Rochester Engineering Society Magazine August 2018

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August 2018

The NEW Genesee Arch Bridge formerly known as the Portageville High Bridge Replacement Project | 10

Also in this issue: Save the Date - Friday, October 26


Tour of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester | 4

The NEW Genesee Arch Bridge formerly know as the The Rochester Engineer Published since 1922 by

Portageville High Bridge

Founded March 18, 1897

Replacement Project

ROCHESTER ENGINEERING SOCIETY, INC. Volume 97, Number 2, AUGUST 2018 (Electronic & Printed Version Available) 2,500+ Monthly Circulation (Quarterly Hard Copies, 11 issues electronically) ISSN 0035-7405

RES Mission Statement: The RES will become the lead organization for improving the image and influence of the engineering community in the greater Rochester area by: Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the region’s engineering and technical capabilities; Providing the best clerical support and public relations assistance to our affiliates; Continually communicating the engineering and technical accomplishments to both the engineering and technical community and the public; Providing regular forums and networking opportunities for the exchange of ideas and discussion of issues; and, Providing programs that identify career opportunities to the region’s youth and develop the skills of the practicing engineer. News items and articles are invited. Materials should be submitted to the administrative director at the society’s office, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607; Phone number (585) 254-2350, e-mail:

The web site for the Engineers’ Center is at: The deadline is the 10th day of the month prior to the issue. Unless otherwise stated, opinions expressed in this publication are those of contributors, not of the Rochester Engineering Society, Inc. Advertising information may be obtained by contacting the office of the Rochester Engineering Society or going to the website at Published every month but July. Yearly subscription is $20.00, (4 hard copies, 11 digital). You can sign up on the website for the subscription for digital copies only (free) and receive an email notice when posted. Go to to join the Rochester Engineering Society. Click on the individual membership and you can submit your application on-line. Board of Directors: OFFICERS: President JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE M/E Engineering / First Vice President GREG GDOWSKI, PhD University of Rochsester / Treasurer ANDREW C. HIRSCH Retired / Second Vice President MICHELLE SOMMERMAN, PE Bergmann Associates / Past President MICHAEL V. TRIASSI Javlyn, Inc. / EIGHT DIRECTORS: CORNELIUS (NEAL) ILLENBERG PE Retired / LEE LOOMIS Retired / RICHARD E. RICE MJ Engineering / ADAM CUMMINGS, PE Town of Ontario / DANIELLE WALTERS MKS Instruments / DOREEN EDWARDS Rochester Institute of Technology / BRETT ELIASZ, PE Bergmann Associates / DIRECTOR TBD Administrative Director LYNNE M. IRWIN Rochester Engineering Society / e-mail:

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contents 4 • Save the Date: Friday, October 26th. Tour the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester 6 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom!

7 • The Rochester City Schools Moderinaztion Program... ...Means Big Improvements for Dr. Walter Cooper Academy 8 • Get to the Point! - Write the Way You Speak 9 • Get IT Done - The Case for IT Outsourcing

10-12 • The NEW Genesee Arch Bridge formerly known as the Portageville High Bridge Replacement Project (cover) 14 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 14-15 • Engineers’ Calendar 16-19 • Professional Firms - Employee News 20-24 • News from Professional Firms 13, 40 • Position Openings 37-38 • Directory of Professional Services 38 • Directory of Business Services 39 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES Membership Application and Advertising Rates are also on the website:

news of the... • AFE Association for Facilities Engineering...........................................28 • APWA American Public Works Association...........................................26 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................29 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................33 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................27 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................35 • IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.......................32


• INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................31 • IS&T Imaging Science and Technology...................................................34 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................30 • RES Rochester Engineering Society.................................................... 2-7 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................36 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair...............................................25


President’s Message

Joseph Dombrowski, PE M/E Engineering RES President 2018 - 2019 Hot enough for ya? Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the great weather. Although it is summer, it has been a busy time for RES; aside from some mundane chores (like new bank signatures) and two monthly board meetings, we have been busy planning some activities for later this year (details to come as plans get firmed up) and holding a strategic planning session hosted by Greg Gdowski at U/R (more details on the outcomes later). There is a pressing need your RES has, a chair for Programs and Meetings. We are envisioning one or two annual meetings of either a social or educational nature. We have many possibilities, contact and venue that can be made available to you. If you can lend assistance to this task please contact the RES. We would be forever grateful! This month’s issue features a story on the new railroad bridge over the Genesee River at Portageville near the southern end of Letchworth State Park. Hopefully you will enjoy the article as I did. It is an impressive structure. I found the bridge to be a fascinating mixture of history, modern construction techniques and environmental concerns. Controlled blasting is a bonus and always gets my attention. Joe Dombrowski RES President

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RES News Save the Date!

Friday, October 26, 2018 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm The Rochester Engineering Society will offer a

Tour of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester

for its members!

Limit: 50 People, Price TBD

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology. LLE was established in 1970 as a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter. The National Nuclear Security Administration funds LLE as part of its Stockpile Stewardship Program. The OMEGA Laser Facility stands 10 meters tall and is approximately 100 meters in length. This system delivers pulses of laser energy to targets in order to measure the resulting nuclear and fluid dynamic events. OMEGA's 60 laser beams focus up to 40,000 joules of energy onto a target that measures less than 1 millimeter in diameter in approximately one billionth of a second. At LLE scientists continue to research what will one day become a vast source of power using the ocean's ample storehouse of potential energy.

The tour of the LLE is a RES event you won’t want to miss! Please save the date (October 26th) on your calendar today! 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

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Rochester History Continuing with the historical sampling of the earlier writings on behalf of the Rochester Engineering Society, the years following "The Great War," into and through the “Great Depression,” continued to be a time of reaching out for the maturing Society, both locally and nationally. The meeting minutes describe a series of technical discussions and presentations intended to broaden the technical horizons of the membership (especially the CE's, ME's and EE's). The RES affiliated itself with a number of National technical societies, adopted local Affiliated Societies, frequently held joint meetings with them and continued taking action on a growing list of public matters. Certain issues of standardization, some crucial to public safety, became the responsibility of the RES and its affiliates. In the pervasive economic downturn of the “Great Depression,” the magazine offered classified advertising for unemployed engineers, technicians and draftsmen and took other steps to try to deal with the crisis. Still, it continued its effort to shape the function, purpose and infrastructure of the City of Rochester, and beyond. Soon, war would again affect the Society, taking away many of its leaders while providing opportunities for others to step forward to fill these vacancies. In an effort to provide even greater perspective on the happenings and concerns of the day, a synopsis, featuring selected items from "The Rochester Engineer" has become an integral part of this series. The Second World War and the Korean Conflict are now history. These experiences have changed the face and, no doubt, the future of the community. The Rochester municipal leadership and the industrial community have become immersed in the cold-war, growth economy.

April 3, 1968 (Board of Directors Meeting – Colonial Hotel, Empire Blvd.) The Board approved sixteen new Regular Memberships and one Associate Membership. The RES Education Committee proposed exploring in-plant courses as part of its educational program. The Luncheon Committee reported that this year’s series is being wellreceived, but that participants had been requesting that lighter lunches be considered by the Chamber’s kitchen staff. The Publications Committee reported that it was soliciting cover and feature articles for the magazine. The publication was continuing to show an operating deficit. In response to a request from the Rochester Section of the ASME, the Board agreed to write a letter of support for holding the Society’s Plant Engineers Conference in Rochester, in 1971.

