Community Development Projects

Create an Infrastructure Master Plan to Secure Funding for Critical Infrastructure Needs

The availability of low-cost funding and grants for public works projects is on the rise. In recent years, the public works industry has witnessed an influx of public money from Federal and State sources in response to increased public support for spending on necessary projects to maintain and upgrade infrastructure. It is imperative for communities to capitalize on this era of increased public awareness and the availability of funding for projects of varying scope and…

C.T. Male Associates Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

July 26 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This milestone law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in state and local government, private entities and telecommunications. It was passed in 1990 and signed by President George H.W. Bush. Before the ADA, people with disabilities experienced barriers to employment, participation in public programs and services, transportation, effective communications, accommodations and more. Although much progress has been made over the past 25…

2015 NYSED Building Condition Survey

All public school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York are required by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to complete a Building Condition Survey (BCS) for occupied public school buildings every five years. For many school districts, 2015 marks the next cycle for the NYSED’s mandated Building Condition Survey process. Find helpful information about these mandated surveys below and how C.T. Male Associates Architects and Engineers can help you complete necessary requirements. What…

C.T. Male Associates Hosts Haz-Mat Awareness Class

C.T. Male Associates recently hosted a Haz-Mat Awareness class for Code Enforcement Officers (CEO). The class was presented by Peter Lattanzio, I.A.A.I-CFI, President of C&L Inspection Services, LLC, to some 35 CEOs from various local municipalities. Participants received credit for two-hours of in-service training from the New York State Department of State. The class was an overview for building and code officials of what they should be thinking about when on site for an inspection….

C.T. Male Associates Surveyors Use 3D Laser Scan to Take Part in the Empire State Plaza Grand Staircase Rehabilitation

  C.T. Male Associates is currently taking part in a project to rehabilitate the Empire State Plaza Grand Staircase. C.T. Male Associates’ Land Surveying Division is working with Allegrone Masonry of Pittsfield, Massachusetts on the project for the New York State Office of General Services. The Grand Staircase, which consists of 2,262 granite steps and benches, is located over Madison Avenue in the City of Albany and extends from the plaza up to the New…

LED Street Light Upgrades – A Win-Win for Municipalities on Cost & Energy Savings

Street and roadway lighting make up a significant amount of a municipalities’ annual utility budget. C.T. Male Associates’ Energy Services Division has developed a program to assist our clients in reducing these costs,while improving the overall quality of lighting. Working with municipalities, C.T. Male performs a street lighting study, in which a financial analysis on the economic benefits of upgrading municipal streetlights to state of the art LED lighting technology. LED features proven cost savings in addition to nighttime…

NYSDEC Water Withdrawal Permitting Regulations Update

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued a new water withdrawal law which became effective in August 2011, and issued regulations in April 2013 for any potable and non-potable water withdrawal systems having a capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons per day or more of surface water, groundwater or a combination thereof. Existing facilities under the program will obtain “Initial” Permits, whereas new withdrawals will be issued “New” Permits. The regulation does not…

Animal Shelter Design – Creating Welcoming Environments for Animals and the Community in Saratoga County

What comes to mind when you think of an animal shelter? Most likely you think of unwelcoming, confining, low-lit spaces where many unwanted animals are housed.  The effect is usually devastating on the animal and the visitor alike.  It does not need to be that way – C.T. Male Associates can help design an affordable, healthy and innovative shelter facility! Animal shelter design has changed.  Instead of focusing on institutional convenience, facilities are requesting designs…

What you need to know about the EPA’s Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) Reporting Requirements

What you need to know about the EPA’s Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) Reporting Requirements The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances.  EPCRA requires hazardous chemical emergency planning by federal, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry. One of the major sections of the law that pertains to reporting is Section 313, which regulates toxic release inventory…

NYSDEC Recently Issued a New Environmental Audit Policy – Find out more information here

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) recently issued a new Environmental Audit Incentive Policy intended to assist businesses, local governments and other regulated entities better protect the environment and prevent pollution. The new policy is in effect as of November 18, 2013. The policy offers various incentives to businesses, local governments and other entities to audit their operations in order to prevent future violations. Specifically, the policy can waive the majority of…