NYSSPE Holds Successful Fall Conference in Syracuse, New York

The New York State Society of Professional  Engineers (NYSSPE) held its annual Fall Conference in Syracuse, New York on October 26th through 28th.  A variety of classes were offered covering topics including Structural Building Condition Reviews, Detectors, Meters and Air Quality Measurements, Cellular Confinement & Load Support as well as Engineering Ethics.  Attendees received up to 5PDHs during the conference. [Read more…]

NYSSPE offers Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings with 8 PDHs in New York, NY

NYSSPE offers Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings with 8 PDHs in New York, NY  

NEW YORK, NY—NYSSPE (New York State Society of Professional Engineers) is offering Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings on November 29, 2017 at Club Quarters, 52 William St., New York, NY

Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings (Part #1)

The objective of this Commercial Energy Code Seminar is to educate the construction community about the energy code in order to increase compliance.  The presentation includes an in-depth review and analysis of the mechanical systems requirements for commercial buildings. This seminar is more oriented to “understanding” the code rather than just repeating the code. The presentation is full of graphics (no more brick slides with the traditional copy and paste of the code) with the main sections of the code highlighted as an organized follow up of the contents. It also includes explanations of the applicability of the section; and corresponding images of real-life building situations of both compliant and non-compliant constructions, as appropriate.  In order to enable greater compliance with the energy code, we encourage a discussion around interpretations and applications of the code by addressing the building science and intent behind the code’s prescriptions. Within each section of the Code, there are numerous seemingly small issues (often only one sentence) that have a large impact. We identify and discuss these points to ensure that attendees understand the full application of the code.   In part 1 of this two part seminar the commercial energy code requirements for mechanical systems will be presented.

Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings (Part #2)

The second part of this presentation includes an in-depth review and analysis of the envelope and lighting/power requirements for commercial buildings.  The presentation is full of graphics (no more brick slides with the traditional copy and paste of the code) with the main sections of the code highlighted as an organized follow up of the contents. It also includes explanations of the applicability of the section; and corresponding images of real-life building situations of both compliant and non-compliant constructions, as appropriate.  The last section is devoted to enforcement of the code to ensure compliance. Since the Code is primarily a prescriptive code and the majority of projects will be able to readily comply, emphasis is placed on the standard compliance path using COMcheck. The performance-based Energy Cost Budget Method of ASHRAE 90.1 will be introduced as an alternate method of compliance.  In part 2 of this two part seminar the commercial energy code requirements for envelope and lighting/power systems will be presented.

The speaker for the event is Juan Toro, HBDP, CPMP, LEED AP, PE.  Mr. Toro is an experienced mechanical engineer and has been responsible for designing complex and innovative mechanical systems for several LEED certified buildings. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering; he is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and North Carolina and holds certifications for High Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) from ASHRAE; Commercial Energy Plans Examiner and Commercial Energy Inspector from the International Code Council (ICC); and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the USGBC. Mr. Toro has several years of design and commissioning experience from a variety of projects, including high-rise buildings, hotels, corporate interiors, museums, natatoriums, and Libraries. His experience in HVAC systems design includes central plants, chilled water, hot water, and steam systems. Mr. Toro is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University and Pratt Institute in their School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

For more information about this event contact Jennifer Miller, Director of Programs, NYYSPE at (518) 577-1132 or register to attend the event by clicking here.

Founded in 1926, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. is a statewide professional trade organization with 23 local chapters and over 3,000 members. Representing five practice divisions (construction, education, government, industry, and private practice), NYSSPE works to promote and protect the professional interests of all engineers

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NYSSPE Holds Fourth Annual New York City Design Professionals Day

About 4 years ago, at the New York Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), we decided that we needed to create a way for New York City design professionals to interact with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB).   A way that would help these professionals stay up to date on the latest codes, and also meet and ask questions of DOB officials including Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E.

