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The Burns Group is providing aeronautical engineering to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the Rehabilitation of Runway 13-31 at LaGuardia Airport in New York. The 7,000-feet long, 150-feet wide runway was last rehabilitated in 2005. This critical project will maintain Runway 13-31 and its associated taxiways into a “state of good repair” to extend its useful life. Burns is providing all airfield electrical and lighting design to accommodate the runway rehabilitation including new runway edge and centerline lights, touchdown zone lights, airfield signs, runway guard lights, taxiway centerline and edge lights, runway surface sensors, underground electrical and communications infrastructure for future east field lighting vault, and airfield lighting control system updates.
As with any airfield project, construction phasing is a key consideration that requires careful coordination with the stakeholder team. Burns’ in depth knowledge of airport operations will help successfully navigate through the phasing options in order to arrive at the optimal solution for LGA. Electrical work will be accomplished through nightly closures of the runway in close coordination with airport operations. The design also includes provisions for temporary lighting for the runway and reflectors for the taxiway throughout construction. Finally, the design clearly defines the amount of work which the contractor can complete during the week to avoid impacting the weekend paving schedule.
Another key component of the project is the use of FAA-approved LED lighting fixtures and signage for major portions of the program. The use of LED fixtures will reduce maintenance, improve efficiency and lower operating costs. Burns is proud to continue our longstanding relationship with the PANYNJ on the rehabilitation of this vital runway at LGA.
Burns has specialized in airfield electrical, lighting and NAVAIDS systems since 1960, and our specialized aeronautical group is currently one of the largest of its kind in the US. Our focused staff of airfield experts have completed hundreds of successful projects at over 50 commercial and military airports in 22 different states. This group’s longstanding success can be attributed to robust training, hard-earned experience, highly responsive service and dedicated staff who remain at the forefront of industry developments.
On Tuesday, June 17th, Jonathan Schimpf, PE, will present “Ghost Voltages on LA Metro DC Cable Jackets” at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) 2014 Rail Conference in Montreal, Canada. Jonathan’s presentation is based on his paper of the same title, co-authored by Michael Maziarz (The Burns Group) and Kelvin Zan (LA Metro), and will explore the phenomenon of ghost voltages that can appear on de-energized conductors. Jon’s presentation will discuss the investigations of ghost voltages discovered at several Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) substations, the on-site field tests and laboratory test results of the affected cables, and whether ghost voltages pose any potential safety concerns to field personnel.
Jonathan is a Traction Power Engineer with Burns, and has specialized electrical engineering design experience for railroad and transit projects, including traction power system design, catenary design, electrical distribution system design and project construction oversight. He recently spent a year on-site as Burns’ Resident Engineer to ensure the timely and successful construction of Miami International Airport’s newest Automated People Mover (APM), and continues to perform load flow simulations of existing and proposed APMs and other transit systems to support client needs. Jonathan is currently designing the replacement of several traction power substations, including the one serving North America’s busiest transportation hub: Amtrak’s New York Penn Station. Jonathan also has experience with numerous other agencies including SEPTA, PATCO, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road, PATH and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, as well as transportation agencies in Connecticut and Florida.
Steve Bezner, PE, Chief Engineer – Traction Power at The Burns Group, will serve as a moderator for the “Traction Power – Advanced Control and Power Systems” track on June 17th at the APTA Rail Conference. This track will cover many topics, including new ideas, practices, systems applications, and problem-solving regarding new traction power protection schemes; ground fault detection and isolation; advanced energy storage systems; and other new or emerging technologies for the traction power industry.
The Engineers Club of Philadelphia would like to congratulate ECP agency member Philadelphia Water Department and ECP corporate member AECOM on receiving the Business and Industry Award along with Ameresco and Bank of America at WRA's 32nd Annual Recognition Dinner on April 16, 2014.
WRA’s 32nd Annual Recognition Dinner was another great night to honor the Delaware River Basin's water leaders.
The Burns Group is proud to announce the addition of Larry Keiper to the company, enhancing the firm’s railroad & transit and design/build services capabilities, and continuing our commitment to technical excellence and client satisfaction.
Larry comes to Burns as a transit industry veteran with over 25 years of helping clients with his project and design management, industrial engineering design, and construction management expertise for design/build and design/bid/build projects. Larry is a hands-on, detail-oriented, technically competent leader, and has proven success in managing projects for rail and bus maintenance facilities, transit stations and transit systems. Larry has decades of experience managing the design of large-scale, multi-discipline transit-based design/build projects, and has earned a reputation with clients and contractors as a leader who understands the nuanced design/build project delivery method, and as someone who consistently delivers successful projects. Larry joins Burns as a Design/Build Project Manager. Welcome to the team, Larry!
