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Fall & Spring Internship and Interim Opportunities – Surveying

Work for an Industry Leader!

Challenging Projects Dynamic Work Environment Outstanding Opportunities

UnknownLangan Engineering and Environmental Services is an award-winning ENR Top 500 Design Firm and is recognized by GlassDoor.com as an Employees’ Choice Best Places to Work. We have also been recognized as one of CE News Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work. Join our team of industry leaders and make a difference on some of the most exciting and interesting projects in the field!

Langan offers integrated engineering and environmental services for both public and private sector clients at sites located throughout the United States and abroad.
Job Requirements:Langan is seeking Internship or Interim candidates for our Survey/Laser Scanning discipline at our Elmwood Park, NJ office. Our hours of operation are 8:30 am – 5:15 pm Monday through Friday. The successful candidates for our Survey discipline will assist with modeling existing buildings using AutoDesk Revit software.

• Student actively pursuing a four year degree in Engineering Technology, Survey or Civil Engineering; • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal;
• Strong attention to detail with excellent analytical and judgment capabilities;

• Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment;
• Knowledge of land surveying and 3D modeling experience a plus; and, • Proficiency in AutoDesk Revit building systems.

Please submit resume, cover letter and include academic transcripts. Preference will be given to students who are currently in their Jr. or Sr. year.

Langan does not provide housing or relocation assistance.

We provide our staff with the opportunity to direct their own career path. If you are a highly motivated self-starter, we can offer you challenge, responsibility, and an environment to grow your career!

We offer employees competitive compensation packages; company paid medical, dental, and vision coverage; life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance; 401(k) with company match; educational reimbursement; extensive training; and much more!

Should you want to be considered for a position at Langan, please click on the link below to search for current job openings and apply to positions of interest.  Learn More…

We thank you for your interest in Langan!

Governor Signs Good Samaritan Bill

AIA New Jersey is pleased to announce the successful completion of one of its major legislative initiatives with the enactment of the Good Samaritan bill signed by Governor Christie yesterday. The profession will be in a position to offer its services to the people of New Jersey during a declared disaster as a first responder with the protections afforded in this statute. We want to thank our prime Sponsor Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and sponsors Assemblymen Moriarty and Chivukula and the Governor for their support. Below is a press release regarding the bill.

AIA-NJ President Jack Purvis AIA,  along with Homeland Security Committee Chair and Past President Laurence Parisi AIA, President Elect Kurt Kalafsky AIA, and 1st Vice President Kimberly Bunn AIA at press conference with Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald.

AIA-NJ President Jack Purvis AIA, along with Homeland Security Committee Chair and Past President Laurence Parisi AIA, President Elect Kurt Kalafsky AIA, and 1st Vice President Kimberly Bunn AIA at 2013 press conference with Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald.

Greenwald, Moriarty & Chivukula Bill to Help Improve Natural Disaster Response Signed into Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to improve the state’s ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters has been inked into law.

The law (A-2025) bolsters safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Superstorm Sandy – the scale of which can easily overwhelm local governments – by shielding licensed architects and professional engineers from liability when they volunteer to help local governments respond to major natural disasters.

“Whether it’s tornadoes in Alabama, earthquakes in California or hurricanes in New Jersey, Good Samaritan laws are critical in ensuring a safe, effective and speedy response to major natural disasters,” said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). “By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Superstorm Sandy.”

“Not having had this protection deterred many of these professionals from volunteering their services in times of critical need, which unduly restricted our ability to quickly and effectively provide safety inspections after a large-scale disaster,” said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). “We cannot afford to go without such valuable assistance when the next big storm hits.”

“These are professionals who are willing to volunteer their time, expertise and services to help rebuild communities that have been damaged by major natural disasters,” said Chivukula (D-Middlesex/Somerset). “With the weather expected to become even more severe in the future, it will be wise to have people with expertise who are ready and able to help when the time comes.”

Nearly 400 architects stood ready to use their professional expertise to assist in assessing storm-damaged properties in New York City days after Superstorm Sandy hit, according to a 2013 Crain’s New York Business article. The specter of thousands – if not millions – of dollars in potential lawsuit liability deterred the vast majority from volunteering their assistance, leaving local officials overwhelmed by the scale of the task.

In contrast, Alabama’s Good Samaritan law, enacted in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, was crucial in the aftermath of devastating tornadoes that in April 2011 killed 64 people and caused $2.2 billion in damage. In response to the devastating category EF-4 tornado, over 200 professionals volunteered nearly 1,300 hours in Tuscaloosa alone, inspecting over 7,000 buildings for safety–critical assistance given the municipality’s limited staff resources.

Under the law, licensed architects or professional engineers would remain liable for the full extent of damages caused by their own acts or omissions that are wanton, willful or grossly negligent.

