Threet and Letavic Introduce a Girl to Engineering

Today is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, and who better to talk about why girls should consider a career in engineering than two of the women engineers we have on staff here at HRG?

 


Erin ThreetErin Threet is the regional manager of our Lewisburg office and a project manager overseeing the design of water and wastewater systems. Her work primarily focuses on making sure people have access to clean water. Projects range from evaluating water supply sources, to designing treatment processes that make the water safe for drinking and designing the infrastructure that carries the water where it needs to go.

 

Erin LetavicErin Letavic is a project manager and team leader in the civil engineering group at HRG. She primarily works with local governments as their retained municipal engineer and as a consultant on environmental issues like water quality, stormwater management, permitting, and flood prevention. She also helps residential and commercial developers obtain environmental permitting for the construction of homes and business parks.

 


 

Threet is passionate about encouraging young women to pursue engineering as a career. “It’s a very challenging and rewarding career path,” she says. “You get to work with clients to solve their problems and then see those solutions implemented.”

Every year, Threet participates in a local event sponsored by Junior Achievement where high school students can explore different career paths and ask questions about what it’s like to work in that industry. She also returns to her alma mater Bucknell University on a regular basis to speak with young women about engineering careers.

She was exposed to the concept of water and wastewater treatment at a young age.  Here she is in the dirt while her parents were doing work on the family’s septic system. 

Looking at the picture now, she says, “I think it’s funny because I design water and wastewater facilities, and I talk about septic systems more frequently than the average person.”

Family members who worked in the engineering field inspired Threet to join the profession. “I knew that I liked math and science, so it seemed like the right path for me,” she says.

Letavic also liked math and science as a young girl, and she loved to spend time outside. Now her job allows her to spend time in the field on environmental investigations or restoration projects.

 

Letavic in the field

 

Protecting and preserving the environment for people to enjoy is very important to her. “I grew up seeing the evolution of no recycling to curbside recycling programs popping up everywhere, so I wear my environmental stewardship hat when I solve stormwater problems.”

Threet and Letavic’s example shows that engineering is an ideal career path for young women who are problem-solvers and who care about environmental issues like clean water.

Find more resources for young women interested in the engineering profession on the DiscoverE website.

Regional Stormwater Plan to Save Taxpayers Money in Luzerne County

This article is an excerpt from the December 2017 issue of The Authority, a magazine produced by the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA). It is the second in a series of 3 articles about an innovative approach to stormwater management and MS4 compliance being pioneered by 31 municipalities and the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority.  You can read the first article here: How Municipalities in the Wyoming Valley Are Cutting Stormwater Costs by Up to 90% )

 

Lower costs and increase value

Thirty-one municipalities in Luzerne County are piloting a regional approach to MS4 compliance that may revolutionize the way Pennsylvania responds to the growing challenges posed by stormwater.

They have signed cooperative agreements with the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority, which will serve as MS4 permit coordinator for the entire region. In our previous post, we discussed the many ways a regional partnership can lower the cost of stormwater management for municipalities.

In this post, we’ll discuss how:

Cooperation benefits the taxpayer.

If regional cooperation lowers the cost of stormwater management, it stands to reason those cost savings will be passed on to the taxpayer. But, make no mistake, replacing aging infrastructure and constructing Best Management Practices will cost money, and that money will have to come from somewhere.

With municipal budgets already stretched to the limit, communities may have to consider new revenue sources. That could mean a tax increase or a stormwater fee.

Stormwater fees are generally a better deal for the average constituent. This is because a fee structure ensures everyone pays their fair share.

If taxes were raised to cover the cost of stormwater management, many property owners with large amounts of impervious area would be exempt: hospitals, schools, and other non-profit institutions. However, these institutions can sometimes be the biggest contributors to a community’s stormwater issues because stormwater runoff occurs when the water runs along impervious surfaces and cannot infiltrate the ground.

If stormwater management is paid for through a property tax increase, these non-profit organizations won’t pay for the services they’re using, but someone will have to, and that burden will fall on homeowners and small businesses.

Studies show time and again that the average homeowner would pay less for stormwater management if he or she were charged a stormwater fee than if the municipality raised property taxes.

The regional cooperation being pioneered by the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority is an especially good deal for local taxpayers: Our analysis showed that the average residential property owner will save 70 – 93% by paying a regional stormwater fee instead of paying an increased property tax.

The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority’s estimated stormwater fee is between $3.00 and $4.50 per month. This is lower than the other stormwater fees currently being paid throughout Pennsylvania, which average between $6.50 and $8.50 per month.

By using a regional approach, WVSA is able to lower costs beyond what an individual municipal authority could likely achieve. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider that the fees for most of the other municipal authorities included in the average above were calculated before taking 2018 MS4 permit requirements into account. Therefore, those communities may actually have to raise fees higher to meet the stricter requirements coming in the next permit cycle.  WVSA’s estimated cost already accounts for the 2018 permit requirements.

Municipal leaders are stewards of the public’s money, but they are also stewards of the environment. In our next post, we’ll discuss how regional cooperation on stormwater management can more effectively keep our rivers and streams clean for drinking, agriculture, and recreation.


Do you want to learn more about how stormwater fees provide the best value for taxpayers? Download our guide:

Determining If a Stormwater Utility Is Right for Your Community

Stormwater Utility GuideIt includes
• Answers to common questions about stormwater utilities
• More 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

 


 

Jim Tomaine has more than 30 years of engineering experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Wilkes University. He is the executive director of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority and has been at WVSA for twenty seven years.  Prior to the WVSA, Mr. Tomaine worked in the private sector as a design engineer. He currently holds his A-1 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Certification in Pennsylvania and is also a registered professional engineer.

 

Adrienne Vicari is the financial services practice area leader at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG). In this role, she has helped the firm provide strategic financial planning and grant administration services to numerous municipal and municipal authority clients. She is also serving as project manager for several projects involving the creation of stormwater authorities or the addition of stormwater to the charter of existing authorities throughout Pennsylvania.

 

WEBINAR: Cutting Stormwater Management Costs Through Partnerships

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Stormwater inlet

Stormwater management costs are on the rise.
MS4 requirements continue to become more stringent.
Aging infrastructure is nearing its useful life and will need replacement.
Can your community afford to address these issues?

 Yes, and this webinar can help.

In it, we provide real-world examples of how municipalities are working together to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance and infrastructure O&M. We also provide guidance on how to successfully negotiate intergovernmental agreements that protect everyone’s interests.

Adrienne M. VicariThe presenter, Adrienne Vicari, is our Financial Services Practice Area Leader. Her regional approach to stormwater management is projected to save municipalities in the Wyoming Valley more than $200 million over the course of 20 years. PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell praised the initiative, saying “By working together, these municipalities are reducing pollution less expensively than they could if they were making these efforts separately. I am certain that the rest of the state will be looking at their exemplary leadership.”

The webinar was produced in partnership with the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) and is eligible for 1 secondary credit to PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees.

PSATS members can view the webinar for $20. Non-members can view it for $25.

 

WEBINAR: Manage Your Infrastructure Easily and Cost-Effectively

Do you know the location of your infrastructure assets?

Do you know what needs inspected and when?

Do you know which assets are most critical and carry the highest risk to the community if they fail?

 

The answers to these questions are crucial to protecting the safety of people and property in your community.

You’re responsible for miles of infrastructure, and your job is to make sure it continues to function for the people you serve. Whether it be pipes and inlets, roadways, or bridges, you have to keep them performing at an acceptable level of service, and, more importantly, you must protect local residents and business from the consequences of failure.

This has always been a complex job, but new regulatory requirements, aging infrastructure, and tight municipal budgets make it even harder.

An asset management program can make it easier and more cost-effective, and this webinar will show you how.

Asset management is a proven methodology for determining where to best allocate your infrastructure dollars. It helps you cut through the questions and prioritize exactly what needs repaired or replaced. It can also help you effectively plan and mobilize the money to address those needs.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • What asset management is and how it works
  • What types of technology is available to assist with asset management and how to determine your particular needs
  • The many benefits of asset management for better targeting O&M dollars; providing justification for rates, fees or budget allocations; addressing government reporting requirements; and communicating with the public.

Howard HodderThe presenter Howard Hodder is our Director of Geomatics. He has worked with dozens of communities to create asset management solutions for water, sewer, stormwater and other infrastructure assets. He has also published several articles on the topic and spoken extensively at industry conferences.

