Ryan-Biggs Winner of Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award from the Capital District Chapter of the NYSSPE

July 15 2009

Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C., a consulting firm specializing in structural engineering in Troy, NY, was named winner of the 2009 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award from the Capital District Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

Selected for its structural engineering work on the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga, Ryan-Biggs received the award for the successful completion of this state-of-the-art facility.  This award honors the vision of Fort Ticonderoga and the diligent efforts of the design and construction team for the eight-year endeavor that culminated in the grand opening of this historic reconstruction in 2008.

Fort Ticonderoga is a National Historic Landmark. The stone fort was built by the French military between 1755 and 1759 in New York on Lake Champlain. As British troops advanced in 1759, French troops evacuated the Fort, but not before blowing up the King's Magazine, "Le magasin du Roi." Following British and American occupation, the Fort fell into ruin until restoration was begun in the early 1900s.  "Le magasin du Roi" remained in ruin for nearly 240 years until planning for reconstruction began in 2000. The goal was to restore the Fort and create a historically accurate and environmentally friendly year-round educational facility to expand the Fort's importance to the community.

Le magasin du Roi has been reborn as the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center, a faithful reconstruction of an 18th-century military building outside with a 21st century education center inside. It is the largest capital project undertaken by the Fort since it opened to the public, and it restores the original skyline, casting a shadow not seen since 1759.  Tonetti Associates Architects of New York City was the restoration architect.

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