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Holland Engineering remains dedicated to looking for ways to give back to the communities where we live, work and play. The eagerness of our staff to participate along with their generosity has allowed us to expand our reach and offer additional involvement with several noteworthy charitable organizations.
For the fifth consecutive year Holland Engineering was a sponsor at DTE’s Annual “Nights of Warm Hearts” fundraiser. The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) is an independent non-profit agency that provides low-income individuals and families with emergency energy assistance and advocates for long-term solutions to energy issues. Since 1985, THAW has provided more than $145 million in aid to more than 200,000 Michigan households who have found themselves in a temporary crisis. The Night of Warm Hearts Gala Event was held this past year on November 12th in Detroit, MI and is a signature event for THAW which will help hundreds of families in the community keep safe and warm this winter. For more information on THAW, please visit their website and www.thawfund.org.
Holland Engineering remains dedicated to supporting Kids’ Food Basket, a local non-profit organization that has really taken the initiative in addressing childhood hunger within our communities. Many of us probably don’t worry about if we will be getting dinner. Sadly, over 6,000 school-aged kids in the greater Grand Rapids and Muskegon area face that question each day! Kids’ Food Basket works with local schools to identify children in need and provide them with nutritionally balanced sack suppers as evening meals. In addition to sponsoring this great organization, staff members also got their own families involved this year by decorating brown paper bags for Kids’s Food Basket to use. What a fun way to put a personal touch on an organization we proudly support! For more information about this great organization, please visit their website at www.kidsfoodbasket.org.
Holland Engineering also once again participated as a “Toys for Tots” drop-off location this year. “Toys for Tots” is a charitable outreach of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and is a program to collect new, unwrapped toys during the Christmas season. The toys are distributed to less fortunate children throughout the community. HEI collected toys throughout the month of December and was happy to once again, overflow our donation box! Please visit www.toysfortots.org for more information on this great organization!
Have you been noticing an increased level of concern among your residents regarding their water supply as the City of Flint has been working through their drinking water issues? As communities enter the normal spring water system flushing season, you may receive more questions than normal as sediment is stirred up in the lines.
Historically, issues like the Flint supply system raise enough public interest to influence the availability of funding for public infrastructure projects. As the public interest is elevated, do you know what your water system needs to provide continued reliable service for your residents?
Our professionals can assist you with handouts, community meetings, and the State mandated water system reliability studies as you consider the long term needs of your water system maintenance. Let our years of experience work for you!
For more information on Holland Engineering’s Water System Asset Management Planning, please contact Lynnelle Berkenpas, P.E., Project Manager at 616.392.5938 or via email at email@example.com .
This year, Holland Engineering participated in Adopt-A-Family for the holiday season. This program matches families in need with sponsors across the community. Both our Holland and Southfield offices participated and were able to help provide a great Christmas for two families!
Our Holland office adopted a family of four from Grand Rapids. This family has been through a lot. A year ago, the mother gave birth to her son prematurely. He was born with a lot of complications, including a cleft palate and three congenital heart defects. He was in the NICU for three months after birth. He is now one year old, but during his first year of life, he has had a total of eight surgeries, including two open-heart surgeries, several sleep studies, cleft palate repair, tracheostomy placement and the list goes on. He is scheduled to have another cleft palate repair surgery this year. Along with her son's health complications, the mother has had some health issues of her own. She was hospitalized this past summer for almost three months where she had several surgeries during that time.
Our Southfield office adopted a young single mother and two small children through the Community Housing Network. This nonprofit organization provides housing and housing resources for people who are homeless or facing homelessness, people with disabilities, people with low income, and other vulnerable residents of southeast Michigan. They were able to get them everything on their wishlist and more!
We are so proud to have participated in the Adopt-A-Family program this year. Thank you to our generous staff for helping provide a great Christmas for these families in need!
Twenty-fifteen was a year of pipeline hydrostatic testing discharge compliance for Holland Engineering's Environmental Group. HEI completed two, forty-mile hydrostatic tests for TransCanada/ANR Pipeline Company in Michigan using our expertise in permitting hydrostatic water withdrawal, discharge, water additive permitting, and discharge monitoring reporting. Our Environmental Group assisted in the site selection of the withdrawal and discharge sites and successfully completed hydrostatic discharge permitting with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Surface Water Discharge Permitting Staff.
