Special Projects

February 18, 2020

About Us

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. is different from other professional engineering firms. Our deep respect for our clients, community, and colleagues sets us apart.

Our clients are predominantly municipal entities with selected industry in our portfolio as well. We understand that municipal leaders come to government from all walks of life and bring unique perspectives, knowledge and experience that are to be respected and engaged in the process of governing. The functions of government are complex and it is our role to provide facts and guidance to municipal decision-makers to ensure that the best interests of the public are achieved. With respect to industry, we are keenly aware that infrastructure and regulatory compliance are non-core functions that in some cases distract from operating a successful, profitable business. Our role is to handle non-core infrastructure and regulatory functions so that business leaders can focus on core functions.

Our community is as broad as the locations in which we work. From our offices in Albany and Oneonta, our geography spans from New York’s Capital District throughout the upper and lower Hudson River Valley through the Adirondack and North County Region to the Metropolitan Suburban Region north of New York City through the Catskill Region to the State’s Southern Tier. Wherever we are engaged with municipalities or industry, we are engaged with community. We respect the unique character and nature of each community in developing customized solutions to water, wastewater, stormwater, municipal buildings, special projects and economic development challenges. Because we take the time to get to know each community personally, we treat each person and each project with a commitment and passion as though it is our own home town.

Our colleagues are the engine that drives our business. Our professional and technical staff of more than 60 engineers, scientists, planners and technicians are each responsible for the well-being of our clients, our communities, and each other. By encouraging personal connection and responsibility between our staff and their project work, clients benefit from the sincere dedication of our staff to a project’s success. Since the founding of the company in New York’s Delaware River Watershed in 1987, our colleagues continue to be driven by an intense desire to improve the world through everyday successes.

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. is different from other professional engineering firms in our achievements in supporting communities and industry through access to grants and low cost financing and our community service contributions which we see as a small way to pay our accomplishments forward.

We welcome opportunities to explore new relationships with clients, communities, and colleagues.

Services: Special Projects

Some facilities and land uses are truly unique to a region or a purpose, and as a result, they are relatively uncommon.  Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. engages in special projects often through extensive research followed by planning, permitting, design, bid assistance, and construction supervision.  Examples of special projects include telecommunication towers to support county 911 systems and helipads in remote areas to provide emergency medical service life flights.  While telecommunication towers are ubiquitous and helipads not uncommon in some regions, special considerations relative to the nature of these public benefit facilities and challenging locations, such as the Catskill and Adirondack parks, are met through the talents, knowledge and well-developed relationships Delaware Engineering maintains with federal, state and regional agency representatives.

City of Beacon

Once a gritty manufacturing center, the historic City of Beacon is experiencing an artistic and economic renaissance, thanks in large part to the forward thinking and planning by City leaders. To ensure that Beacon’s public assets and infrastructure will continue to support future growth and development, the City collaborated with Delaware Engineering and Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress to develop an Asset Management Plan. The effort is intended to assist the City in maintaining infrastructure and public assets in a condition suitable to meet the needs of the public at a reasonable cost. The products of this effort are an Excel database Tool, a User Manual and an Asset Management and Capital Planning Guide.

Because an asset inventory is the essential foundation of management and planning, Delaware began by reviewing existing City plans and documents, and gathering and managing data regarding the nature, location and condition of various assets of the City. Available data was gathered from multiple existing sources such as DOT records and City insurance lists. Delaware also performed site visits to assess the condition of City water and wastewater treatment plants and buildings.

Delaware ultimately created the Asset Management and Capital Planning Tool, an inventory of the City’s major assets in one database. The City will be able to use this Tool to prioritize investments in major repairs or replacements, to estimate costs, and to evaluate financing alternatives to allow for sound planning and implementation. The database data can be tied to, and worked with, in a GIS system, enabling the City to generate lists of assets of interest and then to visualize these spatially in GIS.

The Tool includes a worksheet for basic project cost analysis and comparison, and is a resource for, not a substitute for, management decision making. The User Manual is a guide for the use and updating of the Tool as the City repairs, replaces and inventories its assets. The Guide provides an overall asset management and capital planning framework to assist the City in integrating asset management thought processes into daily operations and long-term planning.


City and Town of Amsterdam, Montgomery County

As with many cities, the City of Amsterdam in Montgomery County, New York owns and operates an extensive and aging system of water and sewer infrastructure that serves not only properties within the City limits, but also lands within water and sewer districts in the adjacent Town of Amsterdam. Additionally, as with many cities in upstate New York and their  surrounding suburban areas, the City suffers from disinvestment while the adjacent suburban towns thrive. While the economic activity is located within the towns, the towns rely on the City to provide robust water and sewer services. Over the years, the City and Town of  Amsterdam struggled with the costs and provision of services. The City’s need for financial support resulted in annual increases in water rates to the surrounding towns. Meanwhile, the surrounding towns were competing for economic investment, and the uncertainty of water rates was hampering development in the towns. 

To that end, Delaware Engineering, as the Town of Amsterdam’s engineering consultant, was tasked with evaluating the situation and developing a durable solution that provides the City with revenue while stabilizing water rates in the Town. Delaware Engineering evaluated the financial status of both entities and developed an Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) for Water Service and a companion Intermunicipal Agreement for Revenue Sharing.  The IMA for Revenue Sharing provides for a sub-redistribution of sales tax from the Town to the City under conditions that do not impact the Town’s finances, yet provide the City with necessary revenue in exchange for stable water rates in the Town. The end result is a long term partnership of investment in the water infrastructure on which both the City and Town depend.

Schoharie County

Overall Cost

Delaware Engineering worked closely with the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services to complete a design for the replacement of the radio communication tower. The new tower stands at 180 ft tall with a 12 ft x 32 ft equipment shelter. The project was funded with a grant through the New York State Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services as part of their statewide Interoperable Communications Grant Program.


Village of Fleischmanns

Overall Cost

Delaware Engineering, D.P.C. provided planning, design, and construction administration services for the project to make improvements to the Village’s Public Park that was flooded in 2011.  The project included installing a new Snack Shack and Bathroom Facilities that are now flood proof. The new building has removable flood doors that will protect the building during flood events. The project was paid for thru FEMA; the total project cost was $543,810 with Engineering.