John M. DiDonato, P.E.

President

John M. DiDonato, P.E. is a Principal and President of the firm he has been with since 1983.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo and holds a professional engineering license in New York, as well as several other states. Mr. DiDonato oversees engineering design and construction projects in the Western New York Area for the firm’s 40+ person staff.

He is a member of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers – Erie/Niagara Chapter, National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association for Bridge Construction and Design, and the NYS Association of Transportation Engineers.

Project Experience Highlights

  • Public Facilities Design and Renovation (New Era Field Improvements, Olean Recreation Facility Improvements, Cheektowaga Ice Rink Upgrade, Hyde Park Ice Complex Improvements)
  • Aviation Related Facilities (Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Niagara Falls International Airport – Runways, Aprons, Taxiways, Signage, Roofing, Glycol Storage, Drainage, Obstruction Studies)
  • Highway Reconstruction (Main Street Revitalization-Cars Sharing Main, East Spring Street Green Infrastructure, Eden-Evans Road Reconstruction)
  • Wastewater/Water Improvements (Erie County Department of Environment & Planning – Division of Sewerage Management, Town of Amherst – Water and Sewer Line Replacement)
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Gregory T. Hewitt, P.E.

Senior Vice President

Gregory T. Hewitt, P.E. joined the firm in 1975 and is in charge of all architectural design projects. He also serves as Project Manager or Principal-in-Charge of numerous bridge design and inspection projects.

He obtained a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Architecture and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo. He holds a professional engineering license in New York.

Project Experience Highlights

  • Highway/Bridge Design and Reconstruction (NYS Thruway Authority and NYS Department of Transportation Biennial Bridge Inspection Programs, Erie County DPW – Jamison Road Bridge Replacement, Cattaraugus County DPW – Freedom Road Bridge Replacement, Maple Road Reconstruction)
  • Institutional/Educational Facilities Design and Reconstruction (Buffalo Public Schools Pool Renovations, SUNY at Buffalo Center for the Arts Exterior Rehabilitation, DASNY A/E Term Contract, Maryvale Schools Reconstruction,  Buffalo State College Improvements)
  • Emergency Facilities (Getzville Fire Hall Renovations, Erie County Fire Training Facility)
  • Recreational Facilities (Coca-Cola Field Roof Replacement, Hyde Park Ice Complex Improvements, Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Complex Improvements)
  • Municipal Facilities Design and Renovation (Buffalo City Hall Council Chambers Access, Amherst Police Station Space Re-allocation, Buffalo Police Broadway Market Substation)
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James A. Frick, P.E.

Vice President – Structural Engineering

James A. Frick, P.E. began his engineering career at DiDonato Associates in 1984. In his years at DiDonato, he has been an active design engineer and manager for a wide range of structural and civil projects. Mr. Frick has provided structural designs for more than 50 highway and bridge rehabilitation and replacement projects and more than 200 commercial/industrial buildings located in the northeast and mid-west United States. He also specializes in the structural design of scoreboard/LED displays for sporting facilities throughout the Country.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo and holds a Professional Engineering license in the State of New York. As the Vice President of Structural Engineering, Mr. Frick coordinates all structural design projects and oversees additional highway, site and utility design projects.

Project Experience Highlights

  • Bridge Design and Inspection (Erie County DPW-Jamison Road Bridge Replacement, Cattaraugus County DPW-Freedom Road Bridge, NYS Thruway Authority and NYS Department of Transportation Biennial Bridge Inspection Programs, Town of Lancaster Culvert Replacements)
  • Public Facilities Design and Rehabilitation (Buffalo State College, HSBC Parking Ramp, Hatch Restaurant Renovations, Roswell Park Parking Garage Repairs, Town of Amherst Bassett Park Bandshell)
  • Highway Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (Maple Road Reconstruction)
  • Recreation Facilities (Scoreboard Foundations for Pro and College Athletic Stadiums throughout U.S., New Era Field Capital Improvements, Olean Recreational Facility Improvements)
  • Educational (SUNY at Buffalo Center for the Arts Exterior Rehabilitation, Niagara University Dwyer Arena Improvements, Niagara County Community College Residential Facility)
  • Private Retail, Warehouse and Light Industrial Building Design
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Peter A. Ringo, P.E.

