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Kevin L. Johnson, PE Named 2016 Engineer of the Year

On November 10, delegates of the engineering-related technical societies of the Delaware Valley and past Engineers of the Year met to elect the 2016 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year. In an effort to accommodate delegates who live and work in the suburbs, the election was held in two locations: Urban Engineers in Center City and McMahon Associates in Fort Washington, with a WebEx connection.The planned satellite location in Cherry Hill was not needed.

Nominating remarks were presented by Jeff Given of the American Society of Highway Engineers and Charles Clerecuzio of the International Society of Automation, followed by video remarks from Kevin Johnson and William Dugary.

After serious deliberation, Kevin L. Johnson, PE was elected as 2016 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year.  Click here for more information about Mr. Johnson. We thank the candidates, the nominating societies, the delegates, and the past Engineers of the Year for their efforts.   

Annual Multi Society Meeting: PHL Improvements and Master Plan


PHL Improvements and Master Plan Chief Executive Officer Mark Gale will provide an update on new developments and improvements at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Mr. Gale has served was appointed as CEO in December 2009.


In this capacity, he is responsible for directing the planning, development, and administration of all the activities of the City's Department of Commerce, Division of Aviation, which includes the Northeast Philadelphia Airport in addition to PHL and manages nearly 800 personnel. He additionally serves as the City's chief representative in local, state, national and international affairs in the marketing of PHL and improving air service. Prior to being named CEO, he served in several positions over a career at PHL that has spanned nearly 25 years. His next immediate challenge will be the implementation of PHL’s Master Plan, which will provide significant expansion and improvements for Airport customers in the next ten to fifteen years. Mr. Gale received his Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is an accredited member in the American Association of Airport Executives and serves on the group’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania, as well as the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau's Board of Directors Executive Committee.



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ECP's Committees on Student Engagement and Younger Members: Call for Volunteers


One of the main goals of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia is to educate the public on what we do in our STEM related fields. One way we’re doing this is through student outreach, and we’ve recently partnered with several organizations including EducationWorks, Engineering for Kids and iPraxis who provide the type of outreach that is in line with the Club’s goals. These programs typically take place within schools (K-12) in Philadelphia and in the surrounding suburbs.


The Club’s Student Engagement Committee and Committee on Younger Members are looking for people who are interested in volunteering to do a presentation, administer an activity, assist with science fairs, serve as a science fair judge and/or becoming an after school mentor. There’s opportunity to volunteer as little as one, 1-hour session or as much as meeting with students once a week. For more information and to find out how you can volunteer please contact Kevin Brown at kbrown@urbanengineers.com

Remember, we all have some level of responsibility to make sure the youth of today are aware of the opportunities available to them in the STEM related fields.

2016 Engineer of the Year Call for Nominations


On behalf of the engineering and technical societies of the Delaware Valley, the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia is soliciting nominations for Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year. If you have an individual that you feel is worthy of such recognition, nominate him/her for the 2015 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year. All candidates must be nominated by an engineering technical society. Societies may team up with other societies in preparing a nomination. All Delaware Valley engineering-related technical societies are invited to send delegates to the election. Nominations are due October 9.



Post- Game Happy Hour Recap


On Tuesday, July 21st, the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia hosted their second Post-Game Happy Hour at Coco’s Food and Spirits located in Center City Philadelphia. The Post-Game Happy Hour is held immediately after the Club’s bi-monthly board meeting and it is an excellent opportunity for anybody affiliated with the Club to come out and meet some of the board members. This event was well attended by professionals from many different engineering backgrounds. We hope to see you at the next Post-Game Happy Hour as we anticipate making this a regularly occurring event!





ECP Summer Happy Hour


On Tuesday, June 23rd, the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia's Committee on Younger Members held ahappy hour in the Victorian Fire Room at Fado Irish Pub in Center City. The Committee joined in some friendlyconversation and networked with current and prospective members of the Club.

The Club's next event will be the ECP Post Game Happy Hour where you will get a chance to meet some of the Club's Board of Directors. This event will be on July 21st with the location to be announced at a later date,so be sure to mark your calendars. Hope to see you there!


