Dominick R.  Pilla PE, CE, SE, RA, LEEP AP Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Dominick R. Pilla PE, CE, SE, RA, LEEP AP

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DRPILLA

Dominick R. Pilla, PE, SE, CE, RA, LEED AP is an engineer and an architect and founder of DRPILLA. Mr. Pilla has served as Principal-in-Charge of his firm’s major projects since the firm’s inception in 1999. Further synthesizing the fields of engineering and architecture, Mr. Pilla serves as a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Biography

Dominick R. Pilla, PE, SE, CE, RA is an engineer and an architect and founder of DRPILLA. Mr. Pilla has served as Principal-in-Charge of his firm’s major projects since the firm’s inception in 1999. As a result of his training and experience as both engineer and architect, he is acutely aware of the issues facing the successful integration of both professions. This distinctive blend of skills and training provides a unique perspective to each project the firm undertakes. Dominick is a hands-on design principal and remains involved throughout the project. He works closely with project managers ensuring that the projects’ goals and client’s needs are met.

Further synthesizing the fields of engineering and architecture, Mr. Pilla serves as a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he is teaching courses covering topics from basic structural systems to complex concepts in seismic design.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Mr. Pilla's current research is continuing to bridge the engineering and architecture professions through his collaboration with a team from The City College of New York's Grove School of Engineering as the industry mentor for an NSF/PowerBridge grant. The research focuses on sustainability in engineering. The technology involves the incorporation of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) waste in architectural and non-structural concrete as aggregate.

Personal Interests

    A native New Yorker, Dominick was born in the Bronx and raised in Rockland County. He now lives with his family in Grandview on Hudson. When time allows between his practice and academia, he is an avid skier and enjoys traveling and literature.

Websites

Books

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Articles

Structure Magazine

Monitoring the Health of a Building During and After Rehabilitation


Published: Dec 01, 2015 by Structure Magazine
Authors: Pilla, D. Vaccaro, J. & Wilde, J.
Subjects: Engineering - Civil, Engineering - General

During site work and, specifically, underpinning work involving existing buildings, it is best practice to perform monitoring of any buildings in the vicinity that may be influenced by the work. This monitoring includes both optically surveying the existing structures for displacement and installing vibration monitors to continuously monitor and record peak particle velocities.

Modern Steel Construction

Diving In: Steel Helps A Single-Family Home and Pool House Go Swimmingly


Published: Nov 01, 2013 by Modern Steel Construction
Authors: Pilla, D. & Kaniuczok, M.
Subjects: Engineering - Civil, Engineering - General

When considering the structural composition of a “wood” building, the demands of the architectural and structural requirements often exceed the capabilities of an exclusively wood structural design. That’s where steel comes in.

Structure Magazine

Horizontal and Vertical Enlargement of a “Sliver” Building


Published: Nov 01, 2013 by Structure Magazine
Authors: Pilla, D. & Tong, X.
Subjects: Engineering - Civil, Engineering - General

The term “sliver building,” according to the New York City (NYC) zoning code, is specifically reserved for a tall building or enlargement that is 45 feet wide or less. In many cases, such buildings are restricted to a height equal to the width of the abutting street or 100 feet, whichever is less. However, when considering the structural stability of a building, a “sliver building” is commonly a narrow building having a large aspect ratio (height to width).

Structure Magazine

Creating an Opening in Existing Floors


Published: Apr 01, 2013 by Structure Magazine
Authors: Pilla, D. & Tong, X.
Subjects: Engineering - Civil, Engineering - General

It is not unusual to create an opening in existing floors during building renovations and alterations. A new opening may be used for stairs, an elevator shaft, a duct penetration, skylights, etc. In order to execute a feasible modification and maintain the existing building’s structural stability, a qualified structural engineer should be involved during the initial planning phase.

Modern Steel Construction

Penthouse View: A New Modular Structure Provides an Option for Unused Rooftop Sp


Published: Sep 01, 2012 by Modern Steel Construction
Authors: Pilla, D. &Tong, X.
Subjects: Energy & Clean Technology, Engineering - Civil, Engineering - General

There's plenty of underutilized roof and air space atop typical New York City mid-rise residential buildings. But the creators of the Solar Roofpod are hoping to change that.

Structure Magazine

An Affordable and Sustainable Building Design in New York City


Published: Sep 01, 2011 by Structure Magazine
Authors: Pilla, D. & Tong, X.
Subjects: Engineering - Civil, Engineering - General

Fox Point is a 48-unit affordable housing development pursuing a USGBC LEED Silver rating. Located in the Foxhurst section of the Bronx, this affordable apartment building is sponsored by the Midtown-based nonprofit Palladia, Inc. and aimed at providing housing for low income families with disabilities. In 2005, Palladia selected the design team of Oaklander Coogan & Vitto Architects(OCV) and Dominick R. Pilla Associates (DRPILLA), structural engineer, to design the project.

Structure Magazine

Evaluating Historic Structures for Adaptive Re-Use


Published: Sep 01, 2010 by Structure Magazine
Authors: Pilla, D. & Tong, X.

The H. Lawrence & Sons Rope Works complex, located at 221 McKibbin Street at the western edge of North Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone, has been in continuous use for industrial purposes for more than 160 years. Built on poor soils with an adjacent subway, the existing nine-building complex was in need of structural remediation and renovation.