Meet Nate Niver – Mechanical Engineer
Nate is a mechanical engineer who has been with Wendel since 2018. He specializes in designing fire protection, HVAC and plumbing systems for a wide range of building types. The challenge of working with facility needs and uses in order to create mechanical systems that are effective, efficient, and user-friendly is something Nate is passionate about. During his time with Wendel, Nate has become more involved with public transit projects, especially the work involved with upgrading mechanical systems to meet code compliancy for the adoption of alternative fuels used in public transit.
- Nate grew up in the south towns of Buffalo, NY, but recently moved to the north towns, where he bought a house in Cheektowaga.
- Nate enjoys working on cars or his motorcycle and enjoys playing rugby every fall.
- Working in the mechanical field is something Nate grew up with, learning from his family’s heating and cooling business.
- Nate was introduced to his now fiancée through a mutual friend in his senior year of high school. They are planning a 2022 wedding.
Wendel: What does a day in your life look like?
Nate: I typically get into the office around 10 to 7 in the morning but what I do every day can often vary. At any given time, I typically have a number of different projects that are all at different stages of design or construction. This means that sometimes I am working on drawings and specifications and at other times I am working on construction submittals and RFI’s. I don’t think there is ever much of a typical day.
Wendel: What do you like most about working here?
Nate: This actually goes right along with the answer above. I enjoy the fact that every day is different. The different types of work and different types of projects that I am working on really help to keep work interesting and engaging
Wendel: When you’re not making people at work smile, what types of things will we find you doing in your free time?
Nate: A lot of me and my fiancé’s time lately has been spent planning for our wedding next year. Outside of that most of the rest free time is been spent working on my house. Finally, with whatever time I have left, I really enjoy golfing during the summer months.
Wendel: Nate, thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
Town of La Pointe Fire Station. This project included designing a fire station for a small town, located on an island in Lake Superior in the state of Wisconsin. This project created a unique challenge for fire protection as the only water source for the building was a well on site. The well did not have enough capacity meet the water demand of the new building’s fire protection system. To ensure proper water supply for the sprinkler system, water storage tanks needed to be buried underground. Wendel designed a system of tanks, having a capacity of almost 30,000 gallons, that were buried below frost depth. A fire pump building was then built with a pump that reached down to the bottom of the tanks to supply the sprinkler system. The result was a fully functioning fire protection system that will keep the building and its occupants safe.
Meet Tammy Lin Hooper – Director of First Impressions
Tammy joined Wendel in July of 2010 and is an vital part of the team. As the Director of First Impressions, she is often the first person a guest, client, or staff encounters in their interaction with Wendel. We chatted with Tammy to learn a bit more about her experience at Wendel and what a day in her busy life looks like.
Wendel: What does a day in your life look like?
Tammy: Every day can be different, but one thing that is the same is that my days and interactions with people are always pleasant and something I look forward to.
Wendel: What do you like most about working here?
Tammy: What I like most about working at Wendel is being able to contribute to someone’s day with a smile and a positive attitude. It’s a nice feeling to see someone smile, and I’m grateful to have that opportunity. My connection with coworkers, clients and vendors is awesome! I love to have that personal interaction and a laugh or two. To think, I have been with Wendel for more than 10 years. The people I work with and the company I work for are amazing. They make me feel appreciated for the work I do.
Wendel: When you’re not making people at work smile, what types of things will we find you doing in your free time?
Tammy: I was born in Rhode Island and moved to New York when I was 7. I grew up in Alden and now reside in Depew with my 2 cats, Charlie and Coby and my adorable 4-year-old Havanese, Bentley. My daughter, Katelin is 24 and recently moved out on her own. It was a bit tough for me, but she’s about a minute and a half from me, so that makes it a whole lot easier!
You might consider me a DIY-type person. I have so many projects around the house that I’ve tackled. I am very pleased that I’ve accomplished whatever it is I set my mind to. I just finished redoing my kitchen and it may have taken me months to do, but it’s done, and I love it! I also really enjoy crafting and especially woodwork. I made 2 raised garden boxes last year and had a small vegetable garden. I am looking forward to planting again this spring.
My other hobbies are cooking, baking (desserts are my favorite,) and shopping estate sales. Of course, I always love spending time with family and friends.
Wendel: Tammy, we could not do it without you! Thank you for all your work and dedication for more than a decade!
Meet Erica Grohol – Landscape Architect
Erica joined the Wendel Landscape Architecture group in December 2020. She brings six years of prior experience in landscape design and visual communications with a focus on enhancing ecological health and the human experience where land and water interface. Since moving to Buffalo in 2015, she has worked in the non-profit sector helping to identify, fund, design, and implement shoreline restoration pilot projects throughout the region.
