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Local Engineering Firm Ranked #1 for PA Turnpike Commission Open-End Contract
WILLIAMSPORT, July 16 — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) recently ranked Larson Design Group (LDG) first amongst 32 engineering firms competing for an open-end contract for Engineering Design Services. LDG is headquartered locally in Williamsport and has offices throughout Pennsylvania, as well as in Texas, Ohio, New York and West Virginia. The top two firms were awarded contracts with the PTC, and each contract will be for a period of four years or $900,000, whichever occurs first.
According to Doug Smith, Vice President of Transportation at LDG, this award is a reflection of the firm's commitment to excellence and customer-focused approach. Read More
BL Companies Receives Overall Business Champions Award
Presented by MetroHartford Alliance & the Hartford Business Journal
BL Companies, Inc. is pleased to announce that the firm has received the 2014 Overall Business Champion Award presented by the MetroHartford Alliance and the Hartford Business Journal. The Business Champions awards celebrate the achievements of privately-held companies in the Hartford Region.
BL Companies was chosen from among fifty-seven nominees by an independent panel of judges. The nominees represented a diverse group of businesses from around the region. BL was recognized as the Overall Award winner for its growth and best practices in all categories - revenue, innovation, workforce and community involvement.
BL Companies Moves Up in ENR Top 500 Ranking
2014 Ranking is 342
BL Companies has moved from 393 to 342 in the 2014 ENR Top 500 Design Firms ranking. Read the entire list here.
Larson Design Group Names Damon Rhodes Principal
Damon Rhodes, PE, has joined Larson Design Group as a principal with its Pittsburgh office.
An engineer for 19 years, Mr. Rhodes has extensive experience managing all aspects of transportation projects from the planning stages through implementation. Most recently, Mr. Rhodes has experience with successfully building a construction management and inspection group and a traffic engineering group. In his new role, Damon will facilitate LDG's growth in allaspects of the transportation market in Western Pennsylvania.
He joins LDG from CDM Smith, where he served as an associate.
“We opened our Pittsburgh office in 2012, and since then, we’ve seen tremendous growth locally,” said Doug Smith, LDG Vice President of Transportation. “Earlier this year, we acquired Daniel C. Baker Associates of Beaver County. With the addition of Damon’s talents and expertise, we look forward to further expansion in this market.”
Rhodes is equally enthusiastic about joining LDG. “I was drawn to Larson Design Group because of its reputation as a reliable, client-centered organization.As I learned about the company culture, in particular its devotion to community stewardship, I knew it was a great fit,” said Rhodes.
Mr. Rhodes graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1995. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Illinois.He also serves on the boards of the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Friends of the Riverfront (Vice President).
Larson Design Group provides innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. With offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas, LDG staff members have diverse knowledge in environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development, structures, transportation, and inspection.
Larson Design Group Engineer Wins Prestigious Golden Manhole Society Award
Matthew Peleschak, Project Manager in Larson Design Group’s (LDG) Water/Wastewater department, was recently awarded the Golden Manhole Society Award by the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA).
The Golden Manhole Society Award was established by the PWEA Collection System Committee to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to the Association while working to promote wastewater collection system understanding, operation and maintenance, training, and continuing education.
“It was a wonderful surprise,” Peleschak said of receiving the award at PWEA Annual Conference on June 2nd in State College.
Matthew, a resident of Pottsville, has dedicated his professional career to renewing aging sewer collection and conveyance systems. He has worked with numerous clients in Pennsylvania to address severe infiltration and inflow issues. His knowledge in rehabilitation techniques has helped clients including South Williamsport Borough, Old Lycoming Township, Porter-Tower Joint Municipal Authority, Williamsport Sanitary Authority, Coal Township, and the City of Shamokin.
Over the past few years, Matthew has been a vital contributor to PWEA, particularly on the topic of private property infiltration and inflow assessment and removal. He was a presenter at PWEA’s Private Property I&I Workshop, which was one of PWEA’s most well-attended workshops during the past year, focusing on the evaluation and rehabilitation of private sewers.
Dave Walters, PE, Director of LDG’s Water/Wastewater department, said the award “is well deserved. Matt has done a lot for the infrastructure in the area.”
Larson Design Group has earned a reputation for providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. With offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas, LDG staff members have diverse knowledge in brand architecture, facilities engineering, environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development, structures, transportation, and inspection.
Brudis & Associates, Inc. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. Robert Milstead,
Promoted to Senior Vice President
Brudis & Associates, Inc. (BAI) is pleased to announce
that Robert Milstead, PE, PTOE has been promoted to Senior Vice President. He has nearly 30 years of experience
including 18 years as a part of the BAI team.
In his new role, Robert will continue his oversight of BAI's Traffic
Engineering Department and provide project management, design, analysis, and
marketing of BAI's engineering services throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
He holds a BS Degree in Civil Engineering from the
University of Maryland College Park, is a Registered Professional Engineer in
MD, DC, DE, PA, VA, SC and FL, and is a Professional Traffic Operations
Engineer (PTOE). He is also an active member of the Institute of Transportation
Engineers (ITE) and the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).
Mr. Tim McShane, PE
Promoted to Vice President
Tim McShane, PE has been promoted to Vice President of our
Structural Engineering Department. Tim
has nearly 35 years of experience including 18 years with BAI and will be
responsible for managing BAI's structural projects including bridges,
transportation structures, marine facilities and building design.
Tim holds a BS Degree in Civil Engineering from Johns
Hopkins University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in MD and
PA. He is AASHTO LRFD certified in the
Design of Steel Bridge Superstructures and Concrete Bridge Design, and is also
certified in erosion and sediment control.
