Congratulations Chris Williams, EIT, LEED AP - 2011 Young Engineer of the Year!

Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) - Lehigh Valley Chapter's Young Engineer of the Year:  Chris WIlliams, E.I.T.

This award is presented to an individual (no more than 35 years-old) based on their scholastic achievements, technical and professional society activities, technical papers and/or patents, engineering experience and accomplishments, and civic/humanitarian activities. 

Chris Williams, EIT, LEED AP, joined the Civil Engineering Department of Barry Isett & Associates (BIA) in 2007, having served internships the three previous summers with the full service Lehigh Valley based engineering firm.  He has been a key team member on scores of projects for many of BIA’s long-term and high profile clients such as Lehigh University, East Penn Manufacturing, and the School District of the City of Allentown, to name a few. Recent project examples include:

• Liberty Properties/ – 944 car parking lot designed and constructed on a fast-track schedule to achieve the lease-required opening date of the million-square-foot warehouse  to meet the holiday sales season
• Gambet Center at DeSales University – site design for a  new building designed to LEED specifications
• William Street in Pen Argyl – design of roadway improvements to a residential street

Chris is  the Secretary of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the PA Society of Professional Engineers (LV PSPE) and is the volunteer coordinator for  the 2012 Mathcounts Competition, responsible for scheduling the activities of more than 70 volunteers in a dozen activities throughout the event, ranging from set up, to test proctoring, to test scoring, to running the countdown round. This is the second year of his Mathcounts involvement.

A LEED Accredited Professional, Chris will be taking the Principles and Practices of Engineering examination in April of 2012.  While at BIA he has taken advantage of continuing education opportunities. Coursework has included Civil 3-D training; DEP Chapter 102 training; Draft DEP E&S manual training; DEP Riparian Buffer Training and Project Team Capabilities. 

A Lehigh Valley native who grew up in Hellertown, PA, Chris developed an early interest in engineering, inspired by the career of his father, who worked in the construction industry for the Alvin H. Butz Company and Allied Building Corporation, and of his grandfather, who worked for Bethlehem Steel. He graduated from West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2007.  As an undergraduate, Chris was active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Chris lives in Topton with his wife, Amanda, a first grade teacher in the Pennridge School District.





David P. Calhoun, PE Joins Barry Isett & Associates' Civil Engineering Department

David P. Calhoun, PE, of Bethlehem, PA has joined the civil engineering department of Barry Isett and Associates, Inc. (BIA), a multi-discipline engineering, planning and surveying firm headquartered in the Lehigh Valley.  He will manage and design projects developed in the company’s Phillipsburg, NJ and Allentown, PA offices.

Mr. Calhoun came to BIA from Finnelli Consulting Engineers, Easton and earlier worked at the Center Valley, PA office of Bohler Engineering. Immediately upon graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2006, he was named a graduate engineer on the staff of Pennoni Associates in Bethlehem.  A Operation Iraqi Freedom II Veteran, he spent six years in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to MWSS472 Detachment A, Motor Vehicle Company as a Light/Medium Motor Vehicle Operator.  He attained the rank of sergeant.

BIA is a 100-member firm with in-house capabilities in surveying, civil, traffic, water/waste water, municipal structural, environmental, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering as well as landscape architecture, grant writing, code consultation and construction services. In addition to Phillipsburg, NJ and Allentown, PA, the company has offices in Phoenixville, Hazleton and Tunkhannock, PA.

DVUSGBC Sustainability Awards presented at ArtsQuest

Honoring people & organizations transforming the Lehigh Valley

Seven local projects were honored by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) Lehigh Valley Branch during a gala Sustainability Awards reception at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, PA on Wednesday, November 16 and Barry Isett & Associates (BIA) is proud to have assisted in organizing the event.  The honored projects included five in which BIA played an engineering role.

BIA president Kevin Campbell, PE, LEED AP and Christine Mildner, Landscape Designer are members of the Lehigh Valley Supervisory Committee of the Lehigh Valley Branch and coordinated a variety of services, ranging from, preparing the program, to arranging for sponsors, to creating the nomination posters whose creative design was supplied by Debra Dalrymple Kleinfeldt, in BIA’s business development office.  Francee Fuller, BIA’s marketing manager, was responsible for media relations and photography..  All nominated projects have either received or are registered for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a third-party green building certification system designed by the United States Green Building Council.

BIA projects that achieved top honors were:

Lehigh University’s Science Technology Environment & Policy (STEPS) Building— honored as the Private Project that best exemplified the implementation of sustainable facility design, construction and management practices within the private sector. BIA was the site/civil engineer.  The project received Gold Certification

Clifford Bartholomew Ninth Grade Center, William Allen High School, Allentown School District—named the best example of implementing sustainable facility design, construction and management practices within the Public Sector.  Luis Ramos Elementary School and the Roosevelt Elementary School, both within the Allentown School District, were also nominated in this category.  BIA was the site/civil engineer for all three schools and provided structural engineering design in the Clifford Bartholomew Ninth Grade Center.  Other BIA services for all projects included surveys and landscape design.  The ninth grade center achieved LEED Gold

DeSales University, Center ValleyGreen Campus award, recognizing a multi-facility campus following sustainable policies and practices.  BIA has played an on-going role in the development of the campus since the founding of our company in 1977 when we conducted a campus-wide survey for the University’s first Master Plan.  Since that time BIA has been involved in scores of projects, both directly for the University and as a consultant to Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects, of Allentown.

BIA was also the structural engineer of ArtsQuest, the host site, which is registered for LEED certification.

DVGBC was formed in 2001 as a mission-based nonprofit organization and as a chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.  The Lehigh Valley Branch represents scores of regional  member companies in the design and construction industries.

New Amenities at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

Coca Cola Park, the home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and a favorite venue for a wide range of events, will feature a brand new hospitality area, thanks – in part – to the efforts of the BIA design team.

Iron Pigs General Manager Kurt Landes announced a brand-new hospitality area, Red Robin Oasis, that will be highlighted by a unique seating overhang in the left field of the Allentown, PA ballpark.  It will feature covered four-seat "islands" directly above the bullpens, encompassing the largest reinvestment project in Coca-Cola Park history according to media reports.  Each "island" will include a circular half-table, cocktail-style seating for parties of four and wait service.  Starting with the 2012 season, the Red Robin Oasis will have a large pavilion with a 300-square-foot bar that can be enjoyed by all ticket holders on a nightly basis.  In addition to a wide array of draft and bottled beers, specialty frozen drinks will also be available.  The 5,000-square-foot Red Robin Oasis area also includes numerous cocktail tables in a covered setting for use by all fans. 

BIA provided structural and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering for the project.  John Carson was the overall project manager, coordinating architectural details with our consultant, Spillman Farmer Architects, Bethlehem, PA.

KAPPA Fall 2011 Conference on lighting guidelines for campus security, consistency and economy

Campus facility directors:

Does your site lighting foster a safe and cohesive atmosphere?  Is it energy-code compliant? Are new and old installations integrated?  As a PASSHE open-end engineering services provider, BIA would be pleased to help.

BIA's Bryan Smith, RLA, ASLA and Bob Korp, AICP, LEED AP recently presented to the KAPPA Fall 2011 Conference on lighting guidelines for campus security, consistency and economy.  See the linked material for items to consider in planning the lighting future of your campus.

Robert E. Korp, AICP, LEED AP - Manager of Projects

Barry Isett & Associates, Inc.

(610) 398-0904

New Project Avenues - PASSHE

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has entered into an open ended contract with BIA to provide various engineering and consulting services to the member institutions in the central and eastern regions:  Kutztown, Millersville, East Stroudsburg, West Chester, Cheyney, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Bloomsburg and Shippensburg Universities.  One hundred fifty design firms registered with PASSHE and submitted proposals.  BIA was one of ten engineering companies selected. 

Is it Safe Up There?

Buildings are susceptible to risks from excessive rain and snow on the roof.  Knowing how much your roof can handle can help avoid collapse.

The excessive rain has not only caused the ground to give way, roofing systems may have been affected as well.  Slow drainage of roof water, and rooftop flooding, could lead to major roof leaks through very small roof membrane and flashing defects not usually noticeable during an average rainfall.  In addition, the excess water accumulation may have affected your roof’s ability to bear the weight of the coming winter’s snowfall.  The key to a snow's weight is how much water is locked up within the snow.  When there is limited natural melting and only a relatively small amount of that water has been able to drain off, blow off or evaporate, you can literally have tons of extra weight on a roof because of snow and the water it contains.  An analysis completed by BIA’s structural engineers can determine the maximum loads your roof can withstand as well as provide practical solutions to improve the strength of your roof.  

The structural analysis could also include available retrofit reinforcement methods such as:  increasing roof framing, wall bracing, columns, etc.  BIA’s nondestructive testing of your roofing systems can prepare you for the coming winter.  Knowing your roof’s load bearing capacity is half the battle. Once the snow hits, BIA can provide snow coring assessments to determine the actual weight that is bearing on the roof system, giving you piece of mind and protecting your property.

Some signs of roof distress may include:

  • Sagging steel
  • Splitting wood frame/supports
  • Sprinkler heads forced down below ceiling tiles
  • Doors/Windows popping open or difficult to open
  • Curving or bowing utility pipes or electrical conduit near the ceiling
  • Creaking or popping noises