Erica believes in holistically approaching projects with a multi-disciplinary team and community driven vision, translating complex problems into practical, beautiful, and enduring solutions. She looks forward to designing across a range of scales and contexts at Wendel, maximizing the potential of a client’s vision to achieve their goals and positively impact the surrounding environment.
- Erica was born and raised in Westfield, N.Y. where her family built a homestead and grape house in the mid- 1800’s.
- She has a BLA in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a background in Environmental Studies & Visual Communications from Oberlin College.
- She moved back to the WNY region in 2015 and settled into the Historic West Village of downtown Buffalo with her boyfriend who is also a landscape designer.
- She enjoys spending time in Chautauqua and helping her parents with the farmhouse. One of her goals is to restore surrounding wetland and woodland areas to study techniques and share knowledge with the local community.
- Both Erica and her boyfriend are avid 4-season adventurers who enjoy hiking, skiing, and paddling. Most of their time is spent exploring local landscapes but have done some bucket-list hikes through the Swiss and Italian Alps while studying abroad.
- Erica is an ACA certified kayak instructor and enjoys the unique experience of designing and studying shoreline environments from the water. Even more exciting is sharing a new perspective with clients, students, family, and friends.
Wendel provided hydrologic modeling and engineering services to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for the Spicer Creek Restoration Project at River Oaks Golf course. In her previous position as a Landscape Designer at Waterkeeper, Erica was involved in seeing this grant-funded project through from conceptual design to completion.
Restoration measures included 2,500 linear feet of shoreline regrading, planting upland and in-water vegetation, bioengineered erosion control features, existing material reuse, and invasive plant species removal. Notably, re-connection of the creek to its floodplain increased flood capacity and helps capture excess sediment, nutrients, and pollutants contributed by the 30-acre drainage basin.
Erica believes sustainability can be thoughtfully integrated even on traditionally managed landscapes and hopes the success of this project will be leveraged to conduct similar work throughout the region.
Click to learn more about the Spicer Creek Restoration
Meet Madeline Kromer – Mechanical Engineer
Madeline has been part of the Wendel team for almost 2 years. She graduated from SUNY Buffalo State College in May 2019 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Prior to graduation, her senior capstone project took place working with a mechanical engineer at Wendel. Having that opportunity led her to the position she enjoys at Wendel today. Madeline has worked on variety of projects, including air handling and distribution, exhaust/make-up air systems, steam/high-temperature water and boiler burner replacements. She is an alumni and member of BEAM (Buffalo Engineering Awareness for Minorities,) where she hopes to become even more involved. Madeline has a passion for encouraging students in the Buffalo area to pursue a career in engineering and STEM fields.
- Born in Buffalo NY, grew up in Angola, NY.
- Played college hockey at SUNY Buffalo State where she served as an assistant captain for 2 out of 4 seasons.
- Madeline loves the summer months in Western New York most, especially down at the lake in Angola, enjoying time on her jet ski.
- She enjoys everything outdoors from skiing, golfing, hiking and kayaking.
- One goal on her bucket list is to travel to all the national parks.
CTtransit – Stamford Bus Facility
CTtransit is adding two battery electric buses (BEB) to their fleet as the first phase of implementing a larger BEB fleet conversion. Wendel is currently evaluating additional BEB deployments of 20%, 30%, 50% and 100% of their bus fleet. The first phase of the project includes upgrades to Fire Protection, Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical Systems to accommodate indoor bus charging. Additionally, this project includes the replacement of all HVAC systems throughout two buildings. A new building management system will monitor and control all new make-up air units, rooftop units, destratification fans, exhaust fans, VAV terminal boxes, unit heaters, boilers and hydronic heating pumps.
This multi-discipline project required internal coordination and teamwork between architects, mechanical, electrical, civil and structural engineering groups. Providing a code compliant design took essential knowledge of the building code, fire code, mechanical code and energy code. Further collaboration with CTtransit, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), state and local code officials and Fire Marshalls was critical in making this design a success.
For more information on the work we are doing at this facility, Click here!
Meet Jose Gonzalez – Project Manager and Associate Principal
Jose is an associate principal and project manager. He has been with Wendel since 2009 when he started as an intern in the Long Island office. During the past 12 years, he has been part of numerous energy projects in the New York Metro Area and one in Puerto Rico. His projects include a wide range of clients including K-12, universities, public transportation bus depots, hospitals, towns and port authorities. The wide range of projects for many different sectors is what motivates Jose every single day, because every day brings its own set of challenges and solutions. Jose’s approach for success projects is by working closely with all parties involved and creating win-win solutions for all.
