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Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying Northeast, PLLC

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AES Northeast, PLLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Reil, LS, Bradley Noviski, Program/Project Manager, and Erin Allison, Building Designer, as Associates of the firm.

Evan has been with AES Northeast for over 20 years and is responsible in assisting the survey team by performing research, collecting field data, drafting, and design for many projects.

Brad has 20 years of experience in project management and engineering and is the facilitator among project stakeholders to ensure financial and technical expectations are achieved.

Erin has been with AES Northeast for 16 years and is responsible for all phases of design, project management, and construction phase oversight for many of the Architectural Division’s projects.

Associates are unanimously recognized by all partners of the firm as a “key” person in the firm that provides a high level of commitment and dedication to the clients we serve, believes in high-quality services and standards, and has the potential to become a partner of the firm in the future.

AES Northeast is pleased to announce some recent appointments.  Gregory Swart, PE and Kevin Farrington, PE were recently appointed as Partners at AES Northeast, PLLC

Gregory serves as the Director of Water Resources Division and provides design engineering, project management, and construction oversight for AES’ water and wastewater utility line and treatment plant projects.  He has experience in grant writing and NYS funding agency requirements.  In his role as Member and Director of the Water Resources Department, Mr. Swart is responsible for project development, funding and overall management.


Kevin serves as the Director of AES’s Civil Engineering Division.  Mr. Farrington’s career spans more than 27 years in civil engineering, design, and construction.  In his role as Partner and Director of the Civil Engineering Department, Kevin is responsible for supervising and/or assisting in all aspects of design and preparation of construction documents for civil, planning, and site development projects and will support business development efforts


As Partners, Gregory and Kevin will assist other firm Partners in leading the firm, in addition to mentoring and developing upcoming designers, promoting innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective design


AES Northeast is excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for 2019!

The new AES Northeast Scholarship is open to students attending high school in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties. AES is dedicated to investing in our area students and will be awarding up to (4) $500 one-time scholarships for 2019. The scholarships are available to students attending an accredited degree program in the field of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, or Construction Management at a college or university. The applications must be received by May 1, 2019. The scholarship is available for download on the home page of our website or at the following link: http://www.aesnortheast.com/scholarship/AES_Northeast_Scholarship.pdf

#scholarships #upstateny #engineering #architecture #landsurveying #constructionmanagement

Over the past few years AES Northeast has grown substantially and last year was no different.  We welcomed many engineering, surveying, and administrative staff to our team.  Our sustained growth is attributable to continuing to successfully achieve the goals of our clients.  AES is looking forward to the future unfolding and excited to see what it will bring.  Please help us welcome the following people to our team!

Justin Dechen, P.E., Project Engineer
Lucy Munz, Intern Engineer
Pravallika Pothula, Engineering Technician
Anirudh Srinivas, Engineering Technician
Paul Ford, Engineering Technician
Ben Goff, Surveying Technician
Logan Brien, CADD Administrator
Jacob Jacques, Intern Engineer
Caitlin LaValley, Project Administrator
Melissa Dominy, Reception
Charles Frasier, RPR


We are pleased to announce our recent success in assisting several of our local clients with acquiring funds through NYS Consolidated Funding Application process.  AES has secured funding to help Ticonderoga, Saranac Lake, St. Armand and Chateaugay with planning and engineering work to strengthen infrastructure with the intent to help these communities thrive into the future.  In addition to the above grant awards, AES provided technical assistance for two other projects applications, Dannemora and Saranac Salt sheds, both awarded through the CFA process.
In total, AES helped secure $1,260,000 in grants to support North Country Communities.
We would like to thank all involved for their role in the success with thanks to our very own Paul DeDominicas, Grant Administrator, Gregory Swart, P.E. Senior Associate/Director of Water Resources Division and Wayne Ryan, P.E. Partner/Civil Division, and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.
Please check out the link below for a press release from Governor Cuomo’s Office:


#NCREDC #engineering #planning #grants


AES Northeast is pleased to announce the hiring of Max Villanueva

Max has a strong background in the science of Geography, specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He comes to AES with experience in the creation, maintenance, and evaluation of GIS data deliverables to clients along with web GIS support on the back end through data acquisition, and data setup for web display. Max is also familiar with troubleshooting, field work with data collection, QA/QC, and reporting information into multiple formats for reports and for GIS metadata use.  AES Northeast is excited to have Max on board as part of the team providing GIS services. 



