Monthly Archives: August 2015

Delaware Officials Celebrate Completion of I-95/U.S. 202 Interchange

DelDOT_I-95 US 202_Completed_rev_8_6_2015At a ceremony on Friday, August 7, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Jennifer Cohan was joined by Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Senator Thomas Carper, and other state officials to announce the completion of the I-95 and U.S. Route 202 Interchange Project. The project was a joint effort led by DelDOT, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the Delaware Economic Development Office. It began in 1999 with the Blue Ball Properties Master Plan and culminated with the completion of the I-95/U.S. 202 Interchange.

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals was searching for a location to open its corporate headquarters in either Pennsylvania or Delaware and improved transportation access in a campus setting was key to their decision. Delaware was selected, and infrastructure improvements were required to accommodate the increased traffic demands. Through many public meetings, which began in 1999, a series of six projects were completed by the McCormick Taylor team to improve the roadway system, provide parks and trails, soccer fields, and preserve historic structures in the area. The improvements were dubbed the “Blue Ball Projects,” of which the I-95 and U.S. 202 Interchange was the final project in the series. McCormick Taylor’s team, which included staff from the Harrisburg, State College, Philadelphia, Newark, and Baltimore offices, completed the environmental documentation, roadway and bridge design, traffic control, signing, lighting, landscaping, utility relocation plans, and all the permitting required for the project.

The cooperation between multiple offices and sub-consultants is what made the project a success. The completed improvements of the I-95/U.S. 202 Interchange include:

  • An increase in width––from one to two lanes—for ramps from I-95 northbound to U.S. 202 northbound
  • The extension of two-lane ramps from U.S. Route 202 southbound to I-95 southbound to meet current design standards
  • The removal and relocation of the existing ramp from I-95 southbound to U.S. Route 202 southbound to become a directional ramp that ties into U.S. Route 202 at a new traffic signal
  • The lowering of I-95 southbound in the vicinity of the existing U.S. Route 202 bridge over I-95 to address an existing vertical clearance problem

Extensive traffic studies were conducted in the project area, including traffic counts, traffic projections, an origin-destination study, accident and safety analyses, capacity and level of service analyses, and a traffic simulation analysis. The project was completed under accelerated design schedules, with utility coordination to provide upgrade services while maintaining existing service, and maintenance of traffic to allow it to flow at or near its present rate during construction.

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Expanding South—Tampa Office Now Open

McCormick Taylor is pleased to announce the opening of an office in Tampa, Florida. The new space sits along the Tampa Bay waterfront and is conveniently located near the Tampa International Airport.

Rich Butala

Rich Butala

Leading operations in Tampa is McCormick Taylor veteran and Vice President Rich Butala. In his 28-year history with the firm, Rich has successfully established and led office operations in Richmond, Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is responsible for business development, staff management and client contact. Rich is also an experienced Project/Contract Manager for a wide range of environmental studies and has led and prepared all types of NEPA environmental documents for transportation projects. His experiences includes managing the Environmental Impact Statement for Pennsylvania’s 47-mile High-Speed Maglev project and VDOT’s I-64 Peninsula Study Environmental Impact Statement, which included a 75-mile project area with 25 interchanges.

Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL office building


Contact Rich:

McCormick Taylor, Inc.

3030 North Rocky Point Drive

Suite 230

Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: 813.618.5900

McCormick Taylor Ranked #50 on Zweig Group’s 2015 Best Firms To Work For List

Zweig 2015 BFtWFLAt McCormick Taylor, our people are our greatest assets. We value our employees and provide tools and opportunities for learning and growth at every level. It’s this commitment to personal and professional development that has landed us on Zweig Group’s 2015 Best Firms To Work For List. Ranked #50 in the Multidiscipline category, McCormick Taylor’s employees and management provided feedback on firm culture, workplace practices, professional development, and more.

“We’re honored to be recognized in our industry as a top employer,” Co-Owners Pat Guise and Jim Wiggans said. “We want our employees to enjoy coming to work as much as we do, and their honest feedback tells us what’s working and where there’s room for improvement.”

The list honors outstanding workplaces at architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms. The firms selected were recognized for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels while creating an environment where their people feel valued, can make a difference, and can clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm.

This is McCormick Taylor’s first year on Zweig Group’s Best Firms To Work For List. Click here to see the full list:

McCormick Taylor Debuts New Office in Tempe, Arizona

McCormick Taylor's Tempe office location is One Agave Center  8950 S. 52nd Street, Suite 103 Tempe, Arizona 85284

McCormick Taylor’s Tempe office is located at: One Agave Center 8950 S. 52nd Street, Suite 103 Tempe, Arizona 85284

McCormick Taylor is pleased to announce the opening of our Tempe, Arizona office. Tempe, home of Arizona State University and only a short drive from Downtown Phoenix, will extend our reach in the region’s transportation and energy industries. The office will be managed by Associate and Senior Environmental Manager Susie Ridenour, with support from Environmental Program Manager Steve Swarr.

Susie has over 35 years of experience in the environmental field at the state, federal and local levels. Her expertise includes environmental law and policy, wetland delineation, functional assessment, sediment and erosion control, stream restoration, wetland mitigation, mitigation monitoring, environmental construction inspection/monitoring and environmental compliance.

Steve joined McCormick Taylor in May 2015. With more than 22 years of industry experience, he has managed projects for transportation, energy, and federal agency clients throughout the country. His expertise includes the oversight of complex NEPA projects, reviewing cultural and biological surveys, project and client management, business development, and staff management.

Contact information:

One Agave Center

8950 S. 52nd Street, Suite 103

Tempe, Arizona 85284

Phone: 480.454.7520

Fax: 480.454.7539