Biographies

 

Herbert Kunstadt

Michel Booth

Tom Caputo

I. Gusev

Armen Galustyan

David Pipko

 




Herbert Kunstadt P.E.

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PRINCIPAL

EDUCATION


Technical University of Bucharest, M.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering.
University of California at Los Angeles, Post Graduate Work.
Technical University of Vienna, Ph.D. Dissertation.

REGIstRATION

Professional Engineer, New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Maine.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute; National Society of Professional Engineers; American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers; Association of Energy Engineers.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

H. Kunstadt began his career in 1954 as an HVAC Projects Engineer with Sulzer Brothers, in Vienna. He joined Cosentini Associates in 1962 as a Project Manager with complete responsibilities for assigned projects. He was in charge of Power Plant and Total Energy Plant design, particularly the Kings Plaza 13,200 KW Total Energy Plant in Brooklyn, New York, and the LaClede Company Headquarters, st. Louis, Missouri, Total Energy Plant, 6,000 KW.

In 1968, he joined Syska & Hennessy and was in charge of the Preliminary Design Department. Among his projects were: New York Civic Center Master Plan; National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Harvard Science Center, Cambridge, Mass; Roosevelt Hospital in New York City; Niagara Falls Convention Center; Philip Morris Cigarette Plant; Medical College of Wisconsin.

During 1973 and 1974, he was one of the owners of V.L. Falotico, Inc., Consulting Engineers, where he was the Chief Executive Officer, responsible for all the work performed by a forty-man office.

In January of 1975, H. Kunstadt incorporated his own firm in New York City. Since then he has been commissioned to design numerous Mechanical and Electrical systems for new and existing buildings. Among his clients are Corporations, Institutions, New York City and NY state Agencies, Agencies of the United states Federal Government, Building Owners, Developers, Architects, etc. the firm has been commissioned to provide Engineering Services for numerous projects, among which we would like to emphasize the following:

1. Modernization and replacement of more than 60 major Boiler Plants. these projects included: site distribution work for steam systems; rehabilitation of central boiler plants and fuel systems; as well as Energy Conservation through heat recovery from boiler flue exhaust gases.
2. Preparation of numerous Feasibility studies for Cogeneration Plants in the New York area as well as Puerto Rico.
3. Design of the mechanical and electrical systems for the Municipal Courts Complex, consisting of 3 major structures in downtown Newark.
4. Museum of Fine Arts, Brooklyn, New York. Our firm was commissioned to provide Engineering for Climate control for this historical land mark.
5. Museum of Fine Arts in Portland, Maine. We provided the design for the mechanical and electrical systems for the existing museum as well as for the new museum building.
6. Uris Library for the Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. the facility was provided with state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical systems, such as reverse cycle, water source heat pumps.

PUBLICATIONS

H. KUNstADT has authored several papers on Energy Conservation, total Energy Plants and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering topics such as the following (all published in BUILDING SYstEMS DESIGN MAGAZINE)

"Heat Recovery Systems from Low Pressure Boiler Plants"
"Electrical and Mechanical Services Power Loads"
"Energy Analysis for High-Rise Apartments"
"Selecting Air Handling Units"

And, in DIESEL AND TURBINE PROGRESS MAGAZINE:

"Total Energy Plants"

MISCELLANEOUS

H. Kunstadt is Past-Chairman of the Consultants Council for Energy Conservation.

He was speaker at the International Congress of the Association of Energy Engineers in 1978 and presented a paper on the topic, "Total Energy Plants (Cogeneration)."

He is listed in WHO'S WHO IN the East and WHO'S WHO IN BUSINESS AND FINANCE



Michel Booth

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michelb@kunstadtassociates.com

Project Manager

 

EDUCATION:

 

City College of New York, School of Engineering, New York B.S.M.E. June 1983 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION:

 

Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

2008 to Present:  Herbert Kunstadt Associates, PC

                       New York, NY

 

Project Manager: Responsible for overseeing several important projects and project engineers.  Responsibilities include:

 

Project Manager - Responsibilities encompass defining scope of work, site investigations, calculations, system design and preparation of specifications for mechanical installations for a variety of projects. Responsible for identifying and investigating the mechanical systems which require upgrading or replacement, preparing design concepts and analyses, design coordination with the architectural, structural and electrical systems, code analysis and compliance. Michel conducts detailed interviews with the managing and operating staff of the school facility for which design is prepared and elicits relevant information prior to the start of the work. He thoroughly familiarizes himself with the mechanical installation such that the proposed work will address the existing deficiencies and render the installation efficient and reliable. Michel Booth joined Kunstadt Associates in 2008 as a Mechanical Project Engineer. He has been responsible for the mechanical design for many of the firm’s projects, supervising a staff of Designers and Draftsmen. Prior to issuing the final construction documents Michel checks all drawings and specification and insures that there are no errors or omissions in any of the documents.

