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Chazen Appoints New Director of Marketing and Business Development

sylvia-murphy-wr-5x7-_0898Chazen has a new Director of Marketing and Business Development Sylvia Murphy.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (August 26, 2016) — The Chazen Companies today announced Sylvia Murphy has joined the firm as Director of Marketing and Business Development. Murphy brings over 25 years of marketing and management experience and has previously held positions in healthcare, manufacturing, insurance and public policy organizations.

“We are excited to have Sylvia as part of the Chazen team,” said Mark Kastner, president, The Chazen Companies. “Sylvia brings a depth of experience and talent to the organization and will help grow the business.”

Murphy lives in Kingston, N.Y. and is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University.

About Chazen
Founded nearly 70 years ago, Chazen is dedicated to excellence and is employee-owned, with an accomplished team of over 120 individuals, including more than 50 licensed and certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals. Chazen serves a diverse range of clients in both the private and public sectors, including land developers, municipalities, utilities, healthcare and educational institutions, architects and state agencies from its locations in the Hudson Valley, Capital District, North Country and Central New York, and Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.chazencompanies.com.

CONTACT:
Jennifer Coleman
Marketing and Business Development Professional
845.486.1465
jcoleman@chazencompanies.com

Chazen expands into Nashville Tennessee

Chazen expands again, announces opening of new office in Nashville Tennessee

Poughkeepsie, NY (July 18, 2016) – The Chazen Companies, an employee-owned company specializing in civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Nashville, Tennessee and the relocation of a long-time engineering manager to lead the expansion effort. Chazen’s new office in Nashville is located in the West End/Vanderbilt area at 3200 West End Avenue, Suite 500 (1033 Demonbreun Street, suite 300 Nashville, TN 37203).

Chazen is no stranger to Nashville, having provided engineering services in the area for the past three years. Peter Romano, a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and one of the firm’s principals, has been with Chazen since 2003 and is spearheading the company’s expansion into the Nashville market. Chazen believes the location is a natural fit for the company as its rapidly-growing government, healthcare, entertainment, and education sectors have significant consulting engineering needs.

Chazen President Mark Kastner, P.E. said, “Nashville is a strong emerging market allowing us to diversify our geography. We have worked on many projects in the Nashville area over the last three years, and the time is now right for us to establish a physical presence there.  Our success and rapid growth in the Nashville market give us tremendous confidence that this is the right time, and Nashville is the right place, for Chazen to branch out from our roots in New York State. Pete immediately seized the opportunity to open an office and lead our expansion in Nashville, and decided to relocate with his family.  Pete’s combination of engineering expertise, ability to develop relationships, and business development acumen make him the perfect choice to lead a new office for us.  I have every confidence Pete and Chazen will be highly successful in the Nashville market.”

The Nashville office will initially focus on providing civil engineering services, and Chazen’s New York staff will continue to work on Nashville projects and support Romano during this transition.  Chazen plans to begin hiring additional staff in the Nashville office later this year.

Mr. Romano is a licensed professional engineer in New York.  His Tennessee professional engineering license is pending.  Mr. Romano has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and he has worked on and led a multitude of land development and municipal engineering projects during his 20-year career.

Founded nearly 70 years ago, Chazen is dedicated to excellence and is employee-owned, with an accomplished team of over 120 individuals, including more than 50 licensed and certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals. Chazen serves a diverse range of clients in both the private and public sectors, including land developers, municipalities, utilities, healthcare and educational institutions, architects and state agencies from its locations in the Hudson Valley, Capital District, North Country and Central New York, and Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit chazencompanies.com.

Contact: Sylvia Murphy
Director of Marketing and Business Development
(845) 454-3980
smurphy@chazencompanies.com

Chazen Welcomes New Director of Landscape Architecture

CA4_0053_2The Chazen Companies, an employee-owned company specializing in civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is excited to welcome Brit Basinger, RLA to the Chazen team as Director of Landscape Architecture Services.

Brit Basinger is an award-winning licensed Landscape Architect (RLA) in New York and Michigan. Mr. Basinger brings 25 years of experience as a design leader to the Chazen team, including many notable landscape architecture, community planning and higher education projects. His recent projects include the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge, Brentwood Downtown Strategic Visioning, Re-Imagining the Entrance to Watkins State Park and the Richard F. Brush ’52 University Quad at St Lawrence University. His work encompasses a broad spectrum of visioning, master planning, community planning, mixed-use waterfront projects, park and recreation facilities and site specific design projects. His responsibilities are focused on expanding Chazen’s services in various market sectors throughout New York.

