June 2015

  • Ralph the moose oversees new bridge installation in Cannonsburg

    Ralph the moose is an iconic figure in the tiny Kent County crossroads known as Cannonsburg. He is the brainchild of Cannonsburg business mogul and unofficial ‘mayor’ Don Kurylowicz. Today, Ralph—properly attired in a construction safety vest—was on hand to watch contractors lift a prefabricated steel trail bridge into place. The bridge over Bear Creek […]

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  • Dry Hydrant evaluations can lower rural homeowner insurance rates

    Insurance companies base their homeowner insurance rates on a number of factors, one of which is your Fire Department’s ability to respond quickly and deliver enough water to douse a house fire. In most rural areas, water to fight fires comes from local streams or lakes. Tanker trucks fill up by connecting to a roadside […]

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  • Goodwill Store – Under Construction!

    This Battle Creek Goodwill Store was up for remodeling, so since they were shutting the store down they decided to replace all asphalt, including some storm upgrades to help with existing drainage issues they were having. The new drainage system needed to go by the property line, so we designed a  3’ tall retaining wall […]

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  • Muir Bridge Contractor’s night crew pours deck on first of four spans

    Contractor’s night crew pours deck on first of four spans By Jason Washler, PE Last week Davis Construction poured the concrete deck on the first of four spans of Muir’s new Twin Rivers Bridge. This work must be done at night to comply with the temperature specifications.

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  • Muskegon neighborhoods transformed with street revamps

    By Barbara Marczak, PE and Connie Houk, PE Civil engineering is a profession that improves the quality of life for all people. Sometimes, in the crunch of meeting budgets and deadlines, it’s easy to lose sight of that. The measurements, calculations, lane widths, pavement types, and estimations are all details that come together to create […]

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  • Boardman River alive and well at site of former Brown Bridge Dam

    By Jim Hegarty, PE On my way to a speaking engagement in Traverse City last week, I stopped by the former site of the Brown Bridge Dam that was removed from the iconic Boardman River in 2013. P&N provided engineering evaluations in 2008, to a team led by Environmental Consulting & Technology that studied the removal of […]

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  • City of Hart’s State Street wins Quality of Life Award

    Congratulations to the City of Hart! P&N engineer Amy Malek, PE accepted the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Quality of Life Award for the City of Hart’s State Street Reconstruction project at the Michigan Infrastructure conference. “The Michigan Section ASCE annually presents the Quality of Life Award for a project that […]

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  • Bob Snell

    Former Wilkins & Wheaton owner and P&N employee Bob Snell passed away last Saturday, June 13. We express our sympathy to his family and to his former colleagues in our Kalamazoo office. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Langeland Family Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel (622 S. Burdick Street) […]

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  • PARCC Side blower design wins Consumers Energy award

    The North Kent Sewer Authority’s PARCC Side Clean Water Plant recently received Consumers Energy’s Large Commercial Project of the Year Award. Prein&Newhof designed a blower replacement for its aeration system, which ended up lowering PARCC Side’s annual energy bill by $100,000. It met Consumers’ criteria for a project that provided energy savings, was innovative and […]

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  • MDEQ accepting Wellhead Protection Grant Applications

    The MDEQ has released the The Wellhead Protection Grant Program application for 2016. These grants require a 50% local match and assist communities in developing and implementing wellhead protection plans in order to protect public water supply systems from groundwater contamination. To win this grant, you will need: 50% local match through local funds, A  […]

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