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STV’s New Grants Research Tool Simplifies How We Identify Funding Opportunities for Clients

In light of federal legislation like the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, as well as growing funding programs at the state and local level, the United States is currently experiencing a watershed moment as it ...
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Designing Locally: How CSVT Reduces Traffic Congestion in Central PA

On a sunny Saturday last summer, my husband and I joined the over 6,000 people who came out to walk the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) River Bridge over the West Branch Susquehanna River. Ahead of the CSVT Northern Section’s ...
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Fueling the Future: Supporting the Transition Towards Hydrogen Infrastructure

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) recently made a momentous announcement that brought with it a wave of optimism and enthusiasm to the realm of clean energy and infrastructure development. The earmarking of $7 billion of Infrastructure Investment and ...
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Water for All: Bridging the Water Equity Gap

Imagine a day without water. Water is a basic necessity that most of us take for granted until we are without it. The Imagine a Day Without Water day of action serves as a stark reminder as to why we ...
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Merging Tech and Accessibility for Public Rights-of-Way Projects

Sidewalks, crosswalks and curb ramps are vital forms of public, right-of-way transportation for pedestrians, especially for people with disabilities. As such, any pedestrian facilities need to be safe, accessible and compliant with Federal Transit Administration’s Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG)—standard ...
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Design for Well-being: Architecture that Enhances Lives

In a recent conversation on Bloomberg Businessweek, I was asked to identify the prevailing trend shaping our approach to architecture. My response was unequivocal: At STV, our focus revolves around fostering holistic experiences, weaving humanity into our designs, and nurturing ...
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Staying on Top of the National Environmental Policy Act and its Impacts on Our Communities

There’s been a lot of change in the environmental planning sphere over the past 2+ years, which means there’s a significant amount of policy evolution that our clients and other key stakeholders need to keep up with, especially as it ...
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Picking Up the Pace to Deliver Bridge Rehabilitation in Massachusetts

Updating our nation’s bridge infrastructure cannot be executed with a one-size-fits-all approach, especially when it applies to structures that are more than 160 years old and in need of an expedited but effective solution. In the case of Connecticut River ...
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So, You’ve Got an ADA Transition Plan: What Comes Next?

It’s a scenario that’s more common than it should be: a client, following the requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has conducted a self-evaluation to determine if its programs, services and activities are compliant with the ADA ...
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Balancing History with Modern Structural Requirements for the 100+ Year-Old Longfellow Bridge

The Longfellow Bridge is not only an emblem for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts but also a crucial piece of infrastructure between Cambridge and Boston carrying Route 3 and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Red Line over the Charles River. The ...
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EIP Pledge One Year Later: STV Helps Carve out the Path Forward for Industry Equity

A year ago this month, our organization formally signed the Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) Pledge, a landmark partnership that strives to build generational wealth in our industry by growing the equity and access for historically underutilized businesses, or HUBs. ...
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Taking the Next Step Toward Improving Gender Equity in Transit

If you’ve ever taken public transportation, you’ve likely seen someone maneuvering a stroller down subway stairs, pushing a cart filled with groceries onto the bus, or making sure their children sit down before them. Often, they are women, whose travel ...
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The Hidden Infrastructure Behind Communications Engineering

Whether you’re waiting on a subway station platform, or watching an action movie, we’ve all seen those folks using walkie-talkies – the police officers, firefighters, and transit employees – to talk to personnel underground. From day-to-day communications to emergency dispatch, ...
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A Full Suite of Expertise for PFAS Treatment Needs

A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal that would heavily regulate several Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, better known as PFAS, in water systems throughout the country has quickly emerged as one of the most pressing issues for many of our ...
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Leveraging Technology to Improve User Experience in Smart Jails

Photo Courtesy of Tephra by The Lava Group Technology has been used to enhance the efficiency of architectural design for many years. In Smart Homes, residents can control doorbells, locks, thermostats, lights, outlets, voice assistants, and other devices through automated ...
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A New Way to See STV

STV is a company with a deep history. We deliver iconic projects on the macro level as well as community-focused projects on the micro level. These projects all have a generational impact on the communities we serve. We recognize that ...
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Creating a Modern Traction Power Converter Facility for SEPTA

Throughout the passenger rail market sector, the need to modernize our traction power infrastructure has emerged…

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Mitchellville Iowa Correctional Institution for Women

A Humane Approach to Detention Center Design

When cities consider investments in public health, the local jail isn’t always the first thing that…

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Betsy Ross Interchange

Building a Better Mousetrap: The Country’s First Steel Curved Tubular Flange Girder

STV’s design for the third phase of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Betsy Ross Interchange…

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Finding Ways to Measure Equity and Climate Resilience for Clients

While transportation agencies are rapidly working towards establishing more targeted equity and climate resilience goals to…

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Preserving History While Providing Accessibility to Historic Rail Transportation

The history of mass transportation – extraordinary feats of engineering that were constructed by workers who…

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Answering the Bell for Our Academic Clients

Now that the 2022-23 academic school year is in full swing across New England, STV’s move…

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Using Trauma-Informed Design for the Most Vulnerable Populations

Architects are acutely aware that our surroundings have a profound impact on our mental, emotional, and…

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Lessons from the Field: New Methods for Designing Effective Video Surveillance

One of the most challenging aspects of designing video surveillance systems is outfitting our clients with…

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Davis Barracks Walkway

Designing for People, Modernization and Readiness

As we prepare for the 2022 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Joint Engineer Training Conference,…

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CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project

Effective Community Outreach for Equitable Outcomes

A key question I ask myself and my team at the onset of every new project…

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A 360- degree View: Accessibility and Inclusivity with 3-D Mapping

When video games first came out, a misguided concern was that they would rot kids’ brains….

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Helping Clients Provide Equity in Transit Service

As transit planners, working with our clients and community stakeholders to create more equitable access to…

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STV’s Thought Leaders on Display at IBC 2021

As the leader of STV’s national bridge practice, I’ve never been more excited by the innovation…

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A Road Map to Success for Women in Construction

I recently took part in a panel discussion – virtually of course – regarding women’s roles…

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