“I learned that the Port Authority actually constructed the building as a heliport for the 1964 World’s Fair, which really made everything come full circle,” said Kristen Derewecki, staff services engineer for the Port Authority and recipient of the Young Government Civil Engineer of The Year Award.
Over the past year, ASCE coordinated a number of large events, including the IMAX screening of “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” showcasing civil engineers who launched their career in New York.
WSP senior vice president and Roebling Award recipient Paul Nietzschmann spent time this past year discussing various bridges at Long Island City’s Growing Up Green Charter School. Nietzschmann’s projects include the rehabilitation of the Queensboro Bridge and the Madison Avenue Bridge over the Harlem River.
“Being a member of ASCE is belonging to a historic organization that has represented the Civil Engineering profession, and stresses ethics and excellence in engineering,” said Nietzschmann.
Several individuals from his firm were also recognized, including Adam DeVito, recipient of the Younger Member Award, Indhira Figuereo, who received the Thomas C. Kavanagh Service Award, and Ahmad Rahimian, who was named Met Section Civil Engineer of The Year.
Dan Eschenasy, chief structural engineer for the Department of Buildings, was named the Herbert Howard Government Civil Engineer of The Year. On 9/11, he coordinated the engineering response to the Twin Towers’ collapse.
“At the Buildings Department, we develop skills and step foot into all kinds of places where most engineers would not go,” he said.
The awards ceremony culminated with the Construction Achievement Project of The Year Award, which was given to the Second Avenue Subway.
“Being honored for the completion of the Second Avenue Subway symbolized the dreams of past generations to bring to fruition a long-awaited subway line,” said Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction.