DLZ News

DLZ Announces Acquisition of Carbon Engineering

DLZ Acquires Carbon Engineering
April 1, 2021

DLZ announces the acquisition of Carbon Engineering in San José, Costa Rica. A leader in renewable energy engineering, Carbon specializes in hydro-electric and wind power projects and provides hydraulic, structural, and water resources engineering. For over 25 years, Carbon has provided engineering services for more than 75 renewable energy projects in Central America, South America, and Mexico, covering all project development phases, from pre-feasibility and feasibility studies to final design and construction supervision. Carbon has been involved in projects totaling over 1000 MW of installed capacity in the region, contributing to the renewable energy transition of several countries.

The acquisition of Carbon demonstrates DLZ’s continued growth strategy to meet increasing renewable energy needs. The Carbon team complements DLZ’s existing portfolio of seven hydro-electric power facilities with a total capacity of 80 megawatts.

Vikram (Raj) Rajadhyaksha, CEO of DLZ, stated, “Carbon’s exemplary professional engineers are an exciting addition to our team; they bring decades of experience in hydro-electric and water resources engineering.”

A family- and minority-owned firm, DLZ ranks among the nation’s top consulting firms in the architectural/engineering industry and has grown to be a nationally-recognized firm. In 2016, DLZ was named by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest as Design Firm of the Year. In 2020, Engineering News Record ranked DLZ as one of the Top 10 Design Firms in the United States for hydro-electric power and the 9th largest engineering consultant in the Midwest. For more information, please visit www.carboncr.com.

Acquisition signing agreement (pictured above left to right) Gabriela Arce Aita, DLZ Carbon Vice President; Vikram (Raj) Rajadhyaksha, DLZ Chief Executive Officer; José Pablo Porras Velásquez, DLZ Carbon President; Tatiana Vargas Araya, DLZ Carbon Senior Project Manager; Not Pictured: William Porras Cordero, DLZ Carbon Senior Project Manager.

Join DLZ at one of our Upcoming Webinars

DLZ webinars
February 23, 2021

Don’t miss out on DLZ’s LIVE webinars! It’s quick and easy to register.

COVID Impact of Traffic
Wednesday, April 21
12 pm EST
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Broadband Funding and Financing for Local Communities
(DLZ and Ice Miller LLP)
Thursday, May 6
12pm EST
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Considerations and Planning for a Modern Fire Station
Wednesday, May 19
12 pm EST
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Aerial Mapping and Inspection using Today’s Drones and Photogrammetry Software
Wednesday, June 16
12 pm EST
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Designing a Modern Correctional Facility
Thursday, June 24
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PFAS Compounds: An Emerging Group of Contaminants

February 16, 2021

Join DLZ for a free, one-hour webinar to understand PFAS, or Poly- and Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances, a large group of manmade chemicals with useful physical properties. Considered an “Emerging Contaminant”, PFAS compounds are very stable and do not break down in the environment naturally like many other contaminants.

Why is PFAS a concern?
PFAS properties have a negative impact on the environment. These compounds are highly toxic with very low cleanup criteria. Since they do not easily break down by natural means, they remain in the environment for long periods of time. When animals or humans ingest these chemicals, they don’t get eliminated from the body easily. The compounds have been linked to health issues in humans when exposed even at very low concentrations (parts per trillion).

What Should Attendees Expect?
To gain an understanding of why PFAS is a concern, where it is found in the environment, and how to assess and mitigate PFAS impacts. DLZ has been involved in PFAS investigations and assessments since the onset of regulations and is active in site risk evaluation and mitigation.

Space is limited. Register today! Wednesday, February 24th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST

Dale Corsi

Dale J. Corsi, PE, AAI
Project Engineer, Dale Corsi, PE, will discuss concerns associated with PFAS in the environment and the potential impacts to the use of surface water and groundwater resources, including potential human health effects, effects on biota, and management and treatment of contaminated water and soil. Mr. Corsi has more than 40 years of experience, including 12 years in chemical process design and operating experience. He has more than 28 years of environmental compliance and site remediation experience.


