Park Boulevard Realignment in Hershey Honored with Safety Award

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Representatives of Derry Township in Dauphin County accept the first-place roadway award in the Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Awards at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ (PSATS) 95th Annual Educational Conference April 23-26 in Hershey. Sponsored by PSATS, the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA), and the state Department of Transportation, the award recognizes townships for their extensive contributions to making roads and bridges safer. Participating in the presentation are, from left, PennDOT Director of Planning and Research Laine Heltebridle; Matthew Lena, P.E., transportation team leader, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.; Derry Township Chairman John Foley; PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner; and PSATS Executive Board Member Bill Hawk. (Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.)

 

The realignment of Park Boulevard has been honored with a Road & Bridge Safety Award from the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, and PennDOT.  The award was presented to Derry Township officials at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Conference at the Hershey Lodge on April 24, 2017.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. designed the project for Derry Township and devised a creative funding strategy that expedited the project schedule.

A broad range of local leaders from Derry Township, Dauphin County, and area businesses worked together on this project to support future economic development in Hershey.  The new roadway provides several safety improvements:

  • It replaces a 60-year old bridge over Spring Creek, which was structurally deficient and weight-restricted.
  • It converts a narrow roadway beneath the Norfolk-Southern underpass from two-way traffic to one-way traffic. (The roadway is not wide enough for two opposing lanes of traffic to safely pass each other, so switching to one-way traffic will prevent vehicle conflicts.)
  • It improves emergency response time by adding a roadway connection from northbound Park Boulevard.  (Previously, first responders had to drive a circuitous route through several intersections to access this area. Now crews can reach the area 2-3 minutes faster.)
  • It provides a new sidewalk that will enhance safety for pedestrians traveling to Hershey’s attractions from downtown.
  • It adds a safe zone for people boarding and exiting buses at the Hershey Intermodal Transportation Center. This zone is physically protected from through-traffic.

The realigned Park Bouelvard was completed and opened to traffic in the fall of 2016.  View a slideshow of project photos below.

 

 

HRG and Land Studies to Prepare Paxton Creek TMDL Plan

Paxton CreekHRG is partnering with LandStudies, Inc., to prepare a TMDL plan for Paxton Creek beginning in the spring of 2017.

The Paxton Creek TMDL Plan will be like a “pollution diet” for the watershed. It will outline how much sediment is in the creek now, identify potential sources of that pollution, and provide strategies for reducing sedimentation to safer levels by a specified deadline. The overall goal of the TMDL plan is to help municipalities within the watershed comply with relevant state and federal regulations while improving the health of Paxton Creek.

HRG was involved in the preparation of the Paxton Creek Watershed TMDL Strategy in December 2015 and is the retained engineer for CRW, Susquehanna Township, and Lower Paxton Township. These experiences provide HRG with historical knowledge of the pollution issues within the watershed that other firms do not have. LandStudies has the state’s first Certified Professional in Municipal Stormwater Management (CPMSM), who is well-versed in writing TMDL plans and assisting municipalities with their stormwater pollution problems.

Read the full press release on Land Studies’ website.

Bonanno, Vicari, and Weikel Named Practice Area Leaders at HRG

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that three of our distinguished professionals have been named practice area leaders: Matt Bonanno, P.E., will oversee the civil engineering practice area, Adrienne Vicari, P.E., will oversee financial services, and Doug Weikel, P.E., will oversee construction services.

 


Matt Bonanno

Bonanno joined the firm as a staff professional 13 years ago and worked his way up to being the Harrisburg area regional manager of civil services before being promoted into his current position.

As the civil engineering practice area leader, Bonanno will oversee the completion of all municipal and civil engineering projects in each of HRG’s regional offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

 


Weikel joined the firm in 1994 and previously managed its civil engineering group before being put in charge of the newly designated construction services practice area.

Weikel has managed the construction phase of many high profile projects at HRG, including the innovative wastewater to energy treatment plant HRG designed for the Milton Regional Sewer Authority in Northumberland County.

 


Adrienne M. Vicari

 

Vicari joined the firm in 2004 as an engineer in the water and wastewater service group and quickly developed into an expert on municipal authority finance. She has made numerous presentations on capital improvement planning, grants and public financing, and stormwater authority implementation before organizations like the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, and others.

 


 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

Tim Staub Joins HRG as Financial Services Team Leader

Tim StaubHerbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that Tim Staub, AICP, is joining our firm as the financial services team leader.  Staub has twenty years of experience in community planning and financial analysis that he will put to work for HRG’s vast network of public and private sector clients.

“Tim has been on both sides of the table, representing municipalities and representing commercial and residential developers, on matters of land planning and community development,” financial services practice area leader Adrienne Vicari says.  “He knows what each side cares about and is uniquely talented at bringing both sides together for a solution that benefits everyone in the community.  He’s also very skilled at helping clients communicate their vision and assemble the financing needed to turn their vision into reality.”