The webinar was produced in partnership with the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) and is eligible for 1 secondary credit to PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees.

PSATS members can view the webinar for $20. Non-members can view it for $25.

 

How to Choose the Best Method of GIS Data Collection for Water and Sewer Systems

Carlisle Borough Uses Infiltration/Inflow Data to Devise Long-Term Plan for Infrastructure Repair and Replacement

Like many municipalities, Carlisle Borough is grappling with the challenge of aging infrastructure. Its sewer system features infrastructure that is more than 100 years old.  Since replacing it all at once is not possible from a financial perspective, borough officials needed to a way to narrow down exactly where investment should occur.  Which projects would provide the most value to Carlisle residents and business owners?  Infiltration and inflow data provided the answer.

Why infiltration and inflow data?

In the words of Carlisle Borough staff, “Inflow and infiltration is really just a symptom of failing infrastructure.” By figuring out where extraneous flow is entering the system, we get a hint as to where cracks or defects in the infrastructure may be located.

Josh Fox recently authored an article in the April/May/June issue of Keystone Water Quality Manager magazine on this project with the borough’s director of public works Mark Malarich, P.E.

The article discusses how HRG’s engineers evaluated infiltration and inflow data to determine what infrastructure needed repairs or replacement the most. First, the borough implemented a 16-week metering program to identify dry weather flow for comparison to wet weather data for the borough’s 21 sewer basins.

We then used the data to calculate peaking factor and total infiltration volume for each of the basins and ranked the basins accordingly. After analyzing the data, we determined that some basins had high peaking factors but infiltration dropped off quickly once the wet weather dissipated (like Area 1C in the figure below).  Other basins saw high infiltration volumes for several days after a wet weather event (like area 4 in the figure below).  This suggested that a high groundwater table was contributing a sustained flow via defects in the manholes, sewer mains and sewer laterals.  Therefore, total infiltration volume provided the best data for assessing the overall condition of the infrastructure.

 

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Taking our analysis one step further, we prioritized the basins with the highest total infiltration volume for further investigation and compared the total volume of infiltration/inflow in a basin to its size. By calculating the total infiltration per foot of pipe, we were able to more accurately estimate the severity of damage in each basin.  (For instance, two basins may have had similarly high total infiltration volumes, but one was significantly smaller than the other.  This suggests a higher severity of defects in the smaller basin for that much water to infiltrate in a smaller space, during the same time period, after the same wet weather event.)

Prioritized Basins by each factor

Using this data as a guide, HRG worked with the borough to devise a 20-year capital improvement plan for addressing the highest priority needs in the system.  HRG also helped the borough create a financial strategy for addressing these needs.

Rehabilitation of the highest priority basin is being completed in the spring of 2017 and is expected to come in almost $1 million under budget.

Read more about this project in the April/May/June 2017 issue of Keystone Water Quality Manager magazine.

HRG has written a great deal of advice on asset management and long-term infrastructure planning for water and wastewater systems. Read similar articles below:

 

 


Josh Fox, P.E.Josh Fox, is the regional manager of water and wastewater system services in HRG’s Harrisburg office.  He has extensive experience in the planning and design of wastewater collection and conveyance facilities, water supply and distribution systems, and stormwater facilities.

 

Adaptive Traffic Signals Reduce Delay, Increase Safety, and Improve Public Satisfaction

Could adaptive traffic signals improve traffic flow in your municipality? Read on to learn:
• The benefits of adaptive traffic signals.
• How they work (and what technology/equipment is required).
• How much adaptive traffic signals cost.
• Where you can obtain funding for implementing adaptive traffic signals.

As traffic engineers, friends have asked us for years if we could give them a magic button to turn traffic signals green whenever they approach the intersection. We smile and chuckle at the joke, but the truth is: The technology already exists for traffic signals to sense cars approaching the intersection and adjust their phasing in response.  It’s called adaptive traffic signal control, and you may already have encountered it in your travels without knowing it.

advanced traffic signal with mounted camera

Cameras mounted on the mast arm detect oncoming traffic and send this information to a central computer.

 

What are adaptive traffic signals?

In the simplest sense, adaptive traffic signals adjust the timing of their green light cycles to match current traffic conditions on the ground. They are constantly collecting data about approaching vehicles and creating new timing sequences to match them.

