Arts, culture, and education are an important and intrinsic part of a society. Sparking creativity and encouraging open discussion, the arts reflect the feelings of a people in a point of history and serve as a visual legacy for later generations to enjoy and study through advanced learning institutions. The physical institutions that house the art of yesterday and today are often themselves a work of art. The amount of work that goes into creating a museum or center for education is immense. Planning and fundraising can take years before ground is broken. Numerous experts are brought into these projects to handle the various nuances of developing a building worthy of that which it is meant to house. A wide range of professionals include architects, engineers, fundraisers, attorneys, tax credit experts, permit specialists, urban planners, and more.
The engineers at AltieriSeborWieber LLC Consulting Engineers (Altieri) have helped to build some of the world’s most- renowned institutions in the United States for arts and culture and education. Founded in 1959 at John Altieri’s kitchen table, Altieri’s engineers have built a notable reputation through the firm’s work on iconic buildings, including: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), American Museum of Natural History (NY), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (OH), the North and South Academic Buildings at Williams College (MA), and The Getty Center (CA).
With Altieri’s distinguished project list, the firm has risen to the forefront of innovation and trends in their industry. Part of the formula for their success is due to the firm’s expectation that every member of its leadership be practicing engineers, who are expected to not only produce, but be actively involved in each of the firm’s projects. Having originally operated out of a house turned office, the three departments of the firm, Mechanical, Electric, and Plumbing each occupying a separate floor of the building, Altieri now operates out of a converted manufacturing building. Being under the same roof is important to the firm’s leadership, and the entire firm meets weekly to discuss their projects in terms of what works, what doesn’t, and new industry trends. Their department structure has since transitioned to studios, to more seamlessly integrate the firm’s coordinated activities between disciplines.
“I enjoy being part of a team that makes something which contributes to the fabric of society,” said Philip Steiner, managing director and principal of Altieri. “There is a lot of satisfaction in knowing we’re a part of projects that develop buildings that will be enjoyed for years.” Steiner, having recently taken the helm at Altieri, says the firm plans to continue its work for public institutions and hopes to expand the firm offerings into rapidly growing industries, such as health care.