All posts by Debby Brauer

Staff Engineer – Construction Engineering

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time staff engineers with three months to four years of demonstrated experience for its Construction Engineering Department. Staff engineers perform and coordinate field inspections and investigations under the supervision of a project engineer or project manager. Principal duties will consist of construction observation and testing, laboratory testing, and report preparation. Testing duties will include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, and paving inspection at job sites.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, or related degree;
  • Preferred: Engineer in Training (EIT);
  • Three months to four years of demonstrated experience in construction engineering;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Staff Engineer – Geotechnical

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time staff engineers with three months to four years of demonstrated experience for its Geotechnical Engineering Department. Staff engineers perform and coordinate field inspections and investigations under the supervision of a project engineer or project manager. Principal duties will consist of geotechnical design project coordination, laboratory testing, construction observation, and report preparation.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with coursework emphasis in geo-sciences, or related degree;
  • Preferred: Engineer in Training (EIT);
  • Three months to four years of demonstrated experience in geotechnical engineering;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Senior Staff Engineer – Geotechnical

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time senior staff engineers with two to five years of demonstrated experience for its Geotechnical Engineering Department. Senior staff engineers perform geotechnical analysis and coordinate field inspections and investigations under supervision of a project engineer project manager, including on-site direction of geotechnical drilling activities. Principal duties will consist of monitoring construction operations, including earthwork, dewatering, and excavation support installations and preparing engineering field reports.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with coursework emphasis in geo-sciences, or related degree;
  • Preferred: Engineer in Training (EIT);
  • Two to five years of demonstrated experience in geotechnical engineering;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Inspect test borings, test pits, monitoring wells, and install and read geotechnical instrumentation.
  • Perform a variety of engineering analyses and calculations, with and without the use of engineering software.
  • Preparation of technical proposals, cost estimates, plans, technical specifications, and reports.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Project Engineering – Geotechnical

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time project engineers with five to eight years of demonstrated experience for its Geotechnical Engineering Department. Project engineers coordinate field inspections and investigations including on-site direction of geotechnical drilling activities, as needed.

Principal duties will consist of:

  • Inspecting test borings, test pits, monitoring wells, and installing and reading geotechnical instrumentation;
  • Conducting laboratory and field testing of soils;
  • Performing a variety of engineering analyses and calculations, with and without the use of engineering software;
  • Preparing technical proposals, cost estimates, plans technical specifications, and reports, including day-to-day correspondence;
  • Developing and presenting project-specific or technical presentations to clients, technical organizations, and in-house staff;
  • Coordinating construction quality control services; conducting periodic site visits, and reviewing daily field reports prepared by others.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with coursework emphasis in geo-sciences, or related degree;
  • Preferred: Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering
  • Five to eight years of demonstrated experience in geotechnical engineering;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner.
  • Organize technical material into comprehensive reports, as well as, perform QA/QC reviews on work product.
  • Project planning, budgeting, task delegation and management to ensure project is completed according to work plans.
  • Project Administration, including invoicing and collections.
  • Demonstrated ability to seek and establish new clients and build good business relationship with both new and current clients.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in mentoring and leading junior staff.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Geotechnical Engineering Intern / Co-op

G2 Consulting Group is looking for geotechnical engineering interns primarily during the summer construction season and/or during the school year. Geotechnical engineering interns perform laboratory testing, construction observation and testing, and report preparation within the geotechnical engineering services group.  Testing duties include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, paving, and other construction materials at construction sites and in our labs. Interns work closely with project managers and other staff members to ensure timely, quality work. #smartresultsfast

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Must be working toward a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering or related field;
  • Preferred Certifications: Nuclear Density, ACI, ICC, MDOT;
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and specifications;
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts;
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Observe construction activities to ensure conformance with project specifications.
  • Complete and submit daily field reports.
  • Perform routine tasks, tests, and computations associated with construction materials testing and field observations under the supervision of the project engineer or project manager.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.
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Construction Engineering Technician

G2 Consulting Group is looking for full-time construction engineering technicians to join our team. Construction engineering technicians perform construction observation and testing, laboratory testing, and report preparation within the construction engineering services group.  Testing duties include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, paving, and other construction materials at construction sites and in our labs. Technicians work closely with project managers and other staff members to ensure timely, quality work. #smartresultsfast

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum High School diploma, or equivalent;
  • Preferred: Associates Degree in Concrete Technology, or Civil Technology, or a minimum of three years related experience;
  • Preferred Certifications: Nuclear Density, ACI, ICC, MDOT;
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and specifications;
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts;
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Observe construction activities to ensure conformance with project specifications.
  • Complete and submit daily field reports.
  • Perform routine tasks, tests, and computations associated with construction materials testing and field observations under the supervision of the project engineer or project manager.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.

