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HRG Named One of Central PA’s Top 100 Privately Held Firms

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has been named one of the top 100 privately held companies in Central Pennsylvania again, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.  The list is compiled annually by the publication based on total companywide revenue.

The journal noted that almost 40% of the firms on this year’s list saw revenue decline in 2016, but HRG’s revenue in 2016 increased almost 5 percent over 2015 numbers.

“HRG continues to experience solid, steady growth,” according to company president and chief executive officer, Robert Grubic. “By continually improving key financial metrics and emphasizing client satisfaction, we’ve been able to establish a firm foundation for the company to flourish.”

 

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 the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

Duke Street Bridge Honored with Safety Award

 

Wider bridge improves access for emergency vehicles and pedestrians while reducing the likelihood of car accidents

 

The Duke Street Bridge replacement has been honored with a Road & Bridge Safety Award from the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, and PennDOT.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. designed the project for Dauphin County, which improves safety for local residents in several ways:

  • It improves emergency access for residents who live near the bridge. The original Duke Street Bridge couldn’t carry vehicles weighing more than 3 tons, which meant most of the vehicles operated by the Hummelstown Borough Fire Company and Union Deposit Fire Company couldn’t use the bridge. The new bridge has no weight restrictions, and emergency vehicles can safely cross it (as shown in the attached photo).
  • It safely accommodates two lanes of traffic, whereas the original Duke Street Bridge was only wide enough for one lane of traffic at a time.
  • It makes it safer for drivers to turn onto South Hoernerstown Road from North Duke Street, thanks to increased intersection radii. Previously drivers of large vehicles turning right onto South Hoernerstown Road from Duke Street would cross into the opposing lane. Limited sight distance at this location meant that opposing traffic could not see these vehicles crossing over into their lane with optimum time to react. The new wider intersection will drastically reduce the likelihood of accidents at this location in the future.
  • It provides a new sidewalk. The previous Duke Street Bridge had no existing sidewalk; accordingly, pedestrians would often walk in the roadway lanes to cross from one municipality to the other.   The new bridge includes a sidewalk that will enhance safety for pedestrians trying to access the United Water Trailhead and Swatara Creek Trail.

 

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 the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

 

CPWQA Awards HRG Its 2nd Certificate of Appreciation

HRG accepts CPWQA's 2017 Certificate of Appreciation

HRG accepts the Certificate of Appreciation Award from CPWQA. (Left to right) Ron Adams (CPWQA trustee), Erin Threet, Ed Ellinger, Mike Mehaffey (CPWQA president), Staci Hartz, and Justin Mendinsky.

 

The Central Pennsylvania Water Quality Association (CPWQA) awarded its Certificate of Appreciation to Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) at its annual awards meeting on June 16 at Rich Valley Golf Course in Mechanicsburg.

The award recognizes member organizations that provide an exemplary commitment to CPWQA through the time they give for section activities, services they perform for the section, and sponsorships. HRG previously received this honor in 1995 and is only one of two firms to have received the award twice.

Ed Ellinger, HRG’s practice area leader for water and wastewater system engineering, accepted the award alongside HRG engineers, Staci Hartz, Justin Mendinsky, and Erin Threet.

Threet is CPWQA’s first vice president, and Mendinsky is chairman of the webinar committee. HRG has been a member of CPWQA for more than 20 years and has gladly sponsored many of its efforts, including the association newsletter, golf outing, and awards banquet.

“CPWQA plays a vital role in advancing the wastewater industry, and HRG is happy to be able to assist in that effort alongside so many talented and dedicated professionals,” Ellinger said.

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 our website at www.hrg-inc.com.

ABOUT CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA WATER QUALITY ASSOCIATION

The Central Pennsylvania Water Quality Association (CPWQA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge of the design, construction, operation and management of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.

The CPWQA is affiliated with the state organization: the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association.