We are pleased to announce our recent success in assisting the Village of Saranac Lake with obtaining a$1.2 million grant through the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA). The funding will be used to assist the Village with upgrading infrastructure. We would like to thank all involved for their role in this success with recognition to our very own Paul DeDominicas, Grant Administrator and Gregory Swart, P.E. Senior Associate/Director of Water Resources Division. Please follow the link below for the press release from the Governor’s office.


The new Learning Commons at Clinton Community College
Before - Dinning Room, early 1900's

Before - Ladies Parlor, early 1900's Before - Lobby, early 1900's
Now - Library Now - Computer Classroom Now - Lobby

Over the past 2 years AES Northeast has worked closely with Clinton Community College to design and manage the construction of the new Learning Commons located on the second floor of the George Moore Academic and Administrative Building. The overall goal was to renovate and convert the existing Library space into a Learning Commons to promote student collaboration and research by merging the Library with the Tutoring and Accommodative Services Departments. The Learning Commons is now approximately 19,000 square feet and includes new tutoring and computer classrooms, writing center, both group study and quiet study rooms, testing rooms, the Douglas Library with new bookstacks and a combined reading room, along with administrative offices for the Learning Commons faculty and staff. AES Northeast strived to preserve the century old historical features left behind from its days as the stately Hotel Champlain while still providing an enhanced learning environment with state of the art audio/video systems, lighting, HVAC, and furnishings. The Learning Commons is currently located in the area that once was the hotel’s Dining Room and Ladies Parlor.

AES Northeast Job Shadow:

AES Northeast had the pleasure of hosting Andy Mazzella, a Peru Central School Senior, as he learned more about the field of Architecture. AES Northeast strives to provide area students with opportunities to job shadow in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Land Surveying. AES feels it’s important for students to get a taste of what the career is like before pursuing a degree in the field. Andy was able to learn about the different phases of design, review a set of construction documents, see the types of computer software that is utilized, and experience Virtual Reality by touring one of AES’s designs in 3D. Best of luck to Andy!



From a recent edition of Plattsburgh’s local newspaper the Press Republican:


Ticonderoga Sewer Project On Track:
The upgrades will separate the existing sanitary and stormwater sewers, so heavy rains don’t overwhelm the plant.
“The improvements (to the plant) include replacement and increased capacity of the final clarifiers, installation of UV disinfection to meet current regulations by DEC and some much needed electrical upgrades to meet current codes,” [Town Supervisor} Giordano said.
“Additional improvements also include better processing of the solids in the waste stream. The first clarifier is due to come online this fall, with the second coming online in the spring.
“Likewise, the UV-disinfection will also go online in the spring. Most of the electrical upgrades are complete, with the exception of final hookups to the clarifiers.”
Giordano credited the town’s engineering firm, AES Northeast of Plattsburgh, as well as Water and Wastewater Superintendent Derrick Fleury and Chief Wastewater Operator Tracy Smith, for the project’s progress.
“I am very pleased with how smoothly this project has been progressing,” he said. “AES has had thorough oversight of all aspects of the project.”


We are pleased to announce our recent success in assisting the Town of Crown Point with acquiring a $500,000 grant through the Northern Border Regional Commission. Only a handful of applicants are accepted each year. This will go a long way towards providing the Town with new and upgraded infrastructure.

We would like to thank all involved for their role in this success with a special thank you to our very own Paul DeDominicas, Grant Administrator, Brad Noviski, Project Manager and Gregory Swart, P.E., Senior Associate/Director of Water Resources Division.

Please check out the link below, a press release from our Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.




The LaPierre Lane Riverway is officially open! The rainy ribbon cutting ceremony held Saturday, June 28th didn’t keep people from enjoying the newest spur off the Saranac River Trail Greenway. This new recreation area features a quarter mile trail along the river with a boardwalk, meditative garden, adult exercise area, and a nature inspired youth adventure play area. AES Northeast enjoyed being a part of the collaborative team with the Foundation of CVPH, Town of Plattsburgh, and Northeast Irrigation to make the LaPierre Lane Riverway a reality! AES prepared detailed construction plans for the project.


