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December 2015 Newsletter

2015 was a year for PS&S to emerge from being known as one of the “best kept secrets in New Jersey” to being known as a “dominant player” in the region. The industry recognizes the strength of our single source offering for planning, design and regulatory compliance services which has led to significant opportunities to support the reemergence of our region. Some highlights:

  • PS&S is a consultant of choice to support strengthening of our region’s critical infrastructure;
  • We have been selected as the Subject Matter Experts to support new Research and Development facilities in the renewed focus of life sciences in New Jersey;
  • New Health Care facilities in the region have led us to expand our services to support this growing need.

One notable project this year is the first public golf course in Hudson County – The Skyway at Lincoln Park West. The Skyway project is a great example of PS&S’s “one-stop shop” approach. We first started working on the Skyway project in 2007. Back then, the land was overgrown and dormant, a mere remnant of a former landfill. PS&S was hired by the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) as the overall project manager to turn this forgotten, contaminated land into a 9-hole public golf course. PS&S’s services included the environmental engineering and regulatory permitting, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering and landscape architecture for the course. Also, structural engineering, MEP engineering and architectural services were provided for the course support structures (clubhouse, cart storage and maintenance buildings, etc.). The course opened in June with stunning, panoramic views of the adjacent historic Pulaski Skyway, the NYC skyline and other urban features adding to the public’s enjoyment of this newly created urban oasis. Clearly, the Skyway Golf Course in Jersey City is one of our biggest successes of the year.

2015 will also be remembered as a year of transition and expansion at PS&S. It was a year that welcomed new clients and new employees, and saw tremendous growth, both at our headquarters in Warren and throughout the region.

PS&S is proud to offer our clients multi-disciplined, full-service architecture, engineering, design and environmental consulting services and have been doing so for more than 50 years. This year, we have continued our steady expansion, elevated our firm’s profile and have had the opportunity to work on some terrific projects that diversify our portfolio.

A constant theme in our newsletters this year has been regional expansion and growth. On Long Island, we moved our office to Lake Success; in Cherry Hill, we doubled our office space and greatly enhanced our architecture and Health Care practice with the addition of Charles Clauser, Harry Wright and Stephen Sgro. In addition, we also grew our Cherry Hill land practice to include expanded services in our environmental, civil and survey offerings. Our Wall office has already seen growth in its existing utility/infrastructure and environmental services; this year we hired Bill Salmon as a Senior Director of Land Development to spearhead the enhanced presence for civil engineering and land development in the Monmouth and Ocean county regions. The goal is to double this office in size over the next five years.

Our business is never stagnant. There are continuous advancements in technology, new developments in building materials and ever-changing codes and regulations, which vary sector by sector. Whether it’s riparian design, energy utilities, master planning or remediation, having our integrated disciplines has been advantageous time and time again.

As we close out another great year, we want to thank our team here at PS&S. We think the collective dedication of our employees and collaborative ability to serve our clients with the utmost efficiency and excellence is unmatched and makes PS&S a unique company with which to do business.

We also want to thank our clients for allowing us the opportunity to work with you on your projects. Our success is measured by the success of our clients; the success of each project is our number one priority.

As we enter into 2016, we are excited to implement our growth-focused business plan: expansion into new locations, expansion of our current offerings, and expansion into new disciplines. All will result in career opportunities for current and prospective employees.

Wishing everyone and their loved ones a very happy and healthy holiday season!

For more information, please contact Anthony Sartor at or John Sartor at

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PS&S Presenting at World Energy Engineering Congress

September 8, 2015 – PS&S‘s Helene Ferm and Rich Schwalm will present at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) in Orlando, Florida on Thursday October 1, 2015.  They will present the topic, “Energy Conservation Successes at Pharmaceutical Sites,” which was selected to be part of the Industrial Energy Management Track. Ms. Ferm and Mr. Schwalm lead energy services work in the PS&S Building Group.  PS&S energy services experience includes energy assessments, engineering studies, central utilities optimization and master planning for clients in the pharmaceutical industry and across other client sectors.

The presentation will share case studies of energy conservation successes covering the project’s entire life cycle from concept to implementation.  The case studies include examples from ventilation optimization, fume hood management, chiller control optimization, and studies of on-site cogeneration.  Both PS&S presenters are licensed Professional Engineers, Certified Energy Managers and LEED Accredited Professionals.

Ms. Ferm has more than 25 years of leadership and engineering experience in energy conservation, corporate energy management and water conservation. Having joined PS&S in 2012, Helene has expertise in identifying and implementing energy conservation opportunities in buildings and utility systems, especially in pharmaceutical laboratories and manufacturing plants. Energy conservation was the focus of Helene’s prior positions as well as her academic training.  As a Senior Energy Analyst at Merck, she provided leadership to the company’s Energy Program.  She earned a B.S.E in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, followed by a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additionally, her academic travels took her to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University Berlin. 

