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  • What Infrastructure Planning Looks Like

    Governor Snyder’s Executive Directive seeks multi–agency cooperation on infrastructure projects Have you ever seen a brand new road torn up to replace a pipe? Did you think to yourself, “Couldn’t they plan that better?” The answer: Probably! Through his Executive Directive, Governor Snyder thinks infrastructure planning among road agencies, municipalities, and utilities can improve, too. […]

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  • Video: Charlevoix Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

    The City of Charlevoix partnered with Prein&Newhof to redesign its wastewater treatment plant located on the coast of Lake Michigan. “Why?” You ask. The plant was experiencing some significant problems. It had difficulties appropriately nitrifying cold water in the winter, managing the increased demand for water during the warmer tourist months, and meeting new MDEQ regulations and safety standards. So […]

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  • P&N Mourns the Loss of Eric Westra, Colleague and Friend

    We are saddened by the death of Eric Westra, who was a part of the Prein&Newhof team for almost two years. Many saw it as an honor to know and work with Eric for the time that he was with P&N.  His faith, optimism, and courage, and that of his wife Chelsea, shone brightly during […]

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  • Non-Motorized Bridge Wins Two Awards

    Congratulations to the City of Ionia and our P&N project team for winning the American Public Works Association (APWA) Michigan Chapter Project of the Year in the Quality of Life category, for the Grand River Valley Trail and Bridge over M–66 project. This project combined pedestrian safety with unique design to create a win–win situation […]

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  • Schwartz now serving as President of MSPE

    Congratulations to P&N Civil Engineer Mike Schwartz, PE who is now serving as President of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE). Mike has been a member of the Southwest Chapter of MSPE for 18 years, and won its Young Engineer of the Year award in 2007. MSPE has 1,002 members divided among 12 chapters representing […]

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  • Schoolcraft honors council member with Sidewalk Master Plan

    By Dan Lewis, PE, Prein&Newhof Project Manager On May 2, I attended the Village of Schoolcraft meeting to present the Sidewalk Master Plan honoring council member and Village Trustee Carl Tackett, who recently passed away. Carl was the head of the sidewalk committee for many years. It was his dream to have a long–term plan for […]

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  • Water is Michigan’s greatest resource

    By  Barbara E. Marczak, P.E., Prein&Newhof Last September, I became Chair of the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). With over 50,000 members, including 1,600 in Michigan, AWWA is the nation’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to managing and treating water. Little did I realize then that one of the biggest public drinking […]

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  • Downtown Muskegon Streets: Walkability Makeover

    Muskegon Avenue and Webster Avenue construction is complete! Lots of benefits from this project for downtown Muskegon, including: More walkability to the downtown area. New ‘bump-outs’ at street corners will shorten the crosswalk almost by half, so walkers can cross the street quickly and safely. Narrowing the streets allows for more trees and grass in […]

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  • MDEQ awards $101 million in third-round SAW grants

    MDEQ just announced its third round of Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) grant recipients, totaling $101,000,000. The SAW program provides an amazing opportunity for communities to develop asset management plans for their stormwater and wastewater systems. It’s all about looking farther into the future, preventing disasters, and being responsible about financing Michigan’s infrastructure. To see a list of third-round grantees […]

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  • Part 2: Nine Tips for Hiring Engineering Consultants

    By James R. Hegarty, PE Have you ever been disappointed with an engineering firm’s work? Did it ever occur to you that your hiring process might have unwittingly set your project up for failure from the start?  Jim Hegarty, engineer and business development specialist, has gathered some tips for hiring engineering consultants in this second […]

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