Water conservation: It starts with your lawn!

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As we head into summer, thoughts of green lawns and lush landscaping come to mind. The warm weather months ahead will increase our outdoor activities—and our water use—dramatically. Daily residential water use in our area is approximately 140 gallons per person. Water utilization is typically relegated to indoor use during the cold winter months, with […]

Building Communities with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk

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The forecast was not very promising for this past Saturday, but the clouds broke up and we were able to complete our day working on a home in Mastic Beach with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk . Together, we worked on the home’s sheathing, roof trusses, interior framing and insulation, and hurricane strapping. A special […]

Peeking beneath the surface: The advantages design of artificial turf fields

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A sound foundation is an essential component of any structure. This statement also holds true for artificial turf athletic field surfaces. To have a pristine field surface, the foundation must be designed and constructed with the utmost precision. A structurally sound and consistent surface is essential for playability and uninterrupted use. Natural turf fields require […]

Experiencing contemporary architecture in Israel

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Safdie’s buildings — the other being the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. The museum, which is part of the International School for Holocaust Studies, initially appeared unimpressive from the outside. Its exterior resembled a basic, almost boring, extruded triangle. However, only after walking through the building’s interior was I impressed.As the group moved through the museum’s […]

Multi what?: An introspective look at being a multi-discipline design firm

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We’re a multi-disciplined firm – So what? In the world of architecture and engineering, some firms claim that they are multi-disciplined, tossing the term around like a Frisbee on a college quad. But what does this really mean? Who can state this claim and back it up? What does this mean? Dictionary.com defines multi-disciplined as […]

The pitfalls of passive activism in project design

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As architects and engineers, our designs have a distinct impact on the immediate surroundings and communities that they inhabit. Virtually all of the projects we engage in change the way a site communicates with its surroundings—with its neighbors, the general public, and the local and global environment. We may not typically see ourselves as activists, […]

Pollution-based insurance claims: The iceberg

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The majority of an iceberg’s mass lies below the water’s surface. This is a great metaphor for pollution and property claims. Contamination and liability issues are often a complex mix of fact versus fiction, forensic and laboratory analysis, civil and criminal law, environmental regulation, and cleanup activities. This is why insurance carriers often have special […]

Where does our water come from on Long Island?

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Every day, the average American uses about 80-100 gallons of water for various purposes. But do you know where it comes from? Here on Long Island, the water that flows from our faucets originates far below the earth’s surface, in deep, interconnected underground layers of sand, gravel and silt called aquifers. The water contained within […]

Say goodbye to incandescents: 10 facts about LED bulbs to ease your transition

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With incandescent light bulbs being phased out for good this year, research suggests that the change won’t be as painful as you might expect. Below are 10 facts about LEDs that may help shed some light on this new type of bulb and its many advantages: 1. LED bulbs, which were previously quite costly ($30 […]

Patchogue NY: Social and economic revitalization of a forgotten village

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Patchogue Village, with a population of only 12,000 people, is an improbable success story for smart growth within the New York Metropolitan Area. However, development along the Village’s bordering Patchogue River and Great South Bay has made the Village an economic, residential, and recreational attraction on Long Island. Patchogue’s growth and revitalization, which began in […]

Potholes, potholes everywhere: What’s the best approach to asphalt pavement repair?

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It’s that time of year when asphalt really shows its wear—sand, salt, snow, and ice take their toll, and plows encourage the development of potholes and cracks everywhere we look. As a civil engineer, I’m frequently approached by clients who want a set of engineering plans to remedy asphalt pavement that’s in disrepair. The nature […]

Preventing ice dam damage this winter

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With the recent arrival of the polar vortex—or polar apocalypse, as my wife and I call it—there has been a significant rise in winter season property damage claims. Burst pipes, cracked foundations, and roof collapses are just a few common occurrences that can wreak havoc on your home. But one lesser known occurrence—ice damming—can be […]