Mr. Schwalm has more than 28 years of experience providing energy efficient HVAC system design, energy audits, HVAC controls and project management.   His diverse background includes pharmaceutical facilities, high rise office buildings, data centers, campus utilities, schools and tunnels.  Considered by clients as a subject matter expert in chiller plant design and optimization, he has led the design of new chiller plants and has designed and managed many chiller plant optimization projects.  Rich joined PS&S in 2010 and has provided energy audit and analysis services at more than 11 sites in the United States and Europe, totaling over 5 million square feet for major pharmaceutical clients with a focus on their main central utility systems.  Also, he has implemented ventilation optimization in pharmaceutical manufacturing and lab facilities. Rich has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Utica.

About World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC)

WEEC is an annual gathering of energy management professional and is sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).  Now in its 38th year, the WEEC is well-recognized as the most important energy event of national and international scope for end users and energy professionals in all areas of the energy field.  The WEEC features a large, multi-track conference agenda, a full line-up of seminars on a variety of current topics, and a comprehensive exposition of the market’s most promising new technologies. 

If you have any questions, please contact:  Helene Ferm at or Rich Schwalm at | View printer-friendly version.

Industrial Water Sustainability

The issues of water conservation and water scarcity have recently grabbed the media spotlight. The drought in California has been well documented and now better understandings of the challenges ahead are being obtained from new techniques using satellite data. Other places that seemingly have plenty of water such as Puerto Rico are also experiencing significant drought events that have resulted in extended periods of water rationing. more









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PS&S Expands in Cherry Hill

Adds Architecture Services to Southwest Jersey Office


Warren, NJ (July 14, 2015) – Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor (PS&S) today announced its continued expansion in Southern New Jersey with the addition of three Architects, formally of Moorestown-based Costanza Spector Clauser Architects (CSCA). CSCA specialized in providing architectural and interior design, project planning and graphics and rendering services with a concentration in the healthcare sector.


Charles Clauser will be Senior Director of Architecture, Harry Wright and Stephen Sgro will both be Senior Architects, all in the Cherry Hill office.


“We are thrilled that  Charles, Harry and Stephen will be joining the company,” said John Sartor, Chief Executive Officer of PS&S. “In recognizing the importance of the healthcare industry, not only in New Jersey, but also the entire region, we are looking forward to adding their architectural expertise in that sector to our fully integrated offerings.”......more

Top executives John Sartor, Thomas Heim ready to take the reins at engineering firm PS&S

If it wasn't a family business before, this should make it all but official.

After four decades at the helm of Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, Anthony Sartor has stepped aside as CEO of the well-respected, Warren-based engineering and architecture firm. And he has turned the job over to his son, John Sartor, who has logged 23 years of his own with the company and has served as its president since late 2012....more.


Adjusting to building in the post-Sandy world at the Shore New flood rules, regulations make it a new environment, but one for the better

As John Sartor looks to the future of Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, he knows it will have a heavy focus on work tied to Hurricane Sandy as the state continues to rebuild from the 2012 storm....more.

PS&S Names John Sartor Chief Executive Officer

Appoints Thomas Heim as Chief Operating Officer

"I have had the pleasure of working alongside Tom for many years," said John Sartor.  "His demonstrated accomplishments and strategic mindset makes him an integral member of our leadership team."

A graduate of The University of Notre Dame, Mr. Heim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University.  He has over 20 years in the industry, as an engineer, analyst and financial officer.

"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity," said Mr. Heim. "Working on a team that shares the same vision and commitment to quality only makes it easier. I'm confident that the best is yet to come."

"For 53 years, PS&S has been delivering monumental projects that are recognized and utilized by our community," said John Sartor. "With our technical team of dedicated employees, the advancements in technology, our valued client relationships, and the shared desire to deliver quality solutions – we are better positioned than ever before."

About Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor
Founded in 1962, PS&S has evolved into a unique best-in-class architecture and engineering firm, providing design and permitting services to a wide range of corporate, institutional and commercial clients. PS&S is ranked among the top national design firms by Engineering News Record (and among the top 15 national engineering firms in pharmaceuticals). Recognized both for its breadth of services and depth of expertise, it is a one-stop resource for planning, permitting and design at the local, State and Federal levels. To learn more, please visit

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WARREN, N.J., June 24, 2015  -- Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor (PS&S) today announced that John Sartor, President and Chief Operating Officer of PS&S, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company. The company also announced the promotion of Thomas Heim, CFA, as the new Chief Operating Officer of PS&S. Company founder Dr. Anthony J. Sartor will remain Chairman. 

"John has more than 20 years of experience building this company and expanding it to include our current areas of service, making PS&S a "one-stop shop" of architecture and engineering excellence, " said Dr. Sartor, Chairman of PS&S. "John is dedicated to client success and has the vision to accelerate PS&S to the next level."

John Sartor has worked on many high-profile environmental and development projects in New Jersey such as the development of Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel and Casino and the redevelopment of Hoboken's South Waterfront, now home to Wiley and Sons and the W Hotel. His technical expertise has helped shape his keen business acumen, leadership strategy, and overall extensive knowledge of the ever-changing industry.

