Chris Latreille Celebrates 16 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Chris Latreille is celebrating his 16th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As a Principal Associate, Chris manages many of the firm’s projects in the educational and medical markets, as well as contractor support service projects in the Central New York region. Chris has worked on many prominent projects for the firm.

The Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies Building at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a statement building. I enjoyed it because I was a brand new engineer,” said Chris. “I worked with Neil Weisel (which was awesome!), and I was given the chance to really contribute to the job from an early stage even though I was new to the firm. It was also great to work on a job at my alma mater literally months after graduating. That was one of a handful of projects I worked on at RPI, but Biotech is definitely the gem of the bunch. The Peggy Ryan Williams Center (Gateway) at Ithaca College is the first big project I did mostly independently in the Finger Lakes office. It was a complicated job with deep foundations, wacky geometry, and a 100-foot-long pedestrian bridge. This job played a big role in honing my engineering skills and developing my project management skills as a new PE. Binghamton University Energy R&D Building is still finishing up construction. This one stands out because of the role we played in the signature architectural features of the project. It’s a unique building and a standout for the BU campus. The Kuwait Hangar was cool primarily because we were able to do the entire job (40,000-square-foot hanger with 270-foot-span trusses) in four weeks.”

Chris is professionally licensed in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Congratulations, Chris.

Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies Building at RPI

Binghamton University Energy R&D Building

 

Doug Clark Celebrates 32 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Doug Clark is celebrating his 32nd anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As a Principal Consultant for the firm, Doug provides his expertise on many of the civil and environmental design projects.

“Looking back over my engineering career, I’ve found the variety of projects has kept things interesting and challenging,” said Doug. “At one time or another I’ve worked on (among other things) hydropower, dams, buildings, bridges, water, wastewater and storm systems, solid waste facilities, streets, parks and recreation facilities, and residential and commercial site development projects. Yet there are always new challenges. Currently I’m working with Barton & Loguidice to develop a Green Infrastructure Toolkit for use in the Capital District and a pilot asset management program to help municipalities better track the condition of their wastewater infrastructure. Always something new!”

Doug is professionally licensed in New York and Massachusetts and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Congratulations, Doug.

Jamie Davis Celebrates 29 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Jamie Davis is celebrating her 29th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As Principal of the firm, Jamie oversees all operations in the Finger Lakes office. Jamie also manages many of the firm’s educational, municipal, and commercial design projects and masonry restoration projects in the Central NY region. She is an affiliate member of The Masonry Society (TMS) and is Chair of the BIM-M Committee for TMS, part of the BIM-M Initiative. She currently serves as the Chair for the State University Construction Fund Committee for the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. She is a LEED-accredited professional and is licensed in New York and Connecticut. Congratulations, Jamie.

SUNY Buffalo State Alumni & Visitor Center Breaks Ground


SUNY Buffalo State broke ground at the end of May on a new Alumni & Visitor Center. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis is proudly providing the structural engineering design for the new 10,800-square-foot structure, which will serve as a west-side entry for the campus and a gathering spot for students and alumni. The project architect is HOLT Architects, P.C., and the general contractor is Javen Construction. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

Rendering Credit: SUNY Buffalo State

Chris Lesher Celebrates 27 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Chris Lesher is celebrating his 27th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As a Senior Associate in the Capital District office, Chris manages many of the firm’s projects in the educational, cultural, healthcare, and municipal markets.

“In the 27 years I have been a structural engineer with Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis, I have had the opportunity to work on many great projects. One clearly stands out among the others. Fort Ticonderoga is a National Historic Landmark and has been a museum since 1909. It is a stone fort built by the French military between 1755 and 1759 in New York on Lake Champlain. I have had the opportunity to work on the Fort several times, designing restorations and repairs to the masonry walls and other parts of the Fort’s historic structure, and from 2000 through 2007, designing and observing the construction of the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center (MEC), a faithful reconstruction of an 18th century military building outside with a 21st century education center inside. The MEC restored the original skyline of the Fort, casting a shadow not seen since 1759, and it received a Platinum Award from ACEC New York in 2009. It’s not every day that a project comes along where you can experience history and help to restore it. I am very happy that I was able to be part of it, and it’s just plain awesome to have a Fort on my resume!”

Chris is professionally licensed in New York and Maryland. Congratulations on 27 years, Chris.

Mike Miller Celebrates 32 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Mike Miller is celebrating his 32nd anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As a Senior Associate in our Capital District office, Mike manages many of the firm’s projects in the educational, industrial, and municipal markets and also provides structural engineering support to our contractor clients.

“One of the projects I worked on here at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis that is memorable was the Ballston Spa High School that was constructed in 1997,” said Mike. “Living in the Ballston Spa School District with three sons that would be attending the new school brought on additional pride in this project. It was also the first large, completely new school project that I worked on with Mosaic Associates Architects (formerly Dodge Chamberlin Luzine Weber Architects). Overall, it was an enjoyable project to be involved with from design through construction.”

Mike is professionally licensed in New York and Delaware. Congratulations on 32 years, Mike.

Donna Matthews Celebrates Two Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Donna Matthews is celebrating her second anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As Business Office Manager, Donna is responsible for payroll and benefit administration, insurance coordination, and assisting with contracts. Donna is a Notary Public in the State of New York. Congratulations, Donna.

Jack Healy Named to Board of Directors at Historic Albany Foundation


Jack Healy, P.E., Principal, has been named to a three-year term to the Board of Directors at the Historic Albany Foundation. The Historic Albany Foundation is a private, not-for-profit membership organization established in 1974. The mission of the Historic Albany Foundation is to preserve and protect buildings that have architectural, historic, or civic value by providing technical assistance, education, and advocacy.

Empire State Plaza Grand Stair Awarded for Masonry Excellence by SMART dynamics of masonry


We are proud to announce that the Empire State Plaza Grand Stair project has been awarded a Designing Masonry for ALL Its Worth Award by the SMART dynamics of masonry publication. The Grand Stair was awarded in the Outdoor Gathering Spaces category. The project involved the complete reconstruction of the waterproofing system of the monumental stair structure, which spans over Madison Avenue in Albany, New York, and connects the terrace of the New York State Museum with the Plaza to the north. The project included the removal of the granite stairs and marble parapets, and the construction of a new concrete sub-slab with fully integrated drainage mat. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis provided professional engineering services to assess the existing condition of the structure, assisted in sequencing the work to prevent excessive rebound and damage during removal and reconstruction activities, and analyzed the necessary stone support and anchorage. The Owner is the New York State Office of General Services, the Architect is Architecture+, the General Contractor is Louis C. Allegrone, Inc., and the materials supplier is Keicher Metal Arts.

Read the full article and jury comments here.

Capital District Office Hosting SEI Meeting


The Capital District office in Clifton Park is hosting a meeting of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the ASCE Mohawk Hudson Section on Tuesday, May 23. The meeting will feature a webinar “A Rational Approach to Structural and Seismic-Related Issues Related to Historic Buildings.” The webinar will provide insight in how building codes deal with historic buildings and is intended to convey appropriate goals for engineers and architects who may be dealing with historic buildings for the very first time, as well as design professionals who deal with historic buildings on a more frequent basis.