DLZ News

DLZ Announces Acquisition of Lee Surveying and Mapping in Bellefontaine, Ohio

July 5, 2019

BELLEFONTAINE, OH – DLZ is pleased to announce that it has purchased the assets and hired the employees of Lee Surveying and Mapping. Since 1975, Lee Surveying and Mapping has provided land surveying services in Bellefontaine, Logan County and the surrounding area. Lee Surveying specializes in survey for land development and planning, which includes topographical mapping, construction layout, boundary retracement, mortgage, and ALTA / NSPS Land Title Surveys.

The acquisition of Lee Surveying expands our presence in northwest Ohio and brings DLZ to a total of five Ohio Registered Surveyors and adds two additional field crews with an average of 15 years of experience in construction layout and boundary/topographic surveys. Companywide, this acquisition grows our surveying group to 76 in the Midwest, allowing DLZ to perform a large variety of projects and better serve our new and existing clients with the expertise they expect.

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Kessinger Named VP and Hampshire Named Director of Water Resources and Dam Safety

May 22, 2019

Mark D. Kessinger, PMP, FSAME


Mr. Mark D. Kessinger, PMP, FSAME, has been promoted to DLZ National’s Vice President of Water Resources and Dam Safety. Mr. Kessinger joined DLZ in 2016 following a distinguished career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has over 35 years of experience managing complex civil works projects including dams, floodwalls, levees, and navigation locks. As Vice president, he will be responsible for DLZ’s services on federal, state and municipal water resources and dam safety projects. Mr. Kessinger is a Fellow and Life Member in the Society of American Military Engineers, a Past President of the Huntington Post and currently serves as an advisor to the Post.


Timothy A. Hampshire, PE

Mr. Timothy A. Hampshire, PE, has been promoted to DLZ Ohio’s Director of Water Resources and Dam Safety. He is a Geotechnical Engineer with over 27 years of experience in a wide range of geotechnical and water resource projects. As Director, he will manage DLZ’s Geotechnical Services Division and be a liaison with the firm’s Field Services Division which provides drilling and laboratory testing services. Mr. Hampshire has vast experience with the investigation and design of improvements to federal and state dams and levees, foundation improvements for navigation locks, and slope stabilization for failing soil and rock cut slopes and river banks. Mr. Hampshire currently serves as President of the Huntington Post of the Society of American Military Engineers.

OARS Project Receives OCEA Award of Merit

March 21, 2019

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) awarded the OARS – OSIS Augmentation & Relief Sewer project with an Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award of Merit. OARS was among five national finalist honored at the prestigious Outstanding Projects and Leaders Gala on March 14 in Arlington, VA.

The $370 million project is a 20-foot diameter, 23,300-foot long tunnel that provides wet weather relief to the existing OSIS sewer, the main combined sewer through downtown Columbus, Ohio.

ASCE annually recognizes an exemplary project that best illustrates superior civil engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society. Honoring an overall project rather than an individual, the award celebrates the contributions of many engineers.

Click here to watch the Honoree Video. (credit: ASCE)

Click here to learn more about the OCEA Awards.

Click here to learn more about the OARS project.

DLZ Receives ACEC Indiana Engineering Excellence Award

March 19, 2019

DLZ received an Honor Award for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Indiana for the US 33 Relocation project in Goshen, Indiana.

This award is made each year by ACEC Indiana to recognize an outstanding engineering achievement that demonstrates a high degree of merit and ingenuity.

The US 33 Northern Connector project was needed for the City of Goshen due to truck traffic and growth. Its route through the downtown was a decades-old problem that needed a solution. The project relocated US 33 out of the downtown and relieved traffic congestion. The overpass and 3 bridges provided separation from cross streets and the Norfolk Southern railroad spur. DLZ was proud to lead the collaborative effort by INDOT, the City and the Railroad, culminating in a “game-changing solution” for the community.

To learn more about the project, click here.

For more information about the ACEC Indiana awards, click here.

DLZ Announces Acquisition of Johnson & Anderson Engineers in Michigan

March 7, 2019

L-R: Manoj Sethi, John Emig, Greg Gucwa, Randy Parrett, Terry Broemer, Tim Weir, Terry Biederman, Vicki Briggs-Rasor, Ram Rajadhyaksha, John Carter

DLZ announces the acquisition of Johnson & Anderson Engineers. Founded in 1946, Johnson & Anderson (J&A) has served the Michigan market for over 70 years in the areas of municipal, water and wastewater engineering, survey, and construction services.

The acquisition of J&A demonstrates DLZ’s continued growth strategy to meet the increase in demand for civil engineering services in the Michigan region. With existing DLZ offices in Detroit, Lansing, Melvindale, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph, this acquisition adds 40 professionals to the DLZ family and expands DLZ’s presence in Southeast and Western Michigan.

