Sunday, September 20, 2009

Engineers Among Eight New Vice Presidents Named by MACTEC

MACTEC Engineering and Consulting (MACTEC) has promoted Allen J. Ikalainen, Jeff R. Keaton, Michael D. Sufnarski, and Nelson Walter to vice president.

Snapshot bios:

Allen J. Ikalainen, P.E.

Ikalainen is based in the firm's Wakefield, MA office and spearheads operations for three of MACTEC's New England offices. He has more than 30 years experience in both the private sector and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His background includes program/project management and engineering assignments related to remediation of contaminated sediments, waste site cleanup, and dredge/fill issues. Ikalainen has a M.S. in environmental engineering from Northeastern University and a B.S. in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Jeff R. Keaton, Ph.D.

Keaton is based in MACTEC's Los Angeles office and joined the firm in 2005. For almost 40 years, he has provided consulting engineering geology services for a variety of clients and projects on five continents. Keaton specializes in quantifying hazardous natural processes for siting and design. Keaton is licensed as a geologist and engineer in several western states, including Alaska. He earned his Ph.D. in geology from Texas A&M University, his M.S. in engineering (soil mechanics) from UCLA, and his B.S. in geological engineering from the University of Arizona.

Michael D. Sufnarski, P.E.

Sufnarski joined MACTEC in 2003 and has served as operations manager and business unit leader of the engineered construction group. He was promoted to Charlotte office manager in April 2008. Sufnarski has more than 17 years experience in both the public and private sectors. He served for over a decade as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leading disaster-recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Recently, Sufnarski managed three nuclear safety-related projects involving geotechnical, geophysical, environmental, and laboratory testing services. Sufnarski is a registered Professional Engineer in both North Carolina and Texas, and is LEED™ accredited. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a M.S.E. in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nelson Walter, P.E., LEP, LSP

Based in Portland, ME and with MACTEC since 1986, Walter previously served as senior principal project manager. He is an environmental and site specialist who has been able to bring regulatory closure to several of the nation's most complex remediation projects. Walter's technical background includes expertise in chemical and radiological contamination. He has managed multimillion-dollar projects from site investigation through engineering study to joint MEC-MDC design/build and cleanup. Walter holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a frequent contributor at events related to chemical and radiological programs and trends.

MACTEC (, based in Alpharetta, GA, is a consulting, engineering, and construction firm focused on five strategic business lines: Industrial/Commercial, Federal, Municipal, Energy, and Transportation. With annual revenues of more than $490 million, MACTEC's 3,000-plus employees work from more than 80 offices nationwide.

2rw Conducts Energy Audit of NASA Goddard/Greenbelt

2rw energy engineers conducted an energy survey of NASA Goddard/Greenbelt facilities in support of an Energy Performance Contract.  The 2rw survey team was responsible for the mechanical systems, including air handlers and air distribution systems, controls, utility metering, ground source heat pumps, and energy innovation. 2rw engineers conducted site surveys at twelve buildings, including the facility that houses the Hubbell Space telescope service bay. The scope of work also included commissioning three facilities. 


Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, 2rw is a mechanical, plumbing, and electrical engineering firm that specializes in sustainable design and development of energy reduction strategies.

ARCADIS Attracts Top Construction Claims Talent in California

ARCADIS, the international consulting and engineering company, today announced the hire of William Broz, PE, LEED AP as operations manager in the Construction Claims Services department of the firm. Broz will operate out of the Los Angeles area.


With more than 30 years of design, construction and claims experience, Broz has a robust background in estimating and controlling design costs for major capital projects, including design-build projects in the $50 million+ range.

A registered professional engineer in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Massachusetts, Broz earned his B.S. in engineering at the University at Washington and his M.B.A. in economics at Seattle University. Broz has considerable experience designing systems for energy efficiency, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects at Gold award levels.  Broz is a LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional and is also experienced in facility life-cycle costing.


Before joining ARCADIS, Broz was a vice president and general manager at CTG Forensics, a provider of forensic engineering and construction claims services. His primary responsibilities at ARCADIS will include oversight of the company’s California operations of the Construction Claims Services practice. Broz will report directly to Joe Seibold, executive vice president in the Los Angeles office.


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Monday, September 7, 2009

Gary Neuwerth Marks 40 Years with Dewberry

Gary Neuwerth, Ph.D., PE, an engineer who has directed many civil infrastructure and building projects and leads one of the nation’s largest teams of engineers and environmental specialists, recently marked his 40th anniversary with Dewberry. Neuwerth is president of the northeast operations of Dewberry, with nine locations and nearly 500 employees.


Neuwerth began as a computer programmer in the firm’sNew Jersey office in 1969. He rose steadily through the Dewberry organization, assuming the management of the company’s New York City office in 1989 and serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the entire northeast operations beginning in 1999. By the year 2000, he had been named president of the northeast operations, where he continues today to oversee the work of diverse professional teams in New JerseyNew YorkConnecticutMassachusetts, andPennsylvania.


