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HRG Continues to Expand in WV Office, Hires Justin Peaslee as a Bridge Design Engineer

Justin PeasleeJustin Peaslee, P.E., has joined Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) as a bridge design engineer in its Morgantown, West Virginia, office.

Peaslee has 12 years of experience in the structural design of highway bridges, retaining walls, and civil infrastructure (such as culverts, dams, and water and wastewater treatment plants). He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s of science degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University and is a licensed professional engineer in West Virginia.

Peaslee has published numerous articles in national and international conference proceedings and made a number of presentations at national conferences and local industry events. Peaslee was also featured in the WQED documentary “Invented, Engineered, and Pioneered in Pittsburgh.”

Samer H. Petro, P.E., manager of HRG’s Morgantown office, says, “I have had the opportunity to work closely with Justin over the years, and I know he is a very talented and knowledgeable engineer. He has wide-ranging experience and strong technical skills that make him a valuable asset to HRG and the Morgantown office.”

ABOUT HRG

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is a nationally ranked design firm providing civil engineering, surveying, and environmental services. The firm was founded in Harrisburg in 1962 and has grown to employ more than 200 people in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

Virginia Loaney Promoted to Land Development Team Leader

Virginia LoaneyHerbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that Virginia Loaney is now the Land Development Team Leader in our Pittsburgh office.

Loaney joined HRG in 2016 as a landscape architect and has 13 years of experience in the healthcare, education, recreation, government, commercial and residential markets. Her work includes land use feasibility studies, site planning and design, utility coordination and regulatory approvals for projects primarily in the Pittsburgh region. She is currently assisting clients with Planned Residential Developments, retail sites, streetscape improvements and institutional renovation projects.

In her new role as team leader, Loaney will take on additional supervisory and business development responsibilities, striving to expand the presence of HRG’s land development services in Western Pennsylvania.

ABOUT HRG

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is a nationally ranked design firm providing civil engineering, surveying, and environmental services. The firm was founded in Harrisburg in 1962 and has grown to employ more than 200 people in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

Bill Kick Promoted to Manage HRG’s Shippensburg Office

William KickHerbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has named Bill Kick, P.E., as the regional manager of its Shippensburg office on 20 East Burd Street. Former office manager Jamie Keener, AICP, will continue his role as a senior sales executive with the firm.

“Bill has played an integral role in the growth of our Shippensburg office and the work we’ve been doing there since it opened. This promotion is a natural progression, and we know our local clients will be very pleased,” Keener says.

Kick joined HRG in 2015 as a project manager in its civil/municipal division. He has 18 years of experience in engineering and construction, which includes having served as the retained municipal engineer for more than a dozen boroughs and townships in South Central Pennsylvania.  Kick currently serves as the municipal engineer for Shippensburg Borough and the municipal stormwater management engineer for Chambersburg Borough.

HRG opened its Shippensburg office in 2016 and provides engineering services to clients throughout Franklin County. Their areas of expertise include land development, municipal engineering, MS4 permitting, and transportation planning.

Most recently, HRG provided construction contract management services for the Rowe Road realignment project in Shippensburg.   They also provided design and construction observation services for the Matrix Warehouse development in the United Business Park at I-81 Exit 24, which is nearing completion at this time.

ABOUT HRG

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is a nationally ranked design firm providing civil engineering, surveying, and environmental services. The firm was founded in Harrisburg in 1962 and has grown to employ more than 200 people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.  For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.

VIDEO: A Look Back at 2017 and Best Wishes for 2018

A new year is almost upon us, and we have many projects and developments we’re excited to see come to fruition in 2018.  But before we say goodbye to 2017, we want to take a moment and reflect on everything we’ve accomplished and the great memories we’ve made with our team members and clients.  Please join us as we look back by viewing this year-end wrap up video.

Thank you to every one who played a part in making 2017 a great year!

 

Mark Smith Joins HRG’s Water/Wastewater Team in Western PA

Mark SmithHerbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) is pleased to announce that Mark Smith has joined our water and wastewater team in Cranberry Township. Smith will serve as a project manager, overseeing the planning, design and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Smith joins HRG after more than 20 years working for Pennsylvania American Water. While there, he oversaw a team of more than 100 people providing water and wastewater service to 80,000 customers in the northwest region of the state. His experience includes operations and maintenance, budgeting, permitting, environmental reporting, and the preparation of bid packages for various capital improvements.

Chad Hanley, HRG’s regional manager of water and wastewater services, says, “Mark has vast experience in the water and wastewater industry at all levels, from field operations to executive management. He combines a deep understanding of our clients’ needs with engineering expertise. He will make a significant contribution to our team.”

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.

Kevin Fox is a New Financial Services Team Leader

Kevin FoxKevin Fox has joined the Financial Services team at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG). As a financial services team leader, Fox will develop financing strategies and assist clients with capital improvement project planning. He will also perform construction monitoring and construction control review to ensure that projects are financially viable and in compliance with funding program guidelines.

Fox has close to 30 years of experience in the engineering field, with a particular emphasis on water and sewer utilities. He has extensive experience calculating water and sewer rates and assisting with the management of utility budgets. He also has a master’s degree in both engineering and business administration and is a licensed engineer in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.

 

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.

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.