Jerry Clouse, Historic Structures Group Leader, presented his paper entitled “Philip Haun and His Legacy of Agricultural Re-Building in Western Cumberland County, Pennsylvania” at the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) Conference, held in Galloway, New Jersey from May 7-11. Jerry’s paper was selected for presentation by the VAF conference committee. The VAF was formed in 1980 to encourage the study and preservation of traditional domestic and agricultural buildings, industrial and commercial structures, twentieth-century suburban houses, settlement patterns and cultural landscapes.
The 8th annual CANstruction competition in Philadelphia resulted in a record-breaking 16 sculptures and 57,000 cans of food. The yearly design/build competition and exhibit consists of teams that create oversized sculptures made entirely of canned food. At the end of the event the cans are donated to the hunger-relief organization, Philabundance. Eammon Farley participated for the second year in a row and his team received an award for the most cans used.
On Thursday, May 1, New Jersey Alliance for Action hosted its third annual infrastructure awards ceremony at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. McCormick Taylor was selected to receive a 2014 New Jersey’s Leading Infrastructure Project Award, which salutes leading projects that greatly impact the state’s economy.
Route 35 is a vital emergency evacuation route and major highway in Ocean County that carries traffic to New Jersey’s popular beach areas. More than a decade ago, NJDOT initiated a study to address chronic flooding and identify drainage system deficiencies from MP 0.0 – 12.5 (Berkeley Township to Point Pleasant Beach Borough). The project was ultimately divided into three sections, and McCormick Taylor was selected to provide final design of roadway reconstruction for MP 0.0 – 4.0, as well as environmental permitting and stormwater management for all three sections. Improvements were slated for construction in 2015; however, devastation left by Super Storm Sandy in October 2012 made restoration of the coastline New Jersey’s top priority. As a result, McCormick Taylor was challenged to accelerate the project schedule and construction began in August 2013. Kris Bellotti and Nabil Hourani managed the project with support from staff in the Mount Laurel, Philadelphia and Delaware offices in order to meet the accelerated schedule.