Engineering, Inspection & Surveying at PANYNJ Airports

Through Tectonic’s ongoing working relationship with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), the firm has been providing various engineering, construction inspection and surveying services at all of the PANYNJ airports including Stewart International Airport (SWF), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

At SWF, Tectonic provided numerous surveying services related to its acquisition by PANYNJ, including ALTA/ACSM land title survey, as-built Survey, topographic survey and numerous surveys for runways and utilities locations.

At JFK, Tectonic provided surveying, construction inspection and materials testing services for runway reconstruction. Additionally, it performed geotechnical investigation and engineering analysis for a new parking garage at JFK. Surveying services were also provided for utilities upgrades.

At LGA, Tectonic provided surveying support services for the expansion of the Delta Airlines Terminal D and for a separate bridge structure project at the airport. Additionally, it provided geotechnical evaluation and design for a U.S. Airways taxiway remediation.

At EWR, Tectonic provided various engineering services for wireless communications upgrades.

East Side Access

The East Side Access is a $10 billion MTA project which will connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The project involves several major construction initiatives: excavating and constructing a new rail tunnel extending from Sunnyside, Queens into Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, and constructing mined caverns under the existing Grand Central Terminal for the new passenger rail station.

Tectonic is providing special inspection and materials testing for all soils, cast-in-place concrete, asphalt, structural steel, precast concrete, shotcrete, earth anchors, blast monitoring, pile driving, grouting and underpinning for three separate contracts  involving tunneling, site work and mined caverns. It is also providing geotechnical engineering services for pile driving, earth anchors, blast monitoring and underpinning.

Tectonic also provided surveying and structural engineering services for the design of an elevated conveyor system to transport excavated material from the new MTA subway tunnel to a transfer station.

Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department Expansion

The project included an expansion to the existing single-story, 11,500 sq. ft. Emergency Department at Good Samaritan Hospital. The addition included additional space for increased exam room capacity from 20 to 32 with the same number of Trauma rooms, larger exam rooms (increased to today’s standard), a new covered drop-off and entry vestibule, new waiting area, and a new covered drive-through ambulance receiving area to promote efficient patient delivery to the Emergency Department.

Tectonic provided geophysical location of private underground utilities, site planning and design, stormwater management, utility design, landscaping design, site lighting, local Village/Planning Board approvals, bid and construction support, and SPDES-compliance inspections during construction. Expedited survey and local approvals for a generator and patient canopy for the Medical Office Building were added during construction.

Located (electromagnetic and ground-penetrating radar methods), relocated, accommodated, and upgraded water, fire suppression, gas, steam, oxygen, electric, sanitary, and stormwater situated between the central power plant and Emergency Department.

Orange Regional Medical Center

Orange Regional Medical Center, a new $317 million dollar state-of-the-art hospital, was the first community hospital built in New York State in more than 20 years. The 7-floor, 354-room hospital, was built on 61-acres in the Town of Wallkill, NY and has become one of the largest medical centers between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Albany.

Tectonic provided construction survey support services for the construction of the site improvements and infrastructure for the medical facility. Services included offset stakes, and grades for all site improvements such as rough grading, detention ponds, drainage structures, sanitary sewer structures, concrete curb, etc. Tectonic also provided building control lines on all floors, anchor bolt verification surveys, and as-built surveys after construction.

Prior to the start of construction, Tectonic performed a verification survey to make sure the proposed improvements worked with the existing conditions.

Newburgh Enlarged Central School District

The City of Newburgh School District is an expanded district that encompasses two adjacent towns. As a result of the aged facility inventory and magnet school educational approach, the consolidation of some schools and the expansion of others to accommodate the student population have required significant infrastructure upgrades. Tectonic provided a variety of services for improvements at 10 different schools in the City of Newburgh, Newburgh, and Town of New Windsor.

Services performed in connection with two separate bond referenda included: value engineering, boundary/topographic surveys, geotechnical/pavement investigations, site plans for SED approval (involving idrainage, grading, roadways, circulation, safety, parking lots, sidewalks, retaining walls, potable water, irrigation, and sanitary sewer), athletic facilities (two NFHS polyurethane-bound rubber running tracks, softball, multi-purpose fields, tennis courts), and SPDES stormwater compliance.

