// BiAnnuAl rePort // Winter 2009
consulting + engineering + tecHnologY + construction
// cHAirmAn’s messAge
As i reflect on 2008, our firm’s 80tH YeAr, and my retirement
as chairman of SH Group, I recognize that the basis for much of our
success has been the strength of our firm’s brand, which represents
deep technical knowledge and a focus on undertaking the most
complex projects. As a result, we have a global reputation that attracts
the best employees and the best clients.
Our stellar reputation is also based on our long-standing commitment
to serving our clients, and that is a commitment that will never waver.
JoHn V. mAgliAno, Pe In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing environment, providing great
support is especially critical. First and foremost, our flexibility and
agility allows us to react quickly to meet the evolving needs of our
clients, and our technical leadership elevates our level of support by
enabling us to anticipate our clients’ needs.
Clearly, we are not complacent. Last April at our annual meeting,
I announced that Gary Brennen and Cyrus Izzo – capable, long-time
Syska Hennessy leaders – had been chosen by the board as Co-Chief
Executive Officers. They have successfully embraced these roles and will
lead the firm in the future, assisted by a strong senior management team.
With our new leadership and management teams, Syska is aggressively
reaching for the future – offering clients both the strength of the firm’s
legacy and the promise of new ideas.
As the Syska Hennessy Group of companies enters an exciting new era,
consult + engineer + construct
rest assured that the pursuit of excellence, the success of our clients
integrating the best minds and technology to create
and the well-being of our team will remain the primary objectives of
high-performance solutions for the built environment
Syska Hennessy’s executive management.
from tHe co-cHief
// A messAge
2008 WAs our firm’s Best YeAr eVer. Record demand for our As we move forward and set new directions for the firm, we also
engineering and construction solutions – from the design of building honor and build on our firm’s legacy and commitment to excellence.
systems to the development and implementation of innovative With that in mind, we want to recognize and honor John Magliano,
processes and high-performance building technologies – drove Syska’s retiring chairman, for his many contributions over his 38
Syska Hennessy Group’s steady growth. Significant highlights also years with the firm. His leadership has been a reflection of deeply
include the opening of an office in Shanghai; expanded opportunities held core values that will continue to guide us as we move even
around the globe, including Dubai, India and South Korea; and a faster into an exciting future filled with creativity, innovation,
continued focus on our national healthcare practice. growth and prospects.
gArY A. Brennen, Pe cYrus J. izzo, Pe Our first year as Co-CEOs was an exciting time for us. Ours is a unique This is a time of change for the built environment industry.
management structure, one that benefits both Syska Hennessy and our Though today’s global economy presents challenges, we are
clients. The two of us, along with our senior management team, are enthusiastic about the many opportunities it also presents. True
building a high-energy environment with unprecedented collaboration to our company’s vision for the future, we will continue to create
between our team members and our clients. Because we work closely exceptional environments for our clients, our team members
together, we are able to focus on our primary goals: to accelerate the and our communities.
firm’s strategic plan, aggressively pursue international expansion and
continue to foster our valued client relationships.
We are committed to accelerating the adoption of technology, which
is critical to helping our clients solve their most complex problems,
including the global concern for environmental stewardship, escalating
energy costs and resource scarcity. It is with these cutting-edge new
tools that our team members will actually be able to predict outcomes –
and thus assure success.
built environments – people environments –
our global environment
// HeAltH sciences /
// DePArtment of VeterAns AffAirs /
neW meDicAl center
las Vegas, nevada
// uniVersitY meDicAl center at tHere Are PlentY of tHings to gAmBle on in Las Vegas.
\\our team calculated the Princeton rePlAcement HosPitAl The first new medical facility in 20 years for the Department of
and centrAl utilitY PlAnt Veterans Affairs (DVA) wasn’t one of them. That’s why Syska Hennessy
solar effects of each option was awarded the $364.9 million contract to design the medical campus
Plainsboro, new Jersey
for high-performance glass, and expandable central plant.
angled shading, fritted glass uniVersitY meDicAl center At Princeton, a pre-eminent Working closely with the DVA, the architect and the project team, Syska
applications and the teaching hospital in Central Jersey, has been serving residents of the developed the master plan of the 210-bed campus to incorporate 100
region since 1919. To accommodate new technology, staff and patient percent emergency power systems in the event of a natural disaster.
climate wall.// needs, Syska Hennessy Group was engaged to provide consulting If necessary, the infrastructure has the capacity to operate for up to four
services for this replacement hospital. days as a stand-alone facility with storm water and sanitary holdings.