Mr. Billy Brudis, PE
Promoted to Associate
Billy Brudis, PE has been promoted to Associate in our
Highway Engineering Department. His responsibilities include managing SHA and
Maryland County Transportation Projects involving highway design, drainage,
stormwater management, erosion/sediment control and ADA compliance/design.
Billy holds a BS Degree in Civil Engineering from Youngstown
State University, is a Maryland Registered PE, is certified in erosion and
sediment control, and is an active member of the American Society of Highway
Ms. Nicole Freeh,
PE, Project Engineer. Nicole is a
Maryland Registered PE, has earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the
University of Dayton, a Certificate in Sustainable Design, and is certified in
Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges from the National Highway Institute.
She will be working within our highway division, and has over seven years of
experience working on highway design, bridge inspection, and bridge and highway
maintenance projects. These types of projects have included roadway geometrics,
stormwater management, maintenance of traffic, inspections of bridges,
culverts, and underground stormwater management systems, and the management of
bridge various types of bridge projects. We invite you to contact her with any
questions: (410) 884 - 3607 or email@example.com.
Mr. Sonny Cho,
Project Engineer. Sonny comes to BAI with over 13 years of experience in
maintenance of traffic and highway geometric design projects. Sonny has earned
a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and will be
working within our highway division. He has worked on projects involving the
design of roadway geometrics, traffic signals, ADA compliance, sidewalks, curb
and gutters, parking lots, and maintenance of traffic plans for various
construction projects. He is an active member of the Institute of Transportation
Engineers (ITE), the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), and the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). We invite you to contact him with
any questions: (410) 884 - 3607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing Engineering Firm Comes to State Capital
PA – May 27, 2014
Design Group, an architecture, engineering, and surveying firm headquartered in
Williamsport, PA, is proud to announce that Kyle Hollick, Registered Architect,
has joined the firm to open LDG Harrisburg. The Harrisburg location is the
company’s eleventh office and seventh Pennsylvania location. LDG Harrisburg is
located on State Street, in view of the capitol.
is an exciting time of expansion for Larson Design Group,” said Keith Kuzio,
President and CEO of the company. “We’re thrilled to have feet on the ground in
the state capital.”
attended Penn State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture.
He has over 10 years of experience and is a registered architect in multiple
states. Hollick brings key project experience with clients including Domino’s
Pizza. His work complements LDG’s Brand Architecture group, which is a national
practice with key clients in 35 states, including CVS, Party City, and
joining Hollick in LDG Harrisburg is Andrew Cerjanic, Architectural Technician.
Cerjanic graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Architecture
Design Group provides innovative design solutions for the private and public
sectors. With offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas, LDG
staff members have diverse knowledge in brand architecture, facilities
engineering, environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development,
structures, transportation, and inspection.
LDG Board of Directors Expands to
Guide Firm Growth
Pittsburgh, PA – May 15, 2014
In a move to increase its Western
Pennsylvania presence, Larson Design Group (LDG), is pleased to announce that
it selected two Pittsburgh-area business leaders to serve on its Board of
Directors at its most recent meeting. Charles “Skip” Homan and Matt Sanfilippo,
Senior Executive Director of Research Initiatives at Carnegie Mellon
University, were both elected to serve on the LDG board. Read more
Michael Wintermute, P.E. Joins GAI Consulting
Inc. - Siegrist’s Mill Covered
Bridge project wins design award
The Association for Bridge Construction and Design’s (ABCD)
Susquehanna Chapter this week chose RETTEW’s Siegrist’s Mill Covered Bridge
restoration project for its Outstanding Context Sensitive Solution Bridge
Design Award. The award recognizes projects that exemplify superb technical
merit, constructability, innovation and aesthetics. Read more.
SMITH NAMED STV VICE PRESIDENT
Leonard R. Smith
Jr., P.E., has been promoted to vice president of STV. Manager of the
Harrisburg, PA office, he is assuming responsibility for all management operations
and business development for STV’s Transportation & Infrastructure Division
in Pennsylvania within the Northeast Region.
He will continue to serve as a principal-in-charge/senior project
manager on strategic STV pursuits. Read more.
PRIME AE Group, Inc. Welcomes Robert T. Scholly, P.E.
PRIME AE Group, Inc. (PRIME) is pleased to announce that Robert T. Scholly, P.E. has joined our Harrisburg office as the Bridge Inspection Group Manager for Pennsylvania.
Mr. Scholly has more than 21 years of experience performing bridge inspections and bridge design for numerous structure types throughout Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Scholly is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland and is a Certified Bridge Safety Inspector. Additionally, Mr. Scholly recently served as the Deputy Director for the Department of Public Works at Camp Buehring, Kuwait with the U.S. Army Reserve.
PRIME AE Group, Inc. is a rapidly growing multi-disciplinary firm serving clients regionally and nationally with offices located in the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. PRIME specializes in architecture, civil and structural engineering, transportation engineering, water resources, construction management/construction inspection, and technology services.Kaplan Named ASCE Pittsburgh Young Engineer of the YearPITTSBURGH, Pa.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section named Gannett Fleming’s Linda M. Kaplan, P.E., the 2013 Young Civil Engineer of the Year. Kaplan is a bridge engineer based in the firm’s Pittsburgh, Pa., office.
Each year the ASCE Pittsburgh Section presents the Young Civil Engineer of the Year award to an engineer under the age of 35 who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the field of civil engineering, has worked to advance the profession, and is actively involved in both ASCE and the community. Kaplan is the 15th recipient of this award. Read more.Upcoming Courses for Continuing Education!
