Kohler Ronan is Ranked #15 out of 2019’s Top 70 Cultural Sector Engineering Firms

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Building Design + Construction’s 2019 Giants 300 Report has ranked Kohler Ronan #15 among the Top 70 Cultural Sector Engineering Firms. Kohler Ronan was also ranked in six additional sectors for engineering firms:

Top 80 Engineering Firms
Top 70 Healthcare Sector
Top 80 Multi-Family Sector
Top 75 K-12 Schools
Top 100 Office Sector
Top 90 University Sector

Many thanks to Building Design + Construction for recognition across these diverse building sectors. It is an honor to be listed among such great engineering firms.

Robert Hedman, PE is Featured in this Month’s CSE’s MEP Roundtable

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Kohler Ronan’s Robert Hedman, PE is featured in this month’s Consulting-Specifying Engineer’sMEP Roundtable: Focus on Specialty Structures. Automation, controls and technology sports arenas, historical buildings, theaters and other specialty building require unique engineering design.

Robert discusses the unique engineering design required for specialty buildings. “Our company specializes in systems for historic renovation, restoration and adaptive reuse projects pursuing aggressive efficiency goals. Maximizing energy efficiency, reducing water use and reducing environmental impacts continue to drive system designs.”

You can read the full article and Robert’s roundtable responses here.

UConn Hartford Earns LEED Gold Certification

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UConn Hartford has earned it’s LEED Gold Certification. Kohler Ronan is honored to have collaborated with Robert A.M. Stern Architects on this amazing project.

Kohler Ronan provided MEP/FP, Technology Design, LEED, and Sustainable Design services for UConn Hartford’s Downtown Campus. Our engineers helped the project achieve its sustainable goals in the areas of Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, and Indoor Air Quality with 35% indoor water use reduction, 34% energy cost savings, and 30% increased ventilation for higher indoor air quality. Kohler Ronan also provided low emitting materials and sealants, indoor chemical and pollutant source control, and thermal comfort design.

You can learn more about this project here.

The University of Virginia’s Rotunda Restoration is Awarded a 2019 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded The University of Virginia Rotunda Restoration a 2019 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. Congratulations to John G. Waite Associates, Architects!  Kohler Ronan is honored to have collaborated with this preservation architect on such a distinguished project. Arguably Thomas Jefferson’s greatest architectural achievement, the iconic centerpiece of the University of Virginia’s Academical Village is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In collaboration with John G. Waite Associates, Architects, Kohler Ronan provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection portions of the historic structure report. This in-depth condition analyses and investigation led to the preparation of detailed construction documents for the $50 million project. Exterior restoration began in 2012, and was followed by significant interior renovations.

The first two of four phases of renovation consisted primarily of roof and façade restoration. Kohler Ronan then engaged in the design of the remaining phases III and IV interior renovation, improvements, and landscape.

The MEP system investigations revealed that the equipment and systems of the 1974 renovation were now beyond their expected service life, lacked adequate space for maintenance, and needed to be replaced. The anticipated replacement of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems afforded Kohler Ronan the opportunity to improve system efficiencies, serviceability, and integration into the historic fabric.

In light of the University’s goal to redevelop the Rotunda into an interactive part of University life for the students, additional program space, restrooms, offices, and classrooms were necessary. Spaces taken by mechanical equipment and utilities during the 1974 renovation were once again needed. The design team assumed responsibility for incorporating state-of-the-art MEP systems into the historic structure, and reclaiming much needed program space for the University.

In close collaboration with John G. Waite Associates and the University, a vault, below the west courtyard and fountain, and a distribution room, below the West Oval room, were designed. Along with the two existing mechanical rooms below the North Stairs and in the South Portico, these new spaces allowed mechanical air handling equipment, duct distribution, and piping to be located outside the desired program space.

The MEP systems utilize sustainable design methods and equipment, as well as materials that limit the sources of indoor air pollution. The project is both SHPO & 36 CFR 67 compliant.

To find out more about the AIA Institute Honor Award, click here.

The University of Virginia Rotunda Restoration is also the recipient of the following:

Merit Award for Architectural Design
AIA New York State- 2018
Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Honor Award for Interior Design
AIA Virginia – 2017
Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Merit Award for Architectural Design
AIA New York – 2017
Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Best Use of Carrara Marble in North America
Marble Institute of America – 2016
Restoration and Renovation of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Kohler Ronan – Now a NYSERDA Approved Provider

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We’re excited to announce that Kohler Ronan is an approved Technical Consultant for the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Commercial New Construction Program. Under this program, Kohler Ronan will provide technical support to help design teams assess and determine appropriate energy efficiency opportunities for New Construction as well as Substantial Renovation Projects. Upon approval, NYSERDA may provide financial support for the installation of energy efficiency measures or to incorporate other energy performance features in qualified building projects.

There are various levels of available support ranging from project reviews and energy modeling, to technical and financial support for Zero Net Energy Projects and Smart Buildings. Depending on the level of support required, technical support may be free of charge, or costs may be shared with NYSERDA.

For guidance on your next project, contact Madhav Munshi, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP at

For additional information about NYSERDA’s programs, click here.


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