NEW YORK — In 1912, Boston’s Fenway Park opened, the Titanic sank, the first municipal railway began service in San Francisco, construction of Grand Central Terminal was wrapping up, and Woodrow Wilson was elected president. The national debt was $2.8 billion and a dozen eggs cost 36 cents. And, Elwyn E. Seelye founded a structural engineering firm in New York City bearing his name.
Elwyn E. Seelye & Co. would eventually evolve into a multi-disciplinary practice, and be acquired by STV Inc. in 1972, a holding company created by architectural/engineering firm Sanders & Thomas and equipment manufacturer Voss Engineering. STV would acquire other companies, such as international engineering firm Lyon Associates, expanding geographically. Today, STV is a full-service engineering and architectural firm providing an array of services for world-class transportation, infrastructure, building, and energy projects.
“Elwyn Seelye’s enduring vision for excellence and innovation continues to inspire us,” said Dominick M. Servedio, P.E., executive chairman. “We have diversified into new practices, embraced going green, and utilized the latest technology to help us to grow in new directions while staying true to the vision of our founders.”
“STV’s century of success is built upon the foundation of our core values,” noted Milo Riverso, Ph.D., P.E., STV’s chief executive officer and president. “From our earliest days, we were driven to provide our clients with quality service and to serve as leaders in our industry and communities. This is an exciting time for STV, as we look forward towards our next 100 years.”
Some of today’s landmark structures in the United States are among STV’s earliest projects: Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, in Washington, D.C. (1920s); Yale University’s Payne Whitney Gymnasium (1930s) in New Haven, Conn.; the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1940s); the Connecticut Turnpike (1950s) in Branford, Conn.; NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (1960s) at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; the Enrico Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (1970s) in Batavia, Ill.; The Center for Disease Control’s Viral Rickettsial Diseases Laboratory (1980s) in Atlanta; and the rehabilitation of the historic Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan (1990s).
STV continues to work on important assignments throughout the country and in Canada: the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s PATH Transportation Hub; the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project; and One World Trade Center, as the program manager and owner’s representative, all in New York City. Additional projects include: a new light rail transit project in Ottawa, Canada; Yadkin River bridge crossing in North Carolina; a new Brigade and Battalion Headquarters at Fort Stewart in Georgia; and an expansion of the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women, among many others.
Since its founding, STV has developed and expanded its vision of delivering quality service to its clients. The firm consistently ranks among the top engineering and architectural firms in the country. In 2011, the firm was ranked 32nd overall in Engineering News-Record’s list of the top 500 Design Firms. Architectural Record ranked the firm 27th among its Top 150 Architectural Firms list. STV is 100-percent employee-owned firm.