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Your resource for corporate news and trends in the engineering, architecture, and planning industries.

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ms Q+A: Monica Backs

Maggie Kearns | September 2019

When Monica is not in the office working with hydraulic models and conducting floodplain analysis you can find her enjoying the great outdoors. We caught up with Monica and asked her to share more about her interests and how she spends her time outside the office.


Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs): What they are and why they matter

Brent Thomas | September 2019

Have you ever heard of harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs? Many people have not, but everyone should be aware of what they are and their implications. HABs are a serious concern due to the fact that they can produce toxins in lakes, rivers, and ponds (surface waters), and are capable of causing illness, irritation, and even death, in pets, livestock, and humans. On top of producing toxins, HABs also bring about treatment challenges for public water systems that use surface water. They can create taste and odor issues in drinking water and increase the frequency needed to clean filters in water treatment plants.


ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager Program: Celebrating 20 Years

Maggie Kearns | August 2019

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) was formed in 1976 to support comprehensive floodplain management, encouraging wise use of the nation’s floodplains and related water resources. Steady increase in membership, the addition of an annual conference, and growing relationships with federal agencies advanced by a growing interest in Congress continued to move the association forward.


ms Q+A: Jessica Leiter

Maggie Kearns | August 2019

When Jessica is not in the office managing grocery and restaurant client projects she can be found chasing her two young sons! We caught up with Jessica and asked her to share more about her interests and how she spends her time outside the office.


Municipal Engineering: Utilizing Multidiscipline Expertise to Overcome Challenges

Maggie Kearns | August 2019

Municipalities face many unique challenges every day. These challenges arise via citizen output, changing and expanding regulatory requirements, regular growth and development, and through infrastructure systems in need of improvement.


Beautiful Cities are Successful Cities

Brent Thomas | July 2019

A number of factors affect a city’s economic growth… How important is a city’s beauty in that regard? Two urban economists, Gerald A. Carlino and Albert Saiz, are here to say that it’s hugely important. In their most recent study, these researchers came to the conclusion that the more beautiful a city is, the better it is at bringing in new jobs and residents, which often includes highly educated and affluent people.


The Age of Certification: Green Building Design, Digital Infrastructure, and More

Brent Thomas | July 2019

In today’s day and age, it seems as if sustainably designed buildings are expected, certification or not. For years, developers and landlords have been seeking green certification to achieve a level of sustainability that will make their buildings more efficient and cheaper to maintain. As an added benefit, green certification often allows building owners to ask for higher rents and achieve higher occupancy rates at the same time.


ms Q+A: Vinisha Huwer

Maggie Kearns | July 2019

Need a good dose of sarcasm or to discuss the final season of Game of Thrones? Human Resources Manager Vinisha Huwer is your girl! We asked Vinisha to tell us more about her interest and how she spends her time outside the office.


Pathways to Leadership: An ACEC Program

Brent Thomas | June 2019

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) represents thousands of companies throughout the nation, acting as a voice for the engineering industry. As a part of their business education efforts, ACEC provides a “Pathways to Executive Leadership” focusing on professional development intended for mid-career engineers who are close to transitioning into a position of firm leadership and are prepared to think strategically about their careers.


Adopt-A-Trail Akron

Maggie Kearns | June 2019

The City of Akron and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition teamed up with local Akron corporations, non-profits, and individuals to develop an Adopt-A-Trail program for the 3-mile portion of the Towpath Trail running through Akron.