North American Masonry Conference: Omaha, Nebraska
Meera Ramesh, PhD presented findings from a paper she co-authored with Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Principals Jack Healy, P.E., and Jamie Davis, P.E., at the 14th North American Masonry Conference (NAMC) held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Omaha Campus today.
Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day
Today we acknowledge and celebrate our women engineers during the 8th annual International Women in Engineering Day! INWED is an international awareness campaign that seeks to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the careers of women in this exciting industry.
Project Update: Utica State Office Building Plaza
Ryan Biggs Clark Davis provided structural engineering services for the rehabilitation of an existing exterior plaza hardscape at the Utica State Office Building. The area is located on a cast-in-place structural concrete slab that forms the roof of the below-grade levels surrounding the main office building tower.
Announcing Tom Field's Retirement
Tom Field will be retiring from Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this summer after a 48-year-long career as a Civil Engineer. Tom earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1973 then worked for several engineering firms before joining Clark Engineering & Surveying in January 1995. In 2014, when Ryan-Biggs Associates and Clark Engineering & Surveying merged to become Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, D.P.C., Tom became a Senior Associate and Shareholder of the newly formed firm. Since then, he has continued to lead the firm's Civil Engineering department and provide his expertise and passion to essential and exciting projects across New York State.
Changes to the Structural Requirements of the International Existing Building Code
by Jamie L. Davis, P.E., LEED AP
The 2020 Building Code of New York State is coming our way soon and will be based on the 2018 i-Codes, including the International Existing Building Code 2018 IEBC. There are some subtle but potentially significant changes that will affect how we retrofit existing buildings.
New York State Building Code Update
by Chris Lesher, P.E.
Keeping up with changes in the Building Code can be challenging. The last significant New York State Code change was in 2016. The next significant Code change has been proposed for 2020 and is open for public comment through September 21, 2019.
Gloversville Public Library Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to officially reopen the Gloversville Public Library this week. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis began work on this extensive project in 2009, which included two building additions to the rear of the library, interior renovations, and restoration and support of the one-of-a-kind terra cotta entry structure.
Chris Latreille Authors Second Article for STRUCTURE Magazine
Chris Latreille, P.E., Principal, wrote the feature article for the November edition of STRUCTURE Magazine highlighting the Binghamton University Energy R&D Building project. The new 105,000-square-foot, $45 million research facility officially opened in August 2017 on the Binghamton University campus and houses physics and chemistry programs focused on energy technologies of the future.
Jamie Davis Presenting at NCMA Development Conference
Jamie Davis, P.E., LEED AP, Principal, is presenting at the 2018 Fall Member Development Conference presented by the New York State Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) in Cooperstown this week. Jamie will be speaking at the opening luncheon and giving attendees a progress update of BIM-M (Building Information Modeling for Masonry).
Tower of Victory Rehabilitation; Newburgh, NY
Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis recently completed rehabilitation and design services at the Tower of Victory project in Newburgh, NY. Our role was to assist the Contractor (Allegrone Construction) to determine the appropriate extent of masonry repairs, assist the Contractor in redesign of floor repairs, design temporary shoring for floor repairs, review and make recommendations related to the stone cladding, and design stone anchorage.
Skidmore College Valentine Boathouse Ribbon Cutting
Chris Lesher, P.E., is attending the Valentine Boathouse ribbon cutting ceremony at Skidmore College. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis was retained to design the structure and foundations of two new buildings to expand the boathouse to a three-building complex to accommodate the rowing program. The new buildings include a 2,100-square-foot team building (housing locker rooms, offices, and multi-purpose training room) and a 1,300-square-foot storage building.
10th Annual Steel Day Celebration at JPW
Several staff members are attending Steel Day at JPW Companies to celebrate the steel industry’s 10th Annual Steel Day. The event will include a facility tour and demonstrations throughout the afternoon. SteelDay is an annual event sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Constructionand hosted by its members and partners.
Jamie Davis Certified in CD-BIM
Jamie Davis, P.E., Principal, recently became certified in CD-BIM. The Certificate of Development – Building Information Modeling is an assessment-based certificate credential that establishes the knowledge and understanding of concepts to BIM and detailing practices.
