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.

 

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

 

 

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.

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).

Robert Arnold Joins HRG Pittsburgh Office as Project Manager

Robert ArnoldRobert Arnold, P.E., has joined the Pittsburgh office of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. as a project manager. In this role, he will oversee the design and construction of various projects involving stormwater management facilities and other municipal infrastructure.

Arnold has almost forty years of experience in civil engineering spanning Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. He also has extensive expertise in the areas of project funding, regional planning, and multi-municipal coordination due to his prior work as the economic development coordinator for the Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce.

Arnold has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and is an active member of Pittsburgh Green Innovators and the Green Infrastructure Network. He also participated in the development of Project 15206 in Pittsburgh’s eastern neighborhoods.

“Robert is a perfect match for HRG’s clients,” says HRG’s Western Region Vice President Jason Fralick. “Just like our firm, he balances extensive experience in municipal engineering with a specialized understanding of project funding that helps our clients get projects accomplished. He will be a great addition to our team.”

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.

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.

 

 

HRG’s Civil Group Continues Growth with Shambaugh, 3 Other New Hires

John ShambaughThanks to significant revenue increases and the acquisition of new clients, the group has grown its staff by more than 1/3 over the past 12 months.

HRG recently welcomed John Shambaugh, P.E., and three others to the staff in its Harrisburg office Civil Service Group: Scott Fisher, Jamie Eberl, and Aaron Moyer. These hires are the latest in a flurry of staff additions over the past 12 months that has increased the group’s size by more than 35%.

Regional Service Group Manager Matt Bonanno attributes this growth to a high standard of quality in the group’s services along with its varied expertise in municipal representation, water resources engineering, capital improvements, MS4 compliance, and construction administration and observation. “Many of our clients have said HRG is the firm of choice to provide municipal services in the region,” he says.  “We are a one-stop shop who can deliver successful projects with exceptional value, and this reputation will only be enhanced by the addition of John Shambaugh to our staff.”

Shambaugh previously owned his own consulting firm for more than 30 years, serving municipal clients in Adams, Cumberland, and Dauphin Counties. His expertise includes planning, municipal ordinance preparation, land development plan reviews, grant applications, permit applications, culvert design, roadway design, water and wastewater system design, and MS4 administration. He will serve as a project manager in HRG’s Civil Service Group, overseeing the budget and quality of various municipal and civil projects throughout Central and South Central Pennsylvania.

Fisher will be responsible for construction administration and observation services, while Eberl and Moyer will both be responsible for civil engineering design tasks related to municipal infrastructure, water resources, and stormwater management.

 

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.

 

 

Russell F. McIntosh Receives 2014 Pennsylvania Municipal Authority Association’s Red Davis Award

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.’s (HRG) Russell F. McIntosh was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association’s (PMAA) L.W. “Red” Davis Award. The award has been presented annually since 1978 to an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided exceptional service to PMAA and its authority members. He was presented this award at PMAA’s 2014 Conference and Tradeshow at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, PA.

McIntosh serves as the Vice President of HRG’s Financial Services group. The group’s mission is to find affordable solutions to funding necessary infrastructure projects. It seeks to combine the most efficient technical solution with the most affordable financial solution. This requires a blending of the engineering and financial aspects of the project and an understanding of the requirements of the lenders, rating agencies, and federal and state funding agencies. Because utility rates and charges are governed by a variety of state laws and regulations, an understanding of these requirements is incorporated into the work of this group.

McIntosh has been with HRG since 1990 and was named a Shareholder in 2001.

 

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.