In this issue:
- C&S Celebrates the Completion of Cruise Terminal 3
- Engineer Spotlight – Kerrick Stegmeier II, PE
- Insights – FAA’s Neighborhood Environmental Survey Sheds New Light on Annoyance
- Project Brief – Orlando Executive Airport – Runway Incursion Mitigation
- C&S National News
- Rules of Thumb – Revit – Shared Parameter Creation
C&S Celebrates the Completion of Cruise Terminal 3
C&S’s staff proudly welcomed the new Mardi Gras cruise ship to its newly constructed home, Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 3, on June 4, 2021. Arriving with much fanfare to a crowd of hundreds, the ship is the largest in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet and is the first cruise ship operating in the Americas to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The ship also boasts the first-ever roller coaster at sea. “It was heartwarming to see—not just this ship—but several others in port today preparing for passengers in the coming months,” said C&S project manager, Bryn Currie. “Having personal relationships with several folks in the cruise industry, it makes me happy knowing that they’re able to get back out on the water, and back to their livelihoods.”
C&S played an integral role in the design of Cruise Terminal 3, a $163 million project which was built specifically to accommodate the 1,130-foot-long, 180,000-ton Mardi Gras. Having all engineering trades in house, C&S provided structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design services for the 188,000-square-foot terminal, which has the capacity to process the vessel’s 6,000+ passengers and crew. In addition to the terminal structure, a single-story baggage handling building and warehouse facility were also part of the project scope. All facilities were programmed to operate intelligently, and provide passive savings—both in security efforts and maintenance requirements.
For more information on the Cruise Terminal 3 project or to learn more about C&S’s terminal design capabilities, please contact Bryn Currie at (407) 422-1118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engineer Spotlight – Kerrick Stegmeier II, PE
Kerrick was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and spent the first 28 years of his life there. At the age of 14 he got his first summer job doing handyman type work. This and his love for math and science led to his decision to become an engineer. While he attended college at the University of Central Florida, he secured an internship with a local civil engineering firm as a part time intern/drafter. Two weeks after his hiring, C&S acquired the firm and Kerrick became a part of the C&S team. In 2009, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, with a focus on structural. Kerrick has seen his career grow over the past 15 years, moving from Orlando to Tampa in 2015 to begin growing C&S’s Tampa presence. He currently resides just outside of Tampa with his wife and two children (ages 3 and 5) and has long-term plans to grow C&S into a substantial practice in Tampa.
Question & Answer with Kerrick Stegmeier
Q: As C&S continues to grow in the Tampa Bay area, what kind of projects can we look forward to seeing out of the Tampa office?
A: Our primary market focus currently includes aviation, healthcare, and commercial with hopes of breaking into some industrial type facilities in the near future. The Tampa Bay area offers great access to a handful of popular tourist destinations along with a number of airports feeding those tourist destinations. The overall travel numbers are steadily increasing as things begin to return to normal post-pandemic, which should provide much need stimulus to the economy and result in projects for C&S.
Q: What do you love most about living in the Tampa Bay area?
A: I love the variety of options for things to do and places to go. With Clearwater Beach, St. Petersburg, Downtown Tampa, and a variety of sports venues, I can always find something going on. If I want to stay out of the limelight, so to speak, there are a number of local spots the tourists don’t know about that I take my boat to for a relaxing time to throw back a few drinks of my choice.
Q: What made you decide to focus on structural engineering for buildings during your academics? How heavy is that Steel Construction Manual anyway?
A: I started out working as a handyman and doing side jobs (flipping houses) with friends and family. It was interesting seeing how things came together and what held them up. I knew back then that I wanted to be in engineering or construction. That decision was made once I got a little further down the path in college and saw what it was like designing structures. The only thing that gave me pause was when I got to my first steel design class and had to buy that AISC manual—not only is it unruly to carry around in your bag, it’s not cheap!
Q: Concrete or steel; do you have a favorite? Why?
A: I don’t have a favorite. I have more experience with steel structures but I think both are equally interesting. I actually would prefer to design with sky hooks but I just can’t seem to figure out where the architects we work with down here in Florida learned those techniques.
Q: What construction trends should we be aware of this year and in the coming years?
A: I don’t know about specific trends per se, however, with the industry costs the way they are currently and rising, I think there is going to be a larger focus on efficiency of design. I think value engineering is going to be the norm, if it isn’t already, and clients will continue to push for consulting to be a commodity. I think C&S will have to remain vigilant in differentiating ourselves from our competitors and showing our clients that C&S can bring real value to teams that a commodity market can’t.
Q: We’ve packed the coolers, where should we go fishing off the Gulf coast this summer? What is your personal best catch in the Gulf?
