Joseph Munafo Named Associate Principal

Dagher Engineering announces the promotion of Joseph Munafo, LEED GA, to Associate Principal. Marking 10 years with the building systems design firm, Joe joins principals Elias Dagher, Richard Pearson and Josephine Zurica on its leadership team. A native New Yorker, he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering) before entering the building systems field, initially as a plumbing and fire protection specialist.

Candid-040 JM“Joe joined us as a design engineer a decade ago and quickly became an invaluable project manager, with his natural affinity towards clients and a shared standard of sustainability,” recalls Senior Principal Elias Dagher. “To each project, he lends technical proficiency in all categories of building systems, pragmatism, and a remarkable ability to interpret the most obscure building codes.”

Since joining Dagher in 2005, Joe has designed systems for a wide range of projects in the New York metropolitan area, including parks, academic buildings, healthcare facilities, residential buildings, commercial office buildings and retail space. As a project manager, he has spearheaded numerous high profile projects: renovation of New York City schools, development of new park lands for Hudson Park and Boulevard in Manhattan, and the redevelopment of Governor’s Island. His recent project, 35XV, a new luxury residential tower that sits atop Xavier High School, received a 2016 Platinum Award for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY).

Active in policy improvement and collaboration initiatives for the A/E/C industry, Joe has served a combined 12 years on ACEC NY’s Plumbing Codes, Fire Codes, and the New York City School Construction Authority committees. He is also Vice President of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering’s New York Chapter.

“I look forward to making a greater impact on the firm, and the industry, in my new role. Dagher’s values, progressive thinking and open lines of communication shape our work and strengthen our relationship with clients and colleagues,” says Joe.

 

Founded in 2000, Dagher Engineering provides mechanical, electrical, and plumbing-fire-protection design and consulting services to developers, building owners and managers, architects, and contractors both in the United States and internationally. The firm’s mission is to complement the architecture of buildings and enhance the wellbeing of their occupants by designing systems that are economical and maintainable while providing maximal comfort and minimizing the impact on the environment and natural resources. For more information, visit www.dagherengineering.com.

 

Dagher Engineering Wins ACEC New York Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence

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35XV’s pyramidal shape conforms to maximum space permitted by zoning. (Rendering courtesy of FXFOWLE)

 

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York has announced the winners for the 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects selected for either Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond Awards have been judged against a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation, and value to society.

Dagher Engineering PLLC is pleased to announce its acceptance of a 2016 ACEC New York Platinum Award for work on 35XV: Optimized Design for Mixed-Use in the category of Building/Technology Systems. The project will be presented at the 49th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on March 19th this year.

Dagher worked with Alchemy Properties and FXFOWLE Architects through detailed coordination to handle all phases of Electro-Mechanical, Sanitary, and Life Safety systems (MEP/FP) for a unique mixed-use building in a densely populated Manhattan neighborhood. Through close coordination with all the members of the project team Dagher Engineering worked to optimize vertical space retaining air, light, and views for residents and neighbors, maximize floor area, and preserve energy through mixed-use development. Confined, or rather inspired, by the boundaries of neighborhood zoning laws, Dagher conceived of standard MEP/FP systems that complement 35XV’s luxury features and varied envelope. A highly complex design process resulted in a unique landmark.

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Systems equipment offsets at every level allow expansive floor-to-ceiling heights.

 

In keeping with the firm’s culture for sustainability, Dagher provided LEED standard variable ventilation systems, energy recovery, and high-efficiency boilers, as part of the cost-effective and economical solutions for 35XV. Additionally, the success of the partnership between 35XV and Xavier High School is socially significant to small, cultural, or educational properties who are interested in becoming foundations to mixed-use buildings as well as to sustainable urbanization.

Dagher is honored to have worked with Alchemy and FXFOWLE on this landmark project and to receive recognition for its contributions to 35XV: Optimized Design for Mixed-Use.

 

Founded in 2000, Dagher Engineering provides mechanical, electrical, and plumbing-fire-protection design and consulting services to developers, building owners and managers, architects, and contractors both in the United States and internationally. The firm’s mission is to complement the architecture of buildings and enhance the wellbeing of their occupants by designing systems that are economical and maintainable while providing maximal comfort and minimizing the impact on the environment and natural resources. For more information, visit www.dagherengineering.com.