Matt Yerkey to Present Hadley “Bow” Bridge to Corinth Middle School

Matt Yerkey, P.E., Principal Associate, will be presenting his work on the Hadley “Bow” Bridge to the students at Corinth Middle School. Matt will present a brief history of the Bow Bridge, along with a detailed description on how the bridge was stabilized and rehabilitated to allow vehicular traffic. The Hadley “Bow” Bridge was the winner of the Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York and the Bridge Achievement Award from the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design.

OCC’s Coulter Library Near Completion

The Coulter Library on the Onondaga Community College campus underwent a major renovation and is nearly complete after nearly two years of construction. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis was proud to provide the structural engineering design services and work with JMZ Architects & Planners, P.C., on the renovation project. The design team at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis engineered steel dunnage framing for new roof top mechanical units that service the library and designed the new stair stringers and stair supports for the stair leading from the first-floor lobby up to the second-floor lounge in the North Wing. Most notably, we designed the structure for the new entry vestibule, which was composed of a steel-framed structure with canted columns, and floor and roof systems that tie in to the original concrete structure.

Check out the video below from and the photos below from Today@OCC on the new improvements to Coulter Library and the new Coulter Hall.

Coulter Library Renovations Video

Coulter Library Final Phase Photos

CANstruction 2017

CANstruction 2017 is here and this year’s theme is GO TEAM! This is the fourth year we have participated as a Canstruction build team. Over the course of our involvement in Canstruction, Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis has donated over $15,000 in canned food to The Food Pantries for the Capital District. Canstruction Build Day will be held on March 7, 2017, at the New York State Museum in Albany. The fourth floor of the museum will be transformed into a space filled with enormous canned food structures showcasing the talents of local A/E/C firms.

In order to participate in Canstruction, Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis will need to purchase 3,000-5,000 cans of food to complete our CANstructure. Every canned good used to build our structure will be donated directly to The Food Pantries. We are very close to our goal of $5,000, thanks to our sponsors:

Alpine Environmental Services, Inc.

Ballston Spa National Bank

The Bonadio Group    
Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP    
Clifford H. Quay & Sons, Inc.

DeCrescente Distributing Company

Dimension Fabricators, Inc.

F. H. Alexander, Inc.

Foit-Albert Associates  

Ganem Contracting Corporation  

Golde Engineering, P.C.  

Harris A. Sanders Architects, P.C.

J. H. Maxymillian, Inc.  

King + King Architects  

Lupini Construction, Inc.  

Malone & Tate Builders, Inc.

PCC Contracting, Inc.  

Stone Bridge Iron & Steel, Inc.

STS Steel, Inc.

Three D Rigging & Construction, Inc.

Trudeau Architects PLLC

Upstate Line & Signal Const. Inc.  
VMJR Companies, LLC  


Be sure to visit our FirstGiving sponsorship page to donate to directly to our team and become a Sponsor. All donations are tax-deductible.

We appreciate your generous sponsorship and your support to help us fight hunger. We hope you will visit the Canstruction exhibit between March 8-23 at the New York State Museum. Be sure to bring a canned good and vote for your favorite CANstructure!

E-Week 2017 Celebrations

Happy Engineers Week! We will be proudly celebrating E-Week at the Capital District’s 37th Anniversary Celebration of National Engineers Week this Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17. Stop by and visit with us at our vendor booth. Chris Lesher, P.E., Senior Associate, is this year’s Chair of the Model Bridge Competition, and Jack Healy, P.E., Principal, will be presenting on the Canfield Casino project “Emergency Ceiling Stabilization and Repairs” on Friday at 8 a.m. Several staff members will also be in attendance throughout the two-day celebration.

National Engineers Week was created in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and is held to promote awareness of the contributions of engineers to society. The program brings together engineers from all disciplines, college and high school students and faculty, state officials, architects, and the general public for two full days of seminars and educations programs, business and program meetings, competitions, and exhibits. For more information on the Capital District’s E-Week schedule of events, click here.

Jack Healy Attending APTNE Symposium

Jack Healy, P.E., Principal, will be attending the Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter’s (APTNE) 2017 Annual Meeting and Symposium in Albany on Friday, February 3. This year’s symposium will focus on “Coming of Age: Preserving Buildings of the Modern Era” and will feature several presentations and a selection of tours around Albany on Saturday, February 4. Attendees have a choice of tours including Edward Durell Stone’s SUNY Albany Campus, the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, and the Empire State Plaza Restoration. The Symposium is being held at The Egg – Center for the Performing Arts with a reception to follow at the New York State Museum. Jack is on the Planning Board for APTNE.

Staff Attends ACEC New York Winter Conference

Paul Rouis, Jamie Davis, Ann Clark, and Donna Matthews are attending the ACEC New York 2017 Winter Conference being held at the Albany Marriott. Paul, Jamie, and Ann will be attending sessions throughout the main program track, which caters to principals and other engineering professionals, with sessions featuring top people from state and city agencies and authorities. Donna Matthews, Business Office Manager, will be attending sessions in the CFO/business manager track.

Jeff Hodgson Celebrates 11 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis

Jeff Hodgson, P.E., S.E., Senior Engineer, is celebrating his 11th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. Jeff provides the structural design and management of many of the firm’s projects in the educational, industrial, municipal, and healthcare markets.

One of Jeff’s favorite projects he has worked on at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis is the New York State Police Troop G Headquarters Building in Latham, New York (pictured below).

“The design of this building provided many challenges as structural steel framing and details were not typical including steel plate shear walls for the lateral system and a gable-framed roof structure with overbuilds,” said Jeff. “The challenge of designing this structure, working closely with our client to overcome these challenges, and providing them with the structure they were striving for was a very rewarding experience.”

Jeff is a professional engineer licensed in New York and a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois. Congratulations, Jeff.

Tom Field Celebrates 22 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis

Tom Field, P.E., Senior Associate, is celebrating his 22nd anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. Tom is a Senior Associate in our Hudson Valley office and manages the firm’s civil engineering projects.

One recent project of particular interest to Tom is the preparation of Bridging Documents for a new 250-bed residence hall at SUNY Brockport. This project is being progressed through DASNY as a Design Build rather than the typical Design – Bid – Build. This is the first project of this type attempted by DASNY and has the potential of producing significant cost and time savings over the traditional approach. To make this happen, the Design Build teams are given what are called Bridging Documents where the overall needs, program requirements, and design intent or guidelines are presented. The Design Build teams then prepare a design and cost proposal based on the Bridging Documents, which the owner then uses to select the Design Build contractor. We were involved in the preparation of the Site/Civil and Structural portions of the Bridging Documents. Currently, the Design Build contractor has been selected, and the project is moving forward quickly.

Tom is a professionally licensed engineer in New York State. Congratulations on 22 years, Tom.

Capital Region CANstruction

Our Capital Region CANstruction team captains were hard at work on Shop Day at Price Chopper. Otto Schwarz and Sarah Krepel were out measuring canned goods and cereal boxes to get that perfect fit for their team’s structure.

The Capital Regional CANstruction Exhibit will be on display March 8-22 at the New York State Museum in Albany, and all food and funds benefit The Food Pantries. Fittingly, this year’s CANstruction theme is “GO TEAM!”

Please consider making a donation to enable us to give The Food Pantries for the Capital District the largest donation we possibly CAN.

Staff Participates in OSHA Training

Staff members from the Capital District and Hudson Valley offices participated in a 10-hour OSHA training course. The program offered training to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the workplace and on project sites.