Chris Maxon Celebrates 22 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis

Chris Maxon is celebrating his 22nd anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. Chris is the CAD Manager in the Capital District office and is also an Associate in the firm. He is versed in CADD, Microstation, and Revit. Chris was recently appointed to a Shareholder in the firm. Congratulations, Chris.

We’re a Design Professional Corporation (DPC): Announcing New Shareholders

Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis is proud to announce we are now a Design Professional Corporation (D.P.C.). As a D.P.C., as opposed to our previous P.C. (Professional Corporation) ownership structure, a limited number of the company’s officers and directors (less than 25 percent) may be non-licensed professionals.

As a result of our new ownership structure, several of our key personnel have been named new shareholders. Chris Maxon, an Associate, has been with the firm since 1995 and manages the CADD department. Ross Shepherd, an Associate and REVIT Designer, has been an integral part of the firm since 1992 and manages IT Operations firm-wide. Jill Shorter joined the firm in 2000 and is an Associate and the firm’s Marketing Director overseeing the marketing, communications, and business development efforts of the firm’s three offices.

“Our latest firm evolution from P.C. to D.P.C. is a reflection of our team,” said Jamie Davis, P.E., President. “In addition to having a highly talented staff of engineers and surveyors,” she added, “we have an amazing support staff that is instrumental to our success as a company. The D.P.C. now opens the door for us to recognize these critical team players as shareholders.”

Three of our licensed professionals have also been named Shareholders:  Doug Clark, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Associate; Kyle Oberdorf, P.E., a Professional Engineer; and Everett Quackenbush, Jr., PLS, Associate/Chief Surveyor.

For more information on DPCs and the regulations to follow, click here.

Below (l-r): Capital District Office: C. Maxon, J. Shorter; Finger Lakes Office: K. Oberdorf, R. Shepherd; Hudson Valley Office: D. Clark, E. Quackenbush.

John Pillar Celebrates Five Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis

John Pillar, P.E., S.E., is celebrating his fifth anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. John works on many of the new building design projects in the educational, housing, commercial, and medical markets. John also works on contractor support service projects and serves as Special Inspector on many new construction projects.

“The thing that I enjoy most across all projects is the diversity of the things we are capable of analyzing,” said John. “My first day at RBA (as it was once called back in the old days), Jamie [Davis] asked me to look at a glass canopy using a design reference book I had never heard of. But, the key thing that allowed me to do it was that we had the resource of the reference book readily available in our library. We’ve looked at old structural flat arch tile floors and wood timber structures at Cornell, designed 300-foot clear spanning aircraft hangars in Kuwait, analyzed ancient proprietary cold-formed joists for schools right here in Central New York (along with many other unique systems), and we have either an expert in house or the resources available to tackle the analysis hurdle. I said it the day I started working here, and I will say it again – the level of expertise in this company is higher than any I’ve worked for or with. My favorite thing about my time here is our fearlessness of the technical challenge.”

John holds Professional Engineering licenses in New York and Virginia and an S.E. license in Illinois. He was also recently appointed to a Shareholder in the firm. Congratulations, John.

SUNY Oneonta Milne Library; Oneonta, NY


Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis is one of the many exhibitors at the 2017 SUNYPPAA & NYAPPA Summer Conference. The conference is July 11 through 13 in Buffalo. The State University of New York Physical Plant Administrators Association hosts a variety of exhibits and educational sessions, as well as many exhibitors at its trade show. Stop by Booth #66 and visit with Jamie Davis and Jill Shorter. For more information on the conference, click here.

St. Edward the Confessor Project

Construction is progressing on the St. Edward the Confessor Parish project.  The Roman Catholic Church, located in Clifton Park, is undergoing a transformation.  Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis is providing site/civil and structural engineering services for the one-story addition to house a new sanctuary and choir rooms, and to expand the parking lot.  The sanctuary is topped with an eight-segment flat roof placed on a curved CMU wall below.  A 24-foot octagonal cupola was also designed as part of the addition.  Much of the stained glass that will be installed in the sanctuary will be restored and re-purposed from area Catholic churches that were closed for consolidation.  Our employees recently took a field trip to view the project’s progress.

We’re Hiring – Multiple Positions Available

Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis is looking to fill positions in our three offices in New York State.

Civil Engineering Project Manager (Hudson Valley Office)

We are seeking a qualified Civil Engineering candidate for a Project Management position.  Candidate must hold a B.S. in Civil Engineering, be licensed in NY, and have at least 10 years of experience in the design of infrastructure projects for municipalities and agencies in NY State.  Proficiency in AutoCAD Civil 3D and applicable engineering software is a necessity.  Candidate must possess strong leadership qualities and the ability to manage all aspects of design projects from initial client contact through construction closeout, with responsibility for maintaining quality control of work product, schedule and oversight of design staff.  Candidate must be able to represent the firm outside the office, and provide leadership in expanding our civil engineering segment of services.  Excellent communication skills and experience in presenting projects to the public are required.

Party Chief (Hudson Valley Office)

We are seeking an experienced Party Chief for a wide-range of Land Surveying projects including small lots, large boundaries, utility, topographic, highway ROW, road and bridge surveys. A minimum of an Associates degree in land surveying required.  Candidate must have at least five years’ experience in field and office land surveying techniques including knowledge of total station, robotic total station, GPS, and mapping.  Candidate must possess desire and ability to obtain Land Surveying registration in New York and/or Massachusetts.

REVIT Designer (Finger Lakes Office)

We are seeking an experienced REVIT Designer for building and bridge projects.  Associates degree and minimum two years of relevant REVIT work experience required.  Experience with AutoCAD desired.  Primary duties include modeling and drafting structural plans, details, and notes for educational, medical, commercial, and industrial buildings.  Additional duties may include field documentation of existing conditions and transferring to REVIT models, as well as general office duties.

Structural Engineers (Capital District Office, Finger Lakes Office)

We are seeking experienced structural engineers for building projects.  Commercial, medical, educational, and industrial building design experience required.  REVIT and/or historic restoration interest/experience desired.  Duties include structural design, submittal review, construction observations, field investigations, and technical writing.  Bachelor’s degree in engineering required; Graduate degree in engineering or historic preservation preferred.  Four or more years of design experience and Professional Registration is required.

These positions offer excellent benefits and significant growth potential.  Drivers License and car for local travel required for all positions.

Send resumes and cover letter to  Inquiries should be directed to Matt Yerkey, P.E., 518.406.5506 ext 356.


Otto Schwarz Presenting at NACE Conference in NYC

Otto Schwarz, P.E., Associate, will be presenting at the NACE International Concrete Service Life Extension Conference at Columbia University in New York City on Thursday, June 28. Otto will be presenting “Designing Concrete Repairs for Harsh Environments.” His presentation will discuss the SUNY Plattsburgh Podium project. The elevated pedestrian walkway system, connecting the core facilities of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh campus, was rehabilitated with the goal of providing a resilient, durable, and functional structure. The project involved a combination of new construction to replace heavily damaged elements and repair of the existing reinforced concrete structure.

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.