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When Fuss & O’Neill develops infrastructure for transportation,
drinking water, wastewater management or solid waste facilities, we
expect to serve the needs of our communities today while anticipating
the demands of tomorrow. Our engineers know how innovations in the
systems we design can achieve the long-term goals of our clients. We bring
sustainable solutions that integrate with our clients’ overall planning
and development goals.
As part of our structural engineering group, we provide bridge engineering services to municipalities, state agencies, architects, industrial, and private clients for vehicular, pedestrian, and railroad bridge projects. Projects range from inspection and evaluation of existing structures to the design of bridge repairs, rehabilitations, replacements, and new structures.
Our engineering and scientific professionals work together in developing coastal resiliency solutions to combat climate change, sea-level rise, and storm surge. They carefully assess areas of vulnerability, both in an immediate sense, as well as future planning. Coastal protection and flood management solutions may include, but are not limited to, structural alternatives, adaptable and modular engineering concepts, flood proofing, bioengineered technology, green infrastructures, and flow control structures. Our goal is to provide effective approaches that mitigate, minimize, or adapt to the effects of sea-level rise and storm events.
Community Outreach is an important part of what we do. We understand that in order for a project to be successful, we must also reach out to the various stakeholders to build consensus and ensure that all possible concerns are addressed. We focus on clear communication and collaboration throughout a project and have extensive experience in organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops, and charrettes.
Our Design Build team has the experience and technical expertise to provide construction management for a large range of multi-discipline projects, successfully taking each project from concept to completion. To meet each client’s unique needs, we can draw from our trusted network of subcontractors, or partner with a team assembled by the owner of the project. We have the flexibility to work on a percentage basis and, if requested, can provide a project’s Gross Maximum Price.
Dam Safety Engineering
Our clients benefit from decades of dam engineering experience. Whether conducting emergency dam inspections or repairs, designing dam removals in the context of watershed restoration, or facilitating compliance with new state dam regulations, our expertise helps clients achieve project objectives while minimizing liability.
Decentralized Wastewater Systems
It has become increasingly costly to provide public sewers to rural areas on a per capita basis. In many areas, decentralized wastewater management serves as an alternative to the “Big Pipe” solution. Offering a non-biased approach to wastewater management, we provide on-site, cluster, and community solutions, with or without nutrient removal, tailored to meet the socioeconomic and environmental needs of our clients.
Ecological and Wetland Services
Our staff scientists conduct ecological and wetland assessments and evaluations, wetland and watercourse delineations, and vegetation and ecological surveys.
Environmental Impact Assessment
We have experience in environmental documentation for a variety of projects in institutional, suburban, and urban settings for actions as diverse as affordable housing renovation, roadway extension, and coastal beach nourishment. Our team is able to provide the expertise necessary to evaluate existing conditions and potential impacts to natural resources, infrastructure, and cultural resources, as well as socioeconomic and environmental justice issues.
Communities can choose a green infrastructure approach to support sustainable communities, maintain healthy waters, and provide long term sustainability of social, environmental , and economic priorities. Since the 1980s, we have been perfecting the planning, design, and implementation of infiltration and vegetative treatment systems, and are leaders in the use of low-impact development (LID) and other green infrastructure.
Restoration is the process of returning a degraded habitat to a healthy, self-sustaining condition that resembles, as closely as possible, its pre-disturbed state. We have experience restoring wetlands, fisheries, and wildlife habitat. Our multi-disciplinary teams bring a synergistic combination of biology, hydrology, ecology, and geomorphology expertise to achieve the long-term viability of restoration projects.
Realizing the maximum value in real estate requires a multidisciplinary team that can integrate varied technical solutions into a comprehensive redevelopment plan consistent with the vision of the owner. Our staff is experienced in working together with redevelopment teams in the development of comprehensive planning, design, and permitting strategies. Our experts seamlessly weave the technical, regulatory, financial, and aesthetic aspects of redevelopment into the existing urban fabric to deliver the best solutions and maximize the long-term value of redevelopment projects.
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) encompass a broad range of information and communications technologies that improve the safety, efficiency, and performance of transportation systems. When integrated into our roadways, vehicles and public transportation network, ITS can help reduce congestion, improve mobility, save lives and optimize our existing infrastructure. Our services include coordinated signal systems, design of operations centers, variable message signs, CCTV and video detection, wireless and fiber communication technologies, and smart parking systems.
Building upon 90 years of land surveying records and maps, we support both clients and other groups within our company. We use state of the art equipment, such as robotic total stations and virtual reference GPS systems, to provide property boundary surveys, control network preparation, ALTA/ACSM surveys, topographic and utility surveys, and construction stake-out services.
Our experience ranges from assisting municipal clients cost-effectively comply with existing MS4 permits, to designing innovative stormwater controls, to addressing flooding and water quality challenges (e.g., first green street designs in New England), to developing state-wide stormwater management regulatory policy and design standards in Connecticut.