A chilled water system was also designed for variable primary flow with
Syska’s Engineering Team completed a due diligence report of the the chiller capacity of 4,100 tons, and an underground utility tunnel will
existing central plant, and provided consulting services focused on distribute the chilled water to the facility.
energy simulation and daylighting studies. Part of this effort involved
several studies for the exterior climate wall on the building’s south Syska’s Vertical Transportation Team performed analysis and
// facade. Our team calculated the solar effects of each option for developed recommendations for all elevators in the new facility.
1 University Medical Center at high-performance glass, angled shading, fritted glass applications With a storage warehouse attached to the facility, it was necessary
Princeton Replacement Hospital and and the climate wall. to coordinate the integration of materials handling with the
Central Utility Plant
ARCHITECTS: Hellmuth, Obata and
Kassabaum and RMJM Hillier Slated to open in 2011, the state-of-the art facility will be a dynamic
COnTRACTOR: Turner Construction center of medicine and technology, comfort and compassion, disease The project also involved environmentally friendly “sustainable
prevention and education. The entire facility will be constructed design” elements in its planning, including innovative lighting designs.
2 Department of Veterans Affairs /
new Medical Center using the latest in sustainable construction techniques, and digital In addition to enhancing the project’s exterior architectural features,
ARCHITECT: RTKL technology will transform the entire hospital experience from the firm’s Architectural Lighting Design Team developed a combination
COnTRACTOR: Clark Hunt Construction of lighting schemes to provide the most efficient daytime and nighttime
admissions to discharge.
illumination appropriate for each interior section of the hospital.
Syska delivered the project design on an accelerated schedule.
By doing so, the project will be brought in $40 million under budget.
// fAcilities mAnAgement /
// criticAl fAcilities
// orAcle usA, inc. /
greenfielD DAtA center
salt lake city, utah
// confiDentiAl client / DAtA center focuseD on Business-to-Business softWAre and
services to help maintain business operability, Oracle USA engaged
3 Syska Hennessy Group to assist in the planning, programming, site
selection, design, and construction of a new data center located
// floriDA tecH / HArris VillAge suites to AccommoDAte tHe neeD for groWtH, Syska’s Critical near Salt Lake City.
Facilities Team was contracted to design a 320,000 square-foot facility with
melbourne, florida 100,000 square feet of raised floor. To limit the initial capital expenditure and meet future business and
IT needs, the project is designed for both scalability and flexibility.
in lAte 2006, Florida Tech retained Syska Hennessy Group to upgrade The design team transformed an existing warehouse space into a Tier The center is planned to support 300 watts per square foot of critical
their campus including residence halls, a new food service facility, an 3+ data center facility utilizing multiple extensions and reutilizing as IT load, using overhead air distribution to cool the high-density raised
nCAA standard competition swim facility, a life science center and a new much of the building’s shell as possible. There were challenges in floor environment. The center has also been designed to leverage
parking structure. Florida Tech also required innovative financing concepts analyzing each individual building system without strictly adhering cool outside air along with other sustainable engineering practices to
to reduce the financial burden while increasing the school’s global appeal. to a specific industry standard tier requirement. Syska worked closely achieve an annual 1.3 PUE – an extremely energy-efficient operating
with the client’s operations staff to creatively keep costs down without environment. The project will be using LEED® nC guidelines for
After working with the school to attract qualified developers, Syska sacrificing the overall reliability of the site. implementing sustainable features in design and construction.
evaluated the submitted proposals and negotiated the design and
construction of the facilities. Design for the residence halls commenced in In addition to designing the MEP infrastructure, Syska provided Future shell expansion is planned to support two additional computer
early 2007 and groundbreaking occurred in July of 2007. Syska Engineering security and technology design services. Multiple options were room modules and associated MEP infrastructure space for a total of
peer-reviewed the mechanical, electrical and plumbing design, and Syska evaluated and studies were produced, including: cogeneration plant four modules at ultimate build-out of over 350,000 gross square feet.
Construction oversaw the entire construction process, including onsite analysis; PhotoVoltaic analysis; an analysis of built-up air handling
units versus CRAC units; chiller plant life-cycle cost analysis; short
administration, quality control, conformance to design, selection of final
finishes, requests for information and final facility programming. Syska’s circuit ARC flash analysis; and extensive CFD modeling.
3 Florida Tech / Harris Village Suites
Facilities Management and Commissioning Team commissioned the chiller ARCHITECT: HADP Architecture
plant, standby power plant and all building systems. The residence halls Sound consultants were hired to meet strict township criteria at COnTRACTOR: MH Williams Construction Group
were completed in exactly one year, under budget and ahead of schedule. adjacent property lines. In addition, Syska had a full-time staff
4 Confidential Client / Data Center
member on this project during construction who worked with ARCHITECT: Gensler
Construction is commencing on the food service facility, swim facility, sub-contractors to coordinate building services utilizing a 3D BIM COnTRACTOR: Skanska
science center and parking structure. Syska expects to fill a similar, model of the facility.
