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Session No. 4C

Session Title: Transportation Design Meets Conservation

Session Description: Vulnerable bridges, storms, mussels, and wetland banking. This session brings an environmental flair to Transportation design challenges.

Moderator Name: Eileen Collins, PE PTOE, Dewberry               

Where Transportation Meets Conservation—Hunter Station Bridge, Tom McClelland, PE PTOE, Design Services Engineer, PennDOT District 1

Design Strategies for Vulnerable Infrastructure, Thomas A. Grapuensperger, Sr. Environmental Scientist, Dewberry

Understanding Wetland and Stream BankingTom Johnston, Vice President, Skelly and Loy, Inc.

Speaker Bios

Tom McCelland is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has spent the past 23 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 1-0 in Northwest Pennsylvania. McCelland has developed an experience base that includes maintenance of highway systems, traffic engineering, and the design of highway and bridge projects. He has held many positions in the traffic unit over his career dealing with signing, studies, signalization, and ITS. In his current position as Design Services Engineer, McCelland has spent the past four years managing project development activities for complex highway and bridge projects being designed by teams of PennDOT engineers and engineering consultant firms. His areas of responsibility also include environmental and right-of-way clearances for all PennDOT regional projects. He also wears the hat of roundabout coordinator for the District since 2013. McCelland is currently serving as the 2nd Vice President of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), Franklin, Pennsylvania section.

Thomas A. Graupensperger, Senior Environmental Scientist, Dewberry has more than 38 years of experience in environmental and ecological restoration. He oversees a broad range of environmental services including MS4 compliance support, environmental documentation and permitting, wetlands mitigation and replacement design, stream restoration and stabilization design, watershed management and pollution reduction planning, and green infrastructure design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Management from Pennsylvania State, is Rosgen Level 4 certified, and has designed, coordinated the development and implementation of plans, specifications and cost estimates, and overseen construction of approximately 5.9 miles of Natural Channel Stream Restoration on 35 separate stream reaches, more than 240 acres of replacement wetlands and approximately 82 stormwater BMPs/SCMs. 

As Vice President of Corporate Developmentat Skelly and Loy, Tom Johnson, is responsible for the coordination of ecological and regulatory services conducted company-wide and professional developing technical staff. Over the past 33 years, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from wetlands investigation to aquatic sampling to terrestrial habitat modeling. Johnston is involved in all facets of biological projects including field data collection, data analysis, report generation, and project management. He has managed more than 200 projects that have included both specific wetland studies and general Environmental Assessments for a variety of government, utility, and private clients, including major 404 permit application and NEPA Environmental Impact Statements. He has also provided expert testimony before the U. S. Federal court, Commonwealth Court, Common Pleas courts and the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shippensburg State College in 1983.



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