JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
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 […]

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In conjunction with the efforts of PlaNYC, the New York City Department of Design and Construction DDC) retained consultants to update DDC guidance to incorporate the latest techniques in sustainable building design and construction for City buildings.  While with a previous firm, Mr. Schaffer assisted in the development of the water conservation manual, covering green […]

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As a part of Mr. Schaffer’s commitment to making our world a better one, he served on the Technical Advisory Board of a start-up company to develop a measureable and equitable rating system for green businesses.  Focusing on Water and Energy use for restaurants, he worked with a team of business professionals and technical interns […]

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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 […]