5 Oracle USA, Inc. / Greenfield Data Center
high-level consulting role on the remainder of the project. ARCHITECT: Gensler
COnTRACTOR: Holder Construction
// sYskA’s feDerAl construction
// Verizon Wireless / As tHe goVernment’s 2008 Fiscal Year End came to a close,
greenfielD DAtA center Syska was awarded more than $76 million in new projects.
In June of 2008, Syska was awarded a new five-year, $388 million
contract as prime contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’
millions of customers depend on “the network.” But when (USACE) Huntsville Engineering and Support Center for a
Verizon Wireless needed to design and build a 70,000-square-foot nationwide Medical Repair and Renewal (MRR) program.
high-density data center with two telecommunication switches,
they called Syska Hennessy. In August of 2008, Syska was awarded a third consecutive contract
7 as a prime contractor with USACE’s Mobile District for the repair
At 90 percent design, Syska provided a GMP and ordered long lead and renewal of U.S. Army medical facilities throughout the United
equipment and structural steel, dramatically shortening the total States and territories – a five-year, $250 million program contract.
// construction duration of the project. As soon as the metal deck was
6 + 7 Verizon Wireless / Greenfield Data Center set on the truss system, Syska installed every conduit – from the Under a previously existing five-year, $100 million program contract
ARCHITECT/EnGInEER: O’Brien & Gere transformers through the main switchgear out to the 400-ampere
COnTRACTOR: Syska Hennessy Group Construction for the U.S. navy’s Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC)
rectifier panels – below the slab, which greatly accelerated for new Construction and Renovation of Various Dry Utilities,
8 The Lyster Army Health Clinic in Fort Rucker, Alabama, installation and reduced electrical labor costs by at least 7 percent. Syska won nine new task orders totaling $27 million.
one of the many repair and renewal projects awarded to The mechanical system included the 100 percent overhead
Syska Hennessy in 2008
distribution of air into cold aisles using large customer AHUs, with Another previously awarded program contract with USACE
100 percent outside air capabilities combined with a 100 percent Honolulu’s Design-Bid-Build Construction Services and Design-
smoke purge system. Build Construction Services provided multiple opportunities for
proposals to the USACE for work in Hawaii. Syska was awarded
By using 3D modeling to actively coordinate the mechanical, three projects under a five-year, $25 million contract as a 50 percent
electrical and auxiliary iron systems, Syska further reduced the partner in a joint venture.
client’s expected project schedule by 30 percent. The entire
project went from groundbreaking to start of telecommunication
equipment in just over eight months.
// consulting &
// tHe PentAgon memoriAl /
sYskA HennessY’s relAtionsHiP WitH tHe PentAgon
dates back to a comprehensive, decade-long renovation program, the
success of which led Syska to be trusted with the reconstruction of the
Pentagon after the events of September 11, 2001. This year, the firm was
called upon to design the Pentagon Memorial Park project, a permanent
memorial from family and friends to the 184 people who lost their lives
during the September 11 attack.
Selected from a national competition, the final design called for
184 Memorial Units (MUs). Each unit consists of a cantilevered bench
with a lighted reflecting pool directly beneath the seating area.
Syska engineers coordinated with the landscape architect and MU
designers to ensure that the water supply and return system, as
well as the power supply, would support each unit. An underground
Operations Control Center was decided upon to house these services.
The design also called for the park to be void of utilities, both above
and below ground, requiring the relocation of all present utilities.
Syska worked with the Pentagon Facilities Group (PenRen) to ensure
that the changeover would not adversely affect normal operations
within the Pentagon itself. Additionally, PenRen required that all
designs and modifications be 3D modeled in Micro Station.
Using a design/build process to accelerate construction,
Syska Hennessy made sure that the memorial opened as planned
on September 11, 2008.
9 Pentagon Memorial / Park Design
ARCHITECT: Lee and Associates
COnTRACTOR: Balfour Beatty Construction
// cooPer union for the ADVAncement
of science and Art /
neW AcADemic and science lAB BuilDing
new York, new York
tHis criticAl ProJect is the linchpin in Cooper Union’s overall
strategic plan to position its academic programs for the future, to
renew its urban campus, to revitalize the community centered on
Cooper Square and to establish a sustainable financial infrastructure
for the institution. The design of the building must respect the budget
both in the vision for the building and in the details that have long-
term life cycle cost implications.
