Jason Hinz Promoted to Project Manager

Jason Hinz

Jason Hinz has been promoted to project manager in our civil engineering group.

Hinz has nine years of experience in hydraulics and hydrology, erosion and sedimentation control, and environmental permitting. He is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering.

HRG continues to experience significant growth in its municipal market sector. When the need for an additional project manager in this service area arose, Hinz was considered a perfect fit for the position.

Matthew Bonanno, the firm’s civil engineering practice area leader, says, “Jason is truly committed to our clients and is one of our most skilled civil engineers. His promotion is richly deserved.”

 

ABOUT HRG

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 our website at www.hrg-inc.com.

Adrienne Vicari Named One of Central PA’s Top 40 Under 40

Adrienne VicariThe Central Penn Business Journal named Adrienne Vicari to its 23nd annual Forty Under 40 list, which honors individuals for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the Central Pennsylvania community.  She and the other honorees will receive their award at a banquet on October 2 at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Adrienne is the financial services practice area leader at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. She has more than 15 years of experience in financial consulting, project management and engineering design for municipal wastewater, water and stormwater clients. In her current role with the firm, she uses asset management and capital improvement planning as tools to complete long-range strategic financial planning for her clients.

But she began her career at HRG in a very different role: as a professional engineer designing water and wastewater treatment facilities. She quickly developed an interest in helping her water and wastewater clients obtain and manage their funding for capital improvement projects and transitioned into the firm’s financial service group. As communities have developed a growing need for increased stormwater management funding and utility valuation, she has become an industry leader in these areas, as well.

Russ McIntosh, a vice president of HRG, says:

“Adrienne is an unstoppable force. When she sees something needs done, she dives right in and gives it everything she has. She is extremely knowledgeable of the issues municipal water quality professionals face and very creative in addressing those challenges. There is nothing she can’t or won’t do to help her clients succeed.”

Adrienne Vicari volunteers for STEM educationThis dedication extends outside the office to the Central Pennsylvania community, as well. Adrienne encourages young people to achieve success in science, technology engineering, and math related fields by participating in STEM-related events like the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at the Whitaker Center. She also serves as a board member with the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania organization and takes part in their annual STEM expo. In addition, she coaches Central Penn Mini Sticks field hockey and a Cumberland Valley softball 10U team.

She also co-founded a women’s volunteer group for West Shore mothers that encourages them to pursue diverse volunteer opportunities with their children. The group has had a significant impact on mid-state organizations such as Caitlin Smiles, Leg Up Farm, Ronald McDonald House, Dress for Success, 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.

 

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.

 

 

PSATS 2017: Howard Hodder to Present with ESRI on ArcGIS

PSATS 2017: Hodder to present on ArcGIS

Join us Monday at the annual PSATS Conference when HRG’s Geomatics Practice Area Leader Howard Hodder will be presenting a workshop on ArcGIS with real-world examples of how local governments are benefitting from this technology

 

ARCGIS: A Fast Track to Building Smart Communities
2:45 p.m. in Cocoa Suite 1

Around the world, local governments are using GIS to improve decision making, service delivery, and citizen engagement. Since most government data is location-based, equipping your township with the latest GIS technology will help streamline operations and give citizens a more positive experience.  During this workshop, you’ll learn how GIS addresses the need of today’s local governments with real-world examples.

 

Howard will be co-presenting this workshop with Andrew Falker and Keith Swavely, account managers at ESRI (the global market leader in GIS).

Get up-to-the-minute info about PSATS’ 2017 Annual Conference


Read about clients we’ve helped implement GIS:

 

 

 

Adrienne Vicari to Present at PSATS 2017: Derry Township’s Stormwater Authority Experience

Join us Monday at the annual PSATS Conference when HRG’s Financial Services Manager Adrienne Vicari will be presenting a workshop on Derry Township’s experience forming a stormwater authority.

 

One Township’s Experience with a Stormwater Authority
1:15 p.m. at Empire D, Confection Hall (lower level)

This workshop will explain how a stormwater authority has helped Derry Township comply with its MS4 requirements while improving service, enhancing water quality, reducing flooding, and improving township finances. The presenters will explain lessons learned from every phase of the authority’s development, from the initial analysis to the public outreach.  They will also discuss the importance of open, collaborative communication between the municipality and the authority staff.

