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As President, Mr. Solarz oversees and manages the daily operations and client relations of the firm. Mr. Solarz has more than 30 years of diverse experience in engineering, constructing and managing a variety of civil engineering projects for both public and private clients. He represents local governmental clients and assists them with grant funding, infrastructure projects, storm water management, traffic management, planning, zoning and land development reviews, expert testimony and community relations. In addition to public infrastructure projects, Mr. Solarz has extensive experience in building
design, construction and maintenance. He also managed the regional engineering, permitting and regulatory affairs as well as capital and development projects for an international environmental services firm. Contract management responsibilities included projects up to $55 million in construction and over $1 million in technical consulting and permitting. Mr. Solarz’ project awards include an American Concrete Institute Award of Merit for construction of an architectural concrete parking structure and a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for an alternate fuel (methane) power production facility.
Municipal Projects conducted under Mr. Solarz’s direction include grant funding for infrastructure development, road reconstruction, storm water management improvements, floodplain studies, traffic management plans, traffic impact studies, traffic calming improvements, park design and construction, utility inspection and maintenance programs, land development reviews and escrow administration in accordance with the MPC, ordinance preparation and revision, expert testimony, municipal representation and consultation.
Road Restoration Projects
Budgeting, design, plans and specifications, bids and contract administration for municipal roadway reconstruction projects including storm sewers, storm sewer inlets, curbs, sidewalks and pavement reconstruction. Unique aspects of these projects include special curb and sidewalk construction to accommodate existing large shade trees in older neighborhoods, correction of chronic drainage problems and evaluation of municipal roadway networks for prioritized annual maintenance.
This “pocket” park was built from Gilmore & Associates, Inc.’s conceptual design sketch by the Borough’s Public Works Department with close consultation with Gilmore & Associates, Inc. thus enabling the project to be fast-tracked. The project is a successful recreational asset to an area of the Borough that previously had no recreation opportunities for small children or teens.
Prepared the Borough’s first traffic impact ordinance. Prepared reviews and redrafts of the Borough’s Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) Zoning Ordinance.
Gilmore & Associates, Inc. has helped the Borough secure a Keystone Grant for the design and development of Chestnut Street Park. With walking trails and much needed parking areas, Chestnut Street Park provides both passive and active recreation opportunities for Borough residents.
Research, design and construction of traffic calming improvements, including speed humps, signage and road treatments. Design, Penn DOT permitting and construction administration of a large-scale traffic calming project consisting of landscaped roadway medians to improve aesthetics and calm traffic entering the Borough’s southern gateway. Completion of a Borough-wide traffic management plan that developed strategies to minimize unintentional through-traffic and provided an objective process to implement traffic calming in local neighborhoods. Retiming of the Borough’s Main Street corridor traffic signals resulting in smoother traffic progression and improved level of service. Traffic signal upgrades to provide for emergency preemption and accessible pedestrian crossing capabilities.
Design/Permitting/Construction Bid Administration
Traffic signal design, permitting and construction bid administration. Successful County grant application that provides for 75% of construction costs for the upgrade of five (5) traffic signals along the Borough’s main street corridor (Old York Road).
Eminent Domain/Floodplain Issues
Provide testimony and support to the Borough Solicitor regarding eminent domain and floodplain issues.
Private sector projects completed by Mr. Solarz or under his supervision include commercial and institutional building projects with contract values up to $100,000,000 as well as smaller design-build building projects. Environmental projects including waste water treatment facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, methane gas-fueled electrical power production facility and related support infrastructure including roads, buildings, storage tanks, utilities etc. Mr. Solarz managed project development and construction as well as project permitting and regulatory affairs.
Waste Management, Inc. —
Davcon, Inc. (Cherry Hill, New Jersey)
Mr. Solarz was a partner in a successful design-build construction business with full profit and loss responsibility. Developed marketing and business plans. Managed all operations and financial aspects of the company.
The George Hyman Construction Company (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Mr. Solarz served as a Contract Administrator for the 30th Street Station historic building renovation. Contract value of $ 55,000,000.
Mr. Solarz was a Construction Field Supervisor for the construction of Two Logan Square, a thirty four-story office building and the Veterans Administration Medical Center multiple building project, both located in Philadelphia. Contract values were approximately $100,000,000 each.
Gilmore & Associates, Inc. is committed to a professional practice that embraces green infrastructure which includes designs that utilize or emulate natural systems to provide the essential services demanded by civilization while protecting or enhancing environmental quality....continue