"Municipal Engineering" (Course 0114A)
This course presents an overview of the field of municipal engineering and the important role that municipal engineers and municipalities have in: operating, maintaining, and securing funding for public infrastructure; planning and managing large public sector infrastructure projects; regulating development through the permitting process; and coordinating projects sponsored by other agencies (such as state, transit, private utility companies, and railroads) within their municipality.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
When: Session 1 – Thursday, February 27, 2014, 11 AM to 1 PM
- Discuss the basic principles, concepts, and processes of public policy and administration regarding municipal engineering and the management of municipal infrastructure.
- Express the basic principles of urban planning and how a locality plans, finances, and builds adequate public infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, and other public facilities.
- Identify the basic principles of managing transportation systems and public utilities including system planning and engineering, managing assets, and operations and maintenance.
Session 2 – Thursday, March 6, 2014, 11 AM to 1 PM
(or special rate of $100 for Government/Agency Employees and Full-Time Students) CEUs/Exams: For WEBEX reservations, CEUs will be granted to the person who originally ordered the reservation (or that person’s designee). Additional exams are available for a fee of $150 per person ($40 per person for government employees/students).
To reserve your spot for this class, please respond by February 25, 2014 or send an e-mail to: TrainingInstitute@urbanengineers.com.
Pennoni Expands Energy Initiative with New Hires
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - January 23, 2014
Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm, is pleased to announce the following hires to further solidify the firm’s energy capabilities:
- Edward Patton, PE, LEED AP, has joined the firm as energy division manager and will work out of the firm’s Pittsburgh office.
- Michael Cromer, PG, has joined the firm as a senior geologist and will work out of the firm’s West Chester office.
Pennoni has expertise in renewable energy as well as energy efficiency analysis and design, and can evaluate the economic and operational impacts of these technologies on a client’s facility.
"We are excited to expand our energy team with these new additions,” said Pennoni Senior Vice President for Strategic Growth Joe Viscuso, PE. "The energy sector is wide-ranging and changing rapidly. The addition of both Ed and Mike will allow Pennoni to keep our clients informed of the emerging technologies that will benefit their operations. Ed’s knowledge and expertise in the industry will allow him to immediately step in and expand our initiatives while Mike’s attention to client service and detail make him an excellent choice to join our firm.”
Before joining Pennoni, Mr. Patton worked as the director of capital projects for Riverlife in Pittsburgh. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Patton is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He is a member of ASCE, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and his specialties include civil, structural, transportation, and ecological engineering.
Mr. Cromer previously served as senior vice president of Dynamic Energy in Wayne, PA. He is a Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and Delaware and his specialties include site remediation, solid waste, land development, and distributed generation (solar and CHP). Mr. Cromer is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Association of Facility Engineers, and the Professional Council of Professional Geologists (PCPG). He received a geo-environmental bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University and a master's degree in earth science/hydrology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
SAI Announces their Newest Professional Engineers
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - January 3, 2014
SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc. is proud to announce that Jarid Antonio, Tim O’Donnell, Brett Rusnock, and Ivan Prabhakher have successfully met the requirements and passed their Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam. Now with 67 professional engineers on staff, SAI continues to demonstrate its commitment to excellence in engineering and the growth and advancement of its employees through professional registration.
Established in 1964, and now with a staff of over 150 professionals with offices located in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Kissimmee, Florida, SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc. (SAI) is a Pittsburgh-based civil and structural consulting/engineering firm that specializes in the design, inspection, and construction management of transportation projects.Gannett
Fleming Interchange Project Wins Top 10 Honors
HARRISBURG, Pa. - December 12, 2013
named the I-79 Meadow Lands Interchange
Improvements project one of its Top 10 Roads in 2013. Published in the
October 2013 edition, this annual awards list recognizes the 10 best roads in
the nation as determined by the magazine. Gannett Flemingperformed preliminary engineering, final design, and construction
consultation services for the project under contract with the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation. Read more.
Kenneth Jones, PE Joins McMahon Team
veteran of civil and structural engineering Kenneth Jones, P.E., CBSI, started
with McMahon Associates, Inc. in November, 2013. He joins the firm as a Senior
Project Manager, leading our Structural group, bringing vast experience with
PennDOT and other transportation agencies. Read more.
Gannett Fleming Garners Four MarCom Awards
HARRISBURG, Pa. Gannett Fleming has been recognized
for its marketing and communications efforts with four 2013 MarCom Awards. This
award program is a
creative competition honoring the concept, writing, and design of print,
visual, audio, and Web materials and programs. The
Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals administers and judges
this international competition, which attracts more than 6,000 entrants from
around the globe each year.
Urban Engineers Fall Issue of Excellence is here. Click here to view.
November 22, 2013
Aviation Leader Joins GAI Consultants
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - October 13, 2013
GAI Consultants, Inc. (GAI) welcomes Robert J. Terwilliger, P.E., Senior Director and Aviation Market Sector Manager, to the firm’s Community Development Business Unit. Bob brings over 29 years of experience with airport engineering and design and is responsible for expanding GAI’s aviation capabilities to new and existing clients across the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest.
"We are excited to have Bob Terwilliger joining our Aviation team. His national experience will supplement our local Aviation experience to provide our clients with the very best in aviation services” noted Senior Vice President Edward Nasuti, P.E.
