PS&S Attends 2018 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo

 

PS&S attended the 2018 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo that was held from November 4th to the 7th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

 

PS&S Supports 2018 Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge

 

PS&S was a silver sponsor for the annual Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge that took place on Sunday, November 4th.

PS&S also helped hand out water to runners on the second half of the run.

 

PS&S Attended the NJAFM 2018 Annual Conference

 

PS&S attended the 14th Annual New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management Conference & Exhibition. It was held on October 23rd to the 25th this year in Atlantic City, New Jersey. PS&S was happy to be a gold sponsor for the NJAFM 2018 annual conference.

 

PS&S Supports Checking For Charity Golf Outing

 
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On October 13th, PS&S was a hole in one sponsor for the “Checking for Charity” annual golf outing. The funds raised from this golf outing are awarded to the charities of each hockey team’s choice in the “Checking for Charity” hockey tournament. PS&S’ Mark Allen plays in their hockey tournament every year and helps run this golf outing.

 

PS&S Attended the 2018 NJSBA Workshop

 
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PS&S attended the 2018 NJSBA Workshop that was held at the Atlantic City Convention Center from October 23rd to October 24th.

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Two PS&S Projects Awarded by NJAFA

 

On October 17th, 2018, two PS&S projects were awarded the New Jersey Alliance for Action “2018 Distinguished Engineering Award.” The projects are the iPark Mixed-Use Development in Edgewater and the Former Harrison Avenue Landfill Redevelopment in Kearny.

 

PS&S supports 5th Annual Ride & Walk for Ben

 

On Friday, October 12th, PS&S joined the 5th Annual Ride & Walk for Ben in Wallingford, CT.

Scott Salmon and Jim LaMaire participated in the 15 mile Tyler Mill Route known as The Ride For Ben's "classic" route.

 

PS&S strengthens design, engineering platform with four new hires

 
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PS&S has announced four new hires, including a new head of its building services group and three additions to its land services team.

The Warren-based architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firm said Monday that Harry “Ted” Osborne has joined its senior management committee as senior director of the company’s building services group. Meantime, Steven Ewing, Russell Cipolla and Bill Schneider have joined the company as senior directors.

“Ted, Russell, Steve and Bill bring tremendous knowledge, skills and experiences from successful organizations across multiple sectors,” said John Sartor, CEO and president of PS&S. “These key hires exemplify our commitment to be the best partner and support our clients strategically with innovation, technical excellence and unparalleled integrity using the most knowledgeable experts in the industry.”

Osborne, who will be based in the Warren office, brings 40 years of architectural design and planning experience to the building services group, according to a news release. Working with the land services group, the team will continue to serve clients across all aspects of design and engineering, including civil engineering, permitting and survey work.

PS&S said Osborne’s involvement in architectural design encompasses significant domestic and international expertise, with clients including Fortune 500 companies. His prior work includes architectural design and engineering solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, research and development labs, urban redevelopment programs, corporate headquarters buildings, health care and education.

He has also served as a project principal, developing infrastructure protection measures due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, the news release said. Osborne joins the firm from Gannett Fleming and reports to Sartor.

Ewing, Cipolla and Schneider will report to Joseph Fleming, first executive vice president of the PS&S land services group.

Cipolla, who is based in the firm’s Cherry Hill office, will head up a new bridges and roads division in the land services group. PS&S touted his more than 30 years of planning, design, construction and project management experience, which will expedite the bridge and road engineering needs for all of the company’s clients.

He is a professional engineer with city, county, state and federal project engineering experience, the news release said, bringing decades of knowledge in the infrastructure and building sectors.

Based in Atlantic City, Ewing strengthens the company’s ability to provide state and federal impact assessments and coastal permitting guidance, PS&S said. He brings more than 40 years of administrative and technical experience, along with decades of working with regulatory agencies to assist clients dealing with local, state and federal permitting.

Schneider is based in the firm’s Yonkers, New York, office, bringing more than 30 years of professional engineering experience. That includes major redevelopments throughout Westchester County.

He is a professional civil engineer with extensive experience in the public forum working on major redevelopment projects in the city of Yonkers, the news release said. He brings decades of experience in water quality protection, land development and building code compliance for large developments such as mixed-occupancy developments, shopping centers, and large multiple dwellings.

