People & firms

August 11, 2010

Mergers and acquisitions.

Southfield, Mich.-based A/E HarleyEllis has opened an office in downtown Cincinnati. Architects Joseph B. Power and Jeffrey R. Zokas will lead the office.

Princeton, N.J.-based Hillier has sold its engineering subsidiary, Scranton, Pa.-based Hillier Engineering and Technologies Inc., to Babylon, N.Y.-based Greenman-Pedersen Inc., a civil engineering and design firm.

The Presnell Group of Companies, an A/E/CM firm based in Louisville, Ky., has changed its name to Qk4. According to CEO Wendell Wright, the name is derived from quintessential knowledge of the four basic elements (earth, air, fire and water).

Pavarini McGovern LLC is the new name for the former Pavarini Construction Co. The New York City-based company's vice chairman, Gene McGovern, is best known as a founder of Lehrer McGovern Inc. in 1979. His son, Eric, is Parvarini McGovern's CEO.

Neil Rauenhorst, former president and CEO of Opus South Corp., has started NJR Development LLC, which will develop multifamily residences and investment opportunities in Florida.


On the move.

Paul A. Yarossi, formerly president of U.S. operations and CEO for HNTB Corp., has been appointed CEO of the HNTB Companies. Yarossi succeeds Harvey K. Hammond Jr., who continues as chairman of HNTB Ltd. Kenneth R. Graham, who was president of the firm's Great Lakes Division, replaces Yarossi as president, and Charles Dulic steps up to Graham's former post. Charles O'Reilly, formerly president of HNTB Design/Build Inc., has been promoted to professional services chairman. James P. Anglin, former U.S. operations manager, becomes COO.

John P. Hall has joined Buffalo, N.Y.-based architect Cannon Design as principal.

Ken Lufkin has been named associate partner of Phoenix-based Langdon Wilson Architecture.

William J. Sebring, a partner at Los Angeles-based Altoon + Porter Architects LLP, has transferred to the company's European office in Amsterdam as managing director.

Detroit-based A/E SmithGroup Inc. has a new leadership team: David R.H. King, chairman and director of design; Arnie Mikon, vice chairman; Carl Roehling, president and CEO; Randy Swiech, COO, and Fred Klancnik, treasurer.

Mitchell Becker, formerly COO of New York City-based construction manager AMEC, is now president and CEO. John Babieracki, formerly executive vice president East Division, Manager, is COO and executive vice president.


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