Four years later, we just held our fourth annual Design Professionals Day and over 100 design professionals packed the room to learn and network. Topics presented included:

Chapter 17: Special Inspections by D. Eric Hoyt, PE;
Alterations in NYC: Common Pre-Construction, Construction & Inspection Issues by Matthew Millner, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Flood Protection & NYC Gas Work by Robert Holub and Joseph Ackroyd
Forensic Engineering: Existing Buildings, Alterations and New Construction by Anthony DeVito, PE & Yegal Shamash, PE

Commissioner Chandler also spoke for the fourth straight year at the event. The Commissioner focused his remarks on the importance of safety on construction sites. He mentioned legislation passed recently by the City Council mandating safety training for everyone who steps foot on a construction site. This is a message that we all need to hear repeatedly.

All of the technical presentations were very engaging, evidenced by the large number of comments and questions after each one of them. Once again this event achieved it’s goal of connecting design professionals with city officials to help both parties be able to do their jobs better. [Read more…]

“Joel A. Miele, Sr. Pedestrian Bridge,” renaming approved by City Council

 

The pedestrian bridge at 99th Street and 163rd Avenue, seen here, will be renamed in honor of former Community Board 10 Chairman and city Commissioner Joel Miele Sr. Miele lived near the bridge and his son and widow still do. Photo Credit: Anthony O’Reilly, Queens Chronicle

The City Council last Wednesday unanimously approved the renaming of a pedestrian span connecting Old Howard Beach to Hamilton Beach to the “Joel A. Miele, Sr. Pedestrian Bridge,” in honor of the former Community Board 10 Chairman and commissioner of two city agencies who died four years ago.

The law clearing the way for the renaming was introduced by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).  “He was the embodiment of public service who dedicated his entire adult professional life to serving our city and community,” Ulrich said in a social media post shortly before the Council’s vote. Ulrich added, “A special thank you to Community Board 10 Chair Betty Braton who spearheaded this effort.” [Read more…]

2017 NYS STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute Overview

Reference: Frank Roma, PE

The New York State STEM Education Collaborative (NYSSEC) and SUNY Alfred State presented the 2017 STEM Summer Institute between July 30 and August 1, 2017. There were more than 50 session presentations and poster presentations engaging more than 110 total attendees.  NYSSPE is one of the collaborating partners in NYSSEC.  Frank Roma, PE serves as the NYSSPE representative.

The Collaborative supports the integration of the four STEM “disciplines” in the classroom with the emphasis of a hands-on – minds-on approach. The Institute brings teachers, professors, engineers, administrators, and other professionals together to share ideas about instructional strategies and STEM careers. Presentations ranged from Air Transport Safety to Nanoparticle Chemistry!

Keynote speakers were N.Y.S. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder for International Leadership In Education Center, and Deb Newberry, Director of the NanoScience Technician Program in Minnesota. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Remembers Don Aulenbach, PE

Don Aulenbach, PE (photo courtesy Facebook)

With sadness, The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently learned of the passing of Don Aulenbach, PE. Many of you may remember Don from his twenty plus years as the New York State MATHCOUNTS coordinator and his almost forty years as member of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. Even though Don had not been the coordinator of the state competition for the last 10 years, he still remained an active participant right up until this past year’s competition.

There will be a memorial service for Don on October 28th at the Christ Community Reformed Church in Clifton Park (details are below). His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, they would like to have donations go the Capital District MATHCOUNTS fund (details listed at the bottom of this post). [Read more…]

NYSSPE Representatives Attend National Society of Professional Engineers Conference in Atlanta

NYSSPE Representatives at Annual NSPE Conference. Left to Right: Anthony Fasano, P.E. (NYSSPE Executive Director), Larry O’Connor, P.E., L.S., F. NSPE (NYSSPE Past-President), Laura Pellizzi, PE (NYSSPE President), David Janover, P.E. (former NYSSPE member), Andrew Yarmus (NYSSPE Regional VP and NSPE PEC Chair), Rick Kotecki, PE (NYSSPE Member) – present but not in photo.

Recently, several representatives of The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) participated in the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) annual conference, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia.