Schneider also has experience in the public health arena, where he has overseen approval of construction plans for sewers, wastewater pump stations, sewage treatment facilities, individual sewage disposal systems and evaluating water quality throughout Westchester County.

 
Source: https://re-nj.com/pss-strengthens-design-e...

PS&S, looking to expand presence in NJ and Northeast, announces 4 key hires

 

Osborne, Ewing, Cipolla and Schneider bring more than 125 years of experience to Warren-based firm

PS&S, a national architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firm headquartered in Warren, will announce the hiring of four key officials Monday morning as the firm looks to expand its presence in the Northeast.

Harry “Ted” Osborne has joined the senior management committee as senior director of the company’s Building Services Group. He will report to John Sartor, the CEO and president.

In addition, Steven Ewing, Russell Cipolla and Bill Schneider have joined the company as senior directors, reporting to Joseph Fleming, first executive vice president of PS&S Land Services Group.

Sartor said the hires will be key additions.

“Ted, Russell, Steve and Bill bring tremendous knowledge, skills and experiences from successful organizations across multiple sectors,” he said. “These key hires exemplify our commitment to be the best partner and support our clients strategically with innovation, technical excellence and unparalleled integrity using the most knowledgeable experts in the industry.”

The firm, which has additional New Jersey offices in Newark, Wall, Cherry Hill and Atlantic City, also has two offices in New York and one in Puerto Rico.

Osborne, who will be based in Warren, brings 40 years of architectural design and planning experience to the Building Services Group, Sartor said. That group works collaboratively with the Land Services Group to provide strategically targeted solutions to clients across all aspects of design and engineering, including civil engineering, permitting and survey work.

Responsible for every aspect of his major assignments, Osborne’s involvement in architectural design encompasses significant domestic and international expertise producing creative design solutions for Fortune 500 companies with a strong commitment to integrity, service, collaboration, innovation and design. Prior to joining the company, Osborne was at Gannett Fleming.

Osborne’s previous work includes architectural design and engineering solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, research and development labs, urban redevelopment programs, corporate headquarters buildings, health care, education and as project principal developing infrastructure protection measures due to Superstorm Sandy damage.

Cipolla, who will be based in Cherry Hill, will head up the new bridges and roads division in the Land Services Group. His more than 30 years of planning, design, construction and project management will expedite the bridge and road engineering needs for all of the company’s clients, Sartor said.

Ewing, who will be based in Atlantic City, strengthens the company’s ability to provide state and federal impact assessments and coastal permitting guidance. Sartor said his more than 40 years of administrative and technical experience will help the company’s clients expedite their environmental needs.

Schneider, who will be based in Yonkers, New York, will bring more than 30 years of professional engineering experience to a wide variety of projects, including major redevelopments throughout Westchester County, Sartor said.

Schneider brings decades of experience in water quality protection, land development and building code compliance for large developments such as mixed occupancy developments, shopping centers and large multiple dwellings, Sartor said. Schneider also has experience in the public health arena overseeing approval of construction plans for sewers, wastewater pump stations, sewage treatment facilities, individual sewage disposal systems and evaluating water quality throughout Westchester County.

 
Source: http://www.roi-nj.com/2018/10/15/real_esta...

PS&S adds 4 senior directors

 
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PS&S adds 4 senior directors

PS&S, a Warren-based architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firm, announced several key hires Monday, including the addition of Harry “Ted” Osborne to a key position on its senior management committee as senior director of the company’s Building Services Group. He will report to president and CEO John Sartor.   

In addition, Steven Ewing, Russell Cipolla and Bill Schneider have joined the company as senior directors reporting to Joseph Fleming, first executive vice president of PS&S Land Services Group.

“Ted, Russell, Steve, and Bill bring tremendous knowledge, skills and experiences from successful organizations across multiple sectors,” Sartor said in a statement. “These key hires exemplify our commitment to be the best partner and support our clients strategically with innovation, technical excellence and unparalleled integrity using the most knowledgeable experts in the industry.”

Based in Warren, Osborne brings 40 years of architectural design and planning experience to the Building Services Group, which, according to the company, works collaboratively with the Land Services Group to provide strategically targeted solutions to clients across all aspects of design and engineering, including civil engineering, permitting and survey work.

