A Message From Our Chairman and CEO
by Gary W. Passero, PE, REM, F.ASCE
Greetings Fellow Employees and Friends: At the heart of our core values is the spirit of
giving back to the communities in which we live
May the beauty of the Thanksgiving and
and work. As you know, we have been tithing our
Christmas seasons remain with each of us and
proﬁts throughout the year in accordance with our
remind us to be thankful for our many, many
budgeted proﬁt, but with our increased proﬁt level
blessings, both personally and corporately. On a
above budget, we were able to increase our giving
corporate level we are blessed with great people, Gary Passero, PE, REM,
to worthy organizations. Recently we invited our
exceptional clients, meaningful projects, and F.ASCE
employees to submit sponsorship requests for
strong leadership, resulting in our proﬁt sharing Chairman and CEO
youth organizations they actively support and had a
pool being the largest in our company’s history
record number of submissions. While we originally
(TYLJ). Our hard work and commitment to our
committed to support three youth organizations,
Core Values of Integrity, Passion for Excellence,
we were pleased to support all eight program/event
Stewardship, Respect, Servant Leadership,
requests brought to our attention.(TYLJ) We will be
Teamwork, One Firm, Personal and Professional
including a complete listing of all the organizations
Growth, Work/Life Balance, and Diversity
to which we contribute on our website.
continue to serve us well.
As a new year begins, we look forward to beginning
In reporting our year-end results against
new projects and to the continued growth of the “On a corporate
our corporate goals, let me just say that we
ﬁrm. Our new Capital District Ofﬁce in Saratoga level we are
achieved measurable success in each of our four
Springs is off to a strong start. Michael Churchill blessed with great
cornerstone areas, namely Best People/Fulﬁlling
and Dan Desjardins have been identifying many people, exceptional
Work Environment; Quality/Risk Management;
opportunities for Passero to pursue in the Albany clients, meaningful
Exceptional Client Service; and Growth,
and New England areas. Our Florida ofﬁces projects, and strong
Marketshare & Proﬁtability. The question now
continue to grow both in terms of professional leadership.”
is: “How do we keep the momentum going and
staff and clients, creating a need for more ofﬁce
not become complacent?” The answer is simple:
space. Moving to our new ofﬁce in Jacksonville
continue to focus on our core values as they will
in February marks a new and exciting phase in
act as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
our operations in Florida, but we will continue
to maintain our relationships with everyone in
Fernandina Beach. Each of our departments has
been blessed with work on exciting projects for
2008. These include a new project for Passero
What’s Inside... Spoleta Design-Build - student housing at Tompkins Passero Associates
Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York; Rochester, NY
Awards ............................2,12 Saratoga Springs, NY
airport consulting at Gainesville Municipal Airport Fernandina Beach, FL
Department News ............ 3-7,9-10 in Florida; and many other airport, environmental, St. Augustine, FL
municipal, institutional, commercial and residential
In the Spotlight .................. 8-9
Events .............................. 11
In closing, let us be mindful each and every day to
Community Involvement ..... 11-12 share our blessings with our less fortunate brethren
and pray God’s continued blessings upon us and our
Milestones ......................... 12 families. Winter 2008
Cornerstone Awards at 16 intersections for 3 periods/day. They organized
the teams, provided instructions, prepared paperwork
by Kim Kulik
and managed the entire trafﬁc count operation in
Do you know of a signiﬁcant accomplishment record time!
by one of your colleagues that has had a positive
impact on the ﬁrm? Nominate that person Mira Mejibovsky
for a Cornerstone Award - it takes less than Growth, Marketshare & Proﬁtability and
ﬁve minutes and makes a big difference! Exceptional Client Service: For exceptional effort
in administrating the environmental remediation
Award Recipients June – December services related to the ROI – Albion Academy
Tom Cottrell Project, Mira’s initiative in understanding the client’s
Exceptional Client Service and Quality/Risk state mandates, and her efforts to provide services
Management: For his efforts in managing the through Passero and our sub-consultants, translated
design, production and bidding requirements during into a new contract from ROI for these services.
Florida’s busiest design period in recent years. He
simultaneously managed the production, scheduling Jess Sudol
and bidding of six major projects and signiﬁcantly Exceptional Client Service: For his “extraordinary
contributed to all six projects receiving FAA effort” in completing the design and submittal
funding. package for Tompkins Cortland Community College
(TC3), allowing the client to meet their funding
Matt Lesser deadline. TC3 is a new client and the residence halls
Exceptional Client Service and Quality/Risk project is expected to generate signiﬁcant revenue for
Management: For professionalism and exceptional the ﬁrm.
effort while working on the St. Augustine Airport–
Hangar 8-9-10 project. Matt’s continuous focus Terry Dayton
on quality, client service and maintaining positive Best People/Fulﬁlling Work Environment: for
“Recognizing relationships with contractors and sub-consultants providing a key employee referral. Employee
personnel who is valued and appreciated. The project ended Referrals are one of the best ways Passero can
with a mutually-beneﬁcial agreement, and quality identify and attract highly-qualiﬁed people.
installation of the hangars.
an exceptional Dan Passero
commitment to one Bill Reid Exceptional Client Service: for his inspection work
Exceptional Client Service and Quality/Risk on the Glide Street Project. Bill Kiselycznyk, PE,
or more of Passero’s Management: For his efforts in meeting design/ Managing Engineer/Construction-Department of
Cornerstones and production requirements during one of Florida’s Environmental Services for the City of Rochester,
whose performance/ busiest design/production periods in recent years. submitted a letter of commendation praising Dan for
From learning and implementing new software his dedication, communication and diplomacy on the
actions have had a to extended work hours, Bill’s efforts contributed job. Bill stated that “Dan demonstrates a high degree
consistent, positive to six major projects that were designed and bid of professionalism and expertise” in all aspects of
and measurable simultaneously receiving FAA funding. his work.
impact on the success Jess Sudol & Jared Miller Joanne Randall
of our ﬁrm.” Exceptional Client Service: For extraordinary efforts Best People/Fulﬁlling Work Environment: For two
in meeting pressing client deadlines on several years of outstanding service as chairperson of the
projects, including Cedar Commons Drainage PA Events Committee. Her leadership, energy and
Design. Their client service focus allowed us to creativity have all contributed to building a positive
meet and exceed client expectations. work culture at Passero.
