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ACEC of Michigan Scholarships available for 2017

Mark Smolinski Principal G2 Consulting Group

Mark Smolinski
G2 Consulting Group

The American Council of Engineering Companies announced its annual scholarship program this month. The 2017 application is now available.

ACEC of Michigan’s Scholarship Program was created to promote the profession and to provide financial support to those individuals pursuing careers in engineering and surveying. The Council awards scholarships to deserving college students who have completed their freshman year and are enrolled in an ABET accredited engineering or surveying program. Recipients of the awards will be evaluated in the following areas: Work experience, extra-curricular and community activities, references, grade point average, and a written essay. Applicants must have worked for a private engineering, architectural or surveying firm in the past 24 months.

“G2 Consulting Group is a proud member of ACEC of Michigan,” says Mark Smolinski, principal at G2. “Our chapter awards approximately $12,000 annually to well-qualified students.”

The scholarship entry deadline is Friday, January 6. Please click on the link below for the ACEC Michigan 2017 Scholarship application. If you have any questions, please call the ACEC/Michigan office at 517-332-2066.



Country Club of Detroit Athletic Facility

G2 Consulting was retained by McCarthy and Smith, Inc., to design a support system so the construction team could excavate underneath the original “natatorium wing” of the 1930s historic clubhouse. The renovation plans called for relocation of the club’s popular bowling facility to the lower level location previously occupied by an indoor swimming pool, which had been out of use for decades.

Club management’s direction that the building’s architectural character and footprint not be altered in any way created an interesting engineering challenge since the team would need to excavate underneath the existing structure without disturbing it.  Adding to the challenge, the underlying soil conditions were poor with clay along one side of the structure and wet sand along the other.  After considering numerous approaches, the team decided on a series of underpinnings, essentially putting the building on stilts, and then pouring concrete foundation walls to encapsulate the stilts, providing stability for the renovations to occur in the short term and adequate bearing for the long term.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Country Club of Detroit


G2 Consulting Group provided underpinning design of three (3) perimeter walls and one interior column line.  G2 designed temporary shoring consisting of “push piles” along the perimeter piles and an open cut excavation along with support beams for the interior column line. G2 also provided design of backfill methods which employed Reinforced Earth Technology.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical and Design Engineering Services

Earth Retention, Underpinning, and Reinforced Earth Design


  • Ground conditions prevented traditional underpinning techniques. G2 designed and developed an earth retention system to access exterior footing. A unique backfill technique utilized reinforced earth to reduce wall pressures on Country Club of Detroit perimeter wall resulting in significant savings to project.
  • G2 maintained traffic flow to the Country Club of Detroit entrance while working on project.

Smart. Results. Fast. G2’s innovative geotechnical engineering approach expedited the technically complex project resulting in significant savings to the Owner.


Telecom Carriers Expand Coverage with DAS • G2 Provides Environmental Due Diligence

Ben Youra Project Manager G2 Chicagoland

Ben Youra
Project Manager
G2 Chicagoland

In the last few years, wireless data traffic has increased exponentially. People are no longer only accessing the Internet at home or in the office, they are doing it wherever they are from their mobile device. Telecommunication carriers have come up with innovative ways to increase their network capacity. One solution is through the use of small cells. Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are another solution used to address the need for increased coverage and capacity of wireless networks.

DAS are typically associated with large facilities and venues that may have known peak usage (i.e., a sporting event or concert) as the systems are designed to address the potential for interference from building materials of the structure itself, as well as, simultaneous data usage from a large number of people in a concentrated area.  Thus DAS is a benefit to both the wireless carriers using the system, as well as, the venue owners in providing better service to smartphone users at these locations.
In 2016, G2 has provided environmental due diligence services in the form of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), Phase II ESAs, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews to its telecommunication clients proposing to install DAS at two venues in the greater Chicagoland area.
Our Phase I ESA for one of the projects found the site was utilized for heavy industrial purposes dating back to the 1950’s prior to the redevelopment of the parcel as a sporting venue in the early 2000’s. At least 16 underground storage tanks with two documented leaking incidents were associated with the historical industrial site within the overall property.  However, given the limited nature of the client’s proposed work below grade, we were able to tailor our scope of work for soil testing associated with the Phase II ESA to address only the areas to be impacted by the proposed telecommunications site development and to address the necessary parameters to satisfy the Illinois EPA’s Clean Construction and Demolition Debris requirements. The soil testing results were favorable and our client was able to proceed toward development of the site with no delays or extra costs incurred.

Country Club of Detroit’s renovation focuses on fitness

Project Manager Mark Stapleton designed the innovative approach to the Country Club of Detroit's historic renovation.

Project Manager Mark Stapleton designed the innovative approach to the Country Club of Detroit’s historic renovation.

Detroit — G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering services for the historic Country Club of Detroit renovation project. The club required that the footprint or historical architecture of its existing clubhouse not be altered. The $9 million renovations include a new fitness center and bowling lanes at the bottom level of the building that required the replacement of an emptied indoor swimming pool that had been closed since the early 1930s.


G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical services and found innovative and cost-effective solutions for this historic site’s renovations.