“The Rochester Engineer” (April 1968)

In an article about Rochester’s Farrel Corporation, it was reported that recent rapid growth in the nuclear-electric generating industry was resulting in a dramatic increase in demand for pressure vessels. Babcok & Wilcox’s requirement for precise, three-dimensional contour milling on these 25 foot diameter, 24 foot long vessels was unprecedented. As a result, Farrel Corporation was moving to numerically-controlled machining of components for these 400 ton vessels. Farrel’s design of a first-of-its-kind machining center had recently been installed at the B & W plant in Mt. Vernon, IN. The RES scheduled its next evening plant tour, at the Farrel Corporation Plant on Blossom Road, for April 17th. The April RES Luncheon Series presentations included: “Electronic Music” by Dr. Wayne Barlow of the Eastman School of Music, “Trends in Air Pollution Control Legislation” by William M. Steinfeldt, Eastman Kodak Company, “Center for Naval Analyses – Weapon System Design” by Dr. Patrick J. Parker, U of R, and, “Monroe County’s Development Plans” by Kermit Hill, Assistant County Manager. This issue also presented the nominees for the officers of the RES for the 1968-69 year, including: President – Dr. Edward T. Kirkpatrick, RIT, 1st Vice President – Alexander M. Beebee, Jr., Rochester Products (GM), 2nd Vice President – Gordon S. Rugg, Eastman Kodak Company, Secretary – G. Robert Leavitt, Taylor Instrument Companies, Treasurer – George H. Milne, Xerox Corporation, Directors – Edwin L. Anthony, Erdman & Anthony, Dr. Richard Eisenberg, U of R, Ernest E. Mohr, Eastman Kodak Company, and, William A. Pitbladdo, Rochester Telephone Corporation. These nominees were to be voted upon, by voice vote, at the June 1968 RES res news - history

A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1968 by Lee M. Loomis

Annual Meeting. This month’s featured RES Affiliate was The Monroe Professional Engineers Society. Organized in 1929, the Chapter is the only active, established organization devoted to the professional, ethical, economic and social aspects of its 415 Licensed Engineer membership.

May 1, 1968 (Board of Directors Meeting – Colonial Hotel, Empire Blvd.)

With an exhausted cash position, the Board authorized the Officer to borrow up to $1,500 to meet anticipated operating expenses. It was also noted that the Bank had recently raised the interest rate on the RES’ demand loan to 7.25%. The Board approved seven applications for Regular Membership, one for a Sustaining Membership and one for a Junior Membership. The Education Committee reported that it was developing a questionnaire, to be distributed to local industry, as a survey of the educational needs of the engineering community. It was also reported the interest questionnaire being distributed to new RES Members was being completed and returned, showing great interest in signing up for every RES Task Force described. There was discussion of RES support for VITA (Volunteer International Technical Assistance), an organization in which several RES Members have been recently active. A delegation of RES Members was scheduled to visit VITA headquarters in Schenectady, next month.

May 15, 1968 (Special Meeting of the Board of Directors – Colonial Hotel, Empire Blvd.) The Board approved three new Regular Membership applications.

“The Rochester Engineer” (May 1968)

One of the World’s outstanding silversmiths, Dr. Hans Christensen, Head of School for RIT’s School of American Craftsmen, was announced as the speaker for the RES Annual Meeting, on June 5th, at the U of R Faculty Club. The evening would begin with a “Sherry Hour” to be followed by a filet mignon dinner, all for $5 per person. RES Director-Nominee Edwin L. Anthony, PE, LS, provided an article summarizing impending NY State legislation on Engineer Licensing Requirements. Part of the NY Education Law, this legislation had not been updated in over 30 years. Perhaps the most progressive revision to this law covered qualifications for examination. It proposed that candidates be admitted to the licensing exam provided that they are: US citizens, of good moral character, have completed 20 baccalaureate credit hours of engineering, mathematics or physical sciences from an approved Engineering College, or is a high school graduate with eight years of practical experience (acquired before 1980), or is taking/ has taken at least 30 semester hours of part-time courses for each year of practical experience that is to be waived. One additional piece of news…Effective at the end of 1967, the NY State Department of Public Works (originally called the “Canal Commissioners”, until 1876), was renamed the NY State Department of Transportation. Subsequent articles in this series will describe the RES' continuing outreach to other technical societies as it considered its role in this and the larger community, along with more of the activities of the RES as it moved to be of greater service to its membership, especially those suffering from current economic crises, and adopted a greater role in shaping the future of the City and its environs. Noted also, will be the contributions made by RES members in the struggle to meet the challenges coming out of World War II, as well as a hoped-for period of post-war growth and prosperity. These articles will also feature an impressive array of RES activities in support of postwar re-emergence of Rochester area industry. We welcome your questions and comments on this series.


RES News How do you arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom!

In the 1990’s, Eastman Kodak Company jumped the gun, starting a family of STEM initiatives, years before the Government coined the STEM acronym. The name of these programs was the 21st Century Learning Challenge (TCLC), and at our peek, we were 1500 engineers and technicians, visiting Rochester City School Classrooms, twice a week for two-hour visits, during the entire School Year. This effort continued for nearly ten years, and not only pre-dates our recent STEM excitement level, but delivered support on a scale we have yet to match. Many of the volunteers in these programs were, and still are, members of the Rochester Engineering Society (RES). In the intervening twenty-five years, many have retired, or are about to retire. That makes them even more available as STEM Coaches, than they were as Kodak employees. The RES is working to put technical people in K-12 Classrooms, throughout the Greater Rochester area, as STEM Coaches. Their presence will: • • •

Help the Teacher stay current with our ever-changing technology. Provide real-World Application Examples, making whatever is being taught, real enough to be worth remembering. Support the teachers with not only the delivery of STEM concepts, but perhaps more importantly, the design and delivery of STEM related hardware.

Last year we had six STEM Coach, doing Classroom Visitation at School #3. That was so successful that RCSD is interested in expanding this program to involve nine STEM Coaches this year.

The RES is specifically seeking Retired, Technical people, (Engineers, Technicians, Machinists, Entrepreneurs or anyone whose work would allow them to visit during School hours), as STEM Coaches. We currently have more than 30 Coaches, and are connecting them with 13 Rochester-area Schools. “This is a life-changing experience!” For more information contact: Jon Kriegel   585-281-5216 RES Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer STEM Coach Please visit: 6 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

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RES News - Tutoring Team The Rochester City Schools Modernization Program… …Means Big Improvements for Dr. Walter Cooper Academy

Dr. Cooper thanks the RES Tutoring Team (and especially Bergmann Associates Executive VP, Tom Mitchell) at the June 7th “Thank You Tutors” Luncheon The Rochester Schools Modernization Program (the “RSMP”) was created by New York State Legislation in 2007 to help bring Rochester’s learning environment into the 21st century and provide students with facilities that are comparable to neighboring suburban districts. Dr. Walter Cooper Academy is next in the RSMP… Beginning this Summer (2018), it will undergo a two-year renovation to receive a new classroom wing, gym and fully reconstructed classroom facilities, including mechanical/electrical/plumbing. Students at #10 School will be temporarily relocated to the Campus of the former John Marshall High School, at 180 Ridgeway Avenue, for the 2018-19 & 2019-20 school years. They will be returning to their newly renovated facility, 353 Congress Avenue, in September of 2020. The RES Tutoring Team plans to continue its valuable support for our Scholars, as they move through this transition. We will still have a number of Scholars who will need some of that “extra” support with their reading, spelling, math, science and social studies, the kind of help that only comes with the regular, personal attention they receive from our Tutors. “Open House” at the Marshall Campus… The Faculty and Staff of Dr. Walter Cooper Academy will host an Open House at the John Marshall Campus, 180 Ridgeway Avenue, on Thursday, August 30th, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. The RES Tutors are invited to come and see the temporary “new” location of #10 School, during the renovation. We are building our Tutoring Team, for the 2018-19 school year… We have been giving “Lunch & Learn” presentations in several Rochester area firms and professional groups, to inform and inspire prospective new tutors. We plan to “hit the ground, running”, next Fall, and we need your support...Can we schedule a presentation with your firm, work group, church or family, sometime this Summer? Even just two hours a week of your time can make a big difference in the life of a Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Scholar… Questions??? Reach out to RES Past President Lee Loomis and the RES Tutoring Team at… Rochester Engineering Society, (585) 254-2350 via website: or via email:, (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text) res news - tutoring