ECP Committee on Younger Members Holds Initial Meeting

Photo On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia’s Committee on Younger Members held their kickoff event at Field House in Center City. The committee introduced themselves and discussed its purpose as well as their plan for the future. The committee is chaired by Kevin Brown and has 10 members: Christine Alizzi, Laura-Ann Chin, Dan Connor, Ryan Devine, Patrick Keeny, Kaitlin Keller, Jacob Nichols, Giselle Schlegel, Peter Schwalbenberg and Dennis Wilson.

The committee explained how the purpose of the club is to act as an umbrella organization for different engineering disciplines and organizations. With 85 people in attendance, the event was very successful. The attendees were able to enjoy a complimentary drink and appetizers while networking with each other.

The committee mentioned two upcoming events; the Engineers and Architects Night with the 76ers and a panel discussion on obtaining and maintaining a professional engineering license.

AIA / ECP Night at the Sixers


On April 8th the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia teamed up with the American Insitute of Architects (AIA) and the Philadelphia 76ers to host an Engineering and Architecture night at the Wells Fargo Center. The event consisted of four components: a panel discussion with local engineers and architects, 3 hands-on activities, a networking session and the 76ers game.

There were approximately 40 students in attendance from the ACE Mentor Program, Bodine High School and the Sharp Vision Cares Program, five professional panelists, three professional volunteers from the Club’s Committee on Younger Members, and a host of engineers and architects who attended to network with the students and other professionals.

The students had a chance to compete with each other by building the tallest structure using non-traditional building materials, recreate existing skyscrapers using toothpicks and gumdrops, and learn about the freezing point of depression by making their own ice cream. There were a number of students who expressed that they would like to see this type of event again next year.

The Club thanks Urban Engineers and Bree & Associates for sponsoring this event.

ECP Tour on the USS Murtha

Photo Please join us on this exclusive tour on Thursday, October 6 of the U.S.S. Murtha. The U.S.S. John P. Murtha (LPD-26), will be the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy, and will be named in honor of Congressman John Murtha (1932–2010) of Pennsylvania. John P. Murtha will be homeported to Naval Base San Diego after it is commissioned on October 8, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Please join us on this exclusive tour on of the U.S.S. Murtha before it is commissioned. To register, please click here.

17th Annual Golf Outing: The Mulford Classic

Photo The 17th Annual Golf FUNdraiser will be Monday, October 10, when we plan to golf at new location The Bala Golf Club . Enjoy a FUN day with great golf and friendly competition as your peers and clients compete for the most out-of-the-box hole sponsorship idea! The 16th Annual Golf FUNdraiser will be Monday, October 5, when we plan to return to the Blue Bell Country Club . Enjoy a FUN day with great golf and friendly competition as your peers and clients compete for the most out-of-the-box hole sponsorship idea! The winning foursome will also take home the Mulford Prism.


This golf FUNdraiser supports engineering student scholarships, college student paper awards, and outstanding math, science, and engineering teacher and high school students awards, as well as other engineering student outreach activities of the Foundation. These awards are presented at the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Awards Luncheon. 



Registration – 11:30 AM

Shotgun Start – 12:30 PM


• Putting Contest
• Prizes
• Auctions/Raffle
• Awards Dinner (non-golfers welcomed!)

Please click here for more sponsorship and registration information.

To register, please contact reservations@engrclub.org or (267) 521-2327

For questions, please contact Patti Gibson.




ECP 2016 Annual Meeting & Networking Reception Featuring Keynote Speaker, Drexel University President John Fry


Join ECP on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, for the 2016 Annual Meeting & Networking Reception. 2016-2017 Board Members will be sworn in during the Annual Business Meeting and provide an update to members regarding the State of the Club. Business meeting to be followed by a networking reception featuring open bar and food stations. Reception to be followed by presentation by Keynote Speaker, Drexel University President John Fry.



Keynote Address

Come hear President John Fry, Drexel University’s 14th president, discuss the role of innovation in academia and in Philadelphia today.

Event Agenda

5:30 pm - Annual Business Meeting

6:00 pm - Networking Reception featuring Open Bar & Food Stations

7:00 pm - Presentation by John Fry, Drexel University


**NOTE: Our mailing address has changed**

If paying offline, send payment to:


Engineers Club of Philadelphia

325 Chestnut Street, Suite 800

Philadelphia, PA 19106


If there are any questions or you need additional help, please contact the Club office at 267-639-1234 or reservations@engrclub.org


*There is no charge to attend the Annual Business Meeting only

*Payment will be expected for all reservations regardless of attendance.

