Richard E. Loveland, P.E.

Richard Loveland, a Vice President, has more than 20 years of experience at BVH. Rich has worked on many successful projects for public and private clients throughout the region and across the country. These projects range from Division I Athletics, student recreation centers and classroom buildings to laboratories, office fit-outs, manufacturing facilities and new medical centers.

Devoted to facilitating effective communication and collaboration on each project, Rich’s work ranges from large, design-build institutional projects to complex renovations of specialized spaces.  His recent notable work includes the design of University of Notre Dame’s Campus Crossroads project, a massive series of additions and expansions around the perimeter of the iconic football stadium. The largest building project in the history of Notre Dame, Campus Crossroads features three new buildings totaling 850,000 square feet, and brings academics, athletics, and student life together.

In addition to mountain biking, Rich’s passion outside of the office includes hockey – playing for a men’s league, coaching  youth sports, and watching his son in net for his high school team. Rich also takes an active role in the Hockey Boosters and helps fundraise to provide the best experience for players and parents.

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Jim Norton, P.E.

Jim Norton, a Vice President at BVH, has more than 15 years of experience at BVH. His extensive portfolio includes master planning, new construction, and complex renovations, with a special focus on the design of mechanical systems for healthcare facilities. Dedicated to serving his clients, Jim’s recent experience includes work at Baystate Health, Nuvance Health, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and Pratt & Whitney.

His client-centric approach to projects, coupled with his technical expertise, has played a significant role in growing key markets at BVH, especially in the healthcare and advanced manufacturing sectors. Jim leads by example and builds strong teams with clear communication and dedication to his co-workers and clients.

When not designing the next hospital surgery suite, chiller plant, or high-tech corporate space, Jim enjoys all things sports. He particularly enjoys golfing, playing with his two Beagles, and spending time with family and friends.

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Scott Waitkus, PE

Scott Waitkus, P.E., is a Vice President at BVH with 35 years of experience in the design and construction industry. With a focus on carbon neutrality and energy efficiency, the depth of Scott’s experience ranges from masterplans and utility tunnels for colleges and universities to renovations and new construction of healthcare, hospitality and commercial projects.

Scott has been instrumental in managing BVH’s Framework Utility Contract at UConn, a 10-year prime contract analyzing and upgrading the Storrs Campus utility infrastructure to support the Campus Master Plan. He was also heavily involved in the University of Notre Dame Campus Crossroads project, requiring the relocation of approximately 1,100 feet of utility tunnel that houses high pressure and low pressure steam, condensate, domestic hot water, and fire alarm systems for this $400 million addition to the iconic football stadium.

In his free time, Scott enjoys fishing, camping, motorcycling and helping his son build his first home.

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Ilona Prosol, PE, LEED AP

Ilona Prosol, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, is a team leader and vice president at BVH with more than 25 years of design and management experience. She approaches each project with a focus on sustainability, working with architects and other consultants to customize solutions that are unique to each client.

Ilona has been part of the design team for many award-winning projects throughout the New England, including the Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker, the first LEED platinum public school in Connecticut, and the John W. Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst, recipient of the 2020 AIA COTE Awards for sustainable design excellence. Passionate about her work and the continual advancement of the design and construction industry, she currently serves on the boards of the Connecticut Green Building Council and Connecticut Architecture Foundation, as well as a member of the State of Connecticut Codes and Standards Committee.

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Maria Loitz, FSMPS, CPSM

With 25 years of experience, Maria A. Loitz, FSMPS, CPSM, directs the marketing and communications efforts for BVH.

Recognized as an industry leader throughout Connecticut, Maria tirelessly promotes careers in architecture, construction, and engineering to high school students. For nearly 20 years, Maria has held leadership roles in the ACE Mentor Program of Connecticut, currently serving as its president. The organization, awarded Non-Profit of the Year by the Hartford Business Journal in 2018, continues to serve the community via a virtual program due to COVID to students across the state. Many alumni are now professionals in the A/E/C industry and serve as mentors in the program.

Passionate about the recruitment and diversity challenges in the design and construction industry, Maria co-authored “Addressing the AEC/O Workforce Shortage: How to Attract and Retain Women in Today’s Talent Pool,” published in 2018. This whitepaper discusses significant issues in retaining, replacing, and growing the industry’s workforce.

