Philadelphia Remembers: The June 5th Memorial Park


Courtesy of Scott Aker, AIA

The City of Philadelphia is turning a tragedy into an opportunity for the community to commemorate those lost and remember the paramount importance of job safety.

On June 5th, 2013, the demolition of a vacant building at 2138 Market Street in Philadelphia collapsed a party wall, destroying a Salvation Army Thrift Store and resulting in six fatalities and many injuries. To ensure that this tragedy would not be forgotten, the City of Philadelphia decided to provide a contemplative respite for visitors while preserving the memory of those lost and projecting its commitment to public safety. Continue Reading…

A Salt Shed as a Civic Monument

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With the full heat of the long summer just kicking in, this past February’s Winter Storm Jonas, which dumped a record 27.5 inches of snow in Central Park, can seem like a distant memory. Notwithstanding that December 2015 was the warmest on record, New York City will continue to be slammed by storms like Jonas and the blizzards of 2006 and 1996, as well as snowstorms that might be more mundane but nevertheless paralyzing to city streets in their own right. That is why residents of Lower Manhattan can look upon the New York City Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) new Spring Street Salt Shed as a comfort and reassurance as the next inevitable winter looms on the distant horizon—and, given its unique, striking design, as an object of civic pride. Continue Reading…

A Commitment to Quality

Contributed by Lance Payne, MSI, LHI, CLA

SRI CERTIFICATE JPGIn the building and construction industry, reputation and trust are everything. And reputation and trust are earned through quality work. Quality assurance programs (QAP) exist for this purpose. The concept of “quality assurance” is often confused with quality control and quality inspection. The American Society for Quality (ASQ), one of the world’s leading authorities on quality, defines these terms as follows: Continue Reading…

ACE Mentor Program: Investing in the Future


Bronx Design and Construction Academy Students

Some commitments have a ripple effect. Such is the case with the ACE Mentor Program, a not-for-profit organization where professionals mentor New York City high school students in preparation for careers in design and construction. HAKS has been a long-time supporter of the program, with individual employees volunteering as mentors. This year, we are proud to have formed our own mentoring team and are eager to share our industry knowledge with deserving students in the Greater New York City area. Continue Reading…

Transformation of West Side of Manhattan

Rezoning from a manufacturing to commercial and residential area, the soon-to-be-completed $2.4 billion extension of the No. 7 subway line to 34th Street and 11th Avenue and the popularity of the High Line were necessary steps to bringing New Yorkers and tourists to the Far West Side of Manhattan, where a massive redevelopment is taking place. This underused area has become a developer’s dream, and the transformation of this area is not that far from becoming a reality.

No. 7 Subway Extension

No. 7 Subway Extension

The 1.5-mile extension of the No. 7 line from its current terminus at Times Square to what will be known as the 34th Street/Hudson Yards Station was a crucial element to the development of this area, and is projected to be the busiest single station in New York City. HAKS provided civil and structural engineering design as a subconsultant to Parsons Brinckerhoff and is now part of the construction management team working toward the 2014 completion of this link to the Far West Side of Manhattan.



Hudson Yards Rail Yard

The Hudson Yards Redevelopment project, often referred to as the “final frontier” for development in Manhattan, is a planned $15 billion, 26-acre transit-oriented, mixed-use development on the scale of Rockefeller Center. The development will include new parks and open public spaces and a 750-seat public school. HAKS is providing special inspection and material testing for a platform over active LIRR tracks, which will serve as the foundation for two high-rise office towers, including steel fabrication in out-of-state plants.

Phase I, the Eastern Phase, will consist of two office towers bordering Tenth Avenue—10 Hudson Yards, an 895-foot-tall, 52-story structure that broke ground in December 2012 and is scheduled for completion in 2015, and 30 Hudson Yards, a 1,337-foot-tall, 80-story structure scheduled for occupancy in 2018.  The towers will be seeking LEED Gold certification.

The Hudson Yards redevelopment project is expected to provide more than 23,000 construction jobs and more than 700 residential, commercial and security positions.

Hurricane Sandy Build it Back Program

Build it Back1 (6)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…