Alexis Williams Named a Top TDM Professional Under 40

John Mullen, AICP, PP; Alexis Williams, AICP, PP; Bert Cossaboon, AICP, PP

We’re proud to announce that GVF named Alexis Williams, AICP, PP, a senior planner in our Philadelphia, PA office, a Top Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Professional under 40 years old! Per GVF, these awards are presented to “ambitious leaders in our industry that are working to find creative solutions to improve our quality of life through engineering, planning, marketing campaigns and the development of commuting alternative programs that are shifting behavioral change.”

“It’s exciting to be recognized as one of the region’s top TDM professionals under 40,” Alexis said. “As a planner, transportation demand management is important to my work as it encourages people to consider all transportation options and helps create stronger communities.”

The awards were presented at GVF’s 27th Annual Meeting, which was held at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – King of Prussia Hotel on May 8, 2017.

McCormick Taylor Baltimore Named a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business

On May 17, the League of American Bicyclists recognized McCormick Taylor with a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award.

The firm joins nearly 1,350 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“This recognition will help us encourage more employees and visitors to consider biking to work,” said Anikwenze Ogbue, EIT, a Traffic Designer in our Baltimore office. “We have a lot of amenities at or near the Baltimore office, such as bike parking, showers, bike share, and transit. If we show how it’s possible to integrate them, I think more staff and future talent will see the benefits.”

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program at

Bicycle Friendly Business is a Service Mark of the League of American Bicyclists; used with permission.

Chris Brooks to Present on Lot E at CWEA Spring Stormwater Seminar

Chris Brooks

Senior Water Resources Engineer Chris Brooks will be presenting on McCormick Taylor’s Parking Lot E project at the Chesapeake Water Environment Association’s (CWEA) Spring Stormwater Seminar on May 18.

Held at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Study in Linthicum Heights, MD, this year’s CWEA Spring Stormwater Seminar will provide attendees the opportunity for peer-to-peer information exchange with representatives of regulated stormwater programs.

Read the presentation’s abstract below:


Ellicott City’s Historic District is a Main Street community located between steep slopes in Maryland’s Patapsco River Valley. Inspections of the town’s infrastructure following the August 2011 mid-Atlantic-shaking earthquake revealed that Parking Lot E’s retaining wall needed repairs. A month later, Tropical Storm Lee flooded Ellicott City damaging homes, stores, and county infrastructure, including additional damage to the Lot E retaining wall.


Howard County hired McCormick Taylor to design and construct a solution to Lot E’s failing retaining wall with the additional objectives of improving access to parking, increasing pedestrian safety, and beautifying Parking Lot E, all while incorporating the treatment of nearly two acres of previously unmanaged upland impervious surface draining from the Circuit Court complex.


Stormwater is now managed through a series of BMPs. Treatment begins with the majority of water from the courthouse area entering a flume leading to a multi-tiered bioretention treatment train. Water enters into the flume and is conveyed down a step pool feature to a forebay, where it is carried beneath the stairway into the first bioretention cell. When full, the first cell flows over into a second bioretention cell via a weir waterfall that doubles as an aesthetic feature. The second cell also utilizes an aesthetic waterfall feature as an overflow. A tree box filter placed along the edge of the parking lot catches water off of Lot E itself. An additional bioretention located at the north end of the lot catches runoff that bypasses the staircase treatment facilities. Densely planted native species uptake nutrients in the runoff while providing year round aesthetic value and supporting native wildlife.


The Lot E Staircase and Water Quality Project utilizes a unique combination of LID practices in a treatment train, beautifies an adjacent parking lot, and overcomes urban infrastructure challenges while treating stormwater and improving walkability. The design allows pedestrians a safe and well-lit path not only to the vast parking lot located less than 0.2 walking miles from Main Street, but also to resources and infrastructure such as the Howard County Historic Society Museum, the Ellicott City Wellness Center, the Circuit Courthouse, and several small business. This staircase and parking lot improvements that incorporate bioretention in the design not only provides improved human access but also creates an opportunity to educate both visitors and locals that managing stormwater is a fundamental part of urban infrastructure that can be both functional and aesthetic.

