New Jersey Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture News

July 2017

William Lane is Executive Vice President and Principal at Menlo Engineering Associates, Inc. 

Bill started his employment at Menlo Engineering in 1985 as technician and he has been a Project Manager with the firm for 25 years and a Licensed Engineer for 20 years.  Bill received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  He has an extensive list of successful development projects to his credit and has provided expert testimony before numerous Municipal Planning and Zoning Boards.

Bill’s 32 years of experience at the firm has led to extensive knowledge in all aspects of the land development process from conceptual planning and engineering design to permit acquisition and construction administration and has resulted in an impressive list of successful projects of all sizes and challenges, including, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Raritan Town Square and Raritan Junction, Flemington, NJ:  Adjacent sites, both designated as “Areas in need of Redevelopment” by the Municipality. Raritan Town Square is a 520,000-SF mixed use, retail/office/restaurants, power center, with two big box retailers located on the 69-acre former Flemington Speedway Racetrack and Fairgrounds site.  The design was based on a pedestrian-oriented Town center concept with 50% open space and a center green with Township-imposed traffic calming features.  The project's design included County and NJDOT roadway construction plans and traffic signal designs, as well as football and practice fields for the Pioneer Pop Warner organization.  Raritan Junction consists of the construction of a 148,000-SF Costco with gas station on the 42-acre site former Yale Manufacturing site and required substantial NJDEP Flood Hazard Area and Freshwater Wetlands Permits.  Approximately 5.5 acres was deeded to the Township, including an athletic field and a 110-space parking lot across from the High School.  Three additional lots were subdivided for future development.
  • Boonton Investors, Boonton, NJ:  A 180,000 SF retail/restaurant/bank/shopping center located on the 24-acre former Pacific Vegetable Oil Corporation site in a Redevelopment Zone.  The design included the realignment of the existing roadway, widening of a railroad bridge, extensive retaining walls to balance the proposed shopping center along steep slopes, multiple roadway construction plans and traffic signal design, and contaminated groundwater remediation and building foundation venting design.
  • DuPont Fabros Data Center, Piscataway, NJ:  A 360,000 SF computer data center that achieved LEED Gold Certification for DuPont Fabros Technology located on the 38-acre former GlaxoSmithKline Beechman Pharmaceutical site.  Bill designed a comprehensive stormwater management program to accommodate the data center’s requirements for the substantial cooling system, which included two, 60-foot tall, chilled water tanks and required a NJPDES Discharge to Surface Water approval.  The project required extensive utility upgrades and a new electrical substation, as well no net export of site material.  The site was designed to maintain the existing groundwater treatment network on-site.  He also prepared a flood plain analysis for approximately 7,500 acres of upstream drainage area as part of the required NJDEP Flood Hazard Area and Freshwater Wetlands approvals.
  • The Promenade at Warren, Warren, NJ:  A 208-unit, age-restricted, gated, residential community on a 71-acre site, consisting of multi-family and single-family dwellings, along with a community clubhouse with pool and courts and a walking trail with bridges and seating spaces.  The community complex was designed along a steeply sloping site bisected by two stream corridors, requiring an extensive stormwater management design and NJDEP Flood Hazard Area and Freshwater Wetlands approvals.  The project also required 1,500 linear feet of County road reconstruction and widening and a new traffic signal.

Bill’s enthusiasm for design and solving complex development issues is evident in all of his work and he looks forward to continuing Menlo Engineering’s long tradition of excellence in engineering design.