Benefits

Company-paid health insurance

Dental and Vision Plans

Short-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability

Life Insurance

401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary

Paid Holidays

Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off

Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs

Profit Sharing

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Construction Engineering Intern

G2 Consulting Group is looking for construction engineering interns primarily during the summer construction season and/or during the school year. Construction engineering interns perform construction observation and testing, laboratory testing, and report preparation within the construction engineering services group.  Testing duties include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, paving, and other construction materials at construction sites and in our labs. Interns work closely with project managers and other staff members to ensure timely, quality work. #smartresultsfast

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Must be working toward a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering or related field;
  • Preferred Certifications: Nuclear Density, ACI, ICC, MDOT;
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and specifications;
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts;
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time;
  • Willingness to work outside.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime, weekends, and travel requiring out of town, overnight stays.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Observe construction activities to ensure conformance with project specifications.
  • Complete and submit daily field reports.
  • Perform routine tasks, tests, and computations associated with construction materials testing and field observations under the supervision of the project engineer or project manager.
  • Independently operate relevant equipment.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects for multiple project managers within budgets and deadlines.
  • Assist and perform laboratory testing work under the direction of a senior engineer/technician.
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CAD Technician

G2 Consulting Group is looking for a CAD Technician to work in its Troy, Michigan office. A new position for G2, the candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to develop drafting standards for the company moving forward. The candidate must work well in a fast-paced, high-demand environment. Potential to work remotely will be considered after an initial period of one year. #smartresultsfast

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Associate’s Degree in AutoCAD Drafting, or a minimum of three years of AutoCAD experience;
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Civil 3D, and Microstation, and have the ability to learn to software programs;
  • AutoCAD competence is a must;
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and specifications;
  • Understanding of basic engineering concepts;
  • Understanding of drafting standards;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, and Excel is required;
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills;
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated;
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Draft and produce clear, complete, and accurate site plans, engineered drawings, and amendments.
  • Create company drafting standards.
  • Meet with project managers and design engineers to obtain required information for layout of drawings.
  • Meet project objectives, requirements, and manage constraints.
  • Contribute to quality and integrity of product.
  • Maintain accuracy and pay close attention to detail.

Benefits

  • Company-paid health insurance
  • Dental and Vision Plans
  • Short-term Disability
  • Long-term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off
  • Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs
  • Profit Sharing
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New Soo Lock for Michigan’s economy, security

G2’s Mark Stapleton, P.E., is an associate and project manager at G2 Consulting Group – Ann Arbor.

The importance of the Soo Locks to the nation’s shipping and security has been in the news a lot lately.

In 1988, I was working for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and helped develop a comprehensive Soo Locks analysis called “Connecting Channels,” specifically drafting the chapter relating to the Locks’ critical role in America’s national security. Almost 30 years later, the Soo Locks remain vital, but have yet to be updated.

The Soo Locks opened in 1855 and have been used by everyone from Native Americans, French explorers and fur traders to today’s massive Great Lakes freighters.  The Locks now account for the transportation of 90 percent of the world’s iron ore, as well as, tons and tons of stone, coal, cement, grain and other cargoes. Over 60 million tons, and more than 3,000 freighters pass through the locks annually.

Virtually everybody agrees that the Soo Locks are vital to the nation’s security. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that closing the Poe lock alone, one of four locks (only two of which are operable) at the Soo, would likely cause a complete shutdown of Great Lakes steel production and ultimately cost 11 million jobs, most of them in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. Therein lies the national security concern.

Those in the know agree that the locks are in desperate need of updating, including the need for a second large lock capable of handling the 1,000 foot cargo ships now traversing the Great Lakes.

The Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials representing 10 Great Lakes states officially petitioned Congress last month to fund the construction of this new lock.  Even President Trump weighed in when he promised in a recent speech in Washington Township that the Locks will be fixed.

Congress authorized construction of a new lock in 1986 and authorized full federal funding in 2007 but still hasn’t authorized the estimated $600 million to fund construction of the lock. The pressure is building to get the job done and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the people who will have to manage the process, are being pushed to speed it up.

Getting the job done won’t be a walk in the park.  Some experts suggest it could take as long as 10 years and cost as much as $1 billion. To give you some idea of the difficulty of the undertaking, the bedrock at the locks is Jacobsville sandstone, a reddish stone that is up to 1,000-feet thick.  Imagine drilling into that underwater mass just to be able to understand the construction needs.

