Spotlight on Paul Lappano 9/18/14
Next up in our series of Employee Spotlights is Paul Lappano, PE, LEED AP.
How long have you been working at LKB?
My son was born the year I started working at LKB. He just celebrated his 32nd birthday – so that’s 32 years!
What is your role here at LKB and has that always been your position?
I am the Vice President of Environmental Services. My role is to prepare project schedules and job assignments, and provide QA/QC technical and budget review for over 20 contracts for a wide variety of projects including: solid waste management, environmental monitoring, wastewater pumping stations, and environmental assessments for transportation projects. I also support marketing efforts by preparing proposals, technical papers and presentations, and meeting with clients.
I started at LKB as a Project Engineer, and received several promotions to Project Manager, Director of Environmental Engineering, and am now a Vice President.
What is your most significant project?
I have worked on a number of notable projects, but assisting the Town of Hempstead with converting the Merrick Landfill into the award-winning Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve under a pilot project with the NYSDEC, is the one that stands out in my mind because it was unique and the first landfill-park conversion in New York State. Our ideas and design saved the Town over $20 million in remedial construction costs, while converting this 45-acre closed waterfront landfill into a passive park and nature preserve for the public benefit. It has three miles of hiking/nature trails with exercise stations, a public kayak launch ramp, freshwater ponds with a windmill circulation system, several acres of restored tidal wetlands, a terrapin nesting area, a 500-foot-long fishing pier, a ranger station, an amphitheater, and public works complex infrastructure improvements. The project received three engineering awards from the NSPE, the ASCE and the Governor’s Office, respectively; has been visited by over 500,000 people and numerous school groups since its completion in 2001, and will be a source of public enjoyment and education for generations to come. I was also privileged to work with LKB’s diverse and professional team which included: hydrogeologists, an air quality scientist, wetland specialists, civil engineers, traffic engineers, landscape architects, surveyors, structural engineers, construction inspectors, electrical engineers and AutoCAD technicians. I was also afforded the opportunity to provide a presentation on the project to a contingent of over 15 officials and engineers from Argentina who were interested in performing the same type of project in their country. In addition, I gave three presentations on the project at ASCE and solid waste management conferences.
Fun facts about you (hobbies, life outside the office)
My wife and I are enjoying the benefits of being empty-nesters, including travel abroad (England two years ago and Italy next year!). I also enjoy fishing, skiing and gardening, and have a long bucket list!