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Events

HAKS Safety Week - The Power of Safe Choices

This year’s theme is the “The Power of Safe Choices.”  Every day, we are faced with choices: Decisions, from the mundane to the major, that set the stage for safety. While some of those choices may be second nature, like buckling seat belts, double-checking harnesses or wearing the right gloves on the job, others require practice before becoming habit. We must empower ourselves and each other to choose safety, time and time again - when we head to work at the beginning of the day, while we’re on-site and until we arrive back home, safe again.  We commit ourselves to safety because it’s not just our personal safety that we hold in our hands: The choices we make - the ones we recognize and those we don’t - impact our co-workers, our community and also our family and friends. This responsibility is what inspires us to always do things the right way, the safe way. We are committed to recognizing the opportunities and challenges we face, to speak up when we see an unsafe practice and to always make safe choices.


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Engineering Fair at P.S.79

Last month, HAKS employees volunteered at P.S. 79Q's Engineering Fair. Coordinated by the Construction Inspection department, this event brought engineering principles directly to New York City Public School students in grades 2-5.

The students were exposed to the different aspects of Engineering that they learn in the classroom and apply to real-life situations with hands-on experience. Activities that the students took part in include building gumdrop domes, creating cable-stayed bridges, playing Jenga, and more.

This was the third year HAKS collaborated with P.S. 79Q.


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HAKS Engineers at the NJWEA 2017 Winter Technology Seminar

The New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) held their 2017 Winter Technology Seminar earlier this week and our own AVP Samer Hassan, P.E. & Srinivas Gidugu, P.E. were a part of the proceedings. In a continuing education session held on March 8th, Samer gave a presentation on the "Fundamentals of Structural Evaluations of Highway Bridges" while Srinivas served as a moderator of the session. The presentation was well received with over 100 consulting engineers and treatment plant staff in attendance. They included Joint Meeting Of Essex And Union Counties, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Jersey City Municipal Council Chamber, Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority and others. Consultants in attendance included AECOM, CME Engineering, Hazen and Sawyer and others.


Looking forward to what NJWEA has in store for 2017 and beyond.


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Lunch & Learn at the University of Pennsylvania

The HAKS Special Inspections team hosted a Lunch & Learn for the Design Department at the University of Pennsylvania facilities this past Friday February 17th. While one of the premier universities in the country, UPENN also has a very robust building program in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We were proud to be in attendance and look forward to our continued work together. Present from HAKS: were SVP Paul Hoffman, VP Phil Resciniti (pictured middle), AVPs Paul Manning (pictured left) & Charlie DiCello (pictured right), and David Price.


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HAKS Water/Wastewater Group Make a Splash at Water Week

From March 23rd to the 24th, water sector organizations gathered for "Water Week 2017", a week-long rally to elevate water as a national priority. In honor of the week, we gathered with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection at the Rego Park Center to help inspire action. , VP Todd Yanoff and Senior Environmental Health & Safety Amy Roman Kohn gave a presentation entitled “Quality, Safety, Lessons Learned and Communication,” which spoke to safety & compliance on projects. In addition to their presentation, VP Alan Larson also presented on “Professional Engineering Ethics” on Thursday 3/23.


Attendees included the DEP, as well as patrons who via webcast, watched from all around the state. As we advocate for national policies that advance clean & affordable water, we are happy that our team could make a small splash. #WaterWeek2017


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Young Engineers Take Flight at P.S.79

Last month, it was our pleasure to host our annual Engineering Fair at the P.S.79 Francis Lewis School in Flushing, New York. Students from the ages of 6 to 11 were given the opportunity to build and engineer a variety of structures including a dome made of gumdrops, a paper bridge and an 18-story tower (JENGA). Students then figured out how to modify their design to withstand loads in the form of pennies or blocks. Raquel Duran and our C.I. Department coordinated the fair with the assistance 15 HAKS volunteers, who oversaw the various stations.


