Coletti and Kralick establish new firm: Impact Architecture; full-service design firm located in Farmingdale

Shown (from left) are: Kralick and Coletti.
Shown (from left) are: Kralick and Coletti.

Farmingdale, NY Laura Coletti, R.A., LEED AP+BD&C and Michael Kralick, AIA, LEED AP+BD&C have established a new architecture and planning firm named Impact Architecture. The two partners are veterans of the Long Island and NYS' architectural and sustainable design industry. Impact Architecture is headquartered at 280 Main St.

"Our full-service design firm focuses on sustainable office, healthcare, retail, public, educational, religious, and the residential markets," said Coletti.

"We are well positioned to provide architectural and LEED and sustainability consulting services to real estate owners and property managers at the time when both Long Island and the national economies are beginning to recover," said Kralick.

Impact is one of the first firms in the region to employ a fully cloud-based server for design work. It allows the architects to incorporate design revisions both in the field and from clients' offices, a competitive advantage that accelerates design work and implements clients' input in real time. Impact also offers the latest CAD and rendering capabilities.

The partners' experience in the Long Island marketplace has helped the firm win several significant projects immediately following the founding of the studio. Impact Architecture currently serves as the LEED consultant to the TD Bank construction team for over 20 new branch offices in the Greater New York area, including several LEED Platinum-targeted branches. The East Norwich, N.Y., branch is undergoing the USGBC certification process with a LEED gold target.

The firm is also designing a new 13,300-sq.-ft. facility for Pro Sports Care of Long Island in Massapequa, N.Y. The project will convert a former car dealership into a sustainable and energy-efficient physical and sports therapy center that will house an indoor sports turf field and hydrotherapy center.

In addition, Impact Architecture is currently rehabilitating an abandoned automotive facility on Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst, N.Y., for Auto Tech body and repair shop. The renovations will include fa├žade improvements, landscaping and site enhancements, new building systems, and an installation of specialized auto care equipment.

Impact Architecture has also lent a hand to residential property owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The studio assisted four families with renovations and raising waterfront residences to above FEMA flood levels. The properties are located on Long Island's South Shore between Mastic Beach and Oceanside. N.Y.

Coletti's portfolio includes a cross-section of commercial, public, institutional, and residential projects. She was an early practitioner of green architecture through the introduction of passive and active solar design concepts to high-end, single-family residential projects on Long Island in the 1980s and 1990s.

Her experience encompasses numerous medical and office buildings, including Stat-Health walk-in urgent and immediate care clinics at several Long Island and New York City locations; the Middle Country Central School District expansions and renovations in Brookhaven, N.Y.; the Western Suffolk County BOCES district offices and teleconferencing center in Huntington Station, N.Y.; the Five Towns College Media Library in Dix Hills, N.Y.; the Hicksville Athletic Building in Hicksville, N.Y.; the Manorhaven Beach Pool Complex in Port Washington, N.Y.; and the chapel and student center addition to St. Anthony's High School in Melville, N.Y.

Along with Michael Kralick, Coletti also managed the LEED certification process for the prominent law firm of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP in Uniondale, N.Y. The law firm's headquarters received the LEED Silver rating and was the first law firm office space on Long Island to ever receive any LEED certification.

Coletti established Impact Architecture following more than 25 years of architectural experience. She held design positions at James M. Campbell Architects, James Thomas Martino Associates, Robert L. Campagna Architects, Baldassano Architecture, and Notaro Grupp Associates. A Registered Architect in New York State since 2006, she obtained her LEED AP certification in 2006 and is a member of the Long Island Chapter of the USGBC. She also serves on the Farmingdale Village Planning and Architectural Review Boards, and has worked on the Village Sign Code and Downtown Master Plan Committees and the Village Commercial Rehab Program. She is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury and Farmingdale State College.

Michael Kralick is a New York State Registered Architect with over 20 years of design and project management experience. Prior to establishing Impact Architecture, Kralick worked in design and project management positions at James M. Campbell Architects, Richard T. Bartlett Architects, and MKDA Milo Kleinberg Design Associates. His projects have included commercial, athletic, educational, retail, restaurant, religious, and high-end residential projects. They include Sewanhaka School District capital projects in Floral Park, N.Y.; Sayville School District expansions and renovations in Islip, N.Y.; the Replacement DWI Alternative Facility in Yaphank, N.Y.; the expansion and renovation of the Suffolk County Sherriff's jail and office facility in Riverhead N.Y.; and several church renovations for the Diocese of Rockville Center.

Kralick's design capabilities are enhanced by his expertise in computer-aided design technology. He holds several certificates and diplomas in advanced AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture, and a degree in Intensive Computer Aided Design from Grumman Data Systems Institute. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.

Kralick has been a Registered Architect and certified LEED AP since 2006. He is a member of the Long Island chapters of the USGBC and The American Institute of Architects. He serves on the Long Island LEED for Homes Committee, whose mission is to promote the design and education of high-performance green homes, including affordable housing and custom-designed family homes.

Additional information on Impact Architecture is available at www.impactarchitecture1.com.

Long Island - June 11-24, 2013
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