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AES completed another successful project with Clinton Community College. AES provided design services to replace the Ronald B. Stafford Center’s existing forced draft, indoor cooling tower and liquid chiller with an air-cooled chiller located at grade outside. The project has alleviated water quality issues and legionella concerns the previous system presented for the owner. The new system was up and in running in time for the Fall 2017 Semester. Click Here for Photos.....

AES is proud to be involved with the Saranac River Trail Greenway (SRTG) project. To find out more, Click Here.....

AES assists Town of Ticonderoga with getting FEMA funds for Chilson water mains. Read more Here…..

AES completes another highly successful project. The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) at Clinton Community College showcases our firm’s capabilities Here:...

AES Northeast’s Water Resources Department Plans for Expansion

Plattsburgh, NY – February 19, 2017 – Currently at 30 full time and 6 seasonal staff, AES Northeast at 10–12 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh is planning to fill at least three more positions in the fields of mechanical/electrical/plumbing, structural, and water resources engineering.

  Gregory Swart, P.E. (a licensed Professional Engineer) has been with AES Northeast since 2007 and was recently appointed as an Associate of the firm.  Swart was recently appointed as head of the Water Resources Department, taking over the reins from Todd Hodgson, P.E..  Hodgson, a longtime partner of the firm, will be taking a position with Essex County.  AES Northeast’s Water Resources Department specializes in providing funding assistance/administration, design, and construction administration on municipal water and wastewater improvement projects throughout northeastern New York. 

Michael Metcalf was recently hired by AES to serve as Construction Manager for the Water Resources Department.  Metcalf oversees construction period services on municipal water and sewer improvement projects.  Metcalf comes to AES with over 20 years of construction and water/wastewater equipment sales.

  Rob Wick, P.M.P. was also recently hired and provides program and project management services for the Water Resources Department’s projects. 

Jennifer Weeks, P.E. received her professional engineering license in 2015.  Weeks has been with AES since 2010 and specializes in water and wastewater systems controls.  Karen Barber, Taylor Trombley, Caroline Hillyard, Louise Bousquet, and Caleb Ducharme also provide direct support to the Water Resources Department at AES Northeast.

 

‘CATALYST FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH’
Groundbreaking held for CCC Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

BY DAN HEATH

 Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College has been hailed as a milestone toward building the region’s 21st-century workforce.

Speaking at the ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday, Clinton Community College Interim President Fred Smith said it was an honor to be present during such a historic event.

“The institute is and will be a significant and very important economic force for the North Country,” he said.

“It represents a catalyst for economic growth.”

FALL 2017 START

 Clinton Community was awarded up to $12.7 million in state funds through the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program for the project.

Construction is expected to cost $9.1 million, while soft costs, such as furnishings,  will increase the total price to about $11.4 million.

Construction is expected to be complete by August 2017, with the institute available for classes for the 2017 fall semester.

The college’s technology and engineering programs will move to the new facility, which will provide them with room to expand.

The institute will provide a link between Clinton Community, Clarkson University and SUNY Plattsburgh.

It will also allow the college and its partners to increase the customized training programs offered to local manufacturers through workforce and economic development partners, such

   as the Development Corp., North Country Chamber of Commerce, North Country Workforce       Investment Board and CITEC.

‘COMMUNITY PROJECT’

Clinton Community College Board of Trustees Chairwoman Nina Coolidge said the sound of construction equipment, already at work on the nearby site, was music to her ears.

It is the true beginning of one of the most exciting phases of development on campus, she said, as it will allow training opportunities for the region’s students and adult workforce to match the manufacturing jobs of the future.
“This will truly be a community project,” Coolidge said.

She thanked the Clinton County Legislature for its continued support of the college.

BUILDING A WORKFORCE

 Clinton County Legislature Chairman Harry McManus said the groundbreaking marks a special day for the county, as it helps build the synergy between the manufacturing community and education.

It will be a means to show prospective companies the region can meet their workforce needs, he said, which will also help the school attract students.

“This is the beginning of a transition that will allow Clinton Community College to better compete in the higher-education marketplace,” McManus said.

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas, co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, said the institute would be important even if it were just classroom and lab space. It has added value as a place where workers can train as companies move to the region or upgrade their operations.

