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Howard I. Shapiro & Associates offers consulting and engineering design services to the construction industry, construction equipment manufacturers, and crane owners and users. We focus primarily on furnishing engineering support and problem solving for construction contractors, construction managers, and developers. Our mission is to assist clients in constructing safely, efficiently, and quickly, thereby enhancing their reputations and profitability.

Accustomed to working within the short lead times prevalent in the industry, we are nonetheless committed to using our experience and ingenuity to deliver quality services and practical, buildable solutions. We meld the benefits of advanced mathematical and analytical techniques with extensive “hands-on" field experience to create technically correct, pragmatic designs.

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Our Principals

Howard I. Shapiro & Associates Consulting Engineers, P.C. is proud of its staff of experienced engineers and technicians for their proven aptitude, their understanding of day to day as well as esoteric aspects of design, construction and fabrication.


Licensed Professional Engineer: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (Mechanical Engineering)

Education: Polytechnic Institute of N.Y.; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1977.

Publications: Cranes & Derricks, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., 2000(Co-author with Howard I. Shapiro and Lawrence K. Shapiro). Techtopics, in Lifting & Transportation International Magazine.(Co-author with Howard I. Shapiro and Lawrence K. Shapiro)

Professional Organizations: NY State Society of Professional Engineers, NSPE, ASCE, AISC, Structural Engineers Association of New York, Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association, NYC Department of Buildings Crane Rule Advisory Committee


Lawrence K. Shapiro, P.E. is the Co-Principal of Howard I. Shapiro & Associates and with over four decades of experience as a Professional Engineer, he has become a widely respected influence in the field of consulting and construction engineering design services in the New York City area and internationally. 

Lawrence earned a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Virginia in 1978 and has been a Licensed Professional Engineer since February 1983 in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. He is a member of ASCE, ASME, NSPE, AWS, a Chairman of ASME B30.3, an ASME B30 Main Committee Delegate, a ASME P30 Member, as well as an ISO TC96 US Delegate. He has Co-Authored multiple editions of the book Cranes and Derricks, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., with his father Howard I. Shapiro and brother and Co-Principal Jay P. Shapiro, as well as being the Co-Author of various articles in trade publications.

He is especially proud to be a third generation professional engineer, and carrying on a tradition that continues to the next generation. 


Senior Associates


Worked with us since 1999

Graduated from University of Transilvania of Brasov, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering in 1994 with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Member of ASCE and NCSEA
Works with all range of temporary structures during construction: cranes, derricks, hoists, scaffolding, suspended scaffolding, transport platforms, mast-climbers.
Projects of distinction: WTC-Tower 1 External Climbing, Willshire Hotel LA, 50 Hudson Yards


Worked with us since 2001

Graduated from INSA Lyon, Villeurbanne, France in 1998 with a Master Degree of Engineering and Master of Advanced Studies in Solide Mechanics, and in 1999 with a Master of Business Administration.

Member of ASCE and AISC.

Works with: Structural Design and engineering of steel and concrete structures. Structural integrity analysis of temporary or permanent structures. Analysis and design review of structure during construction. Design and engineering of tower crane, hoist and scaffolding installations. Logistics, constructibility and means and methods studies. Rigging design and procedures. Emergency assessment, stabilization and recovery of construction equipment and structures in distress. Forensic analysis.

Projects of distinction: 30 Hudson Yards, 15 Hudson Yards, the Vessel, 3 World Trade Center, Freedom Tower (erection of the spire), WTC Hub (The Oculus), 432 Park Avenue, Torre Chapultepec Uno (Mexico City), Torre Reforma (Mexico City), Torre BBVA Bancomer (Mexico City)


Worked with us for over 16 years


Worked with since 2007

Graduated from INSA Lyon, Villeurbanne, France in 2007 with a Master Degree of Engineering and Master of Advanced Studies in Mechanics.

Member of NYS PE since 2015, AISC, ASME.

Head of mobile crane engineering. Mobile crane engineering. Logistics, constructability, and means and method studies. Rigging design and procedures. Emergency assessment, stabilization and recovery of construction equipment. Forensic analysis and accident investigation.

