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Institutional | KOHLER RONAN LLC Consulting Symmetry Kohler Ronan offers engineering design services to cultural institutions such as Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum. KOHLER RONAN IS SET UP TO ALIGN WITH CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS’ ARCHITECTS. BY BRIAN SALGADO hen cultural institutions like museums, private schools and universities add facilities to their existing structures, they typically rely on a pool of architects that specialize in this segment of construction. So, it only makes sense that Kohler Ronan LLC – an engineering consulting firm that primarily serves the northeastern United States – would streamline its processes to align with those architectural firms that design these institutions. “Within the markets we serve, there are a select group of architects who specialize in those markets,” explains Joseph Lembo, a partner with Kohler Ronan. “Our firm is set up to support that type of architect.” Kohler Ronan provides design services for mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), fire protection (FP), energy modeling and building commissioning services out of offices in Danbury, Conn., and New York City. Founded in 1998, the company is led by four partners – John E. Kohler, Rory S. Ronan, Craig F. Razza and Joseph Lembo – who have a combined 95 years of experience. The company primarily offers engineering design services for cultural institution projects like museums, fine and performing arts centers, universities and private education institutions, as well as luxury residences and recreational facilities. « W Revving Up Kohler Ronan designed MEP/FP systems for the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center. « At Marist College in New York, Kohler Ronan assisted with the additions and renovations to an athletic facility. « In order to better serve architects who specialize in cultural institution projects, Kohler Ronan realized early on that it had to adapt BIM to streamline its processes in alignment with architectural firms in the industry. The software of choice for this segment is Autodesk Revit. Realizing the direction the industry was taking, Kohler Ronan jumped on this trend long before its competitors did in 2008. The program required some adjustment, however, because when Revit was first launched, its controls were designed for users in the architectural field. Although there have been numerous updates to the software since, Kohler Ronan didn’t wait for those versions before getting up to speed with the program. “We needed to really embrace Revit so that our clients would be able to produce entire jobs in Revit,” Ronan says. “When they [architects] were working in Revit and consultants like us were working in AutoCAD, it was not a seamless process. Using Revit creates a fully integrated project delivery system.” In addition to utilizing Revit to work more closely with architects, Kohler Ronan also offers extensive energy modeling services . For the last three years, the company has shared the knowledge gained from the modeling process with its architects to compare various engineering systems, windows, wall composites and possible orientation. Kohler Ronan is able to create “what-if scenarios” and present project owners with options that assist in choosing the energy model best suited to their needs. 124 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Law
Green Construction
Best Practices
Lighting Technology
HDC Development Cos.
NorthPoint Development
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank – Moffett Towers
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Howard S. Wright – Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center
Rommel Cos.
NOW Specialties Inc.
NOW Specialties Inc.
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.
Victor International
Starwood Land Ventures
LaValley Building Supply
Congress Construction
McCormack Baron Salazar Inc.
Related California – The Village at Santa Monica
Ricco Construction
Taisei Construction Corp.
WPM Construction
WPM Construction – WR Sage West Apartments
Flagger Force
Miami International Airport – North Terminal improvements
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Hydrema US Inc.
CARCON Industries
Dennis’ 7 Dees
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc.
International Airport Development Co. Ltd. – Argyle International Airport
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
Morrison Hershfield – Newfoundland
APEX Block Corp.
Teqton Inc. U.S.
Dakota Transload
Empyrean Services
West Side Tractor Sales Co.
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI field building
Kohler Ronan LLC
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
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