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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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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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Fish and Wildlife Habitat Grant Opportunities

Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership (GLBFHP) Proposals Due November 20, 2015 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to to fund approximately five GLBFHP fish habitat improvement projects in the Great Lakes basin this year, averaging $50,000 to $75,000 per project. Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Proposals Due December 14, 2015 This Act encourages cooperative conservation, […]

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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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AWWA-MI’s New Chair: Barbara Marczak, PE

Barbara Marczak, PE began her term as Chair of the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association at its annual conference in September. Barbara has been an active member of AWWA-MI for years, serving on the Board of Trustees 2010–2013, as an officer since 2013, and as chair of the Membership Committee from 2001 through 2013. In her new role, […]

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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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Cannon Trail – Now Open!

As an update to our post from June, Ralph the moose oversees new bridge installation, we’re happy to share the ribbon-cutting video for the opening of the Cannon Trail. The project was a 0.4 mile long, 10’ wide trail curving through Townsend Park. The trail made the completion and tied the Cannon Trail into “downtown” […]

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