On-Call Consulting Services
We have been providing a broad range of on-call engineering and environmental services to municipal, state, federal, industrial, institutional, and utility clients throughout Southern New England for decades. As one of the largest multidiscipline engineering firms in the region, we not only possess the expertise and resources to successfully fulfill these types of contracts, we also have a thorough understanding of local, state, and federal regulations, as well as strong relationships with respective regulatory staff. Our depth of expertise and resources, as well as our ability to quickly respond to emergency situations, results in cost-effective and innovative solutions for assigned tasks.
Roadway and Safety Design
Through our vast experience on hundreds of roadway projects throughout Southern New England, we have a great deal of expertise in roadway geometry, drainage, traffic signal design, traffic calming, and context-sensitive design techniques from initial preliminary design stages through construction support. We handle everything from large interstate highway improvements to small local roads. Our safety engineering experience includes designing safety elements such as guide rails, barrier systems, impact attenuators, breakaway sign supports, and special treatments for difficult locations.
Site Planning & Engineering
Fuss & O’Neill is recognized for our ability to integrate multi-discipline teams to plan and design urban and suburban development and redevelopment in a holistic way that enhances communities and brings our clients' visions to life. Our transit-oriented development and urban redevelopment projects (frequently on brownfields sites) are successful applications of sustainable and low impact design (LID) principles. Whether we are designing special places for work, living or playing, we understand how to maximize the economic, social and environmental values of sites for our clients.
Solid Waste Management
Our integrated waste management services address all facets of solid waste reduction and recycling. We provide design, permitting, and construction-related services for solid waste collection, processing and disposal facilities.
Stormwater Management and Compliance
Our decades of stormwater management experience are highlighted by our experience authoring state and regional manuals (e.g. Connecticut Storm Water Quality Manual). Our experts solve drainage, flooding, and stormwater quality problems, and assist in developing municipal programs to address these challenges. Possessing a strong design capability in stormwater systems, we are leaders in integrating green infrastructure and low impact design (LID) principles in our projects.
Our structural design group provides evaluation and design services for bridges, buildings, and other specialty structures for a variety of governmental, industrial, and private clients. Our multi-disciplined team allows us to address the multi-faceted needs of any structural assignment. We develop tailored and cost effective solutions that are functional and aesthetically compatible with their surroundings.
Transportation Engineering & Permitting
Our transportation team excels in resolving complex infrastructure and permitting challenges. We believe that successful projects must be designed with sensitivity to the community, diligence to technical and functional criteria, and awareness of cost. Services include traffic signal systems, traffic calming, modeling, parking studies, traffic impact analysis for development projects, and maintenance of traffic during construction. Permitting services cover the CT State Traffic Commission, ConnDOT, MassDOT, RIDOT, and NYSDOT, in addition to encroachment and street access permitting.
Urban Planning and Renewal
Community development aims to create sustainable, productive, and healthy places for people to live, work, and play. We are a nationally recognized leader in developing contemporary and compelling urban plans, and we offer a wide range of urban planning services including development planning and design, research and site analysis, charrette and public participation programming, and coding and regulatory consultation.
Fuss & O’Neill offers comprehensive engineering services for both external utilities (water, wastewater, power) and facility utility services (electrical power, telecommunications, chilled water, compressed air, fuel, steam, and specialty gases). We not only provide evaluations, planning, permitting, design and construction management services, but we can also implement these projects using our design build capability. For many of our public sector utility clients we play a key role in obtaining critical funding support.
Wastewater Management Systems
We provide planning, design, and construction services for wastewater solutions ranging from decentralized management to conventional collection and treatment systems. Our collection system experience includes gravity and low pressure sewer design, I/I evaluations, and pump station evaluations and upgrades. We design treatment plant upgrades to provide better energy efficiency, nutrient removal and capacity expansion. Our team has been instrumental in securing grants and loans for client projects, and helps communities to establish regulations and better manage their wastewater infrastructure.
Water Distribution Systems
Water distribution systems are composed of storage tanks, valves, pumps, and pipes that transport clean and potable water to consumers. We analyze and design water mains, water storage tanks, and booster pumping stations, and our multi-disciplinary team provides the mechanical, electrical, and control expertise to clients building new or improving the efficiency of existing water infrastructure.
Water Quality Planning and Management
Our team brings expertise and practical experience in diagnosing and addressing water quality issues in challenging environments. For more than 25 years, we have employed sustainable and low-impact practices in these areas, which include highly urbanized watersheds and unique land uses such as airports and beaches. We also conduct watershed assessments and develop regulatory processes to protect critical groundwater and surface drinking water sources.
Watershed Management Planning
The watershed approach to planning uses a series of cooperative, iterative steps to characterize existing conditions, identify and prioritize problems, define objectives, develop protection or remediation strategies, and implement and adapt selected actions as necessary. The outcomes of this process are documented in a watershed plan. We use a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists to develop holistic plans of watersheds. This allows us to fit experts with specific watershed issues and develop tailored action plans for watersheds that generate results for stakeholders.
Other Areas of Practice
The success of any complex project demands more than discrete services. That’s why we have organized our business to deliver integrated services across multiple Areas of Practice. Our commitment to cross-departmental collaboration provides more unified, inspired solutions, shortens project cycles and reduces costs. Organizations that want high-quality consulting services turn to Fuss & O‘Neill for services within these areas.