DLZ News

    DLZ Projects Ranked Among the Best

    July 7, 2016

    top engineering projectsWe are pleased to be among great firms in the Central Ohio area with the largest engineering projects. Congratulations to all the firms recognized in Columbus’ Business First Top 25 Largest Projects list. DLZ projects ranked #1, #3, #4, and #8. Projects are ranked by 2015 engineering contract amount awarded to Central Ohio offices.

    DLZ has been leading successful project teams dedicated to providing solutions that save money, improve operations, and solve problems for over a century and we’re proud to work with some of the best clients in the industry.

    Join DLZ at ITE Midwestern/Great Lakes District Joint Conference

    June 22, 2016
    Xin Tian, Ph.D. Transportation Modeler

    Xin Tian, Ph.D.
    Transportation Modeler

    Stop by and see us at the ITE Midwestern/Great Lakes District Joint Conference June 26-28 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North. Xin Tian, DLZ Transportation Modeler, will be displaying “VISSIM/VISWALK Modeling Applications in Traffic Operation Analysis” during the poster session on Monday, June 27.

    VISSIM is a multi-modal traffic flow simulation software package that models driving behaviors such as car-following, lane-changing and lateral behavior within a lane. VISWALK simulates and models walking behaviors. Learn how VISSIM and VISWALK work together to realistically model the interactions between roadway traffic and pedestrians.

    The ITE Midwestern/Great Lakes District Joint Conference represents 14 states and provides an opportunity to network with a diverse group of transportation professionals and experience a robust technical program focusing on the latest trends in transportation. read more

    Metzer to Present at Transport Chicago

    June 7, 2016
    Stephen G. Metzer, AICP Senior Project Planner

    Stephen G. Metzer, AICP
    Senior Project Planner


    Stephen G. Metzer, AICP, PWS was selected to present at the Transport Chicago conference Jun 10, 2016. Metzer will present “ADA Title II/III Requirements for Transit Agencies and Case Studies of Bus Stop Compliance.

    The conference focuses on local transportation issues while highlighting national and international trends, bringing the right people to discuss the state-of-the-industry and meet the needs of the future.

    Click here to learn more



    DLZ Named Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News Record Midwest

    May 26, 2016

    ENR Design Firm of the Year C50572finallogoDLZ was named Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News Record (ENR) Midwest. As one of the top consulting firms in the architectural, engineering, and surveying industry, this distinguished award comes as DLZ celebrates 100 years of services. ENR is a prestigious organization in the Architectural/Engineering industry that reports on the top design firms as well as projects in the United States and around the world. “DLZ is truly honored to be selected as Design Firm of the Year,” said Vikram ‘Raj’ Rajadhyaksha, CEO for DLZ. Adding, “It really is a testament to our talented employees, the quality of our work, and the solutions we offer our clients.” Read the full article.

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    South Bend Armed Forces Reserve Center, South Bend, Indiana

    ENR also ranked DLZ as one of the Top 150 Design Firms in the United States and the 9th largest in the Midwest. Over the years, ENR has consistently recognized DLZ as a Top 100 Firm for Pure Design; Top 50 Program Management Firm; and Top 100 Construction Management for Fee Firm. In addition, DLZ has been recognized by Trenchless Technologies as a Top 50 Trenchless Design Firm and by Roads & Bridges magazine as a Top “Go-To” Design Firm for road and highway, storm water, and mass transit design.

    As we reflect on being named Design Firm of the Year, DLZ attributes our success to our employees and clients. While DLZ is pleased to have shaped into a premier architectural and engineering firm, we are most proud to have provided solutions to so many of our clients’ most complex challenges — when they needed it most.

    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 with nearly 600 people in 20 offices. With offices throughout Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, DLZ has been leading successful project teams dedicated to providing solutions that save money, improve operations, and solve problems for nearly a century.

