AutoNation has selected Ross Engineering for civil engineering services

October 10th, 2017 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment


AutoNation has selected Ross Engineering for civil engineering services

We are pleased to announce that AutoNation (NYSE: AN), a fortune 500 company, and the largest auto dealer in the US has selected Ross Engineering to provide civil engineering services for several locations throughout the State of Florida. Our first two projects that we have already started on are for two existing car dealership locations, one in Pembroke Pines FL and the other in Brandon FL on the west coast. Our scope of services will include parking expansions, drainage studies, civil engineering design for roads, utilities and drainage, operation and maintenance engineering services and inspection services.

About AutoNation, Inc.:

Founded by H. Wayne Huizenga in 1996, AutoNation has become the largest automotive retailer in the United States and is the leading provider of new and pre-owned vehicles and associated services in the US.

As America’s Largest Automotive Retailer, AutoNation is constantly innovating and striving to change the way America buys & services their vehicles. So, it’s no wonder that they were the first retailer to sell over 10,000,000 vehicles. In fact, AutoNation proudly operates over 300 locations, representing all of the most popular manufacturer brands and employs over 26,000 Associates, coast to coast. But, their purpose extends beyond selling and servicing vehicles. Their goals are to drive-out cancer, make sure every driver is safe, and give Customers access to over 100,000 vehicles- all at low, AutoNation prices. Drive Pink. Drive Safe. Drive Now.

Mid Year Corporate Update | Port Engineering

August 10th, 2017 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment

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Mid Year Corporate Update | Port Engineering

We are now past the middle of the year at Ross Engineering and moved into the 3rd quarter, and we have several updates to announce on new business, company highlights and ongoing projects. Its been a very busy 2017 for our company thus far and going to get even busier as we move forward executing our business growth plan. In 2018 we plan to break into port engineering at both Port Everglades and Port of Miami amongst other ports in the State of Florida

From the second quarter, we are pleased to announce that we recently negotiated some large contracts with Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer (MDWASD) and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) as a prime consultant. With Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer we were one of 8 certified small businesses that won small business set-aside engineering design contracts (5th place) for small diameter water and wastewater pipelines for MDWASD’s wastewater and water collection, transmission and distribution system. The $3.3m contract is for 6 years with an optional 2 year extension as necessary. For Broward County Public Schools we were one of 5 professional engineering companies selected (1st place) under their Continuing Consulting contracts for civil engineering and related services. This $3m contract is for 3 years with an option to extend for an additional 2 years.

The company expects to grow exponentially over the next 6-12 months in terms of staff and work load. In addition to government contracts the company’s growth plan is taking shape in other sectors including private utilities, commercial development and residential home builders. In Port Everglades we started on a few new projects for Florida Power and Light for site development, roadway and drainage design. In the Tampa area we have developed a new business relationship with a major home builder and have started working on our first contract and looking to build a long term relationship with this client as we continue to deliver quality engineering drawings in an expedited fashion. In Palm Beach County we have been working with a new developer on some nice commercial and industrial sites and getting projects designed and permitted with the local agencies. In our school board work we continue to work with our Architectural clients in both Miami-Dade and Broward Public Schools on small, medium and large development projects including a 20 acre project in Coral Gables for Miami Palmetto Senior High School for major redevelopment. In Broward we are working on several public schools for multiple clients on Gulfstream academy, Lauderdale Lakes middle school, Castle Hill Elementary School, Park Trails Elementary School, North Fork Elementary School, Taravella High School and others.

In the 2nd quarter we hired two more engineers, one for our Miami office and the other for our main office in Broward County. We want to welcome Mr. Dillon Swiderski and Mr. Rafael Silverios to our growing team of engineers and staff professionals. We are currently seeking engineers for hire on these upcoming government projects and will be advertising for both junior and senior positions.

As we move forward we will update on our new projects and on some of the projects we have under construction as well with photos and more exciting information. Thank you for following Ross Engineering!


The Ross Engineering Team

10,000 Small Businesses in Miami: Goldman Sachs and Ross Engineering

June 1st, 2017 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment

10,000 Small Businesses in Miami: Goldman Sachs and Ross Engineering

Ross Engineering is being represented by Principal Robert Ross, P.E. at the “Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses” Business Growth Cohort #11 in Miami Florida. #goldmansachs #rossengineering #babsoncollege#miamidadecollege #businessmanagement #smallbusiness

Learn Valuable Skills That Drive Growth

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has partnered with Miami Dade College to provide small business owners in the greater Miami area with access to practical business courses, financial capital, and powerful networking opportunities to help their businesses grow. Through the support of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, business owners selected to participate will receive a scholarship covering the full cost of tuition and program materials.

