Job Openings for the Parks & Recreation of the City of New York

The City of New York Parks & Recreation is seeking 4 qualified individuals to fill positions for an Administrative Horticulturist and several Deputy Commissioners. The NYC Parks is the steward of nearly 30,000 acres of land (14% of NYC). They operate more than 800 athletic fields, nearly 1000 playground, 1800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 67 public pools, and many more. Qualifications, major responsibilities, and steps for application for the open positions can be viewed below:

Deputy Commissioner, COO – (Manhattan, NY)
Deputy Commissioner, CAO – (Manhattan, NY)
Deputy Commissioner for Urban Park Services and Public Programs – (Manhattan, NY)
Assistant Commissioner of Forestry, Horticulture and Natural Resources – (Olmsted Center, Queens, NY) [Read more…]

NYC DEP Chief Engineer to Present an Overview of DEP’s Capital Maintenance Projects on April 14th at the joint ASME – NYSSPE event at the National Grid Center in Brooklyn NY.

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On Thursday evening, April 14th, 2016, Joseph Olewnicki, P.E., Chief Engineer of the Division of Capital Maintenance of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection will present an overview of the engineering operations and Capital Maintenance projects throughout the City of New York. In this presentation, Mr. Olewnicki will outline DEP’s operations in the City and in particular what the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment does, as well as discuss several capital and maintenance projects. There are still a limited number of seating remaining for this 1-PDH presentation.

Click here for details and registration information.

Joseph Olewnicki, P.E., manages the Division of Capital Maintenance for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment at DEP. The Bureau of Wastewater handles and treats all sewage for the 5 boroughs of NYC as well as operates and maintains 14 sewage treatment plants, 6 sludge dewatering facilities, 3 CSO facilities, 2 aeration facilities, 98 pumping stations, 500+ outfalls and 138 miles of sewage interceptors. The engineering program run by this division is responsible for capital projects that maintain wastewater handling and treatment systems and include both planned upgrades and emergency response.

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Former NYC DDC Deputy Assistant Commissioner and NYC DOT Director of Roadway Design, Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. Honored for his Distinguished Engineering Career.

PEC’s 2016 Project of the Year

Awards-Certificate - Walter Zimmerman - Online version

Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. was recently honored and received The New York State Society of Professional Engineers Certificate of Excellence for his distinguished career as a professional engineer in official positions of several agencies of the City of New York, including his service as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction, Director of Roadway Design at the NYC Department of Transportation and Supervising Engineer of the Bureau of Topography at the office of the Borough President of the Bronx.  Mr. Zimmerman was also honored for his exemplary dedication in supporting the engineering profession as past-president of the Rockland and Bronx Chapters of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).

The Certificate of Excellence was presented by Mal McLaren P.E., Trustee of the Foundation for Engineering Education (FEE) and by Rudi O. Sherbansky P.E., New York City’s Regional Vice President of NYSSPE and Chair-elect of the PE’s in Construction Group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The Certificate which is issued annually by NYSSPE’s Professional Engineers in Construction Group (PEC) to distinguished members of the engineering society, was also endorsed by the Chair of PEC, Kaitlin Sajduk P.E. and presented to Mr. Zimmerman on March 15, 2016. [Read more…]

NYC Dept. of Buildings to begin Issuing Violations and Stop Work Orders for Energy Code Infractions

Beginning March 2016, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) will issue DOB Violations for Energy Code Infractions that are Class 2 (major) violations, which carry a monetary penalty.  Additionally, the DOB may also issue Stop Work Orders (SWO) for Energy Code Infractions and violations.  If the cure date has passed, SWOs will not be lifted unless, the violation is paid and an approved certificate of correction has been obtained. Failure to correct violating condition(s) may negatively affect the ability to sell, refinance, and obtain a new Certificate of Occupancy or a Letter of Completion for a property.

For more information, refer to this March 2016 DOB Bulletin.

 Note: NYSSPE facilitates posting on this blog, but the views and accounts expressed herein are those of the author(s) and not the views or accounts of NYSSPE, its officers or directors whose views and accounts may or may not be similar or identical.  NYSSPE, its officers and directors do not express any opinion regarding any product or service by virtue of reference to such product or service in this blog.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Honors 2016 Engineers Week in New York City

The Annual Celebration of Engineers’ Week in New York City kicked off on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering (NYU-Polytechnic) in downtown Brooklyn, NY. The NYC Mayor’s Proclamation ceremony was conducted and presented by Salvatore Galletta PE, MESC Program Chair, Wasyl Kinach, P.E., MESC Chair and Mark Klein, P.E. President of the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York.

