News and Recent Projects

December 18, 2020

As with most of 2020 the Childs Engineering Holiday Party was done via Zoom! But unlike most Zoom meetings this one involved a fantastic Cheese and Beer tasting by Katie at Mullahy’s in Hudson, MA. Each person got given a selection of cheeses and beers … Continue reading “Cheese, Charcuterie, and Beers!”

October 27, 2020

Childs Engineering President, Charlie M. Roberts, presented at the recent Waterfront Facilities Assessment Workshop. The workshop presented by BSCES and the local COPRI Chapter was done virtually with two 2 hour sessions. The workshop provided best-of- … Continue reading “Childs Engineering President Speaks at COPRI Boston Waterfront Facilities Assessment Workshop”

September 17, 2020

Childs Engineering was part of the Clippership Wharf team that was selected to receive the 2020 EBC Climate Change Project of the Year Award presented by The Environmental Business Council of New England. “Clippership Wharf is an innovative residential … Continue reading “2020 EBC Climate Change Project of the Year Award Winner”

July 22, 2020

Childs Engineering turned 50 this month! While we were hoping to be able to have a little more of a celebration, that will have to go on hold at least for the near future. Childs Engineering was founded in 1970 by Kenny Childs who firmly believed that … Continue reading “Childs Engineering Celebrates 50 Years of Waterfront Structural Engineering Excellence!”

March 25, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and inline with the recommendations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts all our employees are working remotely. We all still have access to voicemail and email. We are still conducting essential fieldwork but are taking the recommend … Continue reading “COVID-19”

January 20, 2020

Childs has been awarded a 5-Year contract with the United States Navy for Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment Services in Region 1. This continues Childs’ relationship with the U.S. Navy going back over 40 years. Under this contract Childs … Continue reading “Childs Engineering Awarded a 5-Year Navy Contract”

December 20, 2019

Childs’ employees enjoyed a holiday luncheon at The Chateau restaurant in Franklin where everyone ate, drank and was merry! After lunch, we participated in a Yankee Swap where unmarked gifts were opened by the draw of a number and lots of back and fort … Continue reading “Mangia Mangia!”

December 6, 2019

Childs was all geared up to celebrate the holiday season this year at Supercharged Entertainment complex in Wrentham. Everyone was pedal to the medal racing around the multi-level tracks! After the adrenaline wore off, we headed to Wormtown Brewery at … Continue reading “Childs is All Geared Up!”

October 20, 2018

Childs is looking for talented people to fill a variety of positions at our growing engineering firm. More info here:

April 2, 2018

Childs has an opening for a Waterfront Engineer Intern. While diving will not be part of the internship the option for dive training and experience will be available. The goal of the internship is to expose the engineer to what we do with the hope that … Continue reading “Internship Available”

February 8, 2018

Childs exhibited again at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Boston Posts Small Business Conference this February. It was a great chance to meet up with some familiar faces and to make some new contacts while learning about what the loca … Continue reading “SAME Boston Post”

January 13, 2018

Childs’ employees celebrated the holidays with a company party at 19th Golf and Grill. Everyone had a great time on the golf simulators swinging the clubs, and many were grateful they didn’t have to go and chase half of their shots!

December 17, 2017

Childs is looking for the following engineers to join our team: • Senior Geotechnical Engineer • Senior Structural Engineer • Civil/Structural Engineer Diver • Entry Level Engineer Diver We have focused on the specialized field of waterfront structures … Continue reading “We are Hiring!”

November 1, 2017

As part of a long term transition plan Charlie M. Roberts, PE, D.PE, a longtime employee of Childs, has assumed the role of President from David L. Porter, PE. Dave has assumed the role of Chairman and will continue to be an integral part of the organi … Continue reading “Leadership Change at Childs”

September 30, 2017

In the wake of the recent string of hurricanes Childs had multiple teams deployed to support damage assessments in Texas and the Southeast USA. We were able to support the Coast Guard efforts by assessing damage to their structures in Texas some of whi … Continue reading “Hurricane Damage Assessments”

August 10, 2017

Childs is pleased to welcome aboard Ryan Cavanaugh, a 2017 Civil Engineering graduate from WPI who just completed his 9 week commercial diver training in Fort William, Scotland.