Practical Business Education

The curriculum developed by Babson College, the No. 1 ranked business school for entrepreneurship for 19 consecutive years*, focuses on practical business skills that can immediately be applied by business owners, including accounting, negotiating, marketing and human resources management. During the program and after graduation, participants can use their new knowledge to quickly make a positive impact on business outcomes.

Capital to Expand

Entrepreneurs learn how to better position their businesses to access financing and capital.

A Network of Support

Small business owners will receive one-on-one business counseling and powerful networking opportunities. The program provides this expert advice and technical assistance through partnerships with national and local business organizations, professional services firms and the people of Goldman Sachs.

Multiplying Economic Impact

10,000 Small Businesses graduates learn to translate the knowledge they garner from the program into increased revenue and job growth. By creating opportunity for individuals and their families, small businesses ultimately multiply the economic impact in every city, town and county in the country.

* As ranked by U.S. News & World Report


$5 Million Partnership with Miami Dade College to Create Jobs and Stimulate Growth

MIAMI, OCTOBER 1, 2013 – Miami Dade College (MDC) and Goldman Sachs today announced a partnership to launch the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Miami.  This initiative aims to create jobs and economic growth by providing small businesses in the area with practical business education and business support services.  The announcement was made at a press conference and luncheon held at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower that included remarks from MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Dina Habib Powell, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education, Javier Palomarez, President & CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez and City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.

The Goldman Sachs Foundation is committing $5 million to support the delivery of the program through MDC, aimed at the more than 54,000 small businesses located in the Greater Miami area.

“Miami Dade College has long history of assisting local business owners in a variety of ways,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “This partnership with Goldman Sachs will allow us to further address specific needs that will allow businesses to grow and flourish in our community. MDC is the ideal partner to deliver these services.”

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million initiative to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth.  The Greater Miami area will join sites in both urban and rural communities across the United States including Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City as well as six capital only states— Kentucky, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.

“With a strong partner like Miami Dade College, South Florida is a natural fit for the 10,000 Small Businesses program,” said Dina Habib Powell, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. “Combining practical business education with networking and mentorship opportunities will give these Miami small business owners the tools they need to grow and create jobs.”

Across the United States, in initial results for 10,000 Small Businesses, approximately 63% of participants reported an increase in revenues, 47% reported creating net new jobs and 76% are doing business with each other.  The program also has a 99% completion rate.

“Small businesses – including mom-and-pops, tech start-ups and entrepreneurs of all kinds – are truly the backbone of our economy here in Miami-Dade County, and they account for most of our new and existing jobs,” said Carlos A. Giménez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County.  “So we welcome the arrival of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and the partnership that they are forging with Miami Dade College.  This joint effort should lead to stronger local businesses and new jobs for our residents.”

“Miami’s economy is based on small businesses. This initiative will bring more jobs and a better quality of life for many of our residents,” said City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.

MDC will lead the delivery of the program, which will be offered through MDC’s School of Business in collaboration with the School of Continuing Education and Professional Development.  Small business owners will develop a business growth plan to help them increase revenues and hire new employees. Classes are free to business owners who are accepted through a competitive application process.

MDC will also work with community-based partners and national business organizations to encourage small businesses to apply for the program and to provide business advice, technical assistance and networking to program participants.

“Giving small business owners access to education to learn how to run their businesses more effectively will have a positive ripple effect on the economy,” said Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education and 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council Member.  “From my position on the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, it’s been a privilege to watch small business owners use the skills they are learning in this program to grow their businesses and create jobs.”

“We are delighted that Goldman Sachs is committed to advancing small businesses in Miami, a major hub for Hispanic-owned enterprises,” said United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “By partnering with Dr. Padrón and Miami Dade College, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is helping businesses grow and create new American jobs – that’s good news for the entire Miami community.”

The program will begin in February 2014. Applications are now being accepted and can be downloaded at

Goldman Sachs opened its Miami office in 1978 and opened its West Palm Beach office in 2007. The two offices, with a team of more than 70 employees, support the Investment Management Division’s focus on the state of Florida and Latin America.

