A High-Speed Ferry Terminal Comes to Bridgeport

The Interstate 95 and Metro North transportation corridors in Southwestern Connecticut continue to experience increased traffic volumes and subsequent overcrowding of existing highway and rail facilities, particularly the I-95 Expressway. In 2005, the Bridgeport Port Authority initiated an effort to investigate a third potential transportation mode to help alleviate the problems of overcrowding – a high speed ferry service between the two cities and connecting to Manhattan in a least 2 locations. The federal government provided funds to prepare initial analyses and design for facilities and coordinated its funding through the Connecticut Department of Transportation. TPA was chosen as the

In Wolfe Park, Sensitive Design Continues The Master Plan Vision

Wolfe Park is comprised of 379 acres of parkland, approximately one-half of which has been acquired in the years since the late 1960s when TPA first prepared a master plan for a multi-purpose municipal park. From the beginning the Master Plan provided for active and passive recreation uses in what has become the core area of the park, including the creation of a man-made lake as the result of a town-sponsored operation to excavate and sell sand and gravel from the western portion of the site. TPA assisted the Town with obtaining the state/federal grant that was used to develop the eastern portion of the park in 1973 in accord with plans and specifications prepared by TPA, and designed the im

Bristol Housing Authority Goes Solar

When energy firm 64 Solar evaluated the possibility of adding solar panels to an existing apartment building managed by the Bristol Housing Authority, it realized that it could not support the project without significant structural work. However, the surrounding site could house a ground-mount installation with some careful clearing of the overgrowth and invasive plants. TPA provided comprehensive services including survey and site design, Inland Wetlands and Planning, and Zoning Board approvals, for the installation of over 400 solar panels. Design required close coordination between the wetland scientist and land surveyor to accurately denote the locations of on-site wetlands as well as wi

How Subsurface Conditions Dictate Above Ground Construction

When Yale's University Properties sought to expand its restaurant offerings in the Broadway district, it quickly realized that it could not accommodate such a use within existing buildings that it owned. However, it had recently acquired a long-term lease for the middle island and thus sought to develop a modest food service kiosk somewhere on it. TPA was engaged to provide utility location and storm drainage design services for the kiosk. Preliminary review of as-built plans indicated that several utility mains and numerous service laterals might be located under the Broadway island. With the help of ground penetrating radar, the locations of subsurface pipes and conduits were field marked

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