 

2006 to 2007:  Legend Mechanical

                       Ronkonkoma, NY

 

Vice President of Field Operations: Responsible for overseeing all projects and project managers.  Responsibilities include:

 

  • Assign projects and hold in house office kickoff meetings with respective project manager to review the project.  During this review we would identify any items which may require a request for information to be written and/or any items which may have been left off the drawings that are required by code or may be required to make the design operational. 
  • Follow up with the project manager to assure that the required paperwork has been sent out to the architect/engineer so that any open items are answered in a timely manner.
  • Assist project managers in identifying items that may be an extra to our contract and follow up with the project manager that this information has been given to the office so the appropriate paperwork can be forwarded to the general contractor.
  • Coordinate with the estimating department that all the respective sub-contractors have been selected for the project.  If all sub contractors were not on board at the start of the project follow up with the estimating department to assure this gets completed in a timely manner.
  • Visit all projects on a regular basis and review status with the respective project manager.
  • Attend project meeting as required to stay familiar with the project and assure that if there are any open issues pertaining to our work that they are being addressed so the project remains on schedule.
  • Provide technical support for the coordination of the mechanical work with the work of other trades.
  • Coordinate with the project manager that all left over material is removed from the job site and if possible returned to the respective manufacturer for a credit or put into our stock for use on other projects. Coordinate the start-up and commissioning of the mechanical system with our respective start-up sub contractor and the general contractor.

 

2004 to 2006:  React Industries

                        LIC, NY

 

Senior Project Manager:  Responsible for overall management, coordination and construction of mechanical systems.  Responsibilities include:

 

·         Coordination of piping/ductwork layouts with other trades, architect, engineer, construction manager to permit construction to progress and meet the project schedule.

·         Scheduling and coordinating the respective sub-contractors on the project.

·         Tracking submittals and shop drawings.

·         Tracking extra scopes of work.

·         Prepare and issue correspondence on a project.

·         Visit project sites on a daily basis to evaluate progress, review construction means and methods are in conformance with plans, specifications and authorities having jurisdiction.

·         Coordination with the design engineers to streamline the installation and receive advanced approvals.

·         Value engineering when requested.

·         Attend all project meetings

·         Coordinate and schedule construction service technicians for start-up of the mechanical equipment.

·         Review, evaluate/identify and submit all extra change orders for work above the base scope of work.  Meet with and procure all extras with the construction manager and client.

·         Prepare Operation and Maintenance Manuals for project closeout.

 

1999 -2004: Sound Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc.

                    Garden City Park, New York

 

Project Manager:  Responsible for overall management, coordination and construction of mechanical systems.  Responsibilities include:

 

·         Significant involvement with the coordination of piping/ductwork layouts with other trades, architect, engineer, construction manager to permit construction to progress and meet the project schedule.

·         Layout of piping systems utilizing ductwork shop drawings to advance the installation of the piping systems.

·         Scheduling and coordinating the respective sub-contractors on the project.

·         Tracking submittals and shop drawings

·         Prepare and issue correspondence on a project.

·         Visit project sites on a daily basis to evaluate progress, review construction means and methods are in conformance with plans, specifications and authorities having jurisdiction.

·         Coordination with the design engineers to streamline the installation and receive advanced approvals.

·         Value engineering when requested.

·         Attend all project meetings

·         Coordinate and schedule construction service technicians for start-up of the mechanical equipment.

·         Review, evaluate/identify and submit all extra change orders for work above the base scope of work.  Meet with and procure all extras with the construction manager and client.

·         Prepare Operation and Maintenance Manuals for closeout.

 

1997 – 1999:  Harbour Mechanical Corporation

                      New York, New York

 

Project Manager:  Responsible for the management, coordination and assisting in the financial control of the mechanical systems to be constructed.  Responsibilities include:

 

  • Visit all project sites on a daily basis to provide direction to all subcontractors in order to achieve optimum performance for each project.
  • Coordination of all sub contractors and construction manager to meet project schedule.
  • Coordination with the architect, engineer, construction manager and all sub contractors to coordinate the respective trade layouts.
  • Coordinate and schedule service technicians for start up and service of the mechanical equipment.
  • Evaluate and identify all work above and beyond the base scope of work and coordinate with the in house estimator and accounting department for collection of said work.
  • Attend all project meetings.
  • Organize and issue As- Built documentation and Operation and Maintains Manuals.