The acquisition of Lee-Simpson Associates, Inc. (LSA) in 2012 enhanced GAI’s capabilities in the areas of aviation planning and design. Bob, who spent the last 20 years in a management role directing design and planning teams to successfully complete aviation projects, is managing GAI’s effort on a significant contract for the Allegheny County Airport Authority, providing engineering design services for projects at the Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airports. Read more.Dawood Wins Supplier of the Year Award
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - October 8, 2013
Dawood Engineering (Dawood) is proud to be awarded the Supplier of the Year Award from The Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council (WPMSDC) at the top regional minority businesses and corporations during their Ninth Annual Awards Gala on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the LeMont Restaurant on Mount Washington. Over 220 guests filled the LeMont for the sold-out event, with gourmet food and live entertainment.
In 2012, Dawood celebrated its 20th Anniversary. As the company started its third decade in business as a civil engineering firm, it achieved record-setting revenue growth, opened a regional office in Ohio (the firm’s seventh location) and expanded its service offerings. Dawood achieved ranking on the 2013 Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firm National list, an annual publication. Read more.Dawood Names New Director of Highway and Traffic Services
HARRISBURG, Pa. - September 29, 2013
Dawood Engineering, Inc. (Dawood) is pleased to announce that Chad J. Decker, P.E., PTOE was promoted to Director of Highway and Traffic Services to oversee all highway and traffic engineering activities. He will be responsible for staff development, management of traffic and highway engineering projects, preparation of proposals, and client relationship development for the Highway and Traffic Services Group.
Mr. Decker has more than 16 years of consulting experience in all aspects of highway and traffic engineering including traffic studies, roadway plans, highway design, traffic signal system design, maintenance and protection of traffic during construction, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance design and reviews, and intelligent transportation system (ITS) design. Mr. Decker holds BS and MEng degrees in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Read more.Larson Design Group (LDG) - LDG to Host "Strong Towns" Curbside Chat
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - September 23, 2013
Across Pennsylvania and the entire country, involved citizens are debating ways to improve their towns. Larson Design Group (LDG), an engineering, surveying, and brand architecture firm headquartered in Williamsport, is bringing the debate home. On October 2nd, the firm will host a Curbside Chat featuring speaker Charles Marohn of the nonprofit group Strong Towns for a free event open to the public.
"The goal of Strong Towns is to spark discussion about community development and the best ways to help towns achieve financial strength and sustainability,” explains Paul Bleichner, Marketing Director for LDG. "Their Curbside Chat delivers thought-provoking speakers to towns and cities across the U.S. to discuss the current economic crisis, examine American development patterns, and define what has and hasn’t worked for other towns across the country.” Read more.Larson Design Group (LDG) - Three Awards for Three Bridge Projects
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - September 11, 2013
Larson Design Group (LDG) is pleased to announce that three bridge projects have been honored by Preservation Pennsylvania for excellence in repair and rehabilitation. The honored bridges include the Hillsgrove Covered Bridge of Sullivan County, the Frazier Bridge of Lycoming County, and the Columbia County Covered Bridges.
Preservation Pennsylvania presents their annual Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards to projects that demonstrate and uphold the values of Preservation Pennsylvania through their work quality and dedication to maintaining "a statewide voice of Pennsylvania’s heritage”. The categories include the Initiative Awards, Construction Awards, Special Focus Awards, and Honor Awards, each of which has subcategories.
Each awards application was backed by the skill and integrity of the project as well as LDG’s commitment to excellence and community wellness. The applications included a project narrative as well as a series of photographs that showcased the improvement of each bridge from start to finish. Read more.
Dawood Leads Small Business Focus on New Factory-Installed CNG Truck
HARRISBURG, Pa. - September 4, 2013
Dawood Engineering, Inc. (Dawood) will become one of the first small businesses in Pennsylvania to drive a vehicle with a factory-installed dual-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) system when it takes delivery of a new 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 at a special unveiling ceremony at Dawood's Enola headquarters, 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 4 at 2020 Good Hope Road.
Speakers include Jim Welty, Government Affairs, Marcellus Shale Coalition; Dan Lapato, Deputy Director for Special Projects, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); and Bony Dawood, President, Dawood Engineering, Inc.
Acquired through Enterprise Fleet Management, a full-service fleet management company for businesses with medium size fleets, the factory-installed CNG pickup truck features a special engine calibration along with a body built to accommodate two separate fuel sources, as well as a single door for both CNG and regular fuel ports. Unlike aftermarket conversion systems that have been the only option until now for pickup trucks, the factory-installed CNG system is covered under the manufacturer's warranty, and vehicles can be repaired at a local dealership. Read more.
SAI Receives Industry Award for Complicated Bridge Replacements and Connecting Roadway Project
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - September 3, 2013
SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc. is the recipient of a prestigious industry award from The American Society of Highway Engineers Pittsburgh Section (ASHE) --the ASHE Outstanding Highway Engineering Award for the design of the S.R.0224-L02 and L05, State Street and Edinburg Bridge Replacements in Lawrence County, PA for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 11-0. The award will be presented to SAI, the contractor, and the owner(s) at the society’s annual awards banquets on Saturday, October 5, 2013, to honor this outstanding achievement.
Established in 1975, and now with a staff of over 170 professionals with offices located in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Kissimmee, Florida, SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc. (SAI) is a Pittsburgh-based civil and structural consulting/engineering firm that specializes in the design, inspection, and construction management of transportation focused projects.----------Larson Design Group (LDG) Engineer Serves on PA One Call Board of Directors for Sixteen Years
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - September 3, 2013
The Pennsylvania One Call System was formed in 1972 to help protect the underground facilities of members through communication with any person planning to disturb the earth. Most PA residents know about the organization from the posters which say "Know what’s below. Dial 8-1-1 before you dig.”
