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Career opportunities at The Chazen Companies

(June 17, 2015)

Chazen has several open positions which include:

  • Experienced Landscape Architect / Civil Engineer Land Development
  • Director of Survey
  • Survey Technician

Visit the career section of our website for a complete list or [Click Here] for direct link.

Congratulations to Chazen’s Kelsey Carr, honored with the 2015 Women of Excellence Emerging Professional Award!

Women of Excellence 2015 – April 22, 2015 Times Union article by Brianna Snyder.

When we think about the many, many women in our region doing incredible things, it really excites us. The Capital Region is home to myriad women entrepreneurs, business owners and executives, who, through their hard work, success and community involvement, are each an inspiration to girls and women everywhere.

2015 Women of Excellence from left to right: Miriam Dushane, Kelsey Carr, Barbara Smith, Laura Petrovic, Andrea Crisafulli Russo, Denise Gonick, Trudy Hall (by Vincent Giordano)

Each year, a handful of these women are honored in the annual Women of Excellence Awards, presented by the Women’s Business Council and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. (The WBC is an arm of the chamber.) This is Women of Excellence’s 24th year of acknowledging talented, successful regional women. This year’s awards luncheon and ceremony will be held May 28, and is sponsored by CAP COM Federal Credit Union, GE, MVP Health Care, the Times Union and Capital Region Women@Work. All seven honorees were nominated by peers and colleagues, and selected by a board of award-recipients from past Women of Excellence ceremonies. “These women have paved the way for others to follow,” says Susan Radzyminski, chair of the Women’s Business Council, in a press release. “They are helping to shape our future in the Capital Region and beyond.” Women of Excellence acknowledges women in seven categories: distinguished career, excellence in management (100+ staff and volunteers), excellence in management (1-99 staff members), excellence in business, excellence in the professions, excellence in sales or marketing, and emerging professional.

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Barbara Smith

author, scholar, activist

Barbara Smith, an author, scholar, activist and a pioneer of black feminism, was appointed last year as Albany’s special community projects coordinator by Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “I’m implementing our equity agenda,” Smith says. “That’s an initiative that Mayor Sheehan began. There was no comparable position in city government previously.” Smith is working toward eliminating economic and social disparity in Albany.

What this award means to her: It’s incredibly exciting because the Chamber of Commerce is a really important component of our life in the city of Albany. It’s an award given to a distinguished group of women and I’m honored to be among them. It also uplifts and makes visible to the community at large the role that women are playing in our community and not just in business but in our civic life in the city and the county.

Favorite part of her job: Knowing that I’m doing work that makes a difference in the life of the city and among city residents. It’s really very, very gratifying to see people have a more positive relationship to city government and city hall.

Advice? My advice is always make sure you’re working collectively with a group. It’s not possible to make social change by yourself. In order to be effective and do work for social, economic and racial justice you need to do that with others. Another piece of advice is if it’s not feeding your soul, then look for another opportunity.

Challenge she’s had to overcome: My major challenge is being born as a black person in the United States in the era of Jim Crow. But my major challenge has been to negotiate the very, very troubled waters of race and racism in the U.S. and I have devoted my life through my work in trying to help to find better ways and solutions for the negative context in which race continues to show itself.

Moment when she knew she’d made it: I don’t even know exactly what that means because if you’re involved in the things I’m involved in you will not get to a point of thinking that you’ve made it. Social change takes a long time. I will say when I was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 I was pretty excited about that. That was a peak. But I didn’t think I’d made it as a result.

EMERGING PROFESSIONAL: Kelsey Carr

project engineer & sustainability coordinator, Chazen Companies

Kelsey Carr, project engineer and sustainability coordinator for the Chazen Companies, a private consulting firm in Troy, says she knows she was lucky to get her job after college, at the height of the Great Recession. She studied civil engineering at Syracuse University and “got hired right out of school” as an assistant project engineer, after interning at Chazen in the winter of her senior year. Carr has been with Chazen for almost seven years. She also serves on the board of Concerned for the Hungry, Inc., a Schenectady nonprofit. While she’s been on the board for four years, “I’ve been volunteering with them my whole life,” she says. “My parents have always been involved.

What this award means to her: I love what I do and where I work, so this award is definitely validation that I’m on the right track in my career. And just receiving an award that has such a long history and to be included in a group of remarkable women is just an honor. It’s not only recognition for myself but also other females who choose to pursue engineering despite the challenges that it can present.