It’s this second part that distinguishes them from the responsive signal systems many municipalities have today.  While a responsive system will adjust timings based on current traffic conditions, it can only respond with one of its preset cycle programs – trying to find the closest match it can.  An adaptive system creates a completely new timing sequence that is customized to current conditions.

It’s a very efficient way to move traffic through a busy corridor.

How do they work?

  • Video cameras and sensors collect information about the vehicles approaching an intersection.
  • Software analyzes this information and creates a customized timing sequence in real time.
  • The software communicates this sequence to coordinated signals up and down the corridor, so that they all function in sync with each other.

What are the advantages of adaptive traffic signals?

They move traffic along faster and with fewer stops. Signals are constantly being reprogrammed to maximize the green light length and allow the most cars through.  Multiple intersections are coordinated, so that traffic can move freely throughout the corridor, rather than encountering frequent starts and stops.

(It’s important to note, however, that adaptive signals cannot create more time or capacity. They simply allocate time in a more efficient manner.)

A study by the Federal Highway Administration shows that adaptive traffic signals can improve travel time by 10% on average. Intersections with particularly outdated timing plans can see travel time improve by as much as 50%.

Our client, Monroeville, saw travel time reductions of 20% when it installed adaptive traffic signals along the William Penn Highway (Route 22).

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Adaptive traffic signals along Route 22 in Monroeville reduced travel time by 20% and the frequency of stops by 87%.

 

Adaptive traffic signals increase safety by reducing stops (and thus the opportunity for rear-end collisions).

Monroeville saw an 87% reduction in stops along the William Penn Highway after it installed adaptive traffic signals. It stands to reason this would prevent accidents, and data in other cities bears this out.

  • In Troy, Michigan, collisions causing serious injury were cut in half after adaptive traffic signals were implemented there.
  • Crashes fell by 38% in West Des Moines, Iowa, after the city installed an adaptive traffic signal system on the Jordan Creek Parkway.

Photo by Daniel Oines. Published here under a Creative Commons license.

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Reducing the time cars spend stopped in traffic reduces the opportunity for rear-end collisions.

 

They tame the chaos that often occurs in unforeseen circumstances (like traffic accidents or special events). A conventional traffic signal system can only respond with pre-timed cycles – none of which are likely to be the best approach for an emergency situation like a lane closure caused by an accident or a downed tree.  Likewise, a special event may cause significant, unanticipated changes in traffic patterns that a conventional system could not respond to adequately.

An adaptive traffic signal system can rewrite the timing to fit the changing situation on the ground. Immediately. The moment the event occurs. (When necessary, municipal staff can override the timings manually– while viewing camera feeds from a remote location– to help emergency response times.)

They increase customer satisfaction and reduce complaints.

Drivers spend an average of 36 hours per year waiting in traffic – even more if they live and work in the city. This is frustrating, and people often complain to their representatives about the roadways where they wait the longest.  If you can reduce those wait times, you will reduce the complaints, as well, and relieve driver frustrations.

In the Harrisburg area, drivers have commented to us about how much better it is to drive on the Carlisle Pike and Route 22 corridors since adaptive signals were installed. Many have told us how they used to hit every red light, but now they cruise through a sea of green, making it to their destination much faster.

Photo via the State Farm Flicker page. Published here under a Creative Commons license.

adaptive traffic signals reduce the time people spend in traffic

Make your drivers happy: Adaptive traffic signals reduce the amount of time people sit in traffic and saves them money on gas and lost productivity.

 

Adaptive signal systems save drivers money and reduce vehicle emissions.

Reducing delays in this way doesn’t just save drivers time; it also saves them money. A study by the Texas Transportation Institute estimated that Americans waste more than $87 billion per year on gas and lost productivity due to congestion.  That’s more than $700 per driver!  The Centre for Economics and Business Research estimates those costs will rise by 50% over the next 15 years.  But adaptive traffic signals can help us bring those costs down by reducing congestion and delay.

This will also reduce vehicle emissions, providing cleaner air for us all to breathe.

adaptive traffic signals can reduce vehicle emissions

Adaptive traffic signals make traffic move more efficiently and reduce the time cars idle in traffic. This reduces vehicle emissions. (Photo by Ruben de Rijcke. Used via Creative Commons license.)

 

Where are adaptive traffic signals currently in use?

