Press Release: F&V Continues to Expand in Grand Rapids Adding 12 People

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced today the hiring of 12 new employees including four professional engineers at its headquarters in Grand Rapids.

The new additions bring the number of employees at the rapidly-growing engineering and architectural firm to 167 at its nine offices in Michigan and Indiana.

“We’re growing quickly in response to increased demands and services,” said F&V president Larry Fleis, PE. “And we’re still in a hiring mode.”

Fleis added that “almost all areas of the company are really busy right now.” The design, build and operate company also includes F&V Construction and FVOP (Operations & Resource Management Group).

Fleis said the company’s recent hires are all about meeting expanding client’s needs.

The additional professional engineers include Jerry Powell, PE, Joshua Redner, PE, Kyle Paulson, PE and Michael Mattzella, PE.

Powell is a senior design engineer for the process group. The Jenison resident is a former civil engineering project manager with Kent County DPW. He brings experience as an engineering project manager and owner’s representative leading a wide variety of energy, wastewater, groundwater, water, solid waste and hazardous waste projects.

Powell hit the ground running at F&V with design teams for two large wastewater treatment plant projects by providing quality control and acting in roles as designer and constructability advisor with staff engineers. His experience with utilities projects brings more depth to the team.

Redner also joins the process group as a design engineer. The lifelong Grand Rapids resident has recently worked on various water and wastewater projects. His immediate role as designer in water and wastewater treatment projects is enhanced by his organization and communication skills and experience with waste-to-energy projects.

Paulson has joined the firm as an environmental engineer / scientist. Paulson spent eight years focusing on watershed planning, storm water studies and collection system assessment, modeling and design. He earned his MBA from Western Michigan University in 2013 and has been engaged in teaching and research at Michigan State University.

Paulson will be focusing on Infiltration and Inflow Studies and collection system capacity studies as part of the state’s SAW asset management program. His experience with GIS mapping, data analysis, and his excellent report writing skills will be an essential addition to the team.

Mattzella, a former civil engineering project manager at an Oregon firm with previous ties to Michigan, joins the Municipal Engineering Group. He brings a broad experience with focus on transportation projects and he will be assigned primarily to road and bridge design as well as other municipal engineering projects.

David Donker, who has over 30 years of local engineering experience, is a Senior CAD technician. He will be working in the municipal group providing CAD drafting and design for various road, bridge, water and sewer projects where his civil 3D capabilities and experiences in profiles and earthwork calculation will be utilized.

Scott Weber, of Lyons, is a construction technician. He will be serving as a construction technician providing construction observation services on F&V and MDOT projects. Weber brings experience with MDOT e-construction project delivery and it will be used to assist F&V’s transition into e-construction. His experience in design and construction survey will also be helpful for the survey group.

Machelle Malik, a former Grand Rapids executive assistant, is now an administrative assistant for the municipal group. Her 30 years of experience will help in assisting multiple project managers with correspondence, report preparation and specification development including bidding and construction phase engineering services.

Two part-time employees have joined the firm. They are planner David Bisbee and architect David Gibbs, RA.

Bisbee, of Reed City, has worked as an environmental consultant, city planner and economic development consultant. He will be available to assist groups in developing financial funding packages for private projects and grant writing.

Gibbs brings over 25 years of design and project management experience to F&V. His areas of expertise include complete architectural design from project programming through construction document preparation and construction administration services. Gibbs will serve both public and private clients with a focus on public, industrial, commercial and institutional spaces.

The Grand Rapids office also has added three interns. Scott Hall and Michael Polkinghorn join the process group and Nicholas Dulak is part of the municipal group.

Hall, a senior environmental engineering student at Michigan Technological University, interned at F&V the previous two summers. His past experiences will help him in data collection and analysis, developing of cost budgeting spread sheets, preparing operations and maintenance manuals, and doing treatment technology evaluations and comparisons.

Polkinghorn is a Michigan Technological University graduate who is currently working on his masters in water resources at MTU. He will be working on various wastewater treatment projects, focusing on the development of asset management programs for communities throughout Michigan.

Dulak, who is studying civil engineering at Michigan Tech, interned with the process group at F&V last summer. He joins the municipal group this summer to gain experience in project construction engineering and materials testing services. Dulak will also be assisting in various structural design assignments.

With nine offices in Michigan and Indiana, F&V is a full-service engineering / architectural firm with specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors. The firm has been locally and nationally recognized as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” and a “National Hot Firm” for its revenue growth. In 2014, 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 and the “James L. Bliskey Quality of Life Project of the Year” for a shoreline restoration project in Marysville.

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CAM Magazine
Grand Rapids Business Journal

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