I enjoy the creative aspects of what we do. It is incredibly satisfying to work out a challenging problem or see a design detail come to life in the field.

As leader of the Façade Engineering practice for the mid-Atlantic South region, Federico Balestrazzi is responsible for project oversight, quality control and business development. He has more than 15 years of experience in façade and structural design, project management and coordination and restoration and repair.

Creative Design Solutions
Federico specializes in the design and construction of complex building enclosures and façades, particularly high-rise curtain wall systems, and provides innovative approaches that are both practical and cost-effective. He is adept working across all building types and with a wide range of materials, including structural glass, metal and stone. During his career, he has collaborated with such architectural firms as Gehry Partners, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Arquitectonica, Foster + Partners, Cannon Design, Safdie Architects and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Assessment & Repair
In addition to designing cutting-edge façade systems with top architects, Federico has considerable experience with façade restoration projects, from evaluation to remediation. He has conducted surveys, field testing and sample probing of structural and building envelope components, including curtain walls, windows, roofs, skylights, terraces, plazas and decks, and developed effective repair solutions.

Outside of Work
Federico’s three young children keep him quite busy. He has recently begun introducing them to one of his favorite pastimes, sailing. He also enjoys reading about art and following rugby. Before being sidelined due to injuries, he played the sport in both Italy, where he earned international caps, and the U.S. He also served as a coach for college teams in the northeastern United States, including Harvard University. The Parma, Italy, native also has a passion for cooking. His signature dish is anolini, a local specialty.

Expertise
• Façade engineering
• Project management
• Value engineering
• Façade rehabilitation