DLZ News

    Salzbrenner Joins DLZ’s Growing Transportation Division

    November 10, 2016
    Chad Salzbrenner Project Manager

    Chad Salzbrenner
    Project Manager

    DLZ is pleased to announce that Chad Salzbrenner has joined the firm’s Fort Wayne, Indiana office as a Project Manager. Mr. Salzbrenner’s 18 years of experience spans the design and management of transportation, trail, and site projects for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Local Public Agencies (LPA), and locally-funded projects. His expertise includes design and plan preparation of projects including storm sewer design, pavements, curbing, sidewalks, and horizontal and vertical geometrics.

    As an award-winning professional services firm, DLZ welcomes the added value that Mr. Salzbrenner brings to the firm’s growing transportation division. DLZ provides complete engineering and architectural services as well as construction services and other specialized services including surveying, right-of-way acquisition, and materials testing.

    Mr. Salzbrenner’s background as a management and design professional is a great addition to DLZ’s capabilities to provide design services for surface transportation systems, including design of roadways, bridges, retaining walls, roundabouts, and trails/bikeways nationwide.

    Kessinger Joins DLZ to Lead Federal Business Development Efforts

    November 3, 2016
    Mark Kessinger Federal Business Development Coordinator

    Mark Kessinger
    Federal Business Development Coordinator

    DLZ is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Kessinger. Mark joins the company as a Federal Business Development Coordinator and will lead business development efforts in the federal market, while strengthening the firm’s existing client relationships.

    Mark brings over 33 years of experience as a Hydraulic Engineer and Project Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During his career at the Corps, he managed a wide range of water resources projects including the design and construction of dams, locks, floodwalls and ecosystem restoration projects. He also was the project manager for the dismantling of NASA’s only nuclear reactor in Sandusky, Ohio, and led a team of dam safety experts who evaluated the structural integrity of Buckeye Lake Dam for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
    Mark also served as the Corps’ Liaison to the State of Ohio and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and was heavily involved in water resource issues affecting Ohio.

    DLZ has partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than 50 years and the addition of Mark strengthens our water resources capabilities to provide our clients with cost-effective solutions that address their most complex challenges.

    In addition to Senior Project Manager, Mark held several positions with the Huntington District including Chief of the Programs and Project Management Division, Chief of the Engineering Management Section, Hydraulic Engineer for the Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch, and Program Manager in the Programs and Project Management Division. He was also Business Development Specialist for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division and worked as the Corps’ Senior Liaison to the Department of Energy while assigned to Corps headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Mark can be reached at mkessinger@dlz.com or 304.617.8348.

    DLZ Industrial Presents at AIST Fall Joint Committee Meeting

    September 23, 2016
    Steven A. Jones, P.S., CFEDS Project Manager

    Steven A. Jones, P.S., CFEDS
    Project Manager


    Matthew Roberts
    Surveyor/Project Manager

    DLZ Industrial Project Managers Steven A. Jones, P.S., CFEDS and Matthew Roberts were selected to present at the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Fall Joint Committee Meeting in Burlington, Ontario. On Wednesday, September 21, Steve and Matt discussed “Unmanned Aerial Systems” which focused on the applications of UAS technology and platforms and the associated federal regulations.

    AIST is a non-profit organization with 18,000 members from more than 70 countries. With 30 Technology Committees and 22 Local Members Chapters, AIST represents an incomparable network of steel industry knowledge and expertise. The core mission of AIST is to advance the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.

    Through its membership in the Project and Construction Management Technology Committee (PCMTC), DLZ was approached by PCMTC Committee leaders to present on this rapidly developing technology.

    Coblentz to Present at 2016 IACT Annual Conference

    September 21, 2016
    Jodi M. Coblentz, P.E. Project Manager - Marketing

    Jodi M. Coblentz, P.E.
    Project Manager – Marketing

    Jodi Coblentz, Project Manager – Marketing in DLZ’s South Bend, Indiana office, was selected to present at the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Annual Conference & Exhibition October 4 – 6th in French Link, Indiana. Jodi will present “A Comprehensive Review of Asset Management Planning and Indiana’s New Road Funding Options” on Thursday, October 6 at 10:15 a.m.

    Ms. Coblentz has a vast amount of experience in the transportation engineering field having spent 10 years as the Cass County Highway Engineer/Director and later as the LPA Manager at INDOT.

    Click here for more information.

    DLZ Joins National Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign

    September 14, 2016

    imagine a day logoDLZ joins community leaders, businesses, and advocacy organizations participating in Imagine a Day Without Water, in an effort to educate the public about the water infrastructure crisis currently facing the United States. Organized by the Value of Water Coalition, hundreds of organizations across the country will partake in events today aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment to ensure that no community in America is left without water and the infrastructure that brings it to and from homes and businesses.

    DLZ recognizes that an investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to securing a bright and prosperous future for generations to come.

    The problems our drinking water and wastewater systems face are multi-faceted. Each community faces distinct challenges and will require locally-crafted solutions to solve their biggest water problems. Drought, flooding, infrastructure failure, sewer overflows, poor water quality, and climate change are stressing our water and wastewater systems. In some communities, families and businesses have experienced the impossible struggle of a day without water. Imagine A Day Without Water tells their stories, as well as the stories of innovative solutions to our nation’s water challenges, so that no one ever has to experience another day without water.

