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O’Donnell & Naccarato Mourns The Loss of Barton Partners Principal Matthew J. Koenig, AIA

O’Donnell and Naccarato has lost a longtime client and great friend, Matthew J. Koenig, AIA, on Monday, July 12, 2021. Matt, a principal at Barton Partners Architects, was a talented architect who provided exemplary service to his many clients during his 30+ year career. Along the way, Matt made many friends at other design and construction firms with whom he collaborated. Matt was affable and an all-around great guy, and an avid golfer who co-chaired AIA Philadelphia’s annual golf tournament with me for more than 20 years. He was also a proud and active member of the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia. Matt leaves behind his devoted wife Maria and their 2 children, Nikole & Jakob. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers during these most difficult days.

Anthony F. Naccarato, PE, SE, SECB

You can read Matt’s full obituary here.


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O’Donnell & Naccarato Receives Philadelphia Business Journal 2021 Faces of Philanthropy Award

O’Donnell & Naccarato was nominated by the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia to receive the 2021 Faces of Philanthropy Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

O’Donnell & Naccarato Structural Engineers has had a long-standing philanthropic partnership with the ACE Mentor Program of America and the local affiliate, ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia. We are proud of our partnership and are honored to have been nominated for the Faces of Philanthropy Award. Anthony Naccarato (PE, SECB), President of O&N, is a founder of the Philadelphia affiliate and currently serves on the ACE National Advisory Council. O&N Principal, Brian Rawlings (PE, SECB) currently serves as the Board Secretary. Melissa Raffel, Affiliate Director of ACE Greater Philadelphia, nominated O&N for this award. Here is an excerpt from the nomination:

“When safety concerns around the global pandemic prompted us to cancel our largest fundraiser, the Annual Scholarship Breakfast, postpone the Golf Outing until the Fall of 2021, and delay the increasingly well attended Giant Jenga event until February 2022, Rawlings and his colleagues from O&N stepped up and became invaluable advocates. He and ACE’s Development Committee campaigned to raise $70,000 for ACE Greater Philadelphia to facilitate continued programming to high school students and, for the 20th year in a row, provide impactful scholarships to graduating seniors.”

O&N continues to expand our partnership with ACE Mentor Programs in both Indiana and New Jersey.


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Tony Naccarato wins NKF award

President Anthony Naccarato receives the NKF Arthur P. Pasquarella Leadership in Action Award

O’Donnell & Naccarato has been involved with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), an organization dedicated to preventing kidney diseases, improving the health of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and making organ transplants available to more people. The NKF has been serving Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2008. President Anthony Naccarato has been a member of its volunteer Board of Advisors since 2013 and the Board Chairman for the past 3 years. On March 11th, 2021, during the NKF 2021 Eve of Giving event, Tony was honored with the Arthur P. Pasquarella Leadership in Action Award, which the Foundation describes as “No ordinary award, given to no ordinary volunteer.”

Motivated to support the NKF due to his brother-in-law’s battle with chronic kidney disease, Tony has applied his vast enthusiasm, business resources, and love of golf to promote NKF events such as the Kidney Walk, Kidney Ball/Eve of Giving, and countless successful golf outings. These activities raised critical and significant funds to support ongoing medical research programs, patient and community services, professional and community education, and organ donation awareness.

Accepting the award, Tony expressed that what he enjoys most about being a part of this team is the “great people on the Board” and their “passion and commitment to the mission of NKF” He is also extremely proud of efforts expanding the Foundation into greater parts of New Jersey.

We are pleased to celebrate Tony’s inspiring commitment to the NKF.

You can watch the full video from the NKF below, or by clicking here.


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Anthony Naccarato Kicks Off 40th Anniversary of O’Donnell & Naccarato

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of O’Donnell & Naccarato. We are proud to have supported and served our clients for all these years. Our structural engineering firm is looking forward to a bright, prosperous 2021. Join Tony Naccarato, O’Donnell & Naccarato’s President, to kick off our 40th year!

