10/27/2016 Swiss Re held a groundbreaking ceremony on October 26 for a new solar field at its U.S. headquarters in Armonk. This project will add 7,700 individual solar panels surrounding the Westchester campus, generating 2 megawatts of power. It will be the largest solar installation in Westchester county, spanning 10 acres. This solar project is part of the company’s ongoing mission to reduce their environmental footprint. “We, along with a group of other large companies, formed the RE100 initiative a few years back when we committed that all electricity we would use to power all of our global operations will be from renewable resources by the year 2020,” said Swiss Re CEO and President J Eric Smith. You can read about the groundbreaking here.
10/21/2016 The new Edward Cardinal Egan Pavilion Home was blessed and dedicated by Cardinal Dolan on October 12. The home is located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and was an expansion of the St. John Vianney Center for Retired Priests, of which the John Cardinal O’Connor Pavilion is also a part. “We are blessed in this archdiocese with this magnificent facility,” Cardinal Dolan said “It’s a gift from God, for which we are most grateful. And it’s a gift from God’s people, many of whom are here today.” OLA provided the MEP design for the 41,000 square foot addition consisting of suites, recovery rooms, Chapel, lounge, dining room, fitness room, parlor, office spaces, and more. Read about the new Edward Cardinal Egan Pavilion Home and the dedication here.
10/07/2016 School Project Spotlight, 2016 Giants 300 Report, donating to Operation Backpack, and more. Read our full newsletter here.
09/14/2016 Principal in Charge of Electrical Engineering, John Torre, P.E., joins a roundtable discussion with peers from RMF Engineering, WD Partners, exp and Glumac. The panel of professionals cover mixed-use facilities and offer advice on bringing successful execution into the mix with HVAC systems. “We have seen that submetering for residential tenants has become more popular, with direct utility metering for retail tenants. Submetering also helps minimize and simplify the electrical distribution system for the residential portion of the building, which reduces construction costs.” Read the whole article here.
09/2016 U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized White Plains Hospital as a Best Regional Hospital for 2016 / 2017. The Hospital was ranked #15 in both the state and the metro area, and also received high performance rankings in several clinical areas. See this and a list of the many other awards and recognitions that White Plains Hospital has received here.
08/29/2016 Elementary school students started school at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School on August 29th, nearly four years after the tragic day. The $50 million replacement was built on the same property as the former school, but not in the old footprint. The school was designed to be attractive, environmentally friendly, conducive to learning and above all, safe. There is a guard at a gated entrance to the driveway along with a host of enhanced security features. OLA collaborated with Svigals + Partners and the project team to provide LEED fundamental and enhanced commissioning services for the school. Read more about the first day here.
08/2016 OLA Consulting Engineers is the Energy Engineer and Commissioning Agent for the 4-year, $100 million renovation and addition project at White Plains Hospital. Several developments have been completed in this major modernization project including the newly expanded Center for Cancer Care; new lobby with a glass-enclosed skybridge connecting to the parking garage; new six-story tower with private patient rooms and state-of-the-art operating suites; additional cardiac catheterization lab; and renovated and expanded labor and delivery suites. White Plains Hospital was voted 8th in the Soliant Health’s list of Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. Read more about the transformation of the hospital here.
07/2016 Building Design + Construction ranks the nation’s largest AEC firms as part of the Giants 300 Report. Data for the Giants 300 charts are based on information supplied by the respective firms. OLA was ranked 51st among the Top Engineering Firms. See the full list of top engineering firms here. OLA was also ranked in different building sectors including: 46th in top office engineering firms, 40th in top multifamily engineering firms, 58th in top healthcare engineering firms, and 41st in top k-12 engineering firms.
07/29/2016 The new Sandy Hook Elementary School opened to the media and Newtown residents on July 29. The 87,000 square foot school features three courtyards, study spaces designed to look like treehouses and a moat-like raingarden. The school was designed to be attractive, environmentally friendly, conducive to learning and above all, safe. It draws inspiration from nature, echoing the wooded, undulating landscape of Newtown. “The safety and security measures in this building are second to none,” said Pat Llodra, the town’s first selectman. OLA collaborated with Svigals + Partners and the project team to provide LEED fundamental and enhanced commissioning services for the school. Read more about the new school here.
