Tectonic Wins 2020 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards for Three Projects

Tectonic Engineering Consultants, Geologists & Land Surveyors, D.P.C., a leading multi-discipline engineering firm headquartered in New York’s Hudson Valley, won three 2020 ‘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.

In the category of Structural Systems, Tectonic won the Platinum Award for its special inspection services for the new Vessel at Hudson Yards in NYC. Vessel is a structure and new landmark which exists as the centerpiece of Hudson Yards, a vast 16-building complex on the West Side of Manhattan. Funded by Related Companies and designed by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, Vessel is widely regarded as one of the most ambitious and complex pieces of steelwork ever made. Tectonic inspected the installations of its framework composed of 87 interlocking carbon steel pieces, as well as the pre-fabrication of each piece at the plant in Monfalcone, Italy. Its 150-foot tall honeycomb-like structure exist as an interactive sculpture.  Each pre-fabricated piece created a network of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps and 80 landings that visitors can climb to the top.  The Vessel also offers ADA-compliant ramps and a funicular elevator as alternate options to the top.

Tectonic won the Gold Award in the category of Transportation for its special inspection services for the Citywide Ferry Landings, NYC under its contract with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). The new NYC Ferry is designed to serve more than half a million residents in 21 neighborhoods and is projected to carry 4.6 million trips per year.

Also in the category of Transportation, Tectonic won the Silver Award for providing resident engineering and inspection services for West 33rd Street Crossing Hudson Yards, Manhattan under its contract with the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC). The project’s goal was to raise the grade of the 33rd Street segment and install new infrastructure and street hardware as part of the Hudson Yards Development project, in order to accommodate the new towers being built between 10th and 11th Avenue on 33rd Street.

President and CEO of Tectonic, Donald Benvie, credits the firm’s recognition by the industry to the outstanding professionalism of the company’s employees who dedicate and apply themselves true to the firm’s motto “practical solutions, exceptional service”.

Tectonic Ranked No. 17 on the 2019 Crain’s New York Business Largest Engineering Firms List

Tectonic continues to be recognized as one of the 20 largest engineering companies in the New York area. As highlighted in the August 5, 2019 edition of Crain’s New York Business, Tectonic climbed in rankings to No. 17 on the list, up three spots from 2018. This annual list of engineering firms is ranked by the number of New York-based licensed engineers.

Tectonic’s LSRP, David Morris, to Serve as Panelist to Discuss Changes to NJ Cleanup Laws

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) worked closely with New Jersey Legislature to develop the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) that ultimately changed the process of how Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) conduct environmental investigations and cleanups. It was signed into law in 2009 by Governor Corzine. Recently, on August 23, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation amending the SRRA to modify how New Jersey handles contaminated sites.

On September 27, 2019, Tectonic’s LSRP, David Morris, will serve as a panelist at an educational session entitled “Changes to NJ Cleanup Laws – What You Need to Know” to discuss the amendments and what these new changes mean for cleanups moving forward on contaminated sites. This event is a collaboration of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), Montclair State University (MSU) and Continuing Professional Education Services (CPES) at MSU.

Join David Morris, LSRP, along with other experts in the industry, as he provides his input on the amendments to the NJ Environmental Cleanup Program. Details and Registration are provided here.

CIANJ and COMMERCE Magazine Honor Tectonic as an Environmental Leader

On Friday, April 26, 2019, The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its flagship publication, COMMERCE Magazine, celebrated environmental leadership in the community at their first annual awards breakfast.

Tectonic and over 150 professionals in the environmental sector were honored for their environmental work done throughout New Jersey. Various firms received awards at the event and were featured in the magazine for their environmental leadership in recycling, pollution prevention, green building design, environmental conservation, energy conservation, community impact, manufacturing innovation, and brownfield redevelopment.

Tectonic’s Senior VP and Corporate Director of Environmental Services, Peter T. Sutherland, PE, LEP, PG, contributed a case study about Tectonic’s Drone Technology Program which was highlighted in the magazine’s cover article “NJDEP, LSRPs, Drones, Case Studies, Sustainability and Environmental Law”. The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) operated by our FAA Licensed Pilots help to conduct visual assessments and produce aerial photographs for our reports. “UAV services is a less expensive alternative to manual inspections and traditional aerial inspections,” said Sutherland. As we continue to advance our services, this new Drone Technology Program has helped the environmental department complete several Visual Impact Assessments for clients to accompany traditional balloon tests, as well as visual assessments for tower installations and other land development structures.

Tectonic Ranked No. 186 on the 2019 ENR Top 500 Design Firms List

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. 186 and contributes our success and ranking to the continued growth in our core markets and specialty services.

The ranking for the 2019 Top 500 Design Firm list is based on 2018 design specific revenue data. The market has experienced 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 $101.16 billion in 2018, up 7.7% from $93.90 billion in 2017.

