City of Yonkers Engineer Recognized by New York State Society of Professional Engineers
YONKERS, NY – February 4, 2016 – Yonkers City Engineer, Paul N. Summerfield, P.E., will be presented “Outstanding Engineer in Government” Friday, February 19 by the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). The award is recognition for the considerable contributions Summerfield has made to the City of Yonkers, as well as the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of NYSSPE.
“City Engineer Summerfield and the entire Engineering Department have been a crucial component to moving our City forward over the past four years through their innovative efforts and advances including the award-winning Saw Mill River Daylighting Project,” said Mayor Spano. “We are now in Phase III of the project and it continues to be Yonkers’ greatest revitalization success story.”
The Daylighting of the Saw Mill River at Van Der Donck Park broke ground in 2010 and officially opened in fall 2012. Since then, Phase II and III have begun construction at Mill Street Courtyard and New Main Street, respectively. When completed, the Courtyard at New Main Street will include more than 100 feet of uncovered River, a pedestrian foot bridge and open green space. Phase III at New Main Street opened as a public park in June 2015; an engineering firm has been selected to finalize the design and landscape of the park and construction is set to begin in September 2016.
Mayor Spano added, “City Engineer Summerfield has been an instrumental leader of the Engineering team over the last four years, making him a deserving recipient for this award.”
Summerfield is a licensed New York State Professional Engineer with over 30 years’ experience. As City Engineer, Summerfield supervises a staff of 28 while providing professional engineering services to the City of Yonkers. Summerfield is responsible for numerous City infrastructure design and construction projects, including road and bridge construction and reconstruction, traffic engineering, installation and replacement of water mains and sewers, and construction of City buildings, waterfront and parks facilities.
Summerfield was recently appointed a Member of the Westchester County Stormwater Advisory Board. He is a member of various professional societies including National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Summerfield holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Birmingham in England and an MA in Applied Mathematics from Hunter College, City University of New York.
February 17 – February 23 is recognized as National Engineer’s Week. In celebration of the week, NYSSPE honors those professional engineers who have made significant contributions to their profession.