PA One Call is overseen by a Board of Directors, with one spot on the board reserved for a designer. Robert Weaver, PLS, Site Designer at Larson Design Group (LDG), held this seat on the board since 1997. As representative for the design community, it was Weaver’s responsibility to be the voice for the profession at the state level, to be an advocate for issues of concern for designers, and to communicate with the other parties, particularly when changes to Act 287, known as the PA Underground Utility Line Protection Law, are enacted. Read more.
C.S. Davidson Announces Delaware Professional Engineer Registration
YORK, Pa. - August 29, 2013
C.S. Davidson, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kerryn E. Fulton, P.E. has received her Professional Engineer license from the State of Delaware. With the addition of Delaware, Ms. Fulton brings her total state registrations to four including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.
Fulton serves as the Chief Operating Officer, providing leadership and guidance to the firm, ensuring that operations are conducted in accordance with approved policies. She provides assistance to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in guiding the overall strategic vision, goals and objectives of C.S. Davidson. Read more.
----------Larson Design Group (LDG) Named Hot Firm for Fourth Consecutive YearWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - August 26, 2013
Larson Design Group (LDG), an engineering, surveying, and brand architecture firm, was recently recognized as a Hot Firm by The Zweig Letter, a nationally recognized industry publication.
In an industry comprised of over 100,000 firms, Larson Design Group’s placement on the list means it’s one of the 100 fastest-growing A/E firms in the nation, and has thrived at a time when many have struggled. Recognition as a Hot Firm is based on percentage revenue growth and dollar revenue growth over a three-year period as compared to the other entrants. Read more.
Power Generation Leader Joins GAI Consultants
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - August 20, 2013
Bringing over 30 years of experience with power generating systems and facilities, GAI Consultants, Inc. (GAI) welcomes David J. Bevilacqua, Senior Director, to the firm’s Energy Business Unit. David’s extensive knowledge includes turbine and generator engineering, design engineering, construction and project management for nuclear power plants, fossil power plants, and power generating systems and facilities. His most recent accomplishment included design and installation services for Westinghouse’s AP1000 next-generation power plant, currently being built in four locations around the world. Read more.
Gannett Fleming Safety Program Earns
A Gannett Fleming internal event developed to highlight the importance of
safety on the job has been honored in the Society for Marketing Professional
Services’ (SMPS) National Marketing Communications Awards program. The event, a
personal protective equipment (PPE) fashion show, received the designation of
second place in the internal communications category.
Amy Collins, CPSM, a deputy manager in the Corporate Communications
& Marketing Section, and Paula Loht, CIH, corporate safety manager, both in
the firm’s corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa., developed the concept and
managed the PPE fashion show. The event featured more than 35 employees dressed
in PPE commonly used in the firm’s line of work free-climbing bridge
inspections, environmental studies, traffic and transportation audits, water
treatment plant design, and geotechnical engineering.
Dennis McLaughlin (right) RA C E A C D T a Gannett Fleming project architect models a safety vest during the fashion show. Read more.
---------- Navarro & Wright welcomes Benjamin L. Shull, P.E.
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa.
Navarro & Wright is pleased to welcome Mr. Benjamin L. Shull, P.E. to the firm. He joins N&W's New Cumberland office in the Municipal Department as a Project Manager for water and wastewater engineering projects.
His primary duties will include planning, directing and monitoring all aspects of multi-disciplinary water and wastewater projects with varying degrees of technical complexity. He will be responsible for water and wastewater engineering, comprehensive planning, collection and conveyance systems, distribution systems and treatment facilities design for clients in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Read more.
McEvoy Joins Gannett Fleming
VALLEY FORGE, Pa.
Stephen A. McEvoy has joined Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems (GFT&RS), a division of Gannett Fleming specializing in transit and railroad track, signal, communication, and electric-traction design.
Based in the firm’s Valley
Forge, Pa., office, McEvoy serves as a vice president and the director of
railroad and transit operational design. He builds and maintains client
relationships and manages projects. His focus is on providing operational and
engineering solutions for safe, reliable, and cost-effective train services. Read more.
Michael Baker Corporation Enters Into Agreement to be Acquired by Integrated Mission Solutions, LLC
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - July 29, 2013
Michael Baker Corporation ("Baker”) (NYSE MKT:BKR) announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Integrated Mission Solutions, LLC ("IMS”), an affiliate of DC Capital Partners, LLC ("DC Capital”). Read more.
CDM Smith, Inc. Announces the Hiring of Michael A. Schober, PE as a Client Service Manager
CDM Smith, Inc., Cambridge, MA announces the hiring of Michael A. Schober, PE as a Client Service Manager in its Lancaster, PA office. As a Client Service Manager, Mr. Schober will be responsible for project execution, sales & marketing, mentoring & staff development, and overall quality and client satisfaction. Focused primarily in Pennsylvania and Maryland, Mr. Schober will leverage his 28 years of experience in municipal water and sewer projects. Mr. Schober has a degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and is a licensed professional engineer in eight states.
CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service engineering and construction firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle. The firm is distinguished by our leadership and flexibility in design-build and alternative delivery approaches for environmental and infrastructure projects.
Rue Environmental LLC Expands Environmental Services
Rue Environmental LLC (Rue) has expanded their available environmental services. Click here to learn more about Rue's new and existing services, and other information about their consulting corporation.
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Pursel and Weiss Named Construction Management Leaders
(Harrisburg, Pa.) Thomas B. Pursel, P.E., has been named director of Gannett Fleming's Construction Management Division. David W. Weiss, Jr., P.E., has been named deputy director of this same division. Both are based in the firm's corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa. Pursel and Weiss replace John Cook, Jr., P.E., a 40-year construction industry veteran retiring from full-time employment later this year.
