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.

David MacGregor to Present Bridge Inspections


David MacGregor, P.E., Senior Engineer, is giving a presentation at the Scotia Rotary Club on Tuesday. The presentation will be “Bridge Inspections and Common Repairs.”

Sarah Killeen Celebrates 11 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis


Sarah Killeen is celebrating her 11th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. Sarah is a project engineer in the Hudson Valley office and works on many of the firms civil engineering projects in the education, institutional, and municipal markets. She is well-versed with CAD and Civil3D and is certified to perform Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspections. Sarah recently ran in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge race last week and attends professional seminars to keep her many certifications up to date. Congratulations, Sarah.

CDPHP 2017 Workforce Team Challenge!


Congratulations to our staff members who participated in the 2017 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge on Thursday at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The 3.5 mile race is the largest annual road race between Utica and New York City. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Albany and Vanderheyden. Congratulations to all the participants!