07/19/2016 On July 19, the Boston Road Development officially opened its doors in the Bronx. Collaborating with Alexander Gorlin Architects, OLA provided the MEP system design for the project. The 90,000 square foot building has 154 affordable apartments that are set aside for New Yorkers who were formerly homeless, as well as seniors, those living with HIV/AIDS, and MediCaid users. Amenities offered in the building include a roof terrace, computer lab, bike storage facilities, fitness room, garden, and an on-site laundry area. Read more about the development here.
06/16/2016 A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Saxe Middle School renovation and addition. The ceremony was attended by school administrators, staff and students, members of the Building Committee and the construction team. This project includes renovations to the 59-year-old auditorium and music rooms, as well as a 24,000 square foot addition consisting of STEM/science, art, regular and flex classrooms. Scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017, this addition/renovation will relieve space constraints in the middle school from the rapidly rising enrollment. Working with JCJ Architecture, OLA is the MEP Engineer for the project.
06/15/2016 A $42.5 million schools improvement bond was passed by Chappaqua residents to fund renovations to the districts six schools and the community’s public library. The renovations will include Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) and Global Learning Centers. “This (bond) is part of a larger, longer journey. We want to ensure that every student has an opportunity to participate in these larger, more flexible spaces and participate in more active learning,” said Lyn McKay, Chappaqua Central School District’s superintendent. OLA is the MEP Engineer for the district working with KG+D Architects. Read more here.
05/2016 Engineering News-Record New York came out with its Top Design Firms of 2016. OLA is pleased to announce they were ranked 69, up from 99 last year. The list ranks the top design firms throughout New York State based on the previous year’s annual revenue for architectural and engineering services. See the whole list here.
05/23/2016 OLA Principal featured in magazine, Multifamily Residential Project Spotlight, and Career Closet. Read our Spring 2016 Newsletter here.
05/04/2016 On May 4th the Yonkers Public Library’s Riverfront branch opened Tech Central, a 2,000 square foot technology center located on the third floor of the library. OLA provided Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Services for the new state-of-the-art technology space that includes a sound-proof audio-visual recording studio, a maker space with 3D printers and a large computer training room with various types and sizes of printers. Watch a short video on the grand opening here.
05/02/2016 Pace officials and invited guests joined Joseph Ianniello to celebrate the grand opening of the new Ianniello Field House on April 30th. The 14,010-square-foot Field House features a strength and conditioning center, locker rooms, athletic training room, a sports medicine component, coaches’ offices, equipment room and VIP room. “Pace has designed and constructed a terrific facility that will benefit its student athletes for many years to come,” said Ianniello, Pace alumnus and trustee. OLA provided the MEP systems design, energy engineering and commissioning services for the new state-of-the-art athletic facility. Read more about the grand opening here.
04/2016 Principal in Charge of Energy Engineering, James Dolan, P.E., discusses the new energy code update in the Spring 2016 issue of ArchPLUS. The article goes into detail explaining the revisions of the new code which include: increased requirements for building envelope, control of lighting and daylighting, building mechanical systems, commissioning of systems, and additional “mandatory” requirements. “At a minimum, staying on top of these code requirements will help benchmark realistic energy goals as well as pave the path for expeditious Code Official approval.” The update will be effective October 3, 2016. To read the full article, click here.
03/2016 OLA was featured in the “Business Profiles” section of The Examiner. The article talks about the company, its wide range of services, and how it stands out in the region for its energy engineering and commissioning services. Some of OLA’s notable projects are mentioned in the article as well. OLA’s President, Patrick Lynch, said OLA Consulting Engineers has emerged as a leader of sustainable building initiatives because of its approach. “We’re in the business of creating healthier environments for people to live and work in,” said Lynch. Click here to read the entire article.
03/29/2016 Principal in Charge of Energy Engineering, James Dolan, P.E. joins a roundtable discussion with peers from DLR Group, Setty, AlfaTech Consulting Engineers, CMTA Consulting Engineers, and CannonDesign. The panel of professionals cover ways to enhance the learning experience in K-12 schools. “Specifying the sequence of operations should occur earlier in the design process to help ensure the operation of the HVAC system is as intended and maximize the flexibility of the systems.” To read the full article, click here.