My current company, G2 Consulting Group, specializes in the types of geotechnical engineering skills that will be required to get the job done.  We’ve been doing it for 22 years in over 35 states. Our experience includes harbors and rivers, bridges, arenas, skyscrapers, highways, and more. Obviously we’d like to participate on the Soo project, too, but regardless of who wins the work, the job clearly needs to be done – the country’s commerce, our jobs and our security depend on it.

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Conference Call: Mark Smolinski

Mark Smolinski
Principal
G2 Consulting Group

As long as the clients are pleased and the revenues and profits are good, we don’t watch the clock of our staff,” Smolinski says.

Read the conversation between G2 Consulting Group Principal Mark Smolinski and Liisa Andreassen, correspondent for The Zweig Letter. G2 Consulting was a listed as a Hot Firm (#67) by Zweig Group in 2016.

CONFERENCE CALL: MARK SMOLINSKI

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Superpave Gyratory Compactor expands Hot Mix Asphalt testing capabilities

G2 Project Manager James Berry

James Berry, P.E. Project Manager

G2 Consulting Group is expanding its Hot-Mix-Asphalt (HMA) testing capabilities at its Troy laboratory with the addition of a new Superpave Gyratory Compactor (SGC).  The new machine is a Model AFG2 manufactured by Pine Test Equipment, Inc. The SGC will allow G2 Consulting to test and determine the volumetric properties of the newer Superpave HMA mixtures (MDOT E series mixes) that are being used more and more by our local and regional agency clients.

What is Superpave?

Superpave stands for Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements. It is a mixed-design method that makes the best use of asphalt paving technology and enhances asphalt pavements’ ability to balance the high-temperature rutting and low-temperature cracking characteristics of asphalt concrete. Superpave replaces the Hveem and Marshall methods.

Why is it important?

Harvey Hurwitz, Senior Engineering Technician demonstrates compaction sampling.

Determining volumetric properties of compacted HMA samples is an important component of mix design development and project quality control and quality assurance testing. With the older Marshall designed mixes, this was relatively easy with simple mechanical compaction equipment. Superpave mixes require the much more sophisticated SGC to compact the laboratory samples for testing. The SGC allows us to produce samples in our laboratory representing a variety of different projected traffic loadings using compaction methods that more closely simulate mix compaction under repeated vehicle wheel passes rather than compaction with a smooth drum roller. Many regional agencies are requiring volumetric properties tests as part of standard QA/QC testing, and it is anticipated that MDOT Local Agency Projects will require QA volumetric testing for Marshall and Superpave HMA mixtures in the near future.

Superpave Gyratory Compactor

G2’s new Superpave Gyratory Compactor will be used to test newer Superpave Hot Mix Asphalt mixtures.

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Transformers: Dominick’s Grocery to Emagine Theatre

 

You know it as a movie, but G2 Consulting Group became “Transformers” when it helped convert a former Dominick’s Grocery Store into a 10-screen Emagine Theatre – the first in the state of Illinois. The fast-tracked project consisted of a 70,000 square foot slab-on-grade building that required the removal of portions of floor slab and grade cuts of up to 10 feet to construct the individual theaters. Building columns were relocated as needed and the roof beams were reinforced to carry additional loads.

Fast Facts

Project Owner
Emagine Theatre

Project Scope
G2 Consulting Group worked collaboratively with Tower Construction (GC) during all phases of the project to construct the first Emagine Theatre in Illinois.

Services Provided
Geotechnical Investigation
Environmental Engineering Services (Phase I, Asbestos Survey)
Quality Assurance / Materials Testing / Steel Inspection
Clean Construction or Demolition Debris (CCDD) Services

Challenges / Solutions
G2 Consulting Group found that existing fill soils were present below the floor slab and allowed for new foundations to wear on existing soils provided they were observed and properly documented during construction.

The project moved at a very fast pace and G2 was available to cover inspections on short notice – sometimes within two hours of being called. This allowed the project to move forward without delays.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

Soil borings within the interior of existing buildings can be challenging due to height and width restrictions of drilling equipment. G2 used its contacts with local drillers to determine the best equipment to allow for access and drilling within the building and work was completed in two days. G2 also coordinated environmental surveys at the same time as drilling to minimize delays to the project and minimize interruptions to the building.

