JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
More than "just a driveway"

We are frequently asked about what exactly we do. For most engineers, the answer comes quickly; “I design this widget” or “I deal with the customer so the software people don’t have to”. The answer gets more convoluted when we get into civil engineering. Typically we’ll see a description centered around “Professional Design Services”. Stopping […]

Sanitary Pump Station

While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer assisted in the design of a sanitary pump station for a Northern New Jersey sports arena. The new Red Bull sports arena in Harrison New Jersey is a professional soccer and exhibition sports complex seating up to 25,000 people. The station features a triplex pump setup with a […]

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 […]

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, […]

A farm raised fish and friend Ben Walmer

JFS Engineering has been engaged with a developer of aquaponics systems for due diligence and site search consulting.  The proprietary system will be used to grow a hardy fish species using the best available technologies to minimize energy and organics to the system. Wastewater will be treated through ancillary hydroponics and other closed-loop systems.  The re-circulation system […]

Courtesy http://www.micro2macro.net/

Green Waste Technologies is a start-up focused on developing an insect based recycling technology.  JFS Engineering, PC was retained early in the process to assist with with engineering related to recycling, water quality, air quality and production lines. Tasks included securing zoning approvals, preparing plant floor schematics, and NJDEP permitting guidance.

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 […]