18 Sep Spotlight on Paul Lappano
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!