Get to the Point! Write the Way You Speak

Before all those retired English teachers start to shriek, let me explain: You need to develop a comfortable, natural writing style that resembles a conversational tone. Too often, I read statements from engineers like this: 1. Please be advised that any variations from these assumptions will constitute a change in the scope of work, requiring corresponding additional services on our part. Or how about this one, which I suspect had input from a legal person: 2. This proposal is made subject to the General Conditions of Service attached hereto. If you are in agreement with this proposal, kindly sign below indicating your notice to proceed and acceptance of the terms and conditions stated herein. Look what happens when we start to get involved in technical details: 3. The concept of allowing the north-south corridors to be considered as un-rated passageways could be permitted so long as they connect to rated corridors leading to exit enclosures as discussed in our meeting. The problem with this “over engineered” language is that it sneaks into our daily communications and becomes our “natural” writing style: 4. It is because of my scrutiny of the budget that I feel it would not be an inopportune time to spend agency resources for the reception. I would bet my paycheck that if I ran into an engineer in the hallway and asked: “How’s that project going?” that the response would be something like “We’ve had a few delays but are back on track and expect to deliver the final report to the client on July 14, right on time.” Now that’s more like it: Clear sentences spoken very eloquently, directly, and simply. And, in grammatically correct structures. But for some reason, when fingers get placed on the keyboard, we tend to have the need to sound “professional” and end up being incomprehensible. Let’s see if we can translate, decipher, interpret the above samples. Here’s what I think the writers were trying to say: 1. Please note that any variation from these assumptions changes the scope of work and requires us to provide additional services at additional costs.

2. This proposal corresponds to the attached General Conditions of Service. To proceed with the project, we require your signature below, which indicates your acceptance of the outlined terms and conditions.

3. As we discussed in our meeting, we can consider the north south corridors as un-rated passageways if they connect to rated corridors leading to exit enclosures. 4. I have looked at the budget, and we have agency money to 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

cover the reception. (Just like algebra, the double negative makes it a positive.) Simple, clear, direct, language builds trust and integrity with your reading audience, just as it does with your listening audience. Einstein once said “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” The “text message generation” and Blackberry prisoners need to be careful about being too cryptic or using slang. 1. Cool…can do…time? 2. B4 mtg ck #’s w bob. 3. Answers: no, yes, not sure, maybe I appreciate that we can’t interpret these statements without the full text of the communication, but it takes more work than it should to comprehend the message. I guarantee that whoever has to read statements like this will spend more time trying to interpret them than it would take for the writer to write a clear, concise and complete sentence. I encourage you to develop a writing style that is natural yet remains professional. Remove all the stuffy, complex, four-syllable words along with the cryptic short cuts and slang. Think about the language and tone you use when you are in a business meeting and adopt that to your writing. One way to test your writing is to read it out loud and see if it sounds and feels right. If you can’t pronounce a word, or can’t breathe because it is too long, then I suggest a revision. Next time you get stuck and don’t know what to write, pretend your audience is in front of you and has just asked you a question. Then write the way you speak. Please do not hesitate at any given time in the future to contact the writer of this article with your issues, questions or comments about the text provided herein at the following email address. UGH! Email me at if you have questions or comments.

© 2018, RGI Learning Lisa Moretto is the President of RGI Learning, Inc. For 24 years she has helped engineers improve their oral and written communication skills. Visit or call (866) 744-3032 to learn about RGI’s courses. get to the point

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The Case for IT Outsourcing - André Godfrey

Are you considering outsourcing? (Too late. You already do.)

• Who throws out the trash and vacuums the carpets? • Who takes your goods and delivers them? • Who do you call for legal advice? • Who do you use for your taxes? • Who does your payroll?

So you already have embraced the idea of outsourcing, let’s examine for a moment why you elected to outsource these components of your business: Cleaning services You didn’t want to do it. I don’t want to do it. It happens after hours. You can’t ask your employees to do it. It may not be the only reason but it’s a good one. Delivery services Everyone used to have a truck or a few of them that delivered your goods right to the customer. The customer even knew the name of your delivery guy. “When is Fred going to get here”, they’d call and ask. Well, Fred vanished when Fed-Ex and those guys in brown were more reliable and cheaper than Fred and the truck. Legal services Straight and simple this goes to skill set. You may be smarter than your lawyer but you’re not willing to bet on it when it comes to the law and so when you have a legal problem you call in someone with credentials. Accounting services (taxes) Why do something in house that only comes around once a year? Payroll Services It changes constantly. If you could put it into a template on January 1 and it remained static you could do payroll. But nothing changes so much every week and is still more than a hundred little tasks.

or that the constant change of the task made it impossible to keep up. In almost all of these instances there is overlap of some or all of these attributes. Engineering Services Too! First let’s agree that the lion’s share of the engineering and architectural industry is built around outsourcing albeit you might not think in those terms but it’s true. Your clients outsource their engineering projects to your firm. Why? Because finding and hiring the engineering expertise would be too difficult and the peaks and valleys of engineering activity is too volatile for businesses to hire and keep qualified staff. Instead, your customers keep staff who are well versed in working with engineering firms and maximizing project productivity. Sounds a lot like outsourcing to me. Which brings us to IT Outsourcing. IT outsourcing may be episodic and project based when you require highly skilled people who design, implement and support complex networks and resolve unique problems, some of which may have nothing to do with infrastructure but are essential to business improvement or business risk i.e. BI analytics or security/compliance considerations. On the other end of the spectrum, IT outsourcing may be ongoing and constant. After all, the IT domain is a 7x24x365 job with a need to validate backups, replace tapes, monitor threats and escalate as warranted. But consider this. IT outsourcing is cost effective, reduces risks, allows you to focus on your core business, mitigates HR issues, gives you a competitive advantage and essentially makes you bigger, faster, and stronger. Think about IT.

Andrè Godfrey is President, Entrè Computer Services,

So why did you outsource? Not once did you do it because the job wasn’t important. It was either because you didn’t want to do it; someone did it more reliably; you didn’t have the skill set; the infrequency of the problem made it difficult get IT done


The NEW Genesee Arch Bridge formerly known as the Portageville High Bridge Replacement Project by Carmen M. Garozzo and Krista M. Greer

NS train crossing old Portageville High Bridge

Constructed in 1851, the original Portageville Bridge was 800 feet in length and stood 234 feet above the Genesee River near the southern end of Letchworth State Park, standing above the iconic Upper Falls. It was the largest and longest timber structure in the world, before it was destroyed by fire in 1875. The replacement bridge was constructed and placed in service in only 85 days after the fire and was still standing until its dismantling earlier this spring. Norfolk Southern and American Bridge began building a new bridge, immediately adjacent to the existing bridge in 2015. The first trains ran over the new bridge for the Grand Opening in December of 2017. The new structure, designed by Modjeski and Masters, features a 483 foot steel arch spanning over the Genesee River Gorge with foundations of the arch structure built into the gorge walls. The arch span is equally flanked on both sides by three 80 foot long approach spans and are supported by large concrete piers that are up to 50 feet tall. Bergmann has been onsite providing construction management, inspection and environmental oversight as a representative of Norfolk Southern for the duration of the construction project. The new span allows Norfolk Southern to run industry-standard 286,000-lb cars over the Southern Tier line, up from the previous 273,000-lb limit. Trains can now move across the bridge at 30 mph, up from the previous 10 mph limit on the old bridge. The line carries about a dozen trains per day and is a key link in Norfolk Southern’s route through the northeast. The line is integral to the economy of Western New York and the Southern Tier. HISTORY The Genesee River flows 160 miles north from Northern Pennsylvania, to Lake Ontario through some of the most 10 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