AES designed and is now overseeing an estimated $25 million worth of construction in 2018! The following is a list of projects currently in the Construction Administration phase.
  • Town of Saranac Standish Water District No. 1 Improvements

  • Town of Moriah Sewer Main Sliplining

  • Town of Moriah Trunk Sewer CIPP Lining

  • Village of Saranac Lake Woodruff Street Siphon

  • Town of Ticonderoga WCPC Secondary and Tertiary Unit Process Upgrades

  • Town of Ticonderoga Well Field Control Building

  • Town of Ticonderoga North Street Road Water Main Reconstruction

  • Town of Ticonderoga Chilson Water Tank Construction

  • Plattsburgh Housing Authority Elevator Modernization

  • Northern Adirondack Central School Athletic Improvements

  • Clinton Community College Learning Commons Renovation

  • Town of Ticonderoga Community Building Alterations

AES Northeast, PLLC sponsored a team in the 2019 Paul Titherington Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Clinton Community College Foundation held on June 29, 2018 at the Bluff Point Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament benefit scholarship funds for Clinton Community College students. The annual golf tournament has been a long standing tradition for the CCC Foundation for over the last 20 years and typically raises over $20,000 in scholarship monies.  Kevin Farrington, Mark Allen, Tanner Charland, and Nathan Bull represented AES Northeast, PLLC in the tournament this year.

Internships play an important role in a student’s education. They provide the individual with career experience and knowledge. At AES Northeast we are proud to announce two successful internships for two recent students, Caleb Ducharme and Jocelyn Racette. Their work at the firm has helped them to decide what discipline of engineering they will pursue. We wish them good luck in their careers to come.

“My name is Caleb Ducharme, and I had many jobs at AES Northeast during my eight-month internship. Among my tasks were the following: designing and working on structural calculations for structural steel and reinforced concrete in wastewater treatment plants; drawing structural details for blueprints; measuring various structures and drawing 3D models using Revit; and creating excel spreadsheets for site design, cost estimations, and structural calculations. During my internship, I was also able to do several site visits to on-going construction projects including a UV building installation and a clarifier tank assessment project. I also had the added benefit of attending several workshops and seminars including lunch-and-learns and tours of various wastewater treatment plants. These tours and lunch-and-learns helped me understand more about what I was designing and the process of how our water and sewage is treated. It has given me a great respect for the time and energy it takes to make sure that we have clean drinking water and our sewage does not contaminate or pollute the environment.”

“My name is Jocelyn Racette, and I am an intern returning for my third year at AES Northeast in the Water Resource Department. Currently, I am a senior in the B-Tech Civil and Environmental Engineering program at SUNY Canton. My most important piece of advice to any college student especially in the STEM field is to apply for an internship. I can take what I learn in my courses and apply it to real-world experiences. This job has not only furthered my knowledge in my field but allowed me to determine what type of engineering I want to pursue in my career. This internship, in particular, helped me decide to switch my major as well. Initially, I came to AES as a mechanical engineering student. After a summer of working with both mechanical and civil engineers, I decided that my skillset was much stronger in the Civil Department and ended up switching majors that fall.
I was given countless valuable opportunities from this company. Some of the programs that I have worked with over the past couple years are Civil AutoCAD, Revit, ArcGIS, Infraworks, Excel, and many more. I have done cost estimating on proposed projects which is a highly useful skill to learn this early in my career. Last summer I aided in the design of different sanitary sewer and water line projects. Due to being a part of so many various projects, I have been able to connect with many contractors, clients, and agencies. Of course, I would have never been able to accomplish any of this without the accommodating staff. They never left a question unanswered and did everything they could to help me learn about this field. I am genuinely grateful for this opportunity here at AES Northeast.”

AES is also proud to announce its new 2018 internships including Sarah Smith, Shannon Vogt, and Austin Snide, seniors at Clarkson University and returning this year Jocelyn Racette featured above.

The AuSable Chesterfield Keeseville Joint Fire District held their grand re-opening


The AuSable Chesterfield Keeseville Joint Fire District held their grand re-opening of the renovated Keeseville fire station on Saturday May 19, 2018. The grand re-opening included recognition from local government representatives Elise Stefanik, Dan Stec, Betty Little and Billy Jones. Elise presented a congressional certification to the Fire Department in recognition of their volunteer services. The festivities included recognition of the volunteers, past and present, since this Fire District has been operating for 140 years. The events of the day also included food and refreshments for all, as well as demonstrations of the jaws of life used to extricate passengers from motor vehicle accidents; as well as recognition of the volunteers, auxiliary and many who have supported the fire station over the years.
The grand re-opening showcased the $3.9MM renovations and additions constructed last year. The process started in 2006 and was finally approved by the voters in 2015. AES Northeast PLLC provided the professional design and construction services from inception throughout the entire project. The additions included a 3 apparatus bay section that is large enough to house the 50 ft. ladder truck and other trucks. One section (former addition) was completely rebuilt and converted to a decontamination room, gear room and shower room for firefighters.  Cancer rates for firefighters has risen dramatically over the years due to contaminants brought back to fire stations after responses to fires and the decontamination room allows firefighters to clean their gear before entering the station and the dedicated shower allows volunteers to shower before returning home.  A new kitchen was built to provide food services by the auxiliary for firefighters and social events at the station. In the past the volunteers had to park trucks back to back, which hampered response times, but now with adequate apparatus bays, there is one truck in each bay with electric overhead doors.
The building also houses the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team which is on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The project included a new standby room, new EMS office and shared radio room to support the EMS operations and fire protection services.
Construction of the project was completed by Luck Bros, LH Laplante, J Hogan and Ace Electric, all local contractors from Plattsburgh NY. Construction commenced in summer of 2016 and substantially completed in the summer of 2017. It was very difficult renovation because the fire station had to remain in full operation during construction so volunteers could respond to all emergency calls.