“It is more than that — the potential pathway for sustaining 21st-century manufacturing in the region,” he said.

This shows potential firms such as Norsk Titanium, a 3-D company planned for Plattsburgh, that the training support and the collaborative partners are in place to make that venture successful, as well, he said.

“That’s what makes this a particularly remarkable occasion for the North Country,” Douglas said. “It is a foundation for our economic dreams of the future, and those dreams are becoming a reality.”

COLLEGE INTERACTION

 Part of that is the continued growth of the relationship with Clarkson University and schools throughout the SUNY system.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins, who also chairs the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, believes some alternatives to four year degrees can lead to successful careers. The new institute will be another one of those, he said.

“We’re building a fabric, a mosaic in the North Country of pathways toward success for every citizen,” he said.

Students and faculty at the university, he continued, will also be able to take advantage of opportunities that will arise at the new facility
It is a great addition to the region’s emergence as a hub for the manufacture of transportation equipment and the future move into aerospace, Collins said.

“Now, a lot of Clarkson’s focus is to the east to Plattsburgh and to what’s occurring here. The aerospace industry, it really is manna from heaven for Clarkson to be able to interact so.”

ENERGY EFFICIENT

 Nathan Bull of AES Northeast of Plattsburgh, the architectural and engineering firm for the project, said it’s an exciting opportunity to design an innovative technology center. “We’re also challenged as a design firm to be on the cutting edge, and this type of project allows us to continue pushing ourselves to be a leader in the area,” he said. One of the project goals from the start was to create an energy-efficient facility.

It features an energy-efficient thermal envelope, LED lighting and energy recovery heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The layout of the facility is very flexible, Bull said, with spaces for training but also classrooms that can hold up to 100 people.

“It was designed higher than code. We tried to blend it with a lot of the history of the campus but also have a lot of the innovative touches that this type of program deserves.”

EmailDan Heath: dheath@pressrepublican.com

 

 

Irene-damaged dam in Moriah demolished
by Zach Hirsch (Plattsburgh Correspondent) , in Plattsburgh, NY

Dec 23, 2015 — A hazardous dam in Essex County has been demolished after years of delays. The Petro Dam in the Town of Moriah was undermined in Hurricane Irene in 2011. It was finally removed last week.
The structure, on Mill Brook in Moriah, was built at least a century ago. “It was basically constructed of cobbles, boulders, flat rocks with some cement around it,” said Ryan Davies. Davies is a project manager for AES Northeast, the engineering company that planned the removal. He said the dam turned out to be even weaker than he thought. “And when they started hammering it, it actually crumbled pretty easily. So we realized the benefit of removing it now because it probably wouldn’t have lasted much longer,” he said.
There wasn’t much opposition to taking it down, but it took more than four years. State Assemblyman Dan Stec from Queensbury said that was because basically, the paperwork was stuck on somebody’s desk. “As often times is the issue with bureaucracies, especially when multiple bureaucracies are involved, in this case the town the county, the state, and the federal government,” Stec said. “We had to wait.”
Over this past summer, funding from the federal government finally came through. Essex County got a grant of over $312,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. And the demolition was pretty quick. “It took about a week,” Stec said.        
The demolition crew, a company from Gouverneur, charged the county only about $120,000 for the work – less than half of the grant money. It’s not yet clear what will happen with the leftover funds.
The Petro family, which owns the property, is converting the area where the dam used to be into a campground.

 

Plattsburgh, NY – February 16, 2015 - Nathan C. Bull, P.E. was recently appointed Member at AES Northeast, PLLC.  Nathan serves as team leader for the Building Systems group providing project delivery, design, and management for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems over a wide range of projects.   Over the past 12 years, Nathan has been instrumental in the development of AES Northeast's Building System Division.  He has successfully designed and evaluated numerous building systems for both new and existing commercial, municipal, educational, and healthcare projects.   As Member, Nathan will assist other firm Members in leading the firm, in addition to mentoring and developing upcoming designers, promoting innovative, sustainable, and energy efficient thinking. Nathan’s credentials include a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University, ASHRAE Member, and Certified Infrared Thermographer.

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