 

1985 – 1997:    Syska and Hennessy Consulting Engineers

                         New York, New York

 

Senior Associate/ Senior Project Manager: Responsible for the management, financial control, design of mechanical systems and administration of assigned engineering projects, with specific expertise in the design of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems.  Responsibilities included:

 

  • Manage a team of multiple disciplines associated with each project.
  • Preparation of project proposals and additional engineering service fees.
  • Attend project meetings with the client and/or contractors to review specific engineering issues related to the project.
  • Selection and development of the overall mechanical system design.
  • Assist in the development of construction budgets.
  • Preparation of the mechanical design criteria and coordination of the deign criteria of other trades.
  • Preparing and developing various documentation related to all engineering issues for the project.
  • Final review and approval of all project submittals pertaining to the mechanical system.
  • Review and approval of change orders.
  • Participate in lease negotiations with regard to mechanical systems.
  • Prepare questioners for issuance to various user groups to obtain specific design information and attend follow up meeting to finalize the design requirements.
  • Field surveys, building system analysis (i.e. infrastructure) and facilities upgrade reports.
  • Construction administration, assisted with testing/commissioning of mechanical systems, field observation reports, regular on site review of construction progress and quality control.
  • Represented clients at equipment manufacturer’s facilities to evaluate progress, quality control, etc.
  • Make conceptual presentations of various mechanical design concepts to clients.

 

1984 – 1985   Edwards and Zuck Consulting Engineers

                      New York, New York

 

Project Engineer:  Responsible for the design of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems.  Responsibilities included:

 

  • Preparation of mechanical specifications.
  • Attending project meetings with clients and/or sub contractors.
  • Selection and development of mechanical system design
  • Field surveys.
  • Drafting
  • Shop drawing review and approval.
  • Construction administration, punch lists and associated reports.

 

1979 – 1984    David W. Brown and Associates

                         New York, New York

 

Project Engineer:  Responsible for the design, coordination of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/ Fire Protection systems.  Responsibilities included.

 

  • Trouble Shooting
  • Problem solving
  • Preparing mechanical specifications
  • Field surveys/field inspections
  • Drafting
  • Design of HVAC and/or fire suppression systems.
  • Review and approval of shop drawings.
  • Preparation of building department forms.
  • Professional coordination with representatives of the New York City Building Department.

 

 

 



Tom Caputo

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tomc@kunstadtassociates.com
DESIGN ENGINEER

EDUCATION: 

New York Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, New York B.S.M.E. 2013



PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION:

- American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers 



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Design Engineer – Responsible for design work. Cooling load calculations, selection of equipment, writing specificatons, surverying and more. Tom has also been given the arduous task of maintaining and updating this website.


Tom has previously worked as a design engineer at B.B.S. Architects and Engineers and as a CAD Draftsman at L.K. Comstock.

MISCELLANEOUS: 

Knowledge of NYC Building Code, Energy Conservation Construction Code of NY state, School Construction Authority standards, Mechanical Code of NY state, Plumbing Code of NY state, Fuel Gas Code of NY state, NFPA, ASHRAE and SMACNA requirements.

SOFTWARE: 

Knowledge of AutoCAD, Trane Trace, Carrier HAP, Microsoft Office


I. Gusev, P.E.

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PROJECT ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

EDUCATION:

Politechnical Institute, Tonsk, Russia.
B.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering, 1965


REGIstRATION:

Professional Engineer - New York


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION:

Member NSPE - National Society of Professional Engineers
Member IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Project Electrical Engineer Responsibilities include site investigations, defining scope of work calculations, system design and preparation of specifications for electrical installations for a variety of projects. Responsible for identifying and investigating the electrical systems which require upgrading or replacement, preparing design concepts and analyses, design coordination with the structural architectural, and HVAC systems, code analysis and compliance. Izrail conducts detailed interviews with the managing and operating staff of the facility for which design is prepared and elicits relevant information prior to the start of the design work. He thoroughly familiarizes himself with the electrical installation such that the proposed work will address the existing deficiencies and render the installation safe and reliable.

Izrail Gusev joined Kunstadt Associates in April 1987 as an Electrical Design Engineer. He has been responsible for the electrical design for many of the firm’s projects, supervising two Designers and two CADD Operators. Prior to issuing the final construction documents Israel checks all drawings and specifications and insures that there are no errors or omissions in any of the documents.

Among the projects for which he designed the repairing / replacing of the electrical systems in the recent past are: JHS 104M, PS 155M, PS 48X, PS 50M, PS 154K, PS 79M, PS 83M, JHS 117M, PS 81M, Junior High Schools 141 and 168 in Queens and the Long Island City High School for the SCA, John Lewis Child's School and Bellerose School in Floral Park, NY, for the local School District, Linden Family Shelter, Charles Gay Men's Shelter, the Battery Maritime Building, the Bellevue Men's Shelter and the Women's Shelter at 643 Park Avenue for the City of New York Human Resources Administration; Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts for Bard College, NYC; the Outpatient Office Annex for North General Hospital, New York; the Brooklyn Union Gas Company, Service Centers in Jamaica and staten Island, NY and the Louis Armstrong Cultural Center, in Queens, NY for the Department of General Services, the renovation of the Automobile Fleet Services Building in Greenpoint (Brooklyn) for Brooklyn Union, the boiler plant replacements at Fennimore Lefferts Houses and Fiorentino Plaza for the New York City Housing Authority, etc.