Mentorship Comes Full Circle for Charles Penny

Charles Penny

Consider your mentor.

Whether it’s someone who helped with your career, education, or hobby, there’s probably a friend, relative, or professor who aided you in getting to where you are now.

Take Charles Penny, a Transportation Planner in our Baltimore office, for example. On March 8, Charles visited Patterson High School as part of Women in Transportation (WTS) Transportation YOU’s mentoring program. He and four other mentors taught professional development skills to 12 high school girls through confidence-building exercises, mock interviews, and offering helpful tips on composing oneself during introductions.

For nearly three years, Charles mainly focused on program coordination and support for the committee, but as the only male he had never interacted with the students as a mentor before. This was the committee’s first professional development workshop, as well as the first time a male was incorporated into the mentoring program for young women.

Charles said that he enjoyed working with the minority youth and that it was a great opportunity for the students to connect with someone they can relate to. He and the other mentors shared their experiences and vulnerabilities with regard to professional development, allowing the students to address and express their own career hopes and dreams.

Charles had his own mentors growing up, and he viewed this as a great opportunity to pay it forward by sharing some of the advice he was given, as well as what he’s learned through his career.

“I remember being their age and being grateful for people giving their time to me,” Charles said. “It showed me that even if you don’t know someone personally, they can still care about you and want to help you.”

Justin Bates Presents at ASWM Annual Meeting

Justin Bates

On April 11, Justin Bates, an Environmental Monitor in our Baltimore, MD office, presented at the Association of State Wetland Managers’ (ASWM) Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting in Shepherdstown, WV at the National Conservation Training Center. Justin presented with Denise Clearwater of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on Mitigating Temporary Impacts on Linear Projects.

Held from April 11–13, the purpose of the annual workshop is to support state and tribal wetland program managers, federal agencies, and other wetland professionals as they respond to challenges in the coming year.

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Lennox Hyman Mentors Philly Youth

On Tuesday, February 21, Lennox Hyman, a Senior Highway Designer in our Philadelphia office, spoke at the Liguori Academy, a private, independent high school in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The school opened last September and uses a comprehensive program of individualized instruction, academic remediation, behavioral support, and a rigorous job-based career component model, serving the community’s most disengaged, underperforming high school students to prepare them for graduation and future employment.

Public Involvement Specialist Fran O’Brien and Communications Coordinator Shannon Donohoe, also of our Philadelphia office, volunteer at the academy, and because the school is ready to begin a STEM lab, Lennox was invited to speak about the field of engineering and what it takes to be an engineer. He shared his personal journey, which began in Jamaica and was followed by a move to the U.S. at just 14 years old. Speaking little English at the time, Lennox excelled at math and science, eventually pursuing a career in civil engineering with the support of his mentors.



Jeannette Quirus Appointed as Vice Chair of Montgomery County Transportation Authority

MCTA Committee

Jeannette Quirus (second from right) with the MCTA Committee

Associate Jeannette Quirus has been appointed by the Montgomery County Commissioners for another five-year term on the Montgomery County Transportation Authority as Vice Chair. She began her first term in 2012. The Transportation Authority, consisting of nine members appointed by the Montgomery County Commissioners, addresses transportation improvement issues, excluding mass transit.

Vice President Barry Schoch to Chair Capital Area Greenbelt Association

Barry Schoch

Barry Schoch

McCormick Taylor Vice President Barry Schoch will serve a one-year term as president of the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Greenbelt Association (CAGA). As president, Barry will lead board meetings, attend events on behalf of the association, and represent it on grant applications and community events.

The Greenbelt is a 20-mile loop trail through and around Harrisburg that includes on-road sections as well as dedicated paved and gravel paths for bikers, walkers, and non-motorized activities. CAGA is a non-profit association of volunteers that work with the host municipalities to preserve and promote the Greenbelt.

Celebrating 70 Years at McCormick Taylor


Thomas J. McCormick (left) and Paul G. Taylor (right)

In 1946, a well-known engineer and Villanova professor named Thomas J. McCormick laid the groundwork for what would become present-day McCormick Taylor. McCormick was revered by his peers and highly regarded in the local architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Joined by Paul G. Taylor in the 1950s, the two completed numerous high-profile structural engineering projects, many of which are Philadelphia landmarks, such as Veterans Stadium, the James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse, the William J. Greene Jr. Federal Building, the Municipal Services Building, and Penn Center buildings. The company earned respect for its structural design associated with subways, highways, bridges, rail lines, ports, office buildings, churches, schools, and hospitals.