NS train crossing new Genesee Arch Bridge

breathtaking country in the eastern United States. Flowing through some of the most historical towns and cities in New York and Pennsylvania the river has played an important part in the development and settlement of the region. In the early 1800’s, Governor DeWitt Clinton, witnessed the Erie Canal’s economic success in connecting commerce and merchant traffic between the Midwestern United States and the Hudson River. He saw an opportunity to create a parallel route between the Great Lakes and the Hudson River south of the Erie Canal and promised to bring the people of the Southern Tier the same. With that the New York & Erie Railroad was chartered in April 1832 and in the early 1850’s, the Erie Railroad built a line through the region. In its 135-year history the bridge has had a handful of owners. Norfolk Southern acquired the Southern Tier as part of the Conrail transaction in 1999 and has since shown an interest in revitalizing the Southern Tier Corridor with substantial investments in new infrastructure. During the groundbreaking for the new structure held on October 28th, 2015 at the project site Darrel Wilson, Government Affairs Director for NS stated that this span is vital to NS because during the studies conducted for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and alternatives analysis it was discovered that the bridge serves and carries freight for 1100 customers across 23 states. During the same ceremony Jim Squires, Chairman and CEO of NS (at that time) stated that investment in the new bridge illustrates NS’ commitment to continuing to enhance the railroad’s commitment to service in the Southern Tier, fostering economic development and growth, investing in track improvements and rail yard upgrades. In conclusion Mr. Squires stated that when completed this structure will serve as a showcase in the NS system by being the only steel arch bridge in NS’s system which is functional, vital, long lasting and beautiful as well as serve as a showpiece in the area’s natural picturesque beauty often referred to cover article

Construction of the new Genesee Arch Bridge

as the “Grand Canyon of the East” within a crown jewel of what is also referred to as the most beautiful state park in America. By the late 1990s, inspections and ratings of the existing Portageville Bridge showed it to be near the end of its useful service life. In 2006 Modjeski and Masters was brought on to design a replacement bridge. The Portageville Bridge Replacement Project is a Public-Private partnership. Norfolk Southern received $3 million from New York State for the design of the bridge. For construction, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provided $10 million of funding through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. New York State also provided an additional $2.5 million for construction. All of the funding is being administered by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was developed for the project. The bridge lies within a highly environmentally sensitive area and numerous avoidance, minimization, protection, and mitigation measures needed to be taken throughout the process. • Threatened and endangered species including the Norther long eared bat, and Timber rattlesnake were known to have a presence in the area. Additionally, a bald eagles’ nest is located roughly 1,000 feet upstream of the bridge crossing. cover article

Special protection measures were used throughout construction to minimize the impact to these species. • Letchworth State Park and its features are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Protection measures were required for the stone walls, the former Cascade House and other features within the project site. Final restoration of the park land was also of a concern to ensure the area was returned to the pristine parklike condition the area is known for. • The Genesee River in this area is listed as a Federal Wild and Scenic River. National Parks was contacted for the requirements of returning the river to its original condition – which required the removal of the over 150-year old piers that have long obstructed the view in the river. • In addition, several mitigation measures were undertaken within other areas of the park to offset some of the impacts from the transfer and occupation of the park lands during construction. CONSTRUCTION The bridge consists of a 483’ long arch and three 80’ approach spans on both sides of the arch. The rock is of poor quality in the gorge walls and is very weathered. To reach rock of sufficient quality to support the arch, pockets, or “skewbacks”, had to be constructed in the gorge walls. A large concrete anchorage distributes the load from the arch to the underlying rock. The approach spans are supported on concrete piers founded on micropiles. AUGUST 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 11

The NEW Genesee Arch Bridge...Continued Controlled blasting was used to construct the skewbacks. The skewbacks are 110’ high and 43’ wide at the base; a total of 16,278 cubic yards of material had to be removed to construct the skewbacks. The EIS placed limitations of 3 blasts per side which could be done per week. The eagle’s nest was monitored to ensure that the blasting did not disturb the nesting pair. Because of the proximity and condition of the existing structure, a vibration limit of 0.5 in/second above background Peak Particle Velocity was set to protect the existing structure. Seismographs were placed on the existing structure and blasting practices were modified based on the vibrations caused by previous blasts.

First train crossing the new Genesee Arch Bridge during Opening Ceremony, December 11, 2017

The loads from the arch are transferred to the rock through a concrete foundation. The foundation is 15’-4” high and 15’-6” deep. The foundation supports the arch bearings at a 45 degree angle from horizontal. Both east and west foundations were cast in a single 329 cubic yard mass placement pour in the fall of 2016. Mass placement concrete is concrete that is poured in quantities large enough that the dissipation of the heat of hydration is not sufficient to prevent excessive temperature variations in the concrete. The high differential in temperatures will cause cracking in the concrete. The temperature in the concrete had to be controlled using cooling tubes cast in the concrete where water was pumped through to remove the heat. Temperatures were monitored by sensors placed on and in the foundation to ensure that the maximum temperature differential did not exceed 40 degrees. The arch steel final closure piece was constructed on July 31, 2017 exactly 142 years after the existing structure was reopened to rail traffic after the initial fire destroyed it. The structural concrete deck was completed in the fall of 2017. The bridge was completed and opened to rail traffic on December 11, 2017. Final touches of the project including site grading, stormwater management and reestablishing the park area are under construction now. The final turn over of the project is anticipated for Fall 2018. Following the completion of the new Portageville High Bridge, the dismantling of the old, now defunct bridge was begun. Contractors worked diligently to remove all the remaining parts of the bridge including rail ties and tracks, plates, fences and ultimately spans and piers accessible from the sides of the gorge. During the early months of 2018, a specialty subcontractor was brought on board to discharge explosives to systematically dismantle the remaining portions of the bridge during three blast sessions. The remaining spans and towers were then dropped to the ground or river below and taken apart. Parts of the old bridge were kept for memoranda pieces by New York State Parks and will soon be on display at a kiosk near the site of the old bridge. Various artifacts have been preserved and will be displayed at various local museums. The structure remains a significant part of the railroad’s and region’s history. q Authors: Carmen M. Garozzo National Practice Leader – Rail Infrastructure, Bergmann, Buffalo, NY Member of ABCD, AREMA and ARDA Email: Krista M. Greer, PE, CFM Water Resources Discipline Specialist – Bergmann, Rochester, NY Member of NYS Wetlands Forum; Association of State Floodplain Managers and NYS Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association Email: 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

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Professional Firms Employee News Erdman Anthony Announces Two New Hires Erdman Anthony has hired Elizabeth Stevens as a design engineer in the transportation core business in the Rochester office. Elizabeth has bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology and international hospitality and service management. She also has a master of business administration degree in management and leadership, all from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Elizabeth Stevens

Also hired is William Blye as a survey technician in the Rochester

William Blye

office’s geospatial core business. William has an associate of applied science degree in land surveying technology from The Ranger School at The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a bachelor of arts degree in communications and rhetoric from Nazareth College. He served as an armory chief in the U.S. Marine Corps and received a Naval Achievement Medal during a tour in Iraq. q

LaBella Associates Announces New Hire

LaBella Associates is pleased to announce the hiring of Richard C. Bennett, PE. Mr. Bennett joined as a senior transportation engineer in the transportation division. Rick is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and Pennsylvania. He has over 23 years of professional experience in highway and construction engineering. He has managed numerous municipal transportation projects for municipalities throughout New York State including work on a range of facilities from trails to local roads and expressways.

Richard Bennett, PE

Rick is a graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in civil engineering technology. He was a past president of the Rochester Chapter of ASCE. Rick is a former commissioned officer having served in the US Army Corps of Engineers. q

Nidhi Pandya Joins MRB Group's Growing Wastewater Team

Nidhi Pandya

Nidhi Pandya recently joined MRB Group Engineering, Architecture & Surveying, DPC, to assist municipal clients with water and wastewater projects and asset management planning.

