JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
Somers Constructed Wetland

The Preserve at Somers is a residential subdivision in New York.    The development’s twenty-eight constructed stormwater wetlands required both post-construction corrective work and regular inspections and maintenance. The Homeowner’s Association (HOA) needed an engineering study to evaluate this system. The study identified possible construction deficiencies and provided inspection and maintenance procedures. The study also included […]

Rutgers Plaza, New Jersey

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is a major grocer in the Northeastern United States. During the late 90s and 2000s it had been re-vamping its fleet as well as expanding to several hundred store locations. While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer produced concept level sites plans, due diligence reviews, and permitting evaluations for […]

Ground Mount Solar Array

JFS Engineering is proud to support renewable energy in our communities. In addition to creating local construction jobs, these facilities help diversify our society’s energy portfolio. A confidential Client is dedicated to the construction of renewable energy facilities in New Jersey.  Mr. Schaffer has been retained by this start-up to provide site/civil, permitting, and design […]

photo courtesy Robert Schilare Photography

Arlington Terrace is a 7-building private residential complex located on approximately 10-acres near Staten Island’s North Shore.  The residential complex consists of approximately 500 units and 340 parking spaces.  While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer developed civil site plans and details for perimeter fencing, security gates, and the access control system, as well as […]

NYC Idea Fest

This is a pecha kucha talk given at the NYC Future Metropolis event on May 8, 2011 in New York City. Rain is a renewable resource. Joe Schaffer will discuss rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling in New York City. Water conservation requires a balance of localized infrastructure, financial, and life cycle considerations. Sanitation and water […]

23rd Street

Working with a team of architects and urban planners, Mr. Schaffer participated in the AIA Transportation and Infrastructure Committee PlaNYC 23rd Street Visioning Charette in 2009. The charette’s theme was adaptive re-use of Manhattan’s 23rd Street, a major east-west corridor in Manhattan. Working with a group of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners, the proposed […]

Historic Catch Basin, Montecello

When looking at site design from a historical perspective, it is important to note both the context and time period for the proposed work.  Having been raised in an area proud of it’s colonial heritage, I am still amazed that a meticulously preserved building can be spoiled with modern site design details, like a parking […]

Photo courtesy of Robert Schilare Photography

With previous firms, Mr. Schaffer provided electric substation design for civil and stormwater management systems. National Grid/Keyspan Energy Services acquired scores of sites requiring remedial action, many of which were former manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites, as a consequence of consolidation in the energy industry. While with previous firms, Mr. Schaffer designed stormwater management systems, […]

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Here in New York City, the primary issue with stormwater runoff is the flow and volume of water generated, and our overloaded sewer systems are hardest hit during rain events. The natural way to correct this is to create more green space to soak up that water, or implement rainwater harvesting systems to act as […]