Hurricane Sandy Build it Back Program

Build it Back1 (2)New York City led one of the fastest disaster recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, helping more than 20,000 families return to their homes through the Rapid Repairs program, a critical first step in assisting residents recover from the storm.  HAKS was on the front lines, mobilizing and dispatching inspectors and monitors as part of this 24/7 field operation.  The City has now shifted its focus to the long-term rebuilding effort with Build it Back, a federally funded program to assist affected homeowners, landlords and cooperative and condominium owners. Continue reading

HAKS Receives Top ACEC Awards

HamiltonAsphaltPlant-9The ACEC-New York 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards were announced March 29th at the annual awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria.  HAKS was recognized for five projects, including a Diamond Award for the Reconstruction of the Hamilton Avenue Asphalt Plant in Brooklyn, which was also an ACEC National Award Finalist.

We served as CM/design-builder for this $22 million state-of-the-art project initiated by the NYCDOT and built by the NYCDDC to replace the plant’s aging asphalt-producing equipment. We managed, supervised, coordinated and inspected all design and construction work throughout the project.  The reconstructed plant produces a relatively new warm-mix asphalt that decreases emissions and odors, requires less heating and can be applied in cooler temperatures, extending the paving season through the winter months.  Continue reading

HAKS Celebrates National Engineers Week

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National Engineers Week was created in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers to increase an understanding of and interest in engineering and technological careers.

HAKS kicked off the 2014 National Engineers Week (February 16-22) by visiting P.S. 101Q in Queens to take part in the annual PENCIL Partnership Engineering Fair, which helps to bring engineering principles and challenges into the classroom. Continue reading

HAKS Highlights Two High-Performance Buildings

121Precinct-11Clients have come to view sustainability as an essential element of project success.  The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated.  USGBC uses the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, which awards points in various categories to determine the level of sustainable certification.  Major categories are sustainable sites, ecosystems and water resources, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. One structure that has qualified in these categories is the 121st Police Precinct in Staten Island, New York, which achieved LEED Silver certification in January 2014. Continue reading

The Case for Green Infrastructure

Green InfrastructureStormwater poses challenges to urban areas in the form of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and flooding.  Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and rooftops prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. This water also carries bacteria and other pollutants into nearby bodies of water.  Waterways are especially vulnerable in cities that have combined sewer systems, which discharge a mixture of sewage and stormwater runoff when these systems overwhelm their designated treatment plants. After a waterway has been degraded, it is difficult and expensive to restore it to a healthy condition.  Prevention is the way to go, and urban communities across the country are turning to “Green Infrastructure (GI)” as a cost-effective, environmentally friendly solution to stormwater management. Continue reading

HAKS Offers Clients Mobile LiDAR

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In October 2012, after being retired from space flight, the Space Shuttle Endeavour made a crosstown journey from the Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in Exposition Park.  A new technology known as Mobile LiDAR (for light detecting and ranging) was used to identify and map obstructions so that the shuttle could maneuver through city streets and arrive intact.  LiDAR is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analyzing the reflected light to create a detailed map of the landscape.  HAKS has recently added Mobile LiDAR to our land surveying and mapping service portfolio.  Continue reading

Activation of Manhattan Leg of Third City Water Tunnel

Third Water 1New York City requires 1.3 billion gallons of water daily for its more than 9 million residents. The precarious condition of the city’s aging water tunnels had been its gravest infrastructure threat until October 16th when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the activation of the final 8.5-mile Manhattan stage of the Third City Water Tunnel. Until this major milestone, Tunnel No. 1 was so critical that the city couldn’t turn it off to inspect it. “If we were to lose one of the tunnels without backup, that part of the city would be uninhabitable,” said Bloomberg. Continue reading

BCAS: Making New York City’s Schools Safe and Sound

PS184-Exterior3 copy for ad copyThe New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving approximately 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools.  As the responsible agency for the DOE’s capital program, the mission of the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) is to design and construct safe, attractive and environmentally sound public schools.  To achieve this tall order, the SCA requires an annual baseline Building Condition Assessment Survey (BCAS) of all public schools and associated facilities to ensure that they meet state-mandated requirements. Inspection teams use hand-held tablets with SCA-tailored software to record observations and rate building components. This uniform evaluation system with objective rating criteria has become an invaluable capital planning tool for New York City’s school system. Continue reading

HAKS Mentoring Program for M/W/DBEs

HAKS is giving back to the M/W/DBE community by inviting its subconsultant firms to participate in a mentoring program geared to giving them an edge in the market.  Initially an MBE firm, HAKS is now a medium-sized consulting firm with approximately 600 employees—and growing fast.  The program will help firms enhance their teaming and pursuit skills by first determining their strengths and weaknesses, identifying potential clients and upcoming projects, developing effective promotional materials, managing finances, and planning for effective growth. Continue reading

HAKS Welcomes PA/Delaware Branch Manager Charles DiCello

C_DiCello_2255 copyCharles DiCello has joined HAKS as Assistant Vice President and Pennsylvania/Delaware branch manager, offering more than 15 years of experience in the transportation industry.  An accomplished project manager and expert structural engineer, Mr. DiCello has managed highway and bridge projects ranging in value from $1.2 to $170 million.  He is also an experienced bridge inspection team leader, having conducted more than 1,000 in-depth inspections of numerous structures as well as underwater bridge inspections.  Continue reading