DTS Goes Native at WCC - June 2013
The DTS planning and planting crews are at it again – this May 16th the main entrance of the Gateway Center at the Westchester Community College received a complete landscape makeover comprised of a full complement of native trees, shrubs and groundcover. With landscape plans prepared by Donna Maiello and Samantha Kepke and coordinated with WCC Native Plant Center Director Carol Capobianco, all DTS hands were on deck – or rather in the dirt – working shovel-by-shovel with the WCC Physical Operations staff to transform the west entry of the Gateway Center into a blooming advertisement for the Native Plant Center. Said Director Capobianco, “A week before Christmas we met for the first time to discuss a potential “do-it-in-a-day” landscape project at WCC.
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Now, just five months later—almost to the day—the front of the Gateway building has been transformed from a sorry-looking site to a sight to behold. What a day it was today! Thank you for your vision, support, cooperation, and spirit, illustrating that collaboration and team work lead to success.” For more information on the Native Plant Center, click here and for the Gateway Center, click here.
Sustainable Sites at Yale - May 2013
DTS Partner Andrew Tung recently completed his first semester teaching a course on Sustainable Sites at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Utilizing the Sustainable Sites Initiative (“SITES”) pilot program as a framework, the course provided an introduction to the different processes and players involved in planning, creating and managing sustainable sites. Students had an opportunity to also hear presentations from ecologists, engineers, landscape architects, site managers and others describing how they address sustainability issues in their practices and projects. For information on the Yale School of F&ES, click here.
Green Innovation Grant for Sarah Neuman - Apr 2013
DTS has been part of the project team working with the Sarah Neuman Center in Westchester on its proposed campus improvement plan in Mamaroneck, New York. As part of that work, DTS assisted Sarah Newman Center in obtaining a $480,000 grant to implement green stormwater management practices (including pervious pavement, two green walls and a green roof) as an integral part of that plan. This Green Innovation Grant was awarded under the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) program. DTS prepared the stormwater management feasibility study for both the initial application and the final approval by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation. Click here for more information on the green measures planned for the Sarah Neuman Center.
Life Time Fitness Breaks Ground - Oct 2012
Life Time Fitness began work on its new Harrison, New York facility with a groundbreaking ceremony that featured the commencement of demolition activities at the former Journal News building on Gannett Drive. DTS is providing site engineering, landscape architecture, approval process and construction services for the project, which is expected to be completed by Spring 2014. “We are excited about our expansion in the New York market and the opportunity to bring our unique, family-oriented healthy way of life destination to the Harrison community,” said Jeff Zwiefel, LTF executive vice president and chief of operations. With 105 facilities throughout North America, the Harrison branch of Life Time Fitness will be one of its largest, with more than 400 pieces of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a tennis center, a rock-climbing wall, a full-service spa, and a cafe. Click here for more information on Life Time Fitness and to track construction status.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind partnered with DTS in a project to completely renovate and enhance the exterior landscape of the school’s White Plains Training Center. The firm’s staff and partners contributed the design plans, plants, mulch and muscle to create an inviting and welcoming entrance to the Center. Sue Dishart, Guiding Eyes Vice President of Marketing and Development said, “We are so proud of the work we do at Guiding Eyes. Thanks to the tremendous support from Divney Tung Schwalbe, we can now be proud of this building and its beautiful landscape. They have truly made a difference for our clients and staff.” For more information on Guiding Eyes for the Blind, click here.
Westchester’s Ridge Hill and its Civil Engineer Divney Tung Schwalbe received the Empire State Award for Site Development of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Lower Hudson Valley Branch at its Annual Awards Dinner on May 10th. Ridge Hill is a 1.3 million square feet mixed-use lifestyle center that recently opened on an 84-acre site in Yonkers, New York. DTS’s engineering responsibilities included 2.7 miles of public and private roads, over 10 miles of water, sanitary and stormwater lines, and nearly 5 million gallons of stormwater treatment capacity. For more information on Westchester’s Ridge Hill, click here. For more information on the Westchester / Putnam chapter of the ASCE, click here.
Divney Tung Schwalbe and Westchester’s Ridge Hill was named “Project of the Year” at the Annual Engineers Week Awards Dinner on February 24, 1012 by the Westchester / Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. Ridge Hill is a 1.3 million square feet mixed-use lifestyle center that recently opened on an 84-acre site in Yonkers, New York. DTS’s engineering responsibilities included 2.7 miles of public and private roads, over 10 miles of water, sanitary and stormwater lines, and nearly 5 million gallons of stormwater treatment capacity. For more information on Westchester’s Ridge Hill, click here. For more information on the Westchester / Putnam chapter of the NYSSPE, click here.
Sustainability and Development
J. Michael Divney was a panelist at the Pace Land Use Law Center’s 2011 conference which focused on “Sustainable Development in Tough Economic Times.” The day-long conference was attended by more than 200 attorneys, planners, and business and municipal leaders who explored ways to promote and proceed with sustainable development in the Hudson Valley despite daunting economic realities. For more information on the conference and the Land Use Law Center, click here.
It’s Not So Hard Being Green
Andrew Tung, joined by fellow LEED Accredited Professionals Armand Quadrini (ksqarchitects.com) and Patrick Lynch (olace.com), conducted a workshop on It’s Not So Hard Being Green - Sustainable Facilities Planning for Nonprofits, as a part of this fall’s United Way - Pace University Wilson Center Not-for-Profit Management Center course offerings. For more information, click here.
