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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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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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Dan Lewis, PE wins ASCE Young Engineer of the Year Award

Congratulations to Dan Lewis, PE, who works from the Kalamazoo office. He has been awarded Young Engineer of the Year for 2015 by American Society of Civil Engineers. Dan began his involvement with American Society of Civil Engineers at Calvin College as a part of the student chapter. After being hired by Prein&Newhof in 2001, […]

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Prein&Newhof project featured on national Rails to Trails Conservancy Blog

Converting old railroad lines to non-motorized trails is a national movement, tracked by the Rails to Trails Conservancy among others. Their recent post shows five successful rail-to-trails from across the nation, including Michigan’s Clinton Ionia Shiawassee trail, designed by P&N/Eng., Inc. and lauded for its superb views and trestle-to-bridge conversions. This 42-mile gem connects several […]

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$4.2M in grants available for watersheds from Clean Michigan Initiative

Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants Clean Michigan Initiative has $2 million available to fund best management practices in critical areas identified in DEQ-approved watershed management plans.  About $2.2 million is available to fund implementation priorities in DEQ-approved watershed management plans. 25 percent local match required Notices of Intent are due Aug. 12 Get the full RFP […]

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Health Focused Campus strengthens downtown Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s (KVCC) need for expanded course offerings has transformed into a plan to help make Kalamazoo more connected, well–rounded, and healthy. KVCC’s vision creates a new campus focused on food sustainability and wellness along with an innovative educational mix of health care and culinary programs. KVCC has partnered with Bronson Healthcare and […]

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Video: East Grand Rapids’ new bridge taking shape

The City of East Grand Rapids is building a new bridge over the channel between Reeds Lake and Fisk Lake this summer. On Tuesday, the contractor placed the precast, 18-ft-wide by 4-ft.-tall concrete sections into place. Reeds Lake Boulevard should be open in September, after the bridge approaches are built and the road is paved.

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Prein&Newhof selected for PSMJ 2015 Circle of Excellence

PSMJ Resources, Inc. is a leading management consulting firm for the architecture/engineering industry. Each year it conducts a financial performance benchmark survey of firms in the A/E industry. The top 20% of survey participants in 13 key performance metrics are recognized by PSMJ with the Circle of Excellence designation. These metrics reflect performance in a […]

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Ralph the moose oversees new bridge installation in Cannonsburg

Ralph the moose is an iconic figure in the tiny Kent County crossroads known as Cannonsburg. He is the brainchild of Cannonsburg business mogul and unofficial ‘mayor’ Don Kurylowicz. Today, Ralph—properly attired in a construction safety vest—was on hand to watch contractors lift a prefabricated steel trail bridge into place. The bridge over Bear Creek […]

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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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Goodwill Store – Under Construction!

This Battle Creek Goodwill Store was up for remodeling, so since they were shutting the store down they decided to replace all asphalt, including some storm upgrades to help with existing drainage issues they were having. The new drainage system needed to go by the property line, so we designed a  3’ tall retaining wall […]

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