Favorite part of her job: It’s definitely working in an industry that’s constantly evolving. There’s a growing focus on sustainability in what I do so it’s not about meeting basic requirements anymore. It’s just exciting to be a part of that whole movement and work for a company that shares those values.

Advice? Know your strengths. But also recognize your limits so you can set goals that push the envelop for yourself. Passing what you thought was your limit can be a huge motivator. Stay motivated. Stay passionate and try not to take things to heart.

Challenge she’s had to overcome: Entering the workforce and then being on a board for a nonprofit during the Great Recession. To be actively involved in a nonprofit was very difficult because it was a time when need was at its highest but donations were at their lowest.

Moment when she knew she’d made it: As an emerging professional I don’t know if I’ve made it just yet. It’s more like I’m just getting started. But if I had to pick something it would definitely be when I was the keynote speaker at the Southeast New York Stormwater Conference. That was proof that our topic was relevant and that people wanted to listen, which was really exciting.

EXCELLENCE IN THE PROFESSIONS: Trudy Hall 

headmaster, Emma Willard School

Trudy Hall has a lifelong passion for education. She’s taught and traveled all over the world, and she’s been head of Emma Willard for 16 years. “My biggest focus has been lifelong learning,” Hall says, “whether it’s for me or whether it’s promoting and instilling it in others. I’m pretty much always pushing myself to do something that is new and out of my comfort zone as a way of continuing to foster my curiosity.”

What this award means to her: I did not know that I had been promoted for the award and so it surprised me. This is about the next chapter. The award helps me step up my game, and that helps with the growth process. Instead of feeling celebrated, I actually feel the need to dig in and be worthy.

Favorite part of her job: It’s the stories. I work in a multi-generational environment and I work with women from the ages of 14 to the ages of 103. So connecting all the stories into themes is so critical as you create a vision for a school. It’s extraordinarily important that we make sure the experience our current students have is comparable in terms of the values and character traits that our now-101-year-old former student had.

Advice? You have to always make the choice that will make the story a more interesting one. There’s a great speech that I heard someone make a long time ago:. She said, “I have only one goal: I want to be an interesting old woman.” The only way to be interesting is by making interesting choices and the only way to be old is to make prudent choices.

Challenge she’s had to overcome: Particularly for me, as a woman, you’re sitting on an idea and you think it’s a good idea, and you’re positive it really is but you’re not quite sure how to enter it in the conversation and just when you think you’re ready to do so somebody raises their hand and says exatly what you were going to say. So one challenge I’m working to overcome is when do i put my voice out there?

Moment when she knew she’d made it: I don’t think I have. The moment you think you’ve made it is the moment you’re not paying attention. And so much of life is just paying attention.

EXCELLENCE IN SALES AND MARKETING: Laura Petrovic

director of sales/marketing, BBL Hospitality

Laura Petrovic’s grandfather always told her she should go into hospitality. And though she didn’t necessarily intend to, that’s what Petrovic did. “Once you get hospitality in your blood, you can’t get it out,” she says. Petrovic has been with BBL Hospitality for a little more than six years, working as the director of sales and marketing at the Hilton in Troy. And she’s a natural at sales because she knows sales are about relationships. “I have been told I can sell ice cream to an Eskimo, but it’s not me going up to someone and selling ice cream. It’s more like I make friends with the Eskimo and say, ‘Hey! I think you need some ice cream!'”

What this award means to her: I am in awe that I’ve been chosen because I have been going to this lunch for a very long time and every time I leave I’m like, What am I doing with my life? These women are amazing. So it means that obviously I’m doing what I should be in terms of my job.

Favorite part of her job: It’s the getting to go to events and talk to people, knowing people, the community. It’s all about the people I get to be with and around and work with and surround myself with. And frankly, my company is so supportive and wants us to be out there that I love being out there on their behalf.

Advice? Do what you love and embrace the opportunities given to you and make sure to keep the bad energy out and keep in the good energy. You can create that. It’s truly all about the people. Whatever you do never lose sight of the people around you. You can learn a lot from them.