July 30, 2017

In the summer publication of ASCE’s Civil Engineering Magazine an article written by ASCE Editor Robert Reid titled ‘Engineers Dive Deep’ featured an insight into engineer diving. Childs Engineering as a pioneer in the field of engineer diving since th … Continue reading “Childs featured in Civil Engineering Magazine”

June 30, 2017

Two teams of engineer divers headed down to Jacksonville, Florida this month to conduct a waterfront facilities inspection at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and two DLA fueling facilities in the same area. The inspection included a two fueling piers, a … Continue reading “Off to Florida”

April 30, 2017

Charlie M. Roberts, PE, D.PE was asked to present at the COPRI Met Section and Deep Foundations Institutes New York City Ports and Marine Engineering Seminar at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Charlie gave a presentation on the bollard load testi … Continue reading “NYC Ports and Marine Seminar”

February 26, 2017

Childs has been active at the local posts of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) this February. Our staff exhibited at the Boston Posts Small Business Conference where it was a great chance to meet up with some familiar faces and to make … Continue reading “It’s a SAME month”

January 19, 2017

Childs Engineering Corporation is looking for recent or about to graduate civil/structural engineering students to join our waterfront structural engineering firm as an engineer diver. We are a small company based in Bellingham, MA and are mainly focus … Continue reading “We are Hiring!”

October 17, 2016

Childs, together with the Lend Lease team, has begun construction administration services for the Clippership Wharf project.  Childs is responsible for the design of the seawall stabilization and the fixed piers and the floating dock facilities for pub … Continue reading “Childs provides Construction Support for Clippership Wharf”

September 1, 2016

Childs Engineering Corporation has joined the Tishman Speyer team in developing the design for the rehabilitation of the seawalls at the Pier 4 Phase lll project as well as design of new marine structures including harborwalk and access piers. The seaw … Continue reading “Rehabilitation of Pier 4 Seawalls”

August 17, 2016

Childs, working with the Trinity Financial team, has recently provided design modification services and contract administration services for the Border Street project in East Boston, MA. Childs has also provided assistance in permitting the project as … Continue reading “Childs Continues work on Boston Waterfront”

July 1, 2016

Childs Engineering has been awarded a 5-Year contract with the United States Coast Guard for Ocean Architect-Engineer Services to support U.S. Coast Guard Facilities Nationwide. Childs is excited to have this opportunity to continue to provide a high l … Continue reading “Childs Engineering Awarded 5-Year Coast Guard Contract”

June 16, 2016

Childs Engineering was well represented at the ASCE/COPRI Ports ’16 conference. Charlie Roberts helped teach a short course on Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment, as well as presented a paper he co-wrote with Rebecca Skalaski on the Bollar … Continue reading “Childs Employees Present at Ports ‘16 Conference”

May 1, 2016

Congratulations to Andrew Nilson, P.E. for becoming an ADCI certified commercial diver. Drew completed the rigorous 8 week class in Minnesota that was split into 2 four week classes with additional self-study classes outside of that time. Drew along wi … Continue reading “New Certified Commercial Engineer Diver”

April 1, 2016

Childs currently has one of our waterfront facility inspection dive teams deployed to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA for a 3 month inspection of 33 waterfront facilities. While we typically like to keep our interaction with marine wildlife to a min … Continue reading “Interacting with the Wildlife”

March 1, 2016

Childs led a geotechnical investigation for the U.S. Coast Guard at Station Rockland, ME. The investigation included both land and water borings with undisturbed samples, in-situ shear vane tests, and bedrock sampling. This investigation will enable us … Continue reading “Maine Geotechnical Investigation”

February 1, 2016

Charlie Roberts, P.E. presented the latest ASCE Manual of Practice to the COPRI Boston Chapter. Charlie worked on the manual with a group of industry experts for over 5 years, and the manual was finally published last year. Charlie, with a group of his … Continue reading “Childs Employee presents to COPRI Boston”

January 1, 2016

A big congratulations to Matthew Styckiewicz, P.E. and Corey Chalmers, P.E. for passing the PE Exam and becoming licensed Professional Engineers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Corey and Matt have been at Childs for almost 4 years and are an inte … Continue reading “Two More P.E.’s”

December 20, 2015

Childs’ employees celebrated the holidays with a company party at Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Everyone had a great time bowling and strikes were a plenty. Prizes were awarded for the best team as everyone tucked into the buffet dinner.

November 1, 2015

Childs’ Engineer Divers headed to Key West this month for a Waterfront Facilities Inspection of Naval Air Station Key West. With the weekends off everyone had time to enjoy the local hospitality as well as get a few dives on the wreck of the USNS Vande … Continue reading “Off to Key West”

October 8, 2015

At the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section 167th Annual Awards Dinner Rebecca Skalaski and Charlie Roberts received the 2015 Small Employer Recognition Award on behalf of Childs Engineering Corporation. Childs was presented with the award for enc … Continue reading “BSCES Small Employer Award”

September 8, 2015

Rebecca Skalaski and Charlie Roberts presented their paper entitled ‘Rehabilitating Boston’s Aging Seawalls for Sea Level Rise and Coastal Resiliency’ at the combined Coastal Structures and Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference in Boston, MA. The p … Continue reading “Childs Speak at Coastal Conference”

August 8, 2015

Childs held their annual summer cookout for Childs employees and their families. Lobsters and steamers were on the menu again and on a glorious summer day everyone have a great time relaxing next to or in the pool.

