Legionella services expand with engineering expertise

Special Pathogens Laboratory announced today that Frank P. Sidari III, PE, BCEE, recently joined the firm to expand its Legionella consulting services.

Sidari brings significant water and wastewater experience from his work at major engineering firms including URS and ARCADIS/Malcolm Pirnie. In those positions, he conducted all phases of water/wastewater projects including, client and proposal development, studies, field services, detailed design and specification, permitting, and construction services.

A registered professional engineer, board certified environmental engineer and certified construction document technologist, Sidari joins Special Pathogens Laboratory as vice president for SPL Consulting Services, which provides Legionella risk assessments, outbreak response, water system and disinfection improvements, product evaluation, research, and education.

“I’m excited to be part of the Special Pathogens Laboratory team and look forward to developing services to improve the quality and safety of building water systems,” says Sidari.  

Experienced in evaluation and disinfection of potable water systems with respect to Legionella, Sidari published the first field evaluation of chlorine dioxide disinfection of a hospital campus water system to control Legionella pneumophila, which appeared in Journal of the American Water Works Association. 

Dr. Janet E. Stout, director of Special Pathogens Laboratory and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, says, “We’re pleased that Frank has joined Special Pathogens Laboratory. As a professional engineer, Frank adds a new dimension to SPL Consulting Services. His knowledge of Legionella prevention and control, combined with 15 years engineering experience uniquely positions him to lead our expansion of services to prevent disease due to Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.”