Howe Engineers: Fire Protection Engineers and Code Consultants

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Andrew Newman, P.E.
Principal Engineer

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
M.S. Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Andrew Newman focuses on developing state-of-the-art performance-based design solutions to complicated fire engineering and code compliance problems. He has assisted numerous design teams in achieving owner goals and architect objectives through value-engineered performance-based systems.

Mr. Newman has written and completed comprehensive life safety and fire protection design solutions for some of the premier large-scale assembly and mixed-use structures throughout the United States. He has extensive knowledge in complex three-dimensional fire modeling, timed egress analysis, integrated system analysis, fire protection, and smoke control design. He has successfully completed smoke control designs for multiple large-scale projects, including hotels, arenas, stadiums, convention centers, and other large-scale assembly projects.


Jeremy Mason, P.E.
Project Director

B.S. Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland
Masters of Business Administration, Boston College

Jeremy Mason provides innovative solutions to challenging code compliance and fire protection engineering problems.  Mr. Mason has expertise with the various local and national building, fire, accessibility, and NFPA codes, including an in-depth knowledge of the IBC, IEBC, IFC, NFPA 101, The Life Safety Code, ANSI A117.1, MAAB, and ADAAG.  He  specializes in existing building renovation and rehabilitation and has a vast array of experience in college and university campuses, including campus centers, laboratory buildings, dormitories, libraries, and general academic building.

Mr. Mason typically develops code compliance approach reports for buildings, existing building reports that detail requirements for retroactive upgrades, and interfaces with local building, fire, and accessibility departments to ensure that projects are delivered on time and on budget while preserving the intent of the design.  He also has expertise in designing fire protection, fire alarm, and smoke control systems for many different building types.  Having completed many projects in the Boston and Cambridge areas, he understands the permitting process and can effectively discuss and resolve key project issues with the local authorities having jurisdiction.



Ben Muscente, P.E.
Associate Principal

B.S. Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
M.S. Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

During his tenure as associate principal for Howe Engineers, Ben Muscente has consulted on and written comprehensive code assessments and life safety design solutions for some of the premier large-scale, mixed-use structures throughout the United States.

Mr. Muscente understands state-of-the-art fire protection engineering technologies and methods needed to develop unique performance-based design solutions. These services are invaluable in value engineering and developing functional code solutions.   Examples of completed performance design solutions include value engineering of smoke control systems using complex computer modeling; means of egress design solutions using computer modeling; allowance of exposed unprotected structural columns, beams, and truss systems; and value engineering of fire protection systems.


Michael Salerno, P.E.
Fire Protection Consultant

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

As a Fire Protection Consultant with Howe Engineers, Michael Salerno has been involved in all aspects of Fire Protection design and Code Consulting. Along with developing thorough and comprehensive automatic sprinkler systems and fire alarm design, Mr. Salerno is well versed in egress analysis and plans review for complex and intricate structures throughout the world.

Mr. Salerno has been an instrumental part of Howe Engineers’ Commissioning efforts for fire protection, fire alarm and smoke control systems. He has developed and participated in extensive testing programs on some of the most complicated stadiums and arenas in the United States.

Mr. Salerno is also specializes in advanced 3-D modeling for coordination of fire protection systems, smoke control system design and egress analysis. He works well with design teams, owners, and contractors to provide prompt and effective solutions for unique design challenges.

Andrew Shanahan, P.E.
Project Director

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Master of Science, Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Andrew Shanahan has over 10 years of experience in the field of fire protection engineering and building code consultation, most recently managing the Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. offices of Aon FPE before joining the team at Howe.

Mr. Shanahan has extensive expertise in codes/standards compliance evaluations and consultation, fire protection systems design, and fire modeling/design flow analysis.  He has provided these services for a myriad of project types including, but not limited to, hospital and health care facilities, mission critical data centers, transportation-related facilities, and high-rise office and residential buildings.  This experience has afforded him knowledge on balancing a facility’s operational and architectural design goals with the fire protection/life safety requirements of the applicable codes.

 

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