*Free valet parking is available.



The 16th Annual Golf FUNdraiser will be Monday, October 5, when we plan to return to the Blue Bell Country Club . Enjoy a FUN day with great golf and friendly competition as your peers and clients compete for the most out-of-the-box hole sponsorship idea!


We would like to talk about the fun part of the day, Blue Bell Country Club’s 18-Hole Arnold Palmer Signature Designed Course offers a challenging layout with rolling hills, water hazards and strategically positioned bunkers. Arnold Palmer himself designed the course with both the professional and amateur in mind. The winning foursome will also take home the Mulford Prism.

This golf FUNdraiser supports engineering student scholarships, college student paper awards, and outstanding math, science, and engineering teacher and high school students awards, as well as other engineering student outreach activities of the Foundation. These awards are presented at the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Awards Luncheon. 

Four-person modified scramble

Registration – 11:30 AM
Shotgun Start – 12:30 PM

• Beer Garden
• Putting Contest
• Prizes
• Auctions/Raffle
• Awards Dinner (non-golfers welcomed!)

Please click here for more sponsorship and registration information.

To register, please contact reservations@engrclub.org or (267) 639-1234

For questions, please contact Patti Gibson

ECP Announces New Executive Director Leah Reynolds


After an extensive search, the Board of Directors is delighted to announce that we have hired a new Executive Director, Leah Reynolds. Leah brings over 18 years of experience in executive leadership with a variety of non-profit organizations, most recently with the Adkins Arboretum on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.


The Board of Directors looked at applications from over 30 promising candidates and very closely at a strong slate of seasoned professionals who were our finalists in the search. Leah stood out as a dynamic and creative executive who through strong family connections to the engineering profession conveyed a distinctive grasp of and appreciation for the role of Engineers and their importance to society. Leah’s communication skills and her ideas about achieving the club’s strategic goals made her the consensus choice of our Board.


We are confident that Leah will work effectively with the membership and the Board to guide us forward as a stronger and more vibrant organization in the future. Please join our Board of Directors in welcoming Leah as the new Executive Director of the Engineers Club of Philadelphia!

Faust and Silverberg to receive Outstanding Service Awards


The Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia is proud to announce that Barbara C. Faust and Peter M. Silverberg, PE will be honored as part of the 2015 Delaware Valley Engineers Week activities. Faust will be presented with the Outstanding Service Award for Service to Engineering while Silveberg will be presented with the Outstanding Service Award for Service to the Community. Click here for more information on the Outstanding Service Award and links to information on the award recipients.


Henderson Engineers Continues Northeast Growth With New Hires


Henderson Engineers, Inc. (HEI) is pleased to announce the hiring of two new engineers in the Philadelphia regional office, located in Marlton, NJ. The addition of these two new hires comes as a result of the continued growth and success that HEI has been experiencing in the Northeast region, in both the Philadelphia and New York regional offices. Michael A. Ferguson, LEED AP BD+C, joins HEI as a mechanical engineer. Mike comes to HEI with more than seven years experience in both the design and technical sales of a variety of mechanical systems and equipment associated with commercial and pharmaceutical facilities. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a BS in Engineering Technology with a Mechanical Emphasis, and will soon be a new member of ASHRAE. Vernon Aversa joins the HEI team as an electrical engineer, bringing his expertise in field application and on site field coordination to the team. Vern developed expertise during his time on the construction side that brings valuable insight to HEI clients through the design process. He earned a BS in Engineering Management-Electrical Engineering from The College of New Jersey, and is a member of IEEE.

Henderson proudly welcomes Mike and Vern to the HEI team!

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The Burns Group Acquires Orth-Rodgers & Associates, Inc.


The Burns Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Orth-Rodgers & Associates, Inc. (ORA), an award-winning engineering and planning firm specializing in highway, bridge and traffic engineering, environmental services, and public involvement. Matthew Burns, President/CEO of Burns, emphasized that “The addition of ORA’s core highway and bridge talents reinforce Burns’ mission of applying uncommon skill to solve the toughest engineering challenges. We’ve worked together with ORA on several transportation projects to guide clients to successful engineering solutions. The addition of ORA’s transportation expertise adds tremendous capabilities to help us deliver a superior client experience.”

