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SMPS LV - Godfathers of A/E/C Part II

May 2, 2017

SMPS LV - Godfathers of A/E/C Part II
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Regional Solution for Rural Northwest Ohio Wastewater Issues

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NWWSD Sovles NW Ohio Wastewater issue


On March 16, 1968 , Lester H. Poggemeyer, P.E. opened an office in Bowling Green, Ohio, and began providing engineering services to public and private clients. Today that two-man firm has evolved to an Employee-Owned company with 180 staff with 12 offices in Ohio, Michigan, and Nevada. more...



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HDA is the economic development arm of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. The HDA is committed to growing the primary job base in Henderson, Nevada by encouraging the attraction, retention, expansion and diversification of the business community.

As a committee, the HDA Trustees meet monthly to discuss and take action on issues and initiatives that will further its mission. The HDA supports the efforts of the City of Henderson's Economic Development & Tourism Department, focusing on workforce development and retention by proactively identifying and servicing business clusters within the community. The HDA Board of Trustees monitors the Governor's initiatives for statewide economic development and diversification efforts, and acts on members' behalf in representing Henderson in these regional meetings.



Congratulations Lindsay!

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We would like to happily announce that Lindsay M. Exton is now a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.

Lindsay is an engineer in our PDG Transportation Department and works alongside PDG project managers on projects from design through construction. Her experience includes streets, highways, parking, recreational trails, downtown enhancement projects, sanitary sewer systems, and marinas. Lindsay is also a bridge inspection team leader and has additional experience with bridge design, bridge replacement and bridge repair.

Lindsay previously interned with PDG before joining our team in 2012 as a full-time employee. She is a 2012 graduate of Ohio Northern University. In 2014, Lindsay was named Young Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Congratulations to Lindsay for this accomplishment. We wish you all the best in the future.


Tim Bock, P.E. Named Designer Of The Year

Tim Bock Reveives Award   The award was presented by Ohio Concrete
  at their 2016 annual meeting in Columbus..


Professional Development Bike Ride: An Active Effort to Gain Understanding

Bike Route On September 22 and September 27 of 2016, 8 members of the Bike Plan Collaborative Team, including a Team member/engineer from Poggemeyer Design Group, participated in a Professional Development Bike Ride hosted by a bicycle advocacy group out of Columbus, Ohio called Yay Bikes! Yay Bikes! partners with the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide these rides to engineers, planners, law enforcement, elected officials, municipal decision makers and other professionals to expand their understanding of how to effectively accommodate cyclists riding for transportation.

The 3-hour experience was customized for a ride through the City of Fremont to feature as many types of infrastructure as possible within a nine mile ride, including a four-lane highway. The ride included various stops along the route providing opportunities to discuss the experience of riding the different streets, traffic law and how it pertains to best cycling practices, design and routing of bicycle facilities, and finally a review of the funding programs available to assist communities in making improvements to the existing infrastructure in order to accommodate bicycles. The ride was an invaluable experience that gave this team unique insight into the importance of not only providing proper facilities for cyclists, but also the importance of educating the community, both cyclists and drivers, about the laws concerning bicycles and how to ride to reduce conflicts between cyclists and motorists.

Yay Bikes The two participating groups considered their respective rides a success and Sandusky County is moving forward with plans to participate in a two and a half day training program designed to provide them with the skills to design and lead "How We Roll and Ride" buddy-style rides for interested community members within Sandusky County. This gives them a unique opportunity to take what they've learned back into their communities and educate others on how to safely ride the roads in their everyday travels.


Poggemeyer Design Group Helps University of Toledo with University Hall Bell Tower Structural Improvements

PDG Provides Structural Engineering and Design to Help Reinforce the Historic Bell Tower

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Crowds showed up with blankets and lawn chairs. All eyes were trained on the iconic 205 foot tall University Hall bell tower at the University of Toledo. The building was empty. Areas around it were closed off to the public. Peregrine falcons circled the tower.