Inducted as a Fellow by the Society for Marketing Professional Services in 2016, Maria also received a Lifetime Achievement Award by SMPS Connecticut in 2020. She recognizes the tremendous impact mentors have had on her career, and she is committed to giving back to other professionals as a mentor and chapter advisor.

In 2016, the Connecticut Chapter of Professional Women in Construction recognized Maria with the Women of Achievement Award for her commitment to professional growth and serving as a role model to others in the industry. The Construction Institute also honored her in 2011 with the Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to the advancement of Connecticut’s construction industry.

A hockey mom, Bruins fan, and avid golfer, Maria enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, as well as her Old English Bulldogge, Tuukka.

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Thomas Iskra, PE, LEED AP

Tom Iskra is Vice President of Operations at BVH managing the firm’s Boston office. He has more than 18 years of experience in the project management and construction of innovative projects that maximize the efficiency and minimize the impacts on the environment.

Tom’s notable project experience includes Harvard’s House Renewal project, a comprehensive effort to give new life to the University’s 12 aging undergraduate houses. Stone Hall, formerly known as Old Quincy House, was the first to be studied as its size and neo-Georgian architecture provided valuable lessons that could be applied to the other buildings, and upon completion achieved LEED Platinum certification. Tom has also been actively involved with work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UMass Boston, and the University of Notre Dame. An avid skier, Tom enjoys spending time with his family on the slopes in Vermont, as well as on the ballfields with his son and daughter.

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Alan K. Vanags, PE, LEED AP

Alan Vanags is a Senior Vice President at BVH and has 30+ years of design and management experience.  In addition to providing overall management of the Firm, Alan focuses his efforts on providing technical guidance and leadership to staff, as well as directing highly technical projects. An electrical engineer by training, he oversees a broad spectrum of projects, including laboratory buildings and complex hospital projects to campus infrastructure planning and design.

Alan was instrumental in the planning and design of more than $125 million in campus utility upgrades at University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as the campus infrastructure design and new building construction at Quinnipiac University’s new York Hill campus.

He has developed a specialty in understanding important phasing issues as well as developing and understanding existing campus standards and aesthetic concerns. Alan is adept at facilitating smooth communication and coordination among all members of the team, both internal and external.

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Jeffrey S. Cichonski, PE, LEED AP

Jeffrey Cichonski, P.E., LEED AP is a Senior Vice President and mechanical engineer who has been with BVH since 1998. His focus on being responsive to our clients’ needs is demonstrated in his excellent execution of both design and project management.

He brings to his work, in particular for healthcare facilities, universities, and office commercial renovation projects, an in-depth understanding of mechanical systems that is vital to these facilities. Jeff is a creative problem solver and applies strategic planning and technology to integrate the design of mechanical systems into the building.

His experience ranges from hospital expansions and renovations to campus utility upgrade projects. Jeff is also active in industry organizations, including the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

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Mark Allyn, PE

Mark is a Senior Vice President with over 20 years of design and project management experience over a wide range of project types.

He is known for his technical proficiency and ability to direct large projects in the healthcare, higher education and institutional markets. Mark is experienced with traditional, fast track, and design-build delivery methods, and has hands-on construction and field experience.

For Mark, knowing our practice inside and out is the best way to build strong relationships and deliver exceptional service to our clients. His work includes the new $186-million John T. O’Connell Tower at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, several large renovations projects at UConn Health, Farmington, CT, and the design-build new Wickford Junction Railroad Station in Wickford Junction, RI.

Mark’s extensive experience has given him the know-how to approach all projects with creative ideas and practical solutions.

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Thomas St. Denis, PE, LEED AP

A civil/structural engineer by training, Tom is known for his leadership in tackling big challenges in the implementation of the built environment. With more than 30 years of experience, he understands what it takes for BVH’s integrated team to design complex projects — and create ideal spaces to gather as communities to live, work and play.

The depth and breadth of Tom’s experience ranges from masterplans and utility tunnels for colleges and universities to renovations and new construction of healthcare, industrial and commercial buildings.  His diverse experience has given him a working knowledge of all construction trades, a holistic view of the construction process, and a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by architects, engineers and constructors alike.

He’s also worked directly with officials and regulatory offices, gaining first-hand experience of the approval process. He knows how things fit together and is effective at finding optimum solutions that play to everybody’s strengths. Attention to detail and good communication are the keys to his success.

Tom is actively involved in organizations that support and promote the engineering profession. He served on Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Connecticut. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (AGC CT) Designer of the Year award.

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