Jeffrey has a civil engineering background and brings an impressive 27 years of experience to the table. His expertise lies in the water resources arena, specifically wastewater sanitary sewer systems and water systems. This encompasses various aspects, such as treatment plant operations, water mains, pump stations, and parks projects. Jeff became part of the PRIME AE team through the acquisition of John McDonald Engineering (JME) in 2015.
Within the Albany office, Jeff’s daily responsibilities involve overseeing numerous projects handled by our design engineers and other team members. He also provides supervision for multiple office inspectors and grant writers. From start to finish, Jeff takes charge of designing projects, or as he puts it, handling them from “soup to nuts.” One of the projects that he is most proud of is a golf course pedestrian bridge in the Town of Clifton Park in the Albany area. Jeff explained, “The Clifton Park golf course has a hole where you tee off on one side of a pond and the green is on the other side of the pond, so people have to walk over a bridge to play. We got a call years ago in the month of February saying that the bridge had collapsed. We designed a floating bridge that could be easily installed, get people from point A to point B, and minimized the disturbance to the pond along with being installed and running by the beginning of the golf season in May. The bridge is decorative in nature, made up of wooden decking wrought-iron railings, and is ADA-compliant. It turned out really well in the end.”
When asked about his initial attraction to the engineering field, Jeff mentioned, “I’ve always been strong in math and science.” While pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, Jeff discovered a particular passion for civil engineering. He explained, “I looked at it as — everybody needs clean drinking water. Waste has to go somewhere and be dealt with properly, environmentally, and bridges and roads maintained.”