2017 Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development

 
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We are looking forward to this week’s 2017 Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development; Building Foundations to Shape Communities.

PS&S is a Networking Reception Sponsor and we are hosting a reception on Thursday, October 6 from 5–7 PM in Harrah’s Conference Center. The Networking Reception is open to all in attendance.

Please come visit us in the Wildwood Ballroom of Harrah’s Conference Center at Booth #207.


Also: PS&S Senior Director Ron Weston will be a presenter on the panel:

It's Easy Being Green – It’s Also Great for Economic Development
Thursday, October 5, 2017 • 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Room: Wildwood 23 • Credits: CM I 1.25

 

PS&S in The Journal News and lohud.com

 
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New Jersey architects, engineers open Yonkers office

A New Jersey architecture firm has opened its first Westchester County office in Yonkers.

PS&S offers architecture, engineering, design and environmental consulting services from a 12-person, 5,400-square-foot office at 1 Larkin Plaza.

The new location sits across from the daylighted Saw Mill River, for which PS&S provided engineering services.

Read more here.


Celebrating the grand re-opening of our Yonkers Office: PS&S in The Journal News and lohud.com

 
Source: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/west...

PS&S Day in Yonkers, NY

 
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Thank you Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano for declaring September 27, 2017 as “PS&S Day” in celebration of the grand re-opening of our office at 1 Larkin Plaza. We are honored by the recognition and look forward to many years of serving Yonkers and Westchester County.

 

PS&S Participates in the 2017 Katz JCC Pro-Am

 
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PS&S Participated in the 2017 Katz JCC Pro-Am held at Galloway National Golf Course, in Galloway, NJ.

Mark Allen from the PS&S Delaware Valley office teamed up with other JCC members and golfers, for the benefit of the Katz JCC Camps at Medford Financial assistance fund and the Open Hearts/Open Doors Program for campers with special needs.

The special needs inclusion camp program provides accommodations for children with disabilities to fully participate with age-appropriate peers at the JCC Camps at Medford and Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC. Campers in the OH/OD program span a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and communication impairments.

PS&S is pleased to participate with the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the Katz JCC and the community to ensure that special campers have the ability to participate.

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PS&S Receives Design Award for Bronx School Project

 
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PS&S is pleased to announce that our Bronx School project, designed for the NYC School Construction Authority, received a 'Gold' design award at the AIA Newark & Suburban 2017 Design Awards competition. The design awards were presented at an AIA reception held on September 14th at Kean University’s Michael Graves School of Architecture in Union, New Jersey.

 

PS&S Yonkers Supports YPIE's 10th Anniversary Gala

 
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The PS&S Yonkers office was out in full force to support the Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) 10th Anniversary Gala. YPIE was launched in 2007 to support students in the Yonkers Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in New York State. YPIE partners with the Yonkers Public School District, business and philanthropic communities and higher education institutions to support the thousands of Yonkers students as they prepare for college and launch successful careers.

 

PS&S Participates in the NJWEA’s Autumn Technology Transfer Seminar

 
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PS&S’s General Counsel Renard Barnes participated in the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA)’s Autumn Technology Transfer Seminar this week. Renard served as the instructor for the course “Professional Engineering Ethics and Case Studies.”

The NJWEA is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water environment. Founded in 1915, the Association is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. With a membership of 2800 engineers, operators, scientists , students and other professionals, the NJWEA is an environmental leader in New Jersey.

 

NY’s Newest Elementary School Opens

 

PS&S is thrilled to see the opening of New York City’s newest school – PS 583 in the Bronx.

PS&S’s entire building group, including architecture, civil, structural, MEP and Geotech teams, designed and engineered this state-of-the-art elementary school, giving more than 450 children from the Parkchester and Soundview neighborhoods a new school to call home

 

SUMMER 2017 NEWSLETTER

 
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Spring 2017 Newsletter
SUMMER 2017 NEWSLETTER

FROM THE CORNER OFFICE

It’s probably obvious to say, but one of the primary goals of any business is to make sure it stays in business…and grows. These days, there is a developing issue that if not addressed, can halt a company in its tracks: the significant increase in the number and scope of environmental compliance imperatives across all state and local regulatory environments.