Mira Mejibovsky, Mark Montanari & Pete Rase
Joanne Randall Exceptional Client Service: For his work on the
Best People/Fulﬁlling Work Environment: For their GRIA Tunnel Project. Pete was hired to replace
valuable assistance in making the Rochester Ofﬁce another ﬁrm’s engineer to ﬁnish a very difﬁcult
“Lunch Room Renovation” a reality. Each used their Runway Safety Area Project. In a letter of
respective talents to make PA’s “Café” a place we commendation, Associate Engineer – Pure Waters,
can all appreciate and enjoy. Thomas J. Posella Jr., PE, writes, “Pete’s hard work
and dedication to the project was part of the reason
Mark Angelo & Tim Harris this project was such a success. Pete’s a great guy,
Exceptional Client Service: For assembling a team hard working, knowledgeable, a great representative
of 24 staff and students to complete a trafﬁc study for Passero – you should be proud to have him on
for the Renaissance Square project involving counts your team, I know I certainly was.”
Capital District Ofﬁce Staff Update
Welcome to Daniel P. Desjardins, PE, Senior
by Michael Churchill, PE
Airport Engineer in our Capital District Ofﬁce.
We’ve seen a ﬂurry of activity since we established the He is a seasoned civil engineer with over 30 years
Saratoga Springs ofﬁce. On October 1 we opened our of experience in aviation, highway, municipal and
doors at 125 High Rock Avenue, and two days later site projects, including work in airport design and
Michael Churchill and Dan Desjardins were joined by administration. He is a Licensed Professional
Wayne Wegman, Andrew Holesko and Shawn Bray at Engineer in New York, a Registered Professional
the annual Fall Conference for the New York Aviation Engineer in Massachusetts and a member of the
Management Association (NYAMA) in nearby Glens American Society of Civil Engineers. He holds a
Falls, New York. We took this opportunity to ofﬁcially Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering
promote our new ofﬁce to the New York Aviation from Northeastern University. Dan and his wife of
community. The hospitality suite that we hosted 18 years, Karen, a freelance writer and editor, live Daniel Desjardins
was a rousing success, with many of our existing and in Greenﬁeld. In his spare time, Dan enjoys golf,
potential clients dropping by to chat with our staff. canoeing and hiking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing,
Michael and Dan are implementing an aggressive and woodworking.
marketing plan, including contacting well over 50 Welcome to Michael L. Churchill, PE, Manager in
individuals. Michael has logged over 3,000 miles Charge of the Capital District Ofﬁce in Saratoga
visiting a number of potential clients and has met Springs and Senior Airport Project Manager. He
with over 20 airport sponsors and municipal directors, is a civil engineer with over 25 years of airport
resulting in a number of leads for future work. engineering experience and has long-standing
These efforts are paying off - we were invited to relationships with, and has provided planning,
submit a proposal to plan and design a new combined design and construction administration services to
Salt Storage Facility for the City of Johnstown and airports in New York and New England. Michael is a
Fulton County. Special thanks go out to Dan Savage Licensed Professional Engineer in several states, and
and his group in helping to prepare the technical scope is a former Board Member of the New York Aviation
and fee. No word yet on the selection, so keep your Management Association. He holds a Bachelor of Michael Churchill
ﬁngers crossed! Science degree in Civil Engineering from Norwich
University in Northﬁeld, Vermont.
On the technical side, Dan Desjardins has been
assisting in the review of plans and technical reports, Michael and his
and with the preparation of contract speciﬁcations and wife of 20 years,
engineering estimates for a number of airport design Louise, live in
projects. Michael has also been providing technical Galway with
assistance to the planning group, reviewing various their 11-year-
airport layout plan updates and master plan updates. old son. The
We expect to be providing even more technical couple also has a
support for the New York and Florida aviation groups 12-year-old son,
in the coming months. who is a disabled
child living in a
The Saratoga Ofﬁce is completely up and running residential school
in our 1,200 square feet of permanent ofﬁce space. in upstate New
We are located in “The Mill,” an historic textile Hampshire. Saratoga Springs Ofﬁce
mill in Saratoga Springs which has been converted Michael grew up in Walden, Vermont. He attended
to high-end ofﬁce space. We hope to soon add an Norwich University, a small military college, on an
Engineering Technician to complement the design and Air Force Scholarship, and spent four years in the
project management capability that Dan and Michael Air Force at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Washington.
provide and our goal is to have a staff of ﬁve to six He has worked for several engineering consulting
professionals by the end of 2008. ﬁrms in the Washington, DC, Albany and Saratoga
Of course, the success of this ofﬁce does not rest Springs areas. Louise is a former school teacher, and
on the shoulders of one or two people, but requires is now a professional volunteer advocate for families
the support and skill of an entire team. We thank the of disabled children. She is also the proprietor of
Partners of Passero Associates for their vision and Galway Candles and Soaps – making homemade soap
support of our expansion into eastern New York, and beeswax candles. The family is active in their
and we give special thanks to Kim Perry and Beth church, First Presbyterian Church of Schenectady.
