Gerald Vukovcan

Gerald L. Vukovcan, Sr.

General Construction & Vehicle Equipment Specialist/QA Officer

Overview:

Mr. Vukovcan has over 47 years of experience in a wide variety of education, transit, military, government, residential, commercial, industrial, and special purpose building projects. He has performed facilities assessments, planning and interior space development, vehicle maintenance equipment layouts, project administration, ADA and life safety compliance surveys, roof inspection surveys, design, production, and code compliance review of construction documents, equipment selection, specification writing, client consultation, consultant coordination, facility planning, and construction administration for a variety of projects throughout the United States ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,000,000 square feet.

In addition to his quality assurance role at Michael Baker Jr., Inc., and many years of experience in architectural and engineering design coordination and management activities, Mr. Vukovcan developed a technical specialty in the design and coordination of vehicle maintenance equipment installations for the many public bus and military vehicle maintenance facilities designed by Baker during his 19 year tenure there.

In 1996, as an Ambridge Borough Council member, Mr. Vukovcan was instrumental in reviewing the design plans and specifications and obtaining final approvals for the construction of the Joint PAT and BCATA Ambridge Park and Ride Facility in Ambridge PA.

Maglev System Preliminary Design, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Maglev, Inc. Team Member./QA Officer, Baker and Associates. Responsible for preliminary design studies and code review. Baker was selected to prepare preliminary engineering alignment designs to support the Environmental Impact Statement of the 56-mile project.

Intermodal Facility, Robinson Town Centre, Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, Port Authority of Allegheny County. Team Member/QA Officer, Baker and Associates. Responsible for review of architectural design, code compliance, and coordination of all disciplines review. The Robinson Town Centre Intermodal Facility is a part of the network of Park-n-Ride facilities providing convenient bus access for Port Authority’s patrons. Constructed on approximately 8 acres, the facility includes: 865 Park-n-Ride spaces with 400 spaces in an elevated parking garage; bus stops with sheltered passenger waiting areas; Kiss-n-Ride drop-off area; commercial development space provisions; and bus layover area.

U.S. Army Reserve Center OMS/AMSA/STRG, North Canton, Ohio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. Team Member/QA Officer, Baker and Associates. Responsible for the Vehicle Maintenance facility equipment floor plan design and equipment selection at the Army Reserve Training Center and Organizational Maintenance Shop/Storage Building/Area Maintenance Support Activity. The U.S. Army Reserve required a Training Center and Organizational Maintenance Shop/Area Maintenance Support Activity (OMS/AMSA) facility for the 88th Reserve Support Command in North Canton, Ohio. Approximately 400 reservists will work and train in the new 61,344-gross-square-foot complex. This Training Center and OMS/AMSA comprise a one-story L-shaped building with a two-story element at the connection of two wings. The Training Center portion of the complex houses offices and administrative spaces, caged unit storage, classrooms, library, learning center, physical readiness, engagement skills trainer, COMSEC training room, arms vault and armorer’s room, assembly hall, kitchen, toilets, lockers, showers, and building support functions.

Michael Johnson

You Cannot Manage What You Have Not Measured.
Michael W. Johnson

Roofing Consultant

OVERVIEW:

Mr. Johnson has 25 years of experience in all facets of the roofing industry, including:
6 years as Principal of a commercial roofing/waterproofing consulting company;
14 years as an Officer in a leading commercial roofing construction firm;
3 years as Principal of a commercial roofing construction company; and
2 years as a roofing/waterproofing manufacturer’s representative.

Mr. Johnson’s background includes extensive experience in conducting roofing systems assessments, design, construction, and maintenance for both new and re-roofing projects using a variety of roofing systems. Based on his practical experience in construction and cost estimating for commercial roofing contracting firms, Mr. Johnson is very proficient at planning and budgeting cost effective methods to repair and/or replace roofing systems for existing buildings, as well as estimating the costs for new facility roofing and waterproofing systems.

Mr. Johnson’s consulting experience ranges geographically from Texas to South Florida, including many states in between. His experience in South Florida makes him very knowledgeable regarding the Florida Building Code and HVHZ design requirements as well as FM Insurance requirements.