Challenge she’s had to overcome: Taking this job. I took a job with a company I was somewhat familiar with, in a hotel that was not even built yet. I had always worked in hotels but they were built and established. I’m the voice on the wakeup call. I’m the voice on the hold music. I had to do all of that. So having to face that myself and make a success of it was my biggest challenge. But I certainly had support and people believed in me.

Moment when she knew she’d made it: The moment that I got the call that I won this award. There’s really no other way to put it. It sounds so simple. I’ve nominated people [for this award] and I know how much work it is, so for two different people to have nominated me, that was pretty overwhelming. Because I’ve done it and I know how I felt about them.

EXCELLENCE IN MANAGEMENT (100+): Denise Gonick

CEO, MVP Health Care

Denise Gonick, who has been with MVP Health Care for 20 years, is the company’s second CEO. She is also MVP’s first woman CEO. “It’s flown by,” Gonick says of her two years so far as president of a huge company. Her secret to managing an overall staff of 1,548? “Surround yourself with good and talented people who are different from you and who can make up for things you might not see,” Gonick says. “And remain open-minded.”

What this award means to her: When you have recognition from your fellow professional women, that is very meaningful. And I also think that any acknowledgement of MVP’s success and value as a company in an industry that’s going through such major disruption is very gratifying.

Favorite part of her job: There are so many. I get to work with very creative and passionate people who are very service-oriented by their nature and very committed to our members. I love hearing from the members.

Advice? You have to stay curious. There’s always more to learn. Be true to your own self and the unique talents that you bring. Sometimes we have ideas about what success is supposed to look like and that can trip us up. And be willing to take some risks. I think you learn a lot by the things that don’t go your way.

Challenge she’s had to overcome: I couldn’t identify any one challenge. But with challenges come great opportunity. There’s a certain freedom that comes with not knowing how something’s going to look when it’s finished. I think that’s very freeing. It makes the challenges worthwhile.

Moment when she knew she’d made it: There are so many. I’ve been able to see ideas and strategies get implemented that were successful. It can be taking a risk on a great hire: taking a risk on somebody new and seeing how they bring new life to a team. When I became CEO two years ago, there were a lot of women who reached out to me, including many I didn’t know, to tell me that it meant so much to them to see a woman running a company this size in the Capital Region. That was extremely moving to me and I feel proud to be a part of that story for all of them, too.

EXCELLENCE IN MANAGEMENT (1-99): Miriam Dushane, PHR

managing director, Linium Staffing

Miriam Dushane, managing director of Linium Staffing, has been with the company almost since its inception, nearly 15 years ago. What’s her secret to great management? “I think it’s the golden rule philosophy: Treat others as you would like to be treated: with respect and professionalism and compassion,” she says. “I think that’s key. I treat the people who work for me the same way I treat all of the clients and job-seekers who come in contact with us.”

What this award means to her: It is nice to be recognized for the hard work that I’ve put in all these years. I’ve worked for the same company for 15 years so I certainly care about the company and everything we do. For me the recognition that we’re doing it the right way and that my hard work is paying off means a lot. When it was brought to my attention that had I won, I was very flattered and very honored.

Favorite part of her job: I get the opportunity to learn about other companies and other businesses in the Capital Region. I have uncovered and become associated with organizations I never in my wildest dreams even knew existed. I’ve met so many fascinating and interesting people.

Advice? It’s very important that you want to help people and you want to help people find new jobs. And you have to have a very strong mental fortitude: There’s a lot of highs and lows in our industry. You have to really care about people and you have to want to be in that type of industry where you are people-facing all day, every day.

Challenge she’s had to overcome: Challenges come up on a daily basis. But I like that. Because part of our job is problem-solving. The most challenging part of my job is keeping the team motivated and moving forward when we have low periods like a recession. We’re very affected by economic change. But you cannot get stuck in your ways You have to be looking for the next better idea. Always be willing to change and evolve.

Moment when she knew she’d made it: If you think you’ve made it, then you might have the temptation to stop trying. I’m very proud of getting this award. It says a lot about my hard work and things I’ve done over the years. But overall I don’t think I’ll have made it or accomplished everything until ”m ready to retire. There’s just so much i can still do and contribute and I’m still in that mindset. I’m still going for it.

EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS: Andrea Crisafulli Russo

president/owner, Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating Contractors

Last year was a big year for Andrea Crisafulli Russo and Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating Contractors, Inc. “We celebrated our 75th year in business and my 10th year running the business,” she says. “That was a milestone year, I would say.”