Microsol Resources, a recognized leader in building information modeling (BIM) technology solutions and an Autodesk Platinum Partner, has been named by Autodesk as its Partner of the Year for the Americas for fiscal year 2014. This is the top honor awarded annually to an Autodesk partner and recognizes Microsol Resources for its outstanding achievements in delivering world-class service and technical expertise to customers throughout fiscal year 2014, exceeding expectations in sales and other key measures.
Pennoni Associates is pleased to announce that David DeLizza, PE, has been promoted to chief operating officer, while Joe Viscuso, PE, PLS, has been promoted to senior vice president for strategic growth. Charles Perry, Pennoni COO since 2011 and former President of Pennoni acquisition PHR+A, has retired and will now serve in a senior consultant role.
“Dave’s leadership and broad experiences made him the best choice to continue and grow the success of our firm,” said Pennoni’s President and CEO Tony Bartolomeo. “We are also proud to have Joe on our team to take over our strategic growth initiatives. Joe is held in high esteem by his colleagues and looked upon as a leader in our profession. We look forward to the continued quality service and strong work ethic Dave and Joe will bring to their new positions.”
Mr. DeLizza joined Pennoni Associates in 1979 and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His responsibilities now include daily management of the firm’s operations, ensuring excellent client services, and balancing use of the firm’s resources and firm profitability. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. Mr. DeLizza is also a civil engineering graduate of Drexel University. He sits on the Rowan University Civil Engineering Advisory Council, the Advisory Council of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, and the Stockton College Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Viscuso’s responsibilities now include new initiatives, client and project development, and mergers and acquisitions. His work specialties include site-civil design and land development permitting and entitlement, and he manages the firm’s work in the Marcellus Shale industry. Mr. Viscuso earned a bachelor’s degree from Widener and a master’s degree from Villanova University. He is the current Chairman of the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley Association Board.
On October 1st, Richard Simonetta was inducted into the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Hall of Fame. Rick was selected to receive this outstanding honor based on his commitment to and support ofAPTA’s core values. This special honor is reserved for individuals who have long and distinguished careers in the industry, who have made extraordinary contributions to public transportation, and who have actively participated in APTA activities.
In his over 42 years of service in the public transportation industry, Rick has been the CEO of 5 public transit agencies totaling 28 years, and has served in numerous leadership positions within APTA. He was also recently elected to serve on APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors. Rick’s 1997 APTA Transit Manager of the Year Award, as well as his organizational awards for Best Overall Performance and Best Hiring & Promotion of Women & Minorities exemplify his commitment to excellence.
Congratulations to Rick on this prestigious award!
On Thursday, September 26th, Mike Walton will present “Developing a World-Class, Sustainable Micro-City: The Philadelphia Navy Yard” during the poster session at the 2013 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) in Washington, DC. Mike’s poster presentation will address the development and implementation of an energy master plan at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
The WEEC, hosted by the Association of Energy Engineers, is well-recognized as the most important energy event of national and international scope for end-users and energy professionals in all areas of the energy field. The WEEC features a large, multi-track conference agenda, a full line-up of seminars on a variety of current topics, and a comprehensive exposition of the market’s most promising new technologies.
Mike is a Project Manager with Burns. He has helped clients in the industrial, higher education, and commercial sectors develop and implement energy saving projects, and has experience with large campuses with their own central utilities. Mike is also skilled in project management and financial analysis, and has helped his clients reduce their energy usage while providing them with significant energy cost savings.
Other responsibilities in her new role include client development, strategic teaming, and staff development in the central Pennsylvania region. Ms. Purdy is based in the firm’s Mechanicsburg office.
A Professional Engineer registered in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia, she earned her bachelor’s degree in structural design and construction engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
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The Board of the Engineers’ Club created the Mulford Volunteerism Award, to be presented for exemplary service to the Club or Philadelphia Engineering Foundation. The award was named to honor Richard A. Mulford, PE, one of the key volunteers who has served in many and various roles in both the Club and Foundation since the 1950's, including his tenure as the volunteer Executive Director of the Club for nearly 20 years starting in the early 1990's. He continues his service today as a Director Emeritus of the Club.
