Corporate Overview

Corporate Overview


Nova Corp began in New York City in 1926 as a General Contractor. Today, Nova exclusively focuses on data center project development. Having completed in excess of 7 Million SF of Mission Critical data centers worldwide, NOVA has evolved into the 21st century. Nova has been intimately involved with the development of the standards that establish data center environments as we know them today. This has been achieved by Nova staff acting as peer review with major industry design firms and renowned corporate clientele. Many of the facilities Nova has delivered have recently been acquired by major firms such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, among others, all recognizing benefit from the core infrastructure that was established.

Nova’s exclusive Mission Critical focus has continually netted substantially earlier occupancy for our clients. This has been achieved by interacting with select design firms and a proven subcontractor base in each market.

Nova has completed multiple Mission Critical facilities of varying sizes, exceeding millions of square feet of data center environments. Our knowledge of the local market and excellent relative working relationships, confirms a successful project delivery.

Equipment delivery dates are a critical component in the success of any project. Nova is proud to relay the beneficial terms and delivery dates which we hold with most of the major industry manufacturers. Nova’s mission is to be The source for on-time and on-budget; Conceptual Design, and Construction Management of Mission-Critical/Data Center Facilities.

We accomplish this by merging 80 years of experience in Facility Design and Construction Management expertise. Having project managed the fit-out of over four million square feet of Mission Critical space, Nova continually demonstrates its ability to deliver state-of-the-art facilities to our customers at a considerable benefit to cost and time savings.


Is Nova a licensed engineer?

Nova performs conceptual engineering in-house with its highly qualified mission critical engineering team. This provides our clients with a rapid response to questions with data center potentials and solutions to challenges. Once a project develops further, Nova then hires a qualified engineering firm to complete the construction documents. For this, Nova can align one of its strong alliances, or the firm can be pre-selected by the client.

How long does it take to do a Site Assessment?

For a typical size data center facility, Nova can visit the space and complete an evaluation report with proposed solutions in approximately 2 weeks.

Does Nova complete other types of projects?

With a foundation in Construction Management, Nova is familiar with the requirements of almost any construction project. Through an exclusive focus on data centers, we offer our clients an acute understanding of the requirements in this very specialized field. However, when developing new facilities, there typically is a requirement for administration offices, building core work and other support areas. With this understanding, Nova has and can be engaged on a per-project basis to develop these support areas in other capacities or locations for its clients. Nova has built several different types of commercial projects, including TV and Satellite Radio studios, large office spaces, medical support facilities and clean room laboratories.

Is there an advantage of building a data center in an existing building over a Greenfield project?

The advantage of developing in an existing facility is time. Many of Nova’s clients choose to build in existing spaces as it delivers a speed to market solution in a shorter amount of time. Project planning differences exist between building in a typical existing space and a new out of the ground structure. This can be seen as a schedule-driven decision for an organization.

What other types of creative expertise does Nova offer?

Whatever the objective is, Nova can provide options for a solution. With a dedicated staff of engineers, architects, estimators, project managers and supervisors, Nova understands data centers. Through an unparalleled level of expertise, Nova assists its clients by providing several perspectives on a project solution, understanding data center requirements such as, watts per square foot, price per kW, cabinet area maximization, CFD analysis, high density solutions, power monitoring and building management systems, security, green options etc. Whatever the objective, Nova can employ its specialized team to find the solution.


markMark DiStefano

President. Third generation, with 35 years at Nova. Mark has developed, tested and perfected the Nova Fast Track Process, which is based on a Design-Build model and emphasizes a scalable team approach for specific projects.

edEd Bohn

Chief Financial Officer / Treasurer. Ed was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2001, of Nova after having been a Director and Consultant since December, 1999. He was a Director of Nuwave Technology, Inc., a video enhancement firm, from July 1995 to September 2003. From January 1983 to March 1994, Mr. Bohn was employed in various capacities by Emerson Radio, including from March 1993 to March 1994, as Senior Vice President-Special Projects; and from March 1991 to March 1993, as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer/Vice President of Finance. Prior to March 1991, he was Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.

robertpapaRobert Pappas, AIA

Executive Vice President. Robert is responsible for Construction Management Services at Nova. Robert has more than twenty five years as a design and construction executive and has been licensed to practice architecture since 1986. He is adept at managing multiple assignments, directing staff and team-building. Bob helped establish the New York office for a nationally known AEC firm, overseeing its growth from three to over forty professionals. The list of clients served extends from internet and telecommunications to banking and retail. GTE, JP Morgan Chase, Qwest, Citicorp, Dime and Bank of New York are some of those.