Crisafulli Russo is owner and president of the family business, which was founded in 1939. She’s passionate about relationship-building, which she attributes to her success. She’s a current member of the Albany Colonie Regional Executive Board, Russell Sage College Foundation Board, Albany Executives Association and on Women@Work’s Executive Committee.

What this award means to her: It’s amazing to be listed among the other incredibly accomplished women. They’ve inspired me for years both personally and professionally. It’s my favorite event for the year and I just love listening to the honorees. They inspire me and they always have. And I feel like I’m being recognized for doing what I love, which is an incredible feeling.

Favorite part of her job: I’m really committed to building relationships with my team, customers, other contractors and the community. It’s important to me to make partnerships. I love working with people.

Advice? Do what is right and be authentic. You should always look for a win-win. That ties into my partnership piece. Both parties have to walk away feeling they’ve been successful in something. It’s very powerful to be able to see an issue from the perspective of everyone in the room.

Challenge she’s had to overcome: I think all leaders have challenges to overcome and I think they change over time. But really my greatest challenge would relate to the succession of the business and the family strain it created at the time.

Moment when she knew she’d made it: I don’t ever feel like I’ve made it. That’s not me. I’m always changing. It’s always on to the next thing. Once you get close to accomplishing one thing you come up with another goal. But I do think that if I were to give back to the community and do something that was really substantial and impactful, that would really feel like I’d made it. That would feel really good.

Tusten approves Chazen design concept for Main Street deck

Project manager and Structural engineer Mike Baron presents the design plans for the Narrowsburg deck at a recent town board meeting.
The deck project is being called the biggest proposed capital project in Tusten in recent memory.
March 30, 2015 The River Reporter

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March 30, 2015 — At the recessed Tusten Town Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25, the board voted in favor of the Chazen design plan for the Main Street overlook deck, with Councilman Ned Lang voting against it. The vote came after a lengthy discussion and presentation by Chazen’s vice president Joe Lanaro and Project Manager/Structural Engineer Mike Baron.

Their presentation included an in-depth slideshow detailing the deck’s design, concepts, materials, building techniques and more. The two men first described how the current deck is in poor condition, and that it has slid three inches. Other evidence of corrosion includes wood splintering and rust. Supervisor Carol Wingert said, “No matter what your opinion is about the deck, no one can deny that safety is the primary driver of the decision we finally make.”

Furthermore, the concrete footing is 54 inches and does not go into the bedrock. The Chazen design includes footings that will go into the bedrock, which is a majority of the cost.

They explained that the standard safety rating for a deck like this is 1.5, but currently the deck is at a 1. Their design in accordance with state law will be brought up to a 1.5 rating.

Chazen related that they did indeed do a geo-tech survey that included bedrock testing and slope stability. The design will use a “top-down” excavation method that is somewhat uncommon. It will also use soldier piles and a tie back wall.

The aesthetics were also discussed. The deck will have a “stone-appearing” design using pre-made concrete panels that look like stones. The design was also created to fit in with the future river walkway.

After their presentation, questions were raised such as problems that could arise from flooding, the necessity of the soldier pile wall, and the aesthetic design being called “pre-fab and suburban.” Lanaro and Baron addressed all the concerns.

Lang, as in previous meetings, again brought up his belief that the design does not need a new foundation and that the cost should be lowered.

Either way, the board agreed that the design will be put to public referendum. They also agreed the best time to do the construction would be spring 2016. Chazen said the construction process will take about three months, and that the town should expect lane restrictions on Main Street.
At the end of the meeting, Wingert asked Lanaro to make comments. He said, “I can say with confidence that this is a very solid design solution for your town. There was a lot of work put in, not only by our firm but by the design committee. We really think this is a community project that people care about and we are trying to do the right thing for them in the long run.”

Chazen Companies director honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

Kip Score Director of Saratoga Safety, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Chazen Companies recently honored by Department of Defense for Patriotic Support!
February 25, 2015 – ESGR in the News

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TROY, N.Y. – New York Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced Kip Score, Director of Chazen Companies was honored February 16, 2015 with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the National Guard.

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Dennis Lutz, New York ESGR state chair.

Score was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard by his Reserve Component employee, 1st Lt. Matthew Williams. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Score and The Chazen Companies welcomed back Williams after serving with the ARNG 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and without hesitation and for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard.