He is active in a number of professional organizations, including:
National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
Roofing Contractors Association of Texas (RCAT)
Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI)
Roof Consultants Institute (RCI)

Representative projects managed by Mr. Johnson include asset management surveys for 35 properties owned by New Plan Realty Trust, and the following roof replacement projects:

Regency Park, Jacksonville, FL
Riverplace Shopping Center, Jacksonville, FL
Colonial Marketplace, Orlando, FL
Sarasota Village, Sarasota, FL
Coconut Creek Shopping Center, Coconut Creek, FL
Downtown Publix Shopping Center, Stuart, FL
Pensacola Square, Pensecola, FL
Southgate Newport, Port Richey, FL

James Vodenichar

James L. Vodenichar, PE

Electrical Engineer

Overview:

Education

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering – 1953
Carnegie Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

Post Graduate Studies: Economics, Contract and Specifications Writing at The Pennsylvania State University, New York University, Allegheny College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin

Registration:
Professional registration was attained in 1958 – Pennsylvania

Jim’s many years of experience include systems design for a wide range of projects–corporate, industrial, institutional and commercial–as well as research. Since 1958, he has been responsible for designing, installing, and upgrading all aspects of electrical systems on a very wide range of projects from education, healthcare, industrial to commercial.

Representative Projects:
The Butler Eagle, Butler, PA
Provided electrical and utility system engineering for several Butler Eagle facilities in the Butler area. Projects included expansion of an existing 4,160 volt substation and distribution to meet the new facility requirements to recently providing a new 25 kV service for a “first of kind” shaft less style of press at a new facility.

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, PA
Swimming Pool Lighting Replacement – Morrow Field House
This project was done under an emergency maintenance scenario when exiting lighting systems began to catastrophically fail. New lighting systems were designed and implemented to illuminate and existing interior collegiate competition swimming pool which achieved their goals and were installed without interrupting existing ceiling structures.

Mine Safety Appliance, Pittsburgh region
Provide engineering assistance to several MSA installations within the Pittsburgh area for various plant upgrades and improvements. Projects included many aspects of engineering, including power, lighting and general electrical distribution.

Murrysville Plant, Murrysville, PA – worked with MSA and Penn Power to upgrade the existing 7200 volt service to a 25 KV service with the installation of a new utility grade 25kV substation with associated transformers to provide connection to the existing 7200 volt overhead distribution.

Cranberry Facility, Cranberry Township, PA – Provided the engineering design for an underground primary loop system through out the 100+ acre facility. Then as part of a second project assisted the developer in converting the facility into a RIDC park for use by multiple tenants.

Nathan Benner

Nathan Benner, RO                 

Lead Field Inspector

OVERVIEW:

Mr. Benner is an experienced lead field technician, responsible for the accurate
documentation of existing roofing conditions and deficiencies, as well as verification of existing drawings, the generation of site drawings as required project observation, coordination and problem resolution. He is also well versed in conducting wind uplift testing and fastener withdrawal testing for re-roofing applications. Responsibilities as they relate to construction project monitoring and inspections include technical inspections and documentation/verification of site conditions as they relate to the published specifications and schedules. He is well versed in monitoring day to day project operations with timely progress reports which include photo documentation, daily log of conditions, problem resolution and communications with the client, contractor & Management.

Mr. Benner is experienced in roofing, insulation and substructure as well as exterior building waterproofing from the perspective of a contractor, giving him a unique insight into the territory of roof consulting. At other firms, Nathan has been responsible for future forecasting of computer models based on multiple variables to establish accurate future trends utilized for budgetary planning and proposals. His unique background in both the world of contracting and computer enhanced extrapolated projections makes him invaluable to our clients in terms of practical application of raw data utilized to establish accurate project budgets and assessments.

Nathan’s skill and knowledge in electronics, computer software, accounting, business management and law, coupled with his practical experience in contracting, consulting and reporting, enable him to achieve exceptional results for our clients’ needs. With the additional education of computer system technology, data entry in a variety of programs including Access, Excel and Storm (Future Trend Forecasting), as well as the associated practical applications thereof, Mr. Benner is an asset to our company and clients.

