At the APA-NYM, we are always looking to engage the entire planning community, from individuals, to government agencies, to private companies. A number of these private companies have generously chosen to support the work and programs of the Chapter as sponsors. Those companies are listed below:
AKRFContributor Level: Patron
AKRF – a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in environmental, planning, and engineering services – is considered the consultant of choice to tackle a wide range of complex, controversial and time-sensitive projects for public agencies, private clients, and municipalities. Founded in 1981, we bring together the talents of over 200 employees in six locations – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Philadelphia, Westchester County, Maryland and Long Island.
As a medium-sized company, we combine the breadth and resources of larger firms with the specialized know-how and attentiveness offered by smaller ones to complete a wide variety of projects, and deliver solutions with substantial, measurable value. Our experience in the field and commitment to our clients has made us one of the most respected firms in the Northeast.
AKRF’s people are key to our long record of success. Our professional staff – many of whom are recognized industry leaders with many years of experience-include urban planners, economists, historians, air quality and noise analysts, civil engineers, transportation planners, and hazardous materials specialists. Our range of expertise enables us to offer our clients, from a small private developer to municipalities and large public agencies, a single-point source to meet all their regulatory, engineering, and planning needs.
A full-service environmental company, AKRF offers services in the following disciplines:
- Air Quality
- Acoustics & Vibration
- Public Outreach
- Construction Management
- Cultural Resources
- Environmental Impact Assessments
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Hazardous Materials
- Landscape Architecture
- Natural Resources
- Transportation & Infrastructure
- Water Resources
HDR Inc.Contributor Level: Donor
HDR offers comprehensive services in Transportation, Environmental & Resource Management (E&RM) and Water/wastewater (W/WW). Transportation expertise includes roadways, bridges, rail transit, railroads, tunnels, ports, airports, and transportation planning and environmental sciences. E&RM expertise includes environmental assessments, planning, brownfields, solid waste management, permitting and privatization. W/WW includes storm water management, permitting, benchmarking, water and wastewater treatment and design.
HNTBContributor Level: Sponsor
For more than 100 years, HNTB has built a reputation for excellence and innovation. With more than 3,600 professionals in 60 offices, HNTB is the planner, designer and construction manager for $11B of infrastructure annually. We understand the issues – from planning to design to financing to project delivery – that affect our client’s ability to complete complex infrastructure projects and programs.
A leader in providing planning services to clients across the U.S., HNTB brings more than 42 years of experience in planning, and more than 270 planners, urban designers and landscape architects in 60 offices across the country, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
The services HNTB’s Northeast Division planners have provided to our clients include:
- Corridor Studies/Complete Streets/BRT
- Long Range Transportation and Strategic Plans
- Bicycle/Pedestrian/Greenway Planning and Design
- Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
- Transit Oriented Development Design/Planning
- Station Design and Architecture
- Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure/LEED
- Design Guidelines/Context Sensitive Solutions
- Land Use Planning and Analysis
- Regional Planning
- GIS Analysis
- Resiliency Planning
- Sustainability Guidelines
- Travel Demand Studies and Modeling
- Environmental Planning (NEPA/SEQRA)
- Economic Analysis
- Rail Operations Analysis
- Traffic Planning and Analysis
- Ridership Projections
- Pedestrian Modeling
Hutton AssociatesContributor Level: Sponsor
Hutton Associates is a private consulting firm specializing in planning, design and development advisory services. Ernest Hutton, principal, was trained as an architect and city planner and has over forty years’ experience with large-scale projects in both urban and developing areas. The firm represents experience with a variety of clients in the public, private, and civic/ not-for-profit sectors. This experience gives a unique perspective in defining and negotiating workable solutions in each aspect of the planning/ development process– from initial site and project feasibility analysis to design alternatives, phasing and impact evaluation.
A special emphasis of the firm is coordinating stakeholder and community involvement, using a variety of interactive techniques including, workshops, charrettes and focus groups. A hallmark of the firm’s approach is collaboration with a variety of related disciplines such as real estate market research, heritage tourism, economic and financial analysis, landscape design, architecture, and theatre/ museum experience. Based on this professional network, Hutton Associates assembles and coordinates targeted teams that respond to specific client needs.
Ernest Hutton received the Lawrence Orton career award in 2015 for leadership in city and regional planning given by the American Planning Association New York Metropolitan (APA-NYM) Chapter.
Kimley-Horn of New YorkContributor Level: Contributor
Kimley-Horn is one of the nation’s premier planning and design consultants. Our professionals are experts in many disciplines yet share one passion—making our clients successful. We combine creative yet practical solutions, a sense of urgency, and a focus on bottom line value to meet your specific project needs.
