NYSSPE Legislative Update June 2016 – Design Build NYC Legislation Update

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Anthony Fasano PE, Executive Director of New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) speaks with Mark Kriss, Esq., NYSSPE legislative counsel in our third June/July legislative video update on the proposed Design Build (in New York City) legislation.

It is important to note that, in general, NYSSPE is in favor of Design Build, as long as it is done in a way that there are proper safeguards in place to protect the public.  Design Build is a complex area and there are many parameters to be aware of.  You can view a comprehensive FAQ on Design Build in New York here.
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Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. Names Three Personnel Assistant Vice Presidents

BABYLON, NY – Three key, long-term employees, James Bazata, P.E., ENV SP, William McMenamin, P.E., and William Stroh, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, have been named assistant vice presidents of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI), a national engineering and construction services firm and an NYSSPE Sustaining Member firm.

(Ref: Photographer Jim Lennon)

(Ref: Photographer Jim Lennon)

James Bazata, P.E., ENV SP, GPI’s Deputy Director of Civil Engineering, has 26 years of in-depth experience on many civil and traffic engineering projects on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. He is experienced in all aspects of civil and roadway design, which includes alignments, pavement design, work zone traffic control, transportation management plans for work zone safety and mobility, grading and roadway modeling. He has been recognized by GPI clients for his exceptional project management and communication skills, and knowledge of technology that has helped save owner’s millions of dollars. Key projects he has been involved with include Nichols Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the award-winning CR3 Pinelawn Road/Ruland Road/Colonial Spring Road Intersection Reconstruction, the award-winning Lower Manhattan Transit Signal Priority, and Brooklyn Bridge CCTV, among others. Mr. Bazata is a professional engineer in New York State, and an ISI- Certified Envision Sustainability Professional. He earned his degree in civil engineering from Polytechnic University. Mr. Bazata currently resides in Manorville, New York. [Read more…]

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

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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.