Representative recent project experiences include providing field inspections,
documentation of existing conditions, and fastener withdrawal uplift testing for the following re-roofing projects:

Confidential Pharmaceuticals Manufacturer, Las Piedras, PR
Confidential Pharmaceuticals Manufacturer, Juncos, PR
Clorox
Sacred Heart University
West Passage Condominiums
Harbor Inn Condominiums
Roche Diagnostics
Signet Diagnostics
Liberty Property Trust
West Virginia University
Miami Airport Building 517, Miami, FL.

Michael Miller

Michael P. Miller                     

Project Manager & Field Inspector

OVERVIEW:

Mr. Miller, a graduate of Kent State University College of Business, specializes in the technical aspects of building roofing and exterior envelope field inspections, detailed assessments, testing, maintenance/repair and replacement cost estimating, and project scheduling. He is well versed in various computer programs geared towards field data in the construction arena such as MS Projects, Excel, Access, C++, Visual Basic and Oracle, in addition to his knowledge of exterior envelope problematic issues and remedial solutions.

Mike’s technical applications provide a faster, more accurate report of conditions to our clients, such as the assessment of the roofing assemblies’ useful life and annual maintenance costs compared to the cost of replacement of the assemblies. This imparts our client with important information for managing their facility assets, budgets, and schedules.

Mr. Miller monitors the quality and effectiveness of ART’s Consultant Associates. He directs the progressive stages of operating projects and determines the proper implementation of our services to meet each client’s’ time and budget objectives and maintains on online “project book” to coordinate all project efforts and assure deadlines are met and all team members are aware of schedule changes and deadlines. The project book is a standardized template in which key project information is summarized to provide quick access to project information. The book includes various checklists used to ensure proper steps are taken at each phase of a project; a project directory of all project contacts; client objectives; design phase checklists for all disciplines; quality assurance checklists; code requirement checklists; meeting agendas; and other standard procedures for ensuring the project team takes an integrated and comprehensive approach to each project.

Mike has vast experience working with a multitude of Client bases, including governmental, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, food storage, educational, institutional and transportation. Included in this, Mr. Miller has developed knowledge of geographical factors including High Velocity Hurricane Zones, seismic areas and Factory Mutual insured requirements.

With background education in computer system technology, data entry in a variety of programs and practical applications, Mr. Miller is an asset to our company. Mike has also brought a variety of business related skills, including accounting software applications, business and budget management, business law, cost, financial, and managerial accounting.

Susan Grant

Susan P. Grant, PE

Project Structural Engineer

Overview:

Susan Grant is a structural engineer with a solid background in structural design, existing building condition assessments, structural forensics and High Velocity Hurricane Zone work. Her experience includes building inspections, structural inspections, structural design, construction plan reviews, and ADA compliance reviews, including over 300 structural inspections of commercial and multi-family residential facilities.

Sue Grant is a registered professional engineer who began her career with part-time manual and CAD drafting and surveying while attending college. While working at CADNETICS, she gained valuable experience working as an integral part of architectural design teams with architectural firms including The Design Alliance, Architects (Alcoa North Shore Headquarters), Gerard and Nager, Architects (various projects for Duquesne Univ., Latter Day Saints), Gardner + Pope Architects (GNC Headquarters), and Perkins Eastman PC Architects (Longwood and Weinberg Personal Care Homes). She then worked for Farris Structural providing structural design services for a number of public school projects, and furthered enhanced her design experience while working for 5 years at Foreman Architects Engineers. Her field experience and capabilities in conducting building inspections and building condition assessments were honed with 6 years of experience with Criterium – Yingst Engineers, a national engineering firm specializing in condition assessments.

Susan’s extensive background in building inspections and condition assessments has resulted in her capability to develop innovative structural solutions to many existing building deficiencies and to meet the client’s’ needs in an efficient and effective manner.

