Articles

  • City of Rockford’s wastewater system evaluation predicts significant savings

    The Rockford Squire recently published an article discussing Prein&Newhof’s partnership with the City of Rockford to evaluate its stormwater and wastewater systems. The City was awarded nearly $850,000 through the MDEQ’s SAW (Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater) Program. This has enabled Prein&Newhof to collect and analyze data on the condition of Rockford’s stormwater and wastewater systems. With the resulting […]

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  • Governor Snyder‘s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission says $60 billion needed to fix Michigan’s infrastructure

    Asset management is a key component to fixing roads, sewers, and water systems By Brian Vilmont, PE Today Governor Snyder unveiled the final report of his 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, citing the need for $60 billion over the next 20 years to fix our state’s ailing infrastructure systems. A key part of the Committee’s recommendations is […]

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  • Do you have enough downtown parking?

    By Kimberly Jongsma, Public Outreach and Planning Specialist Finding a place to park is often an issue in downtowns, especially during events. The first solution most people think of is to add more spaces and lots, but making convenient “free” parking a sole priority can decrease a downtown’s vibrancy. There is such a thing as too much parking (think of Kmart lots). […]

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  • Stormwater Permits – We can help!

    By Dana R. Burd, P.E., LEED AP Does your facility require an Industrial Storm Water Permit? If you have storm water leaving your site, the answer could be ‘yes’. The Michigan DEQ began issuing Industrial Storm Water Permits in 1994. Regulated facilities that have never obtained a permit may qualify for a Consent Order (as described […]

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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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  • Nine Tips for Hiring Engineering Consultants: Part 1

    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 first […]

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  • P&N trail engineer Scott Post, PE featured in Rapid Growth Media article

    Almost a year ago, our blog featured an article about the importance of engineering your trail rather than just building it. Rapid Growth Media, a Grand-Rapids area news source focusing on growth, innovation, and economic development, picked up on it and recently interviewed Prein&Newhof’s trail engineer Scott Post. Scott and our landscape architect friend, Jim […]

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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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  • Pipe Fail: What to do when your system’s pipe breaks

    By Jim Hegarty, PE I have been called in to look at a fair number of pipe failures over the course of my engineering career. One thing I notice is in the rush to fix the failure, there is often little focus on figuring out why the failure occurred. It is easy to miss clues […]

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  • What do environmental engineers do?

    by P&N Environmental Engineer Barbara Marczak, PE I hear this question often. What is an environmental engineer? What does one do? What does a typical day look like? Environmental engineering focuses on cleaning water and air, and protecting habitat and ecosystems. At Prein&Newhof, our environmental engineers design water and wastewater treatment systems, wells and intakes […]

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