So what drew the crowds on a Friday night? A helicopter delivering four tons of structural steel to reinforce the tower. Thirteen beams were carefully lifted into place by the chopper, a safe, fast procedure to deliver material into hard to reach places. A crew inside the tower would guide the beams into place. "We started to see some structural cracks at the top of the structure and to insure our tower remains for years to come, we're reinforcing the top of the structure with some structural steel," said Jason Toth, UT Associate Vice President for Facilities and Construction. more...


AEP Ohio Rewards Delphos for Energy Efficiency

As part of the three-phase project, PDG helps Delphos reach their energy and process efficiency goals for their wastewater treatment plant. more...


The City of Adrian Secures $1.45 Million in Funding for Six Downtown Facade Improvement Projects

PDG worked with the City to help secure the funding and will be an active partner in the administration of the funds.
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Family Services of NW Ohio Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony

Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc. is the lead design firm for construction of the much needed 10,170 square foot Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit addition being added to the Comprehensive Crisis Care facility. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 26 at the Napoleon site. The Dotson Company is the contractor.

Family service of Northwest Ohio has been in the forefront of designing and delivering programs that work to meet the needs of families since 1904.


While we are dreaming about beautiful spring and warm summer days, the staff at Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc., is also dreaming about potential project funding opportunities for our clients. The following are a few of those opportunities

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs
Many counties have begun the process of accepting applications for the FY-16 CDBG Allocation Program (previously known as Formula Program) Each county receives an allocation from the CDBG Allocation Program that can be allocated to communities within the County that are 51% or greater low and moderate income (LMI). Check with your County Commissioners to ask what the due date is in your county for applications for project funding under the CDBG Allocation Program. PDG has also assisted communities with the CDBG Set-Aside Programs:

•Neighborhood Revitalization up to $500,000
•Downtown Revitalization up to $300,000
•Critical Infrastructure up to $300,000
Communities within a county can apply for the Residential Public Infrastructure Grant Program (formerly water and sewer grant) up to $600,000.
For additional information contact Paul Tecpanecatl, AICP, at


Randy Mielnik, AICP Speaks at MAP's Spring Institute

Mr. Mielnik joins a nationally recognized panel at the Michigan Association of Planning's Spring Institute.

Mr. Mielnik, along with other professional planners will provide training on how communities can encourage "missing middle housing". This session will be a hands-on exercises to teach communities to create prosperous, safe, healthy, and equitable places. Planners will learn about regulatory and programmatic tools to make affordable housing happen in your community; how missing middle housing is a key solution to keep talent and families in Michigan; and how other states are advancing best planning practices to implement housing solutions.

Mr. Mielnik has also recently collaborated on the development of the "Placemaking for Economic Development Tool Guidebook" that was recently published by the Land Policy Institute at MSU. He was a peer reviewer for this leading-edge guidebook.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute (LPI) have produced this guidebook to capture many of the lessons learned while promoting investments in quality places across the state.

Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool is an excellent resource for local government staff and elected and appointed officials. While every community is faced with a different set of challenges, this tool can be used to help provide knowledge of placemaking initiatives that could be adaptable to every community's unique situations, and shows it does not require extensive time and money to make a difference or create a "sense of place." The techniques and tools discussed in this guidebook will help to improve local quality of life and economic competitiveness by assisting in creating vibrant places where people are drawn to live, work, play, shop, learn and visit.


Construction begins on 9/11 Memorial at Toledo Air National Guard Base

PDG, in conjunction with TRACE, is a Proud Team Member of this Special Memorial Project

The memorial will incorporate artifacts secured by the 180th Fighter Wing – a steel beam from the World Trade Center, limestone from the Pentagon and soil from the Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 went down. The memorial will include 2,977 glass pieces, honoring each individual who died in the attacks.
TRACE - Toledo Regional Architects, Contractors & Engineers, with support from other Toledo community partners, will engineer and construct the memorial which was envisioned by members of the 180th Fighter Wing. Placed at the center of the base, the memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on Sept. 11, 2016, the 15th anniversary of the attacks.
TRACE - Toledo Regional Architects, Contractors & Engineers is an industry advocacy group focused on promoting member businesses through collaboration and engaging events.
Member firms working on the project include: The Collaborative; DGL Consulting Engineers; Dunbar Mechanical; E.S. Wagner Company; Feller, Finch & Associates; the jdi group; JDRM Engineering; The Lathrop Company; Mosser Construction; OCP Contractors; Poggemeyer Design Group; RMF Nooter; Rudolph Libbe Group and Turner Concrete Products. Matt Paskeit, owner/artist of Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery, is creating glass work.
The memorial will be a gift from the community, to the community. Donations are being sought to cover the cost of materials and should be made payable to the Toledo Community Foundation (with a note in the memo line specifying the Toledo 9/11 Memorial Fund).