Sheltering at Home: Steps to Mitigate COVID-19 Webinar Jan 27th

January 13, 2021

Ready to mitigate COVID-19? The attack on this country by COVID-19 has escalated with the onset of colder weather and the heating season. On Wednesday, January 27th at 12:00 pm EST, join DLZ for a one-hour webinar to get essential, yet simple, steps you can take to mitigate COVID-19. The webinar will focus on our current winter heating season. It’s designed to help the homeowner understand the risks of airborne transmission and preventative systems that can easily be implemented to help reduce the risk of transmission while sheltering in our homes.

This is a free webinar, and attendees will be eligible for one (1) Continuing Education credit. With the positivity percentages increasing daily across the region, it’s more important than ever to apply immediate solutions that can be effective in reducing the transmission of airborne COVID-19 while sheltering at home.


  • COVID-19 Transmission Basics
  • Dilution as a Strategy
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Indoor Dilution Strategy
  • Indoor Dilution Strategy – Exhaust
  • Quarantine Barrier
  • Dilution Plan Diagram
  • Q&A Discussion


Mitigate COVID-19

Gregory L. Galieti, AIA, LEED AP

Gregory Galieti, AIA LEED AP is DLZ’s Director of Architecture in Ohio. Greg has a diverse understanding of a wide range of architectural projects including first responder, institutional, and municipal projects and is experienced in building systems that support architectural projects. As part of the DLZ team, he has been very active in addressing the challenges related to COVID-19 airborne transmission and guiding informed responses to these challenges.

In addition, Greg is a naturalist and skilled in nature observation and tracking. He has experience with basic survival techniques and understands the priorities of survival including shelter. He has a unique ability to understand how scientific wisdom can be applied to our homes in response to COVID-19.

DLZ Welcomes Jennifer Shuey to the Ohio Team

Jennifer Shuey
November 4, 2020


DLZ is pleased to welcome Jennifer Shuey to the firm’s Ohio team. As the Ohio Business Development Division Manager, Jennifer will focus on coordinating and growing DLZ’s business development efforts throughout Ohio. Jennifer has over 25 years’ experience in corporate account management, business development, and sales and marketing. Her considerable number of relationships in the marketplace will enable the expansion of DLZ’s footprint throughout the Buckeye state.

Most recently, Jennifer worked closely with Ohio’s 88 county engineers and their staffs at the County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO). She also served as the liaison to the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) as the host state for NACE’s Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Ohio State University and is a member of the Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE).

Jennifer can be reached at jennifer.shuey@dlz.com.

Pivoting to ADA-Compliant Virtual Meetings

ADA virtual meeting
July 7, 2020

Are you discriminating against the hearing-impaired during virtual meetings? The Coronavirus pandemic has changed how government and educational institutions have maintained their operations. With an abrupt conversion from in-person meetings and instruction to virtual meetings, many agencies may unknowingly be discriminating against the hearing-impaired. Be our guest for a free, educational webinar Thursday, August 6th 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that live and recorded meetings provide access to persons with hearing loss, which would include captioning or an ASL interpreter on video. Therefore, public agencies and educational institutions must not ignore their obligations to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to fully participate, whether live or recordings of live information. Most videoconferencing platforms have the ability to provide captioning but there may be additional costs or add-ons that are necessary.

DLZ’s ADA Expert, Stephen Metzer, will discuss the ADA requirements for online accessibility, with an emphasis on the capabilities of the most common video platforms like Zoom, WebEx, and Microsoft Teams. He will outline the steps every meeting host should consider to equip and prepare their organization in meeting virtual ADA requirements.

Who should attend:

  • City Council
  • County Commissioners
  • Town Council
  • School Board Members
  • School Officials
  • Building Officials

Learn more / register


DLZ Wins AIA Michigan Design Award for Panvel Busport

June 10, 2020

The American Institute of Architects Michigan awarded DLZ a 2020 AIA Michigan Design award for the design of the Panvel Busport in Panvel, Maharashtra, India. Moreover, the American Institute of Architects and AIA Michigan has a long tradition of recognizing organizations for their outstanding architecture achievements. Certainly, DLZ is pleased to receive the AIA Michigan Design award. We understand the importance of this 130,000 SF transit center.