August 8, 2015

Childs was awarded a contract by MaineDOT to conduct underwater bridge inspection throughout the entire State. Childs’ engineering staff who are also qualified commercial divers and underwater bridge inspections will be conducting the inspections on a … Continue reading “Childs Conducts Underwater Bridge Inspections for MaineDOT”

July 8, 2015

Childs as a consultant to The Fallon Company designed the marine components of the Fan Pier Park. This included amongst other things the structural design of the Tidal Well and Harborwalk Bridge. Richard Burck Associates was the landscape architect who … Continue reading “Fan Pier ‘Tidal Pool’ Construction nears Completion”

June 8, 2015

After several years of effort by a committed group of industry leaders, ASCE Manual of Practice 130 – Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment has finally been published. Craig Sams, P.E. and Charlie Roberts, P.E. from Childs both contributed to … Continue reading “New Waterfront Facilities Inspection Manual Published”

May 8, 2015

A big congratulations to Andrew Nilson, P.E. for passing the PE Exam and becoming a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Drew has been with Childs for over 5 years and has recently been providing construction oversight t … Continue reading “Congrats to Andrew Nilson, P.E.”

April 8, 2015

Childs Engineering is pleased to announce that the Lovejoy Wharf project has been named a recipient of the Preservation Massachusetts 2015 Tsongas Award. The Lovejoy Wharf project redeveloped the Converse and Hoffman Buildings in Boston’s North End int … Continue reading “Lovejoy Wharf Honored with Preservation Award”

March 8, 2015

Childs Engineering has been awarded a 5-Year contract with the United States Navy for Underwater Inspection Services in Region 1. This continues Childs’ relationship with the U.S. Navy going back over 35 years. Under this contract Childs will be inspec … Continue reading “Childs Engineering Awarded 5-Year Navy Contract”

February 8, 2015

Childs Engineering employees attended and helped organize a 4 day NHI Underwater Bridge Inspection Course in Taunton, MA. Childs now has an additional 3 Engineer Divers who are now qualified to conduct underwater bridge inspection to supplement our gro … Continue reading “Underwater Bridge Inspection”

January 8, 2015

A big congratulations to Nic Sarata, P.E. for passing the PE Exam and becoming a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nic has been with Childs for over 8 years and plays a vital role in helping make sure our Federal clie … Continue reading “Congrats to Nic Sarata, P.E.”

December 20, 2014

Childs Engineering celebrated a great year at our holiday party. In 2014 our Engineers found themselves working up and down the east coast from Key West, FL to Eastport, ME as well as several international projects.

December 8, 2014

The Community Rowing Boathouse has won the 2014 AIA Honor Award for Architecture.  As part of the Anmahian Winton Architects design team Childs Engineering was responsible for the all the waterfront structural design and oversight. The awards jury cons … Continue reading “You are here 2014 AIA Institute Honor Award for Community Rowing Boathouse”

November 8, 2014

Several Engineers from Childs Engineering attended the MALSE/BSCES 1 day seminar on Sustainability and Resiliency in FEMA Special Flood Areas. The course was taught by leaders from the State and FEMA Region 1 and highlighted the issues of building and … Continue reading “From the Mountains to the Oceans”

October 8, 2014

Childs Engineering’s engineer divers spent most of the summer inspecting the various piers and wharfs at Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard in Kittery, ME. The inspections involved both underwater and topside inspections, including the fender systems, mooring … Continue reading “Inspections at Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard, Kittery, ME”

September 8, 2014

Childs Engineering recently completed the Pier 2 Repair Project at Naval Station Newport, RI as part of a design build team with AGM Marine Contractors, Inc.  The fast track project was bid and awarded in mid-July and was completed by the beginning of … Continue reading “Design build team awarded prestigious Command Coin”

August 8, 2014

This month Childs Engineering held their annual Summer Cookout for employees and their families. Delicious lobsters and steamers were meticulously prepared by our ‘Executive Chefs’ Dave Porter (President) and Craig Sams (VP). Everybody had a great time … Continue reading “Annual Summer Cookout”

