A Grand Feat for Lower Manhattan

HAKS led the REI joint venture for this ambitious $40 million public works project that reconstructed water mains and utility infrastructure along Grand Street, from Broadway to Essex.  Subsurface challenges included active subways, non-functioning water main valves, active steam lines, underground building vaults extending into the street, and a high density of secondary electrical and communication lines.  Abandoned, heavily reinforced trolley track foundations also interfered with the work.  Continue Reading…

A New Perspective on Safety

LadderWith Safety Week upon us, we would like to highlight a very thought-provoking article in Engineering News-Record (April 10, 2017) on the way we perceive near misses and close calls on the project site.  These incidents are defined as “unexpected events that cause no significant property damage or injury.” Robin L. Dillon-Merrill, a professor at Georgetown University, believes that when we look at such events as evidence that our safety plan is working, we are in actuality reinforcing dangerous behavior.  In other words, these close calls are not safety successes, but rather potential accidents that need to be examined for their potential hazard. Continue Reading…