ESGR, a DoD office, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil

Dutchess Stadium, Home Of The Hudson Valley Renegades, Wappingers Falls, NY

As prime consultant to Dutchess County, Chazen provided design, permitting and construction management services for the installation of an AstroTurf® baseball field at Dutchess Stadium in the Town of Wappinger, Dutchess County. The stadium acts as the home for the Hudson Valley Renegades Minor League baseball team and is also host to many Dutchess County-sponsored events. Chazen provided an updated topographic survey, geotechnical report, civil engineering and stormwater design, and collaborated with HMH Site and Sports for the design of the new synthetic turf field. The new field is equipped with a comprehensive underdrain system to provide adequate drainage, alleviating the need for the stadium operators to cancel venues due to the condition of the field. Construction was completed, under budget, in early April in time for the 2014 sports season.

Dutchess Stadium Stages 2

 

40 Under 40 Awards

Congratulations to our very own Chris Lapine and Jennifer Pawenski on being the recipients of the 2014 Dutchess County 40 Under 40 Awards. This award recognizes 40 people under the age of 40 who are committed and dedicated to enhancing the Hudson Valley region.

For a complete list of the recipients click below:

http://www.dcrcoc.org/Top40

Dutchess Community College dorms ready for occupancy

On Saturday, Dutchess Community College students will be the first to live in a long-awaited 465-bed dormitory. The new 136,000-square-foot Conklin Hall has more than 98 suites, wireless Internet, student lounges, a geothermal heating-and-cooling system, handicap accessibility and 24/7 security. Students, chosen through a random selection process, will begin to move into the residence hall Saturday. “This (building) expands our ability to meet our mission to extend opportunity to people in the region,” said DCC President D. David Conklin, after whom the building was named. “This is a new direction for the college.” Conklin and more than a hundred others toured the four-story building following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday. Construction began on the $33 million facility in June 2011.

Some of the dormitory’s amenities include:

  • • three 1,000-square-foot lounges;
  • • a fitness room;
  • • a 3,000-foot multipurpose atrium and weekend dining hall;
  • • 24-hour security and controlled access through one lobby entrance;
  • • a laundry facility;
  • • wireless Internet and cable television;
  • • and a buildingwide sprinkler system.

The living suites accommodate between two and six students each. They are divided into two-, four-, five- and six-person living spaces with private bathrooms. There are two bathrooms in every suite, except the two-person suites, which have one bathroom. Individual students pay $3,150 per semester for a double room in five- and six-person suites; $3,300 per semester for a double room in a four-person suite; and $3,450 per semester for a single room in five-person and two-person suites. “This is a four-person suite,” said college spokeswoman Judi Stokes, showing an apartment on a tour of the building Monday. “This has two double bedrooms.” The room was spacious, with large windows that let in plenty of sunlight. The bathroom was small, with a shower and toilet. A sink area sat outside of the room. In another suite farther down the hallway, sinks and countertops sat low to the ground for easy wheelchair access. Rails and seating were inside showers stalls. Artwork hung on walls throughout the building and new washers and dryers lined the walls of a pristine new laundry room on the first floor.

Across the hall, a room filled with heavy machinery formed part of the building’s geothermal heating-and-cooling system. “There are 72 geothermal wells dug in front of the building that go 450 feet deep,” Stokes said. “It replaces what would have been a boiler system. In addition to being good for the environment, it will save an estimated $130,000 a year in energy costs,” Stokes continued. The building is owned and operated by the DCC Association, which secured $30 million in tax-exempt bonds to pay for the facility over a 30-year amortization period, Stokes said. The association paid $3 million for the geothermal system, she said.

Student safety was a priority in designing the building, said Ray VanVoorhis, a partner with hall architects Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis LLP. VanVoorhis explained that, in addition to having an audible-visual alarm and sprinkler system throughout the dorm, the building was constructed with noncombustible concrete and steel.

To live in the dorm, students must be at least 17 years old and attend full time while enrolled in an associate degree program. All students living in the dormitory must choose a meal-plan option costing $890 to $1,300 per semester, Stokes said. College staff, including a residence director, three graduate assistants and 10 resident assistants, will also occupy suites in the building. “This is an historic day at Dutchess Community College,” said DCC board Chairman Thomas LeGrand. The dormitory will offer middle-class families an opportunity to provide students with an “affordable, full-range college experience,” he said, noting the school continued to offer the lowest tuition of any community college in the state. Students will be able to apply for residence for the upcoming spring semester in September.