Mr. Basinger has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). He resides in Saratoga Springs, is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and is a Planning Board Member in the Town of Northumberland. He has served various professional and not-for-profit organizations including New York State Council of Landscape Architects, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and Hudson Crossing Park.  Brit enjoys his volunteer work at Double H Ranch as an adaptive winter sports instructor.

 

Chazen introduces (SUE) Subsurface Utility Engineering Services

Subsurface Utility Engineering Services (SUE) is the latest service offering from Chazen.

Poughkeepsie, NY (July 18, 2016) – The Chazen Companies, an employee-owned company specializing in civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, today announced the offering of Subsurface Utility Engineering services for the benefit of its clients.

With Subsurface Utility Engineering services (SUE), Chazen can now offer its clients a cost effective, non-destructive method of understanding the location and extent of subsurface utilities utilizing the most current geophysical sensing technology to identify subsurface infrastructure.  Chazen’s surveying and mapping capabilities provide project designers highly detailed digital drawings to assist with the analysis and management of the risk and uncertainty associated with subsurface utilities.  Chazen’s drawings provide valuable data including the precise location, size, depth and type of subsurface utilities, which prevents costly downtime and the potential negative impacts caused by the inadvertent damage to or disturbance of existing subsurface utilities.

Chazen listens to each client’s needs and goals, and provides a custom approach and high level of service with each client’s best interests in mind. Chazen’s team of professionals assures quality control and best management practices by following industry standards in accordance with ASCE 38-02, “Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data”, providing quality level “D” through “B” utility location and mapping.  The adoption of SUE services supports Chazen’s mission to provide responsible, high value and innovative design services to meet our clients’ goals.

For more information on Chazen’s Subsurface Utility Engineering services, contact either:

Steve Alex, PLS                                                        Gary Aber
Vice President of Land Surveying                        Director of Utility Services
(845) 486-1473                                                        (845) 486-1588
salex@chazencompanies.com                               gaber@chazencompanies.com

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Founded nearly 70 years ago, Chazen is dedicated to excellence and is employee-owned, with an accomplished team of over 120 individuals, including more than 50 licensed and certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals. Chazen serves a diverse range of clients in both the private and public sectors, including land developers, municipalities, utilities, healthcare and educational institutions, architects and state agencies from its locations in the Hudson Valley, Capital District, North Country and Central New York, and Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit chazencompanies.com.

Contact: Jennifer Coleman
Marketing and Business Development Professional
(845) 486-1465
jcoleman@chazencompanies.com

Chazen Welcomes New Transportation Services Manager

Chazen has a new Transportation Services Manager, Tom Johnson, P.E, P.T.O.E.

Poughkeepsie, NY (July 11, 2016) – The Chazen Companies, an employee-owned company specializing in civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is excited to welcome Tom Johnson, P.E, P.T.O.E. to the Chazen team as Transportation Services Manager.

Tom Johnson is a Certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (P.T.O.E.) and Professional Engineer (P.E.) in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Mr. Johnson brings 28 years of experience to the Chazen team, including many notable traffic planning and infrastructure projects such as Schenectady’s Rivers Casino & Mohawk Harbor and Glens Falls’ Centennial Circle. His work also encompasses safety studies, traffic impact studies, and the design and construction detailing of intersectional signal systems.

Mr. Johnson accepted the position of Transportation Services Manager, a position he transitioned into after joining Chazen in November of 2015. Mr. Johnson will be located in Chazen’s Capital District office in Troy, and will support projects throughout the company’s geography.  Mr. Johnson, a Latham resident, has a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University.  He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, and the American Society of Highway Engineers.

Founded nearly 70 years ago, Chazen is dedicated to excellence and is employee-owned, with an accomplished team of over 120 individuals, including more than 50 licensed and certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals. Chazen serves a diverse range of clients in both the private and public sectors, including land developers, municipalities, utilities, healthcare and educational institutions, architects and state agencies from its locations in the Hudson Valley, Capital District, North Country and Central New York, and Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit chazencompanies.com.

Contact
Jennifer Coleman
Marketing Professional
(845) 486-1465
jcoleman@chazencompanies.com

Chazen in the News!

The Chazen Companies, an engineering firm based in Poughkeepsie, has 12 positions open, some of which have been vacant for almost a year, according to Lauren Gillett, principal and vice president of the company. Some of those jobs include, assistant project engineer, construction inspector and mid-level civil engineer. 

According to CEO Mark Kastner, one major group has been under-represented in job interviews at Chazen: medium skill-level employees.