Ms. Montague was instrumental in the production of the Newspapers in Education supplement Build Your Future With a Career in Engineering, coordinating with 15 area technical societies who provided the financial support and content and with the Philadelphia Inquirer. You can see the results of her efforts on the Club’s website. She also assisted with the Engineering in the City Tour.
Ms. Russo worked with the Franklin Institute in the production of the Engineering in the City Tour, coordinating with the 11 area technical societies who provided the financial support and content. Signs highlighting various engineering sites around Center City were posted in time for the Tour introduction during Delaware Valley Engineers Week. Information on the tour, including copies of the signs, is available on the Foundation’s website. Ms. Russo was not able to attend the meeting and will be presented her award later.
GVF hosted its 23rd annual meeting on May 2 with a cocktail networking reception with industry executives and recognition of its 2013 annual award recipients. GVF was proud to present its annual awards, recognizing outstanding leadership to individuals and companies, including these ECP members:
Congratulations to Blythe and Urban Engineers on these awards. More information is available here
KEYSTONE ENGINEERING GROUP, INC. is proudly recognizing Philip M. Gonski, P.E. for receiving the Young Engineer of the Year Award from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Philadelphia Chapter. According to the IEEE, Phil exhibited strong volunteering and technical accomplishments throughout 2012 and 2013, resulting in his selection for the award. Phil has been very active in the local community, and played roles in leading several engineering projects in the area, ranging from cogeneration power plants, lighting upgrades to improve energy efficiency, and waste water plant modifications.
On April 13, 2013, the award will be presented to Phil at the IEEE Philadelphia Section's Annual Awards Banquet and Gala, located at the Union League of Philadelphia, PA.
Mr. Gonski has played an active role in the IEEE Philadelphia Chapter’s membership by becoming the Executive Board Secretary in 2012, the 2013 Section Treasurer, and helping to spearhead new membership outreach programs.
The Burns Group is proud to announce the addition of David J. Smith to the company, enhancing the company’s energy services capabilities, and continuing our commitment to technical excellence and client satisfaction.
Dave comes to Burns as an energy industry veteran with over 25 years of helping clients maximize their energy efficiency and drive down their energy costs through a variety of strategies. His extensive experience with energy assessments has helped his clients identify realistic opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. A pioneer of the systems-centric, whole enterprise approach to energy management and engineering, Dave integrates energy efficiency, renewable power, on-site generation, demand response and load management to create energy savings solutions with attractive returns on investment. He has led teams to develop several large-scale combined heat and power (15 MW) cogeneration plants for his clients resulting in overall lower energy costs. Dave is an expert at economic, engineering and operational aspects of energy cost reduction initiatives, and has provided these services for large, complex facilities such as universities, water/wastewater treatment facilities, transportation agencies and several Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States.
Dave joins Burns as the Director of Energy Services, and will lead Burns’ Energy Services team. Burns provides a full range of energy consulting services including energy audits, energy & utility master planning, smart grid design, energy modeling & benchmarking, and funding assistance.
Burns was recently ranked a top place to work on The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Top Workplaces” list! This is Burns’ second year in a row applying for and receiving a high ranking on this list. Rankings are based on employee survey responses to questions covering workplace conditions, management team, execution of strategy, career path, direction, and pay and benefits.
Top Workplaces is an effort to discover the best employers in the Philadelphia region, as decided by each company’s employees. More than 26,000 individuals were surveyed by WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, PA.
Burns attributes its strength as an organization to its staff of talented, driven, and caring people. Our team is proud of what they do, and their enthusiasm enables us to deliver high-quality engineering solutions to our clients, while also making this a great place to be every day.
“We rely on Mike’s integrity, insight, and perspective every day and are pleased to promote him to land development division manager,” said Vice President and Office Director Joseph Viscuso, PE. “His reputation throughout the company has grown as a professional with technical competence, a ‘can do’ attitude, and the willingness to make things happen for our clients.”
Mr. Kissinger currently manages more than 15 different projects in five different counties. He has four projects currently under construction. Mr. Kissinger managed and designed the site development plans for the Penn Medicine at Valley Forge facility that was recognized as the Best Water Resources project in Pennsylvania in 2010. He has also maintained and furthered his relationship with Simon Property Group by designing the improvements to the Montgomery Mall. Mr. Kissinger managed the Wegmans at the Montgomery Mall project which included site design, structural, environmental, survey, zoning services, stormwater, and inspection and testing personnel. Mr. Kissinger also provided public testimony associated with the high profile project. The largest project the West Chester office is currently working on is a low impact residential development in Tredyffrin Township. The project will include unique stormwater BMPs and layout characteristics. Mr. Kissinger continues to work with new and repeat clients and has gained their trust through his management skills, demeanor, communication, and ability to problem solve.
