Urban Engineers (Urban) is thrilled to be participating in this year’s Design on the Delawareconference as a sponsor and presenting firm. Our engineering consultant experts are involved in an array of activities, including the following presentations:
T02: Precedents in Sustainability: US Airways GSE Facility
US Airways LEED® Silver-certified Ground Service Equipment (GSE) Facility at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) set the precedent in sustainability for the GSE industry and PHL. This tour will explore the challenges in sustainability for industrial-type facilities at airports.
Title: Vice President and Director of Building Systems
Relationship to the Project: MEP Project Manager
Mr. Bilella has more than 21 years of diverse professional experience in engineering design and construction. His portfolio includes significant facility projects at PHL, Atlantic City Airport, and Aberdeen Proving Ground. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including Delaware Valley Green Building Council, and currently serves as Council President for Berlin Borough, New Jersey.
Title: Sustainability Project Manager
Relationship to the Project: Sustainability Consultant
Mr. Shelly is a sustainability project manager based in the firm’s New York City office. He is a sustainability consultant on a wide-range of projects, including industrial, commercial, and educational facilities and is currently leading Urban’s efforts for the renovation of Louis Kahn’s iconic Richards Medical Research Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his master’s degree in sustainable engineering from Villanova University.
Title: Deputy Director, Facilities Construction Management
Relationship to the Project: Project Manager, Resident Engineer
Mr. DiValentino oversees the firm’s facility construction management initiatives and business development. During his twelve years at Urban, he has demonstrated leadership in such projects as US Airways’ award winning, $22 million, 57,220-SF, LEED® Silver GSE Facility at PHL and Amtrak’s $30 million West Plaza and Parking Deck Renovations at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. A Professional Engineer in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, he earned his master’s degree in business administration from Temple University and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The College of New Jersey. He is an active member of Urban Land Institute, Construction Management Association of America, and American Society of Civil Engineers.
D03: Green Stormwater Infrastructure for Cities
Green stormwater infrastructure holds the potential to transform cities. It can create active, engaging, and beautiful public places—all while managing urban stormwater more effectively. This session will discuss three innovative proposals for green stormwater infrastructure—the results of a national, interdisciplinary design competition—and the opportunities and challenges of integrating green tools into the Philadelphia cityscape.
Title: Director of Land Development and Airports Divisions
Relationship to the Project: Team Leader
As the Director of Land Development for Urban, he leads, manages, and designs high-performance projects throughout the region and is known for his ability to provide cost-effective, practical solutions for his projects. He spearheaded a team from Urban, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, and Speizle Architectural Group in presenting Stormwater reStore in the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! national design competition. The design won first prize in the Commercial Retrofit Design Category. In total, 28 teams, 101 firms, and 315 designers, engineers, and other sustainability professionals participated.
B01: Transforming the Reading Viaduct
The Center City District, Urban, and Studio|Bryan Hanes are teaming to transform Philadelphia’s abandoned Reading Railroad Viaduct into a unique, elevated linear park. This presentation explores the design approach, which involved extensive public outreach, and how the project could ultimately spark future community development.
Title: Environmental Practice Leader
Relationship to the Project: Project Manager
Mr. Waters is responsible for managing environmental services for Urban’s public, private, and industrial sector clients, as well as integrating with the firm’s various engineering disciplines. His expertise includes NEPA compliance, environmental management systems, sustainability initiatives, Phase I/Phase II environmental site assessments, in-situ and risk-based remediation, asbestos investigations, and site development/stormwater management. He can provide a diverse range of environmental services to multiple business sectors, including transit and rail authorities, transportation agencies, private developers and industries.