Park Boulevard Realignment in Hershey Honored with Safety Award

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

HRG Moves Up 11 Spots on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms List

cover of the 2017 Top 500 Design Firms issue of ENR magazineHerbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) earned a new, higher ranking this year on the annual Top 500 Design Firms list published by Engineering News-Record magazine (ENR). The firm has been ranked by ENR among the nation’s top design firms for more than a decade.

ENR is a leading trade journal for architects, engineers, and contractors. It compiles its Top 500 Design Firms list annually based on the revenue earned by engineering and architectural firms from services performed in the preceding year.

HRG’s higher ranking this year reflects the firm’s strong financial performance in 2016. Both sales and revenue exceeded the firm’s goals.

“HRG has enjoyed steady and consistent growth because our focus has always been on satisfying our clients’ needs. This has created a very loyal client base that turns to us whenever they need engineering services. We’re grateful for their support and the commitment our employees make to the highest level of service. This recognition wouldn’t be possible without them,” HRG’s CEO, Robert Grubic says.

 

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 our 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.

Matt Warner Honored as One of Surveying’s Top Professionals

Matt WarnerMatt Warner has been honored by XYHT magazine as one of surveying’s bright young stars. He is listed as an Honorable Mention in the magazine’s January cover story on the top 40 geospatial industry professionals under 40.

The feature highlights young professionals from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of the profession toward new levels of sophistication and inspiring a new generation of leaders. The list includes people from 19 countries around the world of very diverse backgrounds in private consulting firms, government agencies, and technology companies. Many of them have advanced degrees and are active in non-profit organizations that promote the profession worldwide.

Warner himself has a bachelor’s degree in surveying from The Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the Pennsylvania State Geospatial Coordinating Board, an appointed commission from the governor. He is also an affiliate member of the National Society for Professional Surveyors as a member of both the New York and Pennsylvania societies of professional land surveyors. In addition, he is a member of Penn State University’s industrial advisory committee for the surveying engineering program.

As the regional manager of HRG’s Geomatics Service Group, Warner has amassed vast expertise in the new technologies that are yielding ever higher levels of accuracy in the profession. He has presented at numerous conferences, tradeshows, and seminars on concepts associated with improving the accuracy of GIS using sophisticated data collection methods. Through the years, he has been a strong advocate for how technology can gather the most accurate, high quality data while improving the safety of surveyors and reducing the impact of surveying on facility users (for example, limiting the closure of roads being surveyed).

“Matt Warner is definitely a leader in the surveying field and an inspiration to the many surveying professionals here at HRG,” says the firm’s Geomatics Service Group Director Howard Hodder. “He is committed to delivering the highest quality data for our clients and works tirelessly on their behalf. I’m so happy to see him recognized this way alongside so many other great professionals.”

ABOUT XYHT MAGAZINE

XYHT is a North American publication with a global focus on geospatial positioning and the many industries it impacts. Formerly published under the name Professional Surveyor, the magazine derives its name from the coordinates that form the basis of geospatial data: x refers to left-right data points, y refers to fore-aft, H refers to up-down (or orthometric height) and t refers to time. This new name is symbolic of the changing focus of the magazine from just land surveying to all industries that rely on precise data on spatial location, including hydrography, applied geography, 3D imaging, and GNSS. (Even smart cars will rely on geospatial information identifying the centerline of the roadway and the location of buildings and other features that run alongside it.) As we move into the future of smart technology, geospatial data will be the baseline underlining it all, and XYHT magazine will be there covering its development. Learn more at www.xyht.com.

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.

Howard Hodder Named One of Central PA’s Top Forty Under 40

Howard HodderThe Central Penn Business Journal named Howard Hodder, Jr. to its 22nd annual Forty Under 40 list, which honors individuals for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the Central Pennsylvania community.  He and the other honorees will receive their award at a banquet at Hilton Harrisburg on November 21.

Hodder is the director of geomatics at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., overseeing a staff of surveyors and GIS professionals throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is also a certified GIS Professional and has a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University.