NY Rural Water-2018, Turning Stone Casino & Resort, Verona NY

On May 21, 22 & 23, 2018, members of the Water Resources Department at AES Northeast participated in NY Rural Water Association’s 39th Annual Technical Training Workshop & Exhibition. AES Northeast would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth!

AES Northeast is Expanding!


It gives us great pleasure to announce that AES Northeast located at 10-12 City Hall Place in downtown Plattsburgh is continuing to grow and prosper and as such is opening a new Branch Office located in the Town of Plattsburgh at 4549 Route 9 in the Hamlet of Cliff Haven. Founded in 1988, AES Northeast has grown from 2 employees to well over 30 employees during our 30 years in the business. AES provides a wide range of services for Municipal, Institutional, Commercial, Educational, and Health Care projects throughout Northern New York. We would like to sincerely thank our clients who have trusted our expertise and allowed us to serve your Architectural, Engineering, Construction Management, and Land Surveying needs. We appreciate your continued support and commitment to AES Northeast.

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Anticipation and excitement filled the air at the ground breaking ceremony for the new AuSable Forks Branch of the Peru Federal Credit Union!  AES Northeast joined forces with Fuller Excavating in another design build venture to create a second branch for the growing Credit Union.  AES Northeast is thrilled to share in this exciting project!

AES Northeast attends Adirondack Park Agency/association of Adirondack towns & villages local government day in Lake Placid

AES Northeast of Plattsburgh NY recently attended and exhibited at the APA/AATV Local Government Day in Lake Placid NY.  It was a great opportunity to connect with our existing clients and foster new relationships with local community leaders.


AES Northeast announces new hire

Plattsburgh NY – April 27, 2018 - AES Northeast, a leading provider of civil engineering, land surveying and architectural services, announced the hiring of Paul DeDominicas as Grant Administrator.  Mr. DeDominicas has over 12 years experience in grant writing and administration.  As Grant Administrator, Mr. DeDominicas will oversee grant compliance for clients, assist with identifying funding, and write grant proposals. 
DeDominicas has served as the City of Plattsburgh Director of Community Development and as Clinton Community College’s Director of Community and Workforce Development.  His expertise in funding and programs have served the region over the past 12 years. He has worked with a number of Federal and State funding agencies including NYSERDA, NYS Dept of State, Office of Homes and Community Renewal, Empire State Development, and SUNY 2020.  DeDominicas was successful in obtaining $12.7 million SUNY 2020 grant for the construction of the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College as well as $10 million Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative and most recently, $1 million RESTORE NY grant for the City of Plattsburgh.
DeDominicas has a Master of Science in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Art in English Literature both from SUNY Plattsburgh.   He is able to integrate planning, economic, and community development into successful funding projects. His ability to work with people at all levels of government and the community make him an asset to the firm.
AES Northeast provides a wide range of services for municipal, commercial, and residential projects throughout Northern New York including civil, environmental, water/wastewater, architectural, mechanical, electrical and construction phase services as well as surveying and land use planning.


LCB Grant Annoucement for Ticonderoga

On February 23, 2018, the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) Executive Committee awarded $124,500 in grant funding to the Town of Ticonderoga NY for the implementation of a Combined Storm Water & Sewer Separation Best Management Practices project. The grant funds will be used for the design and construction of a storm water separation system on Lake George Avenue in the Town of Ticonderoga NY. The LCBP works to coordinate and fund efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality. This grant application was written and submitted on behalf of the Town of Ticonderoga by the Water Resources Department at AES Northeast of Plattsburgh NY.



