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Our Team is proud of our many achievements in 2018, including:
We are happy to bring Eberlin & Eberlin, P.C. and Steinmetz Planning Group into our B&L family. Adding these two outstanding firms expands our expertise in community planning and landscape architecture services throughout our Company.
Growth this year included more than numbers - our career development program “B&L University” provided employees with intellectual growth as well. This dynamic program helps staff stay current on changing regulations, new technologies and innovations from internal employee presentations to outside professionals. This program helps foster innovation and expertise, making B&L a true resource to the clients and communities we serve.

To further our commitment to implementing sustainability as part of our project designs, as well as our internal practices, B&L launched a company-wide compost initiative intended to promote the diversion of organics from our office waste stream for beneficial reuse. B&L was recognized as a Blue Ribbon Recycler by the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency for these efforts.

There is a correlation between doing good and doing well and B&L continued to thrive in 2018 as the result of the employees who invested their time in the industries and communities we are involved with. From advising and judging Future City Competitions and Science Fairs, to Earth Day cleanup and Save the Rain Clean Water Fair, along with many charitable walks/runs/bicycle events and even a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math (STEAM) booth at the New York State Fair, B&L staff got involved and made a difference.

Our professionals have worked on hundreds of projects this year, some of which were recognized by key industry groups. The highlights that follow illustrate the many ways we are making a difference in the communities we serve; watching them come to fruition to make lives better and safer is all the recognition we need!

These two parallel bridges, each carrying two lanes of traffic, underwent a major rehabilitation effort to address areas of deterioration and extend their useful life. B&L bridge engineers designed the replacement and widening of the decks, and replacement of the joints, steel railing system bearings and concrete pedestals. The project was constructed in phases over the course of two construction seasons, and traffic was maintained on site by building a crossover in the median, using one of the bridges for traffic while the other was under construction.

J. Ryan McMahon ll, Onondaga County Executive

B&L was entrusted with the planning and design of a park adjacent to one designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead. A master plan was developed through a collaborative process with public input that would complement the Olmsted Park. B&L designed the Lilac Adventure Zone, which the Monroe County Park Staff constructed using salvaged materials from within the County Parks system, featuring an expansion of the historic lilac collection, new accessible pathways with seating, picnic pavilions, public parking, bike racks, and an innovative nature play zone. The free-form timber structures provide opportunities for kids of all ages to explore, discover and learn by moving.

To support growing economic development in the area, B&L designed the replacement of the Village of Monticello's 0.5 million gallon welded steel tank with a new 2.5 million gallon pre-stressed concrete water storage tank, along with other hydraulic improvements in the water system. The project included other efficiency improvements as well to improve water quality, reduce water loss, and provide operators with better control of the system. The project focused on improving the existing infrastructure and expanding available storage and fire flows within the Village.

The Somers Central School District enlisted B&L's design and construction phase services for updating their existing synthetic turf fields. After ten years of use, the existing turf carpets were removed and replaced with new synthetic turf carpet installed on new dynamic shock pads. Our Somers landscape architects have a long history of working with the district, designing the reconstruction of the 400 meter running track by converting it to an all-weather rubber surfaced facility. They also worked with the district to design and oversee installation of two new synthetic surfaced athletic fields and a natural grass baseball field.

B&L worked with Onondaga County along with numerous stakeholders to create a sustainable, inviting, functional multi-modal gateway and promenade along Bridge Street connecting the New York State Fair entrance to the Village of Solvay. Milton Avenue was reconstructed and reapportioned to extend through Solvay’s Central Business District. The project team overcame numerous challenges surrounding multiple railroad crossings, private utility and communications infrastructure, and business and residents along the affected corridor. The result is a new aesthetically pleasing promenade and corridor that is clean and safe for both pedestrians and bicycles as well as for vehicular traffic on the expanded roadway.

J. Ryan McMahon ll, Onondaga County Executive

B&L partnered with the OCWA to stabilize a 100-year old water main and prevent future exposure reoccurrence at the site along Ninemile Creek. Natural Stream Channel Design principles were used to select field treatments while the installation of rock and log vanes to dissipate the Creek’s incident energy on the cut bank offered protective measures to the buried transmission main. Additionally, creating and enhancing the habitat, structure, and rest areas for Ninemile Creek’s cold-water fishery were important elements of the project.

To improve effluent water quality and protect the environment, the Village of Malone constructed an ultraviolet light (UV) disinfection system to further treat their wastewater treatment plant effluent. B&L was fundamental in securing 25% grant funding and 0% loan financing for the Village’s upgrade and completed design, construction, and startup services. The project was completed in December 2018.

