2106 Award Spotlight: PEC’s Project of the Year, New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

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PEC Project of the Year:
New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

PEC Project Engineering Firms:
Savin Engineers, P.C.
Acadis
CDM Smith
GHD

The Long Island Sound is an estuary that serves numerous local communities and the regional economy by providing boating, fishing, swimming and sightseeing. The sound is a vital water body that provides a home for numerous species of aquatic life to breed, nest and nurse.  Due to concerns over poor water and aquatic quality, significant efforts have been made toward identifying pollutants and other issues that impact the sound and developing plans to mitigate them.

Water quality studies have been performed and nitrogen has been identified as a principal factor limiting the water quality of the Long Island Sound. Excess nitrogen levels in the Long Island Sound stimulate phytoplankton growth, which in turn blocks light and prevent growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, destroying the habitat of different fish and shellfish. When the phytoplankton die and decay, available oxygen is then depleted. Thus, dissolved oxygen concentrations fall below the needed levels for the survival of aquatic organisms. [Read more…]

Eric Murdock P.E. to Present New Septic System Technologies, Design and Installation Techniques on May 10th for NYSSPE PEC Group

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This coming Tuesday, May 10th Erick E. Murdock P.E. will be present in detail new septic system technologies and general septic system design and installation techniques. The presentation will include Passive ATU – the next generation of Aerobic Treatment & Dispersal in septic systems. Eric was Project Manager for the U.S.E.P.A. funded demonstration project, which was set up to research, select, and install alternative onsite wastewater treatment systems in the Skaneateles Lake Watershed. Nineteen systems were installed as part of the project. Most of these systems were the first of their kind in New York State and/or the United States.

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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…]

2015 NYSSPE PEC Project of the Year – Clarkstown Solar Field Over Landfill

PE’s In Construction Interest Group of The New York State Society of Professional Engineers recently presented Onforce Solar, H2M architects & engineers and the Town of Clarkstown with the NYSSPE 2015 Project of the Year Award.  The video above gives a summary of the project which includes interviews with all responsible parties.

The Clarkstown Solar Field Over Landfill features a 2.3 megawatt system, which consists of roughly 4,300 solar panels on the 13-acre site. It generates 3 million-kilowatt hours, which is enough power to supply about 200 homes, and will cover about one-third of the electric needs of the Town of Clarkstown. [Read more…]

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers to Award the One World Trade Center as the PEC Project of the Year

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is proud to announce that the One World Trade Center project has been selected as the 2014 NYSSPE PEC Project of the Year.  The award will be given out at the NYSSPE Annual Installation & Awards Reception & Dinner which will be help Thursday June 5th at 6 pm at the Hyatt Place East End, 451 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901.

The One World Trade Center (1WTC) is the tallest of the four buildings planned in the reconstruction master plan for Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. Not only that, but the 1WTC is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The tip of the spire atop the 1WTC reaches an elevation of 541 meters, or 1,776 feet, designed as a tribute to the signing year of our Declaration of Independence.

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NYSSPE PEC Honors William Rodwick, PE, for His Distinguished Engineering Career and Achievements as Past President of the Practicing Institute of Engineering (PIE)

William RodwickWilliam M. Rodwick, PE, MPA, was recently honored and received a Certificate of Excellence from the Professional Engineers in Construction Group (PEC) for his distinguished career as a professional engineer, his exemplary dedication in supporting the profession as past president of the Practicing Institute of Engineering, and his volunteer services to the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). The certificate was presented by Rudi O. Sherbansky, PE, chair of PEC, and by Dr. Jim Yarmus, PE, chair-elect of PEC of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Mr. Rodwick was honored during a recent PEC event on October 8, 2013, at which he provided members of NYSSPE a presentation on the topic of foundation walls and underpinning design. Mr. Rodwick has worked for over 24 years with NYC Transit (MTA) as senior construction manager, chief of quality and safety management, and assistant vice president of the Engineering & Design Division. Prior to that, Mr. Rodwick worked for 25 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Rodwick also served as a technical and continuing education trainer, developing and presenting over 25 courses to thousands of design and construction professionals. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State, with a BSCE and MPA. [Read more…]

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers Awards Timothy Lynch, PE Government Engineer of the Year

At the recent New York State Society of Professional Engineers annual conference in Lake Placid, Timothy Lynch, PE was awarded the NYSSPE 2013 Government Engineer of the Year award, which recognizes a professional engineer who is employed in the public sector.
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Mr. Lynch is the executive director for the New York City Department of Buildings Forensic Engineering Unit. He is a New York licensed professional engineer with over twenty-five years of structural engineering experience. Appointed executive director of the Forensic Engineering Unit in 2009, Mr. Lynch was formerly chief engineer of the newly chartered Excavation Unit. With almost one million buildings in New York City, in his capacity as director of the Forensic Engineering Unit, he oversees a team of specialists, all principal engineers, who respond to structural collapses, major fires, construction accidents involving serious injuries and property damage. [Read more…]

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers to Award the 2013 Construction Project of the Year to MTA’s #7 Subway Line Extension Project

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) announced that MTA’s $1.1 billion “Running Tunnels and Underground Structures” contract, the first portion of the $2.4 billion No. 7 Line Extension Project will be awarded the 2013 Construction Project of the Year by the PEs in Construction Group of NYSSPE.

“On behalf of the entire No. 7 Line Project Team, including MTACC and New York City Transit, our consultants and contractors, I want to thank NYSSPE for this great honor. We are extremely flattered” stated Mark J. Schiffman, P. E., Esq., Vice President and Deputy Program Executive of MTA Capital Construction who will be accepting the award at NYSSPE’s Annual Conference and Awards ceremony in Lake Placid, New York on June 7th, 2013.  For further information regarding the conference and awards ceremony, go to: http://www.cvent.com/d/vcqfyx or contact NYSSPE’s Programs Director, Jennifer Miller 518-283-7490.

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NYSSPE Receives Engineers Week Proclamation From Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer

IMG_2883The New York Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) was presented with an Engineers Week Proclamation from Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer,during its dinner event on February 20th, 2013, as part of the 2013 Engineers Week celebration in New York City.  The dinner event, which was held at the Cornell Club, was also attended by Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Design & Construction, Eric C. Macfarlane, PE, who gave a presentation on the topic of New York City’s Climate Risks and Infrastructure Reconstruction Challenges.  NYSSPE’s Past President, William Prazenka PE, attended the event as well. [Read more…]

NYSSPE PEC Hosts Successful Event On Unconventional Development of Gas from Shale Using Fracking in New York State

Gas Fracking in New York State 1On February 13, 2013, the Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) Interest Group of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) hosted a very successful event on the development of gas from shale using fracking in New York State. The event was held at McLaren Engineering in West Nyack, New York; there was also an option to attend the event via webinar. There were almost 100 engineers that attended the event including both on and off site.

The Marcellus shale formation encompasses the region of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Fracking refers to the procedure by which rocks below the ground are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure. The larger fissures allow more oil or gas to flow out of the formation and into the wellbore from where it can be extracted. This process also impacts the earth’s surface and its surrounding environs because of the pad sites set up for drilling.  [Read more…]