John Pillar Attending ACICNY Presentation


John Pillar, P.E., S.E., is attending the January ACI CNY dinner meeting. The presentation will be on “Synthetic Fibers for Steel Replacement.” John is a Senior Engineer in our Finger Lakes office and is President of the ACI Central New York Chapter.

Mike Merwin Attending Erosion Control Course


Mike Merwin, Design Engineer, is attending an Erosion, Sediment Control, and Stormwater training course in Lake George. Mike is a Design Engineer in our Hudson Valley office.

Kyle Gardner Attending NYSAPLS Conference


Kyle Gardner, Technician, is attending the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors Conference. The NYSAPLS 59th Annual Surveyors Conference is being hosted at the Albany Capital Center. Kyle will  be attending classes on UAS (Drone) use, accuracy, and mapping. Kyle is a technician in our Hudson Valley office and recently received his NICET Level II certification.

Chris Geroux Attending NYS County Highway Conference


Chris Geroux, P.E., Senior Engineer, is attending the New York State County Highway Conference in Saratoga Springs. The annual Winter Conference and Expo is the largest gathering of superintendents, commissioners, and their staff in New York State looking for innovative and cost-effective solutions. The conference hosts a strong program with many educational sessions that will appeal to all superintendents and commissioners working to improve their County Highway Departments and Services. Chris is a Professional Engineer in our Hudson Valley office and is licensed in New York State.

Jack Healy Celebrates 20 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Jack Healy, P.E., Principal, is celebrating his 20th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As a Principal in our Capital District office, Jack manages many of the firm’s historic preservation, masonry restoration, and forensic engineering projects. Jack has provided the structural design for over one dozen projects listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack is a member of several professional affiliations including Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society for the Preservation of Historic Cements, Construction History Society of America, and Historic Albany Foundation. Jack is a professional engineer licensed in NY, MA, and VT and recently became a licensed Drone Airman. Congratulations, Jack.

Building Code Update


Keeping up with changes in the Building Code can be challenging. In 2016, the New York State Uniform Code (NYSUC) was adopted. This was a major change from the previous Code. The 2016 NYSUC included by reference the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2016 Uniform Code Supplement (UCS) (as well as the other I-Codes). 2017 has brought us another Code change. In July, the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council adopted and published a new 2017 Uniform Code Supplement (2017 UCS) to completely replace the 2016 UCS. The effective date of the 2017 UCS was October 31, 2017.  Projects submitted for building permits must now comply with the 2017 NYSUC, which includes the 2015 I-Codes and the 2017 UCS. In addition, all references in the 2016 Energy Code Supplement (ECS) to the 2016 UCS shall be interpreted to be a reference to the 2017 UCS.

The 2017 UCS can be found using this link: 2017 Uniform Code Supplement.

A document showing the changes from 2016 UCS to 2017 UCS can be found here.

Janis Baker Celebrates 9 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Janis Baker is celebrating her ninth anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As Marketing Communications Assistant, Janis is responsible for the firm’s social media outreach, press releases, and editing client correspondence. Janis is also responsible for general office management in the Finger Lakes office. Congratulations, Janis.

Everett Quackenbush Celebrates 15 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Everett Quackenbush, PLS, Associate, is celebrating his 15th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As Chief Surveyor, Everett provides clients with boundary surveys for property line determinations, and complete planimetrics and topographic survey and mapping for site development, street, utility, highway, bridge, and airport projects.

“The Bear Gulch Project was a fun project,” said Everett. “It involved surveying the inside of a NYSDOT box culvert and the adjacent building foundations that were deteriorating due to flooding. We had to create a 3D model of the walls and ceiling for the structural engineer (Chad Reinemann, P.E., LEED AP in the Capital District office) to design the repairs of the foundations and tie those repairs into the NYSDOT box culvert.”

Congratulations, Everett.

Paul Rouis Celebrates 30 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Paul Rouis, P.E., Principal, is celebrating his 30th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. Paul is principal-in-charge for engineering design and renovation of cultural, educational, medical, industrial, and parking structure projects out of the Capital District office. Paul holds Professional Engineering licenses in three states and is a member of several affiliations including the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, the American Welding Society, and the International Concrete Repair Institute. Paul sits on several organizational committees within these societies. Congratulations, Paul.

Jack Healy and Lauren Stenroos Lead ACE Mentoring Session


Jack Healy, P.E., Principal Associate, and Lauren Stenroos, Design Engineer, led an ACE Mentoring session on Tuesday with several Schenectady High School students. ACE is short for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. For more information on ACE, click here.