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Spotlight

Cut Building Inspection Costs, Not Corners

SVP Paul Hoffmann: “The selection process should include requiring a list of available inspectors, and it should be a requirement that multi-certified inspectors are utilized whenever possible.” Read more from our Special Inspections lead as he stresses our commitment to inspections & to the social, economic and environmental condition of a construction project: https://www.bisnow.com/new-york/news/construction-development/cut-building-inspection-costs-not-corners-72199


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ACE Students Prep for Presentation Night

Our ACE Mentor Program high school students are pictured here after a long day of work! These students and the HAKS mentors got together recently to start work on their ACE Final Project, a top-secret assignment that will be part of a public presentation in May where they will display and describe their work. After working with these young engineers, it is clear they have the makings of a special bunch. Looking forward to Presentation Night!


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HAKS and MTA Begin Work on Enhanced Station Initiative Program

Governor Andrew Cuomo's plans to bring big changes to the city’s subway system are happening and HAKS is proud to be a part of it! The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has since announced that the first set of stations to receive a facelift will be three stations along the R line in Brooklyn, New York. We are providing architectural and engineering design services to the design-build joint venture for the rehabilitation of these stations as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative Program, spearheaded by MTA New York City Transit. We welcome this opportunity, which represents the convergence of two industry trends: the continuing regional focus on the upgrade of transportation infrastructure and employment of the design-build methodology as a vehicle for rapid, high-quality project delivery.


“These first three stations to be renovated represent the start of a new age for our subway system,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim. The future of subway travel is indeed a bright one. Read more about the project on Curbed NY: http://ny.curbed.com/2017/3/22/15028712/mta-subway-station-closures-renovations


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Say Goodbye, Tollbooths!

Say goodbye, tollbooths! If you take a look up as you leave the Hugh L Carey Tunnel, a series of cameras and license plate readers are suspended on these metal gantries. The system records cars that pass by without drivers having to slow down or pass through a booth. These cashless systems are replacing tollbooths all over the City, from the Triborough Bridge and the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge this summer and the Throgs Neck Bridge and Bronx–Whitestone Bridge in the fall.


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Alberto Villaman, P.E. Named President of HAKS

Please join us in congratulating, Alberto Villaman, P.E., the new president of HAKS! Villaman will oversee the firm’s operations in its 15 corporate offices throughout the U.S., and international offices in India and Bahrain. The firm’s practice areas include engineering design, construction management/inspection, architecture/facilities, environmental, and surveying and mapping.

Villaman joined HAKS in 2000 after working with NYSDOT for 12 years, and rose through the ranks in a variety of management roles, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Head of the Construction Inspection Department. At HAKS he has managed some of the metropolitan area’s largest infrastructure improvement projects, including the NYCDOT design-build rehabilitation of the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, the NYSDOT Gowanus Expressway Emergency Repair and ConnDOT’s I-95 Interchange 14.
 
HAKS founder, Chairman and CEO Husam Ahmad heartily endorses Villaman’s appointment. “Alberto brings a unique ability to listen, collaborate and communicate, is confident yet humble, and has demonstrated exceptional skills in managing large, complex projects.”

Villaman has contributed to HAKS’ extraordinary growth over the past 17 years, expanding from a 100-member operation in the New York metropolitan area. He attributes the firm’s success to its strict adherence to quality standards and service to the public: “Over the years we’ve defined processes and put procedures in place to govern and assure a quality product. We’re entrusted with the public safety and want to make sure that projects achieve their goals and last for their intended duration.”

Ahmad adds, “Alberto embodies HAKS’ commitment to quality and safety. We have a shared vision for our next growth phase, aiming to expand our presence geographically and provide jobs for 1,500 employees worldwide.

Learn more about this Executive Move here: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/resources/executive-moves/details/3/3449007

 


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Two Sister Bridges Open in Staten Island

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of the northbound Hylan Boulevard Bridge this past weekend! We are HAKS Proud to have contributed to this major route for cars, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses and pedestrians: https://lnkd.in/d2V_uTp. The northbound bridge, part of a $10 million project to reconstruct both northbound and southbound bridges, will open to traffic one month ahead of schedule. The southbound bridge was also completed ahead of schedule in August 2016. Find out more about the completion and opening of the two sister bridges over the Staten Island Expressway here: https://lnkd.in/dizYBBh


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Rockaway Beach’s Community Development Institute

More classrooms anyone? Rockaway Beach’s Community Development Institute offers a Head Start program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parental involvement services to low-income children and their families. It is being renovated to accommodate a new Early Head Start program & in one of our most recent projects, we are managing its renovation.


Rehabilitation of the four-story, 27,000-square-foot facility entails increasing the number of classrooms; reconfiguring bathrooms to make them ADA-compliant; and ensuring that the facility is wet flood-proof. We are utilizing a phased approach to the project so the organization can carry out its early childhood development programs uninterrupted while the renovations proceed.


The project is currently underway and we are looking forward to its completion in 2017!


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HAKS & ACE Take the NY Times Challenge

Transitioning from the holidays back into the school mindset is always a challenge, so we have partnered with the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, Inc. to offer students a fun team project for the first team meeting back after the holiday break. The project asks the teams to construct a building using only a Sunday The New York Times newspaper and one roll of Scotch Tape! Our team, HAKS Team 45, worked diligently producing the various collages pictured here. Our final product has been posted on our team’s Instagram account, “acenyteam45”.


If you have Instagram, please look for our page & like our post! Voting opened on January 13th & will remain open until January 20th. The winners will be announced on January 24th so we encourage you to find our page and get your votes in. You can also follow the contest on Instagram using #ACENYTimesChallenge. Stay tuned! https://www.facebook.com/HAKSgroup/posts/1275263529186337


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