To the greatest extent practical, the mechanical, structural,
telecommunications and environmental technologies will be
accessible for study by the building users, thanks to a flexible design
from Syska Hennessy Group’s MEP infrastructure. The firm’s familiarity
with the new York building arena and expertise in LEED® buildings
will provide insight into many of the building’s systems. As the local
engineer, Syska is providing expertise/code advisement as well as
peer review, completed construction documents and construction 11
administration services. The firm’s Technology Team also designed
the communications cabling infrastructure to support voice, data and
the security network, which features electronic access control and
10 + 11 Cooper Union / new Academic and
IP-based CCTV surveillance.
Science Lab Building
ARCHITECT: Morphosis Architects
The new academic building will include high standards of sustainability, COnTRACTOR: F.J. Sciame Construction
durability and flexibility to optimize its value to the college over time. It
will be the first “green” academic laboratory building in new York City,
built to LEED® Gold standards.
// Detroit metroPolitAn
WAYne countY AirPort (DtW) /
nortH terminAl reDeVeloPment 13
// los Angeles cliPPers /
AtHletic trAining fAcilitY
tHe nortH terminAl reDeVeloPment project evolved from Playa Vista, california
a need to replace DTW’s aging Smith and Berry terminals with a new
facility located on the site of the leveled Davey Terminal. The 26-gate,
850,000-square-foot north Terminal establishes new benchmarks tHe los Angeles cliPPers commissioned Syska Hennessy Group
for today’s value-conscious facilities by offering a higher level of to design the first athletic training facility in the club’s 37-year history.
passenger convenience and efficiency. In collaboration with the architect, Syska is providing building systems
design, technology and architectural lighting design services for the 14
Beneath the site, there is an existing underground utility tunnel that facility. The design will allow the Clippers to utilize the facility for a
serves both the Smith Terminal at the south end of the airport and multitude of different needs. //
the Berry Terminal at the north. This tunnel will remain operational 12 Detroit Airport / north Terminal
throughout construction, and its utility distribution system will be Within the two-story structure are two full basketball courts, full locker Redevelopment
room facilities, offices for the operations team, and a 2,600-square- ARCHITECT: Gensler
utilized for the north Terminal. While this is an efficient use of the
existing infrastructure, tunnel ceiling elevation variances require the foot performance and strength training area featuring state-of-the- Malow Company
relocation of some of the utility distribution system within the tunnel art cardiovascular and weight training equipment. For the training
to maintain the floor elevations throughout the new terminal. area, Syska implemented new technology that allows the Clippers to
13 + 14 Los Angeles Clippers /
monitor player progress as they train. This is achieved with equipment Athletic Training Facility
Design considerations were made for baggage and security systems, that measures heart rates along with the treadmill slope and pace, ARCHITECT: Rossetti
which transmits directly into the Clippers’ computer network. With COnTRACTOR: Turner Construction
roadways to tie-in to the new facility, hydrant fueling operations and
expandability to allow for six future gates and required service for standard wireless coverage throughout the facility, the staff will be
air carriers. The new terminal also enabled Syska to apply MEP, fire able to see the results while communicating directly with the players
protection and building management systems solutions specifically as they work out.
designed to meet the industry’s evolving needs in the post-9/11
environment. This coverage enhances connectivity and provides the benefits of a
modern nBA arena.
15 + 16 Phoenix Convention Center
ARCHITECT: HOK Venue
COnTRACTOR: Hunt Construction Group
17 Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
COnTRACTOR: Perini Building Company
\\After the expansion is
completed in December 2008,
the new 2.5 million-square-
foot facility will become one
of the top 20 convention
venues in north America...//
// PHoenix conVention center
Phoenix, Arizona 17
sYskA HennessY grouP was selected to provide full MEP // sHerAton PHoenix DoWntoWn Hotel
engineering services and interior/exterior architectural lighting Phoenix, Arizona
services to expand and improve the existing 580,000-square-foot
Phoenix Convention Center. The expansion is a cooperative effort
tHe sHerAton PHoenix DoWntoWn Hotel is the first
between the city of Phoenix and the state of Arizona to meet the
new high-rise hotel to be built in downtown Phoenix since 1976.
growing demands of national conventions that would not otherwise
Syska Hennessy was selected as the building systems engineer for
be able to add Phoenix to their Southwest rotations.
the new $160 million hotel, which is considered vital to the growth
of downtown Phoenix.