Pandya comes from a hands-on position with the City of Calgary, in the province of Alberta, Canada. While there, she specialized in both design of new infrastructure and preventative maintenance projects for the city’s infrastructure management system, helping to plan for long term costs and ways to achieve greater efficiency.

President Ryan Colvin announced the expansion of the firm’s water and wastewater team, along with his intent to add additional personnel who are trained in the latest technology and have field experience.

“Nidhi’s broad exposure to the process of managing capital projects will be a tremendous benefit to our client communities,” said Colvin, who praised her many successes both on the job and in design competitions while studying engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto.

“We are pleased to have Nidhi join MRB Group and support our growing team,” said Colvin. “She brings exceptional experience as a water and wastewater engineer, with a focus on planning for capital improvements – something New York municipalities must embrace in order to properly maintain critical infrastructure,” he stated. 16 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

“We’re fortunate that Nidhi chose to work with MRB Group, and are proud to be expanding our teams with such outstanding young engineers and technicians,” Colvin concluded. Pandya will work in the Syracuse offices, located in Liverpool. She is joining a team of approximately 65 professionals and support staff located in six regional offices, including the headquarters in the City of Rochester. q professional firms employee news

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SWBR Names Two Employees to Board of Directors

Steven Fernaays, AIA

SWBR announces the addition of Steven Fernaays, AIA, and Kristin Purdy, AIA, to its Board of Directors. As members of the board, their responsibilities include the implementation of corporate procedures and controls and formulation of overall business plans, operations, market objectives and strategies. SWBR’s board includes its president and six board members elected by shareholders for a three-year term.

Fernaays, who was promoted to principal earlier this year, has been with the firm since 2009 and spent the majority of his career designing award-winning higher-education spaces, such as labs, classrooms and collaboration spaces that enhance student experiences. His clients include Nazareth College, Cornell University, Monroe Community College, Alfred State and University of Rochester. He earned his

bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University. Purdy is a project architect in the firm’s education studio, with a particular focus on higher-education projects, including the Nazareth College Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Kristin Purdy, AIA Center, opening in the fall of 2018. As the firm's sustainable design manager, she’s responsible for the U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification process, particularly in higher education. In addition to being heavily involved with the AIA and CSI boards, she’s worked with the Women in Architecture program through the AIA, the ACE Mentor Program, and has volunteered with Lollypop Farm. Purdy started at the firm as an intern and joined full time in 2007 after graduating from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor of science in architecture. q

Philip W. Wise, AIA, Retires From SWBR SWBR principal and architect, Phil Wise, AIA, LEED AP retired on May 31 after almost 36 years of work with the firm. Throughout his career, Wise has managed a variety of notable projects, with a particular dedication and expertise for learning environments. He’s been devoted to understanding how students learn and creating environments that enable them to succeed, and has passed that vision and passion onto his talented team. His award-winning portfolio includes projects for Cornell University, SUNY College at Brockport, Syracuse University, Auburn Enlarged City School District, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, Victor Central School District, and Rochester School for the Deaf, among many others. “Phil’s commitment to SWBR has been crucial to the success of the firm,” said President Tom Gears, AIA. “He has built important client relationships, been a mentor for his team, and help put our firm at the forefront of educational professional firms employee news

opportunity to bring individual talents together to form teams that accomplish goals otherwise unattainable. “Architecture is a team activity,” says Wise, “It takes many people to create a successful project.”

Phil Wise, AIA design. We’re grateful to Phil, not just for all his years of service, but also for his dedication to ensuring that his retirement will be a smooth transition for the firm.” When asked what he considers his biggest accomplishments at SWBR, he cites the long-term client relationships he’s built and maintained, understanding how architecture can change how people feel and act in their environment, and having the

Wise joined the firm in 1982 after stints at Barkstrom and LaCroix and Kodak. He was promoted to Principal in 1991 after serving as a project manager and senior associate. He’s also served on the Board of Directors of Valley Manor and Rochester School for the Deaf, on the Facility Committees of Community Place, and on the Historic Architecture Commission of the Town of Perinton. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1975. Besides “not working,” his plan for retirement includes spending time with his wife and family, learning to do new things he’s never had time for, and having fun. q More SWBR Employee News on page 18...


SWBR Employee News, Continued SWBR Designer Earns CDT Certification

SWBR announced that Kathleen DeLuca, project designer and technical coordinator, recently earned her certification in Construction Documents Technology (CDT). A CDT provides a comprehensive overview for professionals who write, interpret, enforce or manage Kathleen DeLuca construction documents, specifically project architects, contractors, contract administrators, material suppliers and manufacturers’ representatives. Once one completes and passes the CDT exam, they’re able to perform their jobs more effectively and improve communications between all members of a construction team.

Employees who go through the CDT program are among the highly respected group of construction professionals and are known in the industry for their expertise, especially in the writing and management of construction documents. DeLuca demonstrated knowledge of CSI’s recommended practices in the following subject areas: • Construction process: contract types and modification/ substitution process • Contractual relationships: Rights, duties, responsibilities, contract provisions and organization of construction documents • Use of construction documents: Organizational formats and interpreting construction documents. q

Bergmann Employee Shareholders Elect Three to the Board of Directors Three employees were elected to the Board of Directors for national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann this past week at the annual shareholder meeting. Charles Bertuch, PE, LEED AP, CEM; Stephanie M. Dempsey, PE; and David Thurnherr, PE were selected to represent the interests of the more than 100 employee shareholders at the privately held, fully employee-owned organization. They will each serve a three-year term. “I’m excited to work with this new group of board members,” said Pietro "Pete" Giovenco, Bergmann president/ CEO and chairman. “Each of these professionals brings experience and perspective to the strategic leadership of our organization. Combined with the rest of our board, we have put together a great group of people who will work hard to steer Bergmann into the future.” Bertuch has been with Bergmann for 11 years and has previously served on the board. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and leads the Energy Solutions practice as a principal from the Syracuse office in

the Northeast Region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s degree from Syracuse University in the Charles Bertuch, PE same discipline. He’s also active with groups such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the U.S. Green Building Council. Dempsey has worked for Bergmann for more than two decades. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with Stephanie M. a bachelor’s Dempsey, PE in mechanical engineering, she has more than 30 years of experience spanning the industrial, healthcare, institutional and commercial industries. Currently, Dempsey leads project teams within the Research & Manufacturing


national practice and is based out of the Rochester office in the Northeast Region as a senior project manager. She is active in ASHRAE. Thurnherr serves as the vice president of Northeast Infrastructure leading the rail, highway, bridge, traffic, waterways structures, water David Thurnherr, & environment, PE hydropower, survey and construction inspection practices from the Rochester office. Thurnherr has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Buffalo, as well as a master’s degree in structural engineering, also from the University of Buffalo. He is experienced in structural engineering, project management and quality assurance for transportation projects. Thurnherr is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association and the American Institute of Steel Construction. q

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CPL Welcomes Two Hires in Rochester CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, welcomes two hires to its Rochester team: Blair Benson as architectural designer and Katelyn Bendert as mechanical engineer. In her new role, Benson will assist the architectural team with all aspects of design, including drafting, 3D modeling and client presentations. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time Blair Benson

team member, she served as an intern while earning


a master of architecture from Rochester Institute of Technology. As mechanical engineer, Bendert will focus on HVAC and energy design along with plumbing Katelyn Bendert

and fire protection on a variety of project types.

Prior to joining CPL, she interned at the Physical Facilities Department at Binghamton University, where she also earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Outside the office, Bendert is on the Mechanical Contractors Associate of American E-board and is a member of ASHRAE. q

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Bergmann Named A Preferred Provider For Grant Writing Services by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

Firm assists railroads in filing grant applications for regional and national funding programs Based on its extensive experience and success in helping railroad clients apply for federal and state funding programs, Bergmann is one of just three firms initially selected by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) as a Preferred Provider of grant application services. The national architecture, engineering and planning firm will support ASLRRA member railroads in the submission of grant applications for programs currently available from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and other sources.

which can be used to maintain safe track and grow services to customers or to meet the mandate to comply with PTC.” Bergmann’s grant-writing capabilities encompass all phases of the application process, including environmental support services, permitting, preliminary engineering, cost estimating, cost-benefit analysis, and any other elements unique to a particular grant program. The firm works with any size railway and transit company under any classification, including freight, passenger, industrial and commuter.