03/10/2016 Representing our firm, Principal John Torre, P.E. and Associate, Richard Joyce, P.E. attended the official opening of The Prelude. Mack Carter of the White Plains Housing Authority and Mayor Tom Roach were among the many speakers to celebrate this 104-unit mixed use building. A 13,000 square foot community center serves as a business and culinary training center for the local community. Achieving the Enterprise Green Communities designation and participating in the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program, OLA’s team designed MEP systems to support these efforts. The 42.18 million dollar development was funded and supported by federal, city and private funding. Read more about the project and the ribbon cutting ceremony here.
02/23/2016 From doctors and patients to elected officials, many gathered to join in the excitement of the White Plains Hospital Cancer Center. Attached to the large campus, the free standing cancer center is 70,000 square feet. The new space includes acupuncture and relaxation rooms, wig rooms, infusion units, and more. Mayor Tom Roach said the space is an indication of a “hospital looking for the future.” OLA is currently the energy engineer and commissioning agent on the project.
2/4/2016 Totaling over 1 million square feet across two towers, this new mixed use retail/residential development will replace the former Westchester Pavilion Mall in the heart of White Plains. OLA is the MEP engineer for the project. At the White Plains Common Council, Mayor Thomas Roach was quoted saying “this project brings the promise of an enlivened Post Road/South Broadway/Maple Avenue area with more people on the street shopping, dining and enjoying the many benefits White Plains has to offer.” To read more of the feature article, click here.
01/05/2016 OLA is collaborating with Svigals + Partners and the entire project team to provide LEED fundamental and enhanced commissioning services for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. Currently under construction, the project encompasses a strong sense of community and the natural beauty of Newtown, CT as an 87,000 square foot state-of-the-art educational facility. Read more about the progress here.
12/01/2015 We are pleased to announce the promotions of Camille Bowman, Robert P. Gruffi, Kerry Gorczynski, and Brian Tyler. Each of these engineers energize their teams and provide a positive impact on OLA’s mission to deliver cost-effective, sustainable solutions.
12/2015 OLA attended the AIA National inauguration held at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. to celebrate Russell A. Davidson, FAIA of KG&D Architects as the 2016 AIA President. Congratulations to Russ!
11/30/2015 NYC Athletic Center recognized by American Council of Engineering Companies, AIA WHV Design Awards, GreenBuild, and more. Read about it here.
11/20/2015 OLA’s work at the new Athletic Facility for Convent of the Sacred Heart was honored with a Gold Award in Engineering Excellence Awards by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC-NY). Driven by an environmental commitment and a desire to construct a facility with competitive amenities to support young girls and the community, OLA’s engineers met challenges to innovate a design that exceeds traditional expectations. The 50,000 square foot facility stands as a tangible representation of what a true dedication to both environment and community produces.
10/29/2015 OLA Consulting Engineers is the Energy Engineer for the 4-year, $100 million renovation and addition project at White Plains Hospital. Progress continues with the recently opened 5,300 square foot lobby. The lobby was referred to as “the Gateway to a new era” by Susan Fox, White Plains Hospital’s president. The remaining 6-story addition is set to open soon.
10/28/2015 In collaboration with Perkins Eastman Architects, OLA provided Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Services for the renovations of an existing main Sanctuary and adjoining Social Hall for the Jewish Community Center of Harrison. The project includes the 3,500 square foot circular Sanctuary and 4,000 square foot Social Hall flooded with natural and high efficient lighting and flexible seating configurations. The completed space received an AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley Honor Award.
10/28/2015 Alongside Alexander Gorlin Architects, OLA’s team designed the MEP systems for a renovation and addition project of Louis Kahn’s notable design at Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, NY. A sunlit entryway connects the addition and renovated spaces including classrooms, synagogue, banquet area, kitchen, and offices. The completed 41,000 square foot space received an AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley Citation Award.
10/22/2015 Principal in Charge of Mechanical Engineering, Jill Walsh, P.E. joins a roundtable discussion with peers from Parsons Brinckerhoff, WFT Engineering, and E&A Services. The panel of professionals cover trends and changes in office buildings. “Engineers are being asked to design systems that are more efficient, more compact, and still support the ever-changing experience tenants want to have within their space.” ~ Walsh Read the whole article here.