G2 fast-tracked CCDD testing on short notice to allow for offsite disposal of soils and allow the contractor to stay on schedule with soil removal. There was no place to stockpile soils and any delays with soil removal would have hindered the project timeline.

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“Quality of Life” improves with Downtown Fenton Streetscape project

Fenton, Michigan

G2 Consulting Group was part of the construction team that earned two industry awards for its work on the Downtown Fenton Streetscape project. Downtown Fenton wanted to retain its historical charm while offering modern shopping, dining and lifestyle experiences. The city sought to improve portions of its streetscape along South Leroy Street and make significant enhancements to the downtown area, including work on the water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, roadway pavement and sidewalks that are now ADA compliant. As a result, there is an improved quality of life for residents and visitors to Fenton.

G2 was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers Southeast Michigan with the “James F. Biskey, P.E. Quality of Life Project of the Year” in 2017. The Michigan Concrete Association recognized the team in its “Municipal Flatwork” category.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

City of Fenton

Project Scope

Significant improvements to streetscape and road reconstruction including water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, roadway pavement and sidewalks.

Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Construction Materials Evaluations and Testing

Challenges / Solutions

Working in a downtown environment requires coordinating with city officials and contractors to maximize safety and work efficiently.

G2 encountered challenging soil conditions during the road reconstruction project and worked with OHM Advisors and Eastlund Concrete Construction to ensure the City of Fenton’s geotechnical engineering requirements were met during the design phase. G2 worked closely with Champagne & Marx, general contractor, to monitor construction quality while maintaining the overall project schedule.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 developed an economical solution to challenging soil conditions and performed construction testing to meet City requirements while maintaining the overall project schedule.

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Huron Academy expands operations in Macomb County

Huron Academy, a tuition-free public charter school for 3rd through 7th grade students, expanded its operations in 2015 by purchasing a 19-acre parcel along Utica Road in Clinton Township.

Fun Facts

Scope

The new, $8.4 million, 32,000 square foot, single-story building features 22 classrooms, computer labs; a gymnasium; special spaces for music and art; a science lab; and a state-of-the-art media center. The site was once home to Bishop Gallagher’s athletic fields. Some of the existing athletic fields are preserved for use today.

G2 Services Provided:  G2 Consulting Group worked with Partners in Architecture of Mt. Clemens and provided geotechnical engineering services. G2 also provided special inspections and materials testing services for general contractor Cunningham-Limp Company of Novi.

In addition to special inspections and materials testing, G2 evaluated earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab and site concrete evaluation.

Challenges / Solutions

G2 Consulting is used to working on tight construction schedules, especially knowing that the school bell will ring for new students in the fall. G2 overcame several challenges with the site which included building pad earthwork with high moisture clay soils that occurred in October and challenging subgrade conditions in the Spring for support of floor slabs and pavements.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions to keep the project moving forward during a tight construction schedule and ensured that school began on time.

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Evergreen Road Gets a Makeover

It’s Orange Barrel season again in Michigan. Like most municipalities, the City of Southfield, MI, got to work reconstructing its main roads. Its a tight timeline to get it all done before winter hits, however, G2 Consulting Group prides itself  in Smart. Results. Fast.

In 2017, G2 Consulting Group provided materials testing services for the concrete reconstruction of Evergreen Road from 9 Mile Road to the Northwestern Highway Service Drive.  Florence Cement Company, working as a subcontractor for Dan’s Excavating, Inc., placed approximately 8,000 cubic yards of grade P1 Modified concrete as pavement with integral curb for the project.  Services were provided for OHM Advisors and the City of Southfield.

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ACEC/MI offers 2018 Michigan Educational Scholarships

Mark Smolinski Principal G2 Consulting Group

Mark Smolinski
Principal
G2 Consulting Group

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan Education Scholarship Application is now available for 2018.

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. Multiple scholarships are awarded each year in varying amounts. Last year, five university students received assistance.

To qualify, college students must have completed their freshman year and 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 will award three to five scholarships to deserving students this year totaling approximately $12,000.”

The scholarship entry deadline is Friday, January 5, 2018. Please click on the link below for the ACEC of Michigan 2018 Education Scholarship Application.

ACEC of Michigan 2018 Educational Scholarship Application

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Science and Engineering Center Opens at UDJHSA

The Science and Engineering Center opened its doors to students in 2016 and is the largest addition to the campus since the main school building was constructed in 1931. The center represents the largest dollar investment in science and technology at any Michigan high school in recent years and positions U of D Jesuit as a leader in STEM education in Southeast Michigan.