Vice President – Civil Engineering

Peter A. Ringo, P.E. has been an employee of DiDonato Associates since 1992. He has extensive experience in both civil and structural projects, including: multi-modal transportation projects, highways, airfield facilities, sewers, drainage, waterlines, site development, lift stations, retaining structures, and one- and two-story commercial/industrial buildings. Through his design experience, he has developed a broad knowledge of regulations and construction standards on the local, state and federal levels. Mr. Ringo’s attention to detail and commitment given to each of his projects makes him highly regarded and sought after by many of our Clients.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University and holds Professional Engineering licenses in New York and Indiana. Mr. Ringo is a Vice President of the firm and responsible for overseeing all civil engineering projects.

Project Experience Highlights

  • Highway Design and Reconstruction (City of Buffalo DPW-Main Street Revitalization-Cars Sharing Main and Middle Main Street Reconstruction, Village of Hamburg – Sunset Drive Rehabilitation, Erie County DPW – North and South Main Street Reconstruction)
  • Aviation Related Services (Buffalo Niagara International Airport  and Niagara Falls International Airport – Runways, Aprons, Taxiways, Signage, Roofing, Glycol Storage, Drainage, Obstruction Studies)
  • Public Facilities (Erie County Harbor Development Corporation – Water/Bike Ferry, Hatch Restaurant Renovations, City of Buffalo DPW – Community Center ADA Rehabilitation)
  • Water/Wastewater (Erie County Department of Environment & Planning – Division of Sewerage Management, Town of Amherst-Water and Sewer Line Replacement)
  • Private Retail, Warehouse and Light Industrial Building Design
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Michael Banks, AIA, LEED AP

Vice President – Architecture

Michael Banks, AIA, LEED AP has been with DiDonato since 2001. Over the years, Mike has been an integral part of DiDonato’s architectural design team for a variety of projects including educational facilities, residential housing, recreational facilities, healthcare and commercial complexes. He has assumed the role as project liaison for the client and drafting personnel to ensure compliance with all applicable codes and project parameters. Mike is the Vice President – Architecture and oversees all architectural projects and coordinates architectural resources.

He received his Bachelors of Professional Services in Architecture from SUNY at Buffalo in 1997. He became a Registered Architect in 2014 and is a certified LEED Accredited Professional.

Project Experience Highlights

  • BMHA Residential Facilities (Stuyvesant Apartment Exterior Rehabilitation, Fire Restoration Projects – Stuyvesant, Kenfield Homes) Commodore Perry Interior Renovations, Monsignor Geary Apartments Elevator Rehabilitation, Marine Drive Apartments Trash Compactor Replacement, Deficiency Reports, and various other BMHA improvement projects)
  • Recreational Facilities (New Era Field Capital Improvements, New Era Field Condition Surveys, Coca-Cola Field Roof Replacement, City of Buffalo DPW Parks Renovations – Davey Park and JFK Park Renovations, Hyde Park Ice Complex improvements)
  • Municipal Projects (Buffalo Police Broadway Market Substation, NY Power Authority Fishing Pier Elevator Rehabilitation, Emery Park Shelter Rehabilitation, Crotty Casino Condition Study, ECMC Exterior Envelope Study)
  • Education Facilities (Buffalo School #95 Elevator Rehabilitation, Maryvale Schools Renovation/Addition project, Erie Community College A/E Term Contract, North Park Academy – PS #66, Rehabilitation)
  • Emergency Services Facilities (Amherst Police Station Space Re-allocation, Erie County Emergency Services Building, Getzville Fire Hall Feasibility Study and Improvements, East Amherst Fire Hall Renovation/Addition)
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Susan Berninger

Business Manager

Susan Berninger has been with DiDonato Associates since 2002. Before coming to DiDonato, she ran her own business for 12 years. As Business Manager, Sue takes care of all administrative duties such as Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and Contracts. She also performs as Human Resources Manager and handles Employee Benefits.

She is a graduate of Denison University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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Julie Stearns

Director of Marketing

Julie Stearns has been with DiDonato Associates since 2004. She has been in the A/E field since 1988. As the Director of Marketing, she prepares all qualification packages, proposals, and ads, and maintains and updates the firm’s marketing files, such as resumes and projects. She manages the website, as well as social media marketing for DiDonato. In addition, Ms. Stearns attends conferences, political events, and industry outings for the company.

She attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and received an Executive Assistant diploma, and has taken additional classes in Business at SUNY at Buffalo.

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Norman DiDonato, P.E.

Founder

Norman DiDonato founded the company in 1965 as Weber, DiDonato and Renaldo, a well-respected architectural and engineering firm completing such high profile projects as the Erie Basin Marina and the Convention Center. Norman passed away on March 5, 2018. He will always be in our hearts.