Updates from GNCB

GNCB Welcomes Eleanor Phetteplace of Roger Williams University

  • By GNCB
  • 22 May, 2017

Old Saybrook, CT

GNCB believes that it is important to foster students’ interest in the fields of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, and historic preservation. The firm is proud of its internship program which supports students at both the high school and college levels. This summer, Ms. Eleanor Phetteplace of Roger Williams University’s (RWU) will be joining GNCB as an intern. Ms. Phetteplace is an Engineering major, with a specialization in civil engineering, and is minoring in both Historic Preservation and in Mathematics.

Ms. Phetteplace is an active member of RWU’s Honors Program and is involved in a number of extracurricular activities including the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and the Society of Women Engineers, of which she is vice president. Additionally, Ms. Phetteplace is engaged in an extended internship with the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society conducting research on the Bristol Industrial Park (c. 1864), a historic rubber and aluminum factory integral to Bristol’s economic heritage.

While interning at GNCB, Ms. Phetteplace looks forward to exploring the relationship between structural engineering and historic preservation through technical assignments and field work. She will also be assisting in the design of new structures and in construction administration. We are excited to have her join us until she returns to RWU for her junior year in the fall.

RWU’s American Society of Civil Engineers at this year’s ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition at UConn’s Storrs campus. This image features the clubs designed and created canoe “Mt. Hope It Floats” inspired by the iconic bridge that borders RWU’s Bristol campus. Ms. Phetteplace is shown third to the left.
Twice a year, RWU’s Society of Women Engineers welcomes local Girl Scout troops to participate in engaging STEM activities to expose females and encourage them to pursue interests in the STEM Field. As Vice President, Ms. Phetteplace is involved in the organization and planning of this event.
This past spring, Ms. Phetteplace traveled to Anconcito, Ecuador with a number of students through RWU’s Engineers Without Borders and the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. There, the group worked to install a water filtration system and water fountain at a local elementary school as to provide the children with a clean source of drinking water and decrease the chance of students becoming sick as a result of drinking untreated water containing harmful parasites.
By GNCB 17 Nov, 2017

GNCB attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sayebrooke Village Elderly Housing Expansion project this month. The project broke ground earlier this year and now contributes an additional 15 units to the highly popular complex on Sheffield Street.

The buildings are a mixture of single- and two-story wood-framed structures on concrete slabs-on-grade. GNCB provide structural engineering and geotechnical engineering services for the project. The expansion was a Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA)-funded project.

Architect: Wiles + Architects

Contractor: Haynes Construction

By GNCB 14 Nov, 2017

Ms. Zoe Laird of Ohio has been hired as a Design Engineer at GNCB. Ms. Laird graduated from the University of New Haven (UNH) this May with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering.

As a student, Ms. Laird was an active member of UNH’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Concrete Canoe team, and was a member of the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  

Ms. Laird’s senior design project was to design a four-story steel-framed boutique hotel with an underground reinforced concrete parking garage for UNH’s Hospitality and Tourism department. She performed much of the structural analysis and structural design for the building, and performed hand calculations to verify the computer model.

Past work experience includes an internship with the Ashtabula County Engineer’s Office in Jefferson, OH; tutoring entry-level engineering courses at UNH; acting as counselor for Camp GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) at Ohio Northern University; and several summers at YMCA Camp Fitch holding various positions including Tech Focus Counselor.

By GNCB 30 Oct, 2017

Amy Jagaczewski , GNCB Engineer, attended this year’s Association for Preservation Technology International (APTi) Conference in Ottawa, Canada . This year’s conference, themed CAPITALizing on Heritage, was a joint conference between APTi and The National Trust of Canada in honor of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Approximately 1100 delegates from over 20 countries attended, including engineers, architects, preservationists, owners, historians, students, craftspeople, and technicians.

The APTi Conference offered professional development opportunities sorted into seven tracks depending on attendees’ backgrounds and interests. Ms. Jagaczewski attended presentations on the investigation, analysis, planning, and design of heritage structures as well as case studies on successful implementation of structural and preservation engineering principles. Topics directly corresponding with current GNCB work included reversibility of retrofits for exposed structural framing, management and assessment of historic coastal structures, and practices for analyzing unreinforced masonry buildings in moderate seismic zones.

By GNCB 18 Oct, 2017

The Northampton Community Arts Trust began occupying their newly renovated building at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton, MA this fall. The prefabricated metal building was originally built in the late 1980s and required structural upgrades to support the new use and energy-efficient design. The 25,000 square foot building will be used by the Trust to support education, rehearsals, and performances for varying forms of art.

GNCB provided structural engineering and geotechnical engineering services for this project during the initial investigation, design phases, and construction phases. Structural work included supporting new design features as well as addressing deficiencies in the existing gravity and lateral framing systems for modern loads. Geotechnical investigations included interior soil excavations to confirm the layout of existing foundations and subsurface characteristics for the installation of a new elevator pit.

Improvements to the roof framing involved the addition of 50-foot long steel trusses supported on new steel columns at the centerline of the building. The new steel off-loads the original steel bent frames to meet modern building loads and allow the installation of solar panels and a future suspended catwalk system for the black box theater. Steel x-braces were installed between the new and existing perimeter building columns to improve the building’s lateral system. GNCB also provided structural designs for the monumental stair and mezzanine and the new front entrance vestibule.

Architect: Thomas Douglas Architects

Contractor: D.A Sulivan & Sons, Inc.

Steel Fabricator and Erector: Dublin Steel Corporation

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