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October 2012 Newsletter

What’s New

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. is pleased to have been invited again this year to present on the topics of Engineering and Community Planning at SAR Academy, in Riverdale, NY.

Recent Projects

  • Consultation regarding foundation, retaining wall, and footing failure concerns at a property in Nyack, NY
  • Forensic Engineering services regarding an accident which took place during renovations at the residence of a world-famous portrait photographer in New York City
  • Evaluation of NYC Transit Authority installations causing sidewalk settlements in Queens, NY

Prefab Housing Touted for ‘Green’ Features

On September 23rd the Detroit Free Press reported that “Because modular prefabricated homes are indistinguishable from site-built homes, they are becoming increasingly popular, because of growing interest in sustainable building. “Prefab homes are much more efficient and environmentally friendly. There is so much less waste in the manufacturing process. Any excess materials can be recycled into other homes or sent back to the manufacturer instead of ending up in a dumpster,” said Sheri Koones, author of four books on prefabricated housing. The base components for sustainable systems, such as water retention and solar energy, also can be prebuilt into the structure, even if the consumer cannot immediately afford a full system”

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to provide design services for foundations for modular prefabricated homes, and we are also experienced in the inspection of such structures.  We are also able to consult regarding the incorporation of sustainable systems into such structures.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients. 

New Jersey’s Englewood Cliffs School District To Bring A Greater Focus On Engineering

On September 21 reported “‘Engineering is Elementary’ will be implemented in several stages during the upcoming 2013/2014 school year, although officials do not know when the program will officially start. The program aims at helping children better understand engineering through science and also help develop student’s analytical skills.” Director of Curriculum Jennifer Brower said the program “was created by the Museum of Science in Boston and follows the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) core curriculum.” Brower “heavily supports the program, saying the focus of the program is to turn students into better problem solvers and enhance their analytical skills”.

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. is pleased to have assisted in the development and implementation of such programs for students in kindergarten through high school.  Mr. Yarmus is one of the founding members of the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO, and has presented on the topic of Engineering to STEM organizations in Rockland County, as well as to elementary school students in both private and public schools in both Rockland County and New York City.  Please contact our office if you are affiliated with any organizations or entities which might benefit from such a presentation. 

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