By Joshua Burd
Deugen Development has announced four new hires to bolster its development and construction teams.
According to the Hoboken-based firm, the additions include Nishu Patel as director of construction and Michael Goras as director of estimating and purchasing. Meantime, the company has welcomed Steve Glavan as a project manager and Marco Fiorenza as assistant project manager.
“We welcome each of these seasoned professionals to Deugen Development where they will play an integral role in advancing our company’s growth and expansion strategy and elevating our overall competitive positioning,” CEO Eric Gormeley said. “In addition, individually and collectively they are tasked with upholding our guiding principles and philosophies for a hands-on, client-centered approach to development that emphasizes collaboration with our various stakeholders, from investors to local officials.”
The privately held development and construction firm — whose portfolio includes acquisition and value-add projects in the retail, multifamily, commercial and industrial sectors — said Patel is responsible for spearheading and supervising all construction-related activities across its planned and active projects and job sites. The Edison resident also oversees Deugen’s quality controls and schedule of work, vendor and subcontractor and client relationships and service excellence.
Patel is a 20-year construction management veteran with a bachelor’s in civil engineering from India’s Nirma Institute of Technology and a master’s in construction management from Stevens Institute of Technology, according to a news release. He has expertise in integrated engineering solutions and management designed to streamline processes in order to maximize efficiencies.
Goras joins Deugen to direct the firm’s estimating and purchasing departments, previously holding construction management positions with Capodagli Property Co. and March Associates Construction, the news release said. The Passaic Park resident, who holds a degree in business administration from Liberty University, has overseen the estimating and purchasing activities on behalf of dozens of large-scale commercial real estate projects ranging from $10 million to $120 million in total construction costs.
As a member of Deugen’s project management team, Glavan is responsible for providing comprehensive full-lifecycle management services, from inception and preconstruction to project closeout, the firm said. Prior to joining Deugen, the Westwood resident was responsible for construction management of several multifamily buildings, projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a range of community facilities.
Glavan is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering.
Fiorenza, for his part, is an experienced carpenter by trade and project superintendent, Deugen said. He got his start in the construction industry while building custom houses throughout North Jersey at age 16, before pursuing a degree in business administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
During that time, he also worked in commercial construction that specialized in high-end country club renovations throughout the greater tristate area. In announcing the new hire, Deugen touted Fiorenza’s hands-on project management approach and his ability to formulate field-based solutions.