Prominent Design and Construction Professional Brings Broad Experience In Architecture and Construction Management

In an effort to further expand its industry-leading architectural and interiors practice, Mancini•Duffy has hired prominent design and construction executive Rudy Espiritu to serve as a Technical Director/Senior Associate. Mr. Espiritu brings over 13 years of experience in architecture and construction management to his new position at Mancini-Duffy, joining an accomplished team of professionals at the firm.

“I am very excited to work with some of the most talented architects and designers in our industry at Mancini•Duffy, a firm with a tremendous history and many exciting projects in the works,” said Mr. Espiritu. “Personally, I am also looking forward to expanding my knowledge base as I learn from some of the best people in the business.”

Prior to joining Mancini•Duffy Mr. Espiritu was an Associate Partner, Project Manager and Project Architect with Foster + Partners. Among his many noteworthy projects while with the firm, he was involved in the complete renovation of the New York Public Library at 42nd Street.

Additional former senior leadership roles include Mr. Espiritu’s tenure with HLW International, where he oversaw 4.5 million square feet of new construction. While at HLW, he served as Project Architect on the ESPN Digital Center II, a 190,000 square-foot, ground-up Digital Release Facility. He was also involved in the 6,000 square-foot, fit-out of the flagship food service and public assembly facility for the NY headquarters of Google. He was Project Architect/Project manager for the 83,000 square-foot, mixed-use retail and residential tower at 300 East 79th Street. Mr. Espiritu also worked on the Hilton Grand Vacations Club, a 130,000 square-foot, ground-up project which consisted of a 27-story timeshare unit building, with 161 hotel units, including lobby, spa, and back –office operations, on 57th and 6th Avenue in Manhattan.

“Rudy is extremely talented and well-respected in the industry,” said Anthony Schirripa, FAIA IIDA, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the past year, our practice has grown significantly - in all aspects - and we believe that Rudy will help us to further facilitate this expansion as we seamlessly combine his skills and past experiences into our team dynamic.”
Mr. Espiritu is a registered architect in New York and Florida. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University in Philadelphia and started his career in the same city with Flatiron Building Company, Inc. before moving to New York for a position with Swanke Hayden Connell Architects.  

Findings Also Indicate That Workday Preferences and Needs Differ Between Generations

Mancini•Duffy, a leading architectural and interiors firm, has released preliminary findings from The Coordinate, its survey on workplace trends. The survey indicates that working hours peak during the beginning and end of the day, where employees are not only more productive, but also give their employers a bonus by extending the workday during commuting time.  

Additional findings point to patterns in work days as well as work hours.  According to Mancini•Duffy’s Director of Workplace Innovation, Fran Ferrone, “Mondays are for planning, Fridays are for cleanup, and most meetings occur mid-week. We see this as not only impacting decisions about space, but about policy and perks; potentially, in a big way.”


The differences between ways in which generations see the workday are even sharper:
  • Younger generations make exercise a priority throughout the workday.
  • Older generations place importance on face time (vs. FaceTime) more than their younger counterparts.
  • Gen X and Y value their downtime – reflecting the trend toward project-based (vs. fulltime) work.
These findings are from the first in a series of surveys being conducted by Mancini•Duffy this year to test the hypothesis of “the dissolution of the traditional workweek.” Complete results (and their implications) will be published in early 2015. To participate in the Coordinate survey, visit: Contact for additional information or questions about The Coordinate.
Mancini•Duffy pleased to publicly announce that we're serving as the architect-of-record for a new 70,000-sf Brooklyn Nets training facility, designed by Manica Architecture and set to open in time for the 2015-2016 season.

For more information, please check out these articles on SB Nation, and the Brooklyn Nets' own website. MANICA also has some beautiful renderings on their website.

New CWI Article in National Real Estate Investor

"Standing Innovation," the latest article in National Real Estate Investor by our Director of Workplace Innovation, Fran Ferrone, discusses how prolonged sitting is becoming a major concern to employers as the importance of health is gaining momentum in the workplace. Here's a PDF version of the full article, alternatively titled "If Sitting Is The New Smoking, Is Standing The New Patch?"

Fran Ferrone writes a monthly column for National Real Estate Investor about workplace topics that affect real estate decisions.

Recent Hires in Business Development, Marketing, & Leadership of Law Firm Practice Support the Firm’s Strategic Plan

As Mancini•Duffy gears up for its 100th anniversary in 2015, the firm has given its strategic plan a strong foundation with several important new hires: Morgan Gorospe, Business Development Director; Kristin Valente, Marketing Director; and Stephen Gertz, who will co-share leadership of the law firm practice with Dina Frank.

Ted S. Hammer, Mancini•Duffy President, said, “There’s no question that Mancini•Duffy is hitting the ground running into its next 100 years. Our new strategic plan balances prudence with boldness: we are capitalizing on our historic strengths and excited about our near-term growth.”

Hammer, himself a relative new-comer to Mancini•Duffy, notes, too, that the firm’s ability to attract exceptional talent is a measure of wide-spread confidence in its future. “I joined Mancini•Duffy a year and a half ago because I saw such terrific opportunity and wanted to help realize it. Then last year, Christian Giordano came on board as Principal and Director of Architecture and is making building design a powerful and growing part of our practice. Now,” Hammer says, “three more experienced and gifted professionals are lending their skills and enthusiasm to our business development.”

Morgan Gorospe has 13 years’ experience in business development and project management for leading construction management firms including Structure Tone, Swinerton Builders and Perini. She has not only had great success in introducing new business, but in developing excellent long-term relationships with clients. In addition to a BA in Fine Arts/Emphasis in Interior Design from the University of Southern California, Morgan holds a Graduate Degree in Construction Planning & Management from UCLA. She is an active member of the New York Building Congress, CoreNet, USGBC, and ASHE.

Kristin Valente comes to Mancini•Duffy with more than a decade in marketing, as marketing coordinator for Perkins Eastman for seven years and, more recently, as Northeast Regional Marketing Coordinator for the civil and environmental engineering firm of Greeley and Hansen. A graduate of the University of Vermont with a BA in English, Kristin co-chairs the SMPS New York Chapter Professional Development Committee.

Stephen Gertz is a widely recognized expert in the design of corporate offices, with particular expertise and extensive experience with law firms. During his nearly four decades as Executive Vice President and Principal with Keiser Associates, he brought to that firm, designed, and managed a broad range of law firm projects. His success in developing working relationships—some as much as 20 years long—with his clients has led many of them to follow him to Mancini•Duffy, where he can effectively continue to serve them in a larger, more diversified firm with a strong history of quality design and service. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame.

All three of these professionals have expressed their excitement at joining Mancini•Duffy because of the firm’s excellent history, its vision going forward, its focus on the practice of architecture and interior design, and its Center for Workplace Innovation. They look forward to telling the firm’s story.