October 19, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband, whose 24-year-old daughter died in the June 5 Market Street building collapse, are urging the city to upgrade the qualifications for Licenses and Inspections commissioner by requiring that a licensed professional engineer fill the post. "This is just as vital as having a law enforcement professional serve as police commissioner, or the health commissioner be an experienced medical professional," Winkler and Jay Bryan, a licensed marine construction engineer, wrote in an essay published Friday on the Inquirer editorial page.
October 15, 2013 |
John E. Kennedy Jr., 79, a Chestnut Hill resident for more than three decades, died of multiple myeloma Monday, Sept. 30, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. Born in State College, Pa., Mr. Kennedy graduated from State College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1956 from the University of Delaware. He completed a master's degree in business administration in 1962 at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and served as president of the Darden Alumni Board from 1986 to 1990.
October 1, 2013 |
HARRY M. PERKS was the guy who got things done. Whether it was supervising the building of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and monitoring its expansion, building new public schools, renovating the library, the zoo and the Academy of Music, building Veterans Stadium, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and myriad other construction projects. Oh, as the city streets commissioner in the 1980s, he coped with Philadelphia's periodically critical trash-disposal problem. When the convention center was completed on time and on budget in 1993, the late Willard G. Rouse III, then chairman of the center authority, gave full credit to Harry Perks, the executive director.
September 28, 2013 |
Charles H. Diehl Jr., 97, of Springfield, an engineering consultant, died of complications of coronary artery disease Monday, Sept. 23, at Maris Grove, a senior facility in Glen Mills. During a half-century career, Mr. Diehl, a licensed engineer, was in on the ground floor as the power-generating field evolved. From the 1930s through the 1950s he managed a hydraulic research laboratory in Philadelphia for the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corp., a maker of construction equipment. During that time, hydroelectric power was gaining in ascendancy.
September 20, 2013 |
WHEN YOU threw a party for Frank Hoffman, you'd better step aside. For his 98th birthday party at a daughter's home in West Deptford, N.J., 68 people crowded in, including family, friends and well-wishers. And there was no doubt that many present had benefited over the years from this man's incredible generosity and concern for all those who needed his special brand of caring. Francis H. "Frank" Hoffman, a mechanical engineer who kept the buildings humming for a number of Philadelphia companies, a passionate Phillies fan whose idea of a great time was chilling out on his patio in Crescentville to listen to a game, died Sept.
August 30, 2013 |
There's something remarkably pure - unadulterated, undiluted - about Ethan Hawke's new action movie, Getaway , which opens Friday. It has no subplots, no subtext, no pretext. It's a film stripped down to a single cinematic ingredient - the car chase. "It is literally the biggest car chase ever in the movies," said director-producer Courtney Solomon of the flick, which costars Selena Gomez and Jon Voight. "It's kind of insane, when you think about it, to go out and make a 90-minute car chase.
August 9, 2013 |
THE SCHOOL district hasn't officially received any additional state or city funding, but it sure is trying to find some money elsewhere. Between July 29 and yesterday, the district filed 26 lawsuits against various architecture and engineering firms seeking repayment of district funds. The district alleges there are "design deficiencies in the drawings and specifications" prepared by the firms for projects in its Capital Improvement Program, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said in a statement.
August 2, 2013 |
The New York-based owner of the Engine 46 firehouse in South Philadelphia said Wednesday that he would consider sparing the 19th-century landmark from demolition if a tenant can be found, according to City Councilman Mark Squilla. The offer came from Bruce Schanzer of Cedar Realty Trust during a meeting with Squilla and James E. Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association. Along with city preservationists, the men have been working since June to save the gabled redbrick structure next to I-95 on Reed Street.
July 26, 2013 |
Volunteer firefighters in Burlington County who lost their century-old headquarters five years ago are regaining a different piece of the past. The 1941 Ford truck that Franklin Fire Co. No. 1 sold in the 1970s and brought back home to Mansfield Township last year - after buying it on eBay - is being restored. The venerable apparatus will be used in parades and for educating kids about fire safety. "We were surprised it was still around," company president Doug Burgstrom says.
July 14, 2013 |
THAT WASN'T so hard, now was it? Cedar-Riverview LP, which owns South Philly's endangered Engine 46 firehouse, agreed yesterday to discuss the building's fate with local officials after the Daily News reported that residents and politicians were fed up with being left in the dark by the New York-based company. A demolition notice was tacked onto the vacant firehouse, at Reed and Water streets, earlier this week, indicating the 119-year-old property would be torn down on or after July 30. City Councilman Mark Squilla said he finally received a phone call from Bruce Schanzer, the president of Cedar Realty Trust, Cedar-Riverview's parent company.