Matt Yerkey Celebrates 19 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis

Matt Yerkey, P.E., is celebrating his 19th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. Matt is a Principal Associate and works in the Capital District office providing project management for the firm’s contractor support service and bridge projects.

“Trying to pick a favorite project is like trying to pick your favorite child,” said Matt. “How can you do that? Easy…..The Hadley Overpass in North Adams, Massachusetts (and Cooper, by the way). It involved about a dozen bridge contractor support service projects involving structural lifting, truss detensioning, superstructure shoring, etc. Many of these are discussed in the article featured in Structure magazine (link below).”

Hadley Overpass Article – STRUCTURE Magazine, April 2014

Matt holds professional licenses in New York, Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and West Virginia. Congratulations, Matt.

Rob Sasser Celebrates Three Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis

Rob Sasser is celebrating his third anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As a Design Engineer in the Hudson Valley office, Rob works on the design of site development projects. He also assists in the mapping of survey projects and conducts inspections during construction site improvements.

Rob recently worked on the Shafer’s Hudson Valley Gaslight Inn, a renovation and expansion of a former motel located in Red Hook, N.Y.

“I worked on all phases of the project thus far including survey, preliminary feasibility study for proposed wastewater system, wastewater system field testing, site design, as well as the design of the water/wastewater systems (sanitary and storm),” said Rob. “This project also allowed me to be a part of the planning/zoning process, working with agencies and regulators, such as the Health Department, NYS DEC & DOT, and Army Corps. of Engineers. Once this project gets planning board approval, I will be competing final construction documents and being a part of the construction administration. This project is also located just up the road from my house!”

Rob has his EIT certification and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Mohawk Section. Congratulations, Rob.

Neil Weisel Celebrates 29 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis

Neil Weisel, P.E., is celebrating his 29th anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. Neil is a Senior Associate in the Capital District office and provides project management for many of the firm’s projects in the healthcare and educational markets. He also provides the structural detailing design of connections for many steel fabricator clients.

Neil is currently working on the sanctuary addition at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park, NY. The sloped roof is circular in plan with a 124-foot diameter and is framed with a center compression ring supporting a cupola with a diameter of 23 feet. The photograph below shows the completed roof framing  and the center compression ring.

Neil is professionally licensed in New York and Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Neil.

I-81/Route 17 Westbound On-Ramp over Chenago River

The final segments of curved steel plate girders were erected over the Chenango River for the westbound on-ramp at the I-81/Route 17 interchange in Binghamton. Cumulatively, 1,000 tons of cranes and 600 feet of boom.

David MacGregor Celebrates 9 Years at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis

David MacGregor, P.E., is celebrating his ninth anniversary at Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis this month. As a Senior Engineer in the Capital District office, David provides the structural engineering design for many of the firm’s renovation projects in the education and medical markets, and for bridge and contractor support service projects.

“The University at Albany downtown campus survey was an opportunity to observe a group of nicely detailed, early 1900s masonry buildings and develop recommendations to ensure that they remain useful,” said David. He went on to say “another memorable project was the 2013 evaluation of the historic, circa 1899 Stuyvesant Falls Bridge, because I was able to inspect from a snooper truck, drop my phone into the Kinderhook Creek, purchase a safety vest with zippered pockets, and design neededrepairs that were installed in 2014.”

David is professionally licensed in New York, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Congratulations, David.

University at Albany Downtown Campus

Stuyvesant Falls Bridge

NYC LED Displays

Recently, we have been working on several LED display projects in New York City, providing our clients with our structural engineering design services. Check out the article below in Digital Signage Connection for the project information at 1515 Broadway, where new high-resolution displays are now in use between 44th and 45th Streets. The display includes a large main screen and a ticker, both wrapping around two sides of the building’s exterior. We were hired by Sensory Interactive and worked with SNA Displays to design the support frame for the two displays and also design the connections from the support frame to the stubs.

Digital Signage Connection Article

1515 Broadway LED Display

We also worked with SNA on the 701 7th Avenue LED digital display sign, which wraps around the west and south facades of the building along 7th Avenue and 47th Street. We provided services to develop steel trusses composed of rectangular HSS members that tie into the building structure. The LED extends from just under 30 feet above sidewalk level to approximately 120 feet above sidewalk level and extends out 8 feet from the face of the building. Below is a link to a video that features a rendering of the LED video screen at the beginning of the video.

701 7th Avenue LED Rendering Video

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.