DLZ News

    OARS-OSIS Augmentation & Relief Sewer Receives ACEC Outstanding Achievement Award

    December 5, 2017

    OARS-OSIS Augmentation & Relief Sewer

    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio awarded DLZ with an Outstanding Achievement Award for the OARS-OSIS Augmentation & Relief Sewer project in Columbus. This prestigious award is given to engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value and ingenuity. Congratulations to all the award winners!

    The new OARS 20-foot diameter, 23,300-foot long tunnel provides wet weather relief to the existing OSIS Sewer, the main combined sewer through downtown Columbus. Read more about OARS

    Franklin County Breaks Ground on New Corrections Center

    November 8, 2017

    Left to right: Scott Carnegie, Associate AIA; Eric Ratts, AIA, NCARB; Ram Rajadhyaksha, P.E.; Shyam Rajadhyaksha, AICP; Robert Kirkley, P.E., L.S.

    The Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office broke ground on the new Franklin County Corrections Center scheduled to open late 2019. DLZ was selected by the Franklin County, Ohio Commissioners to design this 430,000 square-foot facility on the west side of Columbus.

    With an emphasis on redefining rehabilitation and incorporating more space for programming and mental health treatment, the new facility incorporates the latest jail design philosophies and will be built to utilize the Direct Supervision model of inmate supervision. Read more

    DLZ’s Frankfort, Kentucky Office Has Moved

    October 31, 2017

    DLZ is excited to announce that our Frankfort, Kentucky office has moved to our existing Lexington, Kentucky office. Our new address and contact information is:

    1950 Haggard Court
    Lexington, KY 40505

    859.299.5226 (office)
    859.299.7791 (fax)

    Our Lexington office is centrally located to enhance our services throughout Kentucky and fully integrates the acquisition of WMB Inc. into the DLZ family. Both DLZ and WMB have more than 60 years of design experience in Kentucky and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationships and developing new ones in the future.

    South Bend Armed Forces Reserve Center Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

    October 24, 2017

    Armed Forces Reserve Center Addition/Alteration
    South Bend, Indiana

    The Armed Forces Reserve Center designed for the Military Department of Indiana was awarded LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

    The $24 million, 100,000 S.F. addition/alteration project included approximately 60,000 S.F. of renovation and 40,000 S.F. of new construction, including a new vehicle maintenance building. The Armed Forces Reserve Center achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

    Sustainability has become an integral part of the DLZ culture. Our project team includes several LEED Accredited Professionals; with at least one in each discipline associated with the project to assure that sustainable principles and objectives are employed at all strategic opportunities throughout the project. The firm introduces sustainable practices on all design projects, regardless of the consequential interest in LEED Certification.

    Peck Selected to Speak at OTEC 2017

    October 2, 2017
    CYNTHIA PECK, P.E., PTOE Project Manager, Traffic Engineer

    Project Manager, Traffic Engineer

    Cynthia Peck, P.E., PTOE, DLZ Project Manager/Traffic Engineer, was selected to speak at the 71st Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) held October 10 – 11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. Ms. Peck is presenting “Promoting Mobility in a Small Lakeside City”, to discuss the ERI – Vermilion Signals project DLZ designed for the City of Vermilion. Ms. Peck managed the $1.15M traffic signal system design for DLZ and will examine how a local agency was able to upgrade its aging infrastructure for its needs now while providing for future trends.


    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017 | SESSION 13 | ROOM A216
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Attended by over 3,750 people nationally, OTEC is one of the nation’s largest transportation conferences. For 71 years, OTEC has been the place for transportation professionals to learn about and discuss new ways to safely and efficiently move people and goods throughout the state. Read more

    Coffey to Speak at Five Cities Plus in Columbus

    August 11, 2017
    Jeffrey R. Coffey, P.E. Director of Water Practice

    Jeffrey R. Coffey, P.E.
    Director of Water Practice

    Jeff Coffey, P.E. was selected to co-present at Five Cities Plus, August 15-17 at the Columbus, Ohio Downtown Renaissance Hotel. Coffey will co-present with Raisa Pesina, City of Columbus on “OARS – The Massive Tunnel to Protect Downtown Columbus, Part 1”, which will highlight how OARS was designed to handle the high volume of wet weather flow. Join Coffey and Pesina on Wednesday, August 16 at 9:00 a.m. “Part 2” will be presented by Ed Heyob, of CDM and Kim Brown, Columbus JPWWTP at 9:40 a.m., discussing actual operation of the tunnel system.