09/02/2015 Pace University welcomes students into its new residence hall. The new building was designed to enhance student experience with glass study lounges, spacious student rooms, and bright dorms. OLA provided commissioning services for the space and is currently performing services for a second residence hall on target to open next year.
7/15/2015 New York City’s oldest independent school for girls opened their 50,000 square foot athletic facility in September 2014. OLA was the MEP engineer for the project and is proud to see the building was recently recognized by the Brick Industry Association with a Silver Brick in Architecture Award. To read more please click here.
7/2015 Alongside Carol Kurth Architects, OLA’s team designed the MEP systems for this new dessert studio in Chappaqua, NY. Owner and Pastry Chef Sherry Blockinger was praised for her sweet creations. Read more here.
4/24/2015 OLA ‘s team commissioned the 66,000 square foot renovation and addition to Pace’s Kessel Student Center located on the Pleasantville campus. As part of the project’s optimization of energy system operation, constant volume air handling units were replaced with variable volume air handling units and all old existing temperature controls were converted to a new computer based controls system. To read the full press release, click here
03/09/2015 The OLA family entered Spring by dining with fellow NYSSPE members, holding a food drive, enhancing building functionality, and more. Read about it here.
02/20/2015 OLA’s President, Patrick Lynch, was awarded Engineer of the Year by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers Westchester/Putnam Chapter at the Society’s 43rd Annual Engineer’s Week Dinner Dance. As the chapter’s highest honor, Engineer of the Year was established to recognize a professional engineer for substantial contribution to the engineering profession. “There are many influences that brought me to be in a position to accept this award, from the mentors that dedicated their time to my career, to trusted relationships with both colleagues and clients. This truly is a recognition for OLA not one individual from OLA,” said Lynch. Read the full release here.
11/4/2014 In collaboration with Grandberg & Associates, OLA Consulting Engineers designed the MEP systems for this full building renovation to construct Winston Restaurant in Mount Kisco. A central skylight atrium floods the 3-level, 9,000 square foot restaurant with natural light. Opened in October 2014, the building received an AIA Westchester and Hudson Valley Honor Award. Westchester Magazine featured the project in their “Eat & Drink” column.
11/4/2014 Working with KG&D Architects, OLA performed the energy engineering and commissioning services for the renovation and expansion of the existing middle school in Putnam County. OLA assessed energy savings of the project associated with high efficiency components and helped Brewster obtain NYSERDA incentives as well as ongoing long-term energy savings. The completed project was honored with an AIA Westchester and Hudson Valley Citation Award in the Institutional Category.
11/25/2014 We are proud to be featured with notable Westchester organizations like The Music Conservatory of Westchester, Stark Office Suites, and McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP to discuss milestones. 40 years and growing! You can find the full interview here.
10/01/2014 A 40th anniversary open house, a ground breaking, 914Inc photoshoot, a night with Westchester’s small businesses, AIA gatherings, latest engineering news, and more… Read the entire newsletter here.
11/20/2014 Working with Papp Architects, OLA provided the MEP system design for Lighthouse Enterprises’ four new multi-family buildings in White Plains. Both modular and on-site construction, each building features high-end finishes and appliances. Ranging from a luxury rental complex just blocks from Mamaroneck Avenue to town homes on North Broadway, the buildings are close to transportation and the vibrancy of White Plains. To read more about the opening ceremony, click here.
10/09/2014 At a groundbreaking ceremony, Pace University President and Athletic Director celebrated the beginning of construction on their new athletic facilities with alumni, enrolled students, local government officials, and media. As the MEP engineering firm for the project, OLA’s Dan Smith and Rich Joyce were present at the exciting event on October 9th. Read Pace’s full release here.
09/03/2014 White Plains’ Teen Center, The Edge receives a 2014 Building Award from the NY Library Association’s Public Library Section. As the engineering firm, OLA designed all mechanical and electrical systems for the project. The new space provides an inspiring environment for local teens to connect and grow. To read more about the award and space, click here.
09/03/2014 Westchester’s quarterly business magazine, 914INC., celebrated the 2014 Small Business Award honorees at a cocktail reception hosted at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains. OLA was one of ten Westchester businesses to receive the award. To meet all award winners, click here.