Prior to joining the company, Osborne was at Gannett Fleming. Throughout his career, he has worked on projects for such state entities as New Jersey’s Department of Treasury, Department of Transportation, Turnpike Authority; Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission; and New York State Thruway Authority.

Based in Cherry Hill, Cipolla will head up the new bridges and roads division in the Land Services Group, where he brings more than 30 years of experience in planning, design, construction and project management.

Ewing has more than 40 years' experience working with regulatory agencies to help clients expedite their environmental needs. He is based in Atlantic City.

Schneider, who works out of PS&S’ Yonkers, N.Y., office, is a professional civil engineer who brings over 30 years of experience to a wide variety of projects including major redevelopments throughout Westchester County.

 
Source: http://www.njbiz.com/article/20181015/NJBI...

PS&S Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony of Haddon Heights Dell Project

 

PS&S designed the Haddon Heights Dell project and the groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 10th. Hany Hanafy and Marge DellaVecchia attended to support Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash and Parks Director Maggie McCann Johns in announcing and kicking off the project.

 

The Modern in Fort Lee Recognized by ASCE North Jersey Branch

 
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On September 27th, PS&S shared a table with SJP Properties at the 2018 ASCE North Jersey Annual Awards Dinner held in Fairfield, NJ.

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“The Modern” in Fort Lee - where PS&S is the site/civil engineer of the project - received Honorable Mention For Project Of The Year by ASCE North Jersey Branch for 2018.

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PS&S’s Joe Fleming also introduced the Government Engineer of the Year Award recipient.

 

Renard Barnes Quoted in Business Insurance

 
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Bridge collapse signals wider problems

The Genoa, Italy, bridge collapse in August that killed 43 could portend tragedies in the United States as well in light of its own deteriorating infrastructure and inadequate investments in maintenance and improvements.

And design professionals, including architects and engineers, could find themselves facing significant liability if they fail to take advance defensive measures, experts warn.

Many experts point to the 2017 biennial report by the Washington-based American Society of Civil Engineers, which gave U.S. infrastructure an overall D+ rating and concluded that 9.1% of the nation’s bridges were structurally deficient in 2016.

They cite the 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed 13 and the under-construction pedestrian bridge in Miami that collapsed in March, killing six, as examples of these types of incidents that have already occurred.

“It’s pretty well understood that overall in the United States we just haven’t spent the money in terms of maintaining existing infrastructure or increasing capacity to infrastructure in major metropolitan areas in particular,” said Brian Cooper, San Francisco-based managing director of construction for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

“We’re just really way behind the curve.” Litigants will turn to design professionals if an incident occurs, say observers.

“Design professionals often find themselves liable whenever there’s a catastrophe. When there’s third-party injuries, they’re often brought in, right or wrong, into those types of lawsuits,” said Dan Buelow, Chicago-based managing director of Willis Towers Watson PLC’s architects and engineers division.

However, “you would have to show negligence on the part of the engineer or architect,” which is the legal standard applied to all professionals, said Mark Peterson, Chicago-based managing director and design professional practice leader for Aon PLC.

A structural collapse is rarely caused by one error or failing, though, said Mike Davis, Philadelphia-based lead underwriter for construction professional liability for Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

It could be a combination of design errors, including poor workmanship, material that reacts in an unexpected way, or “the actual structure being used in a way different than originally contemplated,” he said.

“Firms with good internal risk management practices and quality assurance procedures can more effectively manage” infrastructure projects, which will help prevent or mitigate losses, said Kevin J. Collins, a Chevy Chase, Maryland-based underwriter and senior vice president with Victor O. Schinner & Co.

Design professionals “need to have a clear ‘go, no go’ procedure in place to evaluate every project,” said Mr. Buelow. They must decide if their firm is in position to meet the project’s needs, if they have the right clients, if there is a fair and insurable contract, and if it makes financial sense, he said.

Robin Kemper, who is president-elect of the ASCE and a senior risk engineering consultant with Zurich North America, said the society recommends that in responding to a request for proposal, a life-cycle cost analysis be included in describing the scope of work for any project over $5 million.