Miami Dade College (MDC) is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the Americas, with more than 175,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences, and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, and the Museum and Galleries of Art + Design. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information, please visit

City of Hallandale Beach Ingalls Park Upgrade Project

May 9th, 2017 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment


Ross Engineering is pleased to announce our selection with the City of Hallandale Beach for the redesign and upgrade of Ingalls Park including new pavilions and parking expansion. As part of the Synalovski-Romanik-Saye team, our company is responsible for the paving grading and drainage, utilities, signing and marking, pollution prevention, engineering permitting and site work construction administration. Melissa Ross, MSCE, is the civil engineering project manager for this exciting project. Project is expected to start construction in the 2nd half of 2017. #engineering #hallandalebeach #browardcounty #parks #municipality #construction #permitting #civilengineer #engineer For more information visit our website

About City of Hallandale Beach Parks and Recreation :

The Parks and Recreation Department proudly maintains, operates, and programs seventeen park facilities while coordinating fun-filled City-wide special events throughout the year. Services are designed to provide innovative opportunities. Check out the City MarinaGolden Isles Tennis ComplexHistoric Village home of the Curci House as listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and the community parks including the Cultural Community Center, home of the Parks and Recreation’s Administrative Office.

Broward County Public Schools Design Professionals Services

January 26th, 2017 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment

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Broward County Public Schools Design Professionals Services Continuing Contract – Civil Engineering

Ross Engineering (Ross) is pleased to announce our selection by Broward County Public Schools for the Design Professional Services Continuing Contract for Civil Engineering. 13 teams were shortlisted for this solicitation and the top 5 firms were selected for contracts. Special Thanks to Melissa Ross (President) and the entire Ross Marketing Team for putting together the proposal package and attending the interview process. Below is the ranking for the solicitation:

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The continuing consulting services contract is for general civil engineering services including parking expansions, driveways, utilities, fire access, roadways, drainage studies, transportation design, construction administration and inspection services. The contract is for 2 years with the option for an extension for 2 additional years.
About the Broward County Public Schools  :
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 100 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages.

City of Weston Environmental Engineering and Wetlands Management Contra

January 16th, 2017 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment

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City of Weston Environmental Engineering and Wetlands Management Contract

Ross Engineering is pleased to announce that our team with Metric Engineering as the prime contractor was selected for a 5 year continuing professional services contract. The contract is for Environmental Engineering and Wetlands Management. Some of the services included are storm water and/or groundwater studies with reports, preliminary design, final design and construction documents, bidding and negotiating with City staff for construction contractors and general construction administration. Environmental engineering is a broad field and can cover many areas including wetlands, storm water, ground water, utilities, permitting etc.
About City of Weston: Weston is a family-oriented, master-planned community that strives to embrace each and every resident. Weston’s well managed growth has given rise to one of South Florida’s most desirable communities, both residential and corporate. With a culturally diverse population, Weston is comprised of the finest residential neighborhoods, and a diverse corporate, commercial and retail environment. We are a safe community with A-rated public schools, superior parks and recreational facilities, a progressive government that is financially strong and a community-wide appearance that cities around the world wish to emulate. The City is in need of environmental engineering support.
Approximately 27 square miles in land size, with a population of 66,526, Weston is located in southwestern Broward County, Florida. Initially conceived as a master-planned community, Weston was incorporated in 1996. Well managed growth has given rise to one of South Florida’s most desirable communities, both residential and corporate. Weston’s culturally diverse population enjoys a vibrant community, whose lifestyle, appearance and management style cities around the world wish to emulate.
Weston has the distinction of having:
  • A-rated public schools and excellent private schools;
  • Outstanding public safety and the lowest crime rate per capita in the County;
  • Fourteen meticulously maintained park and recreational facilities which play host to cultural and community events and tens of thousands of registrants in organized sports leagues;
  • A Community Center which offers a variety of year-round enrichment classes and programming for all ages and interests, and a family YMCA within the City’s regional park;
  • The lowest combined property taxes, municipal taxes and fees in the County;
  • The lowest millage rate in the County;
  • The lowest ratio of employees per 1000 population in the County;
  • AAA credit ratings
  • Visually distinctive, Weston’s extensive landscaping is without dispute one of the City’s greatest assets: rows of prestigious Royal Palms and city entry signs surrounded by lush foliage which also lines the berms, medians and rights-of-ways throughout the city.
Weston encompasses a diverse corporate and retail climate that includes Fortune 500 companies, owner-operated retail establishments, restaurants, warehouses and a range of other businesses. World-class healthcare is provided by the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Broward Health Weston and the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center. Restaurants and clubs, from casual to chic, and the beautiful Mediterranean styled Town Center downtown shopping and office complex, provide residents and visitors with an array of culinary, nightlife and shopping experiences. Weston is also home to five nationally recognized hotels and resorts offering accommodations for every need. The natural environment that surrounds and is encompassed within Weston is as unique as its lifestyle. Weston borders the Florida Everglades and the City maintains over 2,200 acres of wetland preserves, supporting a diverse ecological population.
Weston also offers a supportive social infrastructure — a vital benefit to the comfort and happiness of our residents. City staff, contract and volunteer partners are continuously working to deliver quality services in every area that our residents deserve in return for their investment in Weston.