Neuwerth holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. Through the years he has managed many landmark projects for the firm, including:


§         Rehabilitation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

§         Inspection of 450 Bridges for the New York State Department of Transportation

§         Rehabilitation of Long Island’s Northern State Parkway

§         Rehabilitation of Seven Bridges over the Cross BronxExpressway

“I’ve never considered any other career,” says Neuwerth. “I’ve been able to see a correlation between my efforts and the firm’s success, which is rewarding, and I’ve had the chance to help other engineers grow in their careers as well.”


Dewberry is a 2,000-person professional services firm, specializing in infrastructure engineering, architecture and building engineering, and management and consulting services. Established in 1956, the firm has more than 40 locations nationwide, with headquarters in FairfaxVirginia. The firm’s major clients include several state departments of transportation, turnpike authorities, transit and railroad agencies, port authorities, and major government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Dewberry also serves many clients in higher education, development, healthcare, and private industry. For more information, visit

Bonestroo Continues Support of APWA Student Mentorship program

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metropolitan Chapter’s student mentorship program continues to thrive, two years after its creation by Bonestroo’s Bill Dinchak, PE, BCEE.  Dinchak, a business development manager in Bonestroo’s Libertyville, IL office and longtime member of APWA, developed the mentorship program to help students interested in public works professions gain exposure to the field.

The APWA student mentorship program is directed to college and university students enrolled in public works-related degree programs, including engineering, construction management, computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), landscape architecture, and urban planning. The mentorship program provides students with the opportunities and tools needed to achieve career goals, including development of a professional contacts network, observance of engineering and public works professionals on the job, and internship and scholarship opportunities.

To date, 50 APWA members have volunteered to present panel-formatted mentorship programs to local colleges and universities. The presentation format allows for question and answer sessions and interaction between mentors and students. Mentorship programs have been presented at Northern Illinois University, the College of Lake County, and Elgin Community College.  As a result of a successful first round, both the College of Lake County and Elgin Community College have scheduled repeat engagements.

Additional presentations have been scheduled for McHenry County College, Oakton Community College, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Triton College. Dinchak’s goal is to present the mentorship program at all of the representative Chicago-area colleges and universities, and assist as many students as possible. 

Along with regional support, the APWA student mentorship program has attracted national attention.  APWA headquarters in Kansas City invited Dinchak to present the program via webinar broadcast to APWA chapters throughout the country; this webinar took place in February.  Dinchak will also be presenting the program at the 2009 APWA International Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on September 14. As this program is the first of its type in APWA’s history, chapter representatives throughout the country have been contacting Dinchak for information and guidance on starting programs in their own jurisdictions.

Bonestroo is a full-service engineering, planning, and environmental science firms, providing solutions to the government, private, energy, and industrial markets. Service areas include municipal infrastructure, water, wastewater, transportation, water and natural resources, land development, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, building engineering, and sports and recreation. Bonestroo’s recent merger with Northern Environmental enables the firm to provide additional services in compliance and industrial hygiene, property assessment and brownfield redevelopment, and contaminant investigation and remediation.

Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Bonestroo has offices in Libertyville and Northbrook, IL; Milwaukee, Elkhorn, Crivitz, Green Bay, Park Falls, and Waupun, WI; Rochester and St. Cloud, MN; Cedar Rapids, IA; and Houghton, MI.  (

Chandler/May Acquires Controlling Share of AeroMech Engineering

Chandler/May, an integrator of unmanned systems and command

and control computing systems, announced they have acquired a

controlling share of AeroMech Engineering, an engineering services

and manufacturing firm supporting the unmanned aircraft systems

(UAS) market.

AeroMech Engineering, located in San Luis Obispo, CA,

provides engineering services in the areas of aeronautical,

mechanical, and manufacturing as well as metallic and

composite fabrication services. As a manufacturing support

contractor to major primes, AeroMech has delivered over 1000

fully autonomous UAS's of varying types ranging from a 4-pound

battery powered aircraft to a 150-pound jet-powered aircraft,

as well as many components of UAS and military command and

control applications, including payloads, targets, and

software systems.

Based in Huntsville, AL, Chandler/May (

designs, integrates, and manufactures tactical computing and

electronic systems for military and rugged applications,

including the integration of high-end processing systems

into tactical shelters and other rugged enclosures.

"AeroMech Engineering's significant engineering and

production capability completes our offering and makes

Chandler/May a full-service provider in nearly every aspect

of the UAS market, including ground stations, payloads, and

airframes," said Jay Chandler, co-founder and Sr. Vice

President of Chandler/May, Inc. "They also bring a

substantial software production capability to our company and

significant intellectual property."

Holly Montague Becomes Certified Traffic Control Design Specialist

Holly Montague, PE, recently became an American Traffic Safety Service Association (ATSSA)-certified Traffic Control Design Specialist.  This certification meets the new Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Advance Work Zone Traffic Control Training requirements for designers of Temporary Traffic Control Plans.  A transportation engineer in Burgess & Niple’s (B&N) Dulles, Virginia office, Montague has more than 16 years of experience in roadway design, including numerous projects for VDOT and other state and local transportation agencies. 


Montague joined B&N in 1998.  Her expertise includes preliminary and final design of rural and urban roadways, intersection and parking design, maintenance of traffic plans, public hearing coordination, and final construction plans. Montague graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2003.