Over the past several years, PennDOT has been working with municipalities to implement adaptive traffic signals across the state.

  • In Central Pennsylvania, adaptive traffic signals have been installed at more than 40 intersections in Cumberland County and Dauphin County. The primary locations are along the Carlisle Pike and Route 22. Route 422 in Lebanon County and Route 501 in Lancaster County also have adaptive systems.
  • In Western Pennsylvania, adaptive traffic signals have been implemented along 18 intersections of the William Penn Highway in Monroeville.
  • In the State College area, adaptive traffic signals are being installed in Patton Township along Valley Vista Drive where it intersects with Green Tech Drive, North Atherton Street, Lowe’s Centre Driveway, and Carnegie Drive.   Adaptive signals will also be installed on the Waddle Road Corridor.

In fact, 3 percent of the nation’s traffic signals use adaptive signal control technology, and that number is rising fast. According to the Laboratory for Adaptive Traffic Operations & Management at Florida Atlantic University, the number of intersections with adaptive signal control rose by more than 40% between 2009 and 2014. Likewise, the number of agencies using them increased from just 30 to almost 150.  (The laboratory tracks the number of locations using adaptive traffic signals across the United State on a map.)

What does it cost to implement adaptive traffic signals?

The cost to implement adaptive traffic signal systems averages between $30,000 – $50,000 per intersection, according to data from the Laboratory for Adaptive Traffic Operations & Management at Florida Atlantic University.

Other studies by the Institute of Transportation Engineers and similar experts in the field have placed the numbers in this range, as well, but the cost can vary widely. (We found numbers as low as $20,000 per intersection and as high as $65,000.)

One reason costs vary is because adaptive traffic signal systems have many components, and each one has its own pricing variables:

  • New hardware and software
  • Detection devices (radar, loops, video)
  • Controller upgrades
  • Interconnection and communication changes (if intersections are not already interconnected)
  • Staff training
  • Traffic studies

The cost will depend largely on what brand system you choose because different systems have different software and equipment requirements. (Also, some require more training than others.)

The cost will also depend on the current state of your intersections. Many municipalities already have detection devices installed and have already interconnected signals along busy corridors. Costs to implement adaptive traffic signals at intersections like these would obviously be lower than at an intersection that doesn’t have these components.

Is there funding for adaptive traffic signal systems?

Yes, funding is available to help defray the cost of implementing adaptive traffic signals.

  • Programs like Green Light Go and Automated Red Light Enforcement monies could be used successfully to fund these projects in Pennsylvania. (Our article on applying for Act 89 grants provides more insight on the Green Light Go program.)
  • Full or partial funding could also be obtained through the land development process as traffic mitigation required during completion of a traffic impact study.
  • Federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality funds are another option that has been used in the past.
  • Other programs that could provide funding include:
    • The Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal Transportation Fund
    • PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund
    • Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank
    • Pennsylvania Municipal Liquid Fuels Funds

In Conclusion

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Even though it is a significant investment, adaptive traffic signals may be worth the cost because of the benefits they produce:

  • reducing travel time and stop frequency,
  • reducing the number of rear-end collisions,
  • increasing customer satisfaction,
  • reducing the costs of congestion (like fuel and lost time), and
  • reducing vehicle emissions.

Adaptive systems can also handle unforeseen circumstances like a traffic accident or special event traffic better than conventional systems can.

Municipalities who do implement the technology should budget $60,000 per intersection, but the actual cost will depend on the system the municipality chooses and the current technology deployed on its intersections (i.e. the changes or upgrades the intersections will require).

Funding from grant programs like Green Light Go and Automated Red Light Enforcement can be used to defray these costs.

To discuss how adaptive traffic signals could benefit your municipality, contact Eric Stump or Darren Myer.


Eric Stump, P.E., PTOEEric Stump, is the traffic team leader for HRG’s Eastern Region. His experience includes preparing traffic impact studies for developments and reviewing them for municipalities, preparing signal permit and construction plans, developing coordination programs, preparing Highway Occupancy Permit applications, and more.  He has provided municipal review services for several municipalities implementing adaptive traffic signals and recently designed a system for Derry Township.

