Arts & Culture

EW Howell Construction Group Announces Promotions in Arts & Culture Division

(Plainview, N.Y. – January 3, 2017)  – E.W. Howell Construction Group, one of the region’s leading education, government, cultural and healthcare builders, has announced the promotion of three executives in its Arts & Culture division.

Dominic Paparo Jr. and Bob Zirkel have each been promoted to vice president of the Arts & Culture division, responsible for overseeing and coordinating all members of the project team during preconstruction and construction phases. Additionally, Jehan Joonoos has been promoted to senior project manager within the division.

“Our motto, ‘Build Simply,’ has been exemplified by three individuals whose work we are thrilled to recognize,” said Howard Rowland, president of E.W. Howell Construction Group. “Dominic and Bob, as vice presidents, and Jehan, as senior project manager, will be able to further drive forth the firm’s strategic vision. We look forward to their continued and enhanced contributions and congratulate them on their well-deserved achievements.”

E.W. Howell Construction Group’s Arts & Culture team has provided general contracting and construction management services to some of the New York area’s leading institutions including Museum of the City of New York, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Christies of London and The New York Botanical Garden, among others.

It is currently working on The Park Avenue Synagogue Lifelong Learning Center and the Edible Academy at The New York Botanical Garden.

Paparo has nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He joined E.W. Howell Construction Group in 2000 as its director of business development, and was promoted to vice president of business development in 2005. He is based out of E.W. Howell Construction Group’s New York City office.

During his career at E.W. Howell, Paparo has worked on a variety of projects, including Christie’s Auction House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University.

Bob Zirkel will join Dominic Paparo as co-vice president of the firm’s Arts & Culture division. He has been with E.W. Howell for more than 30 years, beginning as a project superintendent and rising to general superintendent of the New York City office.

Zirkel has worked on several high-profile projects during his time at E.W. Howell, including Bergdorf Goodman, The Spence School, Waldorf Astoria and The New York Botanical Garden. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from William Patterson College and a certificate in construction technology from NJIT. Zirkel is OSHA-30 certified, and a licensed NYC superintendent.

Jehan Joonoos joined E.W. Howell in 2007 as an assistant project manager. Joonoos has more than 10 years’ experience in the construction industry working on a variety of projects, including The New York Botanical Garden, Century Association, Brooklyn Museum and Waldorf Astoria.

As senior project manager, Joonoos is responsible for negotiating contracts, coordinating project execution in conformity with drawings and specifications, general administration and owner/architect liaison, among other duties.