Here an eager student puts her survey skills to the test using one of our Leica 3D Laser Scanning systems. It was a pleasure working with the bright students of Ps 79 Francis Lewis school – we look forward to next year! Please enjoy some of our photos from the fair: https://www.facebook.com/HAKSgroup/posts/1323420491037307


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102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

The 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) took place November 14-15 in Boston, Massachusetts and it was certainly the place to be. One of the industry’s most important transportation gatherings offered all attendees the opportunity to network and share in the latest industry policies and innovations. As you can see from our booth pictured, the HAKS Boston team was there to do just that. From left to right: Luke Olden, EVP Franco Balassone and SVP Brian Novelline. Chloe Diorio and VP Sandra Dumas, (second photo), also provided their expertise at AASHTO2016. Looking forward to next year already! https://www.facebook.com/HAKSgroup/posts/1208514182527939

 


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Special Inspections Shines at the 55th Annual CIB Awards

The Spring Street Salt Shed Project Team was recognized at the 55th Annual Concrete Industry Board (CIB) Roger H. Corbetta Awards held at Marina del Rey Caterers on November 9th. The team, which included our own SVP Paul Hoffmann, VP Paul Zoltanetzky, PMs Lisseth Reyes, Abe Mourad and others from our Special Inspections group, received the 2016 CIB Award of Merit in the Public Works category. Congratulations to the team and thanks to all who made this possible.


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Tri-State AAAEA 10th Annual Scholarship Gala

We were proud sponsors of the Tri-State AAAEA 10th Annual Scholarship Gala which took place at the Hilton Garden Inn on November 13th. The Gala entailed an evening of guest speeches & recognition awards for:


1) Thomas Abdallah, PE, LEED AP – MTA New York City Transit Chief Environmental Engineer
2) Wahid Albert, PE – New York State Department of Transportation Chief Engineer
3) James Starace, PE – Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chief Engineer
4) Eric C. Macfarlane, PE – New York City Department of Design and Construction Deputy Commissioner


Six students were awarded with scholarships as our own SVP Hesham Kotby presented an award to one of the students on behalf of HAKS. Planning & coordinating efforts of the gala included efforts by our own President Michael Awad Shamma, SVP Tarek Khouri, VP Khaled Husein, Reema Albahri and many more. The night was a huge success and we thank all who were able to attend. Please enjoy our photos from the Gala: https://www.facebook.com/HAKSgroup/posts/1225794487466575


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10 Years and Counting

The Southern New Jersey Development Council (SNJDC) recognized HAKS as a 10-year continuous member at their Annual Holiday Luncheon on December 16th! Several key players on our HAKS NJ team (pictured from left to right: AVP Steven Mervine, VP John Schweppenheiser, III, P.E., VP Vincent Pagliaro, Jr., & PM Joseph P. Michiels, P.E.) were on hand to accept this distinction. We are thankful for the acknowledgment of the SNJDC and their commitment to the growth and prosperity of the South Jersey region. We are proud to aid their efforts for the next ten years and beyond.


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Bisnow’s Bronx State of the Market 2017

HAKS sponsored Bisnow’s Bronx State of the Market and Senior Vice President, Paul Hoffmann, moderated the first panel focusing on new housing. Developers, investors, brokers and engineering consultants met to listen to Paul's panel touch on the many condominium and affordable housing projects coming to Mott Haven.

Bisnow exceeded expectations on this one: 400+ attendees. Attendees included: Bronx’s own: Savanna Fund, Hornig Capital Partners, Hill West Architects, Perkins Eastman, Red Apple Group and JRT Reality.

Panel Pictured includes (left to right):  Daniel Parker, Senior Vice President of Hodges Ward Elliot; Dan McInerey, Vice President of Taconic Investment Partners, Keith Rubenstein; Founder of Somerset Partners, Robert Nelson, President of Nelson Management Group/Global One Investments; and Paul Hoffmann, Senior Vice President, HAKS Special Inspections.

 


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HAKS Special Inspections AIA Philadelphia Lunch & Learn

If you thought that the hottest event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last week was the NFL Draft you were sadly mistaken! HAKS' Special Inspections Department provided an AIA Philadelphia Lunch & Learn at the grand Le Méridien Philadelphia. Check out our tear sheets of the event attended by owners, developers, engineers, property managers and architects in the area. The rules of Special Inspections are indeed changing. For more on this star-studded event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/HAKSgroup/posts/1388086417904047


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HAKS Sponsors the Run to Remember

HAKS is proud to have been a sponsor of the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk held on April 24th. Thank you to everyone who participated in the third annual Family Day event. The route began at Pier 26 and followed along Battery Park City, with views of One World Trade Center. Immediately following the Run/Walk, participants attended the Community Day on Greenwich Street, adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial. There were food trucks, music, and activities for kids and adults alike.