 

Darren Myer, P.E., PTOEMyer, is the manager of transportation services for HRG’s Western Region. In this role, he oversees the delivery of all roadway, traffic, and bridge projects HRG completes in Western Pennsylvania.  Myer also serves as the traffic engineer for several municipalities, including Monroeville, which recently implemented an adaptive traffic signal system along the William Penn Highway.


 

Transportation Practice Area Leader

Transportation Practice Area Leader
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Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is an award winning, employee-owned civil engineering consulting firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio & West Virginia.  Founded in 1962, HRG has been dedicated to providing quality, cost-effective design solutions to public and private sector clients in the municipal, water and wastewater, land development, transportation, water resources, geographic information systems (GIS), survey, environmental, construction phase, and financial services markets for over 50 years.

 

We are actively seeking an exceptional and influential leader who will continue to build and develop our Transportation Service Group through project leadership, strategy creation, quality control design and promoting relationship building.

 

As a client-focused top technical leader of our company-wide Transportation Service Group, the Transportation Practice Area Leader is responsible for the overall development and maintenance of HRG’s Transportation Quality Management Plan (QMP), serves as Project Manager on key complex, high-profile or sensitive projects and is an advisor to VPs/CTO/CFO/CEO. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

  • Serving as primary technical resource to provide final approval on Transportation-related design concepts
  • Leading Quality Assurance actions to ensure the QMP meets or exceeds sound technical standards and standard of care practices
  • Supporting Quality Improvement by continuously evaluating the QMP
  • Mentoring junior and mid-level staff in the proper planning and execution of transportation engineering projects and in directing or conducting independent technical reviews of deliverable work product
  • Providing Quality Control advice and direction to Management
  • Serving as an advisor to Regional Vice President(s) in the analysis and repositioning of the Transportation Service Group’s workload
  • Monitoring the Transportation Service Group’s contract backlog and resources needed; providing recommendations to the Regional Vice President(s)
  • Providing leadership to assist management in project execution and staff development
  • Collaborating with Regional Vice President(s) in the establishment of regional revenue projections
  • Ensuring compliance with project budget approval
  • Ensuring the effective management of multiple projects within scope, budget and schedule expectations and quality standards on project deliverables
  • Serving as a senior technical advisor for Transportation projects
  • Working closely with clients to understand specific processes and develop strong relationships
  • Identifying and developing new business opportunities with new and existing clients and preparing effective technical proposals
  • Collaborating with the Marketing Manager in the development, execution and maintenance of the Transportation Service Group’s Marketing Plan
  • Ensuring accurate preparation of proposal estimates of time and expenses required to complete projects
  • Supporting and engaging in the preparation and presentation of technical papers
  • Representing HRG within professional societies, associations and committees

 

 

LOCATION

 

To support HRG and the Transportation Service Group effectively, the Transportation Practice Area Leader will be based in Harrisburg, PA or Pittsburgh, PA; requiring local and overnight travel as needed.

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering; M.S. preferred
  • Active Pennsylvania P.E. License
  • Minimum 10 years’ project experience related to Transportation Engineering; focusing on local & county governments and private industry
    • Additional project experience to include Highway, Rail and Bridge Engineering
    • Experience in Transportation Planning, desirable
  • Proven experience with the successful completion of transportation projects in Pennsylvania; Ohio and/or West Virginia experience helpful
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a supervisory or management position
    • Additional licensure in Ohio and/or West Virginia helpful but not required
  • Proven experience with project presentation and meeting facilitation
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Intermediate proficiency with Deltek Vision or other ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems
  • Excellent marketing, client relations, interpersonal, communication, planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to travel to job sites, meetings, and regional offices as necessary; including overnight travel
  • Has the legal right to work in the U.S.

 

 

Why Consider a Career with HRG

  1. We value the commitment and dedication of our employee-owners, therefore HRG offers a competitive compensation and benefits package
  2. As an employee-owned company, we all share in the current and future financial success of the company through the company-funded Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) 
  3.  Recipient of the 2015 Premier Award for Client Satisfaction by PSMJ Resources, Inc.®
  4.  Consistently named among the Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Magazine for more than 10 years
  5.  Named one of the top 100 privately held companies in Central Pennsylvania by Central Penn Business Journal

Harrisburg or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Full-Time/Regular

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Water & Wastewater Construction Specialist

Water & Wastewater Construction Specialist
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Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is an award winning, employee-owned civil engineering consulting firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio & West Virginia.  Founded in 1962, HRG has been dedicated to providing quality, cost-effective design solutions to public and private sector clients in the municipal, water and wastewater, land development, transportation, water resources, geographic information systems (GIS), survey, environmental, construction phase, and financial services markets for over 50 years.