Turof, who have been providing invaluable marketing Michael spends his free time hiking and mountain
support. All in all, this has been an exciting time in climbing - he has climbed 19 of the 46 High Peaks in
Saratoga, and we invite any and all of you to come see the Adirondack Park. He also enjoys woodworking,
Passero’s newest ofﬁce. kayaking, and teaching Bible Studies. Winter 2008
Municipal Engineering safely removed from the structure and disposed of
in a NYSDEC permitted landﬁll.
by Dan Savage
The Municipal department has won several new Since the old garage sits between an historic
projects this year and is continuing to provide structure and an active parking garage, surgical
exceptional service on existing projects. demolition with the use of a high-reach hydraulic
excavator was required – explosives were not
Mortimer Street Garage Demolition permitted. A shared load bearing wall between
Photos of the demolition in action show the progress the old and new garage required a detailed staging
Progression of Demolition at of this complex project. A slideshow of the demolition plan for removal. Unique staging of the ﬁrst ﬂoor
Mortimer Street Garage from start to ﬁnish can be seen in the Municipal slab removal was also required to ensure that the
Projects section of the foundation walls that support Mortimer Street and
Passero website. Division Street didn’t collapse due to loss of lateral
support. The project also required the contractor
The demolition of
to salvage and reuse as much of the structure as
City’s Mortimer Street
possible. The material recycling effort involved
parking garage was
separating approximately 200 tons of reinforcing
both an engineering and
rods from 25,000 tons of brick and concrete. The
concrete was rubbelized for use as clean ﬁll to ﬁll
The deteriorated eight
in the two-story basement.
story parking structure
had to be surgically The public outreach program developed for this
removed from between project was greater than most. Generic public
two structures, one meetings on projects with rental properties are
being the historic typically not well attended. Consequently, key
Edwards Building, stakeholders are often not aware of the impending
in the heart of project or its temporary impact to the area. To
downtown. counter this, we met with each individual building
tenant to explain the project, and followed up with
telephone calls to property owners.
Project requires The contracts for this $1.6 million project were
removal of several awarded to Bianchi Industrial Services, Inc.
existing buildings, the of Syracuse in January 2007. Environmental
ﬁrst of which was remediation and demolition began in January 2007,
the Old Mortimer and was completed by September 2007.
Street Garage – an
eight-level reinforced Project News
concrete structure built The Town of Farmington selected Passero and
in the mid-1950s. The Kotz & Assoc. to prepare an update to their
garage was condemned Parks & Recreation Master Plan. We have begun
by the City of Rochester this project and are working with the Town to
several years ago due to provide a plan that will meet the recreational
structural issues. needs of the community. Along with our
subconsultant Kotz and Associates, we will be
Passero Associates was evaluating the Town’s existing parks and the
selected by the City of current program participation in the community,
Rochester to design including assessment of the parks’ grounds and
the demolition in a athletic ﬁelds, and identiﬁcation of demands for
secure, environmentally recreational facilities.
including preparation Another exciting project won - Monroe
of the building Community College’s Roadway and Parking Lot
demolition contract Safety Improvements Project. Passero was selected
documents. over 17 consultants who submitted proposals. The
College has budgeted over $1M for the project.
Prior to the start of
the demolition work, Adding to our portfolio of projects for the City
a large amount of of Rochester, we have been selected to provide
asbestos and hazardous professional services for the Trinidad Street
material had to be Parking lot project at the Public Market.
Administration Finally….Congratulations to our own IT
magician, Adam Rossi, and his lovely bride
by David Passero
Jessica! The couple was married October
The Administration department has been 20, 2007 in an outdoor ceremony at the
providing outstanding support during the Burgundy Basin Inn in Bushnells Basin and
expansion of the ﬁrm this year in Florida and New honeymooned in Geneva, on the shores
York. Each member of the administrative staff of Seneca Lake. The wedding was one
has played a vital role in maintaining the high level to remember, and Adam is grateful to all
of service we deliver to our clients during this time the people at Passero who helped with
of growth. Thank you all for your efforts. any support in ﬁnding the best assistance,
and answering any questions he had in the
Information Technology challenging task of planning the wedding.
The Capital District Ofﬁce, the Jacksonville
Best wishes to Adam and Jessica for a long
Ofﬁce, and the Rochester Ofﬁce can now
and happy life together. They thank you for
videoconference simultaneously using a split
your prayers throughout the planning process.
screen that allows each ofﬁce to see and hear
everyone in the meeting. Steve DeForte and Adam
Rossi have done an outstanding job connecting
all of our ofﬁces, allowing our personnel to Environmental Mr. & Mrs. Rossi
communicate with ease. They conducted diligent by Arpad Kolozsvary, REM, IH
research to ﬁnd the best solution for Passero, and Staff Update
have overseen its implementation. Adam and We welcome Mariann Giglia, who has returned to
Steve have also done an excellent job setting up Passero as an Environmental Assistant. Mariann ﬁrst
the networks and workstations in the new Capital started working at Passero Associates in 1989 as a co-op
District and Jacksonville ofﬁces, despite the many while completing her Associates Degree in Business
challenges typically encountered with the opening Management from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
of new space and the addition of new staff. She started at the reception desk part-time and through
the years has assisted in the Accounting, Survey, Airport
Finance and Architecture departments. She says, “Being a part
Improvements are ongoing in the department,
of Passero Associates has been a blessing. This is a
including research into a new, more efﬁcient
great place to work!”
accounting software and our search for a part-
time accounting assistant to work with Sue Cocca. Mariann and her family reside in Ionia, New York where
Sue and Maria Kraska have made signiﬁcant she says, “I enjoy God’s awesome creation - walking,
contributions to the ﬁnancial health and stability biking, sledding and running around with our daughter
of the ﬁrm with their commitment to accuracy and our Doberman Pinscher, King. Just recently, ice
and efﬁciency. skating has been a big hit in our family too!” Mariann
has been a ﬁrst-rate addition to the Environmental team.
