|Alumni Pool Talents To Recreate Fort Ticonderoga Building
Three Rensselaer alumni were closely involved in the design and construction of the new Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga, which was dedicated in July. The center, a replica of the 18th-century French military warehouse that was burned down so as to keep it out of the hands of British soldiers, completes the restoration of the fort to its original 1755 configuration.
Peter Reale ’79, a civil engineering graduate, was responsible for the site work, which included delicate rock excavation within the masonry walls of the fort, which is a National Historic Landmark. He also recycled some of the rock spoils by incorporating them into a sediment retention pond to reduce silt run-off into Lake George. Reale is president of Reale Construction of Ticonderoga, N.Y.
Phil Steiner ’80, a mechanical engineering graduate, is a principal at AltieriSeborWieber of Norwalk, Conn., a leading mechanical engineering design office for museum environments. Steiner utilized a groundwater thermal heating and cooling system for the new center’s environmental system.
Kirsten Youngren ’98, an architecture graduate, was responsible for design and construction administration. A member of Tonetti Associates Architects in New York City, she is a LEED-accredited professional and is oversee-ing the LEED process for the building, which is slated for a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.