Operation and Maintenance Statement of Inspection Certification

December 20th, 2016 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment


Operation and Maintenance Statement of Inspection and Certification for Southwest Florida Water Management District

Over the years Ross Engineering has been designing drainage systems throughout the State of Florida and providing operation maintenance inspection certification.   All surface water management systems in Broward County, Florida and within the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) require routine maintenance and certification of a permitted site’s storm drain system. As a condition of a surface water permit and/or environmental resource permit with SWFWMD the property owner is required to operate and maintain their drainage system in accordance with their permit. Every five years in Broward County and every 18 months within SWFWMD require that a licensed Professional Engineer and his or her inspection staff complete an inspection and provide an inspection report. Inspection reports provide assurance to the Agency that the surface water management system is properly operated and maintained. The inspection report must include the District form “Statement of Inspection for Proper Operation and Maintenance” available at  This form must be certified by a Florida Registered Professional Engineer who specializes in drainage systems.

Information is then submitted online at SWFWMD website using the eCompliance by visiting the District’s Environmental Resource Permitting System in ePermitting located on the District’s website

Sometimes maintenance procedures or remedial actions are necessary prior to submission of the certified form and thus will be communicated to the District in writing. The inspection report itself must be submitted to the District by the date due on the letter received by the property owner. This is where Ross Engineering can provide assistance in getting the property owner through the process safely and stress free.

Feel free to give our attentive engineering staff a call in our new West Coast location near Tampa (Spring Hill) in Hernando County so that we may provide you a proposal and schedule your inspection immediately. Our local staff can be reached at the following contact info:

5112 Teather Street, Spring Hill, FLORIDA 34608 Phone: (727) 484-4453 Fax: (954) 358-0190


The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) manages the water resources for west-central Florida as directed by state law.

The District encompasses roughly 10,000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties and serves a population of 4.7 million people. The goal of the District is to meet the water needs of current and future water users while protecting and preserving the water resources within its boundaries.

A 13-member Governing Board oversees District activities. Members are unpaid volunteers appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate to set policy and administer the budget.

District funding comes from voter-approved ad valorem property taxes, along with other intergovernmental sources. While the Legislature allows a tax levy up to 1 mill ($1 for each $1,000 of assessed land value), the actual tax levy has been less than the maximum.

SWFWMD Mission

The mission of the Southwest Florida Water Management District is to manage water and related natural resources to ensure their continued availability while maximizing the benefits to the public.

Central to the mission is maintaining the balance between the water needs of current and future users while protecting and maintaining water and related natural resources which provide the District with its existing and future water supply.

The Governing Board of the District assumes its responsibilities as authorized in Chapter 373 and other chapters of the Florida Statutes by directing a wide range of programs, initiatives and actions. These include, but are not limited to, flood protection, water use, well construction and environmental resource permitting, water conservation, education, land acquisition, water resource and supply development, and supportive data collection and analysis efforts.

The District was established in 1961 as a flood protection agency. Since then, its responsibilities have grown to include managing the water supply, protecting water quality and preserving natural systems that serve important water-related functions.

Water Supply

Ensuring adequate water supplies for people, animals and the environment is central to the District’s mission. The District issues water use permits to ensure withdrawals from water bodies will not harm existing users, the water resources or the environment. The District also contributes funding and technical expertise to local governments for programs that conserve water and develop alternative water supplies.

Flood Protection

The District accomplishes flood protection through structural and nonstructural methods. Structural methods include the operation of 18 flood protection structures. Nonstructural methods include purchasing lands that store floodwaters, issuing permits to ensure new development does not cause flooding and contributing funds and technical expertise to local governments for flood protection programs.

Water Quality

The District is actively involved in maintaining and improving the water quality within its boundaries. District permits require new developments to capture and treat polluted stormwater before it is released. Other water quality activities include various stormwater improvement projects, plugging abandoned wells and restoration of habitats that naturally filter water.