About O’Donnell & Naccarato

O’Donnell & Naccarato is a consulting structural engineering firm with offices in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and Indiana. The structural firm specializes in structural engineering, structural design, and facade inspection and restoration. We offer innovative structural engineering projects to keep costs in line and ease construction ease.


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O’Donnell & Naccarato Writes Facade Inspection Article in Engineering Journal

A comprehensive technical facade inspection article, penned by O&N Restoration leadership staff, was published in the January/February 2021 issue of ICRI’s (International Concrete Repair Institute) Concrete Repair Bulletin.

In the facade inspection article “Facade Inspections and Ordinances,” Director of Restoration Jason Coleman, PE, CDT, and Project Executive Matthew Mowrer, PE, document the reasons for and methods of facade inspections. The article also discusses the challenges faced by owners, developers, and property managers to maintain their buildings and comply with local ordinances.

“The individual or team performing the facade inspection must have an in-depth knowledge of facade construction, materials, and inspection techniques,” writes Coleman and Mowrer. “Facade deficiencies can be complex, and it’s up to those performing the inspection to understand visible signs on the surface as well as other patterns and signs that may be concealing a more severe defect or deficiency that is not visible.”

Some of the other topics discussed in the facade inspection article include structural versus nonstructural components and the importance of identifying such features.

Jason Coleman, PE, CDT, is the Director of Restoration and a Project Executive at O’Donnell & Naccarato. Jason has over 20 years of experience as a practicing engineer, with his areas of expertise including condition assessments and rehabilitation design of historical and parking structures. Matthew Mowrer, PE, serves as a Project Executive and has over 15 years of experience. Matthew’s areas of expertise include condition assessments and rehabilitation design of facades and parking structures. Both Jason and Matthew previously served as president of the ICRI Delaware Valley Chapter.

You can read the full facade inspection article here.

About O’Donnell & Naccarato

O’Donnell & Naccarato is a consulting structural engineering firm with offices in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and Indiana. The structural firm specializes in structural engineering, structural design, and facade inspection and restoration. We offer innovative structural engineering projects to keep costs in line and ease construction ease.


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O’Donnell & Naccarato Announces Staff Promotions For Engineers

Structural engineering and design company O’Donnell & Naccarato announces staff promotions for three of our engineers. We are proud to have all of these people on our team and congratulate them on their hard work and success.

Matthew Mowrer, PE, Project Executive

Matt has more than 15 years of professional experience, including nearly 5 years with our structural engineering and design company as a member of the Restoration team. He specializes in condition assessments and rehabilitation design of facades and parking structures, is a SPRAT certified Rope Access Technician, and has logged over 400 hours of rope access inspections. Whether hanging from a façade or overseeing the work, Matt is a great person to have on your team! Matt is past-president of the ICRI Delaware Valley Chapter and a voting member of ASTM E06.55 Performance of Building Enclosures. Notable projects include the restoration of Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Claridge and Wanamaker Buildings.

Jonathan Morris, PE, SE, SECB, Senior Project Manager

Jonathan is a structural engineer located at the McComas/O’Donnell & Naccarato offices in Carmel, Indiana. He has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects in the following industries: Education, Healthcare, Industrial, Residential, Retail, and Workplace. Personable and insightful, Jonathan is well respected by both clients and peers. He also gives time to those new to or seeking to join the A/E/C industry through the ACE Indiana Mentor Network Junior Board, ASCE Young Members Group Board, and Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group Board. One of his larger projects was the 250,000 SF – KAR Global Headquarters Campus in Carmel, IN.

Mathu Davis, PE, Project Manager

During the past 6 years, Mathu has amassed a diverse portfolio of structural engineering projects varying from new medical office spaces, movie theaters, and mixed-use residential to the restoration of existing structures. He has extensive experience in designing structures composed primarily of wood, such as mass timber and modular construction. Mathu is well-known in the office for his willingness to step up and his ever-present smile and give his time to the ACE Mentor Program of America. Some of his notable experience includes working on the Rowan Boulevard redevelopment project, a mixed-use complex in Glassboro, N.J., with more than 1,000,000 square feet of apartments, restaurants, medical offices, and other spaces.