He is thoroughly familiar with the design standards, details and specifications and fully understands the methodology applied to produce timely and quality designs, within prescribed budgets.
Izrail is up-to-date with all aspects of the NYC Codes as well as with all Fire Department and NFPA requirements. He is proficient in AutoCAD and other computer design software.



Armen Galustyan

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PROJECT PLUMBING ENGINEER

EDUCATION

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University, 1961
Major: Manufacturing engineering, metal-cutting machines and tools.
American Training Center, Inc. Forest Hills, NY Advanced Program in Computer Aided Design and Drafting for Engineering Professionals

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

Member of ASHRAE – American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineers.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

In 1962, Armen worked in the Design Technology department of “Technology” as a Designer/Drafter. Armen designed carbide cutting tools for internal combustion engines.
In 1980, Armen worked as a Designer at an Electro-Mechanical Firm. there he designed machine tools for the production of metal and plastic components for radio equipment.
From 1990 to 1999, Armen worked as a designer in a Tashkent Machine Tool Manufacturing Firm. He designed special cutting tools, dyes and molds. Armen was also responsible for designing various products of metal and plastic.
At the beginning of 1999, Armen joined Herbert Kunstadt Associates as a project designer. He worked on the survey of 1,100 buildings owned by the New York City Housing Authority to ascertain their Fire Protection Systems compliance with the New York City Building code and the Fire Department Regulation. He also was part of the team which surveyed 1,200 buildings for the New York City Housing authority to verify their means of egress, Fire Alarm Systems, Public Address Systems and other Life Safety installations.
Armen also worked as design engineer on the mechanical and HVAC systems for the gut rehabilitation of 110,000 square foot offices at 466 Lexington Avenue in New York City.

MISCELLANEOUS

Armen has good knowledge and proficiency in manual drafting and AutoCAD, R14 and Release 2000. Armen also has extensive experience in the design and drafting of complex cutting tools, machine tools and various components of mechanical equipment.


David Pipko

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PROJECT ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

EDUCATION:

B.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering, 1985
Politechnical Institute, Baku, Azerbaijan.

M.S.E.E. Electrical Engineering, 1998
New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Project Electrical Engineer Responsibilities include site investigations, defining scope of work calculations, system design and preparation of specifications for electrical installations for a variety of projects. Responsible for identifying and investigating the electrical systems which require upgrading or replacement, preparing design concepts and analyses, design coordination with the structural architectural, and HVAC systems, code analysis and compliance. Izrail conducts detailed interviews with the managing and operating staff of the facility for which design is prepared and elicits relevant information prior to the start of the design work. He thoroughly familiarizes himself with the electrical installation such that the proposed work will address the existing deficiencies and render the installation safe and reliable.

David Pipko joined Kunstadt Associates in November 2007 as an Electrical Design Engineer. He has been responsible for the electrical design for many of the firm’s projects, supervising two Designers and two CADD Operators. Prior to issuing the final construction documents David checks all drawings and specifications and insures that there are no errors or omissions in any of the documents.

Among the projects for which he designed the repairing / replacing of the electrical systems in the recent past are: JHS 104M, PS 155M, PS 48X, PS 50M, PS 154K, PS 79M, PS 83M, JHS 117M, PS 81M, Junior High Schools 141 and 168 in Queens and the Long Island City High School for the SCA, John Lewis Child's School and Bellerose School in Floral Park, NY, for the local School District, Linden Family Shelter, Charles Gay Men's Shelter, the Battery Maritime Building, the Bellevue Men's Shelter and the Women's Shelter at 643 Park Avenue for the City of New York Human Resources Administration; Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts for Bard College, NYC; the Outpatient Office Annex for North General Hospital, New York; the Brooklyn Union Gas Company, Service Centers in Jamaica and staten Island, NY and the Louis Armstrong Cultural Center, in Queens, NY for the Department of General Services, the renovation of the Automobile Fleet Services Building in Greenpoint (Brooklyn) for Brooklyn Union, the boiler plant replacements at Fennimore Lefferts Houses and Fiorentino Plaza for the New York City Housing Authority, etc.

He is thoroughly familiar with the design standards, details and specifications and fully understands the methodology applied to produce timely and quality designs, within prescribed budgets. 
David is up-to-date with all aspects of the NYC Codes as well as with all Fire Department and NFPA requirements. He is proficient in AutoCAD and other computer design software.

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