Vikram (Raj) Rajadhyaksha, CEO of DLZ, stated, “J&A’s exemplary professional engineers are an exciting addition to our team; they bring decades of experience in water resources engineering including MS4 compliance, SCADA, and asset management using CMMS/GIS.”

Marquette Hospital Transportation Improvement Project Receives ACEC/M Excellence Award

March 7, 2019

Marquette Hospital Transportation Improvement


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) awarded DLZ with an Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award for the Marquette Hospital Transportation Improvement Project. ACEC/M honored Michigan’s Top Engineering Projects for engineering and surveying excellence during the association’s Excellence Awards Ceremony.

The ACEC/M Awards Program recognizes outstanding efforts of professional design firms to solve clients’ needs through exceptional projects. It offers the opportunity to showcase the year’s best engineering and surveying achievements to an audience of peers, clients and decision makers at all levels.

To learn more about the Marquette Hospital Transportation Improvement project,  click here.

For more information on the projects and award winners, click here.

Chris Dietz to Speak at Conway 2019

February 25, 2019


DLZ Project Manager, Christopher Dietz was selected to speak at the 2019 Conway Conference Feb 26 – 27, at the Hyatt Regency downtown Columbus. Conway provides an opportunity for representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Contractors Association to share construction industry innovations and best practices.

Chris will discuss the different models, current designer/owner output and the latest practices. Using data from technologies such as 3D modeling in combination with GPS, Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) can increase productivity by up to 50% on some projects and cut unnecessary field survey cost by up to 75%. Stop by this session to learn more.



OARS Among ENR Midwest’s 2018 Best Projects

November 29, 2018

Engineering News Record Midwest selected the Olentangy Scioto Interceptor Augmentation and Relief Sewer (OARS) project for a Water/Environmental Award of Merit in their 2018 Best Projects awards. The $370 million project was one of 40 projects cited as the region’s best. A total of 106 project teams entered the competition, one of the strongest fields of innovative construction achievements yet, according to ENR Midwest. Winners were honored at ENR Midwest’s annual awards breakfast and featured in the November edition of ENR Midwest.

The 20-foot diameter, 23,300-foot long tunnel provides wet weather relief to the existing OSIS sewer, the main combined sewer through downtown Columbus, Ohio.

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Rosie Emerges After Yearlong, 6,240-foot Journey

November 29, 2018

Rosie, a massive 30-foot wide and 300-foot long tunnel boring machine, emerged in the fall of 2018 after a yearlong, 6,240-foot journey under downtown Akron, Ohio. This gigantic tunnel boring machine began building the 27-ft diameter Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel in August 2017.

The tunnel begins at Hickory Street in the Cascade Valley area and will end at W. Exchange Street near downtown Akron. Once complete, the underground tunnel will prevent sewage from reaching local waterways, storing 26-million gallons of combined sewer overflow, averaging 467 million gallons in an average year.

Click here to visit Akron Waterways Renewed

Imagine a Day Without Water

October 10, 2018


Most Americans take water for granted. They flush the toilet, and dirty water goes away.  Many have never even thought about the infrastructure that brings water to their homes, and safely returns water to our environment. The reality is, our water infrastructure is aging and failing. While many cannot imagine a day without water, there are many communities that have lived, and are living, without water because they don’t have access to safe and reliable water systems.

Today, DLZ joins community leaders, businesses, and advocacy organizations across the nation to express our support of Imagine a Day Without Water, in an effort to educate the public about the water infrastructure crisis currently facing the United States.

One Day Without Water
Imagine a day without water for one moment. It means no water to shower or flush the toilet, and no water to drink or cook with, no water to do laundry or dishes. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion in economic activity at risk and would make it impossible for doctors, firefighters, and farmers to serve our communities. A day without water is a public health and safety crisis. Our water infrastructure supports every facet of our daily lives, but our water infrastructure is facing incredible challenges. Demographic and climate pressures, such as increased natural disasters, drought, flooding, and wildfire, threaten our infrastructure and increase the possibility of a day without water. These challenges look different to different communities and will require local solutions, but it’s clear that reinvestment in our water systems must be a national priority.

Investing in Water Infrastructure
Closing our nation’s water infrastructure gap would generate over $220 billion in total annual economic activity, create and sustain over a million jobs, and guarantee our public health and environmental safety. Americans widely support increased investment in our nation’s water infrastructure. National polling shows 88 percent of Americans support increasing federal investment to rebuild water infrastructure, and 75 percent of Americans want Congress to invest in our nation’s water infrastructure before our systems fail. No other issue facing our public officials has such a broad consensus, and 2018’s elections represent an opportunity to make sure water is top of mind for candidates.

There is no doubt about it – a day without water is a crisis. No community can thrive without water and every person deserves a safe, reliable, accessible water system.

Click here to learn how you can help educate the public about the water infrastructure crisis currently facing our communities.