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Tectonic currently serves as the Special Inspection Agency for the construction of a 31.5 million square foot, mixed-use mega development on 8-acres of land in the southwestern side of Manhattan’s Upper West Side known as Riverside Center. The five building center will include: 2,500 residential condominium and residential units; 140,000 square feet of neighborhood retail and cinema; a 100,000 square foot K-5 school to support 750 students; a 250-room hotel; 3.2 acres of publicly accessible open space, and 1,500 below-grade parking spaces.
Tectonic is providing special inspections for four of the five new residential skyscrapers.
Inspections include but are not limited to Concrete, Structural Steel, Masonry, Firestop, Fire-Resistance Rated Construction, Emergency Power Systems, Smoke Control Systems, Site Storm Drainage Disposal & Detention System, Standpipe and Sprinkler Systems, Heating Systems, Public Assembly Emergency Lighting, Mechanical Systems and Energy Code Compliance.
Tectonic Engineering Consultants, Geologists & Land Surveyors, D.P.C. continues to rank among the nation’s Top 500 Design Firms on Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s annual list. This year, Tectonic is ranked No. 162 and contributes our success and ranking to the continued growth in our core markets and specialty services. “Although firms at our size and scale that offer a broad range of services typically fall into a generalist category, we’ve found that by bundling certain services, (e.g. geotechnical instrumentation and survey monitoring), we are able to create a niche market for certain types of services,” says Donald A. Benvie, President and CEO of Tectonic, featured in this issue’s article.
The ranking for the 2018 Top 500 Design Firm list is based on 2017 design specific revenue data. The market has seen substantial growth, as seen in this year’s list, and is expected to continue growing for the foreseeable future. Taken as a group, the Top 500 firms had a record design revenue of $93.90 billion in 2017, up 1.1% from $92.84 billion in 2016.
More information on the latest ENR Top Lists may be found by visiting their website at www.enr.com/toplists.
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Tectonic Engineering Consultants, Geologists & Land Surveyors, D.P.C. a leading multi-disciplined engineering firm headquartered in New York’s Hudson Valley, won four 2018 ‘Engineering Excellence’ awards by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York. The eminent ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards program has honored its member firms for over 50 years for work demonstrating the highest degree of skill and ingenuity on projects worldwide.
The ACEC New York Chapter granted awards in twelve categories including transportation, water resources, environmental engineering, structural systems and building/technology systems.
Tectonic won the Gold Award in the category of Structural Systems (Buildings) for its Special Inspection services for the new Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II) in the Bronx for New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC). The PSAC II building is a 450,000-square foot blast-resistant structure in perfect cube form. PSAC II was built in response to former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Emergency Communications Transformation Program launched in 2004. It is operated by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (NYCDOITT).
The firm also received three Silver Awards. Once again in the category of Structural Systems (Buildings), Tectonic won a Silver Award for its Quality Assurance/Quality Control Inspection services on the Phase 1 construction of the new Kosciuszko Bridge for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). The new bridge will better serve its high NYC traffic volume by improving traffic safety, reducing congestion, and improving travel speeds. Its unique cable-stayed design will increase sustainability and provide spectacular views of Manhattan from the walkway and bikeway. The project was funded by the Federal Highway Administration along with Governor Cuomo’s New York Works program, and is the largest contract ever awarded by the NYSDOT.
In the category of Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering services, Tectonic won a Silver Award for Bridging the Gap and Saving Two Historic Bridges through an Environmental and Historic Review in Babylon, NY for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR). These bridges provide the sole vehicular access to the 600 households located south of the Santa Barbara Canal. HUD CDBG-DR funding was allocated to replace the bridges while retaining the architecture of these beloved historic bridges and minimizing environmental impacts. The new bridges are stronger, more sustainable, and improve the resiliency of the neighborhoods they serve from future storms. These new “historic” bridges continue to carry residents, emergency responders and construction equipment on to these neighborhoods.
In the Surveying and Mapping Technology category, Tectonic won a Silver Award for Boundary Surveys – Aqueduct and Watershed Lands in Wanaque, NJ. The boundary surveys covered approximately 38 miles of aqueducts and over 6,800 acres of property owned by the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission. The use of GPS on the project will tie the entire property to the New Jersey State Plane Coordinates system using the North American Datum, NAD83. This process will simplify the re-establishment of the survey work and property line information for the District. As the populations of the surrounding areas continue to grow and a greater demand is placed on the water supply, it is likely the District will have to expand its operation. This survey will be the basis for future expansion.
President and CEO of Tectonic, Donald Benvie, credits the firm’s growing recognition by the industry to the outstanding professionalism of his company’s employees who dedicate and apply themselves true to the firm’s motto “practical solutions, exceptional service”.