Building Operations and Training with Jonathan Rodnite and Adam Romano


Ever wonder who is responsible for ensuring the performance of a building? Yes, designers and contractors can have a significant impact during construction, but once the building is complete, it’s the building operators and maintenance staff that have the greatest influence on the operational efficiency of large buildings. As a result, these boots on the ground professionals play a critical role in our fight against climate change.

In this episode, Kelly chats with Jonathan Rodnite and Adam Romano, two engineers who represent two interconnected and vital practices of building operations—maintenance and training. Both Jonathan and Adam share their perspectives on the importance of operator training, provide advice to listeners who may be interested in joining the workforce, and recount their favorite stories from the field.

Episode Guests: Jonathan Rodnite and Adam Romano

Jonathan Headshot

I am the Assistant Chief Engineer of 125 Park Avenue with 10 years of commercial and real estate experience. I started as a handyman in 2012 and my career goal is to become a Director of Engineering. My passion for this business has driven me to pursue additional classes at the Local 94 Training Center with the goal of becoming an instructor. I want to encourage the current and future generation of Local 94 engineers to elevate their performance with a deep understanding of operational efficiencies by way of hands on experience.

Adam Romano headshot

Adam Romano is a Principle Building Systems Consultant with Steven Winter Associates. Adam possesses over 17 years’ experience in the building science field and has extensive experience with new and existing buildings. His work at SWA focuses on building performance analysis, conducting energy audits and commissioning, design and implementation of high-performance HVAC systems, and instructional design and training delivery.

Episode Information & Resources

  • Local 94 Training Center Website
  • Recommended book from Jonathan – “How To Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
    • “It’s not only applicable to improving your career but great life advice as well” – Jonathan

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Robb Aldrich | Kelly Westby

Production Team

Heather Breslin | Alex Mirabile | Dylan Martello


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