Applications for residency in the 2013-14 school year will be available in January. For more information, call the DCC Student Housing Office at 845-431-8004 or email questions to studenthousing@sunydutchess.edu.

Written by Shantal Parris Riley Poughkeepsie Journal – Aug 21, 2012

Chazen was Civil Consultant at Lido Beach H.S. expansion

Stalco Construction proceeds with $16.5m, 20,000 square foot Lido Beach High School expansion and renovation

LIDO BEACH, NY Stalco Construction, Inc. is proceeding with the $16.5 million expansion and renovation of the Long Beach High School. Stalco serves Long Beach City Schools as general contractor. The project team also includes: architectCSArch; con-struction manager Savin Engineers, P.C.; structural engineer Ryan-Biggs Associates,P.C.; MEP engineer Lewis Engineering, P.C., civil engineer The Chazen Companies; and athletic facilities consultant HMH Site & Sports Design. “The expansion and renovations to the Long Beach High School comprise a large portion of the district-wide capital program valued at $98.9 mil-lion,” said Long Beach School’s COO, Michael DeVito, Esq. According to Stalcoprincipal Kevin G. Harney, “The project encompasses construction of a new, three-story, 20,000 s/f addition, renovation of the existing school and construction of new outdoor sports facilities, includ-ing tennis cou11s, a football field and bleachers.” “The crews face numerous techni-cal challenges related to the location of the site and work taking place in and near an occupied school,” said Stalco president Alan Nahmias. “For example, the addition is located a mere 30 ft. from Reynolds Channel, which causes a very high groundwa-ter level that needs to be remediated continuously during the excavation phase.” Design “CSArch began work for the district in 2007 by developing a comprehensive needs assessment study,” said CSArch associate Dana Hochberg. “Although the enrollment remained stable, the existing school facilities were outdated and no longer supported cwTent edu-cational needs.” Following consultations with the board of education and the local com-munity, the team developed a capital plan valued at $98.9 million. In 2009, the voters approved a bond issue to finance the program. The expansion and upgrades to the existing high school will resolve numerous issues caused by the outdated design and poor physical condition of the original high school structure. Hochberg said, “The idea behind the architectural design of the high school addition was the creation of a contextual, but distinct structure. The addition will present a similar massing and faQade flow as the original build-ing, but it will appear less monolithic and more contemporary than the old structure.” “The engineering challenges in-cluded developing a structural design that would provide the necessary lateral force resistance at the new building’s grade level that’s very open and features limited exterior walls,” said Christopher Lesher, senior associate at Ryan-BiggsAssociates. “We provided the lateral strength by designing 12-inch shear walls and two columns on the ground level.” Due to the low bearing soil, the addition’s foundation system incor-porates 128 auger cast piles topped with caps. Concrete grade beams will span the caps, with the bearing shear walls and concrete columns resting atop the beams. The Chazen Cos. developed the civi I engineering design, including new site and roadway layouts, parking areas, retaining walls, ramps, stairs, drainage and, in collaboration with HMH Site & Sports Design, landscaping. HMH designed the athletic fields. “One of our goals was to create a pedestrian-friendly area within the campus,” said Chazen ‘s director of Landscape Architectural Services, James ‘Andy’ Rymph. “We reconfig-ured the roadways within the campus, which allowed us to create a mall-like, pedestrian area on the former internal roadway.” Construction “The existing school, adjacent to the new addition’s site, remains fully oc-cupied and functional as the construc-tion work proceeds. In the coming months, renovations will also begin inside the existing high school. Our team is undertaking very extensive measures to ensure the safety of the students and staff as well as to prevent interruptions to education activities,” said Stalco VP Joseph Serpe. On school days, all noisy and dis-ruptive work takes place only after 3 p.m. The entire construction site is extensively fenced and protected. The security personnel patrol the site 24/7 and access to both the school and the construction area is very closely controlled. All crews and team members are required to wear ID badges at all times. “The proximity of the addition’s site to Reynolds Channel requires the crews to continuously dewater the excavated areas,” said Stalco superintendent Christopher Caulfield. “In order to address this obstacle, we divided the site into smaller areas, within which the water level is easier to control. Once construction of piles and caps in each section is completed, the area is refilled with soil and the work begins in the next section.” Once the addition is completed, a number of classrooms and offices will be relocated from the original building and the crews will begin phased interior renovations inside the old high school. In the upcoming phases of the project, Stalco will demolish a freestanding former pre-K building and construct the new sports facilities.