    Hosted by Five Cities Plus, a non-profit organization of major metropolitan wastewater agencies, which have come together with a common interest of improving business conditions in the municipal wastewater industry. DLZ is a platinum sponsor and excited to participate in this year’s conference.

    Click here to learn more about Five Cities Plus Conference.

    DLZ Ranked 8th Largest Design Firm in the Midwest

    May 31, 2017

    ENR Midwest Top Design FirmEngineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest ranked DLZ the 8th largest design firm in the Midwest, up 1 spot from #9 in 2016. One of the industry’s leading professional publications, ENR Midwest ranks firms based on design services revenue from the previous year. As a family- and minority-owned firm, DLZ is pleased to be one of the top design firms. In 2016, DLZ was named Design Firm of the Year by ENR Midwest.

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    DLZ Announces Acquisition of WMB Consulting Engineers in Lexington KY

    May 30, 2017


    DLZ has announced today the acquisition of WMB Consulting Engineers. Formerly known as Wright, Morgan, and Brown, WMB Consulting Engineers specializes in the planning and design of rural and urban highways, interstates, and bridges. WMB has been serving clients in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1957.

    The acquisition of WMB demonstrates DLZ’s continued growth strategy to meet the increase in demand for transportation engineering services in the Midwest region. With existing DLZ offices in Louisville and Frankfort, this acquisition expands the firm’s footprint in the market, offering a larger local presence to serve clients in Kentucky. Vikram (Raj) Rajadhyaksha, CEO of DLZ, stated, “WMB’s exemplary professional engineers are an exciting addition to our team and they bring decades of experience in designing signature projects for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).”

    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 2017, ENR also ranked DLZ as one of the Top 100 Pure Design Firms in the United States and the 8th largest in the Midwest. For more information, please visit www.wmbinc.com.

    DLZ Ranked No. 132 on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms

    May 4, 2017

    DLZ is proud to be named as one of the nation’s top engineering and architecture design firms. Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked DLZ No. 132 on their annual list of the industry’s Top 500 design firms, up 3 spots from 135 in 2016. One of the industry’s leading professional publications, ENR ranks firm based on design services revenue from the previous year.

    DLZ also ranked No. 99 on the Top 100 Pure Designers list.

    Click here to read the article.

    Make Every Day Earth Day

    April 19, 2017

    earth dayOn April 22, DLZ will join with many organizations around the world to support Earth Day 2017. This year’s theme, Environmental & Climate Literacy, is the engine for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws.

    Sustainability has been a part of DLZ’s culture for quite some time. We are members of GreenSpot and practice sustainability year-round, not just on Earth Day. Every design project we do incorporates sustainable design principles for optimizing energy efficiency and environmental performance. We commit to sustainability by:

    • Encouraging recycling in all our offices
    • Implementing state-of-the-art video conference systems in all offices to reduce travel
    • Using materials with high recyclable content and low VOCs in our office renovations
    • Using energy and water saving technologies
    • Investing in hybrid vehicles
    • Promoting “non-idling” practices for large vehicle fleet
    • Using LEED principals to design facilities that conserve the earth’s resources and save energy
    • Promoting adaptive re-use of existing and historical facilities
    • Recycling materials to minimize demolition waste
    • Using energy efficient LED lighting and energy management systems

    Make every day Earth Day! By incorporating sustainable efforts all year long, DLZ minimizes the company’s footprint and environmental impact to the communities in which we work, live and play. Learn more about Earth Day.