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Cody Cogan Named One of Central PA’s Foremost Under 40

Cody CoganThe Pennsylvania Business Central has named Cody Cogan one of Central PA’s Foremost Under 40. He is featured in the November 17 edition of the business journal, which recognizes individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve significant success under the age of 40.

Cogan is a project manager in the land development service group of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) His is a success story with particular relevance today. Many stories have been published throughout the past year documenting the difficulties rural areas are facing in the current economic climate. Factories have closed, and new industry has not developed to take its place. Opportunity is scarce.

Cogan grew up on a horse farm in Elk County and began his career as a factory worker in a powdered metal plant in St. Marys, PA. Like his friends in the community, he knew opportunities like that were becoming hard to find and even harder to hold onto, so he focused on education as a path to success. Cogan earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental resource management and a master’s degree in agriculture and biological engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He joined the team at HRG in 2012 and has quickly risen through the ranks to be a leader in the firm’s land development practice area.

“Cody has a tremendous work ethic,” according to Jeff Garrigan, the regional manager in HRG’s State College office. “Every day he puts that same drive that carried him through school to work for his clients, and he inspires others on the team to work just as hard.”

Cogan remains committed to his hometown. He mentors young athletes and is chairman of the local chapter of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA). KECA is a non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation, education, habitat enhancement and permanent land protection.

In his spare time, Cogan enjoys archery hunting and fishing.

 

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.

HRG’s Pittsburgh Office Experiences Significant Growth

Since January 2017, the staff of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has grown by more than 30%. The engineering firm’s western region vice president Jason Fralick attributes the growth to a long-term strategy finally bearing fruit.

“Municipal engineering has been the heart of HRG’s business since the company was founded more than 50 years ago,” Fralick says. “Yet our Pittsburgh office had not captured the kind of market share in this area as we had in some of our other locations across the state. We devised a plan a few years ago to increase our firm’s profile in the local municipal market, and we have been able to acquire multiple new municipal clients as a result.”

An improving economy has also helped to spur growth for the firm.

“Municipalities have the money now to move forward with projects they would’ve put on the back-burner during the recession,” Fralick says.

The firm has seen the effects of this most acutely in the growth of its planning and recreation divisions. Both planning and recreation projects tend to be delayed when money is tight and municipalities must focus small budgets on high priority needs like infrastructure and public safety.  Over the last year, HRG has significantly expanded its operations in both divisions as both new and existing clients have embarked on projects in these areas.

But municipalities have diverse engineering needs, so growth in the firm’s municipal client base tends to fuel growth in all of its service areas.

“Our transportation staff and our water and wastewater system staff have also grown to support the needs of our clients over the past year,” Fralick explains.

New faces in HRG’s Cranberry office include:

Daniel Angelo

Environmental scientist with more than 20 years of experience in permitting, threatened and endangered species coordination, environmental site assessments, natural resource investigations, wetland delineation, watershed monitoring, and more.

Daniel Angelo

Michael Braun

Civil engineer with almost four years of experience designing pavement, drainage, and water system improvements; managing stormwater; reviewing residential and commercial development plans; preparing construction specifications; and performing construction administration.

Michael Braun

Lauren Breslin

Landscape architectural designer with five years of experience in site planning, urban and community design, grading, stormwater management, landscape planning, and erosion and sedimentation control.

Lauren Breslin

Randy Collins

Water and wastewater system project manager with 11 years of experience in sewage treatment plant design, collection system design and mapping, and construction administration in the private sector.  Collins also has four years of experience managing a municipal sewer authority.

Randy Collins

Ben Habuda

Civil engineering designer who previously worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation inspecting construction sites, reviewing post-construction stormwater management plans, and maintaining the department’s post-construction stormwater management plan database.

Ben Habuda

Brandon Haygood

Resident project representative with experience interpreting engineering plans and drawings for contractors, attending preconstruction meetings, and inspecting the construction of asphalt paving, water lines, and storm sewers.

Brandon Haygood

Virginia Loaney, R.L.A.

Landscape architect with 13 years of experience in the healthcare, education, recreation, government, and residential markets. Her work includes conducting land use studies, site design, utility coordination and regulatory approvals for high-rise residential and urban commercial developments, streetscapes, and national park service sites.

Virginia Loaney

Kirsten Primm

Planner who previously served as the community development coordinator for Armstrong County.  Primm’s experience there included applying for and administering funding for various projects throughout the county, preparing annual reports for various funding programs, and organizing cooperation agreements between the county and all entitlements.

Kirsten Primm

Michael Thomas, P.E.

Land development engineer with more than six years of experience in stormwater design, site design, and related permitting.  Thomas provides technical oversight, design services, and construction oversight for a variety of site, utility and roadway related projects.

Michael Thomas

Kurtis Wolfe

Transportation designer who previously worked at the West Virginia Division of Highways preparing plans for resurfacing and intersection improvements, assisting traffic engineers with safety studies, managing inspection teams, performing load rating analyses, and preparing simple bridge repair plans.

Kurtis Wolfe

 

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.

 

 

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.

Jason Leonard Joins Land Development Team at HRG

Jason LeonardJason Leonard has joined the Lewisburg office of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) as a member of their Land Development Services team.

Leonard has four years of experience in civil engineering for residential and commercial development projects.

Office manager Erin Threet is excited to bring Leonard onto the HRG team. “Jason brings new dimensions to the skills and experience of our existing staff in Lewisburg,” she says. “This will further enhance our ability to provide quality service to our local clients.”