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    Coffey to Speak at Southeast Section Ohio Water Environment Association Meeting

    May 19, 2016
    Jeff Coffey

    Jeffrey Coffey, P.E.
    Director of Water Practice

    DLZ Director of Water Practice, Jeff Coffey, joins Raisa Pesina, City of Columbus DOSD in a technical session “OSIS Augmentation Relief Sewer (OARS)” at the May 19th Southeast Section – Ohio Water Environment Association Section Meeting. The meeting will be held at the American Legion Post 532, 1571 Demorest Rd., Columbus, OH 43228 at 11:30 a.m.

    OARS is a 20-ft diameter, 170-ft deep tunnel that provides relief to existing OSIS from just north of the Arena District in downtown Columbus to the Jackson Pike Waste Water Treatment Plant. read more

    Jeff has over 26 years of engineering experience and is an expert in the design of sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and water distribution systems. read more

    Infrastructure Matters by Vickie Wildeman, P.E.

    May 17, 2016

    RoadwayIt is scary to realize how complacent our country has become in accepting crumbling infrastructure as the norm. We’ve been told over and over that our bridges are crumbling, that our international competitors are investing more in high speed rail, modern airports, and bigger shipping ports while every few months, some kind of preventable catastrophic infrastructure event happens in America. Nothing seems to spur leaders into taking decisive action.

    Infrastructure matters. It matters, in big ways and in small– to our country, our economy, our quality of life, our safety, and our communities. Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, broadband… infrastructure matters to companies that manufacture and ship goods. It matters to our daily commutes and our summer vacations. Infrastructure determines if we can drink water straight from our taps and flush our toilets or do our laundry. It brings electricity in to our homes. Ultimately, infrastructure matters to every aspect of our daily lives.

    That is why DLZ has teamed up with hundreds of other groups around the country to participate in Infrastructure Week 2016. We’re raising awareness about the need to invest in infrastructure, which is the backbone of our economy, locally and nationally.

    Every year America fails to adequately invest in our infrastructure, the United States becomes less competitive, our economy grows more slowly, and families and businesses lose valuable time and money. The goods we manufacture cost more when they get stuck on congested highways, rerouted around structurally deficient bridges, and stranded at outdated ports. Continued reliance on World War II era technology and airports that lack sufficient capacity cause U.S. consumers to skip travel, costing the economy tens of billions of dollars each year.

    Portions of the Cleveland Innerbelt in Ohio are an example of a project that has seen some improvements, but many more dollars are needed to complete the work. And, our failure to invest in our infrastructure ripples throughout the economy: for every $1 invested in infrastructure, nearly $2 in output is created – putting our friends and neighbors to work.

    Decades of underfunding and deferred maintenance have pushed our country to the brink of a national infrastructure crisis. And we accept preventable tragedies as normal, when they should in fact be entirely unacceptable: fatal mass transit accidents, deadly, poisonous drinking water, sickening gas leaks, levee-breaking floods, deadly pipeline bursts, and rivers contaminated with raw sewage.

    This is especially the case in our urban areas, which have aging infrastructure and limited funds available to fix the problems. The City of Cleveland, in January 2016, experienced a water main break on Chester Avenue and East 55th Street that caused havoc with commuting traffic and impacted local businesses. Just two weeks before, the City had to address another water main break on East 40th Street, closing both East 40th and several cross streets. America’s poorly-funded infrastructure and transportation systems can be more than just inconvenient; they can be harmful to our health and safety. Importantly, all of these tragedies are preventable with adequate investment – they are not merely unfortunate accidents we must endure.

    Infrastructure WeekEvery dollar we invest in infrastructure is an investment in our neighborhoods, and our future. Because our roads are in poor condition and littered with potholes U.S. drivers pay more than $500 in avoidable vehicle repairs and operating costs each year. And, instead of wasting over 40 hours each year stuck in traffic jams, that time could be better spent. A local example of this is in Strongsville, Ohio which experiences large traffic backups on Royalton Road, leading up to the Interstate 71 interchange. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City are moving ahead with $1 million in upgrades to an interchange ramp and on the roadway approaches.