About O’Donnell & Naccarato

O’Donnell & Naccarato is a consulting structural engineering and design company with offices in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and Indiana. The structural firm specializes in structural engineering, structural design, and facade restoration. We offer innovative structural engineering projects to keep costs in line and ease construction ease.


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Structural Firm O’Donnell & Naccarato Recaps 2020 Events

As the year comes to a close, we want to highlight several of our events, awards, and new projects from 2020. Our structural firm thanks all of our team members across all our offices for their work in 2020. We are proud of the achievements of our team and our structural engineering and design partners.

Our Awards

Matthew Mowrer, PE, was announced as one of the International Concrete Repair Institute’s (ICRI) 40 Under 40 Award winners in early February. The award recognizes 40 individuals who exemplify dedication to the concrete repair industry. Matthew Mowrer, PE, is a Restoration Engineer and Senior Project Manager for our structural firm. Matt was also on ICRI’s Board of Directors for four years and past president of the Delaware Valley Chapter in 2016. Congratulations to Matt again for receiving this honor.

In April, Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School received the 2020 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award. The award was for the preservation and adaptive reuse of the A. Mecky Company Building located at 17th and Allegheny Avenue. O&N provided structural design and façade restoration services for Cristo Rey’s adaptive reuse of a historic, 5-story heavy timber warehouse and a new adjacent addition to creating a 105,000 GSF high school. Our team offered creative approaches to structural challenges with the existing warehouse structure, fostering cost-effective solutions.

New Projects for Our Structural Firm

In early January, our structural firm celebrated the grand opening of our Doylestown Health Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care project. This project expanded the Doylestown Hospital, adding the Woodall Center to handle the increasing demand for cardiovascular intensive care and interventional vascular units. Our firm provided structural design to create the new facility comprised of additions and renovations to the existing cardiac unit.

Also, in January, Philadelphia’s first micro-hotel, Pod Philly, opened to the public. Pod Philly features 252 rooms and restaurants Condesa and El Techo Philly. We provided structural design for the micro-hotel, supported by a deep foundation of drilled concrete shafts resting on bedrock.

In June, we participated in a ceremony for 1300 Fairmount, a mixed-use building located in the West Poplar neighborhood in Philadelphia. The residential tower’s structural system is primarily Girder-Slab, a system initially invented by O&N retired founding partner Peter Naccarato, PE. The layout consists of a parking garage, retail space at the ground level, classroom space on the second and third floors, amenities level on the fourth floor, and ten stories for apartments above.

Our Events

In February, Director of Restoration Jason Coleman spoke with NBC 4 New York’s I-Team about New York City’s building façade inspection process. A tragedy spurred changes to New York’s façade inspection laws and regulations. Jason is one of just 500 engineers qualified to provide rope access investigations of hi-rise structures, so he contributed his expertise and an overview of the process for NBC 4 New York.

Image of O’Donnell & Naccarato’s team at ACEPhilly Giant Jenga Tournament 2020 | structural firm | O’Donnell & Naccarato
Our structural firm also got to participate in the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia’s 4th Annual Giant Jenga Tournament in late February. The 64 teams managed to raise approximately $30,000 for scholarships to students studying architecture, engineering, and construction in college or university. Since 2000, the ACE program has allowed local high school students to explore potential careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. Our team is incredibly passionate about our involvement in ACEMentorPhilly and is excited about new events in 2021.

In November, our team helped put together a presentation for AIA Philadelphia. The presentation was a case study and panel discussion on the panelized wall system’s selection process for the 1300 Fairmount Ave project. Some of the topics we discussed included the cost savings realized by changes in material, design changes that needed to happen quickly, and the collaborative effort by the project team to help the project remain on schedule.