Restored Wetland and Pond Serve as Outdoor Classroom
DTS Partner Jerry Schwalbe and Associate Donna Maiello visited with science students and teachers at the Mildred E. Strang Middle School in Yorktown to describe the stormwater and habitat restoration project that had recently been completed just outside the school’s front door. The collaborative effort of DTS’s engineers and landscape architects included basin and stream bank stabilization, removal of invasive plants, pond dredging and shelf creation, and revegetation of wetland, buffer and pond edge areas to reduce erosion and diversify wildlife habitat. Students from various classes received a guided tour of the project, which will also serve as an outdoor classroom and living laboratory. For more information, see the Yorktown Central School District “Green Gateway” to Sustainability Education
Ridge Hill Water System Wins Acclaim
The City of Yonkers received a Water System Advancement Award from the Westchester Water Works Conference for the water distribution system at Forest City Ratner’s Ridge Hill development in Yonkers, New York. On-site water system design and coordination was provided by Divney Tung Schwalbe. National and specialty retailers, a multiplex cinema, medical office facilities and residential buildings began to open at the 1.2 million regional mixed-use center in the summer of 2011. For more on Ridge Hill, click here.
Sustainable Playland Proposal Selected as Finalist
The Westchester County Citizens Committee charged with reviewing the proposals submitted in March to “reinvent Playland Park for the 21st century” issued its detailed report and recommended Sustainable Playland’s proposal as one of three of the 12 submitted that were responsive to the RFP criteria and deserving of further review. Divney Tung Schwalbe is a member of the consultant team that helped to develop the Sustainable Playland community-based plan to restore the historical and environmental integrity of Playland Park with increased open space and access to the Long Island Sound shoreline. For the full committee report, click here. For more on Sustainable Playland and its proposal, click here.
DTS recognized by Westchester Green Business Challenge
Divney Tung Schwalbe was recognized as a top participant by the Westchester Green Business Challenge at its first annual event at the Jacob Burns Media Arts Lab on June 15th. The Green Business Challenge is a friendly competition open to all businesses in Westchester County to encourage environmental sustainability in all aspects of business planning and operations. To learn more about the Challenge and to sign up your business, click here.
Divney Tung Schwalbe Receives Inaugural "Y" Planner Award
At a May 3rd luncheon, Yonkers Mayor Philip Amicone awarded Divney Tung Schwalbe the inaugural “Y” Planner Award for its work on the Ridge Hill Village project.
DTS Staff Plans and Plants White Plains Hospital Garden
In celebration of Earth Month, Divney Tung Schwalbe contributed both the design plans and the planting muscle for a new arrival garden at the Davis Avenue entrance to White Plains Hospital.
DTS at Sisters of Divine Compassion Sustainability Conference
Divney Tung Schwalbe partner Jerry Schwalbe and Associate Maria Alfaro served as tour guides for the firm’s green sitework and stormwater measures on the Good Counsel Campus in White Plains during the “Going Green: Moral Imperative and Balancing Act” conference.
Partner Jerry Schwalbe at Westchester/Fairfield Think Tank
Divney Tung Schwalbe partner Jerry Schwalbe participated as a panelist at the Society for Marketing Professionals (SMPS) Westchester and Construction Institute May program at the University of Connecticut in Stamford, Connecticut.
Divney Tung Schwalbe joins Sustainable Playland
Divney Tung Schwalbe has joined the Sustainable Playland Inc. (SPI) planning team that is formulating a response to Westchester County’s RFP regarding the future of Playland Park in Rye, New York.
Andrew Tung & Donna Maiello at March Land Use
DTS Partner Andrew Tung will be presenting the site engineering components
of “Planning Board Basics” at the March 16th session of this year’s Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF) Land Use Training Institute to be held at the Pace University Lubin Graduate Center in White Plains.
DTS partners spread the word about Intelligence Land Use
J. Michael Divney Named Chairman of White Plains Hospital Center Board of Directors
Well-Known White Plains Resident and Professional Engineer/Planner Has Been Long-Time Supporter of Hospital
Andrew Tung presides over WMPF annual planning awards and is elected
The Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF) held its 2010 Annual Awards Dinner on June 10th at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson restaurant to honor excellence in Westchester municipal planning efforts and Westchester volunteer planners.
Divney Tung Schwalbe Wins Westchester’s Most Prestigious Business Award
The Business Council of Westchester Honors Divney Tung Schwalbe for Small Business Success
Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO
Divney Tung Schwalbe was an exhibitor at the recent Students for a Sustainable Future EXPO run by CELF, the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation, at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. We were pleased to meet many of the student, teacher, administrator and parent attendees, all of whom were interested in learning about ways to make their schools greener.
Astorino Names Business Leaders to Economic Advisory Council
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino appoints DTS Partner Andrew Tung to County Economic Advisory Council
White Plains Sustainability & Environmental Enhancement Committee
DTS Partner Michael Divney has been named a Steering Committee member of the White Plains Sustainability & Environmental Committee (SEEC), which is being chaired by City Councilman Dennis Power. SEEC’s mission is “to improve the environmental footprint of White Plains in a realistic and thoughtful manner to sustain a quality of life which is responsible, cost-effective and healthy.” The committee will “strive for a balance of what can be achieved now and what can be planned for when fiscal realities improve” to promote conservation and sustainability in areas such as Energy, Waste Reduction, Transportation, Land Use and Water Management.
Habitat for Humanity
On January 18, 2010, DTS staff joined with volunteers from schools, churches and other community groups to work at various Habitat for Humanity building sites in Westchester as a part of Martin Luther King Week. DTS helped with interior and exterior activities at the Howard Avenue “flood house” in Mamaroneck, which is being reconstructed in a flood proof, wind proof, and “green” manner to replace a home that was extensively damaged by the April 2007 flooding of the Mamaroneck River.