Think Beyond the Bulb | Switching from fluorescent to energy efficient LED bulbs is a common and effective upgrade, but there are many untraditional upgrades and retrofits that will save you both money and energy.Read More
In 2016, the Berks County Source Water Protection Program, in partnership with its member organizations, began development of a comprehensive source water protection plan for the entire County.Read More
Design the 480/277 Volt power distribution interconnection to an existing 2000 Amp Switchboard including 2 New 400AT/600AF Breakers for the Switchboard, Inverter Combiner Panels, PPL Disconnect Requirements Outside Near PPL Transformer, and overall coordination with PPL.Read More
SSM assisted our clients in obtaining over $370,000 in CFA Grant funding last year, as well as $200,000 in other DCED Grant funding.
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The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) announced another round of PA Small Water and Sewer Grants for 2017-2018. To be eligible for reimbursement, project costs must be incurred within the time frame established by the grant agreement. To apply for funding, the applicant must submit the electronic online DCED Single Application for Assistance. Applications are due February 28, 2018.
Eligible projects are those with a total project cost between $30,000 and $500,000 that involve the construction, improvement, expansion, repair, or rehabilitation of a water supply or sanitary sewer system (including water and wastewater treatment facilities and pump stations) which is owned and maintained by an eligible applicant.
An eligible project also includes consolidation or regionalization of two or more water supply systems or sanitary sewer systems which are managed or operated as an integrated system regardless of whether the system is physically connected.
Eligible Use of Funds:
Funds may be used by the applicant to pay for any of the following project costs:
- Construction, improvement, expansion, repair, or rehabilitation of a water supply system or sanitary sewer system.
- Installation of security measures.
- Acquisition of land, rights-of-way and easements necessary to construct an eligible project.
- Purchase and installation of fixed equipment.
- Engineering and design costs not to exceed 10% of the grant amount and inspection costs related to the construction of an eligible project.
- Permit Fees.
- Costs to secure appropriate bonds and insurance.
- Administrative costs of the applicant that are necessary to administer the grant, including: advertising, legal costs, and documented staff expenses (not to exceed 2% of the grant amount).
- Project contingencies associated with construction costs (up to 5% of the eligible construction costs).
Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to, fees for securing other financing, interest on borrowed funds, refinancing of existing debt, lobbying, fines, application preparation fees, tap in fees, and costs incurred prior to approval.
The First Egg-Shaped Digester Treatment System in Pennsylvania: Planning, engineering design, and construction management of wastewater treatment system for the Borough of Kutztown.
1.35 MGD Vertical Loop Reactor Oxidation Ditch for Birdsboro Municipal Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant.Read More
We Are Successful When Our Clients Are Successful
We have always understood that it takes a lot to make and market a product, assure regulatory compliance and address needs such as increased capacity, routine maintenance and facility expansion. That's why manufacturers of everything from chocolate to steel have turned to SSM when it comes time to plan more efficient warehouses and distribution centers, conduct feasibility studies, upgrade utilities and building systems, improve traffic flow and expand operations. Just as it was in 1967, SSM provides our clients with the benefit of multi-discipline engineering capabilities.
Collaboration and Complex Projects
Our solutions are as unique as your problems. Everything we do begins with a challenge. A client's need or vision to make part of the world better: cleaner, safer, healthier, faster, smarter, closer, more modern, more efficient, or otherwise more useful. Whether a client requires expertise in a single specialty or the integration of a wide variety of engineering disciplines, SSM is the single source for the solution. We utilize an integrated design process on all of the projects we undertake, because collaboration and integrated design reduce design costs and constant communication increases the chances of project success.
Renovations and Reuse: Existing Building Experts
Design and construction for renovations and retrofits demands a different set of expertise and talents than new construction. And lots of experience. SSM utilizes experienced staff and technology tools to maximize avoided costs during planning and design. SSM specializes in engineering and environmental consulting and design for existing buildings and infrastructure.
In 2004 SSM expanded it’s facility engineering expertise to the high tech building market, including R&D laboratories, data centers and telecommunications facilities, extending the geographic market from the Mid-Atlantic region to the Eastern United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
We have extensive experience in renovating, expanding and upgrading Mission Critical Data Centers including helping our clients to maximize efficiency and reduce operational costs. Our facility engineers utilize CFD analysis to optimize the cooling system and layout. The data power load and the cooling system are matched and arranged to achieve maximum energy efficiency. This keeps the cost of cooling both in equipment and operation down while maximizing the data load capability.
PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION | Pennsbury Manor
Upgrade HVAC Systems with Geothermal and Other Energy Saving Equipment Pennsbury Manor is a historic recreation of William Penn’s 17th century estate. SSM provided design phase activities including site reconnaissance to compare existing drawings to discovered conditions, field surveying, and HVAC analyses of the buildings to determine appropriate sizing, as well as site environmental assessments for hazardous materials (asbestos) that may be impacted by proposed upgrades. We provided drawings representing existing conditions, life cycle cost analysis, and preliminary site layout design drawings.
Yes, slide rules, T-squares, triangles, and compasses have been replaced with 3D software, scanners, and drones but nothing will replace our knowledge, experience and first class survey staff.Read More