Shilpa L. Clark
Education: MBA - Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - New York University Tandon School of Engineering
Shilpa Clark joined the Dispute Resolution group in the New York office as a Senior Manager in October 2018. She has 15 years of experience in the industry, with a background in Civil Engineering, project management, construction claims analysis and litigation support. Shilpa holds her B.S. in Civil Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and her MBA from Baruch College.
With her wealth of experience with claims, dispute avoidance and resolution, and risk management, Mrs. Clark’s role within the Dispute Resolution division will allow her to drive solutions and value for our clients and help manage the dispute resolution and expert witness service line.
Before joining the firm, Mrs. Clark was a Design Engineer, planning and designing (electrical, plumbing, structure, etc.) mixed-use structures in New York and Pennsylvania following all applicable building codes. Prior she worked as a Project Manager for Ports America, where she managed their $500M Capital Expansion Program of the 270+ acre Marine Terminal in New Jersey. In her time with FTI Consulting, Mrs. Clark provided services in litigation support, cost analysis and claims management.
Education: Master of Business Administration - UCLA Anderson
Bachelor of Science - Cornell University
Mr. Jarkow is the Chief Financial Officer of Vidaris, Inc. and a member of the executive leadership team.
Bringing over 25 years of finance experience to Vidaris, Lloyd’s responsibilities include accounting, financial reporting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and tax.
With past positions within the real estate, telecommunications and engineering services sectors, Lloyd has led both public and private companies through rapid growth, international expansion and complex restructuring. His strengths include corporate finance, strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions.
Professional Engineer: NY, PA, Ontario
Education: Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Project Management – University of Dublin (Trinity College), Ireland
Bachelor Degree in Applied Science and Engineering, Civil Engineering – University of Toronto, Canada
Mr. Popadynec is a Professional Engineer with over 17 years of international building envelope expertise. The breadth of his experience spans consulting, design, testing, manufacturing, installation, special inspection and rehabilitation. He has focused primarily on new construction and has completed over 50 ground-up building projects. Assisting clients from the conceptual stages of a project through completion, he has participated in laboratory mock-ups where wall specimens were tested for air/water infiltration, high wind loading, extreme seismic movement and blast resistance. He has investigated facade-related failures on several iconic buildings. Mr. Popadynec has a sound understanding of various technologies and how to combine them into a robust, economical and sustainable enclosure. He provides his clients value-added ideas, up-to-date industry knowledge and a practical know-how gained from years on project sites.
A skilled communicator and thoughtful leader, Mr. Popadynec effectively manages a team of over 40 consultants and inspectors and is currently a part of several technical committees that are developing the next generation of industry standards and building codes. He was promoted to Director of New Construction Facades in 2016. Mr. Popadynec had his start in New York in 2002 managing stone panel repair and reconstruction at three buildings damaged on 9/11. He is especially proud and honored to have consulted and managed the building envelope inspections for two of the new towers that rose at Ground Zero.
Professional Engineer: FL, NY
Education: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, Structural Concentration - Drexel University
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Drexel University
With the firm since 2010, Mr. Zachary Nord specializes in the design, testing and construction of exterior building envelope systems. System experience includes various facade types (curtain wall, window wall, masonry, terra cotta, metal panels, brick veneer, and precast concrete) as well as the varying roofing and waterproofing applications (re-roofs, repairs, leak investigations, new roofs, plazas, below-grade) for both new and existing buildings.
In 2016, Mr. Nord became the Director - Southeast Region, heading Vidaris’ Miami office and coordinating all efforts there for both new and existing buildings. He also serves as Director of Roofing and Waterproofing, managing a team working on a range of projects varying from complicated to iconic to everything in between.
In his role, Mr. Nord leads design consulting, forensic investigations, supervises shop and site inspections, and monitors laboratory mock-up tests for new ground up construction as well as existing buildings. Additionally, he has experience with exterior envelope-related insurance claim support due to natural disasters, dispute resolution and litigation support.
Registered Architect: CT, FL, MA, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX, VA, Puerto Rico
Education: Bachelor of Architecture - University of Miami
Mr. Marc Weissbach is a Registered Architect with expertise in building enclosure systems since 1987. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vidaris, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Weissbach recognized the ever-widening gap amongst building ownership, design professionals, and construction specialists as building systems have become more complex and codes have become more stringent. He has been transforming the firm to view buildings holistically, to respond to the most efficient, effective solutions that meet performance and operational goals and objectives.
Active in Code development, Mr. Weissbach serves as Chair of the New York City Department of Buildings Construction Requirements and Materials Committee, responsible for reviewing the Building Code for revision. He is a member of the Department of Buildings Managing Committee and is called upon by governing agencies of other jurisdictions to share knowledge and experience for incorporation into model codes. Recognized as an expert in his field, he assists in resolving construction related failures and disputes, his testimony has been recorded in Local, State and Federal matters, and he is listed on he American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators for large commercial and construction disputes.
Mr. Weissbach has experience working with LEED-Certified projects and has an extensive portfolio of projects in all market sectors. Notable projects include Freedom Tower (Tower One) at the World Trade Center as well as Tower 4 and the National September 11th Museum and Memorial.
Education: Masters in Finance - Keller Graduate School of Management
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting - Dowling College
Mr. Waller serves as Vice President, Human Resources & Administration for the enterprise. He has enterprise-wide responsibility for Human Resources, Information Technology and Administration. Functions include but are not limited to: workplace effectiveness, benefits, compensation, recruiting, employee relations, communications, leadership development, performance management, payroll, system infrastructure, data recovery, facility management, and overall Corporate Operations integration and support.
