Press Release: Two Senior Project Managers Among Eight New F&V Hires

Fleis and VandenBrink (F&V) has added eight new staffers, including two senior project managers for its Process Group in Grand Rapids.

Engineers Brad Lyons and Mark Bratschi, who have a combined 70 years of experience, recently joined F&V along with Steve Mills, Anthony Plutz, David Capser, Jacob Swanson, Robert LaPlaca and Ty Williams.

“We are excited to add a tremendous mix of experience and young enthusiastic talent all with great potential that strengthens our capabilities in some key areas,” said Paul R. Galdes, Principal and F&V’s president.

Lyons career spans 33 years with a broad base of civil and environmental engineering experience. He will direct the process engineering staff and guide other disciplines on varied engineering studies, designs and construction support activities.

Bratschi has over 40 years of experience in engineering with a focus on construction management. He will provide strong support to the Process Group, applying his construction experience during design of projects. He will also take the lead as construction manager or project director on all alternative delivery projects (design-build, construction management).

“Their knowledge and wisdom will serve our client base well, strengthening our capabilities in providing innovative cost-effective solutions to our clients’ challenges,” said Jeff Pugh, who heads the Process Group.

LaPlaca, a former intern, joined F&V as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) with the Development and Enhancement Group after graduation from Calvin College this year. His construction experience while interning at F&V, will help him as a CAD technician and construction site supervisor.

Mills is a construction technician with over 30 years of residential project representative experience in the municipal area including roads, bridges and utilities. He will provide as-needed construction observation services in the Grand Rapids area.

Plutz, a CAD designer and drafter who has worked on major highways, tollways and airports in the Chicago area, joins F&V as a CAD designer. He’ll be working on a variety of municipal infrastructure projects. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the field in both AutoCAD and Microstation software platforms.

Williams has 20 years’ experience working as a construction inspector on major airports, colleges and hospitals in California. He will provide construction observation and testing assistance on municipal engineering projects in the Muskegon area. He’ll also be working with the Process Group and will be a site superintendent for the FV Construction Group.

Capser has re-joined F&V as a civil engineer in the Traverse City office after a brief stint as a project manager for a Montana-based engineering and survey firm. Capser brings 14 years’ experience in project management, engineering design, stormwater management, hydrology and site planning.

Swanson is a project engineer in the Farmington Hills office, working in the Traffic Engineering Group. He will work on a wide variety of projects including traffic impact studies, parking studies, transportation design projects among numerous other projects. Swanson is a recent graduate with both his bachelor’s and masters degrees from Michigan State University.

F&V, with more than 200 employees, provides full-service engineering and architectural services with specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors. It has nine offices throughout Michigan and Indiana. In 2017, it was recognized locally and nationally as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For,” and a Zweig Group Hot Firm, #30th in the U.S. and Canada.