Fleis & VandenBrink announced today the hiring of nine new employees.
The additional staff pushes the Grand Rapids-based architectural and engineering firm to nearly 190 full- and part-time employees, solidifying its 2016 designation as a “Hot Growth Firm” and one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.”
“We’re continuing to grow our capabilities and strengths in all areas of our company,” said F&V vice-president Paul Galdes, PE. “The talent we have added is exciting and it will certainly allow us to continue our growth and meet client expectations.”
Several entry-level staffers were among the new hires. Three Engineer-in-Training (EIT) staff have been hired in Grand Rapids including Sydney Preston, Shawn Bates and Danell Smith. Bates and Smith are Civil EITs.
Preston joined the Process Group as a water / wastewater EIT. She is a Michigan State University graduate with a BSE in biosystems engineering.
Preston’s knowledge and experience of anaerobic digestion and biogas utilization while interning at a wastewater treatment plant will be useful at F&V as she works on digester projects in Kinross Township and Hillsdale and other Asset Management Plans.
Bates graduated from Hope College with a civil engineering degree. His internships with the Michigan Department of Transportation as construction technician will help the West Michigan Services Group as he’ll be assisting in the design of municipal road and utility projects as well as inspecting construction projects.
Smith graduated from Michigan State University with a Civil Engineering degree. She’ll help the West Michigan Municipal Group with the design and construction of road and utility projects.
Surveyor Jonathon Robison joins the Survey Group in Grand Rapids. The 2016 Ferris State University grad, who has a bachelor’s degree in surveying, will be assisting with field operations including boundary surveys, construction layout and control and design/topographic surveys utilizing the full array of leading edge technologies and equipment.
Barrett Walquist was hired as a staff geologist in Grand Rapids. He has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University and experience working in the environmental and engineering sectors. His background in geology and technical skills in CAD, GIS and geotechnical software will benefit the Environmental Group where he’ll help with site assessments, remedial investigations, leaking underground storage tank closures and associated compliance sampling.
David Capser, PE, was hired in the Traverse City office as a Staff Engineer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Montana State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D.
Capser’s experiences in project development, design and stormwater management, hydrology, site planning and engineering design will help him as a project engineer.
Two administrative assistants were added in Grand Rapids. Shelly Valentine has joined F&V Operations & Resource Management (FVOP) Group. Lisa Smith will assist the Land Development Group. Both Valentine and Smith have previous engineering firm experience.
Valentine will assist the FVOP safety program and handle records and billing. Her knowledge of the Pinnacle Series software program will also be beneficial.
Prior to joining F&V, Smith spent a decade managing an insurance restoration company in Grand Rapids. She was also operations manager and executive assistant at a historic downtown church. Smith’s high degree of organization and coordination will help with communicating a variety of technical services that F&V provides from architecture through construction and site design.
Elizabeth Peterson, a former paralegal, joined the Grand Blanc office as a part-time administrative assistant. The notary public earned a two-year degree in business management and paralegal studies from Baker College.
Peterson’s experience proofreading documents and researching records for a local law firm will help her at F&V with preparing project submittal packets, bid tabulations, projects specifications and project research.
F&V is a full service, multi-disciplined engineering and architecture firm assisting clients throughout Michigan and Indiana with award-winning design services.
In 2016, the company was named one of West Michigan’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” and a Zweig Hot Growth Firm. F&V ranked 70th among the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada and fourth of Michigan firms.