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Proclamation declared February 21st – 27th, 2016 in the City of New York as “Engineers Week”. The keynote speaker was Richard S. Thorsen, Ph.D., Dept. Chair and Vice President Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering NYU Tandon School of Engineering.  The event was attended by Al Brand P.E. (of Mueser Rutledge) and Rudi Sherbansky P.E., past and current NYC Regional Vice Presidents of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).  [Read more…]

New York City Buildings Department & NYSSPE hold 2nd Annual Design Professionals Day, Featuring Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE

NYC Design Professionals Gather for the 2nd NYSSPE Design Professionals Day (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

NYC Design Professionals Gather for the 2nd NYSSPE Design Professionals Day (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

A large group of New York City design professionals attended the NYSSPE’s second annual New York City Design Professionals Day on October 22nd, 2015. New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE opened the event with his “Building One City” presentation. Chandler spoke about the Department of Building’s Transformative Blueprint for Change. This new plan is focused on enhancing public safety, reorganizing processes, and reducing wait times through a more efficient and modern system of operation at the NYC Department of Buildings. Some notable implementations will include an increase of 159 plan examiners and 34 development inspectors over two years, the launch of a dedicated affordable housing unit, a redesign of the DOB’s online presence and capabilities, and a big push to make online plan review and submission the default practice in New York City. [Read more…]

New York City Enacts New Water Tower Law

In reaction to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in the South Bronx, New York City has issued a new law requiring all building owners to register their cooling towers, evaporative condensers, and fluid containers with the Department of Buildings. Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially life threatening type of pneumonia caused the bacteria legionella. Several cooling tours in the South Bronx tested positive for legionella. Public water for drinking and bathing has fortunately remained unaffected by the outbreak. This law was enacted to ensure public safety by allowing the DOB to monitor the condition and maintenance of this equipment.

This law has been effective since August 18th, and owners have within 30 days of its enactment to register all existing equipment, and new equipment must be registered prior to operation. Equipment can be registered online through the NYC Cooling Tower Registration Portal. Owners will be responsible for annually certifying that their cooling towers, evaporative condensers, and fluid containers follow the regulations of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and that a maintenance plan is in order.

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Save the Date: New York City Design Professionals Day October 22, 2015

Save the Date: New York City Design Professionals Day October 22, 2015

In light of the success of last year’s event, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) is proud to announce our 2nd Annual New York City Design Professionals Day! The event will take place October 22nd, 2015 at NYU Polytechnic University.

The event will feature New York City design professionals and officials who will speak on various topics related to the engineering profession as well as important factors in the design process.

We are excited to announce that the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE will be a returning keynote speaker. Chandler will be presenting his vision for transformation of the Department, as detailed in his plan titled Building One City. Other speakers will include Timothy Lynch, PE, Assistant Commissioner of Investigative Engineering Services, and Dan Eschenasy, PE, Chief Structural Engineer at the NYC DOB, who will be addressing retaining walls.

This event is sure to be beneficial to all NYC design professionals who seek an opportunity to network, ask questions of their local officials, and stay up to date on important technical updates and guidelines.

Please note speakers are subject to change.

Registration information coming soon.

Note: NYSSPE facilitates posting on this blog, but the views and accounts expressed herein are those of the author(s) and not the views or accounts of NYSSPE, its officers or directors whose views and accounts may or may not be similar or identical. NYSSPE, its officers and directors do not express any opinion regarding any product or service by virtue of reference to such product or service in this blog.

NYC Building Department Commissioner’s Forum Summary

On Tuesday January 20th, newly appointed NYC Building Department (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE held his first Commissioner’s Forum. Commissioner Chandler plans to make this a regular event  where he and his top DOB officials meet with the design and construction industry. The event was attended by representatives of the AIA, ACEC, BIA and NYSSPE.

The forum started with a presentation from Commissioner Chandler concerning his vision and direction for the DOB going forward. Being a Professional Engineer and someone who came up through the ranks at DOB, Commissioner Chandler is familiar with the issues engineers face in dealing with the department. His goal is to try and streamline operations so that the department is more user friendly while maintaining public safety in the construction industry.

The next presentation was on the new 2014 NYC Construction Codes:

Michael Alacha PE, Assistant Commissioner of Engineering and Safety Operations gave a presentation that covered key revisions to Chapter 33 in the code as well as key changes in the Site Safety Manager’s rule. A copy of his presentation can be found at the following link:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/2014_code_changes_chapter_33.pdf

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NYSSPE to Offer 10 PDH’S in New York City at the Association of Towns Conference – February 16th and 17th

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with the Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT) will be offering continuing education seminars at the AOT 2015 Training School and Annual Meeting.

The seminars will be held in New York City on February 16th and 17th from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.

Up to 10 professional development hours (PDHs) will be available including topics such as ethics, asset management, wetlands, chemical grouting, shear walls, electric markets and more.

This will be the Association of Town’s 82nd Annual Meeting. The event attracts more than 1700 elected and appointed officials from more than three-quarters of the state’s 932 towns. Please join us for some very interesting seminars focused on infrastructure improvements and green/energy efficient measures.

Click here for registration information – seats are limited.

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