Leadership | Kaestle Boos
  • Charles W. Boos

    AIA
    As a founding principal of Kaestle Boos Associates, Chuck Boos has demonstrated his extensive knowledge, experience and dedication in the architectural design process for more than 50 years. He specializes in public architecture, and has overseen numerous projects including the award-winning renovation and historic restoration of New Britain (CT) City Hall and improvements to the Griswold (CT) Public Schools, including the design of two new schools. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture, is a member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of Directors of CCARC and the Hospital for Special Care, both in New Britain, CT. He is known for his dedication to each project, his fierce commitment to client satisfaction, and his determination that each completed project is a lasting source of pride for the community it serves.
  • Michael J. Blessing, Esq.

    LEED AP
    Michael Blessing originally served as the firm’s Director of Marketing and New Business Development, transitioning in the 1990’s to Operational, Financial and Legal Management. He currently serves as Chief Operating/Financial Officer and General Counsel. In addition, Mr. Blessing serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing Management from Central Connecticut State University, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and International Business from the University of Hartford, and a Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Mr. Blessing is currently admitted to the Connecticut Bar, Federal Bar for the District of Connecticut and as a Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has had membership in the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the American Corporate Counsel Association, and the Chief Executive Network.
  • Michael J. McKeon

    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Michael McKeon has practiced architecture for more than four decades, specializing in educational and public safety facility planning and design for the past 25 years. He has overseen more than 75 projects including the award-winning Westerly Middle School in Rhode Island and the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility in Cambridge, MA, one of the first LEED Silver Certified police stations in New England. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences. Prior to joining Kaestle Boos, he lived in Venezuela where he served in the Peace Corps, attended the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and had a private practice. Currently, he oversees our Foxborough, MA, office, is MCPPO certified, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.
  • Brian A. Solywoda

    AIA
    Brian Solywoda has over 30 years of architectural design, project management and client development experience. Dedication to the development of sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions in a collaborative and communicative environment has been a key to his success. Brian’s extensive experience includes public safety, municipal, healthcare, and corporate projects, and he specializes in educational facility projects, both K-12 schools and higher education facilities. His recent projects include the new Rocky Hill Intermediate School in Rocky Hill, CT, and the new Minuteman Regional Vocational High School in Lexington, MA. Brian earned an Associates Degree in architectural technology from the Hartford State Technical College and a Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
  • Scott J. Mangiagli

    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Since joining Kaestle Boos in 1993, Scott Mangiagli has been involved with all aspects of the design and construction process including project management, development of construction documents and construction administration. He is proficient in state and federal code compliance as well as green and sustainable design techniques. He is also skilled in the management of large complex projects, specializing in K-12 educational, theater arts and public safety facilities including the new Cumberland Public Safety Facility in Cumberland, RI, and the award-winning renovation and historic restoration of the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Architecture, Scott is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
  • Todd M. Costa

    AIA
    With a family history of police service, Todd Costa has a wide range of project experience, specializing in the programming, planning and design of public safety facilities. Todd has developed knowledge in preparing design and construction documents and client presentations from the pre-design phase through construction administration for both renovation/addition and new projects. He stays up to date on the latest trends and technologies in police and public safety design and has overseen the programming and design of more than 20 public safety projects including the new Sharon, MA, Public Safety Facility, Bellingham, MA, Police Station, and Carver, MA Fire Headquarters. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University and is a member of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
  • Paul F. Dominov

    AIA
    Paul Dominov has more than 20 years of architectural design experience. He has developed the design of new facilities, additions, and renovation projects for educational, municipal, and public safety facilities. His role includes the development and coordination of all elements in a project, from the preliminary design phase through construction completion. He is also a talented artist and his designs, including the new Barrington, RI, Middle School, renovation of Naugatuck, CT, High School, and the new Public Safety Facility, located in his hometown of Cumberland, RI, result in efficient buildings which also reflect the character of the town or city and harmonizes with the surrounding neighborhood. Paul holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island and Masters of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Luke J. McCoy

    PLA, LEED AP
    Luke McCoy joined Kaestle Boos in 2016, bringing over 15 years of landscape architecture experience. He is responsible for the coordination of landscape architecture design and contract administration in all Kaestle Boos offices. He conducts site analysis, planning and design for educational and municipal clients. Mr. McCoy’s experience includes K-12 and higher education facilities, athletic fields and complexes, municipal walking and bike paths, and religious facilities. Feature projects include renovations to the athletic complex at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT, and the Derby, CT, High School athletic complex, both of which included the conversion of natural grass fields to synthetic turf. He also plays an instrumental role in regulatory permitting, representing our clients at land use and regulatory agency meetings. Luke holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Connecticut and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Sports Builders Association, and the Synthetic Turf Council where he currently sits on the Board of Directors.
  • Kristen L. Smith