B&N is a full-service engineering and surveying firm with 21 offices across the nation.  The firm’s mid-Atlantic offices are located in Chantilly, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Woodbridge, Virginia; and Rockville, Maryland.

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Cardno TBE Moves into Larger Offices, Billy Moore Joins Firm as Senior Project Engineer/Manager

Cardno TBE, a full-service civil/environmental engineering and consulting firm, has relocated its office on into expanded facilities at 12030 Lakeland Blvd, Suite 105 in Baton Rouge, LA. Cardno TBE is also pleased to announce that, John W. "Billy" Moore, PE, has joined the firm as senior project engineer and manager. 

According to Jim Allen, PE, director for Cardno TBE and branch manager, “The larger office will allow us to continue to serve the expanding subsurface utilities engineering and utility coordination needs of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD), parish governments, cities, engineering consultants, and projects owners throughout the area. The original office opened in 2004.

Moore will be responsible for the planning, implementation and management of all subsurface utility engineering and utility coordination projects throughout Louisiana and Arkansas. Prior to joining Cardno TBE, Mr. Moore was the manager of utility relocation for the joint venture firm responsible for the $100 million of utility relocations as part of the $4 billion LA DOTD Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) program. “Moore also previously served as design engineer or project manager for over $8 million of utility relocation projects for the utility companies in four different DOTD districts through Louisiana,” says Allen. Moore is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Louisiana and holds bachelor and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Louisiana Technical University in Ruston.

Cardno TBE, a member of the Cardno family of companies, offers a full range of consulting, design, engineering and construction services, including civil, environmental, transportation planning and design, right-of-way acquisition/relocation, subsurface utility engineering, surveying and mapping, 3-D underground imaging, and utility coordination. Cardno TBE is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and has more than 40 offices serving clients in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. Visit us at

Thomas Pellarin Joins Peter R. Brown Construction

Thomas Pellarin, PE, has joined Peter R. Brown Construction (Peter Brown) as vice president of business development. Pellarin is transitioning from a 20-year career with sister company PBS&J, where he most recently served as part of the company’s Transportation Service’s Executive Committee.

Peter Brown President Judy Mitchell states, “Tom will help us both build a stronger presence and identify construction opportunities within central Florida, particularly in the higher-education marketplace. He will help us identify potential construction opportunities through PBS&J, which has a very strong presence in the southeastern U.S. And we will count on him to help Identify resources and talents within PBS&J for teaming opportunities.” He will also assist Peter Brown with the company’s continued efforts in the federal marketplace, helping them build on the reputation PBS&J enjoys in that market.

Pellarin’s career at PBS&J has been varied, including division manager, national service director for civil, deputy service manager for facilities, Florida state director, and central Florida district director. He was a senior vice president with PBS&J and a member of that company’s board of directors from 1998 to 2006.

Pellarin is located in the Orlando office and can be reached at 407.806.4277 or

Peter R. Brown Construction ( provides comprehensive construction management and design-build services to public and private clients throughout the southeastern United States, with more than 150 employees in 11 offices throughout Florida and Georgia.

Thompson & Litton’s Radford Office Relocates

Thompson & Litton's Radford offices have relocated to new offices at 726 Auburn Avenue in Radford, Virginia.   Continuing with what has been a steady period of growth, the move will be the fourth for the T&L branch location since opening in 1996.  Telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

Jack Murphy, AIA was the original employee staffing the Radford office more than 13 years ago. Jack has since served as branch manager and is an associate with the firm.  In that time, the Radford office has grown to include a staff of 27 professional and support personnel including two registered architects and two architect Interns, three licensed engineers, an engineer-in-training, and two licensed surveyors.  The Radford office is one of T&L’s full-service office locations offering full engineering, architecture, construction contract administration, and surveying services.  Jack is aided by Associate and Design Supervisor Greg Hurst, P.E. in management of T&L’s Radford office. The Radford location has three project managers to serve the New River Valley and Central Virginia regions.  

Brian Tew manages various types of engineering projects and offers expertise in the telecommunications technology field specializing in cell towers.  Recent projects under Brian’s management include the recently completed New River Valley Regional Wastewater Study and oversight of upcoming improvements to the Stoney Creek Reservoir Dam Spillway in Bedford County.

Eric Gentry, LS, heads up the Radford survey practice.   With two full crews consisting of a total of eight survey technicians, the Radford survey department is equipped to conduct any size survey from small, private, land surveying to multi-million dollar interstate constructions.  Currently, T&L surveyors are providing construction layout services for various projects on the Virginia Tech campus as well as construction layout for the $83 Million Route 58 Hillsville Bypass in Carroll County, Virginia.

Thompson & Litton is an engineering, architectural, surveying, and construction administration firm founded in 1956 in Wise, VA, where its headquarters remains. For over a half century, T&L has provided professional services throughout Virginia and Tennessee with offices located in Wise, Chilhowie, Radford, Tazewell, Clintwood, and Buchanan County, Virginia and in Bristol, Tennessee. The firm has an overall staff of more than 130 employees. Visit our website at