Steven Bolt, PE, President of ORA, becomes Vice President of the newly formed Highway Group at Burns. Bolt noted that “We will continue to deliver the responsive professional services our clients expect, with the same team, and without interruption.” Jill Thompson becomes Business Development Manager for Burns.

Orth-Rodgers & Associates, Inc. (ORA) has provided transportation engineering, planning and environmental services since 1977. With offices in Malvern (PA), Mechanicsburg (PA), and Nevada, ORA has served a variety of public and private clients including state departments of transportation, municipal and county government, and private developers. ORA has a reputation for bringing innovation to projects and offering creative real-world solutions to help clients meet their goals.

The Burns Group provides professional engineering design and construction management for clients in the transportation, municipal, water resources, higher education, and energy markets. Burns has a 50 year reputation of exceptional client service, employee commitment and technical quality.

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Burns Opens Denver Office to Support FTA and Transportation Growth


Burns is pleased to announce the opening of our Denver, CO office!

This new office will support the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in the oversight of the Denver Regional Transportation District’s East and Gold Line Enterprise Commuter Rail project. This $2 billion project will connect downtown Denver with neighboring communities to the east and west, and will give commuters direct, fast and frequent service as a convenient alternative to automobile use.

Burns is proud to support the FTA and Denver’s transportation infrastructure growth.

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Henderson Engineers Named #13 on


Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine recently named Henderson Engineers, Inc., a national engineering design firm, as #13 on “The MEP Giants 2014” list. The award is comprised of the top 100 mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering firms in the United States. Henderson Engineers has two offices in the northeast region, one in Marlton, NJ, to service the Greater Philadelphia area, and one in Iselin, NJ, to service northern New Jersey and New York City.

Sponsored by the power management company Eaton, award winners are recognized for their leading efforts in the industry, specifically those who excel in making buildings more reliable, efficient and safe. The magazine conducts an in-depth analysis on the firms to reveal what is happening in the industry and how it changes from year to year. The award winners, including Henderson Engineers, have proven over the past year they are capable of meeting the challenging demands of a diverse and changing industry.

Burns is proud to be ranked a 2014 MEP Giant! This ranking supports our strategic growth goals, and is in line with the company’s mission to continually build and develop our team of expert professionals.

About Henderson Engineers

Henderson Engineers, Inc., was founded in 1970 and provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing and refrigeration design services through its headquarters in Kansas City, as well as branch offices in Bentonville, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tampa. Licensed in all 50 states, Henderson Engineers has more than 500 employees including 150 Licensed Engineers and 100 LEED® Accredited Professionals. In addition to its core services, HEI has three specialty services divisions — Impact Illumination (architectural lighting), Fire Dynamics (fire protection and code consulting), and Collective Tech (comprehensive technology, audio-visual, acoustics, and security design) — as well as a wholly-owned subsidiary, Outcome Construction Services, LLC (engineer-led design/build and commissioning).

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The Burns Group Named a 2014 MEP Giant


Burns Engineering, Inc. was recently ranked #52 on the 2014 MEP Giants list, a list published annually highlighting the nation’s top engineering firms ranked by mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and fire protection design revenue. This is Burns’ first year on the MEP Giants list.

Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s (CSE) MEP Giants program lists the top 100 mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States. According to CSE, the 2014 MEP Giant firms have earned this title by proving that they find opportunity in the many changes in the building engineering industry. The 102 firms selected as the 2014 MEP Giants continuously push the boundaries in the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering sectors, providing the most cutting-edge designs in the consulting engineering community. An in-depth analysis of these 102 firms appears in the August issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer, and reveals what's going on in the industry and how it has changed over the past few years.

Burns is proud to be ranked a 2014 MEP Giant! This ranking supports our strategic growth goals, and is in line with the company’s mission to continually build and develop our team of expert professionals.

As an MEP Giant, Burns had the opportunity to feature our innovative Smart Micro-Grid Energy Master Plan for the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Consulting-Specifying Engineer's website. This Master Plan is a comprehensive energy, infrastructure, technology, and business plan that will accommodate a 200% growth in energy demand while maintaining the Navy Yard's status as a national center for energy excellence.


