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Pearl Odu, PE, LEED AP is a 2021 40 Under 40 Award Winner

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Kohler Ronan is pleased to announce that Pearl Odu has been named among this year’s Consulting-Specifying Engineers’ 40 Under 40. This list recognizes forty engineers under the age of forty who demonstrate incomparable dedication, leadership, and desire to improve their industry and their communities.

Serving as Senior Electrical Engineer and a Senior Associate of the firm, Pearl designs systems and provides services for some of the firm’s larger NYC projects and clients such as the New York Public Library, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and the Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library. She is a highly-focused and enthusiastic engineer who approaches her work with great care, consideration, and creativity.

You can read Pearl’s complete profile and the full list of 40 Under 40 winners here.

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.

The Tenement Museum Honored with a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award

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Last night at the Plaza Hotel in New York, the Tenement Museum received a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.  For nearly 50 years, the New York Landmarks Conservancy has been a leader in preserving and restoring New York City’s architectural heritage, and the Moses Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for exceptional preservation projects within New York City. Award winning projects must exhibit excellence in the preservation, restoration, or adaptive use of historic buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes that preserve residential, institutional, commercial, religious, and public buildings.

Having provided comprehensive MEP/FP engineering design services in conjunction with the Tenement Museum’s 2018 renovations and expansion, Kohler Ronan was delighted to have been present at the awards dinner and to have the Tenement Museum recognized alongside other unique NYC projects.

2019 Preservation Project Awards
2 Park Avenue
39 Clifton Place
202 Guernsey Street
462 Broadway
George B. and Susan Elkins House
Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice
Freehand Hotel
George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
The Hispanic Society of America
Knickerbocker Club
Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
Prospect Park Wellhouse
Starrett Lehigh Building
Tenement Museum

Collaborating with Perkins Eastman, Kohler Ronan’s team contributed to the restoration of truly special NYC buildings, commemorating not just architecture, but a truly significant period in the city’s history. The Tenement Museum’s historic buildings serve as a window into the immigrant experience in one of America’s most iconic neighborhoods. The original residences on Orchard Street housed over 15,000 working class immigrants from over 20 nations.

To learn more the Moses Awards, please click here.  To learn more about Kohler Ronan’s work at the Tenement Museum, we invite you to read project page.

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

CTGBC Awards Go to Two of Kohler Ronan’s Projects: UConn Hartford and The Thompson Exhibition Building

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The Connecticut Green Building Council has awarded UConn Hartford with this year’s Award of Excellence and the Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport the Public/Institutional Award of Merit. Kohler Ronan is honored to have respectively collaborated on these projects with Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Centerbrook Architects.

Our Engineers provided MEP/FP design and services, as well as technology, LEED, and sustainable design for UConn Hartford. Comprehensive MEP/FP and technology design and services were provided for the Thompson Exhibition Building.

You can find out more about these award-winning projects here: UConn Hartford, The Thompson Exhibition Building.

For more information on the CT Green Building Council, visit

Arch Daily Names Thompson Exhibition Building Best 100 Wood Projects in US

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Arch Daily has named the Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum among the Best 100 Wood Projects in the US. Kohler Ronan is honored to have collaborated with Centerbrook Architects and Planners to create what is arguably most prominent structure on the museum’s campus.

Kohler Ronan provided the Thompson Exhibition Building with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology systems along with many sustainable system features.

You can find out more about this distinctive project, and what Kohler Ronan contributed by reading our project page here: Thompson Exhibition Building

NYBG Edible Academy Wins ENR New York’s Best Green Project

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ENR New York’s Best Projects contest has awarded New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy with Best Green Project. Kohler Ronan collaborated with Cooper Robertson to create this innovative, cultural and educational facility.

We are thrilled to have contributed MEP/FP systems design for this building which feature two high-tech classrooms, geothermal heating and cooling, green roof, composting restrooms, a demonstration kitchen, and an interconnected teaching greenhouse.

To find out more about this project, read our project page here: NYBG

To see the full list of awards, follow this link: read more


UConn Hartford Wins 2018 Charter Award

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The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has awarded UConn Hartford with a 2018 Charter Award.

Kohler Ronan was thrilled to have provided MEP/FP systems design for this building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which integrates the historic Hartford Times façade with a new academic facility and retail spaces that revitalize the downtown area.

The full list of award recipients can be found here.

Principal Talya Santillan Named One of WBC’s 2018 Outstanding Women

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Talya Santillan, PE, LEED AP has been selected as one of the Women Builders Council‘s (WBC) 2018 Outstanding Women. We are proud of her commitment to increasing diversity and expanding the role of women in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, as well as her constant demonstration of leadership within the field of engineering. Talya is a member of the New York Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Congratulations Tayla!