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: www.transportation-engineering.outreach.psu.edu

McCormick Taylor Harrisburg Hosts Chili/Soup Cook-off to Benefit Four Diamonds Fund

20161027_122701McCormick Taylor’s Harrisburg office hosted its 2nd Annual Chili/Soup Cook-off on Thursday, October 27, to benefit our sponsorship of the 2017 “A Toast to Four Diamonds” event in January. Cook-off participants paid $10 for access to the chili and soup buffet. As an office, $460 was collected through the cook-off, with one matching donation and a separate $500 donation, bringing the total to $1,420! The fundraising effort helped McCormick Taylor reach the “Gold” sponsorship level, which includes six tickets to A Toast to Four Diamonds.

A Toast to Four Diamonds is an annual beer, chocolate, and wine tasting gala held in Hershey, PA to benefit the Four Diamonds fund, which is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer. Last year’s Toast raised more than $15,000 for the cause. Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 3,700 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Children’s Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit those around the world.

McCormick Taylor’s Baltimore Office Continues Meals on Wheels Tradition

meals-on-wheels-chili-cookoff_baltIt’s the season of giving, and last month McCormick Taylor’s Baltimore office continued a philanthropic tradition that spreads warmth each year. On November 14, they held their 5th Annual Chili Cook-off, an event that benefits Meals on Wheels Central Maryland. Employees sign up to bring in their variety of chili and participants pay to sample and then vote for their favorites. This year, nearly $600 was raised.

The first Chili Cook-off was held in 2012, and in the four years since, a total of $2,400 has been raised. Additionally, volunteers in McCormick Taylor’s Baltimore office assist Meals on Wheels by delivering to 8-10 homes twice a month. Meals on Wheels delivers over 1,500 meals a day and prepares over a million meals a year, and McCormick Taylor’s teams have logged 312 delivery hours over 1,040 miles.

But the organization is about more than just the meal. Volunteers also assist with grocery shopping, pet food, waste management, upgrades and repairs to homes, companionship, and more. Companionship is an especially important aspect of the charity, as for many recipients that interaction could be their only contact that day, or even that week in some situations.

Chester County Color 5K Battles Opioid Epidemic


The first Chester County Color 5K drew hundreds of participants and volunteers

On Saturday, November 5, hundreds of Chester County, PA residents gathered for the first Chester County Color 5K. The event kicked off in West Chester’s Everhart Park and was hosted by the Chester County Commissioners, District Attorney, the Department of Health, and the Department of Drug & Alcohol Services. The run/walk was hosted to generate awareness and raise funds to battle opioid and heroin addiction within Chester County.

The 5K involved more than 800 participants and numerous dedicated volunteers. Money raised will be devoted to funding hospitals throughout the County to study and coordinate a “warm hand-off” program, which would transition those who have been saved from an overdose into long-term treatment and counseling.


McCormick Taylor volunteers pictured with Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone

McCormick Taylor was one of only three color station sponsors, and a group from our Exton office was joined by County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone to douse runners and walkers, including our own Jennifer Payne-McAleer and Susan Guisinger-Colón, with tinted corn starch as they passed through the purple and gold station.

The race featured three speakers: Chester County Commissioner Michele Kichline, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, and NOPE (Narcotive Overdose Prevention Education) Parent Volunteer Jackie Smiro. Participants and guests were invited to sign a special banner in remembrance of those who have lost their battle with addiction, as well as those who still struggle under its grip.

National Historic Bridge Awareness Month: Nicholson Bridge

historic-structuresNovember is National Historic Bridge Awareness Month! To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of the historic bridges we’ve worked on.

Nicholson Bridge is a lenticular truss bridge, originally designed and
constructed by the East Berlin Iron Bridge Company in 1881. The bridge is
located on SR 1029 over Tunkhannock Creek in Nicholson Township, Wyoming
County, Pennsylvania. The existing bridge was closed in 2005 due to structural deficiencies stemming largely from vehicular impact damage and gross deterioration of the floor system. The unique truss type and rarity, this being
one of only four lenticular truss bridges still existing in Pennsylvania, contribute to the large historic significance of this structure.

McCormick Taylor proposed to remove, dismantle, restore, relocate, and
assemble the bridge at a nearby park to be used primarily by pedestrian traffic.
To accomplish this, a detailed field inspection, truss analysis and rating, and
plans for the specific members that would need to be replaced or rehabilitated
to reopen the bridge, were completed. Restoration activities specified to preserve the truss
bridge include heat straightening, pack rust removal, and rivet replacement. To
complement the truss restoration, a historically accurate timber floor system,
consisting of timber stringers and a plank deck, was designed and detailed.
Furthermore, ornamental features on the bridge such as missing or cracked pin
caps, end post caps, and builders plaques were detailed to replicate the original
features. In addition to rehabilitating the truss bridge, new cast-in-place
abutments were designed and detailed for the bridge relocation site.