About the Project

DLZ is providing master planning and concept design for 14 new bus terminals throughout the State of Maharashtra. More importantly, this includes the Panvel Busport, which will be the first of the stations to be built. The new transit center will serve Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) intercity bus services. As a result, it will also provide connection to intracity buses, railway, and taxi services.​​​​​​​ MSRTC is the public transit system for the state of Maharashtra, India.

The Big Picture

MSRTC is one of the largest transit systems in the world. Above all, there are 16,500 buses in operation and 7 million passengers daily. It embarks on a system-wide modernization of their buses and facilities. Hired in 2016, DLZ provided Schematic Design for 14 new stations throughout the state. The Panvel station initiated the design process. To clarify, it is a prototype for the design of all stations.

Read more http://www.aiami.com/DesignandHonorAwards/

DLZ’s COVID-19 Update: We’re here when you need us

April 7, 2020

DLZ remains fully operational and adjusts to remote work arrangements and social distancing practices on job sites

On behalf of DLZ, we hope this update finds you and your family safe and healthy in light of the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In this time of national crisis, our country is being tested. DLZ has reacted for the health and safety of our clients, communities we live in, and our employees as most of our office staff is now working remotely from home while we maintain minimal personnel at our offices. Our field staff are reporting to construction job sites and industrial facilities as deemed essential and practicing social distancing as well as following health and safety guidance procedures as prescribed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our continued investment in technology and our IT systems over the years has prepared us to act quickly, adapt and remain fully operational as we transitioned to working remotely. As we go through these unprecedented circumstances, we expect there will be no disruption in providing high quality plans and services to you. As is our standard practice, your emails and phone calls will be answered in a timely fashion. We are able to set up virtual meetings with shared screens so we can continue to communicate the details of your projects. DLZ is committed to advancing all your projects as well as providing you any additional help as we navigate through COVID-19 together.

We appreciate your continued trust and confidence in our firm. You can always reach our staff by email or cell. Should you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at (800) 336.5352 or email info@dlz.com.

Thank you, and remember we will get through this together.

DLZ Expands Materials Testing Capabilities

Columbus Materials Testing Lab
March 27, 2020

DLZ is pleased to announce the certification of its materials testing laboratory in Burns Harbor, Indiana. The certification expands DLZ’s capabilities to include a range of materials testing and analysis services in the greater Chicagoland area and restores the total number of laboratories in the Midwest to four including our Columbus, Ohio, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, and Melvindale, Michigan offices. DLZ Material Testing Group Manager Zachary Dean, P.E. relocated to the Burns Harbor office to manage the materials testing operations. Mr. Dean has over 13 years of experience on a variety of geotechnical, structural, and construction-related projects.

All four of our construction materials laboratories perform a full range of in-situ and laboratory analytical services for the construction testing of soils, aggregates, rock, asphalt, concrete, plastics, and Sprayed Fire-Resistive Materials (SFRM). Our laboratories feature state-of-the-art facilities designed for high-volume testing as well as a mobile laboratory that can be deployed to test materials on-site.

To learn more, contact Zachary Dean, P.E. at 219.764.4700 or zdean@dlz.com.

DLZ Responds to COVID-19: We’re here when you need us

March 20, 2020


As you know, we are experiencing unprecedented times. The COVID-19 outbreak and our response to it are evolving and changing daily. While our offices intend to remain open, a large portion of our staff are working remotely to protect themselves and our community. DLZ’s technology infrastructure enables clients and staff to work remotely and still have access to all our resources.

We greatly value our relationship and want to ensure you that we will provide your organization all the support possible in this time of need.

Should you have any questions, please contact your DLZ relationship manager. In addition, you can reach any DLZ employee by calling 800.336.5352 or emailing info@dlz.com.

As always, our service to you remains the same, whether we are working in the office or virtually. We’re still here when you need us.