Development Team

Through the years, we have gained not only a good understanding about our community but also housing and building experience while delivering projects on time and within budget.  SED has contributed to the rich history of the South End and is committed to the future development and continued growth of the community in the South End of Albany.

Founded in 2016, The Wagoner Firm is a full-service business firm focused on representing entrepreneurs in the Capital Region and throughout the world. Its Corporate, Commercial Real Estate, and Land Use teams have supported developers to strategically organize their structure, acquire site control, obtain regulatory and municipal approvals, and provide zoning analysis on landmark projects throughout the state. Representative projects include Fortune 500 Oil and Gas operations, The Kenwood Convent, Global Foundries, and development of the Skidmore College Solar array (the first large scale solar array project in New York).

• Matthew Wagoner, Founder
• John Vero, Of Counsel
• Stephanie Ferradino, Of Counsel
• Anthony Cove, Associate


Whiteman Osterman & Hanna was founded in 1975 and has grown to become the largest, and one of the most well-respected law firms in the Capital Region. The Firm has a commitment to quality and the ability to understand and achieve our clients’ business and personal goals. Whiteman Osterman & Hanna uses a team approach to solve complex issues, bringing together attorneys with a depth of knowledge in a wide range of concentrations to ensure that all facets of a situation are considered. It is not surprising that hundreds of clients, from FORTUNE 500 companies to government agencies, to small and middle-market businesses, come to Whiteman Osterman & Hanna for solutions to difficult challenges — and stay for long-term relationships.

• Brian Lawlor, Esq., Of Counsel

Gorra LLC

Prior to forming Gora LLC in 2014, Rich Gora was an attorney at Finn Dixon & Herling LLP for nearly 10 years. Since then, Mr. Gora has tirelessly built a global practice consisting of clients in Dubai, UK, Australia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Ukraine. We have been taking innovative steps in representing our clients. We are very proud of our achievements and all our clients who led us here.

• Richard Gora, Esq., Managing Partner


Garrison Architects LLP was founded by James Garrison in 1991 and is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Since its inception, the firm has risen to the forefront of modular building and sustainability innovation. Working across a diverse range of project types, from private residential to large scale public work, Garrison Architects pairs a research-driven approach to design with highly refined modernist aesthetics. The firm collaborates with designers, engineers, and manufacturers to produce architecture that responds to economic, cultural, technical, and environmental challenges.

• James Garrison, Principal
• Salvatore Tranchina, Senior Associate
• Michael Regan, Senior Project Architect

ME Engineering

Founded in 1991, M/E Engineering, P.C. is a mechanical/electrical consulting engineering firm committed to quality-driven solutions for its clients. Four offices and an expert staff of licensed professional engineers, project designers, and technicians serve industrial, commercial, educational, health care, institutional and municipal clients. A commitment to producing designs that result in reliable and efficient systems drives every M/E Engineering project.

M/E Engineering has nearly 200 employees, including 33 licensed professional engineers, 36 senior engineers/senior designers, 26 project engineers/project designers, 38 designers/CAD technicians, and 26 administrative support personnel.

• Beth Bilger, Project Manager
• Ted Sargent, Mechanical Engineer
• Russ Wolensky, Electrical Engineer
• Peter Weiss, Plumbing Engineer


The Levy Partnership provides design, research, project management, technical support, and other mission-specific services to companies, agencies, and individuals involved in home building, commercial construction, property management, material and systems development, and market development. The Levy Partnership team collaborates with a wide variety of public and private organizations, including: US Departments of Energy and Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management and Environmental Protection Agencies, NYSERDA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, State of California Energy Commission, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and many more.

• Jordan Dentz, Vice President
• Carmel Pratt, Sustainability Director


Founded over 70 years ago, The Chazen Companies is an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary firm providing civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, code services, landscape architecture, construction services, transportation planning, and traffic engineering to clients in the private and public sectors. Chazen employees proudly collaborate with municipalities, state agencies, developers, landowners, utility companies, and industrial, healthcare, education, and nonprofit clients from project concept to completion, taking a customized approach to every project. With offices in Glens Falls, Troy, Poughkeepsie, New York City, and White Plains, NY; Nashville and Chattanooga, TN; and Portland, OR, Chazen delivers world-class performance focused on creating effective, long-term partnerships with its clients.

• Ed Larkin, P.E., NYSCCEO, LEEP AP, Principal and Senior Director, Building Systems
• Kelsey Carr, Project Manager/Project Engineer


RA Engineering Inc. (RAE) is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned architectural, consulting engineering and construction management firm specialized in providing project management, architectural, consulting engineering and construction services to municipalities, agencies, development communities, industrial and commercial clients. Our areas of expertise cover a broad range of market needs in the architectural, engineering and construction sectors including Buildings & Places, Water & Wastewater, Tunnelling, Pipe Rehabilitation, Stormwater, Land Development, Transit, Transportation, Utility, Renewable Energy and Process & Plant Automation. We closely work with our clients to deliver cost-effective and sustainable solutions primarily through effective application of state-of-the-art technologies/tools and partnering with industry-leading experts. We provide complete turn-key solutions for your needs as an EPCM contractor.

Our industry-leading experts are available to assist you to identify, design, procure and construct necessary infrastructure for your needs in compliance with the current federal, provincial and municipal level regulations. We assist our clients from the early planning stage up to the commissioning stage of all projects every step of the way and provide technical support during operation and maintenance. We also have experience and capabilities to operate and maintain the facilities constructed by our experts as well as any of your existing facilities.

  • Ragu Nathan, P.Eng., PMP, President & CEO and Sr. Consulting Engineer
  • Abi Rajagopal, M.A.Sc., Vice President/Project Manager

Asterhill Research Company works with clients to integrating public health and urban planning practices, in order to advance health equity; resulting in healthier communities. Today, communities are seeking a more sustainable approach to improve the quality of life. This requires communities to focus on finding equitable balance among social, economic, environmental and cultural factors.

• James Carrol, Principal, Market Research & Feasibility


EnergyLink is an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction firm that installs renewable energy and energy efficiency products for commercial businesses and non-profits. The EnergyLink team also handles funding and financial services to make the energy project process as simple as possible. Instead of dealing with multiple intermediaries, one only needs to work with EnergyLink’s team, from the start of the project to its conclusion. Specifically, EnergyLink evaluates and makes suggestions for: thermal boundaries, lights, mechanical systems, and renewable energy.

• Chris Ihler, Chief Executive Officer


Statewide Public Affairs, Inc. is a full-service government relations, communications, and issue management firm providing consulting services throughout New York State. Our tenacity, emphasis on client service and dedication to maintaining the finest reputation is what sets our firm apart.

• Kevin Banes, Partner