    A water main breaks somewhere in America every two minutes. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave a grade of “D” to our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Without further investments, these systems will experience more frequent failures and disruptions as they try to keep up with the needs of both the modern metropolises and rural and agricultural areas they serve.

    Click here to find out how you can help raise awareness about the crucial need to invest in our water infrastructure.

    Woodman to Present at 2016 Ohio GIS Conference

    September 13, 2016

    Jason Woodman
    Software Developer

    Jason Woodman, Software Developer in DLZ’s Columbus, Ohio office, was selected to present at the 2016 Ohio GIS Conference September 28 – 30th. His session will focus on the use of ESRI’s ArcGIS Collector and ArcGIS Navigator mobile apps that assist field crews in collecting location based traffic count data. Hear how DLZ developed new workflows and data models and the lessons we learned along the way.

    Friday, September 30, 2016
    10:20a – 10:50a
    Hyatt Regency Columbus
    Taft rooms C & D

    Jason has over 20 years of experience in the GIS industry developing and implementing desktop, web and mobile applications. He has helped numerous communities both large and small improve and develop their GIS.

    Click here to learn more about the 2016 Ohio GIS Conference.

    DLZ Welcomes Jesenia Medina

    September 2, 2016
    Jesenia Medina Business Development Coordinator

    Jesenia Medina
    Business Development Coordinator

    Jesenia Medina joined DLZ in early August, bringing more than 10 years of experience in the A/E/C Industry. Based out of our Cleveland, Ohio office, Medina will focus on client relationships and business development in Northeast Ohio.

    Medina’s technical background as an AutoCAD technician, experience with construction inspection, federal contracting and marketing make her a great fit for DLZ. Medina has an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Lorain Community College.

    She speaks fluent Spanish and is a native of Puerto Rico. Medina has been a resident of Northeast Ohio for 23 years, where she has raised two beautiful daughters.

    DLZ’s presence in Northeast Ohio has a rich history and dates back many decades. As a family and minority-owned Ohio based firm, DLZ ranks among the nation’s top consulting firms in the architectural/engineering industry. With fully-staffed offices in the heart of downtown Cleveland and Akron, DLZ’s Northeast Ohio presence is a core part of who we are as a company. DLZ is pleased to welcome Medina aboard to work with our Northeast Ohio clients to complete critical infrastructure projects.

    DLZ Ranked #34 in ENR’s Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms

    August 18, 2016

    White Wood BackgroundDLZ is pleased to rank #34 in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms, joining a talented group of firms that collectively generated $5.37 billion in design revenue from projects in 2015 (“The 2016 Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms,” 2016).

    DLZ is proud to have LEED accredited professionals that design facilities utilizing LEED principles. Every DLZ design incorporates sustainable design principles for optimizing energy efficiency and environmental performance. Click here to see some of DLZ’s LEED certified projects.

    Click here to see the complete list of ENR’s Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms

    Additional 2016 ENR rankings include:

    • Design Firm of the Year
    • #9 Top Midwest Design Firms
    • #135 Top 500 Design Firms
    • #35 Top 100 Construction Management for Fee and PM Firms
    • #45 Top 50 Program Management Firms
    • #167 Top 200 Environmental Firms

    DLZ to Speak at the ODOT Planning Conference

    July 21, 2016

    DLZ Traffic Engineer, Cynthia Peck, PE, PTOE, joins other industry leaders to present at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Planning Conference 2016. Held July 26-27th at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, the conference joins transportation planners from across Ohio to discuss emerging trends and new tools for effective transportation planning.

    Cynthia Peck, PE, PTOE

    Cynthia Peck, PE, PTOE

    Vickie Wildeman, PE

    Vickie Wildeman, PE

    Weds, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Session 5 Presentations
    Session 5-C | Room: Morrow

    Organizer: Vickie Wildeman, Vice President, DLZ

    • What does “access management” really mean?
    • What is the direct correlation between the number of access points along a roadway and number of traffic crashes?
    • What tools can local communities use to improve safety on their roadways?
    • How has DLZ helped communities establish and improve their access management regulations?

    In addition, the Franklin County Engineer’s Office will explain the process to meet their regulations. Read more

    Cindy Peck, DLZ – Cleveland, OH
    Wm. Fritz Crosier, Franklin County Engineer’s Office – Columbus, OH

    DLZ Opens Cincinnati Ohio Office

    July 12, 2016

    Cincinnati OhioDLZ has opened an office in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio expanding our footprint in the Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. As a top ranked firm in the architectural and engineering industry, this expansion better positions us to serve clients in the entire tristate region. DLZ is proud to have provided services to clients such as Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Council of Governments (OKI); Ohio Department of Transportation District 8; Gallatin, Dearborn, Montgomery, Hamilton and Clermont Counties; and other local clients in the Dayton/Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky region. Now, with a larger local presence, we can provide clients full support of the more than 600 DLZ professionals located in 21 offices throughout Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

    Contact us in our Cincinnati office: 201 E. Fifth Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1912, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; 513.766.9394