Conrado Ray Gracia
Professional Engineer in: New York
Education: Master of Civil Engineering - University of Delaware
Honors Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Minor in Economics, Cum Laude - University of Delaware
Mr. Schinasi is an Associate in the New Construction division and has been with Vidaris since 2012. He has worked on a variety of commercial and residential projects in New York and the greater Boston area, with experience in both new construction and existing building restoration.
Mr. Schinasi’s expertise is with various exterior wall systems, including masonry cavity wall, curtain wall, window wall, punched windows, precast concrete and prefabricated stud framed wall panels.
His project involvement includes consulting through the various stages of design. He has extensive experience in the CA phase, including performance mock-up testing and oversight of a team of inspectors performing site and shop visits of exterior cladding systems. Additional experience and involvement in investigative and restoration work includes conducting leak investigations, monitoring window replacements, and performing FISP/Local Law 11/98 facade inspections.
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.
Registered Architect: NY
Education: Bachelor of Architecture - Temple University
Mr. Rushworth joined Vidaris’ Restoration division in 2011 and was promoted to Associate in 2016. He has worked primarily on restoration projects with a focus on NYC landmark buildings, but has also consulted on restoration and new construction projects both in-house and for outside architects. He has performed due diligence assessments for existing buildings, leak investigations, and field test monitoring.
Mr. Rushworth also serves as Quality Manager for Vidaris’ Special Inspection Agency.
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.
Registered Architect: NY
Professional Engineer: NY
Additional Certifications: LEED AP
Education: Bachelor of Architectural Engineering - The Pennsylvania State University
Mr. Nathan Walker has over 20 years of diverse architectural experience focused on technical design consulting, feasibility, and forensics throughout the US and abroad. He has worked on many prestigious buildings in New York and overall has been involved in more than 200 projects ranging from large-scale new developments and campuses to the preservation and adaptation of landmark buildings.
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.
Professional Engineer: NJ, NY
Education: Master of Business Administration - New York Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering - Ohio State University
Mr. Glickman has extensive experience in various aspects of design, inspection and testing of building exteriors including the design of steel and concrete structures, field inspection and testing. Since 1988, his work experience has included monitoring the installation of different types of exterior wall systems such as aluminum and glass curtain walls, pre-cast concrete panels, pre-fabricated panels, masonry, granite truss systems, and handset stone. He has also performed and witnessed mock-up testing of exterior wall systems at various laboratories and performed failure analysis on buildings throughout the world.