 

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.

 

Chad Gladfelter to Lead HRG’s Expanded Construction Services Division in Harrisburg

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is formalizing a new Construction Services Division out of its rapidly growing Civil Service Group in Harrisburg.  Chad Gladfelter has been chosen to helm the new team.

Over the past year, HRG has seen significant growth in the demand for its construction services and has been offering program management, contract administration, construction observation and more to a wide variety of client sectors.  In order to serve these clients most effectively, HRG has chosen to assign a team dedicated to their needs.  Gladfelter will manage that team.

Gladfelter has been a member of HRG’s staff for five years, serving most recently as a civil engineering technician.  As construction services team leader, Gladfelter will manage a team of resident project representatives and civil engineering technicians to ensure construction assignments are completed in a timely and accurate manner.  He will also take on new sales and business development responsibilities.

Matthew Bonanno, P.E., the firm’s civil engineering practice area leader, says, “HRG is committed to career advancement for our staff and interviewed many talented members of our team for this position.  Each one of them would’ve done a great job, but Chad’s experience, the quality of his work and his engagement with clients made him the best choice.  He has a great vision for what our construction services team can accomplish, and I know our clients will benefit from his dedication and recent promotion.”

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.

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.

HRG to Speak and Exhibit at 2017 PMAA Conference

Join us at the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association conference September 10 – 13, 2017. This year’s event is being held at the Hershey Lodge, and several HRG team members will be speaking:

 

Justin MendinskyErin ThreetJustin Mendinsky and Erin Threet will be discussing the Milton Regional Sewer Authority’s unique approach to meeting Chesapeake Bay nutrient reduction goals at its wastewater treatment plant. They’ll also be reviewing the impact of biological nutrient removal (BNR) on nitrogen levels within the Susquehanna River. (Monday September 11)

 

 

 

Tom HolleranTom Holleran will be participating in a panel discussion with representatives from Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority; M&T Bank; Link Computer Corporation; and the Fiore, Fedeli, Snyder & Carothers accounting firm. They’ll be discussing the discovery of a felony embezzlement at the Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority, specifically describing how the theft was executed.  They’ll also be offering tips authorities can use to protect themselves against embezzlement. (Monday September 11)

 

Adrienne VicariAdrienne Vicari will be talking about the innovative regional stormwater collaboration Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority is forming with more than 30 municipalities in Northeastern PA. This partnership has garnered praise from DEP secretary Patrick McDonnell and is saving local municipalities millions of dollars in stormwater management costs associated with MS4 compliance. She will be joined at this presentation by Jim Tomaine of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority and William Finnegan of Pugliese, Finnegan, Shaffer & Ferentino, LLC. (Tuesday September 12)

 

Chat with Justin, Erin, Tom, and Adrienne at booth #53 and enter our raffle. Ed Ellinger, Jeff Garrigan, and Kiana Tralongo will also be there.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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.

HRG’s Newest Shareholders: Chris Dellinger and Justin Mendinsky

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has designated Christopher Dellinger and Justin Mendinsky as direct shareholders of the firm. They were chosen for this honor because of their commitment to the company and the strong leadership they have exhibited during their many years of service.

 

Christopher W. DellingerChris is the practice area leader for HRG’s land development service group and a registered professional engineer in both Pennsylvania and Maryland. He began his career at HRG as an entry-level project designer and has worked his way up to leading the entire division. Andrew Kenworthy, HRG’s eastern region vice president, says, “Chris has almost 20 years of experience serving real estate development clients. He knows their business needs very well and inspires all of our land development professionals to provide the highest level of service.”

 

Justin MendinskyJustin is a project manager and team leader in HRG’s water and wastewater service group. Like Chris, Justin joined the firm as an entry-level project designer and has progressed through several leadership roles over the years. Justin is a registered professional engineer and was recently named one of engineering’s top young professionals by Engineering News-Record’s Mid-Atlantic Division. Ed Ellinger, the practice area leader for HRG’s water and wastewater group, says, “Justin’s philosophy is that potential is limitless, and he continually inspires his fellow employees with a positive attitude and boundless enthusiasm.”

 

 

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.

 

Our Newest Associates: Ryan Albright, Chad Hanley, Erin Letavic and Laura Williams

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has named Ryan Albright, Chad Hanley, Erin Letavic, and Laura Williams as associates of the firm. They’ve been chosen for this honor because of their strong commitment to the company’s core values and their demonstration of leadership.

 

Ryan A. AlbrightAlbright is the manager of HRG’s marketing group and has nine years of experience in marketing, accounting, and financial consulting. His responsibilities include market research and analysis, target market identification, strategy, and management of the firm’s marketing staff.

 

 

Chad E. HanleyHanley is a regional manager of HRG’s water and wastewater group and a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. He joined the firm in 2000 as a project designer and has 19 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of water and sewer systems.

 

 

Erin LetavicLetavic is a project manager in HRG’s civil group. She also joined the firm as a project designer and has played a variety of roles over the past 10 years at HRG. This includes helping clients improve stormwater quality, comply with environmental requirements, and complete land development projects.  Letavic also provides municipal representation services and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.

 

Laura WilliamsWilliams is the director of human resources and has been a member of HRG’s human resources team for more than 10 years. During this time, she has been responsible for benefits administration, compensation management, employee relations, and the training and professional development programs. She began her tenure at HRG as the employment specialist.

 

 

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.