“It’s very important that the interchange between owner and designer and contractor is clear, and also clearly documented,” said Jeff Burns, Denver-based partner with JLT Specialty USA, a unit of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group PLC.

The contract should also clearly articulate the generally accepted standard of care for the structure, said Brett Fowler, Farmington, Connecticut-based vice president and program manager for AmWINS Group Inc.’s architects and engineers program.

“Without that reference to the standard of care, there really is no benchmark to reference. It’s critical that be included in the contract,” Mr. Fowler said.

Renard Barnes, general counsel for PS&S Integrated Services, a Warren, New Jersey-based architecture and engineering firm, said that when asked to look at a structure, his firm likes clients to initiate an ‘exhaustive review of the existing conditions.’

Design professionals have “to really understand the intended and the potential future use” of the project, said Louis A. Gritzo, Norwood, Massachusetts-based vice president for research and international codes and standards for FM Global.

Design professionals may need to report to the authorities if a public safety or health issue is involved and “the situation calls for it,” said Nahom A. Gebre, a Chevy Chase, Maryland-based risk management attorney with Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.

In addition, design professionals should be sure “that they’re not coming in as the deep pocket in assets as well as insurance, so that they remain in a claim because of the assets they have to offer,” said Barbara Sable, Rockville, Maryland-based assistant vice president for RLI Corp.

Architecture and engineering firms do not need to be afraid of asking insurers questions or reporting potential claims, said David Zell, New York-based vice president of alternative markets for QBE North America, a unit of Australian insurer QBE Insurance Group Ltd. If a disgruntled owner has threatened to file suit, “it’s OK to report that. We’re not going to hold that against you,” he said.

 

John Sartor Quoted in Business Insurance

 

Liability cover abundant for architects, engineers

There is no shortage of professional liability coverage for architects and engineers in the current competitive marketplace, observers say.

“It’s really a good time to be a good architectural or engineering firm from a professional liability insurance perspective because the rates are very competitive. A lot of people want their business,” with some 60 insurers in the sector, said Brett Fowler, Farmington, Connecticut-based vice president and program manager for AmWINS Group Inc.’s architects and engineers program.

Terms “are fairly broad, but ... I think the carriers are not looking to go beyond what they have in the policy forms, so there isn’t a lot of flexibility,” said Joe Schrancz, New York-based vice president of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co.’s specialty risks architects and engineers’ group.

Insurers are “not all that willing to use the capacity that they have,” although companies can build capacity by having multiple insurers on programs, Mr. Schrancz said.

However, ‘As you review and analyze the different options, you do have to be mindful’ of the exclusions ‘that may be in there.’
— John Sartor, President and CEO of PS&S

Design professionals can either purchase blanket or project-specific policies.

The market is more constricted for more complex infrastructure projects, said Dan Buelow, Chicago-based managing director of Willis Towers Watson PLC’s architects and engineers division.

 

Paul Robeson Community Themed Elementary School of the Arts Opens This Week

 

PS&S was pleased to be the Architects & Engineers for New Brunswick Public Schools “Paul Robeson Community Themed Elementary School of the Arts”, which opens for classes this week. The 135,000 SF building combines a new addition and renovations to the former school, and is the 5th NJSDA Design-Build school that PS&S has completed over the last several years with Design-Builder Hall Construction Co., Inc.

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[Photos by Luke Gong.]

 

PS&S Participated in NJ Alliance for Action Events

 

NJ Alliance for Action – Investing in SNJ Forum

PS&S attended the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s annual Investing in South Jersey Forum on June 22, 2018. PS&S was pleased to support the Alliance for Action and proud to be an active member of the energy coalition community.

The event highlighted NJ’s energy master plan which emphasizes the creation of clean energy sources.  PS&S is actively working with many of the region’s utility providers and is well positioned, poised and ready to meet the call for the current and next generation of energy initiatives.


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NJ Alliance for Action Event – Health Care for the Economy – Hospital Construction and Expansion

On June 1, 2018 PS&S architects, Charles Clauser and Stephen Sgro, attended the NJ Alliance for Action: Health Care for the Economy featuring discussion of Hospital Construction and Expansion. 

The event featured speakers from the healthcare industry who discussed developing new concepts such as establishing healthcare space within retail and residential projects to make healthcare more accessible to its users.