Staub is certified by the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners and is a two-time winner of the association’s Outstanding Plan Award via its Pennsylvania chapter. He also has wide-ranging expertise in green infrastructure and sustainable planning, program management, group facilitation and conflict resolution, public involvement, and financial reporting and analysis. In addition to his many years of experience in the consulting industry, Staub is a member of the Springettsbury Township Planning Commission in York County.

 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

Premier Projects: Dauphin County Honors Middletown Sewer & Cal Ripken Field

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that two of our projects have been selected by Dauphin County in its annual Premier Projects award program.

Since its inception five years ago, the Dauphin County Premier Projects program has honored 23 projects that promote smart growth and spark revitalization throughout the region.  Among this year’s six honorees, HRG provided engineering services for two of them: the replacement of sanitary sewer facilities in Middletown’s downtown business district and the construction of a state-of-the-art youth baseball field at the Harrisburg Boys and Girls Club.

 

Middletown Sewer Replacement

Premier Project 2017: Middletown Sewer Replacement

(Left to right) County Commissioners Mike Pries and George Hartwick,III, HRG Staff Professional Staci Hartz, Middletown Public Works Superintendant Ken Klinepeter, and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Tim Reardon

 

The replacement of Middletown’s sanitary sewer lines played a crucial role in promoting renewed economic development along South Union Street, which is the heart of the borough’s business district.  Some of the sewer mains in this area were close to 100 years old and had deteriorated enough that community and business leaders feared a collapse could endanger streetscape improvements in the area.  This project successfully replaced aging infrastructure and eliminated a cross-connection between the borough’s sanitary and stormwater systems that had caused several sewage overflows near Hoffer Park as well as sanitary sewer back-ups in businesses along South Union Street. Without excess water entering the system during wet weather events, the sewer authority has additional capacity available and is able to extend service to nearby growing communities in Londonderry Township and Lower Swatara Township (which, in turn, can promote further economic development in those areas, as well.)

 

Cal Ripken Senior Youth Development Park

Premier Project; Cal Ripken Field

(Left to right) County Commissioners Mike Pries and George Hartwick,III, HRG Eastern Region Vice President Andrew Kenworthy, Harrisburg Boys and Girls Club Director of Development Blake Lynch, and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Tim Reardon

The Cal Ripken Senior Youth Development Park at the Harrisburg Boys and Girls Club provides recreation and character development opportunities for disadvantaged youth.  The park was funded through the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation, which supports the development of baseball and softball programs in distressed communities.  This initial donation inspired other businesses and community organizations to pledge their own financial support for the athletic facility and its programs, which include Little League, a summer soccer program, speed and agility camps, flag football, and lacrosse.

The facility is located in an economically disadvantaged section of the city and is the only active athletic field available for youth in that area.  As such, it offers kids a safe space for recreation to keep kids busy and engaged in healthy pursuits.

 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

HRG Named NFWF Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Technical Capacity Provider

NFWF Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

As an approved provider for the National Fish and Wildlife Federation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Technical Capacity Grant Program, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is now qualified to provide technical services to local governments, nonprofit organizations, and conservation districts for projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

These technical capacity grants are designed to fill a strategic need or gap for planning in larger watershed restoration or conservation projects. The program is not to be relied upon to implement on-the-ground-work and is not a substitute for securing implementation funding to successfully complete a project.

The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awards $8 million to $12 million per year through two competitive grant programs, the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSR) and Small Watershed Grants (SWG) Programs. Entities interested in applying for funding for these grants should also consider the Technical Capacity Grants Program as an opportunity to better develop project ideas and enhance the technical merits and competitive status of their future INSR or SWG grant applications.

Local governments, conservation districts, or 501(c) non-profit organizations that believe they have an eligible project for this grant program should contact Matt Bonanno, our civil services practice area leader, at mbonnano@hrg-inc.com or 717.564.1121.


Eligible Applicants: Only NFWF-approved Technical Assistance Providers. HRG is approved for five years (through 2021). HRG must complete the application on behalf of the eligible beneficiary.

Eligible beneficiaries: Local governments (including conservation districts) and non-profit 501(c) organization.

Eligible Projects: Technical capacity grant projects are available in the three priority investment areas listed below.

  • Agricultural Conservation: Agricultural conservation for water quality and habitat improvement.
  • Restoration and Community Stewardship: Including watershed planning, habitat restoration, land conservation and land use, public access, diversity initiatives, environmental literacy, and leadership development.
  • Stormwater Management: Including design of regional stormwater servicing models, sustainable financing and management strategies, and targeting of stormwater improvements for water quality, resiliency, and community benefit.

Available Funding: Up to $50,000 per project. Each year, NFWF plans to award approximately 25 grants for a total of $1 million in awards. Total funding for awards will be determined based on the quality and quantity of applications received.

Application Deadline: Grant opportunities are announced throughout the year in three application cycles: agricultural conservation (spring); restoration and community stewardship (summer); and stormwater management (fall).

