John Colagrande, PE, has been promoted to Newark, NJ Office Director. John previously served as a Senior Engineer/Project Manager in the Site/Design Division of our Newark office. He has almost 30 years of experience with expertise in geotechnical engineering and land development. Todd Hay, PE, CME, will continue to serve as Regional Vice President of New York, Northern New Jersey, and New England.
John looks forward to collaborating with offices throughout the firm to improve the surrounding community, to better understand their client base, and stay engaged in the area’s unique opportunities. He says, “As Office Director, I intend to continue to promote Pennoni values, and grow the office staff, while enhancing our capabilities, maintaining a positive image to the community, and working closely with Pennoni’s other offices to provide a seamless resource for all our client needs.” John and his Newark team currently serve a diverse group of clients and markets including: municipal, commercial development, education (K-12 and University), industrial, energy, mixed-use residential (apartments), parks, utilities and federal.
Starting his career as a field engineer overseeing earthwork projects, John worked his way up into a project management position overseeing the design of telecommunication facilities in the New York Metro region. During this assignment, John developed land development skills, including grading plans and site plan preparation, as well as providing testimony before local planning and zoning boards. Due to the multidisciplinary elements of the projects, John developed his skills managing multiple engineers of varying disciplines. Amongst other opportunities, this one skill set will be paramount to the Newark office. Pennoni looks forward to John’s leadership because he will utilize his broad career to manage complex engineering design projects and foster a sustainable and smart engineering future in the area.
Todd Hay, Regional Vice President, says, “John’s role will be to strengthen our presence in North Jersey with our existing client base, as well as develop a new client base that has emerged in the past few months. We believe John’s penchant for honesty, service, value, and responsibility will solidify Pennoni’s brand name in the competitive Greater New York market.”