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Marvin A. Mass, P.E.

Engineering Specialties:

Marvin Mass began his career in 1952 with Cosentini Associates and has helped establish Cosentini as one of the top engineering firms in the last half-century. At 84, Mass now resides as the Chairman of the firm. He attended New York University and received his Mechanical Engineering degree, leading him to become a licensed mechanical engineer in 23 states. His career includes achievements such as the design of New York City’s first total energy and chilled water storage plants, the use of waterside economized air conditioning systems for office buildings, as well as systems within the Solar Energy House at the University of Delaware. (1,2)

Mass is a long-standing faculty member at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and at Yale University. He has also lectured at institutions such as University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, and Cooper Union. Honors and awards he has received include the Brown Medal of the Franklin Institute and the 1990 AIA Institute Honors, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers. (1)

Selected Projects:

Charles and Dee Wyly Theater, Dallas, Texas

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

(1) Cosentini Associates
(2) Reynolds, Eleanor. “Architectural Engineers of the 20th and 21st Century.” 1st Ed. Spring 2008.


Written by Lauren Davis

February 1, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Posted in Engineers

Cosentini Associates

Selected Projects:

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
IAC Building, New York, New York
Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem, Israel
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada
Charles and Dee Wyly Theater, Dallas, Texas

Main Office Location:

New York, NY

Other Office Location:
United States:
Cambridge, MA
Chicago, IL
Freehold, NJ
Las Vegas, NV
Orlando, FL

Seoul, South Korea
Shanghai, China
Moscow, Russia
Paris, France
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dubai, UAE

Number of Employees:


Engineering and Technical Specialties:

Mechanical Design
Electrical Power
Fire Protection
Specialty Lighting Design
LEED / Sustainability
Mission Critical Design
Construction Services


Cosentini Associates was founded in 1952 as a mechanical and electrical engineering consulting firm. It began as 6 engineers and consultants with their start expanding from working on a high-rise office building, 99 Park Avenue. This building transpired into a world of opportunity working with renowned architects such as Frank Ghery as well as contributing to some of the most prominent buildings of the 20th and 21st centuries. Now Cosentini Associates has developed into a major engineering firm with specializations that cover most technical characteristics of buildings. The firm now participates on buildings such as the IAC Headquarters in New York and the Guggenheim Museum in Spain. Their work includes experience on Mission Critical systems and data centers, expanding them or designing from the ground up. The company has received many awards such as the recent AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for the Charles and Dee Wyly Theater.

In 1999 Cosentini Associates joined Tetra Tech, a consulting company for engineering and technical services. With over 250 offices worldwide, this created many new resources for clients of the company. This connection contributes to the success of Cosentini Associates engineering of sustainable buildings. They have received LEED certification for many buildings including a Platinum Certification for The Visionaire in New York, and a targeted Gold Certification for the Shanghai Tower. The Shanghai Tower will be the fourth tallest building in the world once completed, and will be the tallest building with a double-skin that will act as insulation. The building also has rainwater catchment systems and wind turbines to generate power for the building. Cosentini designed this project to be a benchmark for sustainable design in super-tall buildings.

Written by Lauren Davis

January 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Posted in Engineers