    Americans deserve a 21st century transportation network; modern aviation systems, safe, clean, reliable water and wastewater service, broadband access in every community, and a freight network and ports that can keep pace in the global economy. To grow our economy, keep Americans safe and our communities strong, we need all levels of government and the private sector to work together to rebuild and repair our nation’s infrastructure.

    During Infrastructure Week, groups are coming together to recognize progress and leadership at the federal, state, and local levels – and there is much to celebrate.

    But our work is nowhere near complete. As we look to 2016 and beyond, closing our country’s trillion-dollar infrastructure investment gap demands a strong federal partner in funding large and transformative projects. We are going to need real collaboration between the public and private sectors to identify and implement innovative solutions. Leaders at all levels are going to need to finally wake up and commit to building a long-term, sustainable plan to invest in America’s infrastructure. There is too much at stake to fail at any of this. Infrastructure matters too much.

    Vickie Wildeman, P.E., Vice President Transportation
    Vickie serves as a Vice President in DLZ’s Cleveland office and manages the Transportation department in the state of Ohio. Her primary focus is providing statewide strategy and oversight of all transportation marketing, planning, and design efforts. She has a diverse background in the design and planning of transportation projects, ranging from complex railroad grade separations, task order contracts and bike trails, to roadway widenings. Read more

    Michigan Interchange Receives ASCE Award

    May 3, 2016
    ASCE Michigan Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award

    L to R: Jeff Krusinga (ASCE Southwest Region), Gary Fisk (DLZ), Cheryl Gregory (Spalding DeDecker), Kitty Rothwell (MDOT)

    DLZ is pleased to announce that the I-94 at Sprinkle Road Interchange Reconstruction project in Kalamazoo, Michigan received the 2016 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. The Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) recognizes projects that demonstrate the highest level of engineering skill and exemplify an aspect of civil engineering, while demonstrating the use of innovations in materials.

    When tasked with replacing two deteriorated bridges over I-94 and reconstructing and upgrading the interchange at Sprinkle Road, DLZ was pleased to answer the call. This $17.6 million Michigan Department of Transportation project included two multi-lane roundabouts, local road reconfiguration, and ramp reconstruction.

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    Bowen to Present at CMAA Capital Projects Symposium 2016

    April 22, 2016
    Gary D. Bowen, CCM  Director of Field Services

    Gary D. Bowen, CCM
    Director of Field Services

    Gary Bowen was selected to present at the CMAA Capital Projects Symposium, a high level conference that explores how professional construction management enhances quality of life, May 1 – 3, 2016. Bowen, along with the Deputy/Engineering & Planning with Clark County and e–Builder Partner, Sergio Aranda, will present “An Ohio Highway Project Leverages the Cloud”.

    Attendees will learn how transportation professionals are turning to cloud solutions to free up time and resources to focus on the value-added tasks directly linked to keeping the project moving. The event will host more than 30 education sessions on key issues impacting the industry today.

    Click here to learn more about CMAA 2016 Capital Projects Symposium.


    DLZ Featured in Ohio MSDC’s Connections Magazine

    April 15, 2016

    Ohio MSDCDLZ was featured in the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council’s (Ohio MSDC) 2016 Edition of Connections Magazine. The Ohio MSDC is dedicated to providing a direct link between Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and its Corporate Members. The article highlights DLZ’s celebration of 100 years of providing architectural and engineering services. As a minority-owned firm, DLZ is pleased to be a part of organizations that encourage and promote supplier diversity programs. Click here to read the full story.

    Mid-States MSDC Names DLZ a Top 40 MBE Company

    April 14, 2016
    Midstates MBE

    Mid-States MSDC’s Top 40 MBE Firms

    In honor of their 40th Anniversary, Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC) recognized DLZ as one of the Top 40 Minority Business Enterprises (MBE). Mid-States MSDC promotes and cultivates successful minority enterprises within the Central Illinois, Indiana and Eastern Missouri business communities.

    The Top 40 MBE companies were selected from Mid-States MSDC’s growing MBE base and represent the best and most successful firms. DLZ was the only engineering firm in the Top 40.

    Click here to download more information about DLZ’s MBE certifications.