We are very pleased that the governor has signed the Good Samaritan legislation, particularly with widespread support from both the the Assembly and Senate. By removing prohibitive regulations against building professionals, the Act will allow trained architects and other professionals to quickly and effectively respond to pressing infrastructural issues in times of emergency.  This legislation reflects the mission of the AIA to contribute its collective expertise when it is needed most, which is crucial in the planning and rebuilding of New Jersey’s communities. We commend lead sponsor and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, along with sponsors Paul Moriarity and Upendra Chivukula, for their sound and rational advocacy of this bill.

Good Samaritan Signed Into Law

Greenwald, Moriarty & Chivukula Bill to Help Improve Natural Disaster Response Signed into Law

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to improve the state’s ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters has been inked into law.
The law (A-2025) bolsters safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Superstorm Sandy – the scale of which can easily overwhelm local governments – by shielding licensed architects and professional engineers from liability when they volunteer to help local governments respond to major natural disasters.
“Whether it’s tornadoes in Alabama, earthquakes in California or hurricanes in New Jersey, Good Samaritan laws are critical in ensuring a safe, effective and speedy response to major natural disasters,” said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). “By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Superstorm Sandy.”
“Not having had this protection deterred many of these professionals from volunteering their services in times of critical need, which unduly restricted our ability to quickly and effectively provide safety inspections after a large-scale disaster,” said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). “We cannot afford to go without such valuable assistance when the next big storm hits.”
“These are professionals who are willing to volunteer their time, expertise and services to help rebuild communities that have been damaged by major natural disasters,” said Chivukula (D-Middlesex/Somerset). “With the weather expected to become even more severe in the future, it will be wise to have people with expertise who are ready and able to help when the time comes.”
Nearly 400 architects stood ready to use their professional expertise to assist in assessing storm-damaged properties in New York City days after Superstorm Sandy hit, according to a 2013 Crain’s New York Business article. The specter of thousands – if not millions – of dollars in potential lawsuit liability deterred the vast majority from volunteering their assistance, leaving local officials overwhelmed by the scale of the task.
In contrast, Alabama’s Good Samaritan law, enacted in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, was crucial in the aftermath of devastating tornadoes that in April 2011 killed 64 people and caused $2.2 billion in damage. In response to the devastating category EF-4 tornado, over 200 professionals volunteered nearly 1,300 hours in Tuscaloosa alone, inspecting over 7,000 buildings for safety—critical assistance given the municipality’s limited staff resources.
Under the law, licensed architects or professional engineers would remain liable for the full extent of damages caused by their own acts or omissions that are wanton, willful or grossly negligent.

Empowerment by Design Series: Maximize ROI by Maintaining Discipline

Employing a clear “go/no-go” decision-making process will help maintain discipline and lead to greater ROI.

by Steve Whitehorn

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in the Empowerment by Design series by Steve Whitehorn of Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc., providing A/E professionals with practical tips for a more successful, profitable practice.

During the worst years of the sluggish economy many firms took absolutely any work they could get in order to keep afloat. As the economy improves architects are finally beginning to see the projects flowing in, and again, the temptation is the same — grab up any projects possible in order to grow the firm and increase the bottom line.

So why should a firm resist the temptation– isn’t all work good work? The short and the long answer for firms concerned about their ROI and reputation is no! The principle for both fat and lean times remains the same: maintain discipline.

Exercise a simple go, no-go decision-making process to maintain discipline and adhere to the firm’s objectives.  Go/no-go is a term that comes from the tool and die trade, and refers to a simple gauge tool used to test a workpiece- there are only two outcomes: go or “go/no-go”.  When selecting work for a firm the two most important considerations to test with “go/no-go” strategy are client selection and project selection.  The criteria evaluating clients and projects must be grounded on the firm’s goals. Here are some pointers for maintaining discipline in your practice.

Establishing Goals

Firms should establish clear financial and reputational goals and stick to them. Principals should have a shared design philosophy, and a clear vision of how the firm should present itself in the marketplace.  Determine the firm’s financial goals – make the 1-year and 5-year plans. Be pro-active and creative in meeting financial goals but above all maintain the discipline to stick to the firm’s established standards.

Client Selection

Establish common ground with potential clients – make certain they share the firm’s values and motivation. Does the owner have the money to do project, and realistic expectations? Is the contract reasonable and have timely payment terms? Does the contract make the architect responsible for contractor performance, or design changes? Is the client known to be litigious?

Project Selection 

Project selection should be based on a thorough ROI evaluation based on both financial and reputational goals. Is this a project that fits within our firm’s creative vision? Has the firm done this kind of work before? Do we have the capacity? Can we do a good job and meet our financial goals?

If a firm has established clear goals and maintains the discipline to stick to those goals, making a decision on a project can be as simple as “go/no-go”.

Steve Whitehorn is the author of the upcoming book, Empowerment by Design and creator of The A/E Empowerment Program.® He is also Managing Principal of Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc., which helps its clients create a more significant legacy and empowers them to achieve greater impact on their projects, relationships, and communities.

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Fall Career Fair at NJIT

NJIT hosting it’s Fall Career Fair on October 1st.