Strategic Staff Additions Expand Our Communications and Traction Power Expertise


We are excited to announce that Frank Lally, PE, Kevin Thuer, and Fatos Gjakova have joined The Burns Group, further enhancing our commitment to technical excellence and client satisfaction.

Frank Lally, PE

Frank joins Burns as a Senior Communications Engineer, and will help lead Burns’ special systems services across all markets, continuing to expand our expertise and deepen our telecommunications capabilities for all our clients.

With over 35 years of experience, and a Masters in both Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and in Computer Science, Frank brings unparalleled knowledge and telecommunications engineering expertise. Over the past few years, Frank has worked closely with Burns, most recently on Newark Liberty International Airport’s New Common Use 45-gate Terminal A design project. As a member of Burns’ team, Frank will spend most of his time on-site in Newark with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). He is currently leading PANYNJ’s efforts to upgrade their 800MHz trunk radio system, a complex system that covers the entire New York City area. This project will upgrade a system that includes a central system control site, seven above-ground simulcast radio transmitter sites, and fiber below ground auxiliary receiver sites.

Kevin Thuer

Kevin joins Burns as a Signals and Communications Associate, and will focus on radio frequency and communications network design for Burns’ transportation clients.

Kevin has over 9 years of experience in design, analysis and testing of complex radio frequency (RF) systems spanning a wide range of applications from UHF to Ka band. He has extensive experience interfacing with multidisciplinary teams and RF hardware manufacturers to ensure overall system compatibility and compliance. He also has experience with defect root cause analysis and identification of preventative and corrective actions. Kevin’s specific technical expertise includes systems analyses, RF power handling, noise characterization, RF filters and switches, antenna radiation patterns, signal propagation delay, systems integration, environmental testing, and requirements flow down and derivation.

Fatos Gjakova

Fatos joins Burns as a Traction Power Associate, and will focus on AC & DC traction power design. He will coordinate the traction power design efforts for railroads, transit operators, and automated people mover projects.

Fatos has over 7 years of experience with project planning and design of electrical AC and DC power and lighting systems, studies for electric power systems including load flows, voltage drop, short circuit, and arc flash, design analyses, budgets, cost estimates and project schedules.

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The Burns Group Completing Rehabilitation of Runway 13-31 at LaGuardia Airport


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.

Read more about the completing Rehabilitation of Runway 13-31 at LaGuardia Airport

Jonathan Schimpf Presenting at APTA 2014 Rail Conference


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.

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Philadelphia Water Department and AECOM honored at WRA's 32nd Annual Recognition Dinner

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.

To read a complete list of all the nights winners

Larry Keiper Joins The Burns Group as Design/Build Project Manager


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!

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Autodesk Names Microsol Resources 2014 Americas Partner of the Year


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.

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Pennoni Associates Acquires B.D. Abel, Inc. Engineering

Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the assets of 40-person firm B.D. Abel Inc., of Wilmington, DE. The firm, which is one of the only engineering firms in the tri-state area to offer NEBB certified HVAC Testing and Balancing services, will now do business as B.D. Abel, a Pennoni Company. 
“Perhaps just as important as the capabilities that the team at B.D. Abel will bring to Pennoni is the cultural match that exists between our two firms,” said Pennoni’s Chief Operating Officer David DeLizza, PE. “Their motto of “Focus on Results” is a mantra shared here at Pennoni, making sure that above all we are focused on the needs of our clients and providing creative, cost-effective solutions on-time and within budget.”
Founded in 1975, B.D. Abel has a strong reputation for providing engineering for laboratory and research facilities, clean room design, chiller/boiler plants, variable temperature/variable humidity environments, process and manufacturing, and electrical power design as well as standard mechanical, HVAC, and lighting design. 
Adding to the unique offerings of the firm, B.D. Abel is certified by the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) for Testing, Adjusting and Balancing of Air and Hydronic Systems. B.D. Abel is also certified by NEBB in Building Systems Commissioning for HVAC and Plumbing. B.D. Abel’s capabilities in Testing and Balancing will be an additional service for Pennoni and will be value-added to the firm’s existing client base, as well as opening new and exciting opportunities with potential clients.
B.D. Abel’s president, Robert Hayden, PE, will now serve as associate vice president at Pennoni. The addition of B.D. Abel further strengthens Pennoni’s MEP engineering capabilities and provides an expanded client base for all Pennoni services. 
“Pennoni’s commitment to superior client service aligned with our approach of targeting long–term relationships with our clients,” said Mr. Hayden. “We enjoy having to prove our value over and over again and Pennoni has been doing that longer than we have. We look forward to bringing our combined services to trusted existing clients, as well as new ones.”

