For Meera Ponnappa, one of the great things about working at Urban is getting involved with projects that are a part of New York City’s public spaces. From improvements to waterfront and park spaces like the Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade, Pier 88, and the High Line, to renovations at the Lexington and St. George theaters and New York public libraries, Meera has gotten to play a part in maintaining city institutions as a part of Urban’s special inspections team.
A graduate of George Washington University – where she earned a degree in civil engineering – Meera serves as the practice leader for special inspections for Urban’s New York City office. She has experience managing design, construction, quality, and special inspection projects. Working with private and public clients, she has supported projects that involve infrastructure upgrades and new construction of residential and commercial properties. Meera also has experience preparing CAD drawings, providing estimates, coordinating with subcontractors, reviewing plans and specifications, submitting payment requisitions, and performing construction and special inspections. She was a key person in the development of Urban's Special Inspection Manual and Inspection Procedures, and was responsible for implementing the cloud-based Agile MetaField software Urban uses to coordinate and schedule inspections for improved efficiency.
A favorite public spaces project of Meera’s was the rehabilitation design and construction efforts for the Battery Park City’s South Cove Jetty in Lower Manhattan. A signature structure in the area, Meera and the team focused on a repair for the piles, braces, and decking that would maintain the artist’s original work while improving the jetty’s structural integrity. She also has been able to work on resiliency projects. Meera assisted with design to mitigate storm surge flooding for the area surrounding Fresh Creek in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood. “It’s really rewarding to see when our projects benefit the local communities,” she says.