Although the Great Recession officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, workers and companies are still feeling the aftershocks, Kastner said. Medium skill-level workers — those who have least 10-15 years of experience — in their field were perhaps most impacted by the recession.

“We’re having problems finding people with 5 to 10 and even 15 years of experience,” Kastner said. “It is an outcome of recession when no one was hiring and they were laying people off. If you talk to anyone in construction and trades, a lot of people in those fields went and did something else. And they left the area because there were no jobs.”

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Chazen announces new principals

Chazen has expanded its ownership with the addition of two new Principals

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (April 27, 2016) – The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, today announced that it has again expanded its ownership with the addition of two new Principals, George Cronk, P.E., CMS4S and Larry Boudreau, RLA .

The two new shareholders have a wide range of experience and responsibility within the company. Mr. Cronk joined Chazen in 2009 and is Director, Municipal Engineering.  Mr. Boudreau started with the company in 2005  and is Director, Land Development.

“Both of our new Principals have demonstrated the leadership, values and commitment worthy of being an owner in our firm,” said Chazen’s President, Mark Kastner, P.E. “They each have contributed greatly to the company’s success through their hard work, dedicated client service and technical expertise.  They join the next generation of Chazen’s future leaders who will help take the firm to even higher levels. It is a pleasure to welcome them as new Principals.”

In addition to the two new Principals, Chazen’s ownership includes Richard Chazen, P.E., Daniel Stone, P.E., Mark Kastner, P.E., Steven Alex, P.L.S., Joseph Lanaro, P.E., James Connors, P.E., Roger Keating, P.E., James “Andy” Rymph, RLA, Christopher Lapine, P.E., Peter Romano, P.E., Sean Doty, P.E., Lauren Gillett, PHR, Eric Johnson, P.E., Chris Round, AICP, Russell Urban-Mead, CPG, Stuart Mesinger, AICP, Barbara Beall, PWS, Ed Larkin, P.E.,  Arlette St. Romain, and Bruce Wells, P.L.S.  Chazen also has an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for the benefit of all of its employees.

Chazen’s Senior Principals, Richard Chazen, P.E. and Daniel Stone, P.E., added, “Chazen is truly a generational company.” Richard’s father, Milton Chazen, founded The Chazen Companies in 1947, and transitioned leadership of the firm to Chazen and Stone in the mid-1980s. “We are very pleased to continue the tradition started by Milton, in which ownership of Chazen remains within the firm and passes from one generation of owners to the next.  We congratulate these two individuals on becoming shareholders in our firm, and we are confident that Chazen will be in good hands for many years to come.”

Founded almost 70 years ago, The Chazen Companies is an employee-owned professional services firm with an accomplished staff of over 120, including more than 50 licensed and certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals. Chazen serves a diverse range of clients in both the private and public sectors, including land developers, municipalities, utilities, healthcare and educational institutions, architects and state agencies from offices in the Hudson Valley, Capital District, North Country and Central New York. For more information, visit chazencompanies.com.

George Cronk

George A. Cronk, III, P.E., CMS4S, Director, Municipal Engineering

Mr. Cronk is a Professional Engineer with over 17 years of civil engineering experience. His professional background and range of experience allows him to lead projects with a focus on product quality, schedule compliance, client service, and recognition of budget considerations. He routinely manages projects with complex engineering requirements. Mr. Cronk has expertise in public sector civil engineering, roadway design, stormwater management and SEQRA review. Mr. Cronk has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

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Larry Boudreau, RLA, Director, Land Development

Mr. Boudreau serves as Chazen’s Director of Land Development Services. He has over 25 years’ experience as both a registered landscape architect and as a development manager for real estate development companies.  Mr. Boudreau manages large scale land development project and is responsible for all aspects of project design and approval.  He has extensive experience in land planning, project management, acquisition due diligence and business intelligence. His experience includes regional and community planning, commercial and institutional land use planning, golf course design, residential master planning, regulatory review and permitting. Mr. Boudreau has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT.

Chazen Welcomes Amy Haight!

Chazen welcomes Amy Haight to the Land Development group as Project Engineer. Please join us in welcoming Amy to the Chazen team!

Chazen Welcomes Nick Vamvas!

Chazen welcomes Nick Vamvas as Project Engineer in our Troy office. Please join us in welcoming Nick to the Chazen Team!

Watch This Fun Video!

Chazen’s Structural Team helps anchor the first ever recreational zip line for Mountain Ridge Adventure inside of the Times Union Center in Albany!