Intern Spotlight: James O’Brien
LANDTECH intern James O’Brien just completed the Fairfield Faxon Law Half Marathon at Jennings Beach. His first half marathon, he scored 44th place in a field of 1,980 finishers, in just under 1.5 hrs! Congratulations to James, who says “I’m working to build up to a full marathon, and always enjoy exploring new areas!” We are proud of you!
Ecological restoration at Maplewood Senior Living
LANDTECH’s work on the ecological restoration of Maplewood Senior Living’s extensive grounds in Southport CT is continuing. These aerial photos give a good overview of work in progress, including a complete environmental cleanup, replacement of invasive plants with native species, the creation of a permanent biodiverse and protected habitat for plants and wildlife. Plus, beautiful scenic views to come…
Intern Spotlight: Tyler Smith
Each year The Society of Women Engineers presents awards for achievement to two high school students, one female and one male. One of this year’s recipients is our very own Tyler Smith, who is interning with LANDTECH this summer. Tyler is interested in engineering, is a hard worker and easy-going company, and we’re delighted he’s with us for the summer. He is headed to Georgia Tech in the fall, and they will be fortunate to have him…
Welcoming our summer interns
The Interns are Coming! The Interns are Coming! LANDTECH is pleased to welcome our interns for the summer season of learning. From left to right are Samantha Cheruk, James O’Brien, both returning from last year, and newcomers Tyler Smith and Skylar Capasso. More about each of them will follow soon…
Tom Ryder: Frog Whisperer
The Frog Whisperer: some folks spend their free time bowling, others like to read or binge-watch favorite shows. And some, like LANDTECH scientist Tom Ryder, spend their off hours inspecting vernal pools, doing deep diving to bond with tadpoles, spring peepers, wood frogs and more…
AIA Design Award for Choate Project
LANDTECH is part of the team awarded an AIA Connecticut Design Honor Award for the Lanphier Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford CT. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, this math and science center was designed using sustainable architecture to promote a combination of science and art interests for students. LANDTECH provided civil engineering and environmental science, and guided the project through the multi-step approvals process. Read more…
LandTech Team Members certified by NCEES
For our team members Andy Soumelidis, PE and Curt Lowenstein, EIT, months of hard work and relentless study into the wee hours paid off. They both passed the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which comes with great satisfaction and some letters after your name. LANDTECH is tremendously proud of both of them, and the champagne was served all around….
LandTech Awarded Design Award for Civil Engineering
LandTech has been awarded a 2017 AIA Connecticut Design Award for contributions to the Trolley House in Norwalk, CT. The 3,400 square foot house sits on a narrow spit of land surrounded by a tidal estuary. Landtech provided site planning and environmental engineering, as well as coastal permitting and management of the approvals process in this environmentally sensitive location. Read more…
Santa’s visit to Saugatuck
Once again, Santa Claus arrived by police patrol boat on the Saugatuck River to join kids and their families in this year’s huge turnout for the Saugatuck Center Christmas tree lighting. Santa brought good cheer, presents and lots of smiles to little faces. Well, almost all the faces – not everyone likes Santa Claus, apparently! Also, astute onlookers commented that (not unlike Superman & Clark Kent) when Santa arrives, LANDTECH’s Pete Romano is nowhere to be found.
New supermarket coming to town
After how-many-years of vacancy and one pitched zoning battle after another, Westport’s Saugatuck denizens can finally look forward to a supermarket in their midst.. http://mysticmarket.com
Honoring the Renovated Wakeman Town Farm
Westport’s Historic District Commission honored LANDTECH pals Peter Wormser and Liz Milwe and Wakeman Town Farm for the restoration and addition to the John S. Wakeman historic 1908 farmhouse. The Farm and the new Tim’s Kitchen addition have evolved into the hot new educational spot for kids and adults learning about organic farming, community supported agriculture and green living. Congratulations, Peter and Liz and the dozens of other volunteers at WTF (including our own Pete Romano) who worked so hard on this project! [photo courtesy of Dave Matlow and WestportNow]
Ecological Restoration in Southport
LANDTECH scientists Tom Ryder and Chris Allan have been busy designing and overseeing a complete ecological restoration of a conservation area that is part of the Maplewoods Senior Living facility in Southport, Connecticut. The multi-year project will include replacing non-native invasive plants with healthy new meadow and shrub species and restoring and enhancing habitats for native wildlife.
Studying Ecotoxicology in the French River
Some people will do anything to get out of the office: LANDTECH biologists Tom Ryder and Chris Allan are just completing an “electrofishing” project in northeast Connecticut. They’ve been tasked with collecting population samples of small fish from different reaches of the French River in support of an ecotoxicological study underway.
One of our favorite places of all time! Paci’s of Southport is open again after additions and renovation are completed. They have added a spectacular bar that extends along train tracks, an outdoor dining area and restorations to the restaurant’s interior. LANDTECH assisted with the site plans, permitting and approvals through the local P&Z, the parking authority and the State of CT Department of transportation railways division. If you liked Paci’s before, you will love it now.
