Sixty years ago, on the 1st of July 1959, a small room behind a garage in Norwalk, Connecticut became the home of John L. Altieri Consulting Engineers. Our milestone anniversary, which we are celebrating throughout 2019, honors the legacy of our founder, John Altieri, and Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC, as the firm was eventually to become.
For 60 years, we have designed engineering systems for scores of iconic buildings that enrich our cultural heritage, working in partnership with many of the most celebrated architects of our time. In the words of one of our retired partners, Altieri engineers are engineers with the souls of architects, an expression that embodies our guiding principle – an unwavering commitment to the creative visions of our clients.
We are very proud of our story and the role we continue to play in helping our clients shape the architectural landscape. We hope you will join us on our journey as we share memories, stories, and pay tribute to the people and projects that have shaped our success.
♦ Three full-time draftsmen and twenty projects on the books by year-end 1959, including the Derry Shoe Factory awarded by Fletcher Thompson, Altieri’s first client.
♦ A trip to New Haven with a page torn from the Yellow Pages, a chance meeting with Paul Rudolph, and the beginning of a fruitful relationship with Yale University that continues today.
♦ Exciting work with The Harvard Five – Eliot Noyes, John Johansen, Landis Gores, Marcel Breuer, and Philip Johnson.
♦ Community projects with local architects including Dan Antinozzi, Antinozzi Associates … the beginning of yet another six-decades-long relationship.
♦ 1964 – Our first museum commission – The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT.
♦ First of four projects at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1964 through 2001).
1970 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates. Participation in the master plan launches four decades of work at The Met.
In early March of this year, we paid tribute to Kevin Roche. It was Altieri’s honor and privilege to have worked with the Pritzker Laureate, a true designer of the future.
THE 70s continued
1979 – We partnered with Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink for the first time. The team came back together in 2007 for further work on “the rink with the best design in the nation,” (The Wall Street Journal, 2011). Our work at Yale during the past 6 decades numbers over 30 projects including Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, the historic Woolsey Hall, and Yale University Art Gallery.