JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]