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It’s National Planning Month: Get to Know HRG’s Planning Team

October is National Planning Month, a time to celebrate the professionals who make our communities great places to live, work, and play. That includes several members of HRG’s team, so this week we’ll be spotlighting some of the people at HRG who’ve dedicated their careers to planning great communities.

 

Jamie Keener

Jamie B. Keener, AICP, Sr. Sales Executive Eastern RegionJamie Keener is certified by the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners and has almost 30 years of experience in the industry. His resume includes preparing comprehensive plans, subdivision and land development ordinances, and zoning ordinances for communities as well as preparing site plans for industrial, commercial, industrial and residential developments for the private sector.  He has prepared planning studies addressing all aspects of community infrastructure, including water and wastewater systems and transportation.

Why did you become interested in planning as a career?

I wanted to help guide communities in making informed decisions regarding land use, infrastructure, and economic development.

What has been your favorite project to work on, and why?

I don’t have a favorite project. Each project is rewarding as I see communties evolve and progress due to the plans we’ve created together.

Read Jamie’s bio

 

Kirsten Primm

Kirsten PrimmKirsten is a planner in HRG’s Pittsburgh office. She acts as a liaison between community groups, government agencies, developers and elected officials in developing neighborhood plans. She provides information to the public regarding development regulations, assists in resolving citizen and customer issues, and conducts field evaluations and assessments. She makes sure development proposals and site plans conform with codes and regulations and helps communities develop codes that promote the kind of development they want to see. Prior to joining HRG, she was a community development coordinator with Armstrong County, where she helped more than a dozen municipalities apply for and manage grant funding.

Why did you become interested in planning as a career?

I have always had a strong background in research, writing, and editing.  Being able to apply those skills became a natural fit to the planning field, as research and development are paramount to planning. Translating and communicating that research into a deliverable product the clients can clearly understand and implement is also very important to my work in the planning field. It is very gratifying to watch my work be successfully elevated to an implemented, tangible product that benefits a client and their community. 

What has been your favorite project to work on, and why?

Since starting at HRG, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Assisting with the creation of municipal regulations (including zoning regulations and subdivision and land development ordinances) has been both challenging and rewarding, knowing that the end result will provide better community decision-making and positive public impact for our clients.  Having the ability to create templates and tools for municipal clients is a great way to take my previous planning knowledge and apply it to my new projects.

 

Tim Staub

Tim 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, Tim is a member of the Springettsbury Township Planning Commission in York County.

Why did you become interested in planning as a career?

I grew up in Gettysburg, PA  and I was always fascinated in how the town was able to strike a balance between preserving the past and promoting innovation and growth. At the heart of this balance, I discovered planners were the great facilitators/mediators shaping communities, which made me want to pursue my career path.

What has been your favorite project to work on, and why?

I have worked on many memorable projects; however, the one that comes to mind is the shortest effort I spent on a planning project: the Ohiopyle Design Charrette, which spanned over an intensive three days.

Ohiopyle is a regional destination for whitewater rafting, bicycling and outdoor activities located in Southwestern Pennsylvania. These attractions bring approximately 1.5 million visitors to the area each year. As part of the charette, I worked with Ohiopyle Borough residents and members of Ohiopyle State Park to help the community’s 75 residents adjust to the influx of people, which caused a significant strain on the community’s infrastructure.

Our team recommended designing complete streets for various modes of travel, moving the wastewater treatment facility away from the Youghiogheny River, incorporating green infrastructure stormwater design, revising parking areas and structures, improving regional road and trail connections, and integrating a new visitor center along the waterfront. Many of these recommendations have been implemented since this project was completed in 2008.

Read Tim’s bio

 

 

Stay tuned throughout the week for more profiles of HRG’s planning team members.

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.

HRG Expands Its Municipal and Landscape Architecture Service Offerings in Response to Growing Demand

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is expanding its services to include municipal planning tasks such as comprehensive plans, corridor planning, ordinance development, and master planning. The firm is also expanding its delivery of landscape architecture services, particularly the planning and design of parks, recreational facilities, and streetscapes. Along with this change comes the introduction of several new staff members and the promotion of several long-time staff members, as well.

“HRG has been a leader in municipal engineering for more than 50 years,” says Western Region Vice President Jason Fralick. “We represent many municipalities around the state, so we are fortunate enough to have a window into the issues that are important to communities and their leaders. Right now, many local governments are looking to establish a strategic vision for their communities over the long-term. They want to make sure their communities are positioned for growth and to offer vibrant and attractive spaces for people to live and work for many years into the future. We want to help them succeed.”

While HRG has offered planning services like these to several clients over the years, they have not actively marketed these capabilities. Recently, however, they noticed a spike in client requests for these services and wanted to respond to the need.

James A. Feath“Many of our clients are recognizing the changing needs of their community and, indeed, a change in the demographics of their community members,” says Jim Feath, landscape architecture team leader. “They are also facing development pressures and aging infrastructure challenges under limited budgets.   They know they need a long-term vision to meet these challenges and remain competitive in terms of attracting residents and businesses.”

Feath is one of the long-time staff members who is being promoted as part of the firm’s response to this market. He has been a landscape architect and project manager with the firm for 18 years but will now serve as the landscape architecture team leader. Chris Sarson, a land planner and landscape architect, will join the firm as a member of his team.

Long-time project manager Ben Gilberti has been promoted to be regional manager of HRG’s civil service group in Western PA, and Rob Arnold has joined Gilberti’s team as a project manager. Gilberti first joined HRG in 2001 and has amassed 15 years of experience in municipal engineering services such as developer reviews and inspections as well as roadway, water, sewer and stormwater management design. He also has extensive experience in site development, recreational facility design, and planning services.

Arnold has almost 40 years of experience as a civil engineer. He also has extensive expertise in regional planning and project funding due to his prior work as the economic development coordinator for the Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce.

 

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.