Projects of distinction: Hudson Yards Platform, World Trade Center, Arthur Ashe tennis stadium roof erection, New York Wheel, 44 Union Square, Astoria Power Plant II, The American Dream, Engineering for mobile cranes with over 500ft long configurations.


Worked with us since 2008

Graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton in 2008 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Member of NYS PE since 2013, Tau Beta Pi, ASCE, AISC, ASME, ASME B30.6 subcommittee for derricks and a 2017 NYC Building Code Revision Committee Guest Expert.
Works with Tower crane installations, derrick installations, rigging systems, shoring and bracing, formwork and temporary platforms.
Projects of distinction: 30 Hudson Yards, 401 9th Avenue, One Vanderbilt, One 57, 432 Park Avenue, MOMA Tower.


Worked with since 2010

Graduated from Transylvania University, Brasov, Romania: BSME with an MS in Manufacturing Technology. Professional credentials include NYS Civil Construction P.E., Microsoft ATEC: MCP SQL Server Administration, MCSE, and NYU SPS – Electrical Systems Design.  Works as an IT Manager and Project Engineer. Prior to becoming a member of HISA Team, worked in the construction industry and IT industry as a Systems Engineer and in Database Administration.

Projects of Distinction: 53 West 53RD Street “MOMA Tower”, 125 Greenwich, 161 Maiden Lane, 76 11th Avenue, 99 Hudson St (Jersey City)


Worked with us since 2011

Graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2011 and 2013 with a B.S. and M.S. of Engineering respectively.

Works with tower crane installation engineering, derrick installation engineering, scaffolding/hoist engineering.

Projects of distinction: St. Patrick's Cathedral Scaffold Engineering & Inspection, 425 Park Avenue Tower Crane Installation, 50 Hudson Yards Tower Crane Installation & Basket Retrofit, 444 Lake Street Chicago Tower Crane & Derrick Engineering


Senior Associates


Worked with us since 2011 

Graduated from University of Delaware in 2011 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Works with mobile crane installation engineering, derrick installation engineering.

Projects of distinction: WTC, Hudson Yards, Manhattan West


Worked with us since 2013 

Graduated from Polytechnic Institute of New York University in 2009 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Member of ASCE

Works in the design of means and methods plans for demolition, design of temporary shoring and bracing, and emergency onsite engineering for demolition and building stabilization.

Projects of distinction: 270 Park Avenue, Four Buildings in midtown Manhattan for the new 1 Vanderbilt Tower, 130 William Street, Roseland Theater, 5-7 Dey Street, 701 Seventh Avenue.



Accounting Manager

Worked with us since 2007

Graduated from University of St. La Salle- Bacolod, Philippines with a B.S. in Accountancy.


NYC DOB Permitting Manager


Worked with us since 2008

Graduated from The New School for Public Engagement, Milano School of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management in 2014 with a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management.

Professional affiliations and distinctions: LEED Green Associate Credential, LEED v4, U.S. Green Building Council


Works with NYC DOB Permitting, NYC DOB Insurance Updates, FDNY Variances & CDA Filings, NYC Landmark's Preservation Commission (LPC) Permitting, NYC SBS Waterfront Permitting.


DOT Manager


Worked with us since 2010

Graduated from Wesleyan University in 2005 with a B.S. in American Studies.

Works with various engineers to discuss the impacts the work may have on NYC streets and sidewalks, coordinates with them to develop a plan that not only helps the client, but also improves our chances of an approval with the NYCDOT, and designs site logistics for all phases of various new building projects; demolition, excavation/foundation, and superstructure. Secures and maintains all DOT permits.

Projects of distinction: 1568 Broadway, 161 Maiden Ln, 111 Murray St, 42 Trinity Pl, 270 Park Ave, Hudson Yards


C&D Manager


Worked with us since 2010

Graduated from State University of New York at Albany in 2014 with a B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric.


Works with cranes and derricks, MTA, and FAA expediting management. Field inspection coordination.


Projects of distinction: Hudson Yards, Central Park Tower, One Vanderbilt, 53W53, Manhattan West,270 Park Ave, The Spiral.

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