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Edward Schnell

Edward Schnell

New York, NY, US

 

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About 

Edward Schnell has professional experience in project design, project management, and operations management in a complex multi-disciplinary setting.  He is accomplished in the completion of infrastructure projects requiring extensive in-house staff, client, agency, and sub-consultant coordination and served as Profit Center Managing Leader for Planning & Landscape Architecture with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. in New York City from 2007 thru 2011.  Ed reported directly to the Vice President and Regional Leader for Tri-State Operations (≈ 900 staff), the firm-wide Vice-President and Practice Leader for Planning & Landscape Architecture (≈300 staff) and the Financial Manager for the Tri-State and Mid-Atlantic regions (≈1200 staff). Responsibilities in this capacity included the oversight, and management of all financial, administrative and operational aspects of a (≈25-30) person staff of professional landscape architects, planners and civil engineers and regular interaction with senior management for structural, civil, transportation and architecture at the local and regional level. 

Employment 

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., New York, NY, US, Profit Center Managing Leader (PCML)

5 years professional experience as Profit Center Managing Leader for Planning & Landscape Architecture with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. in New York City from 2007 thru 2012. Reported directly to the Vice President and Regional Leader for Tri-State Operations (≈ 900 staff), the firm-wide Vice-President and Practice Leader for Planning & Landscape Architecture (≈300 staff) and the Financial Manager for the Tri-State and Mid-Atlantic regions (≈1200 staff). Responsibilities in this capacity included the oversight, and management of all financial, administrative and operational aspects of a (≈25-30) person staff of professional landscape architects, urban designers and engineers and regular interaction with senior management for structural, civil, transportation and architecture at the local and regional level.

PROJECTS:

Reconstruction of Alexander Hamilton Bridge - Landscape Restoration and Mitigation, New York, New York

Project manager for the development of concept plan and construction documents for areas within Highbridge Park affected by the reconstruction of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and its access ramps. Work involved substantial coordination with NYSDOT, NYCDOT, NYCDPR and prime consultant Jacobs Engineering. Work included renovation of park circulation routes, passive recreation areas, a new, world-class skateboard park integrated around the column footings for Ramp TE above, renovations for two, separate neighborhood playgrounds and extensive retaining wall & stone staircase rehabilitation. Client: New York State DOT Region 11/Jacobs Engineering.

Route 9A Promenade South, Landscape and Urban Design Plans, New York, New York

Urban design task manager for the production of landscape architectural and urban design contract documents for the Promenade South segment of the reconstruction of Route 9A in lower Manhattan. Segment work focused on the development of an urban boulevard and promenade and included custom pedestrian lighting, specialty-paved crosswalks, pedestrian and bikeway pavements, curbs, stone veneer walls, planting, water service, irrigation with vault and pedestrian spaces. Client: New York State DOT, Region 11.

East Houston Street Reconstruction, New York, New York

Design review and project management advisor for the urban streetscape design improvements for the Bowery to FDR Drive section of Houston Street. Work included the design of an expanded street tree planting plan in conjunction with the PlaNYC Million Trees Initiative along with sustainable storm-water management practices as well as new curbs, pavements, street trees, medians, crosswalks, lighting and sidewalk amenities associated with geometric roadway improvements. Client: New York City Department of Design & Construction.

East Houston Street Reconstruction, New York, New York

Design review and project management advisor for the urban streetscape design improvements for the Bowery to FDR Drive section of Houston Street. Work included the design of an expanded street tree planting plan in conjunction with the PlaNYC Million Trees Initiative along with sustainable storm-water management practices as well as new curbs, pavements, street trees, medians, crosswalks, lighting and sidewalk amenities associated with geometric roadway improvements. Client:
New York City Department of Design & Construction.

Chatham Square and Park Row, New York, New York

Design review and project management advisor for the urban design and streetscape improvements of a three block section between Chatham Square & Police Plaza; and the ramps to the Brooklyn Bridge. The project goal was to create a safe pedestrian environment, and simplify vehicular movements while also complying with the heightened security requirements of the NYC Police Department and the Federal Marshall's office. Design also incorporated the use of bio-swale technology along Park Row to capture the run-off from typical rain events and use it in rain gardens that both enhance the streetscape and prevent the run-off from entering the City’s sewer system. Client: New York City Department of Design & Construction.

