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A Crash Course in Rain Gardens

By: Glen Martin, LLA and DTC Landscape Architect — Rain gardens are a simple way to help improve the quality of stormwater runoff from a development. Rain gardens are shallow depressions designed to hold stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces of roofs and pavements and allow the stormwater to infiltrate into the soil. Rain gardens can be […]

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Solar Power in Full Bloom

By: Steve Gendreau, P.E., DTC MEP Manager, Vice President, and Principal — Growing up, I thought that by 2015 highways would be comprised of hover cars flying at different elevations, people would be directly connected to the internet through chips inserted into their brains, and buildings would evolve into flower-like hybrids to perform their own version […]

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North Haven Middle School Renovation Project

This morning several members of DTC’s staff were happy to take a break away from their desks to attend the North Haven Middle School Renovation Project groundbreaking ceremony. The school, originally built in 1960, will feature a new two-story academic wing and refurbished existing classrooms upon construction completion.

DTC is providing structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing […]

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Local Library Keeps Up with Millennial Trends

By: Shay Atluru, DTC President – Public libraries have historically served as the cornerstone of many communities throughout our great nation. They served as a place to read, learn, share, and commune.

Not just a home for books, they are a true public space for people from all walks of life to congregate almost in parallel play […]

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Authorize, Allocate, Allot

By: Robert Hammersley, PMP, DTC Program Manager, Government Relations — When it comes to large capital construction projects funded by the state of Connecticut, these three words and the processes associated with them are among the most important towards getting any project off the ground.

Often, critics of the funding and financing system decry a process which […]

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Swaying Your Thoughts On Structural Engineering

By: Brian Skelcher, DTC Structural Engineer — If you’re standing at the bottom of a skyscraper, looking up you might be in awe of its towering size and apparent immobility.  However, if you take a trip to the top floor and have a sensitivity to motion sickness, you might start to curse the building’s secret ability […]

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Rehabilitation of the North Avenue Bridge

By: Robert Orton, PE, Senior Structural Engineer — Diversified Technology Consultants (DTC) was contracted by the Town of Westport to provide study, design, permitting, and construction inspection for the rehabilitation of the North Avenue Bridge.  All construction was administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT).
The rehabilitation project was part of the federal local bridge […]

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How to Properly Plan Play Areas

By: Dominick Celtruda, PLA, Senior Project Manager, Landscape Architecture — It’s an undeniable fact that children today are more comfortable indoors with an electronic device in their hand than outside with a stick, rock or even a football.

However studies show that:
• Children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. (Juster […]

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Case Study: Tower Avenue South Sewer Separation

By: Michael Errickson, PE, DTC Project Engineer — Many neighborhoods located in the city of Hartford, Connecticut are served by combined sewers conveying both sanitary sewage and storm drainage. Significant rainfall events inundate the sewer pipe network resulting in discharges of untreated sewage directly to the Connecticut River.

The owner of the combined sewer network, the […]

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Now is the Time to Test for Radon At Your School

By: Joy Kloss, CHMM, DTC Project Engineer — You may have heard the term “radon” before, maybe on the news or at your local health department, but the truth is few actually know what it is, or the effects it can have on you and your child.

What is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that […]

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