Each project presented its own unique challenges. One project involved the use of two West Michigan rivers and the second project involved the use of a landowner’s private pond. Water quality, environmental resources, and pipeline integrity considerations for our client were the focus of both projects. HEI’s Environmental Inspectors worked around the clock during our hydrostatic testing projects to ensure that the activities conducted were in compliance with the issued permits. Through the use of water filtration systems, hydrostatic test water discharge permit obedience, and diligent Environmental Inspection, these two, forty-mile tests were successfully completed with schedule, budget, and water quality in mind.
For more information on HEI’s Environmental Group and their services, please contact Sherry Slocum, Manager of Environmental Services at 248.827.7322 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For several years Holland Engineering has provided Hazwoper Training to select staff members. Every year, these staff members receive their annual 8-hour Refresher Certification to keep current with OSHA Regulations.
This year, we not only had several employees receive their annual refresher training, but we were able to provide three additional staff members with the full 40-hour Hazwoper Certification. This course is required for workers that perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances. This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations and storage.
Those attending the Hazwoper classes will:
- Understand the purpose of OSHA and its role in regulation occupational safety.
- Use Site Characterization to establish problems that may exist in the workplace and measures that can be implemented to eliminate hazards.
- Identify hazardous materials existent in the workplace and the possible methods, symptoms and preventative measures of exposure.
(Our staff receives this valuable training from BLDI Environmental Engineering, a full-service environmental consulting firm, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
At Holland Engineering, we are committed to helping our clients find cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges. To do so, requires a staff who understands the complex science and regulatory structure behind environmental issues and one who has the resources to identify and engineer the right solutions.
Holland Engineering's Environmental Department has been performing ecological studies on various projects ranging in scope from literature based assessments to detailed field studies, analysis, and modeling for several years. Our group of talented professionals has expertise in the full range of ecological services including threatened and endangered species, stream restoration, terrestrial wildlife and vegetation, environmental inspection, pipeline permitting and compliance and GIS services.
Holland Engineering is pleased to announce that with the addition of key senior staff we have now expanded the range of services we can offer our clients to include traditional environmental site assessment (ESA), site investigation (Phase I and Phase II), and remediation services. Linette McMonagle recently joined Holland Engineering to provide environmental and management consulting services. Linette is an environmental professional with over 25 years of experience and is considered an expert in environmental due diligence and property transfer, environmental risk management, National Environmental Policy ACt (NEPA) evaluations, brownfield redevelopment, soil and groundwater sampling, site investigations, and site remediation and restoration. Holland Engineering is excited to serve our clients in these new environmental markets.
Holland Engineering's environmental group has also expanded its Environmental and Stormwater Inspection staff to serve our clients through the addition of Derek Murray. Derek has over 15 years of experience in the field of environmental and construction inspection and has worked on projects throughout the U.S for our pipeline, road and other energy clients. His knowledge of regulatory requirements, construction standards and commitment to compliance make him an expert in this field. He is also a certified Stormwater Operator in several states. We are also fortunate to have Jack Katerberg, Dina Pollock, Ronda Poth-Weber, and Brad Latvaitis working as environmental inspectors on our active projects. Our growing inspection team continues to provide consistency in environmental control and compliance to our pipeline clients.
Holland Engineering worked with Kids' Food Basket on November 29th and sponsored a whole day of Sack Suppers for children in Holland, Michigan. In addition to the sponsorship, we are proud to have helped pack about 597 meals for children in need.
One in five Michigan children experiences hunger, and Kids' Food Basket works to change that. They serve children directly with their Sack Supper Program. These balanced meals fill the gap that schools and parents often cannot meet. The nutrients and energy provided by the Sack Suppers support strong minds and healthy bodies. This program has such a powerful impact because it helps kids stay focused, get their homework done, and keep up with other children.
Each month Holland Engineering team members volunteer to help pack these Sack Suppers, and we look forward to supporting Kids' Food Basket in the future with their fight to end childhood hunger!
Holland Office: 616-392-5938
Southfield Office: 248-827-7322