Press Release: F&V Welcomes 17 Staff Members

Grand Rapids, MI, September 2, 2014: In response to a tremendous 2014 including significant grant awards for clients through the MDEQ SAW grant program, Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V), an engineering and architectural firm, has added staff. These employees are supporting clients and offices throughout their seven Michigan and two Indiana offices.

Two senior-level engineers have joined the Grand Rapids staff. David Bluhm, PE is now part of F&V’s Municipal Group as a Senior Project Manager. With close to 30 years of experience, Bluhm’s focus has been on finding creative funding solutions for infrastructure development and rehabilitation. Allen Gelderloos, PE is now a Senior Project Manager with the firm’s Process Group. He has nearly 25 years of experience in wastewater facility planning, process engineering and design and design-build oversight.

Joining F&V’s Traverse City office is Joshua Standfest, PE. His expertise lies in municipal and private site development. Standfest has extensive experience in construction management and is a welcome addition to the staff.

Mark Christensen is working out the Grand Rapids office as a Construction Manager. During his 30-year career he has performed a wide variety of civil engineering assignments including water and wastewater plants, roads and bridges, utility extensions and soil remediation. Mark Baker also works out of Grand Rapids as a Construction Technician. He has credentials in many types of testing and performs field observation for road and bridge projects. Mark Frank is part of the Municipal Group and is assisting with transportation projects as an Office Technician. He is responsible for construction project administration and MDOT recordkeeping.

F&V has hired several Engineer-in-Training (EIT) individuals and is excited at the prospect of helping them gain experience and shape their careers. Samuel Bender and Matthew Bedner have joined the Process Group in Grand Rapids, while Joseph Benjamin and Anna VanderKooi have become part of the firm’s Environmental Group in Grand Rapids.

Tyler Sutkowi is a new EIT out of the Kalamazoo office, while Dallas Hopping joined that location as a Field Technician.

Rhiannon Popma is a welcome addition to the Grand Rapids office as an Administrative Assistant. She assists several project managers in their daily tasks.

Christopher Robbins is now part of the firm’s Grand Blanc staff. His services as a Field Technician will be an asset to projects in the Southeast Michigan area.

Additions to F&V’s Indiana offices are Michael Watts, a Project Engineer in the Indianapolis office and Jay Wyss, a new EIT based in Fort Wayne.

F&V was pleased to provide several individuals with intern positions over the summer as well.

With nine offices in Michigan and Indiana, F&V currently employs more than 150 individuals and is a full-service engineering/architectural firm with specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors. The firm has been locally and nationally recognized for four years as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” and was recently named by The Zweig White Letter as a national Hot Firm for its annual growth and “outperforming the economy and competitors.” F&V received the top two 2014 first place awards for both engineering and surveying from the American Council of Engineering Companies – MI (ACEC/M) branch. Other recent awards include numerous engineering excellence awards and the “James L. Bliskey Quality of Life Project of the Year” in 2014 from the Southeast Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers for a shoreline restoration project in Marysville.


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