DLZ News

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.


DLZ Receives ACEC Kentucky Engineering Excellence Grand Award

November 14, 2019

DLZ received a Grand Award for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Kentucky for the KY 152 over Herrington Lake (Kennedy Mill Bridge) project in Mercer and Garrard Counties, Kentucky. The project included replacement of the KY 152 Kennedy Mill Bridge over Herrington Lake., constructed in 1924 and spanning 800’ total.

ACEC’s Engineering Excellence is an annual design competition that recognizes engineering achievements which demonstrate the highest degree of merit and ingenuity.

To learn more about the project, click here.

Kentucky 152 Bridge Project Among ENR Midwest’s 2019 Best Projects

August 23, 2019

Engineering News-Record Midwest selected the Kentucky 152 Bridge Replacement over Herrington Lake project for a Highway/Bridge Award of Merit in their 2019 Best Projects award.

The project, one of 35 cited as the region’s best, involved replacement of the KY 152 Kennedy Mill Bridge over Herrington Lake, constructed in 1924. A total of 97 project teams entered the competition. Winners will be honored at ENR Midwest’s annual awards breakfast in December and featured in the November edition of ENR Midwest.

Walsh Construction was awarded the contract to replace the bridge in 2017. Congratulations to the entire project team.

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Jackson Named VP and Beaulieu Named Principal Architect

August 14, 2019


Ricardo Jackson, VP

DLZ is pleased to announce that Ricardo Jackson has been promoted to Vice President of our Michigan operations and Eric Beaulieu, AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to Principal Architect. With our continued growth in Michigan, these promotions support our long-term strategy to offer premier architecture and engineering services in the Midwest. With nine offices and over 100 employees in our Michigan operations alone, DLZ can support the increase in demand for design services.

Mr. Jackson has over 20 years of experience in business development and a wealth of knowledge in business development strategy. He manages comprehensive programs that broaden DLZ’s customer base and establishes critical industry partnerships. He has been an integral part of our recent, high-profile project awards. Jackson will continue overseeing business development efforts in Michigan and nurturing long-term relationships with our most valued clients.

Eric Beaulieu, AIA, LEED AP

Mr. Beaulieu has over 20 years of experience in the practice of architecture and project management. His experience includes municipal, transit, aviation, justice, educational, and federal project types. Mr. Beaulieu leads DLZ’s architectural team in Michigan and is the Program Manager for DLZ’s service contracts with the United States Postal Service.

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.

Click here to learn more about our surveying capabilities.

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.