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By: Adam Hoffman

September 8th, 2016

What is Civil Engineering? Everything You Need to Know

Civil Engineering | Sustainable Engineering

What is Civil Engineering? Civil engineering is an arm of engineering that focuses on the maintenance, construction, and design of different types of public works such as transportation systems, government buildings, water systems, and public facilities like train stations and airports.

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By: Bill Nagle

June 5th, 2015

Will Buildings of the Future "Breathe"

Civil Engineering | ETFE-algae structures | Sustainable Engineering

  In the future, green buildings may actually be green. A gazebo, unveiled this month at the Expo 2015 world's fair in Milan, demonstrates how algae-filled plastic could serve as a living “skin” for buildings.   “This technology is really quite exciting for us because this is the first time we’ve got it to this scale,” says Marco Poletto, co-founder of ecoLogicStudio, the London architecture and urban design firm that created the 430-square-foot gazebo. EcoLogicStudio calls the project the Urban Algae Folly, playing with the traditional meaning of “folly” as an extravagant garden structure.

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By: Bill Nagle

March 6th, 2015

What is a survey and why should I advise my clients to pay for one?

boundary issues | land surveying | Sustainable Engineering

What is a survey and why should I advise my clients to pay for one? When we leave the grocery store most of us check our receipt to make sure we got what we paid for. When we buy cars we make sure we get all the options we paid for. But, when many people purchase real estate, they feel comfortable knowing “about” where the property lines are and “about” how much land is involved.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

June 6th, 2014

Elevation Certificates and the Climate Data Initiative

storm prevention planning | FEMA | floodplain | Elevation Certificates CT | Sustainable Engineering

A Huffington Post article recently featured in the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyor's (CALS) weekly newsletter captured the importance of a push for climate change preparedness in Washington called the climate data initiative. The initiative will make public useful and pertinant information in regards to climate change, compiling it at Climate.Data.gov. The aim of the initiative is to make information regarding climate change more available to foster private-sector action on climate change preparedness. According to the Obama Administration, "the climate change initiative will help create easy-to-use tools for regional planners, farmers, hospitals, and businesses across the country -- and empower America’s communities to prepare themselves for the future."

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By: Peter Grunawalt

May 1st, 2014

Project Spotlight: Common Ground

geothermal | Common Grounds | stake out | construction layout | Sustainable Engineering

Common Ground is now an uncommon sight for a High School. A project to install geothermal wells has recently entered construction phase.  These wells will act to use the earth as a heat source (during the winter) and a heat sink (during the summer).

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By: Peter Grunawalt

April 23rd, 2014

Project Spotlight: the Star Supply Building

economic development | site planning | Civil Engineering | CAD | News | Sustainable Engineering

Located on State Street in New Haven, the old industrial site is now the stuff of great plans. Recently, the City Plan Comission approved plans for the construction of some 235 residential units. This would involve demolishing most of the existing buildings, which have been vacant and locked up.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

January 30th, 2014

Project Spotlight: Kensett Lane

Civil Engineering | storm water design firm ct | Darien | land surveying | Sustainable Engineering

Our very own Denise Halstead, PE, was hired by a developer to take an existing site of 15.87 acres, formerly the grounds of a gravel processing operation, consisting of 1.83 acres of wetlands and develop the site into an age-restricted community with a meeting center and pool. The development would have some 62 units, approximately 3,500 sf each with a garage and patio. This development would be the first new home community in Darien in more than a generation. Challenges The plot of land was not without its challenges. The site had been overworked for 60 years and many drainage problems existed within the trunk storm sewer piping that ran throughout the entire property. A railroad and two cemeteries abutted the properties and the design be modified to appease all neighbors, regulatory agencies and the Town's stormwater management requirements. The neighbors supported this development because the new design incorporated plans to alleviate flooding they regularly incurred during storm events. The project required creative thinking in order to provide a home for a community that felt one with nature. One of the first improvements made was the replacement of the Town storm sewer and stormwater system. The use of underground systems combined with rain gardens and bioswales provided not just relief to the drainage concerns, but an environmentally sensitive and green infrastructure to complement the development. The project was unanimously approved in 2009, but hit a hurdle with the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. The project planned to re-use the existing driveway to access the site. The State denied use of the entrance because it crossed the Metro North railroad tracks, a site of multiple fatalities. The developer had to put the job on hold and determine another way to access the site. With the railroad abutting the site on the west, cemeteries on the west and north and wetlands on the east, the only access was via a neighboring street, and involved the purchase of properties to do so. In 2010, a solution was found, and with approval from local regulatory agencies and the state, an access drive was developed off Wakemore Street. Final design work would include permitting from Metro North for a sanitary sewer crossing under the railroard tracks, as well as a State Department of Transportation permit for improvements on the nearby Hoyt Street and the realignment of their access road, Wakemore Street. The project included extensive coordination with utility companies, the Town of Darien Public Works department, and general contractor, client, sub-contractors, and other specialty consultants.

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By: Bill Nagle

January 23rd, 2014

The home of Hodge, LLC has been sold!

land surveying | Farmington | Sustainable Engineering

Bill Grunewald, the former owner of Hodge Surveying Associates, has sold the home of Hodge Surveying, 1783 Farmington Avenue, to a local investor. Mr. Grunewald has been the owner of 1783 Farmington Avenue for the last 35 years. The property, located at the intersection of Route 167 and Route 4 in Unionville, has had an interesting and colorful past; law offices, owners of a former automobile dealership, car repair, and former site of a mouse trap factory! Situated on the banks of the Farmington River and Roaring Brook, "1783" has the potential to shine again. Mr. Grunewald updated the interior in the early 1980's, but now it is in need of a complete makeover.  Hodge LLC welcomes our new landlord, John Sansone, and look forward to a long term relationship with him and the future 1783 Farmington Avenue.                                                                                        

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By: Bill Nagle

January 7th, 2014

Let's start 2014 off with a Laugh!

property disputes | land surveying | Sustainable Engineering

 Snoopy The World Famous County Surveyor

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By: Adam Hoffman

December 27th, 2013

Hamden mayor seeks to assist start-up businesses

feasibility study | Permitting | Hamden | CAD | Civil Engineering | Sustainable Engineering

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