Together with HOK Venue Architects and Hunt Construction, Syska’s
goal was to design a cost-efficient, highly competitive facility capable of
The 31-story high-rise hotel boasts 1,000 rooms, including multiple
maximizing revenue opportunities for the owner and helping to create
suites, a 9,000-square-foot fitness center and spa, a 2,000-square-
economic growth within the state of Arizona. After the expansion is
foot outdoor pool and sundeck, and an 80,000-square-foot state-
completed in December 2008, the new 2.5 million-square-foot facility
of-the-art meeting space with a 29,000-square-foot ballroom and
will become one of the top 20 convention venues in north America,
a 15,000-square-foot junior ballroom with associated pre-function
offering nearly 900,000 square feet of rentable space.
areas. In addition, there are 16 meeting rooms, two boardrooms, two
restaurants, a café and a terrace for outdoor events.
The new lighting design remains consistent with the facility’s existing
system while utilizing the most current technology. Adding to its appeal,
The 1.1 million-square-foot hotel is publicly funded by the city of
the Phoenix Convention Center’s Grand Canyon-inspired environs
Phoenix, and is operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
will include $3.2 million worth of public art and ecologically friendly
under its Sheraton flagship. Opened on October 1, 2008, the hotel
features like solar panels and gardens nourished with water harvested
is located approximately two blocks from the newly expanded
from the air-conditioning systems’ waste condensate.
// PlAces AnD fAces
// gloBAl strAtegies
sYskA’s gloBAl reAcH HAs exPAnDeD with the opening of The Chennai International Airport in Chennai, India, also features
the new Syska Hennessy Group China, Inc. office in Shanghai, People’s Syska’s high-performance strategies such as rainwater collection into
Republic of China. Ing Lim, Syska’s Managing Director, has crafted sculptural pools with distribution in landscape irrigation during the
partnerships and strategic alliances with numerous national and dry season. Another strategy tops new parking structures with green
international design firms located in Shanghai, and he will continue roofs, which also capture and reuse rain water. Ultimately, these and
to grow the firm’s presence in this critical market. similar creative design features will allow India’s Airport Authority to
boast the most sustainable airport in the country.
Under the leadership of Hie Jae Kim, PE, Senior Vice President and
Director of Korean Projects, Syska is working on several mixed-use In the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is the location of several ongoing
tall tower projects in Busan, Incheon, and Seoul, South Korea. tall tower projects, including a 110-story mixed-use tower project and
Standing over 150 stories in height, these iconic buildings have an 80-story two-tower residential project, both seeking LEED® Gold
ambitious energy efficiency and sustainability goals, which are certification. These confidential projects feature an early-integrated
accomplished through high-performance strategies such as on-site design process, which positioned Syska’s team to succeed in achieving
power generation, energy recovery systems, greywater systems ambitious environmental performance requirements. Exhaustive
designed to reduce the consumption of potable water for non- high-performance modeling studies have been an important part of
potable needs, radiant floor heating and many other features. that strategy’s success.
18 ing lim 19 Hie JAe kim, Pe
Director, Shanghai Operations Senior Vice President and
Director of Korean Projects
20 + 21 Computer-generated
architectural renderings of
mixed-use tall tower projects
in South Korea
22 Syska Hennessy opened an 23 The Chennai International
office in Shanghai to service Airport in India boasts creative
a growing project base and design features that will make it
international clients in the region the most sustainable airport in
// our PeoPle
// sYskA teAm memBers mentor Ace
ProfessionAls of the future
sYskA is VerY ProuD of our longstanding involvement with the
ACE Mentor Program of America, a not-for-profit organization designed
to prepare high school students for rewarding careers in the fields of
architecture, engineering and construction.
Volunteers throughout Syska serve as mentors in the ACE program,
working directly with students to introduce them to a broad range
of people and projects in our industry. Through the years, working
sessions have taken place in many Syska offices with teams of
approximately 15-25 students set up to emulate actual design teams. //
The students participate in mock design projects with guidance from 26 24 Scott Tunnell mentors a team
of students from Kearny High
their mentors every step of the way. School’s Construction Tech
Academy, who chose to design a
The ACE Mentor Program has a presence in more than 80 cities in new airport for San Diego County
America – from new York to Los Angeles, Seattle to Miami, Chicago 25 Pat Halm from the Cambridge
to Dallas, even Honolulu. The program continues to grow thanks to office discusses HVAC systems
the dedication of ACE’s mentors and staff, and the support of local design with Boston area high
schools. More than 30,000 students, many who are economically
challenged, have enjoyed the opportunity to explore the building 26 John Magliano, former CEO of
design and construction industries with professionals happy to share Syska Hennessy Group Inc. and
one of the founding fathers of the
their knowledge, insights and encouragement. ACE Mentor Program of America
27 Kearny High School students
at their ACE banquet
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