As part of Passero’s commitment to being Project News
an Employer of Choice, the ﬁrm continues We have given our clients and potential clients the
to contribute a majority of the cost of health option to request a quote for Phase I Environmental
insurance premiums as part of the employee Assessment Services through the Passero website. This
beneﬁts package. We are currently evaluating has proven to be a very effective tool and our clients
employee beneﬁts software which will enable have responded well to this service. They appreciate
each employee to obtain information on, and being able to obtain a proposal for these services within
track the value of their beneﬁts. Kim Kulik and 24 hours of their online request, without having to wait
Sue Cocca continue to identify and implement for a phone call to be returned.
many such improvements in human resources,
creating a more supportive environment for all our We have found that they often respond to us with a
employees. signed contract electronically, which also speeds up the
process of scheduling and completing their project. We
Staff Update continue to add new information about our services to
First, a word of thanks to all of our Administrative our section of the Passero website, and we have been
staff in New York and Florida for their efforts very pleased with the feedback we have received from
day in and day out to service our clients with our clients on it.
excellence. From the Document Center to
We continue to pursue projects with local municipalities
Executive Assistant support to Reception, we have
and large organizations, and look forward to providing
a great team of dedicated professionals!
our services to additional clients in our area.
Florida Ofﬁce and other engineering projects and is pursuing his
PE license. Matt lives in Jacksonville Beach and
by Andrew Holesko, CM
grew up in Jacksonville. He enjoys diving, ﬁshing
Our new ofﬁce in Jacksonville is nearly ready for
and wakeboarding. Matt is a sports fan, especially of
us, and we are very excited about moving into more
Jacksonville Jaguars football.
spacious quarters, and that’s a major understatement.
We will miss our Fernandina Beach location, but Our man in St. Augustine, Matt Lesser, is proud to
with our outstanding growth both in terms of new report that his 15 year old son, Patrick, achieved the
staff and new clients, we require additional space rank of 1st degree Black Belt in the Korean martial
and a more central location in order to better serve art of Tong Su Do after three years of hard training.
our clients and our staff. We plan on maintaining Congratulations!
our close ties with the communities of Fernandina
Beach and Nassau County - we have been privileged Project News
to serve these incredible communities and to assist in There is no better way to ring in the new year than
their development. with the opportunity to work with a new client. We
have been selected, along with three other ﬁrms, to
Staff Update provide General Consulting Services to Gainesville
We welcome Heidi Stiens as Executive Assistant. Regional Airport. The Airport is used for both
She has over 14 years of experience in ofﬁce commercial and general aviation, and for military and
management, marketing and administration, air cargo. We are honored to have been selected, along
specializing in the professional services and real with larger, nationally recognized ﬁrms.
estate industries. Heidi holds an Associate of
Science degree in Science and General Studies Don Ramdass has been leading efforts to perform
from Georgia Military College, and is currently planning, architectural design, engineering design
earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and possible construction administration services
Administration and Marketing Management from in Puerto Rico. Passero is a member of the Stanley
Heidi Stiens Brenau University. She resides in St. Marys, Georgia Consultants, Inc’s. team, working on aviation
with her 80-pound Boxer, Jeter. assignments with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority,
which manages several commercial service airports
We welcome Victor Calvert, PE, who joins Passero such as Luis Munoz International Airport and other
as a Drainage Engineer and Project Manager. He general aviation airports in Puerto Rico. To-date, we
is a civil engineer with over 22 years of drainage have submitted two draft proposals to Stanley as a
experience on a variety of projects, including major subconsultant for Air Trafﬁc Control Tower
municipal, residential and commercial. Victor holds (ATC) Siting studies. We have also teamed with an
a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science ATC specialist in Jacksonville, Gordon Reynolds – Air
in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. Trafﬁc Consulting Services, to assist us. If we are able
He resides in Jacksonville, Florida, was born in to secure work in Puerto Rico, it would certainly be an
Ames, Iowa and grew up in Fort Pierce, Florida. exciting opportunity for the company.
Victor has a wife and two children and a black Lab
named “Gator.” He and his wife are Sunday School Matt Lesser, reporting from the St. Augustine-St.
pre-school teachers at Deermeadows Baptist Church Johns County Airport: The $4.3M Taxiway F and
Victor Calvert Aircraft Parking Apron project at St. Augustine
in Jacksonville and Victor was recently ordained as
a Deacon. He enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, was completed in October 2007, approximately
watching Gator football and basketball, Jacksonville $500,000 below the projected budget. Continuing
Jaguars football and his son’s soccer team. improvements at the airport include the start of the
$4M, 67,000 square foot T-hangar project, which is
Victor’s wife Kathy recently published an well underway with an expected completion by April
inspirational letter, “Santa Delivers a Message – God 2008.
speaks in amazing ways, in unusual places, and
through unexpected people” in HomeLife magazine Skybus’ Airlines popularity at the airport has grown
about the unexpected blessing she received while signiﬁcantly since July, creating a need for more
taking their daughter to visit Santa Claus. To view automobile parking. Three new daily ﬂights have been
her letter, please visit the Intranet’s “In the News” added, including an additional daily to Columbus,
section. Ohio, a non-stop to the Boston area and another
direct ﬂight to Greensboro, North Carolina. Due to
Matt Singletary We welcome Matt Singletary, EI joining the limited notice given by the airline, an unconventional
Florida Ofﬁce as a Construction Engineer. Matt approach to constructing the new parking lot was
holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science used. Traditional drainage structures and piping
degrees in Civil Engineering from Florida State were eschewed in favor of using a porous pavement
University in Tallahassee. He has over three years
of experience in construction, drainage, commercial continued next page
Florida - continued from previous page
called Flexi-pave made from recycled passenger
car tires. Using Flexi-pave allowed the new 75-unit
lot to be completed and operational in a total time
of two weeks. One factor in the short design and
construction time was that the existing site was
used as a gravel parking area, and nearly ready for Jacksonville Ofﬁce
construction. All that’s left is to watch as the lot
accepts its ﬁrst big rainstorm and see the water run
through to the gravel below. Unfortunately, with St.
Augustine’s warm and sunny weather, with no chance
clearance, and then
of rain in the forecast, we may have to wait a while.
heading to their
Find out more about Flexi-pave at www.ﬂexi-pave.
in St. Augustine.