From Anthony Sartor & John Sartor

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One of the areas affected is the installation of emergency generators. In the five years since Superstorm Sandy, businesses that have added generators or switched to larger generators or have added fuel for run times have all needed to make sure their work meets state and local compliance and permitting codes. Our environmental regulatory compliance team has been busy working with clients to provide quality counsel on all these matters. In this newsletter, our employee spotlight will focus on Chris Gulics, who came to PS&S in 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience providing environmental regulatory compliance services to a variety of clients.

Our “In Focus” looks at a topic that many of us take for granted: clean drinking water. Recent headlines regarding lead in water in towns such as Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey have put the spotlight on how safe our water is. Many municipalities and public and private entities are looking to PS&S to make sure they are following all current regulations regarding testing and compliance, and with Chris Gulics and his team of professionals, we are confident they are in very good hands.

For more information, please contact Anthony Sartor at asartor@psands.com, or John Sartor at jsartor@psands.com.

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IN FOCUS: WATER SAFETY

IN FOCUS: WATER SAFETY

It’s called the 8x8 rule: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to avoid dehydration and maintain your balance of body fluids. Water, after all, is a necessity of life. In a world where so many people have to travel miles to get their water from the nearest source, we are lucky to live in a country where clean, safe water is available at the turn of a tap.

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But in recent years, several high-profile stories have changed the way many Americans think about tap water, especially in places away from the familiarity of home such as malls, schools and hospitals. We first heard about the Flint, Michigan, water disaster in 2014 when the city of nearly 100,000 people switched water sources as a cost-cutting measure which led to tainted drinking water that contained lead and other toxins. Last year in New Jersey, Newark school officials broke the news that elevated levels of lead had been found in nearly half of the public schools. Prompted by the Flint crisis and the high lead results in Newark, the New Jersey Board of Education adopted rules last July requiring schools to test water fountains and other drinking water sources. The city of Newark wound up spending more than $1 million to test water sources across the city’s 65 public schools.

Lead in public water is a national issue and with the aging of the nation’s infrastructure – in this case pipes carrying water from the source to the tap – one that is not likely to go away. In the vast majority of cases, lead enters the drinking water through the water delivery system itself when it leaches from either lead pipes, fixtures containing lead, or lead solder. The leaching of lead is caused by corrosive properties in water. Very rarely is lead present in the sources of drinking water.

PS&S is a recognized leader in the field of water resources with a staff of talented professionals that can meet the technical requirements of any water challenge. Earlier this year, a large New Jersey Medical Center was told tests showed its drinking water contained elevated levels of lead, which was most likely leaching from the hospital’s own pipes and faucet fixtures. PS&S has worked with the hospital to upgrade both its well and water treatment systems.

“The Medical Center uses its well water as its primary source and relies on city water as a backup source,” said Chris Gulics, PS&S’s Senior Director of Environmental and Regulatory Compliance. “We are currently working with them to treat both supplies, meeting the challenge of additional sampling and permit compliance.”

“Our work follows our successful collaboration with another major New Jersey Healthcare System,” continued Gulics. “When tests at one of their locations showed elevated lead levels, PS&S’s water treatment team was called in to help fix the problem.”

Currently, there are thousands of miles of aging water lines providing water to buildings in New Jersey and other states. The PS&S professionals in its Water Resources and Environmental Regulatory Compliance teams are ready to help both public and private entities fix this costly and potentially unhealthy problem.

For more information, contact Chris Gulics at cgulics@psands.com.

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SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS GULICS

Let’s be honest: regulatory compliance is not exactly the sexiest profession out there. But it is certainly one of the most important if a business wants to stay in business.

Chris Gulics came to PS&S in 2015 along with three colleagues during a transitional period in the Monmouth/Ocean County engineering consulting world. Currently, Chris is the company’s Senior Director of Environmental Regulatory Compliance and heads up a team of five professionals whose job is to make sure our clients are following all regulatory permitting and compliance. Chris and his team know the current guidelines and regulations so our clients can focus on their businesses.

