meet the design team


Lou Vogel, PE, LEED AP


Lou Vogel is a senior engineer and the president of Taitem Engineering. He has worked on a variety of design and energy projects and leads Taitem’s work as a green building consultant for the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (multifamily housing) and for NYSERDA’s New Construction Program (commercial). His areas of expertise include sustainable design, geothermal heat pumps, energy modeling, facilities audits, and commissioning. Prior to joining Taitem Engineering, he designed HVAC systems for many school districts, and he has extensive experience in this sector. He has done HVAC design work and facilities audits for numerous public and private clients. Lou Vogel has served as a voting member of ASHRAE standards and handbook committees in the area of kitchen ventilation. He holds a degree in engineering from Purdue University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York.


Yossi Bronsnick, PE, LEED AP


Yossi Bronsnick is a partner and senior engineer at Taitem and the manager of Taitem’s design department. Yossi works on structural engineering projects with a focus on commercial, industrial, and residential projects. He has extensive experience designing for sustainable buildings incorporating renewable energy. Among his notable projects are design for solar-thermal DHW systems for several City of Ithaca buildings, structural design for the Dalai Lama of Tibet’s personal monastery in the United States, and Maguire Imports Dealership, which achieved LEED Platinum certification. Yossi has a B.S. and M.Eng in civil and environmental engineering, both from Cornell University.


Javier E. Rosa, PE

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Javier is a partner and senior engineer at Taitem and has been performing structural engineering design since 1993. He has worked on both low-rise and multistory industrial, commercial, and residential projects. Javier has provided expert testimony in several litigations. He is well versed in analyzing structural problems and recommending solutions to remedy structural deficiencies. He has worked on a variety of historic preservation projects. Javier is a certified Geothermal Professional from the Heatspring Institute in Cambridge, MA. Javier studied Civil Engineering, and previously worked at Ray Architects and Engineers in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Javier has also worked on energy audits, heating and lighting design.


Fred Schwartz


Fred is a senior engineer and has worked on a variety of design and energy projects for Taitem since 1998. Fred focuses on HVAC, plumbing and fire protection design. He has worked on design projects for Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins County, City of Ithaca, the Ithaca Sciencenter Museum, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and for housing authorities in Ithaca, Batavia, Watervliet, Rome, and Tioga/Bradford Counties in Pennsylvania. He is well known in the Ithaca area as the previous owner of F.E. Schwartz, a plumbing/heating/air-conditioning contracting business. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Cornell University.


Dominick DeLucia

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Dominick is a project engineer at Taitem who focuses on HVAC design for commercial, industrial, multi-family and residential projects. Dominick is experienced in the design of geothermal and of variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pumps, commissioning of HVAC systems and conducting energy studies for several statewide energy-efficiency programs. Notable projects include design of a biomass boiler heating system for the Town of Danby’s Highway garage and offices, renovation of the Franziska Rackers Center and Purity Ice Cream in Ithaca. Dominick has completed training in Modern Hydronics through Bell and Gossett and holds a BS in Management and Economics from Empire State College and an associate’s degree from Onondaga Community College.


Anna Legard, LEED AP O+M, NABCEP


Anna Legard is a project engineer in Taitem’s Design Department where she designs electrical, lighting, and fire alarm systems for commercial buildings. Anna has earned her NABCEP PV installer certificate and has expertise in drafting and design for photovoltaics. In addition to her work at Taitem, Anna was recently elected to the USGBC Upstate Chapter’s Market Leadership Advisory Board (MLAB). She holds a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from St. Olaf College and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.


Brendan Mangino


Brendan is an engineering associate in Taitem’s Design Department, where he assists with the design of plumbing and HVAC systems for new and existing buildings. He works with the design team to produce contract documents using REVIT. Before joining Taitem, Brendan was employed at Intertek Group, where he was an Engineering Team Lead, testing HVAC equipment for safety. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred University.