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Matthew Burns, President and CEO of Burns, said “We are very proud of Bob’s leadership in bringing together the technical community to share ideas and knowledge relevant to today’s electrical power systems. His inclusive style and collaborative approach to engineering design help create an atmosphere where he sets others up for success, and where the very best design solutions rise to the top. Bob is a great inspiration to everyone in our firm.”
The Burns Group is proud of Bob, his accomplishment, and all that he gives back to the engineering community.
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The New Faces of Engineering program strives to promote the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on society. When not working professionally as a civil engineer with Burns, Erica makes time in her busy schedule to volunteer for youth outreach programs. She volunteers her time to projects that promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including WTS’s Transportation YOU, Block Kids, Discover the Future, Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC), Future Cities Competition, and Exxon Earn & Learn.
According to ASCE, “The 10 young engineers making up the 2013 class exhibit leadership, technical prowess, confidence, curiosity, integrity, sound judgment, and a positive attitude. They were chosen not only for their engineering knowledge and accomplishments but also for their commitment to the values outlined by ASCE in its report The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025, which sees engineers as being ‘entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life’.”
“Pennoni Associates is pleased that Judy has accepted a director position with our board,” said Chairman and Founder C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni. “Judy is an excellent engineer and a successful businesswoman with the core values of honesty, integrity, and service. Judy brings a wealth of experience to the board along with her insight, intellect, and a vast network of contacts in the professional, business, and government communities.”
Ms. Nitsch is the founding principal of Nitsch Engineering. Her work over the past 37 years in the civil engineering field has focused on the design and management of site development and infrastructure-related projects. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Ms. Nitsch is a registered Professional Engineer in 19 states and the District of Columbia. She received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2010. Ms. Nitsch has served as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts, and president of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE. She has served on the board of directors of CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women) for the past two years and is the president-elect of this national organization.
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Ms. Gagliardi has 35 years of virtually unmatched professional experience, focused on overseeing and managing major transportation improvements from concept design and alternatives analyses to final design and startup. She has exceptional qualifications in tying together the technical, environmental, and public outreach aspects of major transportation planning projects. Her diverse background includes developing transit capital and operating improvement plans, coordinating transit projects with real estate and development projects, and implementing quality assurance programs. Her extensive experience also includes overseeing several New Starts studies and program management oversight programs for the Federal Transit Administration.
A David Rockefeller Fellow in 2003, Ms. Gagliardi has a Master's Degree in Public Administration in Planning and a Bachelor's Degree in Geography, both from Indiana University.
Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce promotions among its transportation technology leadership. These changes are the result of the successful growth of Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (IIS), which is the firm’s newest transportation initiative.
* Regional Vice President for Transportation David Lowdermilk, PE, has been named principal of IIS, a division of Pennoni. IIS offers world-class applications of the most reliable monitoring, modeling and decision tools and technologies, together with the engineering support and experience. Mr. Lowdermilk will maintain his role as regional vice president for transportation, retaining leadership of the strategic direction of the group.
* John Zarsky, PE, has been promoted to the newly created position of deputy regional vice president and principal for the transportation technology, taking over day-to-day management of transportation operations company-wide.
* James Markham, PE, formerly the division manager for the Philadelphia transportation division, has been promoted to Regional Technology Principal for Eastern Pennsylvania, filling the vacancy created by Mr. Zarsky's promotion.
* Jeremy Colello, PE, ENV PV, has been promoted to division manager for the Philadelphia transportation division, filling the vacancy created by Mr. Markham's promotion.
"Dave's expertise and leadership made him the best choice to continue and grow the success of IIS, which is rapidly expanding in the level of technology and service it is able to provide for our clients," said Pennoni's Chief Operating Officer Charles Perry. "We are also proud to have the staff in-waiting to promote who will excel in their new responsibilities. John, Jim, and Jeremy are all held in high esteem by their colleagues and looked upon as leaders in their field. We look forward to the continued strong work ethic and quality service they will bring to these positions."
The Burns Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Philadelphia-based Structures Division of Klein and Hoffman, Inc.! This Division includes Klein and Hoffman's buildings, transportation and environmental structures groups in Philadelphia and New York City, and its environmental structures group in Chicago.
