P.W. Grosser Consulting, Bohemia, N.Y., received top project recognition for the second year from the American Council of Engineering Cos. of New York (ACEC-NY). Firm managers accepted its 2018 Diamond Award on April 7 for design of a geothermal heating and cooling system at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

The project was done for cathedral trustees and Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects, which managed the iconic church’s $200-million renovation. Among its challenges was drilling wells to a depth of 2,000 ft—which P.W. Greosser says had not been attempted in the city (see diagram, right). Landmark Facilities Group, Norwalk, Conn., built the  system plant.

The consulting firm employees who attended ACEC-NY’s Engineering Excellence Awards  included CEO Paul W. Grosser, President Paul K. Boyce and John Rhyner, vice president of geothermal services; also attending were Jeffrey Murphy, a Murphy Burnham & Buttrick partner, and Rev. Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie for the St. Patrick’s trustees. During the ceremony, held at the Hilton New York Midtown, P.W. Grosser also gave attendees a presentation on the geothermal system.

Urban Engineers of New York DPC received several recognitions at the ACEC-NY Engineering Excellence Awards. Winning projects were Amtrak’s Passenger Information Display System at Manhattan’s Penn Station, the Boys’ Club of New York’s emergency investigation and structural repair design, and the Empire State Building’s mooring mast waterproofing repair project. Additionally, the firm says the Second Avenue Subway project, for which it provided project management oversight, received the Diamond Award for transportation.

William Thomsen, Urban Engineers’ president, noted that the Penn Station display system “is providing ADA-compliant real-time train information to commuter passengers . The company added that in conjunction with the awards event, the ACEC-NY scholarship program awarded more than $50,000 to New York state engineering students.

The Construction Realty Safety Group on May 3 kicked off the 2018 Construction Safety Week events with a breakfast and presentation hosted at The Chatwal Lambs Club in Manhattan. Attendees from the New York Fire Dept. and the U.S. Dept. of Labor offered insight during the discussion.