Passero was asked to write an article spotlighting This function has
St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport for the been discussed as a
Winter 2007 issue of Florida Aviation Business critical need at the
Magazine. This issue focused on the environment, airport for several Hangars at St. Augustine-St.
which made the ecologically friendly approach of years, and is now Johns County Airport
the Airport in the completion of projects an obvious becoming a reality.
choice for inclusion. Highlighted in the article is
the Airport receiving the ﬁrst-ever Florida Airports
Hangars: We are
Council Environmental Excellence Award. Passero
in the midst of
was instrumental in helping the airport win this
the most active
prestigious award. The article is available on the
hangar design and
The US Customs facility building project in St. in the history of
Augustine has become another interesting project. the ﬁrm. Fernandina
We have been involved in detailed coordination with Beach has 10 underway,
US Customs and Border Patrol. They will be the St. Augustine – 42, Umatilla – 13, Palatka – 10, Flexi-pave at St. Augustine-
St. Johns County Airport
actual tenants of the building, even though it will be Keystone – 10, with more to come at several
built and owned by our client, the Airport Authority. other airports. Thanks for all of the efforts of the
The building will allow international ﬂights to arrive architectural, engineering and permitting design
directly into St. Augustine, instead of arriving into teams.
Site Engineering Staff Update
by John Caruso, PE, PMP We welcome Matt Sinacola, who joins Passero
Project News as a Engineer. Matt has over twenty-one years
Site Engineering has had a very productive year, of experience in engineering, CAD design and
working on projects in Florida and in New York. surveying, including work on most aspects of land
Projects in Florida include site design and engineering surveying and land development. Project types have
for a new car rental facility and US Customs ofﬁce included all levels of residential subdivisions, from
at the St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport. Jess single lot developments to 100+ unit multi-phase
Sudol and John Caruso have been working with subdivisions, commercial properties, small industrial
Matt Lesser in the Florida ofﬁce to complete these developments, landﬁlls, roads, bridges and highways.
projects as part of the overall airport consulting and He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark
engineering services we are providing to the airport. University. Matt is a native of central Massachusetts,
and moved to the Rochester area in mid-1980s. He
With the current slowdown in the housing market, is the current president of the Chili Art Group and
we have been able to add more projects from the has been active in the ﬁne arts community as an Matt Sinacola
commercial and institutional markets to our portfolio, oil painter. He has also been active in the general
including the Hampton Inn and projects at University sciences, having served as the immediate past
of Alfred and Roberts Wesleyan College. Even in this president of the Rochester Academy of Science for
market, our services on Affordable Housing projects ten years. Matt resides in the town of Chili, New
are still in demand from valued clients, including York with his wife Cathy and their four cats.
Housing Opportunities, Rural Opportunities and
Conifer. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work. Winter 2008
In the Spotlight: Don’s father was then assigned a position in a hospital
on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Although
Don Ramdass Dominica was also a member of the Commonwealth,
the schools were poor, and Don was sent to live
by Kim Perry
Don Ramdass of the Florida Ofﬁce brings a real with his grandparents in nearby Guyana and attend
enthusiasm for aviation consulting and engineering elementary school there. This was the time in Don’s
to Passero, along with over 20 years of experience life when he ﬁrst discovered his interest in aviation
serving airports. He’s been responsible for much - he made frequent plane trips to visit his parents in
of the ﬁrm’s growth in Florida, but he’d be the ﬁrst Dominica, and was often allowed to visit the cockpits
to tell you he didn’t do it alone. Don is pleased to and even turn some of the buttons.
have found so many dedicated professionals here at
How did you pursue your interest?
Passero who share his love of aviation.
Don’s early experience with planes contributed to him
What brought you to Passero? setting his career goals for something in aviation. The
Don admired Passero’s Florida Ofﬁce leader Andrew family returned to Barbados, where the schools are
Holesko and the work the ﬁrm is doing at airports in excellent, and Don attended school there from junior
Don high through community college. He then left the
Florida. Don also saw that Andrew was dedicated to
Ramdass growing the Florida practice and that the opportunity island to complete his college education at Embry-
was there for him to make a signiﬁcant contribution. Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach,
The timing of his move to Passero was fortuitous as Florida.
he wanted to work for a smaller company and utilize Don says, “My parents didn’t want me to become
his strengths in the growth of the aviation business. a pilot - they were scared something would happen
Don read about Passero on the ﬁrm’s website and to me, and they were very pleased when I chose to
also spoke with clients of the ﬁrm, and was very pursue aviation engineering instead.” Don earned
pleased with the ﬁrm’s reputation. two Bachelor of Science degrees at Embry-Riddle,
in Aircraft Engineering Technology and Business
What have you enjoyed most about Administration.
Don appreciates the many opportunities he has Don also met a very important person at Embry-
found at Passero to be creative and to put his skills to Riddle, his wife, who was pursuing her degree in
work for the ﬁrm’s airport clients. He really enjoys photography.
“It’s very seeing projects completed at the smaller airports. He
says, “It’s very fulﬁlling to see the improvements we What’s your family like?
fulﬁlling to see are able to make in a short amount of time - often Don’s wife is a photographer and graphic artist. Don
the improvements completely transforming an airport to help it better reminisces about their ﬁrst date - “I wanted to take her
serve its customers and community. With our to the nicest restaurant in Daytona Beach. She got all
we are able to dressed up and I took her to McDonald’s. Their sign
outstanding engineering and technical team, we can
make in a short see our project vision reach fruition in as little as six bragged that they had served over a million – this little
amount of time months from design to construction.” place! So I thought it had to be the best restaurant
around! I am very lucky that my wife has such a
- often completely Don names Andrew Holesko as an important wonderful sense of humor.” Very lucky.
transforming an mentor to him during his time at Passero. “Andrew
has helped me to understand the culture of Passero Don and his wife married in 1996 and in 1997 were
airport to help blessed with twins, a boy and a girl. Right from the
Associates and how I ﬁt in,” he says. He also is
it better serve its pleased with the ﬁrm’s excellent treatment of its start, their son was looking out for his twin sister - he
would cry even after having just been fed, and would
customers and employees and the many opportunities available for
meaningful work. Passero’s website gets kudos from only quiet when he could see that she was being fed,
Don as well, and continues to be a useful source of
information and inspiration for him. Don’s son now plays baseball and is a whiz when
it comes to the NFL. He teaches Don about the
Where did you grow up? different play calls when the two are watching a game
Don was born in Guyana, a small English-speaking
together. Don says, “I took him to a Jaguars game and
country and member of the British Commonwealth
he knew that the call would be a touchback before the
located in South America, close to the Southern
referee made it, and that a ﬂag dropped by mistake.