When you choose Kimley-Horn for planning services, you choose talent, experience, and passion for the task at hand. We grasp complex community issues and offer tailored solutions to help you reach critical decisions on planning and community engagement issues. Our clients have access to a versatile staff of professional civil, transportation, and structural engineers; planners; landscape architects; and environmental scientists. We have partnered with municipalities across the country to craft growth and development plans that balance economic, environmental, and social values.
Kimley-Horn’s community planning professionals provide comprehensive solutions to the planning and design of communities of all sizes.
- Due Diligence
- Traffic Engineering
- Site Civil Design
- Landscape Architecture
- Parking Planning/Garage Design
- Roadway Design
Bonnie Von Ohlsen, RLA, AICP, LEED Green Associate
1 North Lexington Avenue, Suite 1575
White Plains, NY 10601
914 368 9200
30 Broad Street, Suite 2020
New York, NY 10004
646 255 1130
Staff: 3000 | AICP: 70
LanganContributor Level: Sponsor
Langan – provides integrated planning and engineering consulting services in support of land development projects, real estate portfolios, and the oil and gas industry. Our clients include city and state agencies; developers; property owners; corporations; healthcare, educational, and cultural institutions; and energy companies. Founded in 1970, Langan employs nearly 1,000 professionals firm-wide throughout the United States and internationally with nearly 250 engineers and planners in its New York City office.
Langan’s broad range of integrated services includes:
- Environmental Planning
- Transportation Engineering, Planning and Modeling
- Natural and Cultural Resources
- Environmental Engineering
- Site / Civil and Construction Management
- Information Management / GIS
- Landscape Architecture and Planning
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Mobile Mapping
- Earthquake / Seismic
- Environmental Compliance and Permitting
- Sustainable Design
Larisa Ortiz AssociatesContributor Level: Consultant
Larisa Ortiz Associates (LOA) is a nationally recognized Minority and Women-Owned firm dedicated to commercial revitalization, including market analysis, community-based planning, retail and real estate advisory services, and downtown development strategies. We provide our clients with market-based solutions for their community revitalization efforts, and help them turn plans into outcomes.
Our firm understands the unique challenges inherent in local economic development and we help organizations and municipalities with the capacity building, analysis and concept testing necessary to determine the regulatory, financial and political feasibility of complicated proposals and projects.
Our philosophy is that communities reap significant rewards when they take the time to accurately understand their stakeholders and their data before leaping into action. Only then can they prioritize a set of solutions that temper market realities with the interests of diverse voices within the community. This is where an expert advisor can help, offering objective third-party guidance and technical assistance that allows our clients to understand their market, reach consensus and then leverage that consensus for additional support, resources and funding.
The staff at Larisa Ortiz Associates has over two decades of experience helping our clients develop plans and execute efforts to improve downtowns, neighborhoods and commercial districts. We have served a variety of clients – real estate owners and developers, city and state governments, community-based organizations, Main Street programs and downtown managers.
Whether you are a commercial district manager; broker, developer, or retailer; or government entity – our SERVICES can fit your needs and include:
– Market Analysis and Retail Attraction Studies
– Administrative Management and Capacity Building
– Planning, Redevelopment and Retail Strategies
– Marketing and Communications Materials
– Retail Real Estate Feasibility Analysis and Prospect Lists
78-27 37th Avenue, Suite 1
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Staff: 4 | AICP:
Nelson, Pope & VoorhisContributor Level: Sponsor
Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC (NP&V) is a Long Island based environmental planning and consulting firm established in 1997 that serves governmental and private sector clients preparing creative solutions specialized in the area of complex environmental project management and land use planning/analysis. Combined with our affiliates Nelson & Pope (a 60-year plus tradition in civil engineering and surveying) and Hawkins, Webb, Jaeger (an architectural and survey firm whose history stems back to 1890), NP&V offers a full suite of services related to environmental planning, economic consulting, ecological studies, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, testing and remediation, green infrastructure design and build services, SEQRA, CEQR and NEPA analyses, grants management, civil engineering, survey, design, and land use development related services. In addition, our affiliate East Coast GeoServices can provide soil boring, environmental sampling and groundwater monitoring well installation services.
With significant experience in long range planning, NP&V applies recognized and sustainable environmentally sensitive planning methodologies to prepare creative action oriented strategies for our clients. Our employees are recognized as experts and include 6 Certified Planners, an Economist, Grants Specialist, GIS Professional, Ecologists, Hydrologists, and Certified Environmental Professionals. Their technical capabilities have helped expand NP&V’s professional spectrum of environmental and planning services allowing us to offer specialized services in market analysis and fiscal/economic impact analyses and in stormwater management by providing design/construction of bio-swales and rain gardens to achieve pollutant/nutrient reduction goals by utilizing green infrastructure techniques. This year we have expanded our geographic range to better serve the Hudson Valley with an office in Orange County. NP&V now provides planning services to Towns and Villages on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley including land use application and SEQRA review, zoning, comprehensive planning and other related services. Kathy Eiseman, one of the partners at NP&V, is very involved in the APA, serving as Treasurer to APA’s Long Island Section.
