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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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Tributaries along Hart-Montague Trail get New Culverts and Bridge

Contractors have just installed a new bridge and two culverts over Carleton Creek, a trout stream crossing the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail. Below is a photo of one culvert before it was installed. The former culverts were interrupting fish passage. The new culverts are wide enough to accommodate for the stream’s flow and restore the ability […]

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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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Video: Pedestrian Tunnel Connecting Offices

When you need to shift 1,500 employees between two major buildings, but want to keep them close and connected, what do you do? When a traffic study tells you 40% of your employees are crossing a dangerous street to get to work, what do you do? You build a safe way to connect the offices. […]

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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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Great Lakes Fishery Trust Proposals Due in March; Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Applications Due April 1

2016 Applications Now Open for MNRTF, LWCF & RPGP The application period for the 2016 grant cycle is now open for the following programs: Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Recreation Passport Grant Program (RPGP) Grant Application due date for these programs is April 1, 2016 at 11:59pm (midnight). […]

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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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Great Lakes Fishery Trust Accepting Grant Proposals

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is accepting applications for its “Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations” program and for its “Great Lakes Stewardship” program. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 19, 2016 and you must apply online via the GLFT website. Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations Grants fund projects that manage or respond to changes in the fishery and ecosystem, combat invasive […]

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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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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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