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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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Muir Bridge Contractor’s night crew pours deck on first of four spans

Contractor’s night crew pours deck on first of four spans By Jason Washler, PE Last week Davis Construction poured the concrete deck on the first of four spans of Muir’s new Twin Rivers Bridge. This work must be done at night to comply with the temperature specifications.

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Muskegon neighborhoods transformed with street revamps

By Barbara Marczak, PE and Connie Houk, PE Civil engineering is a profession that improves the quality of life for all people. Sometimes, in the crunch of meeting budgets and deadlines, it’s easy to lose sight of that. The measurements, calculations, lane widths, pavement types, and estimations are all details that come together to create […]

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Boardman River alive and well at site of former Brown Bridge Dam

By Jim Hegarty, PE On my way to a speaking engagement in Traverse City last week, I stopped by the former site of the Brown Bridge Dam that was removed from the iconic Boardman River in 2013. P&N provided engineering evaluations in 2008, to a team led by Environmental Consulting & Technology that studied the removal of […]

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City of Hart’s State Street wins Quality of Life Award

Congratulations to the City of Hart! P&N engineer Amy Malek, PE accepted the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Quality of Life Award for the City of Hart’s State Street Reconstruction project at the Michigan Infrastructure conference. “The Michigan Section ASCE annually presents the Quality of Life Award for a project that […]

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Bob Snell

Former Wilkins & Wheaton owner and P&N employee Bob Snell passed away last Saturday, June 13. We express our sympathy to his family and to his former colleagues in our Kalamazoo office. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Langeland Family Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel (622 S. Burdick Street) […]

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PARCC Side blower design wins Consumers Energy award

The North Kent Sewer Authority’s PARCC Side Clean Water Plant recently received Consumers Energy’s Large Commercial Project of the Year Award. Prein&Newhof designed a blower replacement for its aeration system, which ended up lowering PARCC Side’s annual energy bill by $100,000. It met Consumers’ criteria for a project that provided energy savings, was innovative and […]

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MDEQ accepting Wellhead Protection Grant Applications

The MDEQ has released the The Wellhead Protection Grant Program application for 2016. These grants require a 50% local match and assist communities in developing and implementing wellhead protection plans in order to protect public water supply systems from groundwater contamination. To win this grant, you will need: 50% local match through local funds, A  […]

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We’ve redesigned. Check it out!

Our website is new and improved as of Monday – design that responds to your device, an integrated blog, and simpler navigation. We are very excited to unveil this work! A big thanks to Thinkbox Creative for ushering us into the “responsive” world!

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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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Pipe-cam shows flow obstructions by direction drilling

By Mark Prein, PE Directional drilling is a wonderful new pipe installation technology, but smaller pipes can cut through existing, larger pipes like a hot knife through butter during drilling. Not only does this cause a flow obstruction, but when a gas or power line cuts into a pipe, its poses safety issues for cleaning […]

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