Peyton to Present Annual William Barclay Parsons Lecture, March 13

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Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Tom Peyton has been announced as the speaker for the 12th annual William Barclay Parsons Lecture on Thursday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

The William Barclay Parsons Lecture was installed in 2003 with the sponsorship of Parsons Brinckerhoff. The lecture series is intended to focus on the state-of-the-art topics in geotechnical engineering with a particular emphasis on tunneling and underground construction. This year’s lecture will discusTBM Featured Newss the Construction Management issues facing underground projects in urban areas with a focus on the construction of the Second Avenue Subway Project in New York City.

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Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway is a $4.4 billion undertaking that is being built in one of the densest urban environments imaginable, with over 100,000 people per square mile. The community relations challenges were in the forefront of all the efforts and restrictions placed on the contractors participating in these construction contracts. Work hours, noise and vibration limits, strict trucking routes and a “good neighbor initiative” instituted by the project owner, MTACC, that addressed work site appearance, cleanliness, business signage, and garbage collection all contributed to the owner’s efforts to win community support for the project. Actual community tours of the underground work were found to be very productive in garnering the support of the community and elected officials for the project.

The project had an aggressive schedule with multiple contracts going on concurrently resulting in numerous interfaces, both contractual and noncontractual that challenged the MTACC and construction management staff, and the management of this high-profile mega project. All excavations have been completed and the project is morphing from a heavy civil emphasis to a finishes and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) focus, leading up the goal of having revenue service by the end of 2016.

Based on the lessons learned from this mega project (and others), the lecture will provide concise recommendations for construction management that would facilitate the implementation of future tunneling projects in New York and elsewhere.

Peyton is a Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff and a Life Member of ASCE. He currently is the Director of Construction of Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway Project in New York City. Peyton has over four decades of undergroundexperience. He spent the first 25 years of his underground career working for a contractor actually building tunnels and underground structures and the past 19 years providing construction management services for major underground projects.

His professional affiliations include ASCE, Municipal Engineers City of New York; He has served as President of the American Underground-Construction Association, Chairman of the Underground Construction Association of SME, Director of SME and currently a Trustee of The Moles. He frequently lectures on the subject of tunnel construction management at the Tunneling Short Course of the Colorado School of Mines. Peyton has a B.S in Civil Engineering from Columbia University, an MBA from Pace University and is a P.E. in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Colorado and Florida.

For information, contact Nidal M. AbiSaab at 917-720-4466 or nidal@racllc.com, or visit www.ascemetsection.org.

 

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