SK&A Braves Snow for 2015 SEA-MW Awards Gala

February 23, 2015

Despite frigid temperatures and snowy-icy conditions, the 9th Annual “Excellence in Structural Engineering (ESE)” Awards Gala sponsored by the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEA-MW) was a resounding success. Held on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, The SK&A Group braved the cold, along with its peer organizations, to celebrate the industry’s accomplishments.   

SK&A team members who attended included: Senior Principal, Guy Razzi, PE; Principal, Hakan Onel, PE, SE; Associate, Tony Sadr, PE; Project Managers, Kellie Farster, PE, LEED AP, CDT, Daniel Cocciardi, PE, SE, and Rupa Patel, PE, LEED AP BD+C; and Structural Engineer III, Catherine Pastoor, EIT.  Rupa, a past Chairperson for SEA-MW’s ESE Awards Planning Committee, was also an instrumental contributor in planning this year’s event which was held within the upscale and modern setting of the Newseum.  Attendees enjoyed beautifully presented culinary delights prepared by Wolfgang Puck’s Source restaurant, a sister-establishment to the museum.

During the event, several SK&A team members and their projects were recognized:

  • Kellie Farster, a Project Manager in SK&A’s DC office, received this year’s “Rising Star” award for her many career achievements, volunteer activities, and personal development efforts as a young professional.
  • Tony Sadr, an Associate in SK&A’s MD office, accepted an award win for the firm in the Over $40 Million Renovation category for The Calvert Apartments’ transformation from a dated, high-rise into a contemporary, mixed-use complex in Alexandria, VA.    
  • Daniel Cocciardi, a Project Manager also in SK&A’s MD office, accepted an Honorable Mention award in the $15-40 Million Renovation category for the firm’s efforts on the retail renovation at L’Enfant Plaza West in DC’s southwest quadrant.

For more information about the SEA-MW Awards Gala, click here.  To learn more about new and past awards received by The SK&A Group, please visit our Awards page.

About The SK&A Group 

Founded in 1960, The SK&A Group provides structural engineering as well as structural testing and inspection services to public and private sector clients within the building industry. Comprised of three separate firms, Smislova, Kehnemui & Associates, PA (SK&A MD), SK&A Structural Engineers, PLLC (SK&A DC), and Eastern Testing & Inspection Corporation (ETI), The SK&A Group seamlessly provides clients with specialized expertise and pooled resources within a range of structural related consulting services — from structural analysis, design, repair, and restoration to testing and inspection.