Thomas Duffy, a structural engineer with more than 25 years of experience in bridge and kinetic structures, has joined Thornton Tomasetti as a senior vice president. Duffy, previously a principal associate with our strategic partner Hardesty & Hanover, will be working closely with Managing Principal Gary Panariello, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
Duffy’s move to Thornton Tomasetti will enhance the firm’s expertise in three key areas: bridge and transportation forensics; kinetic structure design, especially movable roofs for stadiums; and business development across the Building Performance practice.
Duffy’s breadth of experience will also strengthen the strategic alliance between Thornton Tomasetti and Hardesty & Hanover. “Tom’s depth of knowledge of Hardesty & Hanover will allow us to more rapidly connect the dots between the two firms,” Tom Scarangello, P.E., Thornton Tomasetti, chairman & CEO, said. “He will enhance our ability to help clients evaluate the early design and integration of kinetic structures into their vision – but most importantly he will expand our clients’ ability to implement those designs, either through the Thornton Tomasetti/Hardesty & Hanover partnership or through any partner of their choice.”
“I have always viewed our strategic alliance with Thornton Tomasetti as being about mutual access to expertise,” Paul Skelton, P.E., principal and chief development officer for Hardesty & Hanover, said. “Our alliance gives our combined client base access to a greater, yet complementary suite of engineering capabilities. Tom joining Thornton Tomasetti enhances our joint ability to leverage the capabilities of both firms.”
“Tom’s expertise in diagnosing and fixing structural issues on complex structures like bridges and movable roofs extends our capacity even further in these areas,” Panariello said. “Our clients know that Tom will always be looking out for their needs.”
Duffy joined Hardesty & Hanover in 1986 and has focused on project management and business development. His bridge credits span nearly a dozen states, from the Verrazzano-Narrows and George Washington bridges in New York to the Carlton Lift bridge in Bath, Maine and the Third and Fourth street bridges in San Francisco, Calif. He has worked on multiple projects outside North America, including bridges in Waterford, Ireland, Northern Ireland and in Manchester, U.K. His professional credits include eight retractable roof structures, an expertise that dovetails with our stadium and arena work.
Duffy’s relationship with Thornton Tomasetti extends more than a decade and includes collaboration with individuals in many of our offices. He was involved in a number of structural evaluation and forensic projects, such as the movable roof bearing replacement project at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wis., on Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash., the rehabilitation of the Roosevelt Island Tramway in New York City and the evaluation of tornado damage at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Missouri.
Duffy is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Columbia University in New York. He has served as a technical advisor and mentor at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. and serves on the advisory board of the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction in Manhattan.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with two great organizations,” Duffy said. “Each is at the top of their respective fields. I hope that my skills and expertise can help broaden Thornton Tomasetti’s offerings to clients and project capabilities. I am excited to continue my professional development while enhancing the long-standing relationship between Hardesty & Hanover and Thornton Tomasetti.”
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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