More than 4,000 people participated in this year’s 5K and thousands attended the Family Day following the race; all proceeds and donations were to fund the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The ‪HAKS Team featured several runners and walkers this year. Check out our photos from the day: https://www.facebook.com/HAKSgroup/posts/1053232498056109


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Bringing Engineering Concepts to P.S. 499

On May 6th, 2016 HAKS made a trip to P.S. 499 in Flushing, New York to host an Engineering Fair. Students from Kindergarten to the 8th grade were given the opportunity to build various structures-a gumdrop dome, a paper bridge, an aluminum boat (Topple-a-Tug) and an 18-story tower (JENGA)-and then figure out how to modify their design to withstand loads in the form of pennies or blocks. EVP Alberto Villaman coordinated the fair with the assistance of Raquel Duran and 14 HAKS volunteer "teachers" (pictured here) who oversaw the various stations.

A STEM school, P.S. 499's curriculum emphasizes science‬, technology, engineering and mathematics‪. We hope to have enriched its program by bringing #engineering principles and challenges into the classroom. For a more comprehensice look at the day's happenings, visit: https://www.facebook.com/HAKSgroup/posts/1063277847051574


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25th Anniversary Celebration

Employees, clients and other guests took in the festive atmosphere on May 19 as HAKS celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gathering at its 40 Wall Street headquarters. In honor of this silver anniversary, the firm awarded five scholarships to engineering students and recognized significant projects that served as milestones in its history. The event was attended by Alexandra Greene, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Cuomo, who presented a certificate to HAKS in recognition of its accomplishments. Before awarding the scholarships, Chairman and CEO Husam Ahmad, PE, and President Michael Shamma, PE, made remarks about the diverse and expanding HAKS family and its tradition of giving back to the community.


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Lunch & Learn with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Our Special Inspections team hosted a Lunch & Learn with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back on October 21st. The continuing education seminar for licensed professionals was as exciting as it was interactive. Our leaders defined special inspections agency rules and inspector requirements as required by the international building code of the City of Philadelphia Government. Here, we find SVP Paul Hoffmann delivering his portion of the presentation, with (from l. to r.) AVP Paul Manning, PM Lisseth Reyes & VP Philip Resciniti flanking him on the left.

 

 


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HAKS Family and Friends Enjoy Annual Picnic

Friendly competition drew employees and their families to our annual family picnic held in Warren, New Jersey on September 10th. The day of festivities, attended by approximately 300, included tug-of-war, a remote-controlled car station and four types of races. In a hotly contested affair, the Construction Inspection department took home the trophy in this year's HAKS Mini Olympics. Overall, the beautiful day was a huge success! Highlights from the picnic can be viewed here: HAKS 2016 Company Picnic.

 


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First Precinct Station Officially Open

In 2013, the Nassau County Department of Public Works announced a proposal to construct a new First Precinct Police Station in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York.  After four years and countless hours on site, we are proud to announce its official opening! On January 26th 2017, County Executive Ed Mangano and Acting Commissioner Krumpter were joined by First Precinct staff, legislators, council members, civic and community leaders to dedicate the building. HAKS SVP Jeff Terzakis and our Project Manager Greg Gherardi looked on in support.

The new 20,000 square foot facility includes a dedicated line-up room, multiple private interview areas and a turnout room that can be used for community meetings. Learn more about the project and our role: lnkd.in/dzCjZ7K


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HAKS Water/Wastewater Team Makes a Splash at Water Week 2017

Last week, water sector organizations gathered for "Water Week 2017", a week-long rally to elevate water as a national priority. In honor of the week, we gathered with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection at the Rego Park Center to help inspire action. On March 24th, VP Todd Yanoff and Senior Environmental Health & Safety Amy Roman Kohn gave a presentation entitled “Quality, Safety, Lessons Learned and Communication,” which spoke to safety & compliance on projects. In addition to their presentation, VP Alan Larson also presented on “Professional Engineering Ethics” on Thursday 3/23.


Attendees included the DEP, as well as patrons who via webcast, watched from all around the state. As we advocate for national policies that advance clean & affordable water, we are happy that our team could make a small splash.


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