Caribbean Islands. Don’s father was a doctor for
People in the stands were amazed!” Don’s daughter
British hospitals, and the family left Guyana when
studies jazz and contemporary dance, and the whole
Don was one year old to live on the Caribbean
family attends all her recitals, and Don is sure to always
island of Barbados, another member of the
schedule family vacations after they are done in June.
Commonwealth, for three years, and then in London
Family vacations are usually to Seattle to visit Don’s
Passero Press for ﬁve years. continued next page
Don Ramdass - continued from previous page
wife’s family, or to Barbados to visit Don’s parents. by Mark Passero, PE, PMP
What are your hobbies? We’ve got a variety of new projects, and we’re
Don enjoys boating and takes out his speedboat on the pleased to welcome a new staff member.
Intercoastal Waterway whenever he can. The kids love to
ride on tubes pulled behind the boat. Don also is a master
We welcome Christopher Frank as CAD Design
Caribbean cook, with a special recipe for jerk wings. He’d
Drafter. Chris graduated with an Associate of
love to someday open a Caribbean restaurant with his
Science degree in Architectural Engineering
daughter and they’ve got some great ideas for a small place
from Alfred State College of Technology. He
with music and Caribbean travel information, fun activities
has over seven years of experience in drafting
for the kids and of course, great food.
and design of architectural projects, including
Thank you Don, for letting us ﬁnd out more about you! one year as a co-op with the Rochester City
You’re a wonderful addition to our ﬁrm, and your passion School District Design Group. Chris lives in
for your work is a real inspiration. Now about those jerk Charlotte, where he grew up and where his
wings – is it possible to ship some up to New York? We family still lives. He enjoys bowling, ﬁshing,
could use a little Caribbean ﬂavor this time of year! and spending time with his dog, “Gin.” Chris Frank
Airport Congratulations to the entire Passero Spoleta
by Shawn Bray, PE
Design-Build team for winning the Tompkins
Project News Cortland Community College New Residence
We anticipate 2008 to be a year of change for the aviation Halls project. This project includes the design “Winning this
industry and the Airport Department. The federal grant and construction of two additional residence
funding legislation our New York State airport clients halls on the campus, each with a capacity of
rely on almost exclusively for their capital improvements 134 beds. Winning this project required extra extra effort on the
expired on September 30, 2007. The Federal Aviation effort on the part of the entire team, including part of the entire
Administration and the United States Congress detailed design drawings and excellent marketing
subsequently have been negotiating over how the future of our capabilities, people, and experience. We
four-year authorization should be both structured and have begun design of the new dormitories and go out to everyone
funded. At present, the amount of federal money available look forward to seeing the project through involved.”
for general aviation airports appears to be comparable with to completion. Thanks go out to everyone
past years, however, until the ﬁnal legislation is enacted, involved for their assistance in obtaining this
anything can happen. Our responsibility will be to follow exciting project for PSDB.
this discussion closely so we can continue obtaining record
grant funding for our clients. We are beginning the design of a new 14,000
square foot Fire Hall for the Churchville
We are also aggressively pursuing grants under the ﬁnal Volunteer Fire Department. Pete Wehner, AIA,
two years of the New York State Transportation Bond Act is leading the team on this project, drawing
Aviation Funding program. Our New York State airport on the experience he has gained from several
clients have been very successful during the ﬁrst three previous ﬁrehouse projects.
years of this one-time grant funding program, collectively
Our long-standing client, Rural Opportunities,
obtaining over 25 percent of the statewide available grant
has contracted with us to design Ada Ridge II,
funds during this term.
a new 45-unit Senior Housing project in the
Staff Update Town of Greece, New York.
On the personnel front, we have partnered with the In Henrietta, New York, we are designing a new
University of Buffalo Civil Engineering Department to development of 28 apartments on Hylan Drive.
provide a co-op program that earns credit hours for Bryan
Savage during his last semester at college. Bryan interned We are completing upgrades to the Terminal
full-time in the Airport Department during the Summer of Building at Watertown International Airport in
2007 and during the recent winter break. In lieu of taking Watertown, New York.
one of his ﬁve scheduled courses on campus during the In Florida, we are currently designing a new
upcoming 2008 spring semester, Bryan will be spending 14 4,000 square foot car rental facility and a 4,000
to 16 hours each week completing various civil engineering square foot United States Customs building at Bryan Savage
tasks for the Airport Department. Bryan’s work will be the St. Augustine-St. Johns County Airport in
monitored by both Passero and his college advisor, and he St. Augustine.
will earn credit hours towards his graduation in May 2008.
Thank you to everyone in Architecture for your
Thank you to the entire Airport team for all your efforts. outstanding service to our clients. Winter 2008
Survey sanitary sewer so easements could be written for
dedication. This sewer falls within two municipalities,
by Ed Freeman, PLS
which created an interesting project.
Staff Update Kodak has three other parcels they are planning to sell
The Survey Department welcomes Martin Clary
during the 2008 calendar year, so we will be kept busy
to the team. Martin has 26 years experience as an
with these projects.