AES Announces New Registered Architect

AES Northeast, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying and architectural services, is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert French, RA. Mr. French’s career spans more than 17 years in architecture and project management. As a Registered Architect at AES, Mr. French will manage and/or assist in all aspects of planning, design, and construction for various building projects. French’s expertise is in large residential developments, as well as some hospitality and commercial projects. In recent years, Robert served our country as a United States Army Sergeant in the Engineer Regiment, where he oversaw the construction of various projects, once in support of operations in the Middle East. In his capacity as an Army Sergeant, he was awarded four Army Achievements, one Army Commendation, and two Good Conduct Medals. Robert French was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and immigrated to the U.S. in 1996, where he lived in Illinois. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Design from the University of Advancing Computer Technology in Arizona and is currently working on an MBA from Western Kentucky University. French is a licensed architect in the states of Arizona and New York and also has LEED AP Certification.

University of Maine Career Fair   Clarkson University Career Fair

AES Northeast attended the University of Maine Career Fair on February 7th and the Clarkson University Career Fair on February 15th in search of prospective engineers to join our growing company! Both Career Fairs were beneficial and provided great opportunity for potential team members!

Construction on the new Learning Commons(LC) renovation at Clinton Community College

Construction work is progressing well at the new Learning Commons(LC) renovation at Clinton Community College. Contractors have completed demolition and abatement; and have started installation of walls, heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing work throughout the LC. The LC will combine tutoring services, library services and accommodative services on the second floor that will provide students with a “one stop shop” for these services. The LC will be an eclectic combination of old and modern design elements.

Using a Scan to Create a 3D Building Model

A point cloud is a set of data points in a coordinate system and these data points are intended to represent the external surface of an object. 3D scanners can measure a large number of points on an object’s surface, and then output a point cloud as a data file. The point cloud represents the set of points that the scanner has measured. The data file can then be used to create 3D CAD models and renderings. AES Northeast has the ca...See More

AES Announces new Director of Civil Engineering Division

AES Northeast, a leading provider of civil engineering, land surveying and architectural services, announced the hiring of Kevin Farrington, PE as Director of AES’s Civil Engineering Division.  Mr. Farrington’s career spans more than 27 years in civil engineering, design, and construction.  As Director of Civil Engineering at AES, Mr. Farrington will supervise and/or assist all aspects of planning and preparation of construction documents for civil, planning and site development projects and will support business development efforts.

"It is rare to find a professional civil engineer with the breadth and depth of experience that Kevin brings to our organization from both the private consulting side and the municipal government side.”, said AES Managing Partner Scott Allen.  "We are very fortunate to have him join our team.”

Farrington previously served as City Engineer for the City of Plattsburgh for 15 years and before that was senior design engineer at URS Consultants in Buffalo, NY. His expertise includes highway, complete streets, drainage, floodplain management, marine, shoreline, environmental restoration, ADA compliance, green stormwater infrastructure, water, wastewater, planning, zoning, GIS and construction management.
Farrington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from SUNY Fredonia. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New York. Among his professional strengths is his ability to integrate into every project, safety, quality and good communication from project inception through completion.
AES Northeast provides a wide range of services for municipal, commercial, and residential projects throughout Northern New York including civil, environmental, water/wastewater, architectural, mechanical, electrical and construction phase services.

AES is pleased to announce the opening of its Annex Office at 24 Margaret Street, Suite #3 in the “Westelcom” building next door to Arnie’s Restaurant.

Our main office remains at 10-12 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY. But in order to fit additional staff, we had to expand. Although it’s a little inconvenient not having all our staff under one roof, the Annex was a great solution and has allowed us to keep our headquarters right here in downtown Plattsburgh.

AES Northeast continues to provide a wide range of services for municipal, commercial, institutional, and residential projects throughout Northern New York. We remain on top of technology, and use the latest versions of AutoCAD, Revit, ArcGIS along with other leading software products to prepare our project plans and specs. We continue to strive to provide excellent service to our North Country clients.

We work locally to build and maintain familiarity with local conditions, local government, local agencies, and local contractors. We are always nearby—highly accessible to all of our clients during design and construction, and long after project completion. We consider cost effectiveness and environmental impact for every project. After nearly thirty years in business, AES Northeast has grown from two employees to a staff of over thirty—including architects, engineers, surveyors, planners, and technical and support staff.


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.


Groundbreaking held for CCC Institute for Advanced Manufacturing



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.”


 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.


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.


 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.”


 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.”


 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.


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