NP&V has the benefit of local knowledge of issues, resources, and the passion to provide the very best solutions and strategies for the local area that we live and work in. This provides unparalleled knowledge for the application of the community planning process, comprehensive planning and SEQRA Administration. The result is a team of highly adept and collaborative land use professionals that will complete projects in a manner that ensures real and implementable solutions.
Our services include:
- Long Range Planning Studies
- Municipal Planning Assistance
- Grants applications, consulting and administration
- SEQRA Compliance
- Brownfield Opportunity Area Nominations
- Harbor Management Planning and LWRPs
- Feasibility Studies
- Due Diligence Assistance
- Regional Planning and Corridor Studies
- Code preparation and refinement
- Market Studies
- Fiscal and Economic Analysis
- Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments and Testing
- Environmental Science & Analysis
- Wetland Delineation and Permitting
- Storm Water Management Plans
- Restoration Plans
- Waterfront & Coastal Zone Projects
- Watershed Management & Water Supply
- GIS mapping and Spatial Analysis
To discuss your environmental planning and consulting needs or how NP&V can assist you in achieving your goals, please contact Chic Voorhis, Managing Partner of Nelson, Pope & Voorhis at (631) 427-5665.
Philip Habib & AssociatesContributor Level: Sponsor
Philip Habib & Associates (PHA) is a 32-person consulting firm, specializing in transportation planning, traffic engineering, environmental planning, civil engineering, and construction support services. Our diverse staff of planners, civil engineers and traffic engineers enables us to take projects from preliminary planning and environmental review through final design and construction inspection. We work with a wide variety of private and public clients. The firm, established in 1989, is certified as a WBE by NYCDBS and NYSDED.
PHA offers a wide range of services, including:
- Environmental Impact Statements
- Environmental Assessments
- Development Feasibility Studies
- ULURP Applications
- Preparation of New York City Map Change Drawings
- Waterfront Development
- Ferry Planning
- Transportation Master Planning
- Terminal Planning
- Site Planning
- Traffic/Parking Analysis
- Parking Design
- Pedestrian Analysis
- Loading Dock Design/Freight Distribution
- Civil Engineering
- Streetscape Design
- Highway Design
- Construction Support Services
Some of our recent/current projects have included the EISs for the World Trade Center Campus Security Plan, the Rheingold Development in Brooklyn, and NYCDCP’s West Harlem Rezoning. The firm is also preparing the map change drawings for New York City’â€™s redevelopment of Coney Island. In addition, the firm provides traffic and civil engineering services for projects that include Related’s Hudson Yards development; the Cornell University Applied Sciences Master Plan on Roosevelt Island; the Pier 52 development in Hudson River Park; and the World Trade Center redevelopment.
Sam Schwartz Transportation ConsultantsContributor Level: Advertiser
Sam Schwartz is a multi-modal transportation planning and engineering firm that has collaborated with cities for over twenty years on complex issues and strategies. In an era where daily changes in behavior, technology, and funding are creating transportation disruption, Sam Schwartz offers a forward-looking, yet pragmatic, approach to sustainable mobility with unparalleled technical and problem-solving expertise.
As city leaders increasingly aspire to re-envision their streets, Sam Schwartz has served as a frequent collaborator with those cities who are leading the charge, implementing the tremendous change that accompanies new leadership (Los Angeles and Seattle) or a new focus on transportation choices (Chicago and Grand Rapids).
In New York, our staff laid much of the groundwork for the innovations enacted under Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, from policy changes to design guidelines to securing new funding and implementing dozens of transformative projects. Sam Schwartz has also established itself as the national leader in planning for the impact of the new normal of transportation, where one’s mobile device is the most important component to getting around.
Starr WhitehouseContributor Level: Donor
Starr Whitehouse is committed to making places and communities more livable, green, and vibrant.
We bring energy and creativity to the challenge of finding what is genuine and sustainable, a challenge that starts with recognizing the strata of natural systems, physical organization, social systems, regulations, history, and culture that come together in a location. From this base, recommendations and designs emerge through consensus-building and inspiration.
Starr Whitehouse values collaboration with clients, the public, allied disciplines, and specialists. As leaders and members of teams, we believe that communication and collaboration yield the richest results and the most effective partnerships.