Many grants available to railroads, such as the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) and the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or “BUILD” discretionary grants program, formerly known as TIGER, have recently been funded for FY18 and have a very short window for submission of applications.

“Grant applications are not one-size-fits-all—the process is time intensive and time sensitive with tight deadlines. Our experience and expertise allow us to work efficiently and economically to meet the needs of each railroad and the requirements of each grant,” said Carmen Garozzo, rail practice leader for Bergmann. “We’re proud to support ASLRRA members and all rail and transit companies in their efforts to gain funding for projects that will improve the safety and efficiency of their rails.”

“The FY18 transportation appropriations bill provided unprecedented funding levels, with $1.5 billion in BUILD grants vs. $500 million in FY17, and $592 million in CRISI grants vs. $300 million in FY17,” said Linda Bauer Darr, president of ASLRRA. “Our new Preferred Provider Grant Writing Center will ensure that our members are well prepared to take advantage of these funding opportunities,

Please visit to learn more and request assistance in writing a rail and transit grant. q

Barton & Loguidice Makes National Industry List as "Best Firm to Work For" Barton & Loguidice (B&L), an engineering, planning, environmental and landscape architect firm with over 250 employees throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, has been named one of the “Best Firms to Work For” nationally in the Multi-Discipline category according to Zweig Group, the industry’s leading research and benchmarking firm. The 2018 “Best Firms to Work For” award recognizes the top multi-discipline architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada for creating an environment where employees feel valued, can make a difference, and contribute to the overall mission and success of the firm. President and CEO of Barton & Loguidice John F. Brusa, Jr., 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

PE, says, “We are honored to make the Zweig Group’s list of “Best Firms to Work For” for the first time, given that a record number of firms applied. Achieving this significant industry honor is directly correlated to our employees. We are grateful for all they do to help provide a culture of excellence to make B&L one of the best places to work and an employer of choice.” Through the use of independent surveys, firms were evaluated comprehensively on workplace practices, employee benefits, retention rates, professional development, work culture, and more – both from the management and staff’s perspectives. “This is such an important designation right now because the hiring market is so competitive and these firms really stand out from the rest of the industry, said Kyle Ahern, Awards Manager, Zweig Group. q news from professional firms

MRB Group Announces Merger, Expansion MRB Group recently announced the decision to join forces with Chatfield Engineers in a move that further expands its municipal services team and broadens the spectrum of services to clients of both firms. “In order to serve the increasing needs of clients, we also need to grow and evolve,” said Ryan Colvin, PE, President of MRB Group. “The decision to invite Chatfield Engineers to join MRB Group was made with clients in mind,” Colvin continued. “We are very pleased to join with MRB Group,” said Paul Chatfield, PE, noting that he and his team will provide uninterrupted service to existing clients. “Over the years, we’ve established strong relationships with many communities, and they will continue to receive the same great service, from the same people they’ve come to know and trust,” Chatfield stated.

(Pictured left to right) MRB Group Executive Vice President and COO James Oberst, PE; John Paul “JP” Schepp, PE; Paul Chatfield, PE; and President Ryan Colvin, PE.

The merger follows MRB Group’s recent decision to expand its offices - a timely coincidence, according to Colvin. Just seven years ago, MRB Group moved from a small office in Penfield to the Culver Road Armory in the City of Rochester, nearly doubling their floor space and bringing teams together in a collaborative environment. The recent office expansion adds several new offices, making room for new staff while reflecting the joining of firms with a visible sign of MRB Group’s growth. Colvin said that he believes the move to the Armory was a turning point in the firm’s history, and that today, the pivotal decision to merge with Chatfield Engineers will also be a significant milestone for MRB Group. Joined by his executive team including James Oberst, PE, Executive Vice President and COO, and David Doyle, PE, Vice President, Colvin met with Paul Chatfield and John Paul “JP” Schepp, PE, to announce the merger. The entire Chatfield Engineers Team will soon be relocating to the MRB Group headquarters in the Armory. “The addition of such an accomplished and skilled group of individuals will strengthen our ability to serve our clients,” Colvin stated. “The team’s impressive background has earned Chatfield Engineers a local reputation for excellence, one that is compatible with MRB Group’s professional integrity and focus on clients,” he continued. “We’re proud of MRB Group’s significant growth in the past 8 years,” Colvin continued. Starting with MRB Group as a young engineer, he rose throughout a 22-year career from a project manager to the management team. His leadership as president and CEO began with the move into the Armory in 2011, when the firm worked with approximately 70-80 municipalities across the state. Colvin cites MRB Group’s relationship-based business model as the key to its growth, noting that today, the firm represents more than 150 municipal clients. According to Colvin, some communities have stayed with MRB Group for more than 50 years of continuous service. “We have a strong team at our core - one that’s continually evolving,” Colvin stated. “From our management to our engineers, architects and technical staff, we are always stretching our boundaries - both physically and professionally. We carry that forward-thinking to our clients, working with them as partners to foster community growth.” While its architecture and site development teams serve many commercial clients, MRB Group’s principal focus is on municipal services. The firm provides communities with professional engineering support for day-to-day operations like water and wastewater treatment, public works services, and local government planning. Its design team also helps local governments maintain or rehabilitate public assets like courts, municipal offices, and highway facilities. MRB Group has served the greater Rochester and Central New York areas for more than 90 years. q news from professional firms


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“Hot Firm” SWBR Wins Three National Awards

Celebrates growth in the architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industry

SWBR has been recognized nationally on the Zweig Group’s 2018 Hot Firm, 2018’s Best Firms to Work For and 2018 Marketing Excellence lists, earning the prestigious Trifecta Award, given to firms recognized in all three categories in the same year.

inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels and create an environment where their people feel valued, can make a difference, and clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm.

This is SWBR’s second year in a row on the Hot Firms list, which recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture/engineering firms in the U.S. Not only has SWBR’s revenue increased significantly over the past three years, but the staff size has grown by 30 percent since 2015, and the firm is in the process of a major interior renovation to accommodate its growth.

“This year was the most competitive year we have had for Best Firms to Work For! With both first-timers and legacy firms in the mix, participation in this award increased for the third year in a row. This is such an important designation right now because the hiring market is so competitive and these firms really stand out from the rest of the industry,” said Kyle Ahern, awards manager, Zweig Group.

Best Firms to Work For is a prestigious list honoring firms with outstanding workplaces that

Winning a Marketing Excellence award in the Proposal Presentation category is especially rewarding for

SWBR, having gone through a complete brand refresh in 2017. The new logo, branding and all new marketing materials were designed completely in-house. The awards are given annually for outstanding and effective marketing in the A/E industry. The award winners will celebrate in September at the Zweig Group’s Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards in Dallas, Texas. q

SWBR Recognized as a Top-Performing Architecture and Engineering Firm SWBR has been recognized as a top-performing architecture

SWBR also made Engineering News-Record’s annual New

and engineering firm by Rochester Business Journal and

York Top 100 Design Firms list, which is based on annual

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revenue for architectural and engineering services performed in the previous year. Not only has SWBR’s revenue increased

The firm was recently named to two of Rochester Business

significantly over the past three years, but the staff size has

Journal’s annual lists. It was ranked the No. 1 architectural

grown by 30 percent since 2015 and the firm is in the process

firm in Rochester and voted a top firm in the paper’s annual

of a major interior renovation to accommodate its growth.

