Monthly Archives: May 2013

Philadelphia’s Canstruction 2013

Eammon Farley took part in Philadelphia’s Canstruction 2013, an annual design/build competition where participants create oversized sculptures made entirely of canned food. The designs, known as Cansculptures™, were dismantled at the close of the competition, and all canned goods were donated to Philabundance – the region’s largest hunger-relief organization.

Canstruction 2013

Canstruction 2013

Grasses for the Masses

Pictured: Lindsay (top left) and Nikki (bottom right)

Pictured: Lindsay (top left) and Nikki (bottom right)

Led by Nikki Williamson Bickley and Lindsay Nicoll, McCormick Taylor’s Baltimore office participates in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Grasses for the Masses. The program restores the health of the Chesapeake Bay by growing and planting wild celery, which plays a vital role in filtering out pollutants. Currently, the Chesapeake Bay has a very poor grass health rating, but Grasses for the Masses is working to increase that rating and boost the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay. Since February, Nikki and Lindsay have been growing grass seeds in our environmental lab, and they will be planted in Mason Neck State Park on the Potomac River in Virginia this summer.

Lancaster Project Earns ALCAB Approval

McCormick Taylor has been tasked by PennDOT to develop improvements to the US 30/PA 41 intersection in the village of Gap, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in order to improve safety and relieve congestion. The design solution required approval by the Agricultural Lands Condemnation Approval Board (ALCAB) and was presented at a hearing in March. ALCAB oversees the condemnation of productive agricultural land for highway projects and approves condemnation only if no reasonable alternative to the permanent conversion exists. At the hearing, McCormick Taylor’s expert witnesses Melody Matter, Laren Myers, and Matt Nulton presented the details of the project. ALCAB unanimously ruled to approve the condemnation required for the US 30/PA 41 Gap Bottleneck Improvement Project.