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July 2011 Newsletter

What’s New

On June 10th Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. was awarded the 2011 New York State Society of Professional Engineers Meritorious Service Award.  The award was presented at an Installation and Awards Banquet in Fairport, NY to recognize Mr. Yarmus for his “outstanding contribution to the goals of the Society of Professional Engineers over an extended period of time”.

Recent Projects

  •  Provided Forensic Engineering consulting services regarding a trip and fall accident at a NY State amusement park
  • Consultation regarding unsafe balcony conditions at a 1920’s vintage structure on the east side of Manhattan 
  • Inspection and analysis of the cause of cracking in the walls and ceilings of a recently converted Washington Heights, NY structure

Portland Cement Association Running Ads In Favor Of Life-Cycle Budgeting

On June 1st The Hill reported “The Portland Cement Association announced…it was running radio commercials in 18 markets and print advertisements in 17 newspapers to promote ‘life-cycle budgeting’ on projects in the forthcoming Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, or SAFETEA-LU”.

“Stuck in traffic. Again. Why does this keep happening?,” an announcer says in the commercial. “Construction… for the next eight miles?  Look at all these potholes. They’ll never run out of potholes! What is this costing? Just burning gas. Might as well be throwing money out the window. Why is this happening?!

“Here’s why,” another announcer answers back. “These roads were built using short-sighted, money-wasting budget practices that end up costing more in the end.  That’s why they’re falling apart. But there’s a detour up ahead, and Congress can change direction. Change the way we budget infrastructure projects— take complete life cycle costs into account, price them right the first time, and build them to last.  Saving hundreds of millions of dollars. We can get out of this jam.

“Go to to take action,” the ad concludes. “Tell Congress to choose Life-Cycle Budgeting.  Get it right the first time.”

Life-cycle budgeting includes anticipated future maintenance in cost projections for projects.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. continually monitors the latest in cost estimating techniques to provide its clientele with accurate and informed cost estimates.  We know that accurate and dependable cost estimates allow our clients to have peace of mind in knowing that they can count on our expertise when preparing their budgets.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

Modular construction garners attention as builders seek to cut costs 

On June 14th The New York Times reported that “now, with an emphasis on materials conservation and reuse, and developers looking to squeeze costs any way they can, modular construction is getting a closer look.

Often the word prefab conjures images of inexpensive and poorly built structures like trailer homes. But proponents of prefab, many of whom shudder at the moniker, say that modular design done well is anything but cheaply built. A modularly constructed building uses the same materials as a traditional one. But because it is made in a factory, workers are not battling the elements and can construct it more soundly and with less waste, proponents say”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is experienced in designing to incorporate modular and prefabricated components, as well as inspecting the assembling and connections of such structures to ensure that they are properly and safely connected and installed.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients.

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