Ms. Grant’s project experience includes:

CONFIDENTIAL PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS—US AND ABROAD
NEW CASTLE AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
SHORELINE EAST RAILROAD SYSTEMS
US POSTAL SERVICE
VISTA PROPERTIES
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
SIGNET DIAGNOSTICS
LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST
CLOROX
UPJOHN MANUFACTURING CO.
INSTITUTE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
CASE WESTERN UNIVERSITY
PITTSBURGH PAINTS

Francisco Garcia

Francisco Garcia, Architect

Senior Project Architect

Overview:

Education: Master of Architecture (1976)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
Bachelor of Science (1975)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

Professional Registrations: American Institute of Architects
Colegio de Arquitectos de P.R.
National Council of Architectural
Registration Boards Certification
Construction Documents Technologist CSI

Mr. Garcia is a registered professional architect specializing in High Velocity Hurricane Zone work, with vast experience in all types of buildings, including governmental, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, educational and commercial. His background includes experience in conducting roofing systems assessments, design, construction, and maintenance for both new and re-roofing projects using a variety of roofing systems. Based on his practical experience in construction and cost estimating for commercial roofing contracting firms, Francisco is very proficient at planning and budgeting cost effective methods to repair and/or replace roofing systems for existing buildings, as well as estimating the costs for new facility roofing and waterproofing systems.

Francisco is ART’s Lead Project Architect, responsible for all aspects of design and project management and has extensive experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and designing prototype facilities while handling all aspects of the services to our Clients. He is a hands on manager and gets fully involved in all projects.

Mr. Garcia’s project experience includes:

CONFIDENTIAL PHARMASEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS – US AND ABROAD
MEDTRONIC PUERTO RICO OPERATIONS
DUPONT AGRICULTURAL CARIBE INDUSTRIES, LTD.
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO
SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
VISTA PROPERTIES
DUPONT PHARMA
WARNER LAMBERT
BAXTER PHARMACEUTICALS EXPANSION
CATAÑO MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT
UPJOHN MANUFACTURING CO.
ABBOTT LABORATORIES
TAYLOR & MATHIS

Glenn Benner

Glenn Benner, RC, RO, CSI      

Senior Project Manager

OVERVIEW:

Mr. Benner is a member with the International Waterproofing Association (IWA), Roofing Industry Education Institute (RIEI) and the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI). His professional affiliations, coupled with 20 years field experience as a roof and waterproofing forensics consultant, keeps him current with industry standards, codes, and testing requirements for a wide variety of roofing and exterior waterproofing applications.

Glenn is ART’s Consulting Department Manager, overseeing all aspects of consulting operations, monitoring for quality and effectiveness as well as serving as Lead Consultant for Facility Asset Management and communications.

Mr. Benner has provided a wide variety of consulting services to the roofing industry, specializing in High Velocity Hurricane Zone and FM insured design, construction requirements and product/ system approval processes.

Representative projects for which Mr. Benner served as principal investigator include:

Vista Properties, Vero Beach, Florida,

Mr. Benner was the design lead and manager for the re-roofing design for several properties with category 3 hurricane resistant assemblies; meeting South Florida Costal Wind Uplift requirements. He also monitored the re-roofing of installations, insuring that all specification requirements were met and providing our clients with all necessary project documentation. Mr. Benner’s efforts resulted in the attainment of a full system assembly 20 year NDL warranty, an unprecedented achievement in the industry.

The Institute for Scientific Research, Fairmont, WV.

Mr. Benner’s services for this client included the third-party review of architectural plans, details and specifications of the exterior envelope of NASA’s new research center to assure zero tolerance of moisture & air infiltration standards, including prioritization of issues, remedial design and site inspections.

Confidential Pharmaceuticals Manufacturer , Puerto Rico.

Provided comprehensive analysis of facility’s roof and related components as well as managing all design work addressing replacement of assemblies in a high velocity hurricane zone. Included in the design considerations were installation of a complete system (claddings, fasteners, underlayment, and flashings) that meets or exceeds geographic and insurer wind-uplift requirements.

Confidential Pharmaceuticals Manufacturer , Puerto Rico.

Mr. Benner was the Lead Project Manager for the project which provided our Client design services and full-time observation of the removal of the existing roof and installation of the new roof system to make certain that the work was done in accordance with the Specifications, FM requirements and good roofing practice. Glenn was the lead for monitoring/scheduling tear-off for compliance with the facility’s zero tolerance of air/moisture infiltration.

Paul Scanlon

Paul W. Scanlon, P.E., C.E.M., G.B.E., LEED AP

Principal Engineer

OVERVIEW:

Mr. Scanlon is a licensed P.E. in 14 states and Puerto Rico. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Green Building Engineer, and certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional. A Bachelor of Architectural Engineering graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Paul is also a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society for Professional Engineers, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers, and the Association of Energy Engineers.