Instrument Person, surveying both land and offshore
projects. He is the proud father of two girls, resides Ryan Homes has managed to survive the downturn in
in Gates and enjoys boating. the housing market very well. We are still doing three
to ﬁve housing starts a week for them. In addition
Project News to the housing starts, we perform Plot Plans and
The survey department has been going full strength Instrument Surveys.
throughout the past six months, running four crews
and an inside staff of ﬁve. Projects include: Conifer Waste Management completed a cell construction
in Geneva, Interlaken, and Calkins Corporate at High Acres Landﬁll late this fall. This cell is the
Park for Engineering; Sullivan County, Dunkirk, biggest we have been involved with since we began
Williamson, and Lancaster Airports; and our Survey working with them in 1998, about 14 acres instead
Martin Clary clients, including Eastman Kodak, Ryan Homes, and of the usual 10 acre size. We are also performing
Waste Management. boundary work at Mill Seat Landﬁll for land
conveyances. We continue to do the quarterly surveys
Eastman Kodak is in the process of selling three for both High Acres and Mill Seat. The quarterly
large parcels and dedicating several thousand feet of surveys help determine the amount of garbage
sanitary sewer to Monroe County. The parcels that placed versus the air space remaining to see if Waste
are being sold are a portion of Kodak Park South, Management falls within its allowable quantity of
about 175 acres. This site has the largest warehouse garbage.
this side of the Mississippi within its boundary,
“I personally occupying over two million square feet. A Buffalo The survey department enjoyed a breakfast held in
and on behalf ﬁrm will be purchasing it for future development. their honor in November. This is a great opportunity
for inside staff to meet and see the outside staff.
of Kodak want Another parcel being sold is Building 313. Johnson The crews leave before the ofﬁce staff arrives, and
to extend a very & Johnson occupied this building for years and is sometimes do not return to the ofﬁce until the ofﬁce
purchasing it. This building is the ﬁrst in which we staff has left for the day.
special recognition have had to create a subdivision that is within the
and thanks to the boundary of Kodak. It has been interesting due to Thank you to everyone in Survey for your continued
the access issue and the utility issues with the Town hard work and dedication.
teams at Passero
of Greece. Both of these sales required approved
Associates for subdivisions, which have been granted. Marketing &
efforts right through
Mark Wright, an attorney that we have been working
with at Kodak, was pleased with our efforts at
by Kim Perry
the holidays on this Building 313. He wrote, “This has been a huge
effort by a large group of people for many months... It’s been a busy year, with many new opportunities
project.” for marketing Passero. Our departments are meeting
I personally and on behalf of Kodak want to extend
a very special recognition and thanks to the teams at these challenges and continuing to provide exceptional
…Passero Associates (Ed Freeman and his surveying service to the entire ﬁrm and its clients.
team) for their extraordinary efforts right through The new Passero external website and Intranet
the holidays on this project.” designed by Kim Perry and Beth Turof have been
The third parcel being sold is Genencor. This successful in promoting the ﬁrm both externally and
subdivision was completed three years ago and internally, earning praise from staff, clients and others.
Genencor is purchasing it. With the sale, a building Congratulations to Chris Passero on being named
is being donated to another concern which meant one of Rochester’s “40 Under 40,” a tribute to our
another subdivision. Because of Public Safety community’s next generation of leaders. Chris was
Commission rulings, Kodak can only sell utilities nominated by two associates, and was selected for the
to this new owner, so it meant a fair number of award based on his professional accomplishments and
extra easements to be written and executed for the his demonstrated commitment to the community.
completion of this project.
Kudos to Beth Turof on her award-winning logo
In selling all of Kodak Park South, Kodak has
design for the Association for Women in Computing.
decided to dedicate all of the sanitary sewer to the
Beth’s logo was one of three regional ﬁnalists,
Northwest Quadrant Pure Waters District. This
and ultimately won Third Place in the National
project included locating 15,000 linear feet of
Passero Press competition. Congratulations, Beth!
Community Support Events News
by Kim Kulik by Joanne Randall, CPS
As Gary mentioned in his CEO Message, Passero It’s been a great year for
took giving to a new level this year by providing Passero Events - we’ve
sponsorship support to eight youth organizations had a wide variety of
recommended by our staff including: celebrations, and record
Spa Christian School: Golf Classic & Silent participation!
Auction to provide scholarship money for Florida & New York
students with ﬁnancial need Holiday Parties: Everyone Florida Holiday Dinner
School #2: 25 Book Campaign – Support for from the Florida ofﬁces toasted the holiday season with
reward/incentive program for students who meet their guests at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Jacksonville.
25 book reading challenge Dinner and dancing at Brook-Lea Country
Club made the evening special at the New
The Advocacy Center: Night of Hot Jazz
York party. A record turnout - over 90
& Cool Art – supporting individuals with
Passero people and their guests!
disabilities to live a life of freedom, responsibility
& belonging Holiday Lunch: Thank you to Gary
Greece Athena HS Basketball/Cheerleading Ponticello for another festive Holiday
Program: Winter Season Program Book Lunch - as always, a great Italian meal,
and those desserts! Yum!
Nazareth Schools Dance: Winter Dance -
providing ﬁnancial assistance to needy students Survey Breakfast: One of our favorite
events! We thank our survey crews and New York Holiday Party
New Hope Free Methodist Bible Quiz
technicians for their service and dedication.
Teams: Funding support for New Hope Bible
Quiz Teams traveling to the National Competition Tailgate Picnic: It was a great
in Spring Arbor, Michigan time in the PA parking lot - every
bit of chili was emptied from the
Rochester Youth Hockey: Support for Pee Wee
pots! Special thanks go out to our
Travel Team League
chili chefs and Pie bakers!
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:
Passero Picnic: A great success,
Juvenile Diabetes “Walk to Cure” - sponsorship
complete with clams, BBQ, and a
for Rebecca & Beth’s Dream Team
water-balloon and whipped cream
Thanks also to the staff who recommended Survey Breakfast
ﬁght! Thanks go out to everyone who contributed to
these sponsorship opportunities, as they are the success of this event.
each personally involved in supporting these
Hot Shots: Cheers to everyone who came out
organizations with their time, talent and treasure!
for beach volleyball and happy hour at Hot
Christmas Giving Shots! It was deﬁnitely a HOT time, lots of fun!
