Wendel is pleased to announce the addition of Ann E. Casey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C as a Project Architect working out of our downtown Buffalo, NY office in the Electric Tower. She comes to Wendel with over 10 years of experience as an Architectural Designer, Project Architect, and Business Development Leader. Ann will be focused on …Read More
A well maintained urban forest helps to make a community healthy and vibrant.
New York municipalities, school districts, and community colleges should know that a special grant opportunity is open through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to obtain funds to inventory, manage, or maintain the trees in your community… or simply plant new ones!
Wendel’s ISA-certified arborists are here to help you every step of the way through the grant process. We are passionate about trees and we enjoy being trusted expert advisors to the biggest cities and the smallest villages.
The deadline to apply for the DEC’s Urban Forestry Grant Program is March 1, 2017. Some categories are 100% reimbursable! Contact Adam Tabelski at 1.877.293.6335 (firstname.lastname@example.org) today to find out more information, or for assistance in developing your project.
Ethics is the foundation of our culture. It dictates how people interact, what is acceptable and what is not. So much so it is actually taught at the collegiate level and in business schools. With the recent spotlight on the design and construction industry in regards to ethical operations, it is an opportune time for a discussion on ethics.
Pressures to perform at the highest level and consistently win work in the architecture, engineering and construction world are prevalent and growing. Competition is only getting steeper. Bringing in work directly correlates with job security. This pressure can create conflict with ethical practices.
The pressure to win projects should never outweigh a company’s commitment to ethical business practices. It is of the utmost importance to maintain your principles, avoid cutting corners or participating in foul play.
The companies and individuals who have continued success for many years are those with moral courage. It is a scary thing when you are providing for families and someone pressures you to do something questionable in order to keep the work. What do you do? Remember! Remember your obligation to the public, remember that cutting a corner is a slippery slope that can cost way more than doing the right thing. Above all, remember what you stand for is defined in these moments.
Sometimes we only realize what our values are after we contradicted them. Take time now to think about the things that are important to you, and the things that make you uncomfortable. Think about boundaries and how far you are willing to go to protect your ideals. We all have a natural human instinct to go along with a group or leader, even if we do not feel right about it, due to the sense of safety, status and belonging. You have the right to protect your ethical integrity!
Being ethical, transparent and above board in business should be a core value and expectation for each and every person. It is important to find a company and clients that value these ideals. Be sure your actions today reinforce your values and do not let your judgment be impaired by the lure of short term gains.
There is a great article from Character First the Magazine that is still very relevant five years later: “Moral Courage: Building Ethical Strength in the Workplace.” It dives into what moral courage is and how it is demonstrated. It also provides some helpful hints on how to develop your moral courage. Learn how to develop your moral courage here.
From the desk of Stu Haney, Wendel President/CEO
Energy efficiency upgrades earn $400,000 incentive from National Grid through energy survey conducted in conjunction with Wendel
BUFFALO, NY— The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) has completed an extensive energy efficiency survey and resulting equipment upgrades at its Bird Island wastewater treatment facility that will reduce both operating costs and the plant’s environmental footprint. Advanced lighting and lighting controls have been installed throughout the facility, and have earned efficiency incentives of more than $400,000 through National Grid’s Energy Efficiency program. The survey was done in conjunction with the architectural and engineering firm Wendel.
The new LED light fixture installments are projected to reduce the Bird Island’s electricity consumption by more than 3 million kilowatt-hours, and reduce the BSA’s energy bill by about $277,000. The energy use reduction is the equivalent of nearly 3.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide being removed from the environment.
The BSA worked with Wendel on a facility-wide survey of energy conservation measures, which included recommendations to install LED lighting and controls. National Grid financially assisted with the installation of the lighting systems. The budget for the total project was just over $1 million. When the $403,000 incentive is factored into the yearly bill savings, the project will pay for itself about three years.
“Over the past decade, the Buffalo Sewer Authority has cut electrical usage by over 15%, through innovative energy efficiency projects.” Said Oluwole A. McFoy, P.E., General Manager, Buffalo Sewer Authority. “The Authority is excited that the energy use survey conducted by Wendel, has driven this $1M LED lighting and controls project. Receiving the $400,000 plus investment from National Grid through its Energy Efficiency program, we expect to see a quick and substantial return on our investment.”
“Our energy efficiency grants and incentives are intended to help organizations move forward with improvements that help both the environment and the bottom line,” said Ken Kujawa, regional manager for National Grid in Buffalo. “The Bird Island project is among the largest we’ve done in this region, and the quick return on the investment shows that efficiency projects can pay both financial and environmental dividends over the long term.”
“Wendel is a company that always puts the best interest of the client first. Throughout the course of this project, what the Wendel team recommended will now allow the BSA to make investments in other much needed improvements,” said Stewart C. Haney, Wendel President/CEO. “Through our collaboration with National Grid, we were able to provide BSA significant energy cost savings.”