Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor (PS&S) Recognized For Engineering Excellence

Saw Mill River Earns 2013 NYSSPE Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award


WARREN, NJ (June 6, 2013) – Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor (PS&S) announced today that it has been awarded the 2013 NYSSPE Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award for the Daylighting of Saw Mill River at Larkin Plaza. The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) evaluated the project based on criteria such as engineering principles, originality/innovation, complexity, social significance, and economic impact.

For the past 50 years, it has been our pleasure to deliver innovative design to both our clients and the community,” said John Sartor, President and Chief Operating Officer of PS&S. “It is an honor to receive this award and I could not be more proud of our team’s expertise and the high-level of commitment to quality work.

 The Saw Mill River, which was buried beneath the City of Yonkers at the beginning of the 20th Century, had great potential to provide social and economic progress.  The City of Yonkers recognized the opportunity to “daylight” the river – that is – returning the river to a more natural, open-air condition, which provides many community and ecological benefits.

 The myriad of project challenges included the wide ranges of river flow rates, the Hudson River tidal conditions and floodplain, aged perimeter utility infrastructure, heavy vehicular and pedestrian circulation around the park and several adjacent and notable historic buildings and monuments.  While successfully addressing those challenges, the design also enhanced the quality of the aquatic habitat, the river conveyance capacity, and the downtown pedestrian experience.

 “This project gave us the opportunity to foster a collaborative design with the City of Yonkers and related stakeholders with our talented multiple discipline professionals,” said Joe Fleming, Executive Vice President and Principal in Charge for PS&S.  

 The award winning design preserved the existing underground flume to accommodate the infrequent but severe rainfall storms and directed the base river flow and smaller rainfall events through a series of dynamic pools, riffles and a waterfall through a beautiful urban park.  The design also features an intricate fish ladder and an outdoor learning enclave.  The Daylighting of the Saw Mill River project has been celebrated by many civic and environmental associations such as Scenic Hudson, Groundwork Hudson Valley, and The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

 The presentation of the award will take place at the Installation and Awards Banquet, Friday evening, June 7th at High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY in conjunction with the 2013 NYSSPE Annual Meeting.

 The New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. (NYSSPE) is a professional association representing over 1,500 licensed Professional Engineers (PEs), certified Engineers in Training (EITs) and engineering students throughout New York. The NYSSPE serves the needs of New York's engineers working in private practice, industry, construction, government and education and is one of the few organizations that represent engineers across all disciplines. To learn more, please visit

 Founded in 1962, Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor (PS&S) has evolved into a unique best-in-class architecture and engineering (AE) firm, providing design and permitting services to a wide range of corporate, institutional and commercial clients. PS&S is ranked among the top national design firms by Engineering News Record (and among the top 15 national engineering firms in pharmaceuticals). Recognized both for its breadth of services and depth of expertise, it is a one-stop resource for planning, permitting and design at the local, State and Federal levels. To learn more, please visit

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