Fast Facts

Scope

The new $16 million, four-story, 40,000 square foot addition artfully blends historic features of the original structure with artwork and iconography. Located between the main school building and Jesuit residence, the state-of-the-art facility doubles the classroom and laboratory space for biology, chemistry, and physics; adds laboratory space for eco-car and robotics programs, engineering activities; and it includes dedicated classrooms and laboratories for seventh and eighth grade students.

G2 Services

Working with Wold Architects and McCarthy and Smith, Inc., G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering services and performed special inspections and materials testing during construction.

Challenges / Solutions

Challenged with upper weak or loose sands with more competent clay soils deeper, G2 performed extensive analysis to provide improved support for the building foundations..

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2’s value engineering helped optimize foundation sizes and reduce overall construction costs.

 

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Holiday Inn Express opens its doors

Plymouth Township, Michigan

A new Holiday Inn Express was constructed along the east side of Beck Road, north of M14, in Plymouth Township, Michigan and completed in the Spring of 2016..

Fast Facts

Scope

The four-story, 67,366 square foot structure, with a walk-out basement, services the local business parks and adjacent USA hockey arena. The hotel has 107 rooms, a conference room, pool, and exercise facilities.

G2 Services Provided

Working with Emmett Contracting, G2 Consulting Group provided special inspections / materials testing during construction including evaluation of earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab evaluation. Test methods included compaction control of fill soils, bearing capacity of supporting soils, compressive strength testing, and slump and trained air content evaluation of concrete, and mortar proportions, and grout specimen strength testing for masonry materials.

Challenges / Solutions

Challenged by upper weak fill soils with more competent clay soils deeper, G2 worked closely with the foundation contractor to ensure that foundations were supported on suitable bearing soils per the recommendations of the geotechnical report.

Smart. Results. Fast.

G2’s value engineering helped to optimize foundation construction and reduce overall construction costs.

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Korean United Methodist Church

Troy, Michigan

The Korean United Methodist Church in Troy, MI, discovered they needed more space to worship and gather together for their growing church community. They turned to Cunningham-Limp Development Company in early January 2016 to assist them in conceptualizing a new addition for their church.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Korean United Methodist Church

Scope

The Korean United Methodist Church constructed a single-story, steel-framed slab-on-grade addition to its existing facility. It was also necessary to construct a new parking area, provide associated utilities and create a 4-1/2 foot deep detention pond. By the end of the summer of 2016, it was completed.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation

Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

As on many of Cunningham-Limp Development Company projects, G2 Consulting Group provided the geotechnical investigation prior to construction and construction engineering services during construction. These services included: observing earthwork operations and utility installation; performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork and site concrete; performing structural steel evaluation; and observing bituminous concrete and Portland cement concrete pavement construction.

G2 determined and evaluated the general subsurface conditions at the site and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure. G2 also recommended new pavement design and provided construction considerations for the new development.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

Significant geotechnical investigation was performed in a short period of time. G2 provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of the field report which allowed the construction team to move forward quickly with the project. During construction, G2 observed construction activities and advised the contractor accordingly to conform with project specifications.

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Beacon Square Senior Living Center

Orion Township, Michigan

Pomeroy Living is constructing its newest senior living facility, Beacon Square Senior Living Center in Orion Township, Michigan. Beacon Square Orion will be a senior living community that provides Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care Residences. The new facility is designed with the latest in senior standards in resident care, life enrichment and wellness services for all generations and living situations. There will be a total of 161 residents within the state-of-the-art facility opening in September 2017. KIRCO MANIX is the general contractor.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Pomeroy Senior Living

Scope

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation for earthwork operations, foundation design, and construction considerations and is performing special inspections and materials testing services during construction.

G2 professionals explored the site during the geotechnical investigation to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure. This included pavement recommendations and construction considerations related to its development.

Our special inspections / materials testing scope of services includes evaluating earthwork operations, utility installation, retaining wall installation observation, performing foundation inspection and concrete inspection for foundations, flatwork, and site concrete, performing structural steel evaluation, masonry inspection, and bituminous paving.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Investigation

Special Inspections and Materials Testing

Challenges / Solutions

This three-story, slab-on-grade building has a 69,585 square-foot footprint. It required significant earthwork and grade balancing across the site. Engineered fill was placed within the building pad and parking lot areas. In addition, there were pockets of organic soils that were removed and replaced with engineered fill prior to construction.

How did we accomplish “Smart. Results. Fast”?

G2 Consulting Group provided cost-effective solutions to keep the project moving forward during a tight construction schedule.

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