Gloversville Public Library Restoration Progress
Restoration progress continues at the Gloversville Public Library in Gloversville, NY. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis provided structural engineering services related to the restoration and support of the one-of-a-kind terra cotta entry structure, as well as design services for two building additions on the rear of the library.
Jack Healy and Mike Ferrari Visit The Egg
Jack Healy, P.E., Principal, and Mike Ferrari, Engineering Intern, visited The Egg at the Empire State Plaza. Jack and Mike were performing fall restraint pull testing on the roof of The Egg. It was a gorgeous day for a site visit to get a view of Albany from above.
CDRPC Green Infrastructure Webinar
Tom Field, P.E., Senior Associate, is presenting at today’s Green Infrastructure webinar hosted by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission. The CDRPC is now offering municipalities a new online diagnostic tool that provides communities with a self-guided land-use law assessment of Green Infrastructure (GI) gaps, barriers, and opportunities.
New York Statewide Preservation Conference
Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2018 New York Statewide Preservation Conference, which takes place April 26-28 in Albany. The conference is hosted by The Landmark Society of Western New York, Historic Albany Foundation, Preservation League of New York State, and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
UAlbany ETEC Groundbreaking
The University at Albany broke ground last week on its new ETEC building at the Harriman State Office Campus. The $180 million Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex will be the future home of the University’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, which will be the first in the nation.
Jamie Davis Presenting at BIM-M Symposium in New Jersey
Jamie Davis, P.E., LEED AP, Principal, is presenting at the BIM-M Symposium hosted by the Masonry Contractors of New Jersey. Jamie will share the latest developments in the masonry industry that are being developed for the design community by BIM-M and others.
ACI CNY Design & Installation Awards
Congratulations to the design teams and projects that were recognized at last night’s ACI CNY Design & Installation Awards Banquet. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis brought home two silver awards for our work on the Binghamton University Energy R&D Building (Excellence in Masonry) and the Cornell University Health Services Facility (Excellence in Concrete).
ACI CNY Design & Installation Awards
Several members of the Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis staff will be attending Wednesday’s Design & Installation Awards Banquet for the Central NY Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. John Pillar, as President of the Chapter, will serve as the emcee for the event. The evening will also include a presentation by Honora Spillane, Deputy Commissioner of the City of Syracuse Department of Neighborhood and Business Development.
Jamie Davis Presenting at Mason Training Day
Jamie Davis, P.E., LEED AP, Principal, is presenting at the Mason Training Day on March 14 in Syracuse. The mason training and certification program is hosted by the Upstate New York Chapter of MCAA. Jamie will present on Grouting, including the topics of mix designs, code, and installation. Jamie is a LEED-accredited professional and is licensed in New York and Connecticut.
ACI CNY Dinner Presentation with David Biggs
Chris Latreille, P.E., Principal, and John Pillar, P.E., S.E., Senior Engineer, are attending this month’s ACICNY dinner and presentation. David Biggs, P.E., S.E., FACI, founding partner and Principal Consultant to Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis, is presenting “Masonry Options for Every Project.”
Matt Yerkey to Present Hadley “Bow” Bridge to Corinth Middle School
Matt Yerkey, P.E., Principal Associate, will be presenting his work on the Hadley “Bow” Bridge to the students at Corinth Middle School. Matt will present a brief history of the Bow Bridge, along with a detailed description on how the bridge was stabilized and rehabilitated to allow vehicular traffic.
RPI Career Fair
Jeff Hodgson, P.E., S.E., and Lauren Stenroos, Design Engineer, are attending the Career Fair at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday, February 7. We will also have a booth at the Career Fair, showcasing the firm’s services and projects. Jeff and Lauren are both RPI alum, and Jeff is a member of the RPI Civil Engineering Advisory Board.
ACEC Winter Conference
Jill Shorter, Marketing Director, is presenting at the ACEC Winter Conference for Emerging Leaders on January 29 at the Albany Capital Center. Jill will be presenting with Helen Kashtan of Pathfinder Engineers & Architects. The two one-hour sessions will cover leadership principles in the morning session and business development and marketing in the afternoon.