Founded in 2014, Acela is a single-source provider of architectural, civil engineering, structural engineering and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering services.
Our integrated team of multi-disciplined professionals provides a diverse spectrum of design, consulting and project management expertise for private, corporate, government and institutional clients throughout the US.
Acela is headquartered in Allentown, PA with regional offices in NJ, NY and OH.See our Licenses and Registrations
A labor of love
Since the beginning, our undeniable passion has driven our organic growth from a handful of employees to a small firm with nearly 40 employees. Today, we are honored to be a valued partner to customers and communities throughout the Northeast.
As the future unfolds, Acela is committed to making the most of its unlimited potential. Whether we are exploring new horizons or growing our capabilities, we are ever-evolving to turn challenges into opportunities and exceed industry expectations.
A culture in working together responsively under one roof.
Daniel has over 27 years of diverse experience managing and designing engineering projects for a wide variety of projects ranging from municipal, educational, industrial to commercial construction. Daniel is the official Municipal Engineer for the Coplay Borough, Lehigh County, PA. He has been a certified Project Management Professional for ten years and has implemented project management procedures and techniques for a fortune 300 US-based company.
Daniel served in the United States Air Force for over eight years, serving in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm and in Cuba during Operation Sea Signal. During his military service, Daniel was responsible for managing the operation and maintenance of the Hanscom Air Force Base’s water, sanitary, and natural gas distribution system.
Christopher has more than 25 years of experience designing and engineering for private construction, institutions, governmental organizations, and educational projects. He has completed the planning, design, permitting, and construction of stormwater and transportation impacts on various land development and subdivision projects. Chris has served as a municipal engineer designing various municipal projects such as parks and roadways. He is a leader in implementing technology to develop cost-effective projects and prides himself on designs that meet stakeholders’ needs and ensure longevity.
John has over 30 years of experience as an architect, general contractor, and educator. He has designed projects in a variety of market sectors including private and institutional clients, healthcare, K12 and higher education, governmental organizations, community groups, and sports and recreational facilities.
John has designed and built LEED certified and performance-based projects, is a current member of AIA Philadelphia’s Design Committee, and is the Managing Secretary emeritus and a past winner of the John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture.
John uses his diverse experience and understanding of space and place to shape each project into a unique design solution that reflects our client’s needs and budget. He works with the Acela team to design creative solutions that are informed by their site and context and challenge our own preconceptions of what good architecture can be.
Lori has over 25 years of experience helping corporations improve productivity and generate revenue. With a keen eye for detail and technical adeptness, she strives for continuous improvement, often by automating processes through technology to improve efficiency. Lori has cultivated forward-thinking environments by educating staff members on ways to improve through technology. She has spearheaded the automation of the accounting function and electronic filing system while also migrating a large volume of data to accounting software. Lori has built relationships across the organization, as well as with outside vendors and customers. Her collaborative approach has assisted in successfully achieving core goals. Lori’s analytical thinking allows her to evaluate complex details and provide reports to executive leadership to assist with key decision making. In addition to extensive experience with reconciling, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance, Lori has valuable experience with project accounting.
David has over 39 years of experience in mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering. Mr. Brown also maintains diverse project management experience, having directed and managed engineering teams for over 25 years. He has proven experience in planning and managing projects from inception through completion. David provides dedicated leadership in supervising and coordinating with owners, architects, engineers, and contractors. Mr. Brown’s areas of expertise include Fire Protection Engineering, Medical and Industrial Gas System Engineering, HVAC and Plumbing Engineering, Energy Management Engineering, Green Building and Systems Design, and Construction Administration.
David is a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Mr. Brown is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
Gavin has 25 years of experience in structural design and construction engineering. He is a versatile member of the design team, participating as project lead or design engineer. Gavin’s work history includes design and analysis in various fields, including building design, power plant and water resource management, mass transportation, and infrastructure. He routinely demonstrates a firm understanding of economical construction practices. Gavin has managed project teams from concept to closeout, including site surveys, technical specifications, structural design, submittal review, and construction observations.
Jeremie has 20 years of experience as an accomplished engineer and project manager with an extensive background in the design and specification of commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential land development projects. His experience consists of land and site planning, lot layout configuration, alignment, and design of new roads, along with integrated utility, grading, and stormwater management design. Jeremie’s experience also includes hydrologic and hydraulic stormwater modeling, PCSM design, PADEP permitting including NPDES and E&S, and PennDOT permitting. In addition to being a Professional Engineer, Jeremie is also a certified Project Management Professional.
Donald has over 30 years of experience as a surveyor, drafter/designer, quality assurance coordinator, project engineer, and construction project manager. He has designed projects in a variety of market sectors including residential, commercial and highway; and has managed projects through design and construction in market sectors including residential, commercial and higher education. Donald has managed construction of LEED certified and grant funded projects in higher education. He uses his diverse experience and understanding of construction practices to ensure each project meets our client’s needs and budget and works with the Acela team to provide creative solutions to the challenges of construction projects.
Michael has over 35 years of experience as an architect and planner working predominately in the Healthcare, Medical Research, Higher Education, and Mixed-Use/Residential sectors. Michael has a wealth of healthcare planning and design experience including Patient Care Units, Interventional Platform (Surgery, Cath Lab, Endoscopy Suite, etc.), Diagnostic and Treatment, Oncology, Patient Support, Materials Management and Hospital Support, Emergency Department, Labor & Delivery, Rehabilitation Suite, Behavioral Health, and Logistics Hub. Michael’s work incorporates sustainable and performance based design and construction practices and numerous LEED Silver and Gold projects and targets. Michael is licensed in several states, is a member of the AIA, USGBC, and NCARB, is a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, and has provided expert witness testimony for numerous projects.
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Acela is comprised of experienced professionals deeply passionate about their respective disciplines and enjoined in a singular team ethic fostered at our firm’s central operations in Allentown, Pennsylvania.