Plaza Construction Adds Four New Professionals to its Estimating Team


Veteran Senior Estimator Jack MacMahon Retires After Nearly a Decade with Plaza

New York, NY – June 1, 2012 – Plaza Construction announced today that four new estimators have joined the company’s existing 33-strong estimating force, enhancing the company’s ability to serve a growing number of clients with a wide variety of new projects across all product lines. 

Hired as a result of several factors including attrition, such as the retirement of 50-year industry veteran Jack MacMahon leaving the industry after nearly a decade of service with Plaza as senior Estimator, the new estimators are:  Ed Zelazy, chief estimator, MEPS; Philip Townsend, senior estimator; Randall J. Mahncke, project estimator; and Paul Dispensa, mechanical estimator.

“As the economy recovers, we are experiencing heightened demand for construction services throughout the northeast,” said Richard Wood, president of Plaza Construction,   “and it’s crucial that we are adequately staffed to be able to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients.  We are very excited to welcome these experienced, consummate professionals to Plaza as we gear up to serve clients with projects ranging from residential and hospitality to healthcare and commercial office and more.  And, although we are sad to lose the expertise of such a legend in the construction industry as Jack MacMahon, we wish him well as he retires to focus on other things.”

Having taken a lead role in dozens of major projects during pre-construction, liaising with owners, architects and engineers, Mr. MacMahon’s (70) inimitable communication skills have through the years proved invaluable in addressing budgetary issues ranging from client negotiations through architect/engineer reviews.  Among his noteworthy projects are:  Astoria Energy Project, demolition of a 23-acre Castle Oil filing depot and construction of a 2 on 1 heat recovery power plant valued at $80 million; The Oro, a 40-story, 400,000-square-foot residential project valued at $120 million; and redevelopment of The Shops at Atlas Park, Glendale, NY, containing 310,000 square feet of retail space, 90,000 square feet of office space and valued at $125 million. 

Ed Zelazny (59), chief estimator MEPS, is a veteran with over 35 years of experience in the construction industry.  His responsibilities are to perform complete estimates for MEP and fire alarm systems, IT/Telecommunications requirements and security systems.  During his career, he has completed numerous power plants including the Linden Cogen Technologies Plant, Merck Rahway Power Plant, Montclair State University Cogen Facility, in addition to power plants for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Anheuser Busch Newark, Conoco Phillips, Rahway, and two plants for PSE&G.  Noteworthy projects include:  Giants Stadium, 2.1 million square feet, with an approximate HVAC and plumbing value of $46 million; Princeton University, the 200,000-square-foot Genomics & Lewis Library Laboratory with HVAC and plumbing value of $9 million; and the casino at Trump Plaza & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 4.2 million square feet with HVAC and plumbing valued at $21 million.  Prior to Plaza, Mr. Zelazny was a senior mechanical estimator with the Frank McBride Company in Edison, New Jersey.

Philip Townsend (59), senior estimator, brings 40 years of experience to his new post and is responsible for preparing detailed and conceptual estimates, as well as for presenting and reviewing estimates with clients during pre-construction, design development and construction. Some of Mr. Townsend’s major accomplishments include:  over 10 years with Deloitte & Touche’s Nation Design & Construction Division and 20 years with IBM with their Real Estate Construction Division as an on call consultant for both companies. During his tenure with IBM, he served as a full time on site consultant for the construction of their 280,000 square-foot Headquarters Building in Armonk, NY valued at $150 million. He was also involved with their $85 million Executive Conference Center in Palisades NY. Other project’s he is proud to have been a part of include the Domino Sugar Refinery Waterfront Project, a 3.7 million square-foot redevelopment of Riverside Walk and the Historic Refinery Building, construction included a terraced restaurant, day school, medical center, social meeting hall, retail stores, and 5 new residential towers valued at $1.1 billion; he also worked as a member of the consulting team to Columbia University Campus on their 25 year master plan, a multi-building program valued at $3 billion.  Prior to joining Plaza, Mr. Townsend operated his own firm, PTA, Inc., a professional construction management firm representing owners, lenders and investors.  He attended Southgate Technical College in London England, receiving a Higher National Certificate in electrical and mechanical engineering. 

Randall J. Mahncke (48), estimator, has been in the industry for 27 years and among his responsibilities are developing conceptual budgets,  preparing lump-sum bid proposals and value engineering.   Among his noteworthy projects are:  Bank Street Commons, a 720,000-square-foot, 20-story, two-building apartment complex in White Plains, NY valued at $100 million; Trump-Riverside South Building A, a 170-unit, 1.5 million-square-foot condominium valued at $500 million; and City Center, a 1.1 million-square-foot mixed-use building in White Plains, NY, valued at $300 million.  Prior to Plaza, he was an estimator with GTL Construction, LLC.   He earned a BS in business/marketing from Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Paul Dispensa (28), mechanical estimator with six years of construction experience, is an HVAC specialist whose responsibilities include developing conceptual budgets for complete BMS and HVAC systems.  Projects of relevance include 837 Washington Street, a new 50,000-square-foot property valued at $22 million; Lehman Brothers’ 1271 Avenue of the Americas, a 250,000-square-foot, tenant fit-out of nine floors valued at approximately $93 million; and a fit-out of floors 8, 9 and 12 for RBC Capital Markets Corporation at 3 World Financial Center valued at approximately $43 million.  Prior to Plaza, Mr. Dispensa was a project manager/super for HDG Consulting.  He earned a BS degree in Computer Engineering from Manhattan College.