A vice president, Pursel manages multi-million dollar water resource, dam, and facility construction projects for the firm. A leader of the Environmental Construction Management Section, Weiss is responsible for water and wastewater business development nationwide and facilitates state transportation initiatives.
"Tom and Dave lead by example, setting the stage for continued success through an integrated approach to construction management,” Cook said. "They have earned the trust of our staff and clients by raising the bar with their enthusiasm and professionalism."
With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, Pursel and Weiss are well-versed in planning, design, and preconstruction through commissioning. Skilled in team-building, scheduling, cost estimating, value engineering, budgeting, and multiple project delivery methods and contracts, the duo coordinates contract administration, bidding, and construction-phase services. Read more.
Baker Awarded PennDOT BPT Open-End Environmental Studies Contract
HARRISBURG, Pa. - July 18, 2013
Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (NYSE MKT:BKR), has been awarded a five-year, $4 million open-end contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Bureau of Public Transportation (BPT) to provide services related to the delivery of a broad range of environmental services. Read more.
Weidner Joins Gannett Fleming's Healthcare Facilities Engineering Group
July 17, 2013 (Harrisburg, Pa.) Robert H. Weidner, P.E., LEED® AP, CxA, has joined Gannett Fleming as a senior mechanical engineer. Based in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa., Weidner directs Gannett Fleming’s Healthcare Engineering and Services Group, which offers mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering, commissioning, vertical transportation, central utility design, laboratory design, and energy efficiency services.
Weidner has more than 30 years of project management and design experience in the healthcare, educational, institutional, and military markets. His experience includes facility condition assessments; utility master plans, including steam and chilled and hot water distribution; and energy and environmental system upgrades for healthcare and laboratory additions and renovations of more than 1 million square feet.
A registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Weidner also is an AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) Certified Commissioning Authority and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. He holds a bachelor of architectural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Active in professional associations, he is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, ACG, the Building Commissioning Association, and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Erdman Anthony Executive Receives Award from American Society of Highway Engineers
ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 12—Richard Stees, PLS, Transportation Core Business Leader, is the recipient of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) 2013 Robert E. Pearson/Person of the Year Award. This is the most prestigious award presented by ASHE and is given to the person who is committed to the good of the highway industry as an employee and as a citizen. Stees was honored at this year’s ASHE national conference held in Lake Placid, NY.
Stees has served Erdman Anthony for more than 45 years. As leader of the firm’s companywide Transportation Core Business, he has led his team to complete large-scale and innovative projects in the states of Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The Marysville, PA, resident also serves as a director of Erdman Anthony Associates, Inc., Pennsylvania Corporation.
Recognized for his tireless contributions to causes and organizations benefitting the transportation industry, Stees is a life member of ASHE who has served on the National Convention Planning Committee and taken part in numerous ASHE events over the years. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition. In his local community, Stees served on the Marysville Borough Planning Commission for more than 27 years—17 years as the chair. He also actively supports the Marysville Fire Company, his local community church, the Boy Scouts of America, veterans groups, and several organizations promoting the conservation of our natural resources.
Stees was awarded a $1,000 Russell Horn grant, which he contributed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, in memory of his younger brother, Michael, and his mother, Helen.
For nearly 60 years, Erdman Anthony has been providing infrastructure engineering and support services to private industry and government clients. The firm employs nearly 300 people, including 80 professional engineers and licensed land surveyors, throughout its offices in Albany, Buffalo, Hudson Valley, and Rochester, NY; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, PA; West Palm Beach, FL; and Portland, ME. Erdman Anthony is one of a relative handful of engineering consulting firms nationwide to have earned ISO 9001 quality certification. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.erdmananthony.com.
LDG Announces New VP of Transportation
Williamsport, PA – July 16, 2013
Larson Design Group (LDG) is pleased to announce that Douglas Smith, PE, has joined the firm as Vice President of Transportation based in the firm’s Cranberry, PA office. Smith will be responsible for expanding LDG’s transportation presence into western Pennsylvania and other states.
Mr. Smith was most recently Vice President of CDM Smith. His experience includes structural engineering, transportation planning, software engineering, construction, and transportation finance. He has held positions in field engineering, design, project management, regional management, finance, and marketing.
Smith says he was drawn to LDG because of "the company’s business ethics. LDG is very practical and logical, approaching problems in a sensible manner and expecting accountability.”
Keith Kuzio, President and CEO of LDG, says, "Doug brings to the company national firm experience and a broad perspective in the transportation industry. This includes transportation planning, transit, traffic and aviation services for transportation agencies across wide regional geographies of the U.S.”
Mr. Smith will take over the role of VP of Transportation from Dave DeBlander, who will "continue to grow the client relationships which have allowed LDG to establish its strong reputation as a transportation design firm over the past two decades,” according to Kuzio. "Dave will mentor Doug in his new role and will also focus efforts on the design and implementation of processes that allow LDG’s Transportation Division to continue its high level of performance as we enter a new phase of growth.”
Smith holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Ohio State University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in the Pittsburgh area with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys running and rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Larson Design Group is a growing, multi-disciplined brand architecture, engineering, and surveying firm, providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. With 10 offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas, LDG staff members have diverse knowledge in environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development, structures, transportation, and inspection.
Urban Engineers to Design Quay Wall Replacement at The Navy Yard
Philadelphia, PA (July 15, 2013): Urban Engineers has been selected by the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) to design the replacement structure for the existing Broad Street quay wall at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.