- Born in El Salvador, Jose moved to East L.A. (Boyle Heights) when he was 8, and now lives in Long Island, NY since 1996.
- Married to his soulmate Kristin whom he met at a restaurant they worked at 19 years ago
- They have three children – twins Hailey and Aiden who are four and baby Ava who is three months. He loves watching them grow and turning them into as his wife says, “nerds.” He loves talking to them about plants, animals and space.
- Jose’s first love is basketball and he still plays when he can. According to him, he can still “make it rain” (paraphrasing from – Along Came Polly.)
- He loves to eat and take pictures of his food so he can look back and remember what he ate after his food coma.
- Jose is known to be an aficionado of the dance floor and will show up anywhere, at any time.
- He loves to travel and meet new people.
Town of Islip Street and Traffic Lighting
Wendel takes pride in being able to have a positive impact in our local communities by implementing energy efficient projects. In 2012, Wendel audited, designed and implemented a town-wide street lighting and traffic lighting project for the Town of Islip, located in Long Island NY. The objective was to replace approximately 18,000 street lights with high-efficiency lighting, reducing wattages to a fraction of the existing mercury vapor, metal halide cobra heads and pole lights. It also included replacement of all the traffic lights/signals and pedestrian signals that used incandescent halogen bulbs with new LED technology. The projects also included energy efficiency measures in the town buildings, such as upgrades to the building management systems, burner replacements, and interior lighting upgrades.
Almost 10 years later, I drive through these local communities daily and see that most of the fixtures installed are still in place. If my kids are in the car, I tell them, “See that light up there? Dad helped put it up.”
Meet Jacob Mullen – Structural Engineering
Jacob is a structural engineer who has been with Wendel for 6 years. Jacob has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of structures, from multi-story, steel-frame high rises to residential wood buildings, and everything in between. After three years at Wendel’s Williamsville headquarters, Jacob relocated to Albany and is now part of our team there.
- He was born and raised in Glens Falls, NY and is a proud native of the southern Adirondacks
- Jacob received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo
- He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of New York
- He’s married to his best friend, Rachel
- He enjoys hiking, snowboarding and spending the summer in Lake George
- Personal long-term goals include learning a second language and martial arts
Orleans County Administration Building
This project was an overwhelming success for everyone involved. The county was able to consolidate several physically dispersed departments into a single facility that was better equipped to support its growing needs, allowing for smoother operational efficiency between departments. Ample space, modern accommodations and the overall flow and layout of the site make for greatly increased working conditions. Each department was able to provide input early in the pre-design phase through Wendel’s Immersion process, ensuring that they each got what they needed out of their new work spaces.
Environmentally, the decision to limit the total development of the project to under one acre minimized the facility’s overall footprint, and helped to avoid potential impacts to the area’s stormwater management system in the future.
Meet Heather Lewis – Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Heather is a project manager, GIS Analyst and she has been part of the Wendel team for 13 years. She has a passion for bringing data that natively exists in several different locations and formats into one user-friendly, interactive environment. Heather helps both municipal and private sector clients begin their GIS from infancy to reporting, and assists with navigating day-to-day tasks to that can be done quickly and efficiently through a GIS. When it is easier for people to get a handle on the relationship between disparate pieces of information and make informed decisions, their lives (and their jobs) become easier. That is exactly what GIS does. Used properly, it strengthens the understanding of everyone that a project touches, from the workers in the field to the public.
- Heather has a BA in Physical Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems from SUNY Buffalo State College.
- She enjoys doing any type of repair and upgrade project, whether it’s changing brakes on a car, installing windows or roofing, she prides herself on being a woman who can do just about anything!
- She is originally from Lockport, NY, and currently lives in Middleport, NY with her boyfriend and their two very cool Devon Rex cats, Collin and Wilbur.
- Her favorite activities include traveling, camping and going on adventurous outdoor trips with her boyfriend and friends, which typically include UTV trips in the New England area.
Town of Hartland’s GIS Implementation and Support Services
Wendel implemented a comprehensive GIS for the Town of Hartland’s Water and Highway Department to manage all of their infrastructure. The Town is now building a complete GIS inventory of their infrastructure that have record drawings and photos attached to their assets for easy viewing and reporting. All of their data is being GPS located in the field by their staff which includes, hydrants, curb stop valves, road signs, ditches and the asset list goes on. Whether crew are in the office on their desktop computer or in the field on their mobile devices, everyone at the Town can stay updated with live information as it is being maintained and updated in the GIS. The Town is currently working with Wendel to create a cemetery management GIS application.
Check out Hartland’s Public GIS Web App: click here.
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.
For more information about the project, click here.
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 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.