With comprehensive experience in parks, green spaces, urban design, and environmental planning in New York City and beyond, Starr Whitehouse spans a continuum of planning, strategy, and design through to implementation and management to meet the specific needs of our clients and create value.
VHBContributor Level: Contributor
VHB partners with clients from its 23 offices across the East Coast to improve mobility, enhance communities and economic vitality, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship. Premier industry publication Engineering News-Record ranks the firm among the Top 500 Design Firms nationwide, and VHB is a frequent recipient of project awards for planning, engineering, and environmental excellence. Over 1,300 engineers, scientists, planners, and designers—including 160 professionals in four New York offices—provide a wide range of services to public- and private-sector clients.
The firm’s award winning planning and design practice offers comprehensive services in:
- CDBG Grants and Program Administration
- Affordable Housing Studies
- Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
- Blight Studies
- Urban Renewal Plans
Land Use Planning
- Comprehensive Plans
- Master Planning
- Downtown Revitalization Planning
- Zoning Analysis
- Development of Zoning Regulations
- Development Application Review and Process
- Brownfield Assessments
- Municipal Planning Consulting
- CEQR, SEQRA and NEPA Documentation and Analysis
- Economic Development Consulting
- Economic Impact Analysis
- Fiscal Impact Analysis
- Market Analysis and Research
- Civic Engagement and Outreach
- Climate Adaptation Plans
- Resiliency and Sustainability Planning
- Open Space Planning
- Grant Research and Application Writing
- GIS Mapping, Planning, and Analysis
Valerie Monastra, AICP
Gina Martini, AICP
50 Main Street, Suite 360
White Plains, NY 10606
100 Motor Parkway, Suite 135
Hauppauge, New York 11788
One Penn Plaza, Suite 715
New York, New York 10119
100 Great Oaks Blvd, Suite 118
Albany, NY 12203
Staff: 1300 | AICP: 41
WSPContributor Level: Donor
WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. The firm’s expertise ranges from urban planning and environmental remediation to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s worldwide planning practice works on major infrastructure programs and projects in the transportation, power, mining, water and buildings markets.
Specific services include:
- Transportation planning
- Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning
- Transit facility planning
- Rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) operations planning
- Pedestrian modeling and simulation
- Complete Streets and non-motorized (pedestrian and bicycle) circulation studies
- Travel demand forecasting
- Alternatives Analysis/New Starts
- Urban design
- Resiliency planning
- Strategic and financial planning
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documentation
- City and State Environmental Quality Review (CEQR/SEQR) analysis and documentation
- Post-NEPA environmental compliance
- Project and program management
- Public outreach
- Master Plans and Regional Long-Range Plans
- Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)
- Zoning/design guidelines/form-based codes
- Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) compliance
- Construction impact analysis
- Sustainable infrastructure design
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Report preparation (InDesign)
We provide expertise in road, rail, transit, ports, and aviation as well as integrated planning and multimodal studies. Our work on policy development includes reviews of major projects and their strategic technical, environmental, and economic appraisal. Stakeholder engagement and tailored public consultation are prerequisites for the planning projects we undertake.
WXY Architecture and Urban DesignContributor Level: Donor
WXY is an award-winning multi-disciplinary practice specializing in the realization of urban design, planning and architectural solutions in challenging contexts.
Focused on innovative approaches to public space, structures and urban issues, the firm’s work engages both site-specific design and planning at multiple scales. The firm’s commissions are in collaboration with community-based, public authority, and private clients.
Our firm’s architectural design embraces place-specific concepts and resilient design to create new and repurposed buildings, piers and bridges, and urban furnishings for the public realm. WXY’s integrated design process involves clients and stakeholders, to coordinate and solve complex design problems, yielding solutions as noteworthy for their intimacy and detail as for their civic dignity and amenity.
Our planning work engages local communities and constituencies in unique ways, utilizes analytical GIS and zoning expertise, and integrates an understanding of infrastructure and economic development concerns. The results have included the creative visioning of public spaces, new urban clusters and broad urban revitalization and infrastructure planning efforts.
WXY founding partners Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes were joined by Layng Pew and Adam Lubinsky, in 2006 and 2011 respectively.
- Architecture: WXY’s practice addresses emerging hybrid challenges that reflect the complexities of contemporary life. WXY’â€™s work creates new armatures for public interaction.
- Urban Design: WXY focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures and cities. We focus on social and environmental transformation of the public realm at multiple scales.
- Planning: WXY’s integrated design process engages clients and stakeholders to solve complex public realm challenges. Our work is about systemic transformations, improving the physical, social, economic and ecological conditions of cities today.