NJ Architectural firms sign up to meet our future architects.  Find out more information from NJIT Career Development.

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USGBC-NJ Hosts Senator Norcross Networking Event

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USGBC NJ Chapter
South Branch Presents
SENATOR DONALD NORCROSS
PRESENTATION & NETWORKING DINNER
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Wyndham Philadelphia – Mount Laurel

Come out and enjoy a night of networking and socializing with others in green building & advocacy related fields. Senator Norcross will discuss the topics of economic development, green building, and school construction, particularly in South Jersey.

REGISTER HERE


Senator Donald Norcross (D),
Legislative District 5:
Committees: Law and Public Safety, Chair, Military and Veterans’ Affairs Transportation. Senator Donald Norcross was sworn to the Senate on January 19, 2010. The Senator has been an advocate for the working men and women of New Jersey. He also championed efforts to expand and diversify the workforce through the recruitment and hiring of women and minorities. As a legislator, he is working to reduce the costs of government and to bring property taxes under control. He also promotes reform movements within government spending, ethics, and accountability. He is dedicated to creating public-private partnerships and other initiatives to spur economic development, revitalize neighborhoods, and rejuvenate the downtown business districts within Camden.CLICK HERE for full bio.

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:

            

SCHEDULE:
• 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm sign-in, networking & drinks (cash bar)
• 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm buffet dinner and networking
• 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm speaker Senator Norcross (includes Q&A)
COST TO ATTEND:
Members/ Non-members & Students/ Emerging Professionals: $25
(Click here to register)
LOCATION: Wyndham Philadelphia – Mount Laurel
1111 Route 73 North, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Architecture Positions Available

New Jersey Architecture Firm looking to fill the following positions:

 

ARCHITECT   – Well established creative Architectural Design Studio seeking Architect with B. of Arch Degree plus 6 to10 years’ experience.  Qualifications include good working knowledge of   Construction Drawings /Details. Candidate must be proficient in Architectural Desktop, Revit would be a plus. Applicant must be capable of producing and delivering projects from concept to finish. Design projects include Schools, Residential   commercial and institutional, masonry and gut renovations.   Candidates must have excellent work ethics and be able to direct and manage staff.  Respond with a resume illustrating your experience and leadership qualities. Also include salary history and requirements.   We offer competitive salary w/ benefits, send resume to ARCHPOSITIONS@AOL.com

 

 

ARCHITECT- JUNIOR – seeking motivated person with 1 to 3+yrs experience. Architectural recent grads welcome. Basic knowledge of design and construction working drawings are essential. We use AutoCAD & Architectural Desktop. A working knowledge of these programs is mandatory. Projects include public schools, commercial, medical, mid-rise & residential designs. Competitive salary Competitive salary w/ benefits send resume to ARCHPOSITIONS@AOL.com

 

Aging in Place Segment on CNBC

AIA-NJAIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker and AIA-NJ member William Martin, AIA, featured on CNBC On The Money in a segment called Aging in Place

View video here:

 

 

AIA Kermit Baker on CNBC On The Money

AIA Kermit Baker on CNBC On The Money

 

 

To see the On The Money segements for the week:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/15838272

ASID-NJ Summer Networking Night

Join ASID-NJ for our Summer Meet & Greet — A Networking Night for all NJ’s finest design professionals.

June 25, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Register and RSVP:    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-meet-greet-registration-11839186325

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The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Announces Newly-Elected Society Directors and Trustees


TST_HeadshotPrinceton, NJ – May 30, 2014
Thomas S. Townes, AIA, FSMPS, CPSM, Director Business Development, Van Note-Harvey Associates, PC has been elected Fellows Delegate on the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) 2014 – 2016 Society Board of Directors.

SMPS is a community of marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships for their A/E/C companies and is the only organization dedicated exclusively to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. SMPS was created in 1973 by a small group of professional services firm leaders who recognized the need to sharpen skills, pool resources, and work together to build their businesses. Today, SMPS represents a dynamic network of 6,000+ marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms located throughout the United States and Canada. The Society and its chapters benefit from the support of 3,700 design and building firms, encompassing 80% of the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors.

Van Note-Harvey Associates is a 120 year old consulting engineering and environmental services firm serving the Mid-Atlantic States.  Headquartered in Princeton, NJ with an office in Cape May Court House, NJ, VNHA provides project surveying, environmental and site development services including environmental compliance, permitting, subsurface utility location services, site and utilities engineering, and construction administration to municipal, public and private clients.

Prior to joining Van Note-Harvey Associates, Tom was President and Senior Principal at Focus Architecture of Pennington, New Jersey.  Over his 30-year career, he has helped his clients with a wide range of initiatives, from planning to project completion. Along with his solid capabilities as a project executive, his professional credentials include opening multiple branch offices for a national firm, programming, management, strategic marketing planning and business development.  Tom is a licensed Architect in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware and is certified by the National Council Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).  Mr. Townes resides in Hopewell Township, NJ with his wife Myra Anne B. Townes.

 

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