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O’Donnell & Naccarato Celebrates the Grand Opening of New Elmwood Park Zoo Animal Hospital, Welcome Center

O’Donnell & Naccarato Celebrates the Grand Opening of New Elmwood Park Zoo Animal Hospital, Welcome Center

The 39,000 square-foot facility is part of a three-phase plan to revitalize the beloved Philadelphia-area landmark.

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Norristown, Pennsylvania – O’Donnell & Naccarato (O&N), a leading and employee-owned structural engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia, celebrated the grand opening of the Elmwood Park Zoo’s brand new, 39,000 square-foot animal hospital and welcome center. The project’s completion, which coincides with the zoo’s 100-year anniversary, is part of a three-phase plan to transform the beloved Philadelphia-area landmark into a world-class zoological institution and expand its 38-acre footprint.

O&N provided structural engineering design services for the three-story building, which houses the 17,000 square-foot Frank & Paige Engro Veterinary Health Center, complete with a state-of-the-art surgical suite, diagnostic lab, indoor and outdoor recovery wards, and in-house pharmacy. The facility also includes 8,000 square feet of new administrative space above a beautifully reimagined entrance plaza featuring new ticket windows, rest areas, and gift shop.

“As a longtime supporter of the Elmwood Park Zoo, O&N is proud to contribute to this once-in-a-lifetime revitalization effort,” said Anthony Naccarato, PE, SE, Chairman and CEO of O&N. “With this incredible new facility, the Elmwood Park Zoo will continue to serve as a leading educational and cultural destination for its next 100 years.”

The building’s primary structural system utilizes composite steel-floor framing, steel braced frames, shallow foundations, and a steel-framed roof structure.

O&N worked alongside Charles Cross Architecture, which served as the lead architect on the project. Barry Isett & Associates provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing services; Apex Design served as civil engineer; Earth Engineering performed geotechnical work; and INTECH Construction served as general contractor.

O&N has provided structural engineering services for several specialty projects throughout the U.S., including the three-acre Soundscape Park & ExoStage adjacent to the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center symphony hall in Miami Beach, Florida. The firm’s other projects include a new wellness center for the Humane Society for Hamilton County in Fishers, Indiana and the production studio for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Azamara cruise lines in North Miami, Florida.

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Celebrating Rod McComas’s Retirement and Tom Miltner’s New Role

Celebrating Rod McComas’s Retirement & Tom Miltner’s New Role

November 27, 2023

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O’Donnell & Naccarato announced Rod McComas, P.E., S.E. will retire from the company at the end of this calendar year. Beginning with the merger of McComas Engineering in August 2019 into the O’Donnell & Naccarato family, Rod has been crucial in the growth of the firm’s national presence.

Over his forty-two-year tenure, Rod has been responsible for approximately 10,000 projects in 2,000 cities throughout the United States. Some of the highlighted projects are The Fashion Mall and The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, IN, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, CA, Republic Air Headquarters in Carmel, IN, United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, IN, United States Penitentiary ADMAX in Florence, CO, Leavenworth Correctional Facility in Leavenworth, KS, precast concrete wall panels around the U.S., retail stores around the U.S., restaurants around the U.S., and, swimming pools for universities, communities, military, training, Olympic training and U.S. Embassies. Founding McComas Engineering Structural Engineers in 1991, he grew the company in specialized building sectors into a highly profitable and respected entity from coast to coast.

Rod shared his thoughts, stating, “I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to develop many friendships and clients around the United States through my work at McComas Engineering and O’Donnell & Naccarato. Thank you all for the trust you put in me and the teamwork we built on each project. I am confident that our clients are in great hands with Tom Miltner and the entire O’Donnell & Naccarato team.”

For several years, Tom Miltner, P.E., has led the Indianapolis office alongside Rod, and was promoted to the position of principal one year ago. He will continue in his role. Tom, a steadfast presence at McComas Engineering and subsequently O’Donnell & Naccarato for the past 29 years, will take the reins. With more than three decades of engineering experience and a profound understanding of our industry, Tom is poised to continue the legacy of excellence. He is a seasoned leader who participates in all phases of projects, driving our teams to exceed expectations and delivering the most cost-effective structural solutions.

“It’s an honor to be selected to lead O’Donnell & Naccarato’s Indianapolis office,” said Tom Miltner. “I look forward to working alongside my teammates and continue providing the highest quality of structural engineering services to our new and existing clients.”

“We are grateful for the contributions Rod has made to O’Donnell & Naccarato, his leadership and collaboration will be missed,” said Anthony Naccarato, PE, SE, F.ASCE President of O&N. “We are confident in Tom’s ability to take the reins as the new leader of the Indianapolis office and are excited to see all the success that he brings to the role.”

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