Pennoni Associates Announces Executive Management Changes


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.

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Burns Named 2013 Employer of the Year by WTS Philadelphia Chapter

Photo The Burns Group was recently named the 2013 Employer of the Year by the Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS) Philadelphia Chapter! The Employer of the Year Award is given annually to recognize a business for its support of the goals and purpose of WTS. Exemplified by our organization’s core values, Burns was honored with this award based on demonstrated continued dedication to both the WTS Philadelphia Chapter and the transportation industry through participation in WTS events, support of the scholarship foundation, and advancement of women and minorities in the transportation field. Burns continually encourages female students to enter the transportation field by providing internship opportunities, supports the continuing education of all its employees, and has an outstanding record of affirmative action in hiring and promoting at all employment levels. Burns is a proud supporter of the WTS organization, and is honored to be WTS Philadelphia’s 2013 Employer of the Year.

Rick Simonetta Inducted into APTA Hall of Fame


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!

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Mike Walton Selected as Poster Session Presenter at 2013 World Energy Engineering Congress


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.

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Diane Purdy, P.E., Joins Urban Engineers

Urban Engineers welcomes Diane Purdy, PE, to the firm’s central Pennsylvania operation. Ms. Purdy is a senior project manager and bridge engineer with 25 years of experience in managing and designing transportation projects, bridges, transit facilities, and building structures. Her experience includes advancing projects from preliminary to final design and preparing contract documents.

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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Engineers' Club Presents Inaugural Mulford Volunteerism Awards

Photo On June 19, the Engineers' Club presented the inaugural Mulford Volunteerism Awards to Colette Montague, PE of Urban Engineers, Inc. and Kathryn P. Russo, PE, PTOE of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc.

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 Recognizes Two ECP Members

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:

  • Peter P. Quinn Leadership Award: Blythe Seese, Kreischer Miller
  • Engineering Leadership Award: Urban Engineers

Congratulations to Blythe and Urban Engineers on these awards.  More information is available here

Philip M. Gonski, P.E. named the Young Engineer of the Year Award from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Philadelphia Chapter

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.

David Smith Joins Burns as Director of Energy Services


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.

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The Burns Group Named a Top Workplace by The Philadelphia Inquirer


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.

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Pennoni's Michael Kissinger Promoted to Division Manager

Photo West Chester, PA - Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Michael Kissinger, PE, has been promoted to land development division manager in the firm’s West Chester office. He previously served as a project manager and has been with the firm for 14 years.

“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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Robert Swayne Named Delaware Valley Electrical Engineer of the Year

Photo Robert Swayne, PE, LEED® AP, LC, a Senior Electrical Engineer with The Burns Group, was recently named the Delaware Valley Electrical Engineer of the Year by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – Philadelphia Section. This award honors Bob’s excellence in technical endeavors, and emphasizes the importance of his involvement in creative engineering projects that are widely recognized and significant to our region.

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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Erica Antoine Named New Face of Civil Engineering for 2013

Photo Erica Antoine, EIT, associate at The Burns Group, has been selected as one of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2013 New Faces of Civil Engineering Professionals!

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’.”

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Judy Nitsch Appointed to Pennoni Associates' Board of Directors

Photo Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce that Judith Nitsch, PE, LEED AP BD+C, has been named to the firm’s board of directors. She will serve a three-year term. Pennoni’s board of directors is responsible for the strategic direction and fiscal soundness of the firm. The board sets the core values of the firm and overall objectives for each year’s business plan in addition to the selection and evaluation of the president and CEO, treasurer, and corporate secretary.

“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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Margarita Gagliardi Joins Urban Engineers

Urban Engineers (Urban) is pleased to announce the addition of nationally-recognized transit planner Margarita Gagliardi to the firm. As Vice President of Transit Planning, she will lead Urban's Transit and Passenger Rail professionals in transit-related planning assignments.

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.

