JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
Seasons Greetings 2012
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Black River Reservation

Photo courtesy of Robert Schilare Photography

Seasons Greetings from JFS Engineering, PC. We’d like to thank our friends, clients, and allied professionals for making 2012 a great year. We owe you a debt of gratitude for helping to build our practice. This year we’ve touched some interesting projects including; community gardens, non-profit, high-end residential, international design, and institutional sites. We’re proud to have presented a project at the Philadelphia AIA Center at the Philadelphia SoakItUp! Exhibition.

Hurricane Sandy affected many people in our service area and left the public asking why. The answer will lie in developing redundant infrastructure systems. Recently, our motto has become: “Rain is a gift, not a nuisance.” To fix aging infrastructure we may see a greater value in augmentation rather than replacement. This is not without precedent; NYC’s enhanced water efficiency standards will reduce demand for future aquaduct rehabilitation. Increasing water and energy efficiency standards have effected demand and allowed growth beyond some systems’ original intent. Future infrastructure improvements may duplicate effort more than replacing existing systems.

In 2013, we will see the key topic shift from sustainability to resilience. Both are a part of Nature’s order. Sustainability, whether intentional or accidental, is key to any stable system. Resilience is how well the system deals with stress. We know that the Earth is a dynamic system, and if we wait long enough conditions will change naturally. We tend to assume (and sometimes hope) that conditions are static, but we disregard civil works’ lifecycle at our own peril. Wall Street was laid by the Dutch, and although the surroundings have changed its’ alignment has not. Through the rise and fall of empires and the occasional widening all roads still lead to Rome. Nature can wash it all away.

Our sewers, water, and energy supply systems are no different than roads, and many are no younger. The Internet, a relatively new infrastructure system, is resilient because of built-in redundancy. The technology necessary to provide resiliency through redundancy exists and relies on cooperation between buildings and the utilities that serve them. We look forward to a future where we can make better infrastructure through a shared vision.

We look forward to sharing 2013 with you. Seasons Greetings – Joseph Schaffer, PE, PP, LEED-AP