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December 2011 Newsletter

What’s New

SAR Academy, in Riverdale has invited Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. to present on the topic of Engineering and Community Planning to their students on December 16th.  Mr. Yarmus has previously lectured on similar topics to students from elementary school through high school, and looks forward to extending his lectures to the college level in Spring 2012.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering services regarding a worker fall from a platform and death in Cheektowaga, NY 
  • Design services involving alterations to the existing structures of a Pearl River, NY apartment complex 
  • Consultation regarding retaining wall failures and collapses in Bronx, NY, including assistance with levied violations, determination of causation, and design alternatives for reconstruction

Concrete pour mishap in Brooklyn
Kills 1, injures 4 others

On November 8th The Wall Street Journal reported that the collapse of a five-story building under construction in Brooklyn caused the death of a construction worker and injury to four others. Workers were pouring concrete onto Q-decking when the structure’s third floor caved in. “We were able to determine that they were placing the concrete in the wrong sequence, and we believe that that is a major contributor to this collapse,” said Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri. “What we believe happened today was that they started from the top and worked their way down”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide Construction Management and Construction Inspection services to minimize the likelihood of such accidents and improper work procedures from occurring.  We are also available to provide Forensic Engineering services post-accident in order to assist legal counsel, insurance companies, and similar parties in determining the cause(s) of such building failures and construction accidents.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

Obama Approves Tappan Zee Bridge For Expedited Review

On October 11th The New York Times reported that the “replacement of the “functionally obsolete” 56-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge in New York will undergo expedited federal review and approval. However, the proposal will focus only on the bridge’s replacement, which will cost $5.2 billion compared to the original plan that was broader in scope and included mass transit. The bridge’s selection is “a shot in the arm for the project and a major step forward to restoring this key piece of infrastructure and putting tens of thousands of New Yorkers back to work,” according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo”.

As a board member of both the Rockland County Chapter of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers and the Lower Hudson Valley Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers Met Section, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., our firm’s President, has assisted in staging several public forum discussion panels on the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, including financing and construction options, the Engineering behind the various contemplated and implemented repair methods, as well as its impact on the region.  Please contact our office if we can provide you or your clients with any additional information, or put you in contact with key parties involved in the debates regarding this controversial and crucial project located in the Lower Hudson Valley Area.

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