Microsol Resources Announces New Technology Partner - PointKnown

Photo Microsol Resources Corporation, a recognized leader in building information modeling (BIM) technology solutions, as well as a leading Autodesk Gold Partner serving the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, is pleased to announce the addition of PointKnown to its growing association of Technology Partners. PointKnown flagship product, PKNail Pro, is a proven and unique Field to BIM application that runs in the Autodesk Revit environment, allowing a user to quickly and accurately capture and model existing conditions of buildings. For more information, www.microsolresources.com.

Ronald C. Kerins, Jr. of GREYHAWK Inducted into Temple University's Gallery of Success

Ronald C. Kerins, Jr., CCM, LEED-AP, regional manager and principal of GREYHAWK, a construction program management and consulting firm, was recently inducted into Temple University's "Gallery of Success." The Gallery of Success is a collaborative effort between Temple University's Office of Alumni Relations and the Career Center. At GREYHAWK, Kerins is responsible for regional operations along with business development in the greater Philadelphia market. With more than 26 years experience in the construction industry, Kerins joined GREYHAWK in 2007. He has served on the National Board of Directors of CMAA and is a former Chapter President of CMAA's Mid-Atlantic Region. Kerins is an adjunct Professor with Temple and Widener Universities and serves as an Instructor with the Engineer's Club of Philadelphia. He is a past-president of the Temple University College of Engineering Alumni Board and recently was appointed as director at large to the Temple University Alumni Association board. He serves as secretary to the Board of Directors for the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania. GREYHAWK is an award-winning construction project management and consulting firm specializing in providing services to facility owners and stakeholders involved in major private and public construction projects. To learn more visit www.greyhawk.com.

Kathryn Russo Joins JMT

Kathryn P. Russo, PE, PTOE has joined JMT's Philadelphia office, where she will be responsible for leading and expanding JMT's traffic engineering practice in Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Russo has significant experience with the analysis and design of transportation projects with a wide variety of components. She has completed complex traffic engineering alternatives analyses for new or reconfigured freeway and roadway alignments, and detailed signal designs for highly urbanized corridors, applying the latest technologies and techniques to maximize travel efficiency. Kathryn has worked closely with local and regional transportation agencies including the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Delaware Department of Transportation, and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Pennoni Announces Transportation Leadership Promotions


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."

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The Burns Group Acquires Klein and Hoffman's Philadelphia-Based Structures Division


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.

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Pennoni Associates Expands Southern Service Offerings with Acquisition of AGS, LLC


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."

Eng Club Mourns Loss of Past President Tom Payne


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.

Rail and Transit Expert Richard Simonetta Joins The Burns Group


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.

To learn more visit www.burns-group.com.

Pennoni Promotes James Markham, PE, to Associate Vice President

Photo Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of James Markham, PE, to Associate Vice President in the firm’s Philadelphia office. This promotion is effective immediately.

"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.

Thomas A. Caramanico, PE Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo On February 16, 2012 McCormick Taylor President Tom Caramanico was honored by the Delco Chapter of the PSPE with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for his 40 years of service and influence in the engineering community. In addition to his professional career, Tom is active in non-profit groups supporting the efforts of numerous community initiatives. In 2010, he began serving on Governor Tom Corbett's Transportation Advisory Committee to help devise a creative funding plan for the current state transportation deficit. Tom was presented the award during a banquet at the Towne House in Media, PA, and is pictured here with staff from McCormick Taylor’s Philadelphia and Exton, PA offices.

Melody Matter, PE, PTOE Named Young Engineer of the Year

Photo Congratulations to Traffic Engineer, Melody Matter, PE, PTOE of McCormick Taylor's Harrisburg, PA office for being chosen as the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council! Melody joined McCormick Taylor in 2002 and is involved with several professional organizations, including the MASITE where she holds a board position. Melody was proudly recognized for her achievements in the engineering industry during the Engineers Week Banquet on February 23, 2012.

Eng Club Mourns Loss of Past President Joseph Krulikowski

Joseph Krulikowski, past president and long time member of the Engineers' Club passed away on March 1, 2012. Loving husband of Kathryn (nee Sweeney). Beloved father of Kathleen Tezla (Anthony). Grandfather of Elizabeth and Joseph. Brother of Jane Charpentier. All services private at the family's request.