Natural Systems

Protecting water-related natural systems increases the District’s ability to carry out all of its responsibilities. To protect natural systems, the District purchases lands that store floodwaters, secure future water supply or serve other water-related functions. Additional protection methods include habitat restoration and the establishment of minimum flows and levels for water bodies.

Miami Children’s Hospital SSES Contract

December 5th, 2016 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment


Miami Children’s Hospital SSES Contract

We are pleased to announce that Ross Engineering was selected for the Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey ( SSES ) contract for the Miami Children’s hospital property in Miami Florida. Scope of work includes a full evaluation of the sanitary sewer system and a phase 2 report submission to Miami-Dade County DERM (RER).

About the Miami Children’s Hospital :

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children’s Hospital, a world leader in pediatric healthcare. With a medical staff of more than 650 physicians and over 3,500 employees, the hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medical care from birth through adolescence. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children’s Hospital, offers more than 40 pediatric specialties and subspecialties, and is home to Florida’s only free-standing pediatric trauma center.


Infiltration/Inflow (I/I) causes dilution in sanitary sewers. Dilution of sewage decreases the efficiency of treatment, and may cause sewage volumes to exceed design capacity. Although inflow is technically different from infiltration, it may be difficult to determine which is causing dilution problems in inaccessible sewers. The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines the term infiltration/inflow as combined contributions from both.[1] 

Groundwater entering sanitary sewers through defective pipe joints and broken pipes is called infiltration.[3] Pipes may leak because of careless installation; they may also be damaged after installation by differential ground movement, heavy vehicle traffic on roadways above the sewer, careless construction practices in nearby trenches, or degradation of the sewer pipe materials. In general, volume of leakage will increase over time. Damaged and broken sewer cleanouts are a major cause of infiltration into municipal sewer systems.[4]

Water entering sanitary sewers from inappropriate connections is called inflow.[3] Typical sources include sump pumps, roof drains, cellar drains, and yard drains where urban features prevent surface runoff, and storm drains are not conveniently accessible or identifiable. Inflow tends to peak during precipitation events, and causes greater flow variation than infiltration. Peak flows caused by inflow may generate a foul flush of accumulated biofilm and sanitary solids scoured from the dry weather wetted perimeter of oversized sewers during peak flow turbulence.[6] Sources of inflow can sometimes be identified by smoke testing. Smoke is blown into the sewer during dry weather while observers watch for smoke emerging from yards, cellars, or roof gutters.[7]

Dilution of sewage directly increases costs of pumping and chlorination, ozonation, or ultraviolet disinfection. Physical treatment structures including screens and pumps must be enlarged to handle the peak flow. Primary clarifiers must also be enlarged to treat average flows, although primary treatment of peak flows may be accomplished in detention basins. Biological secondary treatment is effective only while the concentration of soluble and colloidal pollutants (typically measured as biochemical oxygen demand or BOD) remains high enough to sustain a population of microorganisms digesting those pollutants. Secondary treatment is expected to remove 85 percent of soluble and colloidal organic pollutants from sewage containing 200 mg/L BOD;[8] but BOD removal by conventional biological secondary treatment becomes less effective with dilution and practically ceases as BOD concentrations entering the treatment facility are diluted below about 20 mg/L. Unremoved organics are potentially converted to disinfection by-products by chemical disinfection prior to discharge.

Smoke test results may not correlate well with flow volumes; although they can identify potential problem locations. Where sewage flow is expected to be relatively uniform, significance of infiltration and inflow may be estimated by comparison of sewage flow at the same point during wet and dry weather or at two sequential points within the sewer system. Small areas with large flow differences can be identified if the sewer system provides adequate measuring locations. It may be necessary to replace a section of sewer line if flow differences cannot be corrected by removing identified connections.[7]

Miami Dade Schools Palmetto Senior High School Renovation and Facility Upgrade Project

September 30th, 2016 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment
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Miami Dade Schools Palmetto High School | We are pleased to announce that the design team led by Zyscovich Architects in Miami was selected by Miami-Dade County Public Schools for a $28m renovation and facilities upgrade for Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Miami Palmetto Senior High School in Pinecrest Florida is located in Southwest Miami-Dade County, Fla. and has been in service since 1958. Ross Engineering (Ross) will be handling the civil engineering design, permitting and construction engineering administration for this project. A special thanks to Melissa Siegel Ross and Aleem Ghany (two of Ross’s senior engineers) in assisting the marketing team by evaluating the existing utilities, adjacent roadways and drainage as part of the overall solicitation selection process.