 

We are seeking an experienced Construction Specialist to join our team of talented engineers in Harrisburg, PA.  As a Water & Wastewater Construction Specialist, you are responsible for the construction administration and management of water & wastewater projects. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

  • Preparing construction cost estimates
  • Providing technical analysis and reviews of contract drawings and specifications for constructability
  • Collaborating with Project Manager(s) on the preparation of contract documents, technical specifications and bid phase services of projects
  • Communicating construction schedules with client and Project Manager(s)
  • Monitoring RPR staff to ensure completion of construction projects in accordance with the design and contract documents
  • Performing substantial and final completion inspections and close-out of construction contracts

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or related discipline
  • 10-15 years’ experience in planning directing and coordinating construction observation and construction contract administration relative to water and wastewater projects
  • Additional experience with construction observation and contract administration for storm water, site grading, utilities, paving and highway projects is highly desired
  • Professional licensure or certification in one of the following:
    • Pennsylvania P.E.
    • E.I.T
    • NICET
    • Water & Wastewater Operator License
    • CDT
    • CCA
  • Proven success management multiple construction projects
  • Ability to develop and maintain construction contract documents and preparing construction cost estimates, schedules and budgets
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Client-focused leader and team player with strong communication, planning, presentation and organizational skills
  • Position requires travel to job sites, meetings, and regional offices as necessary
  • Has the legal right to work in the U.S.

 

 

 

Why Consider a Career with HRG

  1. We value the commitment and dedication of our employee-owners, therefore HRG offers a competitive compensation and benefits package
  2. As an employee-owned company, we all share in the current and future financial success of the company through the company-funded Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) 
  3. Recipient of the 2015 Premier Award for Client Satisfaction by PSMJ Resources, Inc.®
  4. Consistently named among the Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Magazine for more than 10 years
  5. Named one of the top 100 privately held companies in Central Pennsylvania by Central Penn Business Journal

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Full-Time/Regular

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Land Development Senior Project Manager

Land Development Senior Project Manager
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Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is an award winning, employee-owned civil engineering consulting firm with seven offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio & West Virginia.  Founded in 1962, HRG has been dedicated to providing quality, cost-effective design solutions to public and private sector clients in the municipal, water and wastewater, land development, transportation, water resources, geographic information systems (GIS), survey, environmental, construction phase, and financial services markets for over 50 years.

 

We are seeking a talented and energetic Senior Project Manager to join our dedicated group of professionals in Pittsburgh, PA.  As a Land Development Senior Project Manager, you are responsible for:

  • Land planning
  • Site engineering
  • Land development
  • Sub-division projects
  • Client delivery and satisfaction

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assigning project tasks to staff
  • Monitoring progress of project workload and adjust as needed
  • Performing QA/QC and sealing plans and reports
  • Developing and maintaining client relationships

 

This position offers supervisory responsibility and upward mobility for the right person.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering
  • Professional Engineering License of Pennsylvania
  • Ten (10)+ years’ experience in subdivision, land planning and land development engineering including:
    • Site layout and design
    • Grading
    • Utility design
    • Storm water management
    • Erosion control
    • Preparation of permit applications and engineering reports
  • Understanding of municipal review, approval process and ordinance application
  • Full knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D, Microsoft Office Suite, computerized project management systems such as Deltek Vision and various engineering applications
  • A client-focused leader, team player, excellent communication, planning, and organizational skills
  • Previous supervisory or mentorship experience
  • Requires travel to job sites, meetings and regional offices as necessary
  • Has the legal right to work in the U.S.

 

Why Consider a Career with HRG

1. We value the commitment and dedication of our employee-owners, therefore HRG offers a competitive compensation and benefits package

2. As an employee-owned company, we all share in the current and future financial success of the company through the company-funded Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

3. Recipient of the 2015 Premier Award for Client Satisfaction by PSMJ Resources, Inc.®

4. Consistently named among the Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Magazine for more than 10 years

5. Named one of the top 100 privately held companies in Central Pennsylvania by Central Penn Business Journal

Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, United States

Full-Time/Regular

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