"This is a very important assignment given its visible impact on the main entrance to The Navy Yard and the many difficult historic, engineering, traffic, and other issues involved," said Will Agate, PIDC’s Senior Vice President of The Navy Yard.
Located just beyond The Navy Yard’s Broad Street entrance, the existing structure and a significant section of its deck have been fenced off since 2004. This has limited Broad Street to a single travel lane for both cars and cyclists heading in the southbound direction. In addition, pedestrians must keep to the east sidewalk, further away from the unique waterfront vantage point that the quay wall offers visitors observing the ships in the Reserve Basin.
The design of the replacement structure will involve streetscape, structural, maritime, historic, and landscape considerations, as well as coordination with various agencies, and stormwater permit acquisition. The first phase of design includes feasibility studies to determine the most practical approach from which to base the final design. Urban Engineers will also oversee construction.
Originally the country’s first naval shipyard, The Navy Yard has reemerged as one of the region’s largest centers of employment, attracting more than 130 companies and 10,000 employees in the office, industrial/manufacturing, and research and development sectors.
"This quay wall has supported the footsteps of millions of men and women who have built and boarded ships to defend our country,” said Edward M. D’Alba, Urban Engineers’ CEO and President. "Today it is the gateway to a thriving business center and once a year is the final landmark before the Broad Street Run finish line, the largest 10-mile road race in the United States. Urban is proud of our selection to design a project that means so much to so many."
Founded in 1960, Urban Engineers is a privately-owned (ESOP), ISO 9001:2008-registered, multidisciplinary planning, design, construction management, construction inspection, and environmental consulting firm. Urban is dedicated to improving communities through providing sustainable and innovative solutions for the built-environment.
Pipeline Expert Dennis Toepperwein Joins LDG
Williamsport, PA – July 9, 2013
Larson Design Group (LDG) is delighted to announce that Dennis Toepperwein has joined its Williamsport headquarters as a Pipeline/Process Engineer in the Energy Division.
Mr. Toepperwein joins LDG from ENGlobal, where he served as a Project Manager/Engineer. Prior to that, he worked for Chevron Phillips as a Cavern/Pipeline Engineer. He has experience in performing hydraulic studies, resolving facility mass balance issues, overseeing maintenance for pipeline systems, coordinating gas compression fleet expansion, and implementation of Pipeline Safety Regulations.
Toepperwein explains that, "After relocating from my home state of Texas to be closer to my wife’s family in Pennsylvania, I was looking for a local firm with national reach that could utilize my abilities and whose values were in line with my own. I found that in LDG.”
Mr. Toepperwein’s approach to client service is similar to LDG’s. "More than just meeting regulatory requirements, I pride myself on talking with field operations personnel to create designs which meet the needs of the individual operator.”
Paul Lee, Senior Vice President and National Market Leader with LDG’s Energy Group, is "excited to have Dennis joining our Energy Division. Our oil and gas clients are requesting that we provide more full-service capabilities, and we are listening. Dennis brings an added dimension to our gas gathering, processing, and compression capabilities with his 35 years of hands-on construction and design experience in this area.”
With the recent hiring of Mark Mummert, PhD, PE, CIH, environmental health and safety expert, Mr. Toepperwein’s experience amplifies LDG’s capabilities as a midstream service provider. Mummert has experience in air permit applications, emission inventories, annual reports, and auditing compliance with state and federal regulations. He is an expert in industrial hygiene with a background in air sampling and noise monitoring.
Mr. Toepperwein and his wife live in the Williamsport area.
LDG is an ENR Top 500 engineering and surveying firm providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. With 10 offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas, LDG continues to expand services to clients operating in the Marcellus, Utica, and Eagle Ford Shale plays and beyond.
Baker Awarded Subcontract on Design of Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement in New York
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - July 9, 2013
Michael Baker Engineering, Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (NYSE MKT:BKR), has been awarded a subcontract by HDR for the design of a portion of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project in Rockland/ Westchester Counties, New York. HDR is the lead designer for the design-builder, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC, a joint venture of Fluor, American Bridge, Granite and Traylor Brothers. Read more.
Church Center Made Accessible Due to Community Stewardship
Williamsport, PA – July 5, 2013
Three Larson Design Group employees were instrumental in helping a local church center become more accessible to its congregation. Robert Weaver, PLS, Project Designer with Site Engineering; Mansoor Khan, EIT, Project Designer with Facilities Engineering; and Lawrence Huber, AIA, NCARB, Project Manager with Brand Architecture, designed a ramp for the West End Christian Community Center (WECCC) in Williamsport.
Bob Weaver is a long-time member of the Saint John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, the congregation which sponsors the WECCC ministry. He says the need for a ramp was obvious. According to Weaver, "The WECCC has an older ramp at the rear that only provided access to one area of the building. They wanted a better solution to make more of the building accessible for the many programs offered there.” Weaver enlisted the help of Huber and Khan; Huber conducted the architectural site survey, architectural design of the ramp, railings, and canopy, and provided consultation during construction. Khan provided structural engineering design services and construction consultation. Weaver, Khan, and Huber donated their time, while materials were donated by Sanso Concrete and Jasper Railings.
After months of anticipation, the ramp was officially dedicated on June 21st, 2013. Margie Thompson, Director of WECCC, was thrilled with the results. "I feel truly blessed to have an entrance that welcomes everyone to the Center. The ramp has made it possible for all people, disadvantaged or otherwise, to access our building more safely and easily. Since the project was completed, I have noticed an increase in wheelchair bound individuals coming to our facility to avail themselves of our programs and services.”
