Press Release: F&V Adds 12 Staff, Expands Environmental Group

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Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) has added 12 new staff members including a trio to its rapidly growing Environmental Group.

Trevor Woollatt, senior project manager, Jonathan Sowder, environmental specialist, and Kate Strohauer, geologist, are among the newest Environmental Group hires. Sowder and Woollatt work at the F&V headquarters in Grand Rapids while Strohauer is in the Kalamazoo office.

F&V new hires also include: in Grand Rapids, Mike Vander Ploeg, process group engineer, Andrea Belanger, process group EIT, Shane Peterson, water resource EIT, Leach Bectel, municipal EIT, Ashley Bostic, process group administrative assistant; in Midland, Louie Taylor, senior project manager, and Zack Purtill, an engineer-in-training (EIT); and in Farmington Hills, Adam Congdon, CAD operator, and Mohammed Aguib, traffic engineer.

“We are extremely excited about the new talent in several areas of expertise,” said Paul R. Galdes, Principal and F&V’s president. “These new additions will help us better serve our clients particularly in the areas of environmental investigations, due diligence, brownfields, water and wastewater treatment, traffic studies and MDOT projects.”

Woollatt brings two decades of hands-on experience in structuring local, state and federal incentives for redevelopment and decades of practical environmental due diligence experience. His primary duties will be handling due diligence and demolition management.

Sowder has more than a decade of experience in the environmental consulting industry. He’ll provide project assistance for PFAS, stormwater and environmental investigations. His attention to detail and strong background with data collection and analysis will benefit F&V’s clients.

Strohauer has environmental consulting experience. She will support the rapidly-growing environmental team working on projects related to due diligence, groundwater protection, water supply and environmental remediation.

Vander Ploeg brings nearly a decade of consulting experience, working on municipal water and wastewater treatment projects. He’ll help the process team, specializing in planning, design and construction of water treatment and distribution systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems.

Belanger has worked on a variety of civil engineering projects, specifically wastewater treatment plant design. The recent Michigan Technological University grad will provide a wide range of water and wastewater design services, including work on physical, biological and chemical treatment systems.

Peterson brings conservation technical assistance engineering experience including a variety of hydraulics, site design and field work experience to the water resources team. His duties include flow monitoring projects.

Bectel is a recent Michigan Technological University environmental and municipal engineering graduate and former intern with past experience working with municipalities. She will be working on sidewalk design, utility upgrades and capital improvement projects as well completing SAW projects and addressing water system AMPs.

Bostic’s previous experience as an administrative assistant for a consulting engineering services group will benefit the process team. She will assist in meetings, proposals, service agreements, technical reports, correspondence, construction administration, project financial reporting and invoicing.

Taylor brings nearly three decades of civil engineering experience, including design and construction engineering with the Michigan Department of Transportation. He will assist the East Michigan municipal team and be responsible for client management, business development, managing municipal projects and QA/QC.

Purtill is a recent Michigan State University grad who interned at F&V last summer. He will be assisting East Michigan staff with construction observation, manhole assessments and smoke testing.

Congdon is the lead CAD designer in Farmington Hills. His previous work experience will aid him in design and drafting for municipal projects as well as private development projects in southeast Michigan.

Aguib has seven years of experience as a project engineer for transportation and traffic projects. He will perform traffic impact analysis studies for municipal and private clients statewide.

F&V, an employee-owned multi-disciplined civil engineering and architecture firm and a one-stop shop for infrastructure planning, design and construction, now has more than 230 employees. It is headquartered in Grand Rapids but has eight other F&V offices throughout Michigan and Indiana.

In 2019, F&V was named a Zewig Group Hot Growth Firm, American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC-M) Firm of the Year and one of the Best & Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation.

Midland Daily News