 

Though communities have been charging fees for stormwater across the U.S. for years, stormwater authorities are still relatively new to Pennsylvania.  Township leaders rightfully have many questions about whether forming a stormwater authority would be the best choice for their community (and whether residents and business owners will support the idea).  The best way to get those questions answered is to hear from another township who’s already thought through these questions!

Adrienne will be co-presenting this workshop with Michael Callahan, the stormater program coordinator at Derry Township Municipal Authority; Wayne Schutz, the executive director of the Derry Township Municipal Authority; and Lee Stinnet, esquire at Salzmann Hughes, PC.

Get up-to-the-minute info about PSATS’ 2017 Annual Conference

 

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Do you want to learn more about how a stormwater utility could fund your stormwater program? Download our guide:

Determining If a Stormwater Utility Is Right for Your Community

Stormwater Utility GuideIt includes
• Answers to common questions about stormwater utilities
• Advice for how to build public consensus for stormwater fees
• An outline of the early steps you should take when investigating the feasibility of a stormwater utility

Download the guide at

www.hrg-inc.com/stormwater-utility-guide

 

 

Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank Honored with Governor’s Award

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that our client Dauphin County received a Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence for the infrastructure bank program we helped them create. The award for “innovative community or government initiative” was presented to Dauphin County officials at the Governor’s Residence on April 12, 2017. Commissioners George Hartwick, Jeff Haste, and Mike Pries attended the ceremony with George Connor, the executive director of Dauphin County’s Department of Community and Economic Development and the administrator of the infrastructure bank program.

HRG worked with PennDOT and Dauphin County officials to develop this program, which provides a creative solution to one of local government’s biggest challenges: successfully maintaining and replacing infrastructure. It leverages the county’s Liquid Fuels funding and the underutilized Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank program to stretch the value of local government dollars. In its first three years, Dauphin County turned an annual investment of $325,000 in Liquid Fuels money into 10 projects worth $11 million: 7 bridges, 1 streetscape, 1 intersection improvement, and 1 traffic signal improvement.

DCIB turns 325K into 10 projects worth $11M

While people on both sides of the aisle agree that infrastructure improvements are badly needed, the debate often stalls over where the money will come from to pay for these improvements. The Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank shows that new revenue is not necessarily needed to begin addressing these problems; applying existing revenue in new ways can help us make significant progress. By combining several sources of funding – each of which would’ve been inadequate to meet the infrastructure need alone – the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank has accomplished so much more for the county’s residents than these funding sources could’ve done individually.

Brian Emberg is an engineer who helped develop this program. He began working with the county in the 1980s on a similarly forward-thinking program that helped the county eliminate significant structural deficiency of its bridges. (In 1984, one-third of the county’s bridges were structurally deficient, but today the county has no load-posted, structurally deficient bridges at all, thanks to a bridge management system they designed with HRG.)

Emberg says, “Dauphin County’s officials are dedicated public servants and true visionaries. They continually challenge the status quo to deliver the best service to their constituents for the highest return on public tax dollars. This program provides a great example to other counties on how the seemingly impossible task of addressing our infrastructure can be solved.”

Indeed, HRG is currently in talks with counties around the state about implementing similar infrastructure bank programs of their own. Though Dauphin County uses its program for transportation improvements, the program can be used to fund any type of infrastructure, depending on the sources of money used to capitalize the loan program. For more information about the program, read our white paper on county infrastrastructure banks.

  • Projects funded by the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank

    Middletown Borough Streetscape

  • Projects funded by the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank

    Londonderry Township culvert

 

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.

 

County Infrastructure Banks make local roadway, bridge, and stormwater improvements easier and more affordable.

With a County Infrastructure Bank, local government officials have a renewable funding source that can:

  • Multiply the return on a small investment: completing several projects for less than the cost of one. (Dauphin County has successfully taken an annual allocation of $325,000 – not even enough to fund one single-span bridge replacement – and used it to fund 10 projects in just three years.)
  • Offer unbeatably low interest rates (0.5%) to your local municipalities.
  • Promote economic growth by providing a funding pool for infrastructure needs that often prevent development projects from getting off the ground.
  • Provide both funding and project delivery support to municipalities that otherwise wouldn’t have the resources or staff to complete complex infrastructure improvements.
  • Target money to long-term, strategic planning goals for the region.

Download our white paper

 

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.