REGISTRATIONS
Certified Planner #020233, American Institute of Certified Planners

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Member, American Institute of Certified Planners
Member, American Planning Association

PUBLICATIONS
Parks and Recreation Magazine, May 2010, Highbridge Park Street-Style Skate Plaza

EDITORIAL Istanbul Technical University Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, Volume 7, No: 1 1-13 2010-2, Cultural Landscapes

May 2007 - Mar 2012
 

Vollmer Associates LLP, New York, NY, US, Project Landscape Architect

10 yeas professional experience in urban landscape architecture project design, and project management in a complex multi-disciplinary setting. Accomplished in the completion of infrastructure projects requiring extensive in-house staff, client, public agency, and sub-consultant coordination.

PROJECTS:

Revitalization of the Grand Central Business Improvement District, New York, NY

Project designer for the design and construction support of streetscape and sidewalk improvements in a 52-block area surrounding Grand Central Station. Built out over 20 phases of construction, the project saw the design and acceptance of a new, non-standard street light pole and luminare for use in the City of New York as well as the installation of district-signature pink granite pavement and curbs at all street corners and over 500 new street trees in a specially developed urban tree pit system for urban forestry. Client: Grand Central Partnership.

Revitalization of the 34th Street Business Improvement District, New York, NY

Project designer for the design and construction support of streetscape and sidewalk improvements in a 28-block area surrounding Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building. Built out over 12 phases of construction, the project saw the installation of approximately 150 new, non-standard street light poles and luminaires, district-signature pink granite pavement and curbs at all street corners, custom news boxes, planters, bike racks and over 500 new street trees in a specially developed urban tree pit system. Client: 34th Street Partnership.

Grand Central Partnership Business Improvement District, New York, NY.

Project designer for the creation of a digital Geographic Information System for The Grand Central Partnership, an 80-block area surrounding Grand Central Station. Work involved the development, in AutoCAD, of a district-wide site survey into a comprehensive amenity location plan with amenity-specific image and attribute information. Client: Grand Central Partnership

Yeshiva University Mall Design, New York, NY.

Project designer for various campus enhancements and improvements including outdoor pedestrian spaces, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, building access, and a NYCDOT approved pedestrian mall within the streetbed of Amsterdam Avenue which served to unify and expanded the pedestrian footprint of the university’s Washington Heights Campus. Mall improvements included stamped asphaltic pavement, seating, tree planting in movable pots, and a custom designed low-profile Jersey-barrier with attached reflective bollards. Client: Yeshiva UniversityBrooklyn Heights Promenade

Reconstruction Phases I and II, Brooklyn, New York

Project manager/ urban designer for both phases of the reconstruction of the NYC landmarked promenade. Design services included schematic design and preparation of contract documents for new pavements, planting and irrigation, bronze historical plaques, armillary sundial, lighting, grading and drainage and water service in addition to obtaining all City and State approvals. Client: City of New York Parks & Recreation.

Roslyn Road Grade-Crossing Elimination Project, Mineola, New York

As part of the design the Roslyn Road was depressed and realigned, and a railroad bridge was designed to carry the LIRR over Roslyn Road. The new rail bridge was built offsite and rolled into position in stages during the night, minimizing disruption to the LIRR. Work included bridge architecture and wingwall design, all associated pedestrian paving, steel fencing, grading and landscape planting. Client: NYSDOT Region 10

Hudson Riverwalk Bicycle and Pedestrian Path, New York, New York

Project urban landscape designer/assistant project manager for the schematic design, for a bicycle and pedestrian pathway running along the western edge of Riverside Park from 82nd Street to 91st Street. Specific tasks included schematic design to link two, disconnected esplanade sections that were not continuous, to provide new pedestrian access to inaccessible areas due to grade changes, and to rehabilitate various sections to provide adequate widths for bicycles and pedestrians. Final design included an 800-foot long outboard pier in the Hudson River, parallel to the bulkhead that carries the pathway through the narrowest section of Riverside Park immediately adjacent to the Henry Hudson Parkway. Client: City of New York Parks & Recreation

Oct 1997 - May 2007
 

Education 

City College of New York (CCNY), New York, NY, US, Masters, Urban Design

Master Urban Planning with concentration in Urban Design. Particular focus on the real-world interaction of design disciplines.

Aug 1997 - Jul 1998
 

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, Landscape Architecture

5 year professional degree (BLA) in landscape architecture with an emphasis on sustainable design practice.

Aug 1991 - May 1997
 

Awards 

Merit Award, Award

Merit Award from New Jersey Chapter of American Association of Landscape Architects for "Design Sensitivity in the Reconstruction of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade".

2002
 

Areas of Specialization 

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