It’s Engineers Week! Engineers help make a difference in our communities so we’re doing our part to share the good they do and how to help future and current engineers dream big! Each day we’ll be featuring our engineers to talk about what they love about engineering and some of their favorite projects, so check back for lots of cool content!
Ian, one of F&V’s Project Engineers and recently-licensed professional engineers, said engineers make a difference by helping problem solve environmental and societal issues and improve quality of life through utilities and infrastructure. One of his favorite projects to demonstrate this difference on was Traverse City for the Garland Street Corridor Improvements. “Being involved in such a cool concept from design through construction with constant interest from the public was very fun. The construction schedule was aggressive and there were some unforeseen construction issues encountered in the field with utilities and drainage grading that took some teamwork with contractors and quick thinking to develop and implement effective solutions. The project was challenging and the action never slowed down,” he said.
Jennifer, one of F&V’s Project Managers in Farmington Hills, looks forward to the challenges that an engineering career offers. One of her favorite and most challenging projects was the successful Main Street Reconstruction project in the cities of Clawson and Troy. “The project had a little bit of everything: various funding sources to coordinate among two cities, water main replacement, five-lane road reconstruction, intersection realignment, traffic signals and new sidewalks,” she said. “The diversity Main Street Reconstruction and most projects have is one of the things I like best about being an engineer. I make a difference from the water you use and toilets you flush to the roads you drive on.”
Sri, an F&V Project Manager in Indiana, said becoming an engineer is worth the hard work in knowing that you plan, design and build infrastructure and technology that transforms the physical world and betters the quality of life. One of his favorite projects was for the New Terminal Construction at Indianapolis International Airport. “The design and construction of the intricate baggage systems, parking facilities and interconnection networks between various facilities and components while providing easy access to the public was challenging but very interesting and a rare opportunity. The project was a perfect example of teamwork where different types of professionals came together and worked hard under a tight schedule to make this project a reality,” he said. “I feel a great sense of pride every time I go through the airport, knowing that I was part of the team that made it happen.”
Lindsay, a F&V Project Engineer serving West Michigan communities, enjoys being an engineer because it “allows me to solve problems, make life safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Working in urban and suburban communities provide unique challenges. They usually have multiple user groups to coordinate and serve, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists as well as residential, commercial and recreational uses. I like having an impact on my community and helping people turn their visions into reality,” she said. Lindsay also likes helping people turn engineering interests into a reality. “Don’t be afraid to tackle something new and treat every encounter as an opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills. It’s impossible to know everything. Ask as many questions as possible and find joy in learning. Get out in the field, it’s important to see firsthand the construction and field conditions.”
Jon, a F&V Project Manager and Structural Engineer in Grand Rapids, enjoys helping communities prioritize the improvements they want and need, and see them through from planning to final construction. A favorite project was working with Douglas and Saugatuck and leading the rehabilitation of the Blue Star Highway Bridge over the Kalamazoo River to connect the two neighboring communities. “It was a fun and challenging project. It was a fairly large and technically complicated one that involved coordinating communities, funding from MDOT, and requirements from various regulatory agencies,” he said. “It’s fun and rewarding to be able to show family and friends the things I have worked on around the state and beyond.”