Updates

  • Check out Downtown Cadillac’s Transformation

    Cadillac’s downtown improvements are almost complete! A new splash pad, outdoor fireplace, and a beautiful arch will add an inviting touch to the new Plaza gathering space in the heart of downtown Cadillac. The Plaza is one part of a series of improvements recommended by Cadillac’s PlacePlan. In 2014, the City of Cadillac applied for MIplace Partnership assistance from […]

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  • $500,000 in GLFT grants available for shore–based fishing projects

    The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) will accept applications until 5:00PM on August 23, 2016, for projects that provide shore–based fishing access opportunities along Lake Michigan or the lower portions of its tributary waters. New access sites, upgrades to existing access sites, boardwalks, breakwalls, or fishing platforms/piers are eligible. Engineering studies to develop fishing access also qualify. You […]

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  • Port of Muskegon at Heritage Landing brings tourists to town

    Did you know there is a luxury cruise ship that sails our very own Great Lakes during the summer months? On its voyage, the Pearl Mist, a 325–foot–long ship, travels back and forth between Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Ontario—frequently stopping along the shores of Michigan and Canada for day visits. Recently, the Pearl Mist made its first […]

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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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  • 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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  • Muir’s Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Tomorrow!

    Officials from the Village of Muir are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new $3.6 million bridge tomorrow, November 5, at 10 AM at the bridge. See the summary of this great story below. More about Muir’s bridge story: September 11, 2012: Muir kids raise money for bridge replacement January 21, 2015: Muir Bridge groundbreaking […]

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  • Dam removals, critical dam maintenance funding application due November 13

    Dam removal and maintenance is a significant issue, as it enhances fishing, reduces infrastructure costs, and makes Michigan safer. “The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced its Dam Management Grant Program is now open for proposals. The fourth year of this grant opportunity will provide $350,000 in fiscal year 2016 to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure […]

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  • Reeds Lake Blvd Boardwalk Opens Today

    On Friday, October 9, at 10am the City of East Grand Rapids is cutting the ribbon to officially open its new boardwalk on Reeds Lake Boulevard. The boardwalk spans the channel connecting Reeds Lake with Fisk Lake. It is directly adjacent to another P&N-designed project, a new bridge carrying Reeds Lake Boulevard over the channel. […]

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