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

By Team Members

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

By KR Projects

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 Statue of Liberty Museum Officially Opens

By KR Projects

The new 26,000 sf Statue of Liberty Museum has officially opened to the public. The National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation constructed the new museum on Liberty Island in an effort to accommodate its growing number of visitors. Kohler Ronan is proud to have provided comprehensive MEP/FP services and to have collaborated with FXCollaborative on this historic project.

We look forward to everyone visiting and experiencing the new museum.

You can read more about the new Statue of Liberty Museum here.

Maxwell S. Chien, PE, LEED AP BD+C is a 2019 40 Under 40 Award Winner

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Kohler Ronan is pleased to announce that Maxwell Chein 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 Mechanical Engineer and one of the firm’s youngest associates, Max designs systems for some of the firm’s larger projects and most distinguished clients such as the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is an enthusiastic and highly-focused engineer, an effective communicator among his clients and coworkers, and a volunteer for the Ace Mentor Program of America Inc.

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

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

By KR Projects, Awards

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.

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums’ Building Museums 2019 Symposium

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Kohler Ronan was pleased to attend and be a Platinum Sponsor for this year’s MAAM Building Museums Symposium in Brooklyn, NY.  We were honored to have had our own Steve Lembo, PE present our work on recently completed renovations at the Tenement Museum in a discussion entitled: “Revealing the Past to Challenge the Future: The Forensic Architecture of the Tenement Museum.” Joining Steve on the panel were Nick Leahy from Perkins Eastman and David Favaloro from the museum.

Also at the conference, Joe Lembo, PE was thrilled to introduce the closing keynote address highlighting another of Kohler Ronan’s projects, “Access For All:  Creating the New Statue of Liberty Museum.” Our engineers designed comprehensive MEP/FP & Technology systems for this 26,000 square-foot facility located on Liberty Island.

While visitors are already enjoying the renovated Tenement Museum and experiencing the unique piece of American history that space brings to life, the Statue of Liberty Museum will open in May of 2019 with what will undoubtedly be another truly transformational experience. Kohler Ronan collaborated with FXCollaborative and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation on this very challenging and historic project.

Please read more about these Kohler Ronan museum projects 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