We sponsored two families, each with four Summer Deck Lunches: Thank you to Ron
children, at Christmas through Habitat for Santovito and Mark Angelo, for braving the heat
Humanity. Thanks to everyone’s donations, of the sun and the grill to provide us all with
we were able to fulﬁll the children’s wish lists, mouth-watering burgers, hots, and sausage all
including much-needed hats, gloves, scarves, summer and at the Tailgate, too! Thank you to all that Passero Picnic
and winter clothing, and much-wanted crayons, provided sides and desserts.
coloring books, workbooks, craft sets, movies Thank you to the Partners who continue to allow
and music. Sue Cocca delivered four large boxes us to offer these events to the staff. A special thank
and two giant bags ﬁlled with wrapped gifts - Sue you to the Events Committee - Beth Turof, David
spent over ﬁve hours wrapping! The families Passero, Jared Miller, Kim Perry, Sue Cocca, Terry
were very grateful, and the children were so Dayton, and Wayne Zian - and to all of the staff
excited to see all of the gifts. Thank you Sue, for members who helped with events throughout the
the care you gave to these families, and thank you year.
to everyone who contributed.
For 2008, we have a new Chair - Jared Miller!
Volunteer Efforts Congratulations, Jared, and welcome to our newest Grillmasters of the
Our own David Passero and Scott Karns helped members - Matt Sinacola, Scott Karns, Sean Salber and Deck Lunches
give downtown a fresh look during Rochester’s Tim Harris. This year’s events are being planned now,
Clean Sweep. The effort drew over 5,000 so be sure to contact any member of the committee
volunteers from the community, who collected with your ideas and suggestions.
over 1,500 tons of refuse from Rochester’s streets. Save the Date - the 2008 NY Holiday Party will be held
Saturday, December 6 at Webster Golf Club. Winter 2008
THUMBS UP! Noah Passero Day
by Kim Kulik Team Noah and their supporters overwhelmed
Thumbs Up provides a great opportunity to recognize Hank’s Ice Cream in Webster January 5,
teams and individuals with a well-deserved “thank you” for generating over $2,200 in donations from sales
areas of extra effort! Thumbs Up forms are on each ﬂoor. that day. In addition, about $12,500 has been
raised to assist with Noah Passero’s medical
June-December Recipients care. Noah’s parents, Dan and Wendy Passero,
Winners of Thumbs Up Gift Drawings are in blue. are grateful for the support, and Noah is feeling
Mark Angelo Chuck Kaiser Elizabeth Primus much better after receiving a new pacemaker.
Jim Boughtin Jack Karibo Don Ramdass Thank you to everyone who has helped Noah
Sue Cocca Maria Kraska Adam Rossi and the Passero family.
Dan Cregan Sara Massey Sean Salber
Ron Santonvito has received several messages of
Ed Freeman Rick Neubeck Heidi Stiens thanks for the Passero donations from the 3rd
Tim Harris Debbie O’Dell Beth Turof Platoon Infantry unit that we adopted. From
Pam Johnson Kim Perry Wayne Zian SFC Jonathan West of the platoon, “We greatly
appreciate your contributions and your time
December to wish us well and your genuine concern and
David Harris – 5 years support for all soldiers. My men and I thank you
Larry Patt – 3 years deeply for supporting us on our tour. We will
stay safe and complete our mission.”
Joanne Randall – 3 years
Wayne Zian – 6 years February
January Mark Angelo – 9 years
Sue Cocca – 27 years Shawn Bray – 8 years
Pete Morton – 14 years Dan Cregan – 6 years
Gary Ponticello – 24 years Maria Kraska – 15 years April
Jack Karibo – 1 year
Mark Scarpelli – 3 years Kim Kulik – 5 years
Gary Passero – 36 years
Bill Reid – 2 years
Don Ramdass – 1 year
December March Allison Russell – 1 year
Jeff Jensen – 2nd Andrew Holesko – 9 years
Ryan Tantalo – 7 years
Kevin Moore – 15th Jeff Jensen – 4 years
Rick Neubeck – 20th Sara Massey – 1 year May
John Caruso – 24 years
Allison Russell – 21st Dan Sauve – 31 years
Craig Eckert – 1 year
Jim Boughtin – 25th Jess Sudol – 6 years
Al Hazlewood – 15 years
Dan Savage – 28th Rich VanGelder – 1 year
Passero Associates Dan Passero – 21 years
January Joe Peris – 10 years
100 Liberty Pole Way Ron Santovito – 7th March Pete Rase – 10 years
Rochester, NY 14604 Tom Cottrell – 8th Frank Wasik – 5th
585 325 1000 Sean Salber – 1 year
Jess Sudol – 19th Dan Passero – 8th
Dan Savage – 25 years
125 High Rock Avenue Mariann Giglia – 28th John Caruso – 13th
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Frank Wasik – 27 years
Ed Freeman – 30th Gary Passero – 13th
518 934 8804 Jared Miller – 3 years
February Matthew Singletary – 14th
1405 Park Ave. Ste. 201
Mark Montanari – 2 years
Dave Passero – 3rd Martin Clary – 23rd
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
904 491 3804 Tim Harris – 4th Mark Montanari – 27th
Jared Miller – 4th Adam Rossi – 28th May
4900 U.S. 1 North Ste. 220 Arpad Kolozsvary – 2nd
St. Augustine, FL 32095
Pete Morton – 7th April
904 209 0870 Ryan Tantalo – 16th Matt Sinacola – 7th Joe Peris – 6th
Charles Kaiser – 16th Scott Karns – 11th Don Ramdass – 7th
Joanne Randall – 17th Dan Desjardins – 17th Maria Kraska – 12th
Kim Perry, Editor Mark Angelo – 26th Larry Patt – 20th Mike George – 12th
Shawn Bray – 26th Peter Wehner – 22nd Susan Bennett – 13th
12 Thank you to everyone for your contributions to the newsletter.