. The structure features 6 drive-through apparatus bays, a training center, kitchen, dining room, exercise room and more.
Meet Michael C. Galley, PMP, Associate Principal – Senior Construction/Project Manager
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the Architecture and Construction Management fields. His area of expertise is in Construction/Project Management. Michael has an A.A.S. in Architecture from Erie Community College and is a certified PMP.
- Mike was born in Buffalo, NY
- He is married to his wife Shannon and has four children: Chelsea (23- who is in architecture as well), Colin (12), Aidan (11), and Evan (7).
- When he is not working, Mike and his whole family train in Tae Kwon Do. They also spend as much time as possible traveling in their travel trailer visiting different places, going kayaking, biking and hiking.
Wendel was commissioned to build a new flagship store for the local Dash’s Markets. The project consisted of demolition of multiple buildings, working on a zero lot line site and building next to the operating store just 17 feet away. The result is a one-of-a-kind two story supermarket in a city setting. The first floor houses the market, a market side café, prepared foods area, pasta and sushi bar. The second floor contains a public eating area with two fireplaces, a library and an outdoor balcony to enjoy on sunny days. In addition, it has two community rooms for private parties or yoga classes. The result is a one of a kind building that will continue the Dash family’s legacy here in Buffalo, NY for generations to come.
Meet Sandra Arismendi, Associated AIA, MA, LEED AP BD+C
Sandra has more than 25 years of experience in Architecture. Her areas of expertise include programming, conceptual design through production, and project execution. As a lead designer, she sets, directs and monitors the quality of the architectural aesthetic. Sandra has a Professional Architect’s degree with a master’s in urban developments and a Ph.D. Research Proficiency from the University Politecnic of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
As Project Architect, she understands and manages the multiple variables present in the design process, including developing solutions and finding strategies to solve project issues. She is responsible for overseeing the coordination of the consultant on each team. She assists in developing the skills of the firm’s professional staff throughout the design process. Her design expertise and LEED BD+C accreditation provide the firm with critical elements for successful sustainable, contextual, and aesthetically appropriate projects.
- Born in Colombia, has been in the US since 2000
- Married to a wonderful man named Juan with 2 girls, Paloma: 19-years old and Isabella: 10-years old
- Passionate about family, design and traveling the world.
- Her spare time is dedicated to design residential projects and interiors
I-95 Chatham County Welcome Center
Located on southbound I-95 in Chatham County, Georgia, this project consists of the demolition of the existing center, and construction of a new Welcome Center and parking. The facility remained operational during construction by installation of temporary trailers.
The Welcome Center was designed with accessibility for all visitors in mind, including landscaping and hardscaping, picnic shelters, and landscape. The main interior spaces contain an exhibit area, large banks of toilet rooms, administrative areas and a vending area. The architectural aesthetic of the Center is reflective of the coastal region represented in this region. Durability, ease of maintenance and energy water conservation were incorporated into the final design.
Meet John O. Revette, PE, BCEE – Sr. Wastewater Engineer
John Revette, PE, has more than 15 years of experience in water and wastewater engineering. His areas of expertise include planning, evaluation, design, and construction administration of municipal water and wastewater projects with a specific focus on enhanced nutrient removal for wastewater facilities. John has a B.S. from Clarkson University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia. He is also an active member of the Water Environment Federation.
- Born in Central NY, John is the middle child of 5 kids (two brothers two sisters)
- He now has 4 kids of his own (two boys, 2 girls, ages 7, 5, 3, 1)
- He spent about 9 years in the Washington DC metro area before moving back to CNY 6 years ago.
- When he’s not working, he can be found making repairs to his “fixer upper house” he recently moved into.
Village of Endicott WPCP Digester & Sludge
Wendel was retained to evaluate opportunities to increase revenues associated with septage hauling and also maximize the production and use of their biogas from their anaerobic digestion system. Through a preliminary design evaluation it was determined that the best course of action was to abandon their existing in vessel composting system and replace with a biosolids drying system. The drying system will utilize excess biogas to reduce reliance on natural gas and to maximize the use of their biogas. The plant will optimize the use of its existing infrastructure, rehabilitate existing digesters to maximize biogas, increase revenue and continue to produce a class biosolid for beneficial reuse through drying.
The project included the following design components:
- Digester Mixing System Replacement
- Biogas Storage System
- Digester Cover Replacement
- Biosolids Drying System (utilizing excess Biogas)
- Septage Receiving Station
- Plant Water System
- Electrical Distribution System Modifications
Meet Julie Le – Civil Engineer
Julie is a Civil Engineer with specialized experience in water resources management. Her knowledge of the water/wastewater treatment processes, environmental compliance, and ArcGIS modelling allows her to participate in all phases of a project, from initial investigation, treatment system engineering analysis and design, through the environmental reviews and permitting, to bidding and construction. Recent experience includes Integrated Capital and Energy projects for various water and wastewater treatment plants improvements, GIS services, chemical process design and anaerobic digestion to gas system analysis.
- Born in Vietnam and has been in the US since 2008.