During his 18 years at HRG, he has advanced his career from an entry-level GIS specialist to the corporate-wide leader of the service group, by consistently expanding the firm’s technical capabilities, and surpassing sales goals. He was named an associate of the firm in 2006.

Hodder’s commitment to professional excellence is evident in his pursuit of continuing education as well as his active participation in industry groups such as the PA State Geospatial Coordinating Board, the PA Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (PA MAPPS), various university and college curriculum advisory groups, the PA State GIS Conference planning committee, and others.

This commitment to the geospatial industry is only matched by his commitment to the Central PA community. Hodder is a graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Community Leadership Series program, which is designed to prepare local leaders to address the challenges and opportunities facing the region. He also coaches youth soccer and softball and is a vice president on the Cumberland Valley Softball Association board.

“I’m truly honored that the Central Penn Business Journal chose me to be included with this year’s class alongside so many talented and accomplished individuals,” Hodder says.

The Central Penn Business Journal has been honoring the area’s leading young professionals with its Forty Under 40 list for 22 years.  This year’s award recipients will be featured in a special supplement to the Central Penn Business Journal on November 25.

 

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 to the Central Penn Business Journal Top 100 Private Companies List

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has been named one of the top 100 privately held companies in Central Pennsylvania again, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.  The list is compiled annually by the publication based on total companywide revenue.

“HRG is proud to continue our place as one of the top revenue-producing firms in the Harrisburg area,” said HRG President Robert Grubic, P.E. “Every year, there is more competition for this honor as the region continues to grow, and we know we wouldn’t be able to remain a leader in the industry without the loyal support of our clients.”

 

Central Penn Business Journal Top 100 Private Companies 2016

 

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.

Vicari Named Shining Star by West Shore Chamber

Vicari Wins Luminary Award

(Names of individuals pictures from left to right:  Marissa Price, Jamie Keener, Russ McIntosh, Ryan Brockman, Adrienne Vicari, John Vicari, Andrew Kenworthy, Howard Hodder, Ryan Albright)

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce recently honored Adrienne Vicari with the Shining Star Award at their 2016 Luminary Awards luncheon.  This award is given to a woman who excels both as a professional in her industry and as a volunteer in the community, and Vicari is a true leader in both areas.

Vicari is the financial services manager at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) and a shareholder of the firm. As a dedicated team player, Vicari has excelled at any role the firm has given her.  She first joined the firm as an engineer but quickly developed expertise in water and wastewater system financing, too.  After taking on a role in the firm’s Financial Service Group, she quickly became a thought leader in the industry, publishing articles in industry magazines and making presentations at conferences on a wide variety of water and wastewater system finance issues.  She is also developing a reputation as a leader in the emerging field of stormwater authorities in Pennsylvania.

Beyond her work at HRG, Vicari works hard for various community organizations:  She serves on the Board of the Cumberland Valley Softball Association and coaches for both the Cumberland Valley Softball 10U team and Central Penn Mini Sticks field hockey team.  She is also a founding member of Sp*rk, a group of West Shore moms who volunteer with their children for local community groups like Caitlin Smiles, Leg Up Farm, Ronald McDonald House, Dress for Success, and others.

It is such an honor to be recognized alongside so many talented women who have contributed to their profession and the entire Harrisburg community,” Vicari says. “I’m so happy that the West Shore Chamber is donating to the New Hope Ministries in recognition of this honor.  I can’t think of a more deserving organization that benefits this community.”

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce donates a portion of the proceeds from the award ceremony to a non-profit chamber member chosen by the award winners.  New Hope Ministries helps close to 15,000 residents of York and Cumberland Counties each year to become self-sufficient through counseling, workforce training and development, crisis assistance, and youth programs among others.

 

ABOUT THE LUMINARY AWARDS

The Luminary Awards Luncheon was held at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill on August 31. The Chamber’s Women in Business Roundtable Committee selected the winners from a group of nine female nominees who exemplify leadership in the workplace and the community.

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.