JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
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 […]

watercyclehigh

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 […]

One of the many spaces within Soundview Park

While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer was the Senior Project Engineer for the civil engineering associated with the reconstruction of this 212-acre NYCDPR public park located along the Bronx River in the Bronx, New York.  The park was identified as an underutilized park and is being improved in accordance with the goals of PlaNYC.  […]

NYC from the Meadowlands

Cherokee NE acquired the development rights to large, contiguous group of parcels in Northern New Jersey.  This complex project required scores of federal, state, county, and local permits and approvals.  While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer performed preliminary design and coordination for infrastructure issues including:  railway and roadway realignment, stream crossing and relocation, phased […]

Photo Credit: Robert Schilare Photography

Mr. Schaffer’s previous firm was retained by the Westchester County Department of Public Works to provide engineering consulting and design services for a dredging and wetlands restoration project at Gardens Lake in Mamaroneck, New York. The surface area of the lake is approximately 4 acres and had original lake depths of 6 to 10 feet.  […]

Blythedale Children's Hospital Entrance

Mr. Schaffer’s previous firm was selected to provide site design and environmental consulting for the expansion of the Blythedale Children’s Hospital in the Town of Mount Pleasant. The project will include approximately 47,000 SF of new construction on two levels and approximately 24,000 SF of renovation to the existing hospital.  Engineers are currently working with […]

Categories: Design Vignettes
Complete Streets

Back when I was young, one of the aldermen in my hometown came up with a practical solution to a nagging problem. Our town was a rambling collection of several colonial vintage villages connected by newer suburban infill development, and every year the cost of running school buses in the town increased. It so happened […]

Categories: Previous Projects

Habitat for Humanity is a non-denominational charitable organization dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing to people worldwide.  While volunteering with the Boston, Massachusetts chapter, Mr. Schaffer performed pro-bono design and permitting services for a townhouse complex in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  The project required permitting from the Boston Sewer and Water Commission, as well as minimization of […]

Categories: Previous Projects

The Client for this project intended to hold an annual three-day music festival for upwards of 75,000 people in a relatively remote area proximate to a major city, and retained consultants for both permitting and site infrastructure engineering.  While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer assisted in preliminary feasibility studies for the potable water supply, […]