Tom Székely, P.E., LEED AP
Background and Experience
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In private practice for over a quarter-century, Tom Székely has had broad and deep exposure in many styles engineering practice in his nearly two decades of experience prior to the formation of Székely Engineering. That is, the industrial experience described below was of a level of detail rarely seen in commercial work, and is one of the things which led him to develop Székely Engineering's "field coordination drawing" style of presenting MEP work, sort of a composite two-dimensional model of the mechanical-electrical-plumbing trades' work on project. Three dimensional models and smart drawings with embedded BIM (Building Information Management) data may be the wave of the future, but Székely Engineering's MEP project drawings are pre-coordinated now.

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Company Background

Székely Engineering has provided, since its inception in 1983, complete MEP engineering services for commercial projects in retail buildings  including Terrace Five, an open restaurant  in  the  fifth  level  of  Trump  Tower's atrium, a J.Crew store  at  South  Street  Seaport,  several  Pizzeria  Uno restaurants in the metropolitan area,  and  gut  rehabilitation  of  15,000 square feet of retail space at 125th Street and Lennox avenue in Harlem. We have provided   similar engineering services in high-end residential projects such as the  New York cooperatives of Madonna and Mary Tyler Moore, among others.


One of our notable commercial projects was the 1991 conversion of a six-story building at 421 West 54th Street in Manhattan from a Bar Association book storage warehouse to The Hit Factory, state of the art recording studios and supporting office space. 


This project (now a condominium) of over 60,000 square feet of space came in at over two million dollars of MEP work for which we  had prime design responsibility, and several million more dollars of specialized recording studio work done by Harris Grant and Associates of London.  Because of our reliance on CAD in the days before its wide acceptance in commercial AEC work (working cross-platform between our DOS machines and the Architect's Apples) and our in-house custom written project tracking software, we were always well ahead of the fast-tracked project's critical path, and ultimately turned out 44 D-size sheets and 15 CSI sections of specifications while reviewing 64 submissions through construction.

Personal Experience

When he worked for commercial consulting engineering firms such as Lehr Associates here in New York City, Mr. Székely had been the electrical project manager for a Cabot, Cabot, and Forbes office tower in  Boston and chilled water plants for Cornell University in Ithaca, as well as all trades project manager  for Equitable  Life  office  buildings in Milford, Connecticut.


During his extensive industrial experience with firms such as Crawford & Russell (now John Brown Engineers) in Stamford Connecticut,  Mr. Székely was the electrical designer in charge of the chlorine compression  section  of  an  Olin  chlor-caustic plant in McIntosh,  Alabama. 


While with other firms such as Treadwell, Bechtel, and Chemplant Designs, he was responsible  for  electronic  instrumentation interfaces  and  noise  grounding  for  the  #3  turbine  at  Con  Edison's Ravenswood plant ("Big Allis") , designed (during the Three Mile Island debacle) a  saturation  alarm  system  for PASNY's Indian Point #3  nuclear  power  plant,  and  designed  the  entire electrical distribution system for various textile  fiber  and  mylar  film plants in the US and Europe.