O’Donnell & Naccarato Knows Best: A Structural Engineer’s Take on Philly Food

May 16, 2016 | Buzz About the Center

 

In case you didn’t hear, thousands of architects will be heading to Philadelphia this week for AIA National Convention. Amidst the rush of preparation, AIA Philadelphia is taking a moment to reflect on the history of Philadelphia’s AEC community. Today we’re highlighting the AIA Philadelphia Welcome Pocket Guide sponsor O’Donnell & Naccarato, a Philadelphia-headquartered structural engineering firm and ardent supporter of AIA Philadelphia for nearly 30 years.

O’Donnell & Naccarato has taken a hands on approach to supporting the chapter through sponsorship of a variety of programs and even in instructing the Structural ARE classes to architects preparing for their licensing exam, free of charge. O’Donnell & Naccarato’s President, Tony Naccarato, PE, SECB, who has served as the co-chair of the Annual Golf Outing since its inception 18 years ago, explains that “Our firm is extremely proud of our long time partnership with AIA Philadelphia. We view our support of the chapter’s mission as doing our part to strengthen the entire design community’s vitally important role in enhancing our built environment here in the Philadelphia region.”

The firm has been around since 1954 – and if there’s one thing they know, beyond the ins and outs of structural engineering, it’s Philly. We asked Tony to share his top restaurant picks with thousands of visitors to Philly in our AIA Philadelphia Welcome Pocket Guide, which will be distributed to all convention attendees and available for pick up at the Center for Architecture and Design. In addition to some of the best restaurants in town, the guide is a great resource for Convention goers to stay in the know about activities happening at the Center and what buildings and spaces you simply must see in Philly.

AIA Philadelphia is proud to be supported by O’Donnell & Naccarato – a firm that’s moving forward, fast. Their team of engineers, based at 701 Market Street, is working hard on a series of new projects across the country. While O’Donnell & Naccarato practices nationally, their impact on Philadelphia’s built environment is remarkable. Next time you’re visiting the Center for Architecture and Design, take a walk east down Arch Street and you won’t miss the 8th & Filbert Streets Garage – a surprisingly funky and modern parking garage. O’Donnell & Naccarato collaborated with architects at Wallace Roberts & Todd to make improvements throughout the garage, and design significant aesthetic renovations to dramatically alter the building’s exterior appearance.

Take a look in the AIA Philadelphia Welcome Pocket Guide for “Tony’s Picks” and enjoy a delicious meal. To learn more about O’Donnell & Naccarato, visit o-n.com and take a look at their latest work.

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