Alexis Isenberg Joins HRG’s Civil Group as Project Manager

Alexis IsenbergAlexis Isenberg, P.E., recently joined Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.’s civil engineering service group as a project manager. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing the budget and quality of various municipal and civil projects throughout Central and South Central Pennsylvania.

She previously owned her own consulting firm, The Lexis Group, which provided civil engineering, structural engineering, land development, land planning, and survey services. She has also served as a member of the Carroll Township Planning Commission in York County for 15 years.

Isenberg has 20 years of experience in civil engineering and business management. In addition, she has expertise in stormwater management, sanitary sewer systems, roadway and bridge design, and construction management.

“Alexis will be a great addition to our team,” says HRG’s regional manager of civil engineering services, Matt Bonanno.  “We are fortunate to keep adding high-quality individuals to our team in order to serve our clients.  HRG is known for providing a one-stop shop for all of a municipality’s civil engineering needs, and her wide-ranging experience will help us to continue that tradition.”

 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

 

 

Kick Joins HRG’s Civil Group as Project Manager

William Kick

William Kick, P.E.

William Kick, P.E., recently joined the Civil Engineering Service Group in our Harrisburg, PA, office as a project manager.  In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing the budget and quality of various municipal and civil projects throughout Central and South Central Pennsylvania.

Kick earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology from The University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and is a registered professional engineer.  He has 16 years of experience in infrastructure engineering and construction and has served as the retained municipal engineer for more than a dozen boroughs and townships in South Central Pennsylvania.  His broad-ranging expertise includes stormwater management, hydraulics and hydrology, and floodplain management as well as the design of roadways, bridges, parks, and sewer and water systems.  He also has prepared subdivision and land development plans for numerous commercial, residential, and institutional properties.

 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

HRG’s MRSA Wastewater to Energy Project Featured at OECD Rural Development Conference

Peter J. Fisher of the USDA, HRG’s Justin Mendinski, and Thomas P. Williams of the USDA exhibiting the MRSA Wastewater 2 Energy (Ww2E) Project at the 10th OECD Rural Development Conference in Memphis, TN.

Peter J. Fisher of the USDA, HRG’s Justin Mendinski, and Thomas P. Williams of the USDA exhibiting the MRSA Wastewater to Energy (Ww2E) Project at the 10th OECD Rural Development Conference in Memphis, TN.

HRG is proud to support Pennsylvania’s Rural Development in exhibiting Milton Regional Sewer Authority’s (MRSA) Wastewater to Energy Project at the 10th Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Rural Development Conference – National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy on May 19-21 in Memphis, Tennessee.

This invitation-only conference marks the 10th meeting of the world’s leading policy officials, international experts and representatives from the private sector for discussing best practices for rural areas.

Officials from the United States Department of Agrigulture (USDA) invited HRG to assist in the exhibiting of the MRSA Ww2E project at the conference given its innovative engineering design and the positive impact it is making on rural development within Pennsylvania. The project will allow the MRSA to produce all of its energy needs from its own wastewater treatment process. Click here for more information on the project.

Milton Regional Sewer Authority's Wastewater to Energy Treatment Plant

Milton Regional Sewer Authority’s Wastewater to Energy Treatment Plant

HRG’s Projects Recognized with 2014 Dauphin County Premier Project Awards

Pictured from left to right: Timothy Reardon, Executive Director, TCRPC; William Swanick, Regional Service Group Manager, HRG; Robert Grubic, President/CEO, HRG; Brian Emberg, Sr. VP/CTO, HRG; Andrew Kenworthy, Regional VP, HRG; Jamie Keener, Sr. Sales Executive, HRG; Leah Pearlman-Storch, Dauphin County Planner, TCRPC

Two of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.’s (HRG) projects received 2014 Dauphin County Premier Project Awards. On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Dauphin County Commissioners and the Dauphin County Planning Commission held the third annual awards event to recognize improvements that promote smart growth and revitalization within local communities.

HRG is proud to have provided engineering, surveying, and related services throughout the planning, design, and construction of the following award-winning projects.

Derry Township’s recently improved PA 743 and U.S. Route 422 historic square
The Hershey Square, was honored in the “Revitalization” category for projects above $500,000. This large-scale $13 million project is the first phase of a comprehensive plan to upgrade the existing 100-year-old transportation system within the world-renowned Hershey, Pennsylvania. Vast improvements were incorporated to keep pace with the increased traffic flow resulting from this thriving community and popular tourist destination.

Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority’s Solar Farm was recognized in the “Infrastructure” category. This project advances the use of alternative energy in Central Pennsylvania through the creation of one of the largest municipally-owned solar generation farms in Pennsylvania. This initiative is decreasing dependence on fossil fuels and generating revenue to significantly offset the County’s operational costs by 40%.

“We extend our congratulations to Derry Township and Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority for their forward-thinking approach and to improving the wellbeing of their communities,” stated Brian D. Emberg, HRG’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. “It was a sincere honor to be a part of these commendable initiatives.”

 

ABOUT HRG

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.