The Philadelphia Inquirer announced McCormick Taylor’s ownership transition in 1989.

With the enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act in 1970, the following decade ushered in a focus toward transportation planning and design, and the company employed a multi-discipline approach to projects. By the 1980s, McCormick Taylor emerged as a full-service transportation consulting firm, tackling high-profile projects like the Blue Route EIS and the Schuylkill Expressway reconstruction. In 1989, two veterans of the firm, Tom Caramanico, P.E. and Darryl Freedman, acquired the company from John Taylor (Paul Taylor’s son), marking a new era in leadership.

When asked why he wanted to purchase the company, Tom told The Philadelphia Inquirer, “I want to make a difference.”  He would spend more than two decades doing just that as McCormick Taylor’s president.

In 2011, two long-term leaders at McCormick Taylor—James C. Wiggans, P.E. and Patrick J. Guise—purchased the firm, bringing forth a new way of thinking and doing business. Under their vision, the company has seen tremendous growth, expanding from 12 to 20 offices and increasing technical staff levels by nearly 20 percent. While still focused on public sector transportation-related work, the firm has found additional success in new geographic markets and completing permitting and environmental monitoring for energy and utility companies.

Jim and Pat began their careers with McCormick Taylor in the 1980s. As a transportation engineer, Jim served in project management roles and directed the opening of the firm’s New Jersey office in 1987. In 1989 he was promoted to Vice President and later Executive Vice President. Pat started with McCormick Taylor as a part-time employee while pursuing an accounting degree from Temple University by night. After earning a Bachelor’s of Science, he quickly advanced into leadership roles within the accounting department, and was named Vice President of Finance in 2003.


Jim Wiggans (left) and Pat Guise (right) acquired the firm in 2011.

Together, Jim and Pat have pulled from more than 60 years of combined experience with the company to lead a cultural re-development across the organization. Their focus on employee development, collaboration, and self-growth is what they believe will ultimately help the firm garner higher levels of success.

“Our employees are the catalyst for growth,” they said. “We are committed to developing our staff and creating an organization that fosters better relationships. We want to continue to be the company that clients feel most comfortable working with—a company that clients think of as their one ‘go-to firm’ more often.”

In our decades-long history, McCormick Taylor has evolved and expanded its services while maintaining the high standard of excellence that began 70 years ago. Today we serve the transportation and energy industries with a skilled and growing staff of engineering, environmental, and communications professionals.

Since the company’s inception, McCormick Taylor has been home to thousands of talented individuals. As we celebrate this milestone year, we thank those past and present employees for their dedication and service, without whom none of our achievements would be possible. We also thank our clients for allowing us to help them reach their goals. With a nod to the past, we look ahead with optimism to a future primed for continued success.

McCormick Taylor to Present at the 2016 TESC


Melody Matter, P.E., PTOE

McCormick Taylor will be at the 2016 Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) from December 7–9 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA. The annual gathering features professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country, and continues to deliver authoritative information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

The conference topics fall into four key categories—design, operations, safety, and planning—and cover a wide range of transportation subjects, with considerable depth in each session. Concurrent sessions, professional workshops, and a transportation technology exhibition will all be part of TESC 2016.


John Schulze, P.E.

On December 8 from 1:30–3:00pm, McCormick Taylor’s Melody Matter, P.E., PTOE, a Transportation Engineer in our Harrisburg, PA office, will serve as moderator for Session 5D: Planning for Long-Term Work Zones.

The session, which will describe how to accommodate and communicate long-term work zones, will feature a discussion from McCormick Taylor’s John Shulze, P.E., a Transportation Engineer in our Harrisburg, PA office. His presentation will focus on the U.S. 11/15 Rock Slope Stability Project, for which McCormick Taylor prepared the Traffic Control Plan and Transportation Management Plan.

Learn more about the conference here: