September 27th, 2018
(This article first appeared in ENR)
Owner: LaGuardia Gateway Partners
Lead Design Firm: WSP/HOK
General Contractor: Skanska Walsh Design-Build Joint Venture
The Terminal B Parking Garage at LaGuardia Airport is a seven-floor, 1.14-million-sq-ft precast structure providing 3,100 parking spaces. It’s part of an elaborate $8-billion, multiphase construction plan designed to enable the airport’s 30 million annual passengers to continue flying while the entire airport is rebuilt.
Once the new terminal is finished, the garage’s two fully enclosed walkways, one on Level 2 and another on Level 4, will provide passengers with easy, direct access to the arrivals hall.
December 16, 2016
(This article first appeared in Construction Dive)
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A two-alarm fire requiring over 100 New York City Firefighters erupted through a construction site at a NYU Langone Medical Center building in Manhattan on First Avenue & East 30th St. on Dec. 14. The fire was controlled in under an hour by FDNY Firefighters who were able to tap into the water supply because of a functioning temporary standpipe installed by Sirina Fire Protection Corp., a member of the New York Fire Sprinkler Council.
There were no patients or offices currently located inside what will be dedicated as the Kimmel Pavilion, a new 830,000-square-foot wing set to open in 2018. A video shot from an adjoining building shows how significant the fire was.
February 22, 2012
(This article first appeared in Security Systems News)
GARDEN CITY PARK, N.Y. – Twenty-one years ago, Sirina Fire Protection started out as a small sprinkler company. Today, Sirina, a full-service fire protection and suppression company based here, has about 250 employees and specializes in large projects that have included Yankee Stadium, The New York Times building, the American and Delta airlines terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and New York City’s first casino at Aqueduct Raceway.
“We built this company from the ground up and we’re very well-known in New York City,” Carl Filomio, President of Sirina Protection Systems, a subsidiary created 15 years ago to expand Sirina Fire’s protection and suppression capabilities, told Security Systems News. Sirina now designs, installs and services fire alarm, fire suppression, and fire detection systems and also offers mass notification and evacuation systems.
November 9, 2011
(This article first appeared in Construction Today)
NEW YORK, N.Y. – For more than 30 years, Sirina Fire Protection Chairman Anthony Florez partially owned a New York metropolitan area fire sprinkler company not unlike Sirina. However, after a falling out with his business partner in 1990, he was forced to choose between an early retirement and starting over again. Although wise investments over the years had left him financially secure, he hated to end his career on a sour note and knew he’d miss the daily challenges of running a fire protection contracting business.
Florez weighed his options on a two-week cruise sailing from the Bahamas to Florida. By the time he reached America, he was armed with a business plan and the determination to build a fire protection business even larger and more successful than his former company. “I wanted to be the best and possibly the biggest fire protection company in New York City,” Florez recalls. “I had a vision that we should be a full-service fire protection company.”