Mr. Khan was equally delighted by the opportunity to help. "At Larson Design Group, we have been successful, and I believe success is not just a reward; it is a responsibility,” he said. "My contribution, though minor, was significant in that it provided me an opportunity to satisfy one of my core values—giving back to the community.”
Lawrence Huber agreed. "I derived a great deal of personal satisfaction in being involved in a project that will benefit people today and for generations to come, long after I am gone and forgotten.”
Urban Wins National Design Contest
July 2, 2013
Picture Rocks Dedicates Veterans Memorial
Picture Rocks, PA – July 2, 2013
Picture Rocks Borough wanted a way to honor their local citizens of the United States military who selflessly left their family and friends to protect their country. Eugene Otterbein, Jr., a retired U.S. Air Force sergeant and president of the Veterans Memorial Park of Picture Rocks, approached Larson Design Group (LDG) to orchestrate the design for their anticipated Veterans Memorial Park.
LDG was chosen for the project for a number of reasons; the firm had recently completed a project for George A. Ferrell Elementary School of Picture Rocks, which caught Mr. Otterbein’s attention. Mr. Otternein was also acquainted with LDG’s Kurt Hetrick, who had previously lived in Picture Rocks and was familiar with the area and its roughly 700 residents.
"This monument is a huge undertaking considering the size of the borough,” Marty Muggleton, LDG’s VP of Marketing and Client Development.
The Veterans Memorial Park features a waterfall monument at the center of the park along with a brick walkway that lists the names of veterans and fallen soldiers from each branch of the military, many of whom are local. Other bricks are engraved with the names of the people and organizations that came forward to donate their services, including those who helped with manpower or financial assistance. A small, separate monument at the entrance of the park features a nameplate with military branch seals.
The memorial was made possible largely through outside donations. Larson Design Group donated design and landscape services, structural surveying, and cost estimates from site and civil engineering in order for the project to receive DCNR grants. A separate organization donated the land for the site. State and local funds were a major contribution, along with fundraising efforts from the borough and local legions.
In addition, the waterfall was designed by two high school students from the Lycoming Career and Technology Center of Hughesville and approved by Gene Otterbein and the Veterans Memorial board. A landscape and horticulture technology crew from Pennsylvania College of Technology worked to beautify the park.
The dedication was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the park on Main Street and Nunn Lane.
"It was very well-run. It was inspirational to see so many veterans come out. There were a number of younger people there as well,” said LDG’s Chris Keiser, a registered landscape architect.
Spectators noted that the crowd at the Picture Rocks Baptist Church where the pre-dedication ceremony transpired was full to capacity and that "you couldn’t fit another body in there.”
"It was great to see the community come together like this,” Muggleton said after attending the dedication. "They realize what an honor it is to have this memorial. When I look at veterans I feel a sense of admiration; I am thankful we could play a small part in honoring them.”
Traffic Planning and Design Recognized by National Organizations
June 28, 2013
During the annual Best Firms To Work For Conference hosted by CE News magazine and ZweigWhite, judges announced Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. (TPD) as the # 19 Best Civil Engineering Firm to Work For in the nation. This prestigious competition recognizes outstanding architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms for inspiring their teams to perform at the highest levels through providing distinctive and innovative work environments. Read more.
Borton-Lawson Names New Leader - Mark Boris PA DBIA
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (June 21th 2013) – Borton-Lawson Engineering Inc., an ENR Top 500 engineering and architecture design firm, has named Mark J. Boris, PE, DBIA as the firm’s new Transportation Business Unit Leader. With this appointment, Boris will be tasked with overall responsibility and accountability for the performance of the firm’s Transportation business. Read more.
Mark C. Nulton, SIT, Earns ASQ-Certified Quality Improvement Associate Designation
WILKES-BARRE, PA: (June 11th 2013) –The Certification Board of ASQ is pleased to announce Mark C. Nulton, Borton-Lawson Engineering Inc., has completed the requirements to be named an ASQ-Certified Quality Improvement Associate, or ASQ CQIA. As such, Nulton has reached a significant level of recognition, indicating a proficiency in and a comprehension of quality principles and practices. Read more.
New Cultural Resources Staff at JMT
JMT is pleased to announce the expansion of our Cultural Resources capabilities (part of our Environmental and Natural Resources Group) with the addition of three new employees!
Lindsey Allen, Architectural Historian
Lindsey holds an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked on several projects at a national level. Her areas of expertise includes Section 106 compliance work for transportation projects in Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as national experience in compliance work for telecommunications projects (cell towers). In addition, she has completed several projects for the South Dakota Tourism Department. Lindsey is an advocate of historic preservation at the local level and is currently involved with reviving the Young Members Group of the Philadelphia Preservation Alliance.
Richard (Rick) Geidel - Archeology Principal Investigator
Rick is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with extensive experience in Mid-Atlantic archaeology. He holds an MA in Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University and a diploma in Historic Preservation from Harrisburg Area Community College. Rick is also a regular volunteer at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Timothy Moyer, Archeological Field Technician
Tim is aiding in archaeology projects as well as assisting with telecommunications work across the country. Tim is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Anthropology. He has worked on archaeology projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi, and also completed an archaeological field school in Alaska.
JMT's Cultural Resources group works collaboratively with our clients and the public to investigate issues and develop innovative solutions. The addition of our new staff members helps us broaden the group to provide full-service cultural resources capabilities within JMT, a multi-disciplined A/E firm ranked #100 among Engineering News-Record's Top 500 Design Firms. Learn more about us here!
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