In 2014, the Town of Brighton obtained $1.5 million to retrofit Monroe Avenue, from Elmwood Avenue to Westfall Road. To guide redevelopment, they embraced a merger of multi-modal transportation with green infrastructure technologies. Construction, handled entirely by Town forces, concluded in November of 2018. The project is redefining the corridor and providing a strong return on investment for the community.

Honda North America has embraced asset management as a tool to improve maintenance reliability and implement best practices in all their facilities in the US, Canada, and Mexico. They worked with B&L to establish data structure and business processes and to provide deployment and training of the Maximo Version 7.6 at twelve manufacturing facilities. The new version of the software was configured and data loaded in compliance with Honda’s Asset Management and Reliability Standard Documents, primarily authored by the B&L team.

B&L oversaw completion of this 4.8 mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail that connects two existing lengths of the Trail between the City of Amsterdam and the Hamlet of Pattersonville. The project was one of the first officially completed segments of the Empire State Trail and included rehabilitation of three existing railroad bridges, drainage improvements and an accessible trailhead parking area.

B&L contracted with the City of Burlington, Vermont to perform an initial investigation of the City’s current asset management practices, tools, resources, and data as the basis for an action plan to develop an enduring Asset Management Plan. B&L developed a report that provided a realistic roadmap for improving the City of Burlington’s Asset Management Program and to help the City practice sound stewardship of its infrastructure assets to ensure they are managed in a financially sustainable manner.

Maryland Environmental Service, an independent self-supporting State agency, has relied on B&L for Program Management Support Services to the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection-Department of Solid Waste Services, providing day-to-day consulting to support their programs and projects at the Gude Landfill, Oaks Landfill, Gas-to-Energy Facilities, Leachate Pretreatment Facility, and the Shady Grove Processing Facility & Transfer Station. Under a multi-year contract that started in 2013, B&L has provided support for master planning activities as well as various operations and improvements, environmental compliance support, capital improvement project management, and public outreach.

Increasing impacts from storm events prompted the Village of Lakewood and the Town of Busti to study alternatives that would have a positive impact on the environmental health of Chautauqua Lake. The study by B&L included an assessment of existing conditions as well as an evaluation of stormwater systems, mitigation alternatives and water quality, along with the development of concept plans for improvement projects.

B&L completed the design for the rehabilitation of this three-span bridge, including replacement of the existing concrete superstructure with a new multiple steel girder structure. Upon completion, additional geotechnical investigations detected a landslide threatening the stability of the bridge and surrounding roadways. The B&L team designed and implemented repairs that included replacement of 3,700+ tons of roadway material with lightweight “Geo-foam” to stabilize the slope and roadway.

The Town of Niskayuna turned to B&L and ESG for a Design-Build solution to meet the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Consent Order requirements and to implement energy and plant performance efficiency improvements. Consent order improvements, designed in four months, remedied the building moratorium and provided energy efficiency and resource recovery upgrades that have made this plant the second energy neutral wastewater treatment plant in New York State, while helping the Town realize energy independence and additional revenue streams.

B&L was retained by Hamilton College to assess the condition of Roger's Glen located on the Hamilton College campus in Clinton, New York. Historic fill consisting of construction spoils and some demolition debris had been placed in the Glen many years ago, and the College was proactively looking to assess the nature of the material and put a restoration plan in place. B&L was able to confirm with the NYSDEC that the historic fill did not pose a threat to people or the environment, and developed a restoration plan to ensure the ongoing stability and natural beauty of the Glen.

B&L was retained by Aria Energy to provide the Architectural, Structural, Plumbing, Sitework and Utility Engineering Design of a new landfill high BTU gas processing facility. The facility accepts raw landfill gas at a nominal rate of 4,500 CFM from one of Oklahoma City’s two landfills and refines it to the required standards for sale to the local natural gas utility. B&L handled the related engineering design services, which included significant coordination with the municipal offices of Oklahoma City as well as engineering assistance during the construction of the new facility.

The Town of Constantia expanded their water infrastructure distribution system through a water systems improvement project. This $4.7 million dollar project was EFC funded to provide water service and fire protection across the Town of Constantia. The project totaled 44,000 LF of pipe, providing 325 services to both homes and businesses. B&L assisted the Town with all aspects of the project, include grant assistance, permitting, design and construction administration services.

Continuing their comprehensive and environmentally sound management of their solid waste system, B&L was retained by Steuben County to provide engineering services for the design, bidding, construction administration and inspection for the County Landfill expansion. The project included a 7.7 acre expansion of the double-composite landfill liner system, leachate collection and conveyance system and storm water management infrastructure and a leachate transfer building.

B&L provided Construction Management and Inspection (CMI) services to Anne Arundel County DPW-WMS for the Scale House Ramp Replacement at the Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility (MLFRRF). The demolition and construction work was conducted during evening hours, prepared for winter installation, and phased one scale at a time, to ensure continuous daytime operations and revenue streams at the facility.

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