Celebrating the Harvest at Wakeman Town Farm
Hundreds turned out Saturday night for the Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest dinner and fundraiser. The event brought in the new season, celebrating the amazing growth and accomplishments of the Farm in recent years with produce straight from the farm’s gardens. Local chefs created specialty dishes and attendees expressed their gratitude! [photo courtesy of our friends at WestportNow.com]
Celebrating Wakeman Town Farm
On Friday September 15, a crowd of 200 friends and supporters came together at Wakeman Town Farm to celebrate the opening of a new teaching kitchen, the renovated farmhouse and to welcome Corey Thomas, the new farm director. LANDTECH provided permitting, site planning and other services and support for the new kitchen and farmhouse renovations. [Hat tip for photos to Dave Matlow and WestportNow]
Breaking Ground at the Westport Library
The Westport Library held a groundbreaking celebration for its long-planned Transformation Project with a gathering of hundreds of supporters turning out to celebrate. The project has been through several iterations, ranging from a near-complete replacement of the library to the less ambitious – but significant – renovation plans in place now. LANDTECH is proud to have been involved, providing preliminary site planning… [photos tx to Dave Matlow and Gordon Joseloff of Westport Now] www.westportnow.com
Weston featured in the NYTimes
The New York Times featured an interesting profile on the town of Weston. LANDTECH, whose staff includes several Weston residents, was happy to note that a number of the properties looked at in the piece are projects we had a hand in, including LaChat Farm, Aspetuck Country Club, and others. Go Weston! Ready the feature here… Photo courtesy Douglas Healey, New York Times.
Gray Barns on the Silvermine River Opens
On Saturday, September 9, Gray Barns on the Silvermine River will open its doors to guests at the Tarvern and Inn. LANDTECH has been helping this project from the begining in 2013, drawing plans, preparing reports and applications, attending hearings and even participating in a menu tasting. Our friends and clients Andy and Marcia Glazer have restored and transformed the historic but dilapidated property and create the beautiful and spectactular Grey Barns.
Stories and pictures of the flooding around Houston are a wake-up call for all shorefront communities. NOAA has an online sea-level calculator that allows one to adjust the Mean High Water level and previsualize the effects (like seeing much of Compo beach and Saugatuck Island go under with 4′ of water rise)… [Learn more…]
Ecplise Watching in Westport
Clouds permitting, LANDTECH’s eclipse-watchers and others be on hand early next Monday afternoon at The Westport Astronomical Society’s Rolnick Observatory (182 Bayberry Lane). Visitors can enjoy the use of solar telescopes, safety lenses and expert guidance. The “maximum” eclipse for Connecticut is expected at 2.45pm. https://www.was-ct.org [hat tip to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog]
A New Plan for the Cribari Bridge
Local legislators working with CT’s D.O.T. have developed a plan that could give Westport’s landmark Cribari Bridge over to local control. Plans call for reposting CT Rte 136 to Post Road instead, allowing the bridge to get needed upgrades and repairs without being a state road and thus having to be retrofitted to accomodate interstate trucks – a major bone of contention in and around the Saugatuck area… many details to be worked out, so stay tuned! [hat tip to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog]
Getting Ready for the Eclipse
The scientists and engineers here at LANDTECH are plenty worked up about the solar eclipse coming on August 21st. Southeast US will see the closest to a total eclipse, but Connecticut will have a great view… the best since 1918! Read up on keeping eyes protected – be safe, and enjoy! Learn more…
Development of Taylortown Salt Marsh Blocked
A final decision from CT Superior Court has closed the door on Stamford developer Garden Homes’ most recent attempt to take advantage of CT’s 830-g affordable housing statute and plant a 48-unit housing block where the Taylortown salt marsh currently stands (corner of 33 & Kings Highway N) on environmental, traffic and safety grounds [hat tip & photo tx to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog]
Humpback Whale Spotted off Compo Beach
A rare sighting of humpback whale off of Compo Beach today has raised the attention of boaters and marine enthusiasts. Boaters – including sailboats, kayaks and jet skis – are reminded to give these animals a very wide berth (wider than this video would suggest!) as not only are they protected by law, they are very vulnerable to injury from boats, and can inadvertantly cause serious damage to boats (and boaters) … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrMpd8Rs9ow [hat tip to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog]
Final Draft of Town Plan
The Town of Westport’s final draft of the Town Plan for Conservation and Development has been released, and the public is being asked to review the plan and attend hearings to provide input… [hat tip to WestportNow.com]
Pine Street Concessions opens
Landtech provided site planning and oversight of permitting and approvals for Pine Street Concessions a gourmet food hall in New Canaan, CT which opened in June 2017. The space includes three permanent food vendors, a Farmers’ Market table, retail space, extensive seating inside, patio area, and plenty of parking. Pine Street Concessions is the creation of New Canaan Racquet Club president Peter Lane and was designed by Balance Architecture LLC. The building is 3,000 square foot, 1.5 stories high and designed to resemble an old train station building that is naturally lit under a vaulted ceiling. Learn more…
Celebrating Tim’s Kitchen
Friends and supporters of one of LANDTECH’s favorite causes, Wakeman Town Farm, celebrated the opening of Tim’s Kitchen, a new educational classroom at the farm. It was created to honor the memory of Timothy Wormser, a dedicated young volunteer who passed away one year ago. Tim’s mom and dad, Town Farm co-chair Liz Milwe and LANDTECH colleague and architect Peter Wormser (who designed the space), were on hand with co-chair Christy Colasurdo to celebrate and prepare for a ribbon-cutting later this summer. [Tx for story and photo to our friends at Westport Now]
When Rising Seas Hit Home
Fun reading in a new report, “When Rising Seas Hit Home,” an analysis of challenges ahead for ours and other coastal communities. The report predicts a dramatic and alarming increase in “Sunny Day Flooding” (tidal flooding, not rainfall flooding) – but also what preventive steps property owners (and governments) can take to prevent or minimize damage.
Helping to preserve Connecticut for generations to come
As part of volunteer work with the CT Environmental Review Team, LANDTECH scientist Chris Allan starts work this summer to provide an environmental evaluation and recommendations to the town of Thomaston CT for a large parcel of open space west of their downtown. For more info, visit www.ctert.org