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Corporate Champions: O'Donnell & Naccarato

O'Donnell & Naccarato's "STRIKEtural Engineers" at Bowling Ball
With roots in Philadelphia since 1954, O’Donnell & Naccarato (O&N) provides structural analysis to support a building’s architectural expression and purpose. Their mission of providing structural engineering services that contribute to the success of clients, employees, and communities is evident in their projects as well as their philanthropy philosophy. An employee-owned company built on the values of integrity and teamwork, O&N has donated professional services on two Collaborative design grants and recently signed on as a Corporate Champion.

Principal Michael Herrmann, PE, SEBC has been with O&N for over 20 years and has long been a champion of the Community Design Collaborative. He experienced the transformative power of the design grant process as a volunteer in 2014. His office circulated an email from the Collaborative seeking a structural engineer volunteer. Michael replied and became part of a team that developed a conceptual design to convert a North Philadelphia rowhouse and vacant lot into a community space. He was inspired by the opportunity to work with community members who were wholly motivated by a desire to improve their neighborhood, and recognized that this was a way he could give back.

He’s seen the effect volunteering has had on staff members at O&N’s Philadelphia headquarters. “They take the knowledge they’ve gained -- whether they’ve been here 6 months or 20 years -- and give it to somebody with little understanding of the design process. The design grant recipient is blown away by everyone’s generosity and it really makes a difference. It’s energizing.”

In addition to volunteering on design grants, O&N’s STRIKEtural engineers have been dedicated supporters of the Bowling Ball, the Collaborative’s boisterous annual fundraiser featuring a bowling competition, raffles and networking. The O&N team has been faithfully knocking down pins since 2008. 

Reflecting on why O&N became a Collaborative Corporate Champion, Michael Herrmann described the trifecta of a successful firm. “We think in order to be successful, you need to be good at what you do, you need to be smart in business, and you need to be a member of your community.” He sees supporting the Community Design Collaborative, as well as other community organizations like ACE, AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture and Design, as a key ingredient in O&N’s success.     

O&N is over 85 professionals and growing. With additional offices in New York, New Jersey and Indiana, Michael sees O&N’s community work in Philadelphia as a model for how his growing firm can be a good citizen of each community where they have an office. 

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