Mr. Waller was part of the team that integrated the legacy brands Israel Berger and Associates (IBA) and Viridian Energy & Environmental into Vidaris from a legal, compliance, and operational perspective. He was also directly involved in integrating Lucius Pitkin (now LPI, Inc.) into the corporate structure, redefining benefit programs and implementing newer technology to manage Human Capital.
He has 19 years of experience in human resources, financial and human capital systemsplatforms, M & A activities and integration, global shared service centers, budgets and organizational management with prominent industry leading organizations domestically and internationally such as Brookfield Asset Management, Tribune Company, and CDW. Mr. Waller holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a major in Finance, along with an undergraduate degree in Accounting.
Education: Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering – Lehigh University
Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering – Lehigh University
Master of Science in Civil - Structural Engineering – Manhattan College
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Supplement in Materials Science – University of Southern California
Dr. Robert Vecchio has been with LPI, Inc. (Lucius Pitkin) since 1985, currently as CEO and managing Principal (Partner), specializing in fitness-for-service, fatigue, and fracture mechanics analyses of structures. In addition to day-to-day company management, his responsibilities include fracture mechanics, stress and failure analyses, as well as oversight of mechanical behavior, fatigue and fracture testing and engineering computer software development and application. Dr. Vecchio is a licensed Professional Engineer. In addition to his responsibilities at LPI, Inc., Dr. Vecchio is also an Assistant Professor at Manhattan College where he teaches a graduate course in fracture mechanics and fatigue analyses.
Over the past 20 years Dr. Vecchio has participated in some of New York City’s most challenging infrastructure issues, such as the Hell Gate gas main and Gramercy Park steam main explosions, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 4 Times Square scaffolding collapse, the Washington Heights black-out, and the tragic rescue and recovery efforts following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. At LPI, Dr. Vecchio has been involved in many critical engineering assessments involving various New York City agencies, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In addition, LPI has participated in the evaluations of almost all the NYC bridges and tunnels. In this regard, LPI recently completed an extensive engineering evaluation and testing program, which is currently being implemented for the replacement of the suspender cables on the George Washington Bridge – a major structural overhaul to one of NYC’s most critical transportation links. For the MTA, LPI has assisted the Long Island and Metro North Railroads in evaluating their equipment, in particular assisting these agencies in their ongoing efforts to operate such equipment in a safe and reliable manner. Similarly, LPI has evaluated extensive cracking problems in buses, subway cars, ambulances, and sanitation vehicles for the MTA and NYC.
BEMP, LEED AP BD+C
Master of Science in Architectural Technology - Columbia University
Adrian Tuluca advises Vidaris’ clients on:
- Energy Code compliance
- Zone Green NYC
- LEED, Passive House, BREEAM
- NYSERDA MPP and Enterprise Green Communities
- State and Federal incentives and tax rebates
- in general, energy use and energy cost
Where appropriate, he and his team combine energy efficiency with moisture condensation and thermal comfort analyses (THERM, WUFI and CFD modeling). This is important for renovations, but it is also a good tool to ensure comfort and to avoid moisture problems in residential buildings, and for spaces with large glass areas, such as atriums and tall office spaces.
Mr. Tuluca works closely with Vidaris’ Envelope team, using synergy to get savings not always intuitive to the design team. He has analyzed hundreds of millions of sf of facilities, achieving energy savings from 20% to over 50% to net zero, using a whole-building approach with LEED ratings up to Platinum.
Locally, Mr. Tuluca led a team that trained the NYC DOB on Energy Code compliance; advised on the NYC Local Law 86 that required 20-30% energy cost savings vs code; and on advisory teams for PlaNYC2030, green zoning, and other initiatives.
Registered Architect: NY
Other Certifications: USGBC LEED AP
Education: Masters in Design Studies, Sustainable Design - Harvard University
Bachelors in Architecture - The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Ms. Sze is committed to integrating energy efficiency with the building envelope. She works closely with developers, owners, and architects to develop high-performing systems that meet the industry’s most stringent criteria, including Passive House. Her expertise includes curtain wall, prefabricated metal panel, precast, and window wall. A holistic approach is the backbone of Vidaris’ work, and Ms. Sze works with clients to help them understand the interaction between the facade, the building structure, mechanical systems, and lighting systems both from a performance standpoint as well as from constructability and cost. Her early days as an inspector on construction sites and in fabrication shops provided a strong foundation for her current work. She is a Registered Architect in New York.
Carl Ian Graham
Professional Engineer: CT, NY
Education: Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, Cum Laude – Boston University
Mr. Carl Ian Graham has performed HVAC sustainable design consulting for commercial, multi-family residential, and institutional buildings for more than 20 years. He has authored and provided technical content for various high-performance building publications, including the General Services Administration (GSA) LEED Cost Study (2004), the HVAC Resource Page for the GSA’s Whole Building Design Guide, the New York State Green Building Tax Credit regulations, and contributed to the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (NYS ECCC).
Mr. Graham has worked within the realm of energy codes having served as Project Manager for the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) Energy Code Compliance Study. The work included discussing code compliance practices with officials in cities around the U.S. He also provided content and technical development for two HVAC modules in NYC DOB’s six module Energy Code training course.
Mr. Graham has managed and performed energy analyses for millions of square feet of office buildings, hospitals, court complexes, universities, secondary schools, movie theaters, weather forecasting offices and retail stores.
Mr. Graham has also managed energy audits for commercial and industrial facilities across the country for clients such as: Defense Logistics Agency, National Park Service, Internal Revenue Service, FDIC, Warner Music Group, Pitney Bowes, International Paper, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.