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Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Workshop

MARCH 8, 2016
11:00 am- 1:30 pm Lunch will be served Located at Northwestern Water & Sewer

12560 Middleton Pike Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Main Conference Room
Please RSVP to Eli C. Rice at

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CMWorks was recently selected #1

CMWorks, a Poggemeyer Company, was recently selected #1 out of 24 firms that submitted for the Statement of Qualifications for construction management services for the City of North Las Vegas. The City is the fourth largest city in Nevada and the term is for a two year period through 2017. The City is expected to have a couple projects available for consultants in the coming year and this guarantees we should be selected for one of these projects. CMWorks has managed three separate projects totaling approximately $44 million in construction cost for the City of North Las Vegas in the last four years. All these projects were completed under budget and either early or on-time. Our success is directly related to our great service by our entire team and strong relationship with City staff. It truly was a team effort!


PDG Receives Excellence-in-Design Award for The Ohio Energy Advanced Manufacturing Center

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Lima, Ohio - Poggemeyer Design received the Excellence-in-Design Award for the Ohio Energy Advanced Manufacturing Center by the American Buildings Company. The project was awarded 1st Place in the Manufacturing & Industrial category.
City of Lima, Energy Advanced Manufacturing Center, and Ohio Northern University PDG assisted the collaborating partners in obtaining a U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration grant for funding the construction of a Research & Development Commercialization Incubator. We also assisted in securing Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) 629 Roadway Funds as part of the local funding match. The OEAMC, City of Lima, and ONU were awarded the balance of the matching funds from the ODSA.


PDG Places 9th in the Silverman Ironman competition in Henderson


On Sunday, October 4th, 2015, over 1,400 athletes from around the globe gathered in Henderson, Nevada to compete in “the Silverman”, one of Ironman’s 70.3 mile triathlons being marked as the toughest course in North America. Poggemeyer Design Group entered as one of 39 relay teams in the event. Team captain, Mark Stefl, of PDG Las Vegas, led off with a 2nd place division finish in the 1.2 mile swim in Lake Mead. There, Lee Haney, owner of H&H Enterprises, a Government Affairs/PR Consultant for PDG, rode the challenging 56 mile bike course that included a brutal 4,272 foot elevation gain posting a personal best. Lee finished her bike leg at the Henderson pavilion in a solid 6th place. Kelly Frey, Director of Entertainment Public Relations & Social Media for Caesars Entertainment, then anchored the relay team, running the grueling 13.1 mile half marathon course. Kelly brought it home with a final 9th place finish in the relay division with a final time just over 6 hours! PDG would like to congratulate our team on their top 10 finish!


PDG/CMWorks, Inc. Receives Project of The Year Award

CMWorks, a subsiderary company of PDG, was awarded Project of The Year Award Spring 2015 by the Nevada Chapter of the American Public Works Association Structures Projects, $5-$10 Million.
The awarded project was for Centennial Parkway Channel West/Grand Teton Branch, (City of Las Vegas) Construction Management.
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PDG Named 2014 Wood County Corporate Citizen of the Year!

Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:59


PERRYSBURG — Emcee Jerry Anderson was quick with the quips, and Poggemeyer Design Group was named Corporate Citizen of the Year at Wednesday's annual dinner meeting of the Wood County Economic Development Commission.
WCEDC Executive Director Wade Gottschalk said Poggemeyer has done much for local communities and has been an excellent corporate citizen long before it was chosen for the award this year. The company has also greatly expanded its reach, now with offices in 11 states and a western headquarters in Las Vegas.
Founded in 1968 by Lester Poggemeyer in downtown Bowling Green, the company has been a leader in not just designing construction and road projects, but pursuing grants and other funding for such projects. Lester Poggemeyer sold his company to four top employees in 1987 and the company named as its chairman Jack Jones, who accepted the Wood County award Wednesday.
"This is where we live and where we work," Jones said of Poggemeyer's desire to have a role in shaping Wood County.
"We enjoy doing projects in our community," he said after showing a map of Ohio outlining recent projects across the state. Poggemeyer's presence in the region is nearly immeasurable — the company has worked on everything from intersection redesigns to multi-million dollar buildings, including the Wood County Justice Center, Bowling Green Municipal Court, Bowling Green Community Center and the Huntington Center in Toledo.
"That small, one-man engineering and surveying office evolved into a building with 90 employees offering a multitude of services in engineering, architecture and community planning," said Jim Carter, president of the Wood County Board of Commissioners, in announcing Poggemeyer for the award.
Commissioner Doris Herringshaw thanked two outgoing members of the WCEDC executive committee, Tim Pedro and Jerry Miller, for their roles in forming public-private partnerships in support of economic development. In board organization Wednesday, two new members were named in Jack Jones of Poggemeyer, and Doug Miller, who replaces Pedro as vice president. The board president will be Lane Williamson, a former at-large member who replaces Rex Huffman.
Huffman, who has served on the economic development commission for seven years, including four as president, was also honored Wednesday. Describing Huffman as a man who wears many hats, Gottschalk gave him caps with the logos of some of the projects he helped bring to Wood County, including FedEx, CSX, Owens-Illinois and Bass Pro Shops. "The board wanted to do something special for Rex knowing that he's really gone above and beyond on a lot of these projects," Gottschalk said.
Anderson, a Wood County native, completed his 20th year as master of ceremonies, taking friendly jabs at officials including Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins and Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, whom he chided about Level 3 snow emergencies. "I learned in this brutal winter that Sheriff Wasylyshyn relies, from what I can see, more on temperature than actual snow totals to declare emergencies," Anderson said. "Here's why I said that. One day I asked him: 'Sheriff, how do you do it?' He said: 'Simple — it's a cold day in hell before I issue a Level 3.' That's temperature based."

Jack Jones, the chairman of the Poggemeyer Design Group, gives an acceptance speech after receiving the Corporate Citizen of the Year award Wednesday night during the Wood County Economic Development Commission annual meeting in Perrysburg at the Hilton Garden Inn. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)


Port Clinton receives $2.35M for downtown improvements from ODOT's Small City Program


PORT CLINTON -- An estimated $3.5 million revamp of Madison Street, Port Clinton’s major downtown thoroughfare, will receive a big boost from an Ohio Department of Transportation grant announced today.

The state awarded the Ottawa County project about $2.35 million in federal funds to reconstruct two blocks of Madison Street, from Third Street to Perry Street.

The project’s full scope includes widening the sidewalks on both sides of the street by 3 to 5 feet to encourage outdoor dining and gathering spaces and add other pedestrian friendly upgrades, including brickwork details at several intersections. On-street parking will remain, but the narrower width will slow traffic, officials said.

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone praised the project, which he said will enhance a downtown area that can be overshadowed by the city’s waterfront stretch.

“As you… stand on Perry Street and look north, it’s a beautiful lake and a beautiful river. It draws you there. As we turn around it’s a little disappointing,” he said.Renderings of the Port Clinton street project.

The street improvements are meant to encourage economic development as well as create more vitality downtown.

“With what’s proposed, we’re hoping it will slow the traffic down and get people to turn the corner and come and stop,” said Laura Schlachter, Main Street Port Clinton program manager and president of the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The funds come from ODOT’s Small City Program, which awards $8 million annually for road, safety, and signal projects in cities with populations between 5,000 and 24,999.

Port Clinton is one of five Ohio communities to receive the money this year. The Madison Street work will be done in 2016.

Another downtown Port Clinton project, to refurbish a couple blocks of Second Street, received prior Small City funding and work there will start in May.



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