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DiDonato Provides Design Services for UB Outdoor Drone Facility

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As part of our Term Agreement with SUNY at Buffalo, DiDonato provided design services for a 3.5 million cubic foot netted enclosure to cover approximately the 59,000 SF parking lot next to Crofts Hall on the North Campus.

Design included foundations, poles, and netting. Our Team also provided soil borings and on-site soil and concrete testing services; prepared construction documentation; assisted with evaluating bids; reviewed project submittals; and normal site investigations and inspections. DiDonato provided guidance on regulatory requirements and assisted in the submittal of required documentation, including to FAA and NYSDEC.

The structure is being used to perform research for Autonomous Drones.

To see the facility, click here

New Hires

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DiDonato is pleased to welcome the following new employees:

  • Christian Hulse, PE is a Professional Engineer in New York State with 38 years of experience on transportation projects.  Chris recently retired from the NYS Thruway Authority where he was a Civil Engineer for 14 years.  Previous to that he spent 24 years as a Civil Engineer/Engineering Technician with the NYS Department of Transportation.  His work involved providing construction administration and inspection services for highway and bridge reconstruction projects.  He also provided hydraulic analysis services.  He is a 1989 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology. Mr. Hulse will be providing Team Leader services on DiDonato’s NYSDOT Biennial Bridge Inspection Program – Region 5.


  • James Messana, EIT is joining our Civil Engineering group. He has six years of experience in analysis, design of transportation projects, and construction inspection.  He has been responsible for the preparation of contract documents including plans, proposal books and engineering reports.  He has assisted in design calculations for drainage systems and the estimation of items for resurfacing, restoration, traffic signals, and rehabilitation projects. James has experience with drafting, cost estimates and design calculations.  He is familiar with the NYSDOT Design Standards.  He is a 2013 graduation of Clarkson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.


  • Justin Lucarelli has three years of experience as an Assistant Bridge Inspector and Culvert Inspector for Biennial Bridge Inspection Programs and Large Culvert Inspection Programs in NYSDOT Regions 3, 4, 5, and 6. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UB.  He will join Chris Hulse as an Assistant Team Leader on our NYSDOT Biennial Bridge Inspection Program-Region 5.
Welcome to the DiDonato Family!

2020 Anniversaries

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The following employees are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2020:

  • Tina McEwen – 20 Years (May)
  • Bill Ratka, PE – 20 Years (June)
  • Karen Nagy – 15 Years (Feb)
  • Mike Hitzel, AIA, LEED AP – 10 Years (Nov)
  • Matt Ziemba – 5 Years (Jan)
  • Perry Dix – 5 Years (June)
  • Tom Sheehan, PE – 5 Years (Sept)

Congratulations to All!