More information on the latest ENR Top Lists may be found by visiting their website at www.enr.com/toplists.

Davis Barracks at West Point Wins 2018 “Best of the Best” National Project Award from ENR

Davis Barracks at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was named a 2018 “Best of the Best” project by Engineering News Record in their national Top 20 competition for projects completed between May 2017 and May 2018. Davis Barracks was recognized in the Residential/Hospitality category.

Previously, Davis Barracks was named a 2018 ENR New York Best Project in the Residential/Hospitality category (tying with architect Zaha Hadid’s 520 W. 28th St. Building in Manhattan). A panel of judges scored and selected winning projects in the New York Region that embodied safety, innovation, and quality of design and construction. From there, new panels of judges were assembled to review all regional Best Project winners by category and ultimately selected 20 national winners as “Best of the Best”.

Completed in 2017, the six-story, 287,000-sq-ft Davis Barracks is the first barracks built at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 45 years. This historic $183 million design-build project is comprised of a gothic-style structure with 167,901 individually shaped granite blocks that contribute to ease of maintenance and long service life. Additionally, in support of the Academy’s goal of a net-zero energy campus, the building features many complex, innovative, and sustainable features including a six-story central lightwell for daylighting, radiant heating and cooling, and 100% solar domestic water heating.

Tectonic provided various services including geotechnical engineering, surveying monitoring, survey construction support, and construction inspection for the project’s general contractor, Walsh Construction.

Tectonic Wins 2019 ACEC NY Platinum Award for Solar Design Project

Tectonic is honored to receive a Platinum Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York for one of their architecture and engineering projects in the 52nd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Competition.

At the annual ACEC-NY Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, to be held on April 13, 2019, Tectonic will receive the prestigious Platinum Award by the ACEC of New York for the Cornell University Tech Campus Sustainable Solar Design Project in the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition.

As a subconsultant to the solar project developer, EnterSolar, structural engineering services were performed for rooftop solar array installations on “The Bridge Building” and “The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center”, at the new Cornell Tech campus at Roosevelt Island in NYC. The buildings are amongst the largest net-zero energy buildings in the United States, with all its power generating through a variety of site-specific strategies to reduce energy demand and utilize renewable energy. The 850kW system is comprised of over 2,200 solar modules, including innovative solar racking, inverter and data monitoring technology.

For over 50 years, ACEC-NY honors firms for their design achievements of superior skill and ingenuity. These awards help publicize the many significant contributions consulting engineers make to the built environment throughout the world.


Tectonic Ranked Among the 2018 Top 50 Trenchless Firms in North America

Tectonic was named a Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Design Firm by Trenchless Technology Magazine. The publication ranked Tectonic #35 on their 22nd annual list of firms in North America, making this Tectonic’s 8th consecutive year on the list. Firms were ranked by reported revenue including overall trenchless billings, number of trenchless design specialists and completed projects from 2017.

In the past year, the top 50 trenchless firms completed more than $1.4 billion in trenchless work – a remarkable 46 percent increase from the 11,672 total projects reported from the year before.

Trenchless Technology Magazine has served as the leading publication for the underground infrastructure market for 25 years as well as a communications vehicle for the promotion and development of the trenchless industry. Trenchless installation of pipelines eliminates disturbances to the surrounding area that may result from conventional open-trench excavation. The trenchless industry involves contractors and engineers who specialize in the various trenchless technologies including microtunneling, directional drilling, pipe jacking, auger drilling and other trenchless excavation techniques.

Tectonic Named a Top New York Engineering Firm by Crain’s New York Business

Tectonic has been recognized as one of the 20 largest engineering companies in the New York area. As highlighted in the August 6, 2018 edition of Crain’s New York Business, Tectonic is ranked #20. Tectonic is also one of seventeen New York Building Congress members on the list. This annual list of engineering firms is ranked by the number of New York-based licensed engineers.





Tectonic Sponsors Ribbon Cutting for Village of Haverstraw Streetscape Project

On Friday, June 15th, the Village of Haverstraw held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of a streetscape project that will make the center of Haverstraw safer for pedestrians. Local officials, as well as members of the community, were present to show their support and enjoy a “Night Under the Stars” in celebration of the occasion.

The $5 million project was focused around improvements on New Main and Main Streets from the village entrance to the Hudson River, including Broadway. New sidewalks, curbs, landscaping, lighting, and signalization improvements helped to facilitate better traffic flow and provide safer pedestrian access points with crosswalks. Tectonic provided construction supervision and inspection services associated with the construction phase activities.

To mark the completion of the project, which started in 2016, town officials and others held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park on Lincoln Street and Broadway. Tectonic was a proud sponsor of the event.