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…