edwardEdward P. Stewart

EVP, Business Development. Edward brings an extensive history in Construction, Project Management and Business Development. Edward also brings his background in the New York Real Estate Asset and Investment market to the Mission Critical Nova team. Edward is responsible for the front-end organization and essential coordination of mission critical project delivery. He has worked with many Fortune 500 institutions in their development; some of them include ING Financial, JPMC, Savvis, Equinix, Panasonic, Pfizer, Merck Pharmaceutical and FiberNet.

joshuaJoshua Grimshaw

Director of Engineering. Josh was previously a lead electrical engineer with one of New York’s largest engineering firms, JB&B. Mr. Grimshaw played an intimate role in the design and development of a major portion of Morgan Stanley’s infrastructure build-out along the east coast and beyond. He has also been thoroughly involved in the current Equinix expansion effort. Josh now plays a key role in the Nova conceptual design and project development offering, allowing clients to see deeper in to objectives and possibilities. Mr. Grimshaw is an integral piece in the Nova team.

joesphJoseph Maiale

Project Manager. Joe is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering. Joe has thirty years of experience in the commercial construction industry. Project level experience has been broad from government facilities, office buildings, retail malls, and data centers. Joe has worked on data centers in Chicago, Northern Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Milan, Italy. Joe is responsible for the Eastern U.S. market.

mikeMike Doyle

Estimating Manager. Mike has been active with Nova since 1980, (also a licensed NJ Certified Building Inspector) brings years of hands-on, practical experience to Nova. Managing the Estimating Department since 1986, Mr. Doyle has created a resource which yields rapid turn around budgets and firm quotations to suit the market’s demands. His vast knowledge of subcontractors in all trades brings a cost-effective bottom line to our clients. Mike transforms each proposal into a format of critical specifications as well as a list of cost savings recommendations.

jayJay Miller

Senior Regional Director. Jay has over thirty years of engineering, construction and design management experience. His career is highlighted with notable contributions arising from his achievements at NOVA, Terremark, Data Return, PRC EMI, and the US Navy. He’s been involved in numerous data center site evaluations and facility assessments, acquisition due diligence activities, and data center design and construction in Europe and the USA. He is a detail oriented and astute financial manager with both project level and organizational level budget and accounting expertise able to develop tools and programs to support and expedite the project. Jay earned his BS and MS in Engineering at University of Illinois and University of California Berkeley respectively.

nealNeal Parker

Senior Regional Director. Neal has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and data center industry with a strong focus on critical infrastructure. Over the last five years Neal has been responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, and integrated system testing for over 300,000 square feet of new data center space in the United States, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Nova, Neal was the Director of Operations for Viawest and served as the Principal Design Engineer for Rackspace. Neal also served as Regional Central Office Engineering Manager for MCI. Neal is responsible for the Southern US market and is based in Dallas, Texas.

paulPaul Drew

Associate Director. Paul has over twenty five years management experience in the construction industry, thirteen years of which specializing in construction and operation of mission-critical telecommunications and data centre facilities throughout Europe, Asia-Pac and the United States. Paul has vast experience delivering projects. He has managed close to one million square feet of data centre build projects across eleven countries, successfully leading multi-disciplinary, cross- cultural teams. Paul has worked both on the client side and the build side of project execution enabling him to have a unique understanding and appreciation of client requirements.

malcomMalcolm Boyles

UK Technical Director. Malcolm has held an integral position in the data center design and build arena throughout the United Kingdom and Europe for over 15 years. He has been involved in various project development efforts, ranging from large international data center facility initiatives to small computer room implementations. His growth and understanding of the Mission Critical industry has greatly been acquired through the many different experiences and roles he has held throughout his extensive project track record, including working with clients such as WorldCom, Credit Suisse, Bloomberg and the British Crown Courts. Malcolm maintains an in depth understanding of the changing requirements of today’s clients.


tomTom Fatyga

Director of Information Services. Tom has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, is a Chubb Institute graduate and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. Tom manages all of Nova’s information systems at our corporate headquarters and provides his expertise and assistance setting up our regional offices and remote jobsites with live video conferencing capabilities and the necessary backbone to efficiently run all of our online project management software. Tom is constantly upgrading Nova’s technical infrastructure to keep up with the ever increasing demands of today’s project management, engineering and communication software.

Brian-SOQ-photoBrian Fleury

Senior Site Superintendent. Brian is responsible for Site Supervision Services at Nova. He has over thirty five years experience in the commercial construction business and over twenty-five years as a Union Affiliate. He is a licensed Building Sub Code Official and is also the Safety Coordinator for the company. He is always available to customers and inspects all of the construction sites on a regular basis. Brian also plays a vital role in Nova’s Health & Safety program and performs annual company-wide H&S meetings, as well as regular training seminars on project safety.