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“PS&S was doing this work before I arrived,” said Gulics. “But now, we have a core group that makes sure our clients are covered on all environmental and regulatory matters. We take care of operational permits, which are basically things clients must do in order to operate their businesses. There is a constant learning process to keep current on guidelines and regulations and to understand permitting. It’s easy to get the permit; it’s hard to make sure the client complies with the permit. So, our goal is to keep the clients from needing permitting if possible, and if not, we make it as easy as possible to operate within the conditions of the permit.”

Chris grew up in Woodbridge and went to Rutgers where he graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources. He now lives in Howell, which gives him great access to two of his favorite pastimes with his three sons ages 11, 13, and 15: fishing and the hitting the Point Pleasant beach.

In his 20-plus years working with clients, Chris has developed relationships with many professionals who are often able to recommend other PS&S services to their company.

“We start out doing work in one area and it leads to more,” said Gulics. “Relationships matter, and once you earn someone’s trust, they are much more likely to want to expand that working relationship. PS&S is truly a “one-stop shop.” Clients begin to realize that the longer we work with them. We are always looking to educating clients as to PS&S’s capabilities.”

One such client is a New Jersey- based behavioral health facility and a Chris Gulics client since 2000. In fact, the relationship goes back even further when Chris was involved in environmental work with the company’s current director of facilities at his prior employer. PS&S has made upgrades to the treatment plants and has worked on numerous environmental projects.

Besides Chris, there are four other professionals on the compliance team:

  • Steve Oliver – has been with PS&S for more than 30 years. Based in Warren, Steve focuses on air permitting and noise assessments;
  • Matt Mee – a project scientist based in Cherry Hill, Matt came to PS&S with Chris Gulics in 2015. Matt handles utilities, spill prevention and underground tanks;
  • Kristi Sorrentino – an environmental scientist based in Wall. Kristi works on drinking and wastewater compliance services;
  • Sean McCauley – based in Wall, Sean supports the team in the field.

One very important affiliation for Chris and PS&S is the relationship with the New Jersey Municipal Environmental Risk Management Fund (EJIF) which was established by property and casualty joint insurance funds to provide their member public entities and utility authorities with environmental coverage. Currently, Chris is one of the Fund’s two environmental engineers who help manage environmental risk associated with municipal operations such as insurance claims for more than 150 municipalities in NJ. This includes being on call 24/7 in the event of spills or discharges to soils, surface water or groundwater. This service was designed by the EJIF to provide guidance to its members to help in the immediate moments following an emergency.

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Embracing Our New Jersey Roots: PS&S in myCentralJersey.com

 

Recruiting and hiring the best engineering talent in NJ is the focus of our conversation with The Courier News.

Warren firm welcomes NJ engineers

Recent New Jersey college graduates in the field of engineering are being encouraged to work at "home," so to speak, by choosing careers in-state. PS&S, a Warren-based architecture and engineering firm, is one company encouraging young engineers to embrace their New Jersey roots and stay local.

 
Source: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/money...

PS&S is proud and excited to be a part of this Westchester redevelopment initiative with our great client, RXR

 

NYC's Northern Suburbs Get Urban Makeover With Apartment Towers

  • RXR plans pair of buildings near New Rochelle’s train station
  • Westchester seeing ‘a very different kind of transformation’

A pair of high-rise apartment towers is set to replace a decrepit parking deck in New Rochelle, extending the New York suburb’s effort to draw younger residents by touting its urban feel and access to mass transit.

 
Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/20...

PS&S Participates in 2017 American Cancer Society’s Ride For a Cure

 

On June 11th, PS&S Senior Director Marge DellaVecchia and Designer Mark Allen participated in the 2017 American Cancer Society’s Ride For a Cure. Marge and Mark, who work in the company’s Delaware Valley Office, were part of a team that raised more than $25,000 for this great cause.

Mark was one of the few riders on the “Ray’s Riders” team who rode the full 100 miles from the Ben Franklin Bridge to Atlantic City’s Convention Hall by way of the legendary Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.

Over the years, the team has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. Everyone is welcome to join or support next year’s ride.