July 8, 2014

Childs Engineering is pleased to announce that another of Childs Engineering’s engineer divers has completed the 2 week National Highway Institute’s Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges course. By completing this course Charlie M. Roberts, P.E. is n … Continue reading “NHI Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges”

June 8, 2014

Construction has started at Constellation Wharf in Charlestown, MA where Childs Engineering will be providing project oversight and inspection services until project completion in spring 2015.  The project consists of installing 1720 sacrificial anodes … Continue reading “Construction Services at Constellation Wharf, Charlestown, MA”

May 8, 2014

Childs Engineering employees helped organize and attended the COPRI Boston presentation on the Planning and Design Guidelines of Small Craft Harbors. Chairman of the ASCE/COPRI Marinas 2020 Committee, Fred Klancnik, gave a presentation on the latest up … Continue reading “ASCE/COPRI Planning and Design Guidelines of Small Craft Harbors”

April 8, 2014

Childs Engineering was once again proud to sponsor The Boston Harbor Association’s 21st Annual Boston Harbor Celebration and Auction. Several Childs employees attended the annual event which helps supports nearly 1/3 of TBHA’s work to promote Boston’s … Continue reading “Childs Sponsors Annual TBHA Celebration and Auction”

March 8, 2014

With the engineer dive teams now back in the office working on the reports for over 60 facilities inspected for various clients, including a final QA/QC inspection for the US Navy in Spain for the repairs to a fuel pier that Childs designed. Luckily wh … Continue reading “Diving on our Day Off!”

February 8, 2014

Childs has recently responded to an emergency request by the BRA/EDIC for engineering services at the South Jetty in the former Army Supply Base in South Boston. Childs assisted with a similar emergency in 2007. Sections of the existing wharf have fail … Continue reading “Emergency Engineering Services in Boston”

January 8, 2014

As the winter takes hold in the northeast Childs’ engineer divers are mobilizing to various regions in Florida and Texas to conduct a series of underwater inspections. We will have 3 teams out in the coming month and with the cold temperatures in Massa … Continue reading “Childs Mobilizes Engineer Diver Teams to the South”

December 8, 2013

Childs staff celebrated a successful 2013 at our holiday party. In 2013 Childs staff found themselves working on the East and West Coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and in Europe for a range of design and inspection projects for Federal and private clients.

November 8, 2013

Various Childs Engineering personnel mobilized to 5 different United States Coast Guard Stations in the Northeast to conduct an extensive land and water soil boring program as part of a geotechnical investigation being conducted to support the repairs … Continue reading “USCG Design Investigations”

October 8, 2013

Childs Engineering sent personnel to a 3 day Hypack refresher class to learn the latest developments with the software for both single beam and side scan survey operations. This recognizes our goal to stay at the forefront of technology in the key serv … Continue reading “Hydrographic and Side Scan Survey Refresher”

September 8, 2013

Childs Engineering personnel mobilized down to the Gulf Coast to conduct both underwater and topside tower inspections for the USCG. Some of the towers were several miles offshore so we sent down our in-house engineers that are certified to both climb … Continue reading “USCG Tower Inspections”

August 8, 2013

Childs Engineering was represented at the PORTS ’13 – “Ports: Success through Diversification” conference in Seattle, WA. The conference enabled us to share knowledge and ideas amongst an international audience of port, harbor, waterway, and marine pro … Continue reading “PORTS ’13 – “Ports: Success through Diversification””

July 8, 2013

Childs Engineering recently finished up inspecting the berth of the USS Constitution, the oldest warship afloat, at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, MA. The inspection was done using surface supplied air from both the pier and from our boat. Our di … Continue reading “USS Constitution Waterfront Inspection”

June 8, 2013

Childs Engineering continued its sponsorship of the St. Luke’s School Golf Classic at Swansea Country Club in Swansea, MA. The foursome of Richard FitzGerald, Al Leduc, Matt Styckiewicz and SLS parent, Ray Baker, represented CEC at the tournament. Proc … Continue reading “St. Luke’s School Golf Classic”

May 7, 2013

Childs Engineering recently finished a project for the Steamship Authority which consisted of inspecting and designing repairs for the existing timber pier, transfer bridge and dolphin fenders at the Oak Bluffs ferry terminal on Martha’s Vineyard. The … Continue reading “Steamship Authority’s Oak Bluffs Ferry Terminal Repairs”

April 7, 2013

Childs Engineering has just finished up a three month Waterfront Facility Inspection for the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia, PA. The inspection included underwater penetration diving of the relieving platforms, as well as inspections of the topside structur … Continue reading “Philadelphia Waterfront Inspection”