A: Well, first off, what kind of cooler? Because if you got the wrong type it won’t keep your drinks cold for long enough or hold enough ice for the fish you’re going to catch (You’ll most likely want two different coolers for those!).
Snapper season just started so we should be heading out to “middle grounds” (about 90 – 120 miles off the coast) to get in about 150’ – 180’ of water—that’s where you get the big stuff you can keep. You’ll want your gear setup for bottom fishing (heavy line, heavy leaders, and heavy sinkers). I’ve used this method for years and I’ve brought in some good ones! A 27” red snapper is about the biggest I’ve caught to date. Although the biggest fish I’ve hooked was a goliath grouper—likely around 800lbs. You have to cut the line on those guys once they get close to the boat though.
FAA’s Neighborhood Environmental Survey Sheds New Light on Annoyance
C&S’s Michael Hotaling gives an overview of the FAA’s Neighborhood Environmental Survey (NES), which informs FAA noise policy by evaluating community annoyance relative to aircraft noise around 20 U.S. airports.
Orlando Executive Airport – Runway Incursion Mitigation
Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) is a key destination airport in the Central Florida area for corporate/business aviation travelers, conference delegates & exhibitors, and has become an active flight training, public safety and recreational flying airport. Orlando Executive is also a FAA designated general aviation reliever facility to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and is operated and managed by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). In an effort to address airfield safety enhancements for aircraft, the FAA kicked off the Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) program in 2015. This program would seek to improve safety by mitigating runway incursions through runway or taxiway layouts.
Shortly after the program began, GOAA staff spearheaded and authored a RIM related airfield planning study. In 2017, airport staff developed detailed RIM related project justification to support the Authority’s planning study which was then reviewed by the FAA. These and other planning efforts later transitioned into a high priority FAA and FDOT agency funded airfield design and construction project, for which C&S served as the prime engineer.
Studies identified three “hot spots” that would require mitigation. Hot Spot No. 1 was a large hold bay at the end of Runway 7 that no longer met FAA criteria. This project removed existing Taxiway E4 and the hold pad at the end of Runway 7. For the base bid, a new taxiway connector was built to meet standards for a Boeing 737 BBJ (ADG-III TDG aircraft) and was constructed of bituminous asphalt concrete pavement section. Ancillary items included a drainage system and basin modifications; new airfield edge lighting, signage, and markings along constructed areas; and updates to the airport lighting control and monitoring system (ALCMS) and electrical vault. The project also included two alternate bids for additional pavement geometry which constructed three hold bays for aircraft to perform ground run-ups prior to taxiing, as well as extended one of the hold bays to connect to Runway 7-25 for another taxiway for Boeing 737 BBJ aircraft.
The project also included unique challenges such as constructing a new parallel taxiway through an existing pond, requiring settlement monitoring and evaluation of ten layout options for the hold bays. Design documents were completed in April 2019 with final project completion in 2020. The project was a well-received airfield safety and capacity enhancement project that will accommodate future aviation demand.
For more information on the Runway Incursion Mitigation project at ORL, please reach out to Doug Saunders (407) 422-1118 or email@example.com.
C&S Celebrates Sustainability Achievements
Revit – Shared Parameter Creation
When creating project standards in Revit, often times there will be parameters that will need to be common between projects. This is where creating a “Shared Parameters” file will come in. Shared parameters are defined as parameters that are stored independently from a project or Revit family. Parameters can be loaded into a family or project through the creation of a shared parameters file. Uses for parameters include intelligent data for title blocks, MEP technical data that communicates across trades, tags/schedules, and a vast array of options.
Create a Shared Parameters file
To create a new file, navigate to the “Manage” tab in Revit and click the “Shared Parameters” button to create a new file.
The shared parameters file will be a “.txt” text file. Revit will automatically remember the last file that was open/used regardless of the project or family.
Creating Shared Parameters
Adding a shared parameter to the new file starts with creating a new group. The group is an organizing tool that helps keep like parameters in the same location (example—creating a border information group).
Then, create a new parameter within the group. Assign the parameter name, discipline and type here. Where the parameter “lives” will be assigned when loading the parameter into the family/project.
Adding Shared Parameters into a Project
After creating the shared parameters, navigate to the “Manage” tab, click “Project Parameters” and load in the parameters. Don’t forget to assign the “Group parameter under:” & “Categories”, this determines where the parameter will exist and what it’s assigned to.
Adding Shared Parameters into a Family
After creating the shared parameters, navigate to the “Create” tab, click “Family Types” and load in the parameters. The process of loading a parameter into a family is similar to the project protocol.