DLZ News

DLZ awarded the 2021 Professional & Engineering Services Contractor of the Year

October 12, 2021

DLZ is honored to be selected as the 2021 Professional & Engineering Services Contractor of the Year at last week’s CAF/NWIBRT awards.

Our clients create fantastic opportunities to showcase our talented staff, and our commitments to engineering excellence, client service, and job site safety remain strong in Northwest Indiana.

Thank you to all at the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana and the Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable (NWIBRT) for recognizing the efforts of our dedicated team!

DLZ awarded by City of Columbus’ GreenSpotLight for Sustainability

August 24, 2021

DLZ is honored to receive the City of Columbus’ annual GreenSpotLight award. The award recognizes firms for their outstanding sustainability practices. The GreenSpot Program began in 2008 to inspire, educate and recognize those in our community who take steps to protect our environment.

DLZ won the award in the large business category. The medium and small organizations’ awards were presented to Accurate IT and CeraNet.

Commenting on the awards, Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said, “In addition to strong, sustainable neighborhoods, we as a city want to work with our great partners in business and industry to lift sustainability as a core priority. The GreenSpotLight Award winners model sustainability in their operations and practices.”

The member organizations use the MyGreenSpot online tool to adopt and track their sustainability successes in water and energy conservation, waste reduction, green transportation, and educational outreach.

Columbus City Council member Emmanuel Remy, chair of the Council Environment Committee, recognized these businesses for their success. “Sustainability and a successful business go hand in hand. The GreenSpotLight winners are an example of what’s possible when sustainability is embraced,” Remy said.

DLZ congratulates all the firms that the City of Columbus recognizes under the GreenSpotLight awards for their valuable contributions to our community!

Here is a direct link to the video of the awards announcement: https://youtu.be/dAA3J8p-_kI

You can also find the winners’ accomplishments here: https://www.columbus.gov/greenspot/share/spotlight-awards/

Barry Lubow Named One of Central Ohio’s Top Lawyers

July 15, 2021

Barry Lubow named one of Central Ohio’s Top Lawyers in Columbus CEO’s July 2021 edition. The Central Ohio’s Top Lawyers list recognizes lawyers who have been rated by their peers on the Martindale-Hubbell legal network as “AV Preeminent”, the highest peer review rating available.

Mr. Lubow has over 30 years experience in the field of law. He serves as the General Counsel for DLZ, one of the nation’s top engineering, architectural, surveying and environmental services firms. A former equity partner at a leading law firm, Mr. Lubow has in-depth knowledge of corporate law and its application in the architecture, engineering, and construction related industries.

Congratulations Barry! Well deserved.

View the Columbus CEO article.

DLZ Welcomes Alan Ainsworth to the Firm

Alan Ainsworth
July 1, 2021

DLZ is pleased to announce that Alan Ainsworth, PE, has joined the firm as a Project Manager for the Transportation Group. Alan has eight years of experience in the transportation industry with five of those years spent working for the Texas Department of Transportation. He also has experience in roadway design, utility relocation, water and wastewater treatment, and downtown renewal projects. His well-roundedness and experience in coordinating with local, state and federal agencies make him an asset to the team.

Most recently, Alan was part of the Alternative Delivery Program for the Dallas District of TxDOT where he coordinated owner verification testing, conducted construction inspection, and monitored contractor progress as a Deputy Project Manager for the $700 million Southern Gateway Project on I-35E.

Alan can be reached in DLZ’s Akron, Ohio office at (330) 923-0401 or aainsworth@dlz.com.

DLZ Announces Opening of Logan, Ohio Office

DLZ's Logan office
May 17, 2021

LOGAN, OH – DLZ is pleased to announce the opening of its’ Logan, Ohio office. DLZ’s Logan office expands our presence in southeast Ohio, grows our Ohio operations to over 200 employees, and allows DLZ to better serve new and existing clients with the expertise they expect. One of the top consulting firms in the architectural, engineering and surveying industry, DLZ has grown to nearly 700 professionals and, now with Logan, 26 offices in the Midwest.

The Logan office adds 16 new staff members to DLZ’s local presence in Southeast Ohio. Led by Gary Silcott, Jr, PE, ENV SP, with 30 years of experience working in the municipal engineering industry for rural communities, DLZ is proud to work and live in the communities we serve.

DLZ’s Cleveland Office is Moving!

Clev office
May 14, 2021

DLZ is excited to announce that our Cleveland, Ohio office is moving. Effective April 30, 2021, our new address is:

4208 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44103

Our phone number remains the same. You can reach us at 216.771.1090.

Home of the former Kies-Murfy Mansion and on the National Register of Historic Places, our new Cleveland office is conveniently located in downtown Cleveland. DLZ has partnered with Northeast Ohio clients for many years, and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationships and developing new ones in the future. We’re looking forward to host an Open House this Fall.

DLZ Welcomes Quentin Smith to the Firm

Quentin Smith DLZ
April 28, 2021

DLZ is pleased to announce that Quentin Smith, PE, has joined the firm’s Kentucky team as a Planning Project Manager. With over 19 years of experience with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Quentin served in various roles with District 11, including Design, Construction, Maintenance, and most recently, Planning. His experience will enable the pursuit of expanded services within the Kentucky operations providing a more local presence for planning capabilities.

Prior to working with the Cabinet, Quentin worked over eight years in the private sector with experience in Coal and Limestone Mining, Utility Design and Inspection, Industrial and Residential Site design, Construction Material Testing, Division of Mining, Abandoned Mine Land Slide Repair Inspection, and other aspects of Engineering Practice.

Through his experience with the Cabinet, Quentin has developed relationships with all levels of government within southeastern Kentucky and in Frankfort. He has served as an expert witness for Right of Way acquisitions for multiple KYTC districts and plans to continue that effort as a member of DLZ, providing our clients with yet another service previously not considered.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring Quentin onto our team. His experience in all facets of project development with KYTC will add considerable value to our Kentucky operation.” – Ram Rajadhyaksha, President, DLZ Kentucky, Inc.

Quentin can be reached in DLZ’s Lexington, Kentucky office at (859) 299-5226 or qsmith@dlz.com.

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.

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.