These representatives included Laura Pellizzi, PE (NYSSPE President), Larry O’Connor, PE, LS, F.NSPE, (NYSSPE HOD Delegate), Andrew Yarmus, PE (PEC National Chair), and Anthony Fasano, P.E. (NYSSPE Executive Director).

The main focus of the conference was a vote during the House of Delegates meeting to enact a new unified national dues structure.  Click here to read about the new structure, which was passed. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Plays a Critical Role in Establishing a Unified Dues Structure for NSPE, which will lower NYSSPE Member Dues

The NSPE House of Delegates (HOD) Meeting at the NSPE Annual Conference on July 22, 2017.

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) had recognized years ago that even though they had 54 states and territories, they had thousands of different member dues combinations, which made for an operational and marketing nightmare.  It also made it difficult for State societies across the country to share the same marketing tools and strategies.

In an effort to change this, a few years ago, NSPE hired an outside consulting company and embarked upon a journey with an end goal of creating a unified dues structure.

At the beginning of 2017, a national task force of about a dozen people was assembled to create this new pricing model.  NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano, PE, was one of the people selected for this committee.  Fasano represented New York during this process, and with input from NYSSPE leadership, helped NSPE to sculpt this new unified dues structure. [Read more…]

NYSSPE responds to NYS Education Department Board of Regents Technology Education Proposal

Recently, the Board of Regents enacted on an emergency basis a restructuring of Technology Education (T&E). The proposal pairs T&E together with Career and Technical Education (CTE) in a manner that dilutes Technology Education. In response, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), led by their STEM representative Frank Roma, PE, send the following letter to the Board of Regents:

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July 7, 2017

New York State Education Department
Board of Regents
Attn: Vice Chancellor Brown

Re: Board of Regents Restructuring of Technology Education (T&E)

Dear Vice Chancellor Brown:

Recently, the Board of Regents enacted on an emergency basis a restructuring of Technology Education (T&E). The proposal pairs T&E together with Career and Technical Education (CTE) in a manner that dilutes Technology Education. These comments, by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), are offered in an effort to secure a reversal of that decision. [Read more…]

New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying- Board Meeting Summary 6-26-17

A New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) representative attended the New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying, and Geology board meeting on June 26, 2017. The following is a summary of the meeting. (videoconference New York – Albany – Rochester)

A quorum was present.

Minutes from March 10, 2017 approved without amendment.

Committee Reports

Legislation:Qualifications Based Selection

A 5750/S 5600 (Benedetto/DeFrancisco) passed both houses of the legislature.  The bill purports to authorize public authorities and public benefit corporations to negotiate with professional firms providing architectural or engineering services in order from the most qualified to the least qualified with regard to the provision of services to the authority or corporation.  An earlier version of the bill would have required the use of QBS by both public authorities and public benefit corporations in a manner identical to present law which requires the use of QBS by state agencies.  (NYSSPE supported the earlier version of the bill.)

A 7768/S 5903 (Fahy/Valesky) passed both houses of the legislature.  The bill adds geological services to the current list of design professional services set forth in State Finance Law section 136a which are required to be procured utilizing the QBS procurement methodology.  Section 136a governs procurements by NYS agencies.

Land Surveying Legislation

A 7969B/ S 6103C (Hyndman/LaValle) has been introduced in both houses.  The legislation will require at minimum an Associates Degree to secure a professional land surveying license.  The bill also eases the path for a professional engineer to secure a land surveying license.

Design Professional Corporation – Liberalization of Ownership

A 3460A/S 3771A (Lupardo/Valesky) has been introduced at the behest of ACEC.  The bill permits a substantially greater share of a design professional corporation to be owned by an ESOP provided at least 75% ESOP’s Board of Trustees and Management Committee members are licensed design professionals.  (Current law restricts the ESOP to a maximum 24.99% ownership interest.)   Some professional engineering voices have expressed reservations regarding a liberalization of the ownership rules and have argued that the legislation would permit design services to be “franchised” to non-licensees. [Read more…]