C&S receives 2012 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

C&S Companies are proud to announce that we received five 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies New York Chapter.

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Sustainable Master Plan

Platinum Award—Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport sustainable master plan. C&S was the consultant for the country’s first FAA-funded master plan that integrates sustainability principles throughout the planning process. Because this project still had to meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for master plans, the team had to create a new model for airport master planning that maintained requirements, while also adding integrating sustainability elements. One new aspect on the project was a baseline assessment of 11 sustainability categories. Data was gathered and analyzed for each category, and areas of weakness and strength were identified. The results were used to set goals and objectives to guide decisions about how to meet upcoming facility needs. This project was responsible for the FAA’s initiation of a sustainability planning pilot program at 10 airports nationwide.

SUNY Oswego Infrastructure Study and Assessment

Platinum Award—SUNY Oswego infrastructure study and assessment. C&S captured existing information and knowledge on all campus underground and aboveground infrastructure systems in a searchable, usable, maintainable, and expandable format. The college recognized the need to inventory and store all of their utility and infrastructure assets in a spatially enabled database with an easy-to-use, graphical user interface. C&S developed a database and a 3D model to serve as a centralized storage repository for facility-related data. Thousands of hours of field investigations and more than 3,000 pages of assessments were combined to give SUNY Oswego this virtual campus model.

Auburn High School Ventilation Controls

Gold Award—Auburn High School ventilation controls. The school used 25 exhaust fans for ventilation. When operating simultaneously these fans were capable of exhausting far greater quantities of air than the supply units could provide under minimum outside air conditions. This resulted in massive negative pressure, freezing coils, and many other adverse building effects. C&S’s energy department evaluated the system and developed a solution that could adapt to any of the air handler or building operational conditions. The project saves approximately $40,000 per year in heating, cooling and fan motor costs.

CNY Philanthropy Center

Silver Award— Central New York Community Foundation’s new CNY Philanthropy Center. The Community Foundation is one of the area’s leading philanthropic organizations. In early 2009, they were seeking a new location and a new face for their headquarters. With a commitment to staying downtown and with an eye toward preservation and sustainability, the foundation purchased a historic downtown building to serve as their new headquarters. C&S served as the program manager for the renovation and rehabilitation of the building. The Community Foundation wanted their new headquarters to not only pay homage to the history of the structure, but they also wanted to make the building as environmentally friendly as possible—aiming for LEED Silver Certification.

Silver Award—Onondaga Community College’s Mulroy Hall Renovation. Mulroy Hall, a historic 45,000-square-foot, four-story building, was originally constructed in 1928 as a home for the poor and ill. The building had stood unused for more than 10 years and needed major renovations. This innovative project gave the college a “historically modern” building with 16 smart classrooms, 47 offices, 3 conference rooms, and 3 group meeting rooms. C&S provided architectural, MEP, structural, hazardous materials, life safety, and landscape architecture services. In addition to reconfiguring interior partitions, many elements needed to be replaced, including the roof, exterior doors and windows, all interior finishes, and the complete MEP, and security systems.

ACEC is the voice of America’s engineering industry. The more than 5,500 firms comprising the council’s membership are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation’s economy, and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life.