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: 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…]