JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
Early morning at Park(ing) Day Metuchen

For Parking Day 2013, JFS Engineering, PC provided partial sponsorship for Metuchen’s Second annual Park(ing) Day installation on Main Street. Working with Bike-Walk Metuchen, we provided funding for some of the items in the installation. This installation was developed organically mostly with found and borrowed furnishings. The resulting installation resembled a backyard gathering common to […]

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 […]

Street Tree

This is part 2 in an ongoing series of articles about Street Trees. In  Part 1 (http://jfs-eng.com/rethinking-street-trees/), we discussed the notion of the tree pit and ways to integrate that structure into the fabric of street life. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, let’s discuss Street Trees as a structural unit and why the root […]

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

The Green Company was developing the Pinehills Community, a 1,600 acre planned community with mixed residential and golf courses in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  With a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer completed design plans for residential sub-divisions within this unique development.  Special consideration was given to the client’s unique design process, where home sites were located in the […]

Categories: Design Vignettes
It's not wasted space, it's an opportunity to place street furniture on a solid platform.

I think it’s time to re-think our relationship with street trees.  Although large cities (like NYC) and small towns across America are gaining a renewed interest in street trees, the typical street tree is crammed into a “tree pit” that is barely 3 foot square.  A healthy tree needs to breathe free within what is […]