New York Real Estate Journal:  July 17 • 30,2012  (http://nyrej.com/56299)

 

CHAZEN SUGGESTS ROUNDABOUT FOR BUSY GREEN ISLAND INTERSECTION

GREEN ISLAND — The Capital District may be getting a new roundabout near the west end of the Green Island bridge where thousands of drivers pass through daily.
The Chazen Companies, which is putting together a future plan for the village of Green Island that will encompass the next half a century, held their second public meeting regarding the ongoing community needs survey Wednesday night. This was also the first time the tentative roundabout proposal had been broached to residents. And Chazen only recently informed municipal officials of the idea.
“We like to include at least one idea that makes people think,” said Paul Cummings, a planner with Chazen who has been working on a myriad of ideas for the riverfront community since the project started in January. “Our job is to create concepts that are outside the box.”
While the initial reactions to the proposal seemed unenthusiastic, many at the meeting – with about 25 residents present – eventually warmed up to the roundabout idea.
When Phil Gross first heard about the conceptual roundabout, he outright asked if it was realistic. A resident of Green Island for 54 years, he lives along Albany Avenue and would be directly affected by any changes made to the intersection which currently uses a traffic light system to regulate traffic going to and from Upper Hudson Avenue, Albany Avenue, the nearby bridge, and Hudson Avenue, which soon after also forks into George Street.
By the end of the nearly two-hour meeting, however, Gross said he did like the idea, overall, but worried about how it might affect emergency vehicles. Others said they did not think the roundabout was necessary and also worried about traffic issues if the bridge was raised for boat traffic.
Cummings stated that, when done right, roundabouts can become a focal point in a community. He referred to Glens Falls’ new roundabout which now is also the scene of the city’s tree lighting. The conceptual idea in Green Island would include an oak tree in the middle of the roundabout.
Gross said he still was not a fan of bump outs, areas in the pedestrian walkway extended out in the road mainly near crosswalks, which have also been proposed as part of a streetscape makeover in the village, and especially Albany Avenue since the corridor received a $595,000 grant for such a project, said executive assistant to the mayor Sean Ward.
The village, Ward said, is interested in applying for further grants to subsidize the village-wide project that he expects will cost nearly $1 million, but will transform the village to attract more businesses and residents in the future.
In Ward’s opinion, the roundabout would have prevented several accidents at the intersection in the last few years. Namely, he said, people tend to go straight through the light from the bridge and go into Grimm Building Materials’ parking lot.
Along with changes in the streetscapes, like bump outs, historic-style street lamps and more trees, the community needs survey has also found that either twelve 3,000 square foot homes or twenty-four 1,500 square foot homes should also be built to ready the village for possible growth. He pointed out that the municipality had grown slightly in the last census.
Chazen, also being assisted by TAP, has surveyed hundreds of residents during meetings and on the streets of the community, said Cummings.
Recommendations from residents are still being accepted and a draft plan will be submitted to the village within a month.

The Troy Record Friday, June 8, 2012 By Danielle Sanzone

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Deer Tick Surge!

Due to the unusually warm and dry winter, we’re seeing an incredibly nasty number of deer ticks this year. The May-July nymph season is predicted to “be dangerous”, and experts are cautioning people to be aware when outdoors. This interesting article (link below) explains why the deer tick population is higher than usual. As stated in the article “Unlike white-footed mice, who can be infected with Lyme with minimal cost, the disease is debilitating to humans. Left undiagnosed, it can cause chronic fatigue, joint pain, and neurological problems.”

It’s more important than ever this year to conduct frequent tick checks and wear lighter colored clothing so you can more easily spot them. The nymph ticks are small; about the size of a poppy seed. Look closely and frequently for ticks while on your outdoor assignments. Check again each night before you go to bed. Ticks found within a short timeframe of attaching themselves to your body do not have ample time to transmit bacteria and infection.

Carry on with alertness and be on the lookout for these little guys …

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120316094452.htm