At three schools, the condition/safety of the roadways and parking lots was dramatically improved through the reconfiguration and reconstruction of discrete bus loading areas, separated parent drop-off locations, and new access roadways.

Multi-Disciplinary Services

Tectonic has a long standing relationship with Central Hudson having performed multi-disciplined services throughout the region over the last 16 years. As part of their Transmission and Substation electrical systems upgrades and improvements, Tectonic has provided the following services:

  • Third party field inspection services, for performance of gas & electric utility facility installation throughout the lower Hudson Valley region for contractors.
  • Civil and structural engineering services for the design of caisson foundations to support transmission lines and utility poles at the Catskill Substation.
  • Subsurface investigation and geotechnical evaluation for the proposed upgrades to the Central Hudson Gas & Electric (CHG&E), 11-mile, 69 kV SB transmission line located between Kingston and Saugerties, Ulster County, New York, and the 12-mile, 69 kV H transmission line located in Catskill, Greene County, New York.
  • Structural engineering services for the design of caisson foundations to support 2 transmission towers on the NW transmission line.
  • Geotechnical investigation and prepared a report describing findings and recommendations for the construction of two (2) steel transmission poles to replace existing wood pole structures on the WM line in Walden, NY.
  • Structural analysis and field investigation of an existing elevated concrete slab and the brick bearing walls supporting the slab within a historic power station building at the Montgomery Street Substation.

Term Agreements

Tectonic has been working with Con Ed through various Term Agreements over the last 15 years. As part of their Transmission and Substation electrical systems upgrades and improvements, Tectonic has provided the following services:

  • Structural engineering services for more than sixty (60) of Con Edison’s transmission towers.
  • Geotechnical and Environmental engineering. Geotechnical and environmental services including: performance of subsurface investigations, laboratory testing, geotechnical and environmental analyses, report preparation and geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring services.
  • Controlled inspection and materials testing services for soils, concrete, masonry, asphalt, and structural steel materials, preparation of inspection reports and performance of on-site investigations.
  • Land and property surveys, title searches, ROW and easement surveys, topographic surveys, hydrographic surveys, including soundings, construction and quantity surveys, transmission surveys including subsurface or overhead electric, gas and steam lines, and route feasibility surveys and studies.

Verizon Wireless Dallas/Fort Worth Master Switching Center Design

The 31,400+/- square foot Dallas Forth Worth Switching Data Facility was designed to permit maximizing the site for future expansion options. Tectonic performed the building design for this new Two-Switch Facility in the North-East Texas Market. Services provided include:

  • Programmatic Facility Design
  • Civil/Site Design
  • Architectural/Life Safety Design
  • Structural Design
  • Code/Network Compliance Review
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Survey
  • Zoning Approvals
  • MEP
  • Fire Suppression/Alarm

DASNY Construction Monitoring Projects

Under multiple term agreements held since 1996 with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Tectonic has provided, and is currently providing geotechnical design and construction phase monitoring services for various state and private facilities throughout New York State. The construction phase monitoring services include performance on preconstruction condition surveys, vibration monitoring, noise monitoring, deformation monitoring, and crack monitoring.

On-going and/or completed monitoring projects to date include:

  • Lehman College Science Center
  • CUNY York College
  • Baruch College
  • Bronx Community College
  • CUNY ASRC Utility Tunnel
  • SUNY Albany Liberty Terrace
  • South Beach Psychiatric Center
  • SUNY New Paltz Dormitories

Hudson Lights

Tectonic performed Phase I services on Hudson Lights, a mixed-use development project, for leading architect and designer, Arquitectonica. This 15-story residential building, built by Tucker Development, will include residential units, retail and office spaces, restaurants, parking, and hotel on an 8-acre portion of a 16-acre lot, as part of a two phase construction project.

Tectonic performed surveying services for the first phase which included as-builts of the floors, ceilings, and slab edges of the newly constructed concrete decks. Surveys were performed after a concern of deformation of the concrete slabs after release of support. Plans were provided that showed the flatness of the floors and ceiling, and the deformation of the slab between column lines and at the edge of the cantilevered sections. Tectonic utilized its High-Definition Laser Scanner to maximize the detail gathered.

The Hudson Lights project, conveniently located near the George Washington Bridge, offers access to five major highways, and is expected to help transform downtown Fort Lee while providing luxury retailers and renters with an easy commute to New York City.