- Loves cooking and watching food shows.
- First and only engineer in her family.
- Her sister is 18 years, 11 months, and 28 days younger than her!
- Her goal is to travel the world and try different kinds of cuisines.
Erie County Water Authority – Van de Water Residuals Dewatering and Processing Study
The residuals processing facilities at the Van De Water Treatment Plant (VDWTP) condition the residuals through a series of processes that include chemical addition, settling, decanting, and mechanical dewatering. Much of the existing equipment is nearing the end of its useful life. The maintenance effort associated with this equipment has increased over the years and some equipment requires significant attention to maintain operation. Wendel was retained by the ECWA to evaluate the existing VDWTP residuals dewatering and processing facilities. At the end of the study, Wendel was able to make recommendations to the ECWA to optimize the existing equipment and upgrade the residuals processing facilities with new equipment to provide greater operational flexibility and redundancy. From the study, the ECWA is able to plan ahead future capital improvement projects related to the VDWTP residuals treatment system. This project was also approved for a 50% cost shared grant from NYSERDA FlexTech Program in the effort of improving the energy and operating efficiency in their facilities. Julie was a guest speaker at the 2018 AWWA Tifft Symposium and the 2018 WNYWWA Spring Meeting to present on the ECWA Van de Water Residuals Dewatering and Processing Study.
Meet Alan Giantomaso – Principal – Energy Services
Alan is a Senior Vice President at Wendel responsible for developing and overseeing projects in Long Island and Connecticut Offices. He is on the Board of Directors, is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is an officer of the company as Treasurer. He has been with Wendel for 13 years and has over 40 years of experience, twenty-six of which are specifically in the Energy Efficiency field. Mr. Giantomaso has a diverse background that includes a heavy emphasis on Operational Management and Business Development.
• Born in Astoria, Queens, NY and moved to Long Island with his family at age 8.
• Married to a wonderful woman named Joanne.
• Has an 18 year old daughter named Jaclyn and a 16 year old son named Nicholas.
• Favorite vacation was a two week tour of Italy with his wife.
• Was a drummer in a rock band in college and was offered a job as a studio musician (which he turned down because he didn’t want to violate his loyalty to his bandmates!)
Yale University – Energy Services Project
Wendel was selected by the University to evaluate 21 buildings for energy conservation improvements and developed a multi-year project that would achieve Yale’s energy savings goals within a predetermined budget. Wendel’s team explored a wide range of facilities including dormitories, gymnasiums, libraries, laboratories, collections spaces, offices, classrooms and lecture halls. These investigations included all energy consuming systems, such as HVAC systems, lighting, domestic water, process equipment, and plug loads.
The Comprehensive Energy Audits include over 600 energy conservation measures (ECMs) within the following categories:
• Lighting and Occupancy Sensor Upgrades
• Building Envelope Improvements
• HVAC Controls
• HVAC Equipment
• Laboratory Ventilation
• Heat Recovery
• Steam Trap Improvements and Insulation
• Motor Replacements
• Water Conservation
Meet Christian Creswell – Senior Associate Principal and Interior Designer
Christian provides our clients with sound design ideas coupled with a creative approach. She works to gain a thorough understanding of the client’s needs and is committed to providing the best design solutions. As a Partner in the Firm, Christian has served as Project Director for many of the Firm’s largest corporate projects. Due to Christian’s “even keeled” approach, hard work, and dedication, her projects are always successful. Our clients always tell us how much they enjoy working with her.
- Grew up in Richmond, VA
- Has twin 4 year old sons.
- Loves traveling and is always looking for the next destination.
- Favorite food is pizza and favorite city is New York.
This project involved converting an outdated traditional style suburban office building into a dynamic contemporary branch bank. Design elements incorporated the sleek “branch bank of the future” concept, where secure teller lines have given way to more of a floating personalized concierge style desk with casual customer seating. The design team used an exposed ceiling with special lighting, clean design lines, and bright finishes to impart an open fresh feel to the space. The oversized ceiling fan and large pendant lights add a fun and casual appeal.
The use of the color red as an accent was taken from the Bank’s logo to reinforce their Brand identity. The new tall glass entry serves as a lantern to signify access for customers approaching and allows a lot of a natural light into the bank interior.
Meet Stu Haney – CEO
Stu is our CEO! He’s an electrical engineer with degrees from the University at Buffalo and Alfred State College, and he has over 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, industrial power distribution, instrumentation and control systems design, as well as commercial and institutional power, telecom and control systems design. He attained a widespread engineering and design track record in Western New York in the commercial, industrial, municipal and institutional markets.
- Grew up in the Southtowns of Buffalo but now lives in Williamsville.
- Has earned his PE, PMP, and LEED AP.
- Middle child of 6 with two older brothers and three sisters.
- Fell in love with soccer and has been playing since age 15. He is a volunteer coach for the Amherst Soccer Association.
- Met his wife Michele in college and they have two children – Samm and Chris – both in their mid 20’s.
- Board Member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership & Buffalo Niagara International Gateway Organization.
- Past recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award and C-Level Executive Award.