RED BANK, NJ - The Red Bank engineering firm ENGenuity Infrastructure, located at 12 Broad Street and anchored by Jaclyn J. Flor, President and CEO, was contracted by the Red Bank RiverCenter to provide an improvement plan for the White Street and English Plaza Parking lots.
To review the ENGenuity’s plan, click on the HERE.
Flor is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a New Jersey Licensed Professional Planner and has received multiple awards for her projects and her accomplishments, including ENR New York 2016 Top 20 under 40 Professionals in the New York Region, and 2015 NJBIZ Top 40 under 40.
We asked Jaclyn a series of questions to learn about her, her firm and the parking lot plans.
TAP: What personal influences made you realize that a career in community planning and engineering was for you?
I have always approached engineering with the end user in mind. We design spaces for people, and if a project is planned and designed to be inclusive it can make an impact on a community.
TAP: What factors did you take in account when presenting the parking improvements plan for Red Bank?
For the White Street and English Plaza project, it was important to have a thorough listening phase. Our Client, the Red Bank RiverCenter in collaboration with the Borough of Red bank, involved many stakeholders early on in the process so that we had a comprehensive understanding of the community’s goals. We took the time to listen and we documented all the feedback.
What we found was that Red Bank as a community wanted a space that was safe and inviting, provided convenient and ample parking, but also a project area that addressed pedestrian access and circulation, aesthetics, environmental performance, economic viability, and a space that could be programmed for events.
TAP: What will be the next steps in the planning process?
The planning phase of the project is complete, and we are now in the design phase. The project will be advanced to final design, and final construction plans and specifications prepared.
The project will be publicly advertised this Winter, and will be awarded to a Contractor. Construction is anticipated to commence in the Spring of 2019 and be completed by next Summer.
TAP: What other projects have you completed and are working on?
ENGenuity has multiple projects in various stages of design and construction.
Our projects span both the public and private sector and include water infrastructure upgrades, complete street upgrades, road raising and reconstruction, historic roadway rehabilitation projects, school board capital projects, and commercial and residential development.
TAP: Nearly as many women are graduating in engineering as men. Research shows that across the world women are hired less, paid less and blocked from key creative positions at the top firms. Did you meet any such obstacles, and if so, how did you overcome them?
Mentorship is so important for our youth. Our youth emulate what the strong role models in their lives. I was lucky to find a strong mentor early in my career that I was able to learn from. I learned many hard career lessons along the way, and there were certainly struggles as a single mother juggling a career. However, I overcame these obstacles by persevering, and knowing when to forge my own path.
TAP: ENGenuity Infrastructure philosophy is that, “Diversity and Balance are paramount.” Please explain what that means.
Our Approach to planning and design is to find a diverse solution that addresses that balance which serves all aspects of society, which are the People, including residents, visitors, and users; Industry and Business; and the Environment.
Any firm can fix infrastructure challenges by putting it back the way it was before, it takes innovation to consider how people, businesses, and the environment will get the most benefit and redesign an integrated solution.
As a business, a diverse staff and skill set drives the exchange of ideas, and results in integrated designs that are well planned, tested, and challenged by multiple technical experts with different perspectives.
The balance of this skill and experience produces innovative solutions. ENGenuity Infrastructure offers the following services to our Clients: Planning, Engineering, Surveying, Landscape Architecture, and Permitting services.
In the words of Margaret Thatcher, “If you want something said; ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”
Words never rang truer when applied to Jaclyn Flor and her team at ENGenuity Infrastructure.
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