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Three SWBR Projects Honored at AIA Rochester 2018 Design Excellence Awards

SWBR was recently recognized by Rochester’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects at its 2018 Design Excellence Awards. The annual ceremony honors excellence and achievement in design, sustainability and innovation. University of Rochester’s Genesee Hall and two of SWBR’s projects with Evergreen Health Services — Evergreen Center and Evergreen Lofts — were honored. Recognized with the Honor Award, Evergreen Center in Buffalo houses a medical clinic and office space for Evergreen Health, allowing the

organization to carry out its mission of providing medical, supportive and behavioral services to those underserved in the community. SWBR designed the 33,000-square-foot, fivestory addition, which doubled the size of Evergreen Center’s previous facility. Merit Award winner Evergreen Lofts, also in Buffalo, opened in 2016 with a mission of providing affordable housing for people in danger of or experiencing homelessness — and as a safe option for people who may face housing discrimination elsewhere — with full access to supportive services,

including medical, mental health and transportation. Citation Award recipient Genesee Hall, University of Rochester’s new 72,000-square-foot residence hall, integrates academics, athletics and student life into the residential experience. The modern facilities, overlooking the athletic complex, house 151 first-year students and provide convenient access to the fields and sports facilities, making it easier for the students to combine their academic and athletic lives. q

SWBR Celebrates Opening of DePaul Packet Boat Landing Apartments in Lockport DePaul’s new $11.5 million Packet Boat Landing Apartments recently celebrated its grand opening in Lockport, New York. Named for the barges that stopped there during the Erie Canal’s heyday, Packet Boat Landing will help adults in need of supportive services live independently. The three-story, 62,000-square-foot affordable housing development features 60 new one-bedroom units, along with management and support service offices, and lounges and laundry rooms on each level. The project also features a community room that opens to a courtyard with walking paths and a unique rain garden, which functions as the stormwater management

system. SWBR designed the building with other sustainable materials and features, as well, including a rooftop photovoltaic system, with the goal of obtaining LEED for Homes certification for the project. The project received funding through New York State Housing Financing Agency, New York State Homes and Community Renewal subsidies, LowIncome Housing Tax Credits, New York State Office of Mental Health loans and grants, and a grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The project also received funding from NYSOMH for case management services. q AUGUST 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 23

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Passero Associates in Top 10 of Zweig Best Firms to Work For

Passero Associates is honored and excited to share the news that the Zweig Group has named our company a "Best Firm to Work For" for a fourth consecutive year. PA came in at #7, placing in the TOP 10 of all participating A/E firms in the United States and Canada for a 4th straight year. President of Passero Associates John Caruso, PE, PMP, says, "Our ability to achieve this significant industry honor is directly attributable to our talented, committed staff! Their dedication to serving our clients, and their unwavering support of PA's Vision, Mission, Cornerstones and Core Values reflects the positive 'One Firm' culture we have created together. We continue to be amazed and proud of this company's strong work ethic and commitment to serving others. Passero Associates is a '2018 Best Firms to Work For' award recipient because our staff cared enough to provide thoughtful, constructive feedback that supported our award application. As a firm, we are committed to excellence and continuous improvement, and we thank our staff and our clients for helping us continue to shape the future of PA." q


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APWA Genesee Valley Branch News 2018-2019 Election of Officers The Genesee Valley Branch recently held their annual election of officers as called for and outlined in the APWA by-laws. The Branch nomination committee put forth a solid list of candidates and the following individuals have been elected to serve two-year terms.

President: Peter Vars, P.E. BME Associates Immediate Past President: Geoffrey Benway, P.E. Town of Webster Vice President: Matt Czora, P.E. Arcadis Secretary: Evert Garcia, Town of Brighton Treasurer: Michael Manning, P.E., O’Brien & Gere Director 1: Paul Chatfield, P.E., MRB Group Director 2: Jason Kennedy, P.E., Monroe County D.E.S. Director (Monroe County): Craig Eckert; Town of Henrietta Director (Ontario County): Jim Sprague, P.E., City of Canandaigua Director (Wayne County): Mike Boesel; Town of Palmyra Director (Genesee County): Vacant Director (Livingston County): Vacant Director (Orleans County): Vacant

If you are an APWA member from Genesee, Livingston or Orleans County and would like to consider serving as a Director to the Genesee Valley Branch, please contact Jason Kennedy or Paul Chatfield as we continue to look to fill those vacancies.

2018-2019 Committees One of the first orders of business for the new officers was the appointment of Committee Chairs to support the various activities of the Branch. The following Chairs were appointed:

Awards Committee – Paul Chatfield, MRB Group Banquet Committee – Geoff Benway, Town of Webster Continuing Education & Presentations Committee – Mike Simon, LaBella Membership – Evert Garcia, Town of Brighton Legislative & Government Affairs – Geoffrey Benway, Town of Webster Scholarship – Rick Benway, retired

If you have any interest in finding out what these committees do and possibly participating on them, feel free to contact the respective committee chair.

Upcoming Events  APWA National Convention - August 26-29, 2018 - Kansas City, MO  Genesee Valley Branch Lunch Meeting - October 18, 2018 - Town of Henrietta; Speaker Sheriff Todd Baxter 26 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

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Monroe Professional Engineers Society A Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers 657 East Avenue, Rochestter, New York 14607 Dedicated to Professionalism in Engineering in the Interest of Public Safety and Welfare 2018-19 Officers: President Chris Kambar, PE, President-elect Arthur Reardon, PE, Vice-President Scott Wolcott, PE, Secretary Martin Gordon, PE, Treasurer Michael Ritchie, PE, Membership Chair Arthur Reardon, PE Past Presidents: David Roberts, PE, Chris Devries, PE, Joseph Dombrowski, PE Directors: Barry Dumbauld, PE, Robert Winans, PE, Joseph Dombrowski, PE, Jim Drago, PE, Neal Illenberg, PE

Officers & Board of Directors for 2018-2019 Operating Year July 1 marked the beginning of the 2018-2019 operating year for MPES. This includes some changes to the officers and board of directors for the engineering society. The 2018-2019 board consists of the following: st

Officers serving 1st year of their two-year term: Christopher V. Kambar, PE (president), Dr. Arthur C. Reardon, PE (president-elect), Scott Wolcott, PE (vice president). Officers elected to the 2018-2019 term: Martin E. Gordon, PE (secretary), Michael O. Ritchie, PE (treasurer). Directors serving 2nd year of two-year term: Barry J. Dumbauld, PE (director #1), Robert K. Winans, PE (director #2). Director #3 position was vacated by Ann Ziki. Doug Strang, PE has offered to fill this position, with his appointment to be voted on by the board in September. Directors elected to the 2018-2020 term: Joseph Dombrowski, PE (past president)(director #4), James Drago, PE (director #5), Neal J. Illenberg, PE (former treasurer)(director #6).

STEaM Camp Held at FLCC, Victor, NY Working in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) opened up their Victor Campus Center to middle school students to participate in hands-on STEaM events. The event was held from July 9th to 13th. Based on the concept of STEM education, STEaM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, architecture/arts and Math. FLCC faculty presented projects in engineering, mechanical technology, instrumentation and control technologies, and architecture. Students had access to the tech facilities and tools in order to create projects and compete with them at the Technology Olympics on the final day of camp.