    Kristen Smith has over 20 years experience in the design of municipal facilities including K-12 educational and public safety buildings. She works closely with clients to determine a solution that will serve the entire community is experienced in all phases of space planning and interior design, working with staff and building users to identify proper adjacencies and space needs. Kristen is also adept at matching colors and textures to create a professional and aesthetic environment including the completion of bid packages for furniture, fixtures and equipment, which meet all requirements set by the public bid process. Featured projects include the new Rocky Hill, CT, Intermediate School, the new Nantucket Police Station, and the addition and renovation of Oliver Ames High School in Easton, MA. A graduate of Syracuse University, Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design with a focus on interiors.
  • John M. Chipko

    P.E., SECB
    John Chipko has over 30 years experience in structural engineering including project management and design of complex projects. With Kaestle Boos since 1998, John manages the structural engineering studio and is responsible for reviewing the design and drawings of the project engineers, designing structural components of building, specification writing, and implementing the Special Inspection Program for each project which have included the addition and renovation of Avon, CT, High School, the new New Britain, CT, Police Headquarters, and the renovation and historic restoration of the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. John also performs field investigations and analysis of the structural components of existing buildings. A graduate of the University of New Haven, John holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a member of the Structural Engineers Coalition and the American Institute of Steel Construction.
  • Nicole Green

    Nicole Green has over 15 years of sales and business development experience. She joined Kaestle Boos in 2006, assisting with the preparation of client materials and marketing events. She transitioned to the firm’s new business development department where she meets with current and prospective clients and partners and helps to grow Kaestle Boos’ markets. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies with a concentration in Marketing and Business Management from Pine Manor College. She is a member of the Society of College and University Planners, the Boston chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and is active in the ACE Mentor Program in Boston.
  • Elise Irish

    NCIDQ
    Elise Irish was a founding principal of Specs Design Group, a leading interior design firm headquartered in Springfield, MA, which joined Kaestle Boos in 2017. With over 30 years of experience, Elise continues to lead Kaestle Boos’ fourth office, coordinating, guiding, and overseeing a team of interior designers in all project fields including K-12 and higher educational, retail, hospitality, healthcare, and corporate facilities. Creative millwork design and dedicated project management are two of Elise’s hallmarks. Recent featured projects include interior design for the addition and renovation of Naugatuck, CT, High School and Gaffney Elementary School in New Britain, CT, and the new MGM Casino including retail tenant fit-outs in Springfield, MA. Elise holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Endicott College. She is a registered interior designer in Connecticut and a member of the Retail Design Institute.
  • Firdos “Freddie” Khericha

    Freddie Khericha has been with Kaestle Boos since 1999 and brings over 30 years of general contractor experience to role as construction administrator. He is devoted to reviewing the accuracy of shop drawings and their alignment with construction documents for projects of all sizes and complexity including the phased renovation of Naugatuck, CT, High School, the new New Britain, CT, Police Headquarters, and the new Hampden, MA Police Station. Freddie conducts frequent field visits during the construction phase to view the facility is being constructed as designed and with the specified materials. He also assists clients with review of Requests for Information, change orders, and contractor requests for payments. Freddie holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
  • Richard Kirby

    Richard Kirby has specialized in roof and window repair and replacement at Kaestle Boos for nearly 25 years. He is knowledgeable in all types of roofing material and regularly attends seminars to stay informed on the advantages and disadvantages of each. Richard is involved in nearly every project at Kaestle Boos and overseen the design of more than 200 roofing projects including the second largest non-commercial solar photovoltaic panel installation in Connecticut at Naugatuck High School as well as a green vegetative roof for the LEED® Silver Certified police station in Cambridge, MA. Richard earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute prior to serving in the Peace Corps in Venezuela where he met Principal Michael McKeon.
  • Joseph R. Milani

    RA, LEED AP
    Joe Milani has over 30 years of experience in educational, institutional, commercial, and residential facility design. Mr. Milani is involved in the development and coordination of all elements in a project, from the preliminary design phase through construction completion and has overseen complex projects including the renovation of Canton, MA, High School, the new Attleboro, MA, High School, and the LEED Silver Certified Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility in Cambridge, MA. He specializes in code review including Massachusetts State Building Code and ADA accessibility. Joe holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University.
  • Suzy Schuck

    With over 20 years of experience, including 15 years in the architectural/engineering industries, Suzy Schuck leads the marketing department at Kaestle Boos. Her days are never ordinary with varied responsibilities including development of proposals, interview preparation, branding, organization of trade show and conference participation, public relations, social media support, and assistance with informational and referendum campaigns. Suzy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University.
  • Lawrence P. Trim

    AIA
    Larry Trim brings nearly 30 years of architectural and project management experience to Kaestle Boos. He is involved in the development and coordination of all elements of a project, specializing in school facility planning and design. Project highlights include the new Minuteman Vocational High School in Lexington, MA, and the new Barrington Middle School in Barrington, RI. Larry graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of Directors of the Thundermist Health Centers of Rhode Island.