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Durkee Street Downtown Revitalization Plan – Plattsburgh, NY

durkee 1Chazen assisted the City of Plattsburg to develop a district revitalization plan and feasibility study for the “Durkee Street” property: a 5-acre brownfield site located on the Saranac River in the heart of downtown.  The site represents a key redevelopment opportunity to connect the downtown to the waterfront, create a mixed-use development and a public gathering place for visitors and downtown patrons.  Early concepts focus on creating a food hub and culinary business incubator as well as downtown mixed use development and urban lifestyle center. Our scope of work included public outreach and engagement, a market analysis, concept development, consensus building to select a preferred development option, an implementation and funding strategies.

Plattsburg was selected as the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) winner and $10MM to support the implementation of the Durkee Street project.   New York State recently (May 25, 2017) announced plans to move forward with funding this project.  Congratulations to the City of Plattsburgh!

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Chazen Hires New Project Engineer

Krista KingThe Chazen Companies is pleased to welcome Krista King to Chazen’s Land Development team as Project Engineer.

Prior to joining Chazen, Ms. King served as a civil/design engineer at Pasco Laret Suiter & Associates in Solana Beach, Calif. and as Project Designer for Built Green California Solar Energy in San Diego, Calif. Ms. King has experience with residential and commercial development projects, including designing ADA-accessible handicap ramps and water treatment facilities. She is skilled in AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS and other technical applications. In her free time, Ms. King is an accomplished athlete in soccer, surfing and skiing.

Ms. King graduated from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Chazen’s Director of Civil Engineering, Roger Keating, P.E., LEED® AP BD+C, explains, “Krista’s experience in project design, writing extensive technical reports and administering construction activities will make her an excellent asset to our team.”

Master plan release for “Gateway to the Adirondacks”

Chazen is proud to have been part of creating the master plan for the “Gateway to the Adirondacks.”Learn more…

Chazen Selected for Prestigious Engineering Awards

The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC) selected The Chazen Companies (Chazen) for two 2017 Diamond Awards, the highest level achievable, in Engineering Excellence and will be honored at the 50th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in April.

The Engineering Excellence Awards are presented to projects that encompassed both the public and private sector in different categories. Each year, over 60 member firms submit projects that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation and value to society. Awards are distributed based on the average scores by a panel of industry experts and are assigned one of four levels: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.

Chazen’s Kaal Rock Connector Feasibility Study won the Diamond Award in the category of Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services. The Kaal Rock project was commissioned by The Poughkeepsie Alliance to assess the feasibility of constructing a walkway around Kaal Rock Point called the Kaal Rock Connector. The one major technical challenge is a large rock outcrop that extends out from the shore into the Hudson River on City parkland, cuts the waterfront and proposed greenway in two. The team studied the site, geology of the rock and past design efforts and developed a walkway geometry that was best suited for the site. Chazen offered a public park design that integrates the walkway into the site, creates a quiet wooded oasis, allows users to experience the face of Kaal Rock and provides a “million dollar” view of the Hudson River. The project recently received a $500,000 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) grant to advance the design.Kaal Rock (2)

“A connector path or trail over or around Kaal Rock has been talked about for decades,” said Mark Kastner, President, The Chazen Companies. “Chazen is proud to have developed a study to identify a plan to make this dream a reality. The Kaal Rock connector bridge will be a signature feature of our home city.”

“The Poughkeepsie Alliance is proud to participate in a public/private partnership with The City of Poughkeepsie and The Chazen Companies on this transformative project,” said Paul Calogerakis, chair, Poughkeepsie Alliance. “The Kaal Rock Connector is a crucial element in the overall goal of connecting the waterfront and enhancing accessibility. The feasibility study was a first step to securing the $500,000 of State funding needed to bring the project from a line in a planning document to an executable design. Poughkeepsie Alliance looks forward to continuing our work with the City, Scenic Hudson and the community through the next phase of the project, where the final design will be set.”

RSR structuralThe second Diamond Award was selected for Chazen’s work with RSR Corp., for the Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP) project in the category of Industrial and Manufacturing Process and Facilities. Chazen supported RSR from planning through construction for the WESP. The WESP technology removes pollution from the air using electricity and moisture. Chazen utilized 3D laser scanning to create a computer model of the existing equipment and structural components and used the model to design new structures, maintain existing clearance for access and forklift traffic below to provide accurate measurements to the steel fabricators. Chazen also designed a thirty-six feet wide, nine-feet deep and eighty-feet long steel truss to position new ductwork and carry workers across the railroad spur while still providing the necessary clearance for boxcars below.

Chazen Expands Grant Writing & Administration Services

Robert E Murray JrThe Chazen Companies are pleased to announce the expansion of their grant writing & administration services with the addition of Robert E. Murray, Jr., AICP.  

Mr. Murray has over 40 years of experience writing and administering state and federal funding programs for local municipalities. He has been successful in securing over 30 million dollars for infrastructure, economic and community development activities for client communities and in his new role with Chazen will assist communities with access to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.   

Mr. Murray is founder and principal of Shelter Planning & Development, Inc. (Shelter) and is merging their operation with The Chazen Companies. Shelter’s clients will enjoy expanded access to Chazen’s grant writing team and broad offering of consulting services. 

“Bob has a proven track record of successfully securing funds for municipalities,” said Christopher Round, Senior Principal, VP of Planning Services, The Chazen Companies. “Bob and I have collaborated over the last 20 years and we are excited about his expanded role in assisting clients with access to state and federal funds for infrastructure.” 

Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and his Masters in Public Administration from Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Chazen Engineer Earns Board Certified Environmental Engineering Accreditation

John O. Revette, P.E.

John O. Revette, P.E., BCEE

The Chazen Companies is pleased to announce John Revette, P.E., has been granted certification by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists® as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) in the specialty of Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering.


Each candidate is required to possess certain minimum qualifications such as a degree in environmental engineering or related engineering degree, hold a valid license to practice professional engineering and professionally engage in environmental engineering activities on a full-time basis.


The certification requires an application process to sit for the exam based on their experience as a process engineer working primarily on wastewater treatment plan evaluation, design and construction and is internationally recognized as a premier credential. Upon approval, written and verbal exams are conducted to test knowledge of the subject matter and then awarded certification by the Board of Trustees of the Academy.


“John has shown great dedication in achieving this prestigious certification,” said Eric Haslam, P.E., Manager, The Chazen Companies. “We are very proud of his accomplishment.”


Revette earned his bachelor’s degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. and his master’s degree from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. He has also co-authored the WEFTEC 2014 paper “Design Considerations for Magnetite-Ballasted Activated Sludge Facilities.”

Chazen’s Central New York Office Team Expands

John O. Revette, P.E.

John O. Revette, P.E.

The Chazen Companies hired John O. Revette, Professional Engineer. He joins the firm with over 12 years of experience in municipal treatment plan and conveyance system design. Revette’s experience also includes project and financial management, site and facilities planning, preliminary and final design of water and wastewater facilities, construction management and inspection with a particular focus on enhanced nutrient removal of phosphorus and nitrogen.  

“John brings extensive experience to Chazen especially in the area of water and wastewater treatment,” said Eric Haslam, P.E., director of engineering services.  

Revette earned his bachelor’s degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. and his master’s degree from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. He has also co-authored the WEFTEC 2014 paper “Design Considerations for Magnetite-Ballasted Activated Sludge Facilities.”