About Miami Dade Schools Palmetto Senior High School :

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Miami Dade Schools Palmetto High School was built in 1958. It serves a culturally and socioeconomically diverse population. It is one of two public high schools with a white non-Hispanic plurality in Miami-Dade County, the other being Tracy and Alonzo Mourning High School. Miami Palmetto is the home school for the residents of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, West Perrine, and Palmetto Estates.[2] The miami dade schools enjoys strong support from the municipal governments of the two primary areas zoned to Palmetto Senior, the Village of Pinecrest and the Village of Palmetto Bay. Both provide noteworthy cash or in-kind donations and have active Educational Advisory Compact agreements that facilitate working with MDCPS. Pinecrest gives $10,000 to the school every year, and Palmetto Bay in 2015 sponsored a community-wide 5K Color Run fundraiser benefit.[3] An active PTSA also contributes substantial resources (funding, programming, volunteer manpower).[4] The school is slated for a $29 million renovation, with groundbreaking anticipated in fall 2016.[5] In the school’s history a few scandals have surfaced, one in which lacrosse players shared racist remarks through a group chat to later be counseled,[6][7] and an incident where a student stabbed a classmate and her teacher with scissors.[8] Miami Palmetto is currently participating in a pilot program of AP Capstone.


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City of Delray Beach Engineer Support Contract for Grants

April 21st, 2016 by Rob Ross Leave a Comment

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City of Delray Beach Engineer Support Contract for Grants

Ross Engineering was selected by the City of Delray Beach engineer dept to provide support for state and federal grants on nearly $10 million in available funding. Along with our sub-consultant, Thompson & Associates, we have assisted on 4 grant applications related to roadway, bridge, pedestrian and recreational improvements within the City.

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The first delray beach engineer initiative is for a Traffic-free Greenway for Bike Cruising and Pedestrian Hiking. The Greenway project, Component 2 of the grant application, establishes a multi-use trail along a beautiful canal. This automobile-free thoroughfare features landscaped and water-bordered bike and walking paths. The 5 mile Greenway will provide access to schools, golf course, and eventually connect with a major east-west greenway that leads to a National Wildlife Refuge to the west and a recreational lake on the east. Other benefits of the greenway include connection to the local high school and the nearest commuter rail station.  It also connects to greenways to cities both north and south of Delray as well as neighborhood bike-pedestrian pathways; it is a truly inter-community transportation facility.

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The second delray beach engineer initiative for the TIGER grant application consists of a human powered transportation grid connecting bike-ped transportation “spines” and creating the basis for “complete streets everywhere”. The grid re-purposes City alleys bisecting each block from underused assets to safe, secure and attractive bike-ped routes.  Residential neighborhoods will be connected to multiple bike pathways and the central business, arts and entertainment districts.  At the same time, the grid will remove blight, provide safe routes to schools and parks, and improve sustainability by reducing water runoff and heat island effects.  The overall design stresses safety, accessibility, landscaping, and environmental improvement.  Every effort will be made to make the grid sustainable, including solar powered lighting and permeable surfaces.

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The third delray beach engineer initiative for the Congress Avenue innovation corridor which is a four mile, 6 lane roadway located along the newly designated Innovation Corridor, an economic development initiative to attract startups to Delray.  The project will construct protected bike lanes and sidewalks and transit interconnections with trolleys and commuter trains to attract companies interested in sustainability and environmentally aware millennials. The project design incorporates native landscaping together with native plants and canopy shade trees to reduce urban heat islands in the strong Florida sun.  The combination of bicycle-pedestrian mobility with existing commuter rail line and new bike paths provides a 21st century transportation solution instead of auto-centered roadways fostered by outdated engineering standards and life style choices. The Corridor will feature:

  • Live, work, play environment, including work force housing
  • Multi use neighborhoods characteristic of “tight urbanism”
  • An extensive trolley circuit that runs the length of Congress and connect to the transit hub as well as the Central Business District
  • Design guidelines that emphasize human scale, extensive landscaping, and sustainability
  • Higher density around the transit hub to emphasize walkability
  • Parking ratios modified to accommodate bicycles, reduce asphalt, and increase tree canopy

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The last delray beach engineer initiative is for the bridge widening of the Brant Bridge which provides pedestrian and bikers access to cross this bridge safely with a barrier between the vehicles and pedestrians/bikers.