"We have a very strong foundation at PS&S," said John Sartor. "I'm very fortunate to have been able to learn from my father as he led this company's growth as a leading architecture and engineering firm.  He continues to exemplify true leadership in everything he does and our positive working relationship will ensure a smooth transition."

A graduate of Duke University with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1992), Mr. Sartor later earned Master's Degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology in Environmental Engineering (1995), Civil Engineering (1999), and Construction Management (2003).   He served on the Green Brook Township (NJ) Board of Education for six years, and served for four years on the Scotch Plains (NJ) Environmental Commission.

In addition, the company announced that Thomas Heim, CFA, who currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of PS&S will now assume the position of Chief Operating Officer as well.


Joseph Fleming, executive vice president/Land Group of Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor has been named this year's recipient of Congregation Israel of Springfield's (CIS)

Community Business Leadership Award. The award will be presented at CIS' 40th Annual Dinner to be held April 28, at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. .......more

PS&S’s Jerry Frazee Helps Keep Friend’s Memory Alive

By Kaitlyn Kanzler

Not everyone can turn a terrible tragedy into something that inspires and helps others. But Elizabeth “Liz” Maggio, of Lake Como, and Jerry Frazee, of Manasquan, have done just that. They have turned what used to be a typical road race into something much more: they make sure to keep the memory of Liz Maggio’s sister, the late Gránia Maggio, alive by holding the Lake Como 5K in her honor.

On July 2, 2005, Gránia Maggio, a former Lake Como resident, was struck from behind and killed by a drunk driver in Saratoga Springs, New York, while walking along the road after a Dave Matthews Band concert.

For the past decade, the Lake Como 5K has been run in her memory.

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ASCE to Partner with Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor

BY  Staff

February 23, 2015

ASCE proudly welcomes Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor, LLC (PS&S) as our latest Partner, providing PS&S with valuable networking and business development opportunities, resources, and top-quality training courses. more...



PS&S wants to make you aware of an Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama late last week that may have huge repercussions for new construction activities subject to federal funding or regulations. The Order requires U.S. government agencies to adopt stricter standards for federally funded projects and programs with wide ranging implications including a potential increase to what is currently considered the design base flood elevation.

This new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) will also require elevation of all new construction and substantially improved structures that are federally funded to the flood management standards established by the Executive Order, and will also apply to such infrastructure including roads and public utilities that receive federal funding. As all Federal departments and agencies have been directed to revise their rules and policies in accordance with this Order, it is unclear what impact this may have on the federal flood insurance program rates on new and existing structures that do not meet the new elevation criteria. Other federal rules and regulations governing land use and development activities will also be revised in accordance with this new Standard.

This Executive Order is a major reversal for the federal government and modifies the prior 1977 Executive Order 11988 (Floodplain Management) governing federal policy regarding development in flood hazard areas, and federal restrictions governing funding such development.



The new Standard gives agencies three options for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design and construction of projects that receive federal funding, or are subject to federal regulations or standards. They can use data and methods “informed by best-available, actionable climate science”; build two feet above the 100-year flood elevation for standard projects and three feet above for critical buildings such as hospitals and evacuation centers; or build to the 500-year flood elevation.

This Executive Order establishes the Standard, but it is not the final word. A process now begins for further solicitation and consideration of public input, including from Governors, mayors, and other stakeholders, prior to implementation of the Standard. However, given the directive from this Executive Order, projects currently under planning or design should seriously consider this new Executive Order and its potential impacts from a compliance and cost perspective.

PS&S, through its involvement with various governmental stakeholders and industry groups, will continue to monitor the roll out of this modification to Executive Order 11988. We would be pleased to provide you with an analysis of how your project would be impacted by this new directive, and as always, will keep you advised of new developments in this urgent matter.

For more information, please contact Marilyn Lennon, PP, AICP, CFM at

Site Chilled Water Plant Integration Brings Substantial Energy Savings

Corporate mandates across the pharmaceutical industry have set energy performance goals with ever increasing demands. This scenario has challenged site engineering teams to prepare and execute plans to achieve these goals. Initiatives invariably involve different improvements or modifications to the site Chilled Water Systems. Alternatives abound, system arrangement characteristics, equipment efficiencies, free cooling, variable flows and VFDs are all in the mix. 






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PS&S finds opportunity to expand to the Shore

NJBIZ Morning Roundup: June 9, 2014

For a small group of engineers from PS&S, the days after Hurricane Sandy were spent walking the streets of Lavallette. Their task: inspect the storm-damaged homes to determine if they could be salvaged... more

Anthony Sartor Receives the NJIT Presidents Medal



Anthony J. Sartor, PhD, of Scotch Plains, received the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement at Celebration 2013 .........more




Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor (PS&S) Recognized for Engineering Excellence

Saw Mill River Earns 2013 NYSSPE Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award


WARREN, NJ (June 6, 2013) – Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor (PS&S) announced today that it has been awarded the 2013 NYSSPE Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award for the Daylighting of Saw Mill River at Larkin Plaza. The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) evaluated the project based on criteria such as engineering principles, originality/innovation, complexity, social significance, and economic impact.............more