New York City (October 5, 2017). Vidaris, a leading building envelope, energy efficiency, engineering, code and construction consultancy firm specializing in high-performance buildings and specialty structures, is pleased to announce the promotion of Stanford Chan, RA as a Senior Principal. In his 20 years at Vidaris, Stanford has added tremendous value to the firm, building out and growing the Restoration division which to date has had a significant impact on nearly 2000 projects.
Since 2005, Stanford has served as Principal and Director of Restoration, with a leading role in expanding the firm’s presence in the existing buildings market. Stanford became a Partner in Vidaris in 2006. A Registered Architect in New York, Stanford has worked on award-winning restoration, historic preservation and repositioning projects including 3 Columbus Circle, Hearst Tower, Carnegie Hall, The New York Edition Clock Tower Hotel, The Beekman Hotel and Residences and The Rainbow Room, and is currently overseeing Vidaris’ involvement at the iconic Waldorf Astoria.
As part of Stan’s expanding leadership role in this group, his elevation to Senior Principal brings greater corporate responsibility and the additional role of overseeing the Roofing and Waterproofing service line.
“At Vidaris, we work on buildings around the world helping clients to develop long-term strategies on how to
successfully push the building envelope to its full potential. I will continue to guide the development of my team – from strategic planning to performance and operations to delivery – and help our clients achieve their objectives,” Stanford says.
“Stan has developed a deep understanding of the application of Vidaris’ specialist skills in the existing building sector. His strengths lie in his ability to quickly understand clients’ operational and project aspirations and to organize and direct the resources necessary to complete projects successfully. He takes a very practical, balanced approach in achieving our clients’ goals. In his new position, he will guide the development of the firm’s existing building services and ensure Vidaris remains focused upon our clients’ needs and surpassing their expectations,” Chief Executive Officer, Marc Weissbach, says.
It is at this same time that Vidaris would like to highlight the “repositioning” of its Restoration group. Previously known as Restoration, it will now be identified as Existing Buildings. This rebrand supports the full range of services the division provides; not only limited to the repair, restoration and maintenance, Vidaris also offers repositioning/repurposing and historic preservation services. The new name also compliments the other half of the Building Envelope division: New Construction.
Existing buildings hold tremendous opportunities with respect to repositioning and repurposing. “Eighty percent of the buildings that will exist 30 years from now, already exist today,” Stanford states, continuing, “Through our valued expertise of new construction design and our diagnostic and forensic skills for existing buildings, along with our integrated services - Energy, Code, Roofing and Waterproofing, Engineering and Special Inspections, - Vidaris is uniquely suited to tackle the repositioning needed in order for these existing buildings to remain relevant and of value to their owners.”
Marc adds, “This group has grown in size by nearly 50% in the last 12 months as we focus not only on the repair and restoration of buildings, but as we recognize existing buildings present great opportunities in terms of repositioning and repurposing. Our service line has expanded commensurate with the marketplace’s appreciation of the beauty and opportunities that existing buildings present to the community.”
Vidaris has hired Esin Pektas, RA, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to help with the division’s growth, operating as Director of Restoration within the Existing Buildings group. Esin has fifteen years of experience in the industry and has recently held the positions of Vice President at The Falcon Group and Senior Project Architect at RAND Engineering and Architecture. With her efforts, Vidaris will continue to serve clients with repair, maintenance and restoration of facades and roofing. "Esin is a valuable addition to the firm as she will help us continue to expand our reach and grow our team,” Stanford says.
Vidaris and its affiliate, LPI, help real estate owners and architects realize their goals and objectives in the areas of building envelope, energy efficiency, construction, code and engineering. The two companies employ over 200 professionals in eight offices worldwide.