Message from incoming MPES President It is an honor to serve as president of the Monroe PE Society for the next two years. Our organization promotes engineering in many ways and strives to support engineers’ rights and offer continuing education. I hope to continue to evolve and grow our organization in this manner. Our board of directors meetings will be held every other month at the RIT campus and every other month online, where we will continue to develop, improve and support Mathcounts, TEAMS, and the Rochester Engineering Symposium. I completed my undergraduate studies at SUNY Canton, and from there I obtained my bachelors degree in applied science for civil engineering technology at RIT. While at RIT, I worked for Monroe County in their surveying department and records rooms, and for RIT's own Facilities Management Office, completing my cooperative educational requirements and gaining valuable civil engineering experience in the real world. After graduation I worked for Crane Hogan Structural Systems as a field office manager. While working on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge that connects NYS Route 104 over the Genesee River, I oversaw the contractor’s equipment and supplies, time sheets and other managerial tasks. However, I soon realized that construction was not meant for me. That is when an opening at APD Engineering became available and I decided to apply. Once I started at APD, I quickly realized my passion for civil site design. I have learned a great deal at APD over the last nineteen plus years and I'm looking forward to applying my knowledge and passing it on to newer engineers. Sincerely, Christopher Kambar

As always, we encourage active membership in the Monroe Professional Engineers Society. We are constantly striving to improve your membership but we always need more help. If you are interested in becoming an active member or have any questions, please email me at or contact MPES through our website at

Christopher V. Kambar, President, MPES 30 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Rochester ASHRAE website:


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A new calendar year of ASHRAE has begun and speaking for the entire chapter we would like to thank Bill Clark for the amazing job he did as last year’s President. The chapter had a great year with excellent attendance and membership. I would also like to introduce and extend my advanced appreciation for this year’s chapter officers, committee chairs and board of governors that volunteered their time to serve our chapter. Tom Streber, President-elect & Program Mike Benedict, Treasurer Scott Edwards, Secretary & Newsletter Editor Bill Clark, Immediate Past President & Nominating George Herman, Board of Governors (3rd Yr.) & Membership Marjani Wilson, Board of Governors (2nd Yr.) & Government Advocacy Jeff Wiedrick, Board of Governors (2nd Yr.) & Chapter Technology Transfer Matt Kremers, Board of Governors (2nd Yr.) & YEA Chair Bret Fryover, Board of Governors (1st Yr.) & Attendance Chris Bove, Board of Governors (1st Yr.) Jacob Hall, Historian Matt Devlin, Research Promotion Zach Hess, Research Promotion Rob Hudson, Student Activities Al Rodgers, Awards & Recognition Bill Murray, Education Mark Kukla, Publicity Jim Browe, Golf Outing & Picnic Jody McGarry, Valentine’s Dance Mike Nohle, Refrigeration Sam Scorsone, Refrigeration Tom Burke, Government Advocacy Steve Dear, Website Pete Bukowski, Online Buyer’s Guide & Business Cards

I look forward to seeing you at our Clambake on September 17th! ashrae news

Planning for the 2018-2019 ASHRAE calendar year is underway. If anybody has any suggestions for monthly meeting topics or tours please contact our President-elect and Program Chair, Tom Streber. He can be reached at

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Society for Imaging Science and Technology Website: Our meetings are held at 6:00pm in Room 1275 of the Carlson Center for Imaging Science on the RIT campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. Parking is available in the F lot, just north of the building. No meeting reservations are required. Meeting Schedule September 19, 2018 - Tour by Taylor Whitney, Preserving The Past, LLC, 2290 East Avenue, Rochester.

October 17, 2018 - "Person Re-Identification Using Overhead View Fish-eye Lens Cameras," by Research Scientist Wencheng Wu, PhD Venue ideas requested – we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Tour at Preserving The Past, LLC, 2290 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14610 Taylor Whitney Abstract: Archival Standards for Preserving AudioVisual Collections President and founder, Taylor Whitney established her company, Preserving The Past, LLC in 1997 after working in film preservation on major motion pictures for several years. The company specializes in photograph, film, video and audio preservation working with content creators, businesses, institutions and families to preserve their heritage according to preservation standards. Her interactive presentation will include a tour of her East Avenue facility, an exploration of the significance of preserving cultural collections, the chemical properties of original elements that lead to deterioration, the problems we are facing with obsolete technology, knowledge and equipment. She will also discuss best practices in digitization, restoration and repurposing to ensure these assets will be available for years to come. Location: Preserving The Past, LLC is conveniently located at 2290 East Avenue in Rochester, NY between Clover & Winton in a complex called Council Rock Greens. Park in the back and enter in the middle of the three brick mansions. We are to the left of the staircase by the elevator on the ground floor. Biography: Taylor Whitney began her career “in the movies” on the set in film production, post-production, as Sr. Film Librarian specializing in Hollywood History and as Sr. Film Inspection Technician in film preservation in Hollywood, California before establishing Preserving The Past, LLC in 1997, to bring the same technology used on major motion pictures to private collections. In 2004, Taylor returned to school to earn a master of arts degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, (PPCM) at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in collaboration with George Eastman Museum in 34 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2018

Rochester, New York. Taylor is dedicated to keeping abreast of technology as it develops implementing state-of-the-art services, proven workflow and methodology and incorporating digital and traditional best practices. This commitment has differentiated her company enabling it to attract such prestigious clients as The Strong Museum of Play, University of Rochester Film and Media Studies, Ryerson University, Brighton Fire Department, country clubs, small businesses and families. Taylor believes in passing forward technical knowledge that, due to technological obsolescence, is waning. She offers presentations to community and preservation industry organizations on preserving artifacts and legacies according to preservation standards. She mentors archivists and librarians through the technical aspects of analogue-to-digital conversion helping them meet their business objectives. Her company employs up-and-coming archivists giving them the opportunity to learn collections management, digitization of obsolete media and cold storage specifications. She enjoys meeting with and advising young archivists and professionals on career choices, technology and entrepreneurialism. Taylor is on the board of RAFAS (Rochester Association of Film, Arts + Sciences), The George Eastman Museum Council, past Vice President of RAVA (Rochester AudioVisual Association), and involved in many associations dedicated to preserving our cultural heritage. The executive board of AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) awarded Taylor the 2013 Alan Stark Award honoring achievement in film preservation. Taylor was a 2017 finalist for the Digital Rochester Woman in Technology Award. Preserving The Past, LLC has offices in Rochester, NY and Los Angeles, CA with clients worldwide. is&t news


Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association Website:

Year 2018 Officers President Jared R. Ransom, LS Vice President Justin M. Roloson, LS Secretary Robert J. Avery, LS Treasurer Michael A. Venturo, LS Roy B. Garfinkel, LS, Ex-officio

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August 2018

2016-2018 Douglas W. Magde, LS Douglas Churchill, LS 2017-2019 David L. Standinger, LS Daniel T. Hickok, LS 2018-2020 Timothy T. Odell, LS Matthew R. Palmer Jonathan Navagh - Associates Representative

Upcoming Events 2018: September 13, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting - 6:00 PM Location TBD

October 18, 2018 General Membership Meeting / Livingston County Dinner 6:00 PM Location TBD

Board of Directors Meeting September 13, 2018 6:00 PM Location TBD

General Membership Meeting / Livingston County Dinner Professional Affiliations •

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Affiliated Societies of the Rochester Engineering Society American Consulting Engineering Companies of New York President, David J. Meyer, 585-218-0730 Email:

Association For Facilities Engineering, Rochester Chapter President, Dennis Roote, PE Email:

American Public Works Association Monroe County/Genesee Valley Branch Chairman, Peter Vars, PE Email:

Electrical Association Executive Director, Karen Lynch Email: President, Russ Corcoran, Landmark Electric, 585-359-0800. Email:

American Society of Civil Engineers, Rochester Section President, Christopher Sichak, PE Email: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, Bill Clark, PE, CEM Email: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Steven Ivancic, University of Rochester American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Rochester New York Chapter President, Jennifer Wengender, PE, CPD, Clark Patterson Lee, 205 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14604. 585-454-7600. Email: Association for Bridge Construction and Design President, Ronald Centola Prudent Engineering Email:

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association President, Jared R. Ransom, LS 585-737-6881 Email:

Monroe Professional Engineers Society President, Chris Kambar Email: New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 4 President, Howard R. Ressel, 585-272-3372. Email: New York Water Environment Association Inc., Genesee Valley Chapter ( President, Bill Davis, 585-381-9250 Email:

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