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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. 112 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - November/December 2012
Construction Law
Best Practices
Hurricane Sandy
Marketing Strategies
Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Rockwell Group
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
Paradigm Cos.
W.G. Yates Construction
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Marlyn Development and S.L. Nusbaum Realty – Heritage Forest Apartments
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Bellini Williams Island
Beal|Derkenne Construction – The Hub
Cedar Siding Inc.
Nibbi Bros. – Hunters View Phase 1
EllisDon Corp. – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI Field Building
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
Paric Corp.
Rotondo Weirich Enterprises Inc.
Advocate Christ Medical Center and Pepper Construction – Outpatient Pavilion expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center – United Excel – Birth Center
National Lutheran Communities & Services – The Village at Rockville/ARCH Consultants Ltd.
Harold O'Shea Builders – Springfield Clinic First North
Dewberry/Okland Construction – Western Regional Medical Center Addition
Kohler Ronan LLC
Graber Post Buildings Inc.
Tooz Construction Inc.
Bombardier Learjet – Facility Expansion
Rock Gaming LLC – Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Metrolina Greenhouse
Rommel Cos.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors
Continental Contractors
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc. – I-10 Prince Road
Ames-Granite – US 36
Tomar Construction
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
Last Look

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