Paul has over 31 years of experience in all aspects of engineering, architecture, construction and High Velocity Hurricane Zone work. His experience includes building systems design and specifications; facility condition assessments and forensic investigations; research activities; Factory Mutual System Approvals; ASCE 7-98 wind uplift calculations; TAS 105 field withdrawal resistance test analyses; RAS 117 roofing fastener attachment analyses; and managing major programs and projects for key clients. Mr. Scanlon’s project experiences include institutional, pharmesudical, educational, military, government, aviation, transit, commercial, residential, food storage and processing, and recreational facilities.

Mr. Scanlon is a notable author and guest lecturer on energy-efficient/sustainable design, building systems integration, energy management, facilities condition assessments, and asset management programs. He has received numerous ASHRAE awards for his accomplishments in innovative new technology, energy management, and energy-efficient design.

Representative recent project experiences include providing the ASCE 7-98 wind uplift engineering calculations, field withdrawal test analyses, product approval reviews, and roofing fastener attachment reports for the following roofing projects:

• Multiple Confidential Manufacturing Clients, US and Abroad • US Postal Service • LA Fitness Center, Pembroke Pines, FL • Vista Properties, Vero Beach, FL • Flamingo Park, Miramar, FL • Miami Airport Building 517, Miami, FL; • Roche Diagnostics • Signet Diagnostics facility, Plantation, FL • Miami Airport East Distribution Center, Miami, FL • Umberto’s Restaurant, Ft. Lauderdale, FL • University Drive Commercial Buildings 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Sunrise, FL.

Mr. Scanlon achieved a long-term goal of designing and constructing an earth-sheltered home for his family in 1985. The home includes a number of innovative components and systems such as a green roof, passive solar heating, and a geothermal heat pump system. The home has been the subject of various solar and energy-efficiency association tours, and was featured on the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood television series.

Thomas Kurilla

Thomas Kurilla, RC, RO, WPC

Vice President/Senior Roofing Consultant

OVERVIEW:

With an extensive background in the exterior envelope of all types of facilities, Mr. Kurilla brings 30 years of specialized experience involving the evaluation of existing building components, condition assessments, design, cost estimating, specifications development, and in-depth coordination of structural and mechanical requirements for a variety of roofing and exterior envelope projects throughout the country and abroad. His analytical experience and working knowledge of on-site and laboratory testing of roofing, waterproofing, masonry and curtain-wall systems also provides great value to ART’s clients.

As Vice President and Lead Roofing and Waterproofing Consultant, Mr. Kurilla is head of the department handling all facets of roofing and waterproofing issues. Tom’s duties with ART include Client Management, general management of all technical aspects of the business, including forensic investigation, laboratory and on-site testing, reporting of existing conditions, asset management and remedial design solutions, for all aspects of exterior architectural envelope related issues; as it pertains to existing and/or potential moisture infiltration conditions.

Mr. Kurilla’s position with Crain Engineering, Inc. earlier in his career assisted in sharpening his areas of expertise. As a Roofing and Waterproofing Consultant, Mr. Kurilla was head of the department handling all facets of roofing and waterproofing issues. Widely recognized as a legal expert, he provides expert testimonies in many litigation cases that assist clients in monetary reparation.

Mr. Kurilla has served on the Metro Dade County Product Approval Board, commissioned to study and test wind uplift design criteria for exterior building components, including testing and researching building product wind uplift capabilities and failures. He reported on the findings and specified solutions which resulted in the highest product approval sand applicable code wind compliance standards established in the country.

Broward County School District in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida retained Mr. Kurilla for a $1.2 million project performing condition assessments and design services for roofing and waterproofing. He also managed a $37 million investment, by Host Marriott Corporation, to provide an asset management and life cycle analysis for the exterior envelope of their facilities East of the Mississippi. In Palm Beach, Florida, Mr. Kurilla was the exterior and waterproofing consultant for Phillips Point, a national landmark. His primary accomplishment was to solve waterproofing issues that had plagued Phillips Point for over thirteen years. MCI Worldcom had retained Mr. Kurilla to evaluate and specify remedial solutions, for the exterior envelope problematic conditions of fourteen switching center facilities located throughout the United States.