JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
New side entrance for N-YHS on West 77th Street

While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer oversaw submittal preparation for NYCT review and approval, and worked with that agency to secure a letter of “no impact”. To facilitate the New-York Historical Society’s (N-YHS) existing museum building entrance and stairway renovations along Central Park West, in Upper Manhattan, his firm was contracted to obtain NYCDEP fire […]

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater

Marcus Garvey Park, located in the heart of East Harlem, provides pastimes for children, teens, adults, and the elderly for the entire community.  Asides from two children playgrounds, an outdoor swimming pool, a recreation center, and basketball courts, Marcus Garvey Park’s amphitheater is a major draw hosting plays and concerts in the summertime.  The goal […]

Brooklyn Bridge cables

In December 2012 I was asked to appear in a short video project about the history and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is often seen as a beautiful landmark and an integral part of New York life. It is also an example of infrastructure as art. The video, produced and shot by, Sigurd […]

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 […]

Competition Board

With a project team of architects, landscape designers, and infrastructure planners, Joe Schaffer participated in the recent Gowanus Lowline competition in New York. The Gowanus Canal, in Brooklyn New York, is an artificial waterway following the path of a former natural stream. The development of NYC’s sewer system in the late 19th century resulted in the […]

A view from the neighborhood

Toll Brothers established a City Living brand for their residential developments in dense urban areas.  While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer provided site civil services for a project in the Vinegar Hill area of Brooklyn, NY.  Set in an industrial-residential fringe area, the site offered iconic surroundings and quick access to public transport.  Tasks […]

From http://www.csebcc.org/

Having been in operation for a few years, the Bronx Community College (BCC) Center for Sustainable Energy, in cooperation with the City University of New York (CUNY) had grown into the need for dedicated office and classroom space.  As a part of a de facto design-build team, JFS Engineering will provide site design expertise in […]

Dino the Green Dinosaur

On July 26, 2011, our good friend Bill Bobenhausen, FAIA, had Joe Schaffer on his radio show as a guest.  We talked about green engineering, the intersection of building and site design, and the state of the marketplace.  You can listen in on the show in MP3 format:  Part One and Part Two. Bill’s Green Architecture Show […]