Stephen Hellman - President
Air Conditiong, Plumbing and Fire Protection
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Roger Shira - Associate
Direct: (818) 237-4208
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Steven Phillips
Direct: (818) 237-4209
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Malcolm Dann, PE - Vice President
Project Engineer Mechanical
Direct: (818) 237-4207
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Rafael Fernandez - Project Manager
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M. Roy Koike
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Stephen Hellman - President
Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Fire Protection

Stephen Hellman graduated from Santa Barbara College with an Associate of Arts degree. Technical memberships include American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), and National Fire Protection Associates (NFPA).

Professional experience included managing the Fire Protection and Plumbing Departments for two other local consulting engineering firms. Residential, Commercial and Institutional projects with their varied mechanical support systems are included in his 36 years of experience.

As the prime consultant to the Wrather Corporation for five years, he designed the Solar Energy Plant atop the Bonita Tower at the Disneyland Hotel. That hotel also had a central energy plant with a distribution tunnel around the property to service the various towers with chilled and heating hot water.

He was the first engineer to successfully design a piping system that permitted the use of natural gas aboard the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach Harbor. Shortly after the Wrather Corporation saved the Hughes Flying Boat, he was consulted, along with representatives from Lloyd's of London regarding sensible and cost effective means to move and store the plane and protect it from fire damage during the construction of the Spruce Goose Museum. He designed the mechanical systems in the Dome as well as on-board the plane. He also modified the central energy plant that supported the Queen Mary to extend chilled and heating hot water to the Dome.

He was the plumbing consultant to the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing committee for the 1984 Olympics. He was charged with the responsibility of the Olympic Villages at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.

He was selected by Shuwa Investments Corporation, Tishman West Companies and Shearson Lehman Brothers to develop the fire protection retrofit design to effect fire sprinklers for four high-rise office buildings in Century City, City of Orange and the City of West Hollywood. The assignments required Hellman / Lober, Inc. to assume the prime consultant role which included construction administration roles not normally under the province of an engineering consultant.

In 1997 Wolff DiNapoli in Los Angeles and Maritz Wolff in St. Louis selected Hellman / Lober, Inc. to provide consultation services to their chain of Fairmont Hotels and Four Seasons Resorts. Projects that the firm has renovated includes the new Tower at the Fairmont in San Jose, California, the Chilled Water Plant Improvements at the Fairmont Dallas, Texas, a major retrofit of the Hot Water Boiler Plant at the Fairmont New Orleans, improvements to the Chilled Water Plant at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, and guestroom HVAC for the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis to achieve positive pressurization to mitigate damaging infiltration of humid air.

Wolff DiNapoli requested that the firm evaluate a previous proposal to provide air conditioning for the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara; a property until 1998 had only hydronic heating for each guestroom. Previous consultants had suggested adding a chilled water system which would include an extensive installation of underground piping and a full chiller plant at a cost greater than $2.0 Million for the 96 guestrooms. Concerned with the cost Hellman / Lober, Inc. proposed converting the existing hydronic piping system to a condenser water system that would require the installation of an Evaporative Condenser on-site and re-use the existing piping; the budget was slightly greater than $1.0 Million. Each guestroom would receive a water-source heat pump in lieu of the console heater. Following the engineering and installation, the project was completed at 25% less than the projected budget by HLI and was done seamlessly not interfering with daily business of the resort.

Project types include healthcare, laboratories, hotels, and college campus projects. Herewith is a sampling of the projects under the direction of Stephen Hellman:

  • Sheraton Premier Hotel – Universal City, California
  • John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel and Casino - Sparks, Nevada.
  • Earthquake Damage Assessments funded by FEMA for various historical and public buildings in Los Angeles following the January 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake.
  • California State University at Long Beach - University Student Union
  • Luxor Hotel and Casino Expansion and Renovation - Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Vivarium Facility for House Ear Institute and the St. Vincent Medical Center - Los Angeles, California.
  • Betty Ford Center – Children’s Training Pavilion – Rancho Mirage, California
  • Fairmont Hotels in San Jose, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans and Boston
  • Four Seasons Hotels in Santa Barbara, Austin, Houston and Nevis in The West Indies
  • Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Improvements and Expansion
  • CBS Television City – Sound Stages – Los Angeles, CA.

Malcolm C. N Dann, PE - Principal
Vice President, Chief Engineer

Mr. Dann earned his Mechanical Engineering Diploma at Highbury Technical College and South Shields Marine and Technical College in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. He is a registered professional engineer in the States of California, Nevada and Arizona, pursuing registration wherever Hellman & Lober is engaged in consulting services.
Mr. Dann accepted the position of Chief Engineer in 1999. Prior to his accepting this position, he was an independent consultant performing service. During that period of consulting, he oversaw the construction phase services of Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and the Thermal Energy Storage System commissioning at California State University Los Angeles. Prior to that, he was the Chief Engineer of Energy Services at the University of California Los Angeles overseeing the campus’s 42 megawatt, 26,000 Ton Chiller and Co-generation Plant. His previous position at UCLA was Chief Engineer for Facilities Management responsible for a variety of design and construction projects.
Mr. Dann brings a varied and extensive background to the firm as his experience and interest in computers will enhance our present calculating and drafting software programming.
Recent projects completed by Mr. Dann include the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara, the Marriott Timeshare in South Lake Tahoe, California, Jet Blue Airlines improvements at Long Beach Airport, Central Chilled Water Distribution Improvements to the Fairmont Hotel Dallas, Texas and he is presently engineering the Chilled and Heating Hot Water Distribution Loop for the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Improvements and Expansion in Ojai, California.

Roger Shira - Associate
Plumbing and Fire Protection

Roger Shira graduated from Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He has taken additional engineering courses at University of California at Los Angeles Extension. He is a charter member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE).

Professional experience includes extensive background in plumbing engineering. Project manager for Stanford Research Institute, Palo Alto, Bio Science Laboratory at University of California Irvine, Patient Tower at the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, California, Ma Maison Hotel in Beverly Hills, California and Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and MCA Studio Tour Building in Orlando, Florida are examples of his wide range of experience.

Recent projects include Courtyard By Marriott in Pasadena, California, Marriott Timeshare in South Lake Tahoe, California, Hacor In-Flight Catering Kitchen at Los Angeles International Airport, Little Italy Residential Apartment Tower in San Diego, California, and DaVita Dialysis Centers in California and Washington State.

During his 42-year tenure at Hellman / Lober, Inc. he has been instrumental in refining a variety of engineered-system standards, including underground fuel oil storage tanks, domestic water booster pump stations, and fire protection piping arrangements. Through his leadership, the plumbing department has been focused on clear solutions to complicated systems.

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