DRIVING THE K-12 STUDIO
(Photo: Saverio J. Belfiore Vice President, K-12 Studio Director)
Melville, NY (December 5, 2016) – Saverio J. Belfiore, AIA, CDT, is Vice President and K-12 Studio Director in the Architecture department at H2M architects + engineers. Mr. Belfiore has over 22 years of experience in the architectural field covering a broad range of public work projects. He is a car enthusiast, and he consistently drives his studio to be the best they can be every day at the office.
Mr. Belfiore did not have the typical start to his architectural career, his journey leading him to where he is today is quite unique. He started his career as a project designer for Avis Rent A Car Systems where he worked on projects in all of the major cities in the united states as well as several locations abroad. Eventually focusing on international projects, his role required an extensive amount of travel which provided him the opportunity to see and experience many different cultures and intriguing architectural styles. Some of the places he has been to include various cities in Canada, Puerto Rico, and almost every major city domestically, although in many cases he never made it off the airport complex.
Shortly after deciding to start a family; Avis was acquired and relocated their corporate headquarters to Parsippany, NJ. A native, and a long Islander at heart Mr. Belfiore and his wife decided this was the place they wanted to raise their children, continue his career and remain close to their families. Besides constant traveling, even though it was exciting, the routine was starting to take its toll. Upon researching many prominent firms in the Metro area, H2M offered a great opportunity, and Mr. Belfiore knew H2M was a firm that shared the same vision and goals he was looking for.
Mr. Belfiore has many projects he has loved working on while at H2M, but two that stick out to him are the Maintenance Facility for South Huntington U.F. School District, and developing the Farmingdale Public Schools Athletic Complex and Aquatic Center Bond project, the only one of its kind on Long island. Mr. Belfiore said, “Working on these types of projects are rewarding because they are facilities that students use every day, and the projects impact their lives and learning. Helping to develop students through their experiences within the facilities we design, enhancing their learning experience, and making the building interactive is important to us”. Mr. Belfiore finds this part of his work very exciting and personally rewarding, he works very hard to give students in these facilities the best tools to succeed.
When Mr. Belfiore became a studio director at H2M, he explained that was one of his major accomplishments with the firm thus far. As studio director he enjoys the responsibility associated with providing work for the firm and helping the firm to be successful. Mr. Belfiore also likes the responsibility of managing and teaching employees, and being a part of the driving force that is continuing to propel the architectural division forward. His favorite part about working at H2M is the freedom the company gives you to develop and grow in a direction you want to pursue. Mr. Belfiore said, “H2M supports you to make your own career based on your interests, with no limitations, and encourages the individual to do so.” Mr. Belfiore also likes how H2M is like a big family, while at work you are able to build relationships with colleagues, and get to know people on a professional and personal level.
In his spare time, Mr. Belfiore enjoys spending time with his children Joseph (age 14) and Emma (age 10). He and his wife also enjoy renovating their home; working on various “do it yourself” projects. Mr. Belfiore channels in his creativity and enthusiasm for architecture into his own home through these projects. He is a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and has an affinity for cars. Mr. Belfiore has owned over two dozen cars since being able to drive; some of his favorites include Mercedes Benz AMG, BMW, and Jaguar. Mr. Belfiore also enjoys vacationing with his family, and maintains a tradition of spending time each summer renting a home with his sisters. During their vacations together, they enjoy swimming, going to the beach, horseback riding, zip lining, boating, hiking, and other adventurous activities.
Mr. Belfiore is a man who wears many hats in the architecture department and is an expert at all that he does. He drives his studio, like he drives his cars, driving them to be the best they can be.
H2M is a full-service consulting and design firm offering the expertise of more than 350 architects, engineers (water supply, civil/site, structural, M/E/P, wastewater and environmental), planners, designers, inspectors, surveyors and scientists. H2M meets the challenges associated with buildings and infrastructure and has been serving various markets throughout Long Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut for over 80 years. For more information, please visit www.h2m.com.
H2M continuously seeks motivated college graduates and experienced professionals to join our team. The firm offers a competitive base salary and a comprehensive benefit package that includes: medical, dental, vision, and life; FSA/HSA and long and short-term disability insurances; 401(k) retirement savings plan; bonus plan; tuition reimbursement; and professional development opportunities. To view current job openings, please visit www.h2m.com/careers.