About O’Donnell & Naccarato

O’Donnell & Naccarato is a consulting structural engineering firm with offices in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and Indiana. The structural firm specializes in structural engineering, structural design, and facade restoration. We offer innovative structural engineering projects to keep costs in line and ease construction ease.


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Structural Engineer | Facade Restoration | Robert Wood Johnson Garage | New Brunswick, NJ | Front view of garage | O’Donnell & Naccarato

The Importance of Seasonal Garage Building Maintenance

As the months get cold, now is a good time for season garage building maintenance. The proper assessment and maintenance of parking garages is critical to maintaining their structural integrity, so anyone parking or walking within the garage is safe. To keep parking garages safe, facility managers and owners should get their parking garages and buildings routinely assessed and repaired by structural engineers.

What Is Seasonal Garage Building Maintenance?

Seasonal garage building maintenance is the process of investigating, assessing, and maintaining parking structures during the harsh weather of late autumn and winter. The structural components of parking structures are exposed directly to weather and environmental conditions, such as rain, snow, sleet, hail, and more. The severity of each of these weather effects depends on the geographical location of the parking garage. In the northeastern United States, heavy snow and rain are typical in autumn and winter. Preventing future structural problems by catching them early on through regular assessment and maintenance is crucial to the process.

Why Is Seasonal Garage Building Maintenance Important?

Routine maintenance is essential for parking garages’, and any structures’, safety. Parking garage managers and owners want to keep their facilities safe, and the people using said facilities want to be safe, too. Having seasonal maintenance will increase the parking structure’s service life and reduce more long-term structural repairs, saving managers and owners potential costly repair expenses. Also, a safer and sounder facility, seasonal maintenance produces a cleaner, safer atmosphere, which promotes repeat business.

Structural Engineer | Garage Restoration | Sheraton Garage | Philadelphia, PA | Shot of ceiling under repair | O’Donnell & Naccarato

Seasonal Maintenance Process

The overall seasonal maintenance process consists of 3 primary steps: the assessment, the report, and the maintenance.

Assessment

The initial assessment begins with information and data gathering. In-person visits, photo or video documentation, or any other inspection method, involve analyzing the parking structure for any signs of distress in the structural design. Below are some of the factors structural engineers look for:

  • Observed distress, such as spalls, cracks, corrosion, staining, or other deterioration
  • Leaks, condensation, and ponding water
  • Any other structural and safety concerns

Any history of previous repair efforts or problems, construction documents, the original designs, and many other existing documents is also helpful for the assessment team. Visiting the site to test or gather materials is vital in assessing the structural integrity of parking structures.

Planning & Reporting

Once the engineering and design team have analyzed all of the available information, the team can make a full assessment and review of the parking structure. Typically, the report of a parking structure assessment will include:

  • Summary of the conditions prompting the investigation
  • Description of the garage construction, history, and other pertinent information
  • Photographic documentation and description of the garage’s current condition
  • Recommended actions to maintain the garage’s structural integrity

Reports may also include repair strategies, the probable cost, and possibly a comprehensive maintenance plan and schedule.

Maintenance

Finally, the garage building maintenance can begin after the assessment and reporting steps. The maintenance of a parking structure will vary based on the needs of each facility. For example, a garage may require full depth slab replacement, partial depth filigree slab repairs, and carbon fiber reinforcement like we did with Sheraton Garage in Philadelphia. In addition to immediate repairs, the engineers may implement preventative measures, such as applying a traffic bearing membrane system over the slab once repairs are complete. The maintenance stage is where the immediate and future safety and value of the parking structure are solidified.

Contact O’Donnell & Naccarato for Seasonal Maintenance for Parking Structures

To keep your parking structure well-maintained and safe for all people, reach out to O’Donnell & Naccarato. O&N provides garage condition assessments and designs repairs to help owners and operators improve public safety, ensure proper operations, and maximize structural longevity. Our firm has decades of experience working with various structural engineering projects. We specialize in structural engineering and design services, from garage building maintenance to façade restoration, and more. Contact us at 215-925-3788, or reach out to one of our offices.


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