Matthew Burns, President and CEO of Burns, emphasized that "The addition of Klein and Hoffman's core structural engineering assets reinforces Burns’ mission of applying uncommon skill and talent to solve the toughest engineering challenges. We have worked together with Klein and Hoffman for many years guiding our clients to successful engineering solutions, and now with this acquisition, we can better deliver a superior client experience.”
We are excited to welcome our new team members. Together, we will continue to provide our clients with the responsiveness, flexibility and solutions that remain the core of our business.
Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the assets of AGS, LLC, (AGS) an MEP design and engineering firm based in Arlington, Virginia. In December 2010, Pennoni acquired Patton Harris Rust and Associates, giving the firm five locations throughout Virginia. While Pennoni has offered MEP services to its clients in the Northeast for more than four decades, this latest acquisition will add this service offering locally to the firm's clients in the southern region.
"The acquisition of AGS will continue our growth in Virginia and expand our services in the area," said Senior Vice President David DeLizza, PE. "The AGS philosophy of providing clients with an engineering team that is accessible, responsive, experienced, and mindful of budget and schedule is perfectly in line with the goals of Pennoni Associates."
AGS was founded in 2010 and specializes in the engineering of mechanical/plumbing, electrical and fire protection systems. The firm was established to provide engineering expertise in engineering, systems infrastructure and energy related projects. The AGS team has worked together for more than 10 years and offers a seasoned group of professional engineers and designers with a thorough and comprehensive understanding of MEP and FP systems.
AGS Principal Richard Schafer, PE, LEED AP, will continue to head the operations in Arlington as the Office Director. Co-Founder Bryan Atkinson, PE, will continue and expand Pennoni's MEP operations in the New York region. Larry Gould, PE, who served as managing principal at AGS, will join Pennoni as the chief engineer for MEP services.
"Joining the Pennoni family seemed like a logical choice as the company culture we have developed lined up perfectly with Pennoni’s client-centric culture," said Mr. Gould. "With our expertise in MEP and knowledge of Virginia, we look forward to bringing a full catalogue of services to both new and existing clients."
Thomas B. Payne, past president of the Engineers' Club and a key volunteer for many of the past 20 years, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.
The funeral will be Thursday, Sept 6, 7:00 pm in Haddonfield. The announcement will be in the Courier Post on Saturday, Septemer 1. Information will also be posted on the website for Jackson Funeral Home in Haddon Township (Westmont) NJ.
Tom was one of the three key volunteers that kept the Club operating after we moved out of the Spruce Street building in 1990. Tom was the Director of Education until 2008 and it was his efforts in the education program that generated the finanical reserves that we have today.
Our condolences go out to the family.
Rick Simonetta has joined The Burns Group, adding tremendous experience and depth via his 42 years in the rail and transit industry. In his position at Burns, Rick will continue to provide solutions by sharing his extensive industry knowledge and expertise. Matthew Burns, PE, President/CEO of Burns said, "We are excited to have Rick on our team to help us fulfill our mission of delivering a superior service experience to our clients. Rick's experience helps us better understand and provide solutions for the toughest challenges facing our rail and transit clients."
The Burns Group develops customized engineering design, construction management and design/build solutions for railroad and transit agencies in the following areas: traction power; signal and communications; security systems; track; station/passenger facilities; railroad maintenance facilities; construction management; and project management oversight.
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"Becoming an Officer of Pennoni Associates is truly an honor, one that shows earned respect, trust, and confidence of Pennoni's Board of Directors, and also of peers, colleagues, and subordinates," said Pennoni President and CEO Tony Bartolomeo. "Jim has demonstrated the skills, values, integrity, pride in his profession, and business acumen necessary to represent our firm as an Officer."
Mr. Markham serves as the Transportation Division Manager in the Philadelphia office. His group provides professional transportation engineering services to public and private sector clients. His project experience includes traffic studies, roadway design for public and private sector clients, storm drainage design and modification, contract bidding and administration. In addition to his design experience, Mr. Markham assists Pennoni's municipal clients with the review of land developments within their townships. He is frequently the Project Manager for multi-discipline projects and in that role, calls upon expertise from across the firm. He also frequently presents at public meetings. Mr. Markham is the incoming President Elect of the Engineer's Club of Philadelphia, and a Past President of ASCE's Philadelphia Chapter. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and a registered Professional Engineer in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.