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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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G2 Consulting Group Seeks Qualified Field Technicians

Bruce J. Wilberding, P.E. Principal/Project Consultant

Bruce J. Wilberding, P.E.
Principal/Project Consultant

G2 Consulting Group is currently look for qualified candidates to fill Field Technician positions in its Troy and Ann Arbor offices. G2 clients rely on the firm’s responsive attitude and ability to quickly mobilize an experienced team of professionals. G2 clients include Fortune 500 companies, major utilities, state and local government agencies, and leading architectural, engineering, and construction firms.

Principal duties consist of construction observation and testing, and laboratory testing within the construction engineering services group. Testing duties include earthwork, foundation, concrete, steel, masonry, and paving related activities at job sites. Travel outside of the Detroit metropolitan area may be required. G2 will make efforts to provide a company vehicle available from its current fleet. However, use of a personal vehicle may be required to perform the duties of this position, particularly during training. The candidate should expect to work overtime and occasional weekend days.

Candidates that have Level 1 Concrete Field Testing Technician Certification, Density Control Certification, or Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Certification are desired.  Ideal candidates should have good writing and communication skills, and are detail-oriented. In addition, candidates should have an excellent driving record, the ability to work outside in various weather conditions, and the ability to lift 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time.

G2 Consulting Group offers full-time employees a comprehensive range of employee benefits including: health insurance, dental coverage, 401(k), comp time, paid holidays, and tuition reimbursement. Typical hourly rate range for field technicians is $15 to $20, depending on experience and possession of above mentioned certifications.

If you are interested in applying for the position of field technician, please contact Bruce Wilberding at (248) 680-0400, Jason Stoops at (734) 390-9330, or visit the G2 website at www.g2consultinggroup.com.

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ACEC of Michigan Scholarships available for 2017

Mark Smolinski Principal G2 Consulting Group

Mark Smolinski
Principal
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.

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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.

READ MORE ABOUT THE COUNTRY CLUB OF DETROIT RENOVATIONS

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

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Big-bore Harley dealer aims to be a destination

Farmington Hills — Harley-Davidson motorcycles is perhaps the ultimate lifestyle brand, and one of the nation’s largest Harley dealerships aims to be a lifestyle destination with a brewpub and restaurant just off the showroom floor.

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G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical services, as well as, special inspections and materials testing. The project was completed in record time!

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G2 Consulting Group is a 2016 “Hot Firm” Says Zweig Group

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For the second year in a row, G2 Consulting Group, a leader in geotechnical, environmental and construction engineering services, was named one of the top 100 “Hot Firms” out of a national industry of 100,000 companies in the A/E/P (Architecture/Engineering/Planning) and environmental consulting industry. The recognition is based on percentage and actual dollar of revenue growth over a three-year period and is made by Zweig Group, the leading research, publishing and consulting resource for AEP and environmental consulting firms.

G2 Consulting experienced business growth of 20%, 50% and 21% respectively for the years 2013-2015. During that period, the company’s employment grew from 30 to 76 at its three locations in Troy, Ann Arbor, and Chicago.

Over the past several years the company has completed a variety of major projects in its home state of Michigan as well as 30+ other states. Recent projects include complex work on earth retention systems for Detroit’s new $650 million Red Wings arena district.

“We’re thrilled to be named to the Zweig Group Hot Firm Top 100 list,” said Mark Smolinski, principal of G2 Consulting Group. “To be in the top 100 for a second consecutive year is an incredible accomplishment for our team.”

This year’s conference will be held on September 22-23 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. The event will feature speakers and education sessions as well as a black tie awards banquet that will celebrate the most successful firms in the A/E/P industry.

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G2 Consulting & Partners Provide 2016 Development Outlook for Southeast Michigan

“New development projects and plans for projects in the area are announced on an almost daily basis,” says Mark Smolinski, principal of G2 Consulting Group, a geotechnical engineering and construction services firm based in Troy. “But different from years past, after the announcements the projects are actually happening.”

CAM Magazine June 2016 pg 2

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Congratulations Roy Rose, ASCE SE MI Engineer of the Year

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
G2 Project Manager, ASCE SE MI President

Congratulations Roy Rose, ASCE SE Michigan Branch “Franklin D. Meyers 2016 Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year”!

Roy is the chief executive officer and president of Anderson, Eckstein, and Westrick, Inc. (AEW) where he oversees the day to day operations of a 100 employee professional consulting firm which serves over 25 municipalities as well as hundreds of private clients in southeast Michigan in the areas of civil engineering, surveying, and architectural services.

With over 36 years of civil engineering experience (31 years with AEW this year), Roy is widely known throughout the civil engineering industry as an expert in the field. In addition to his daily work as President with AEW, Roy is a professional arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, where he has experience as a negotiator in construction related cases.IMG_5705

Roy has been involved in many organizations throughout his professional career, most recently including the Utica Community Schools Foundation where he served as President and was also named by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel as one of Macomb County’s representatives to the Regional Transit Authority where he is a current Board Member and Chairman of the Planning and Service Coordination Committee.

A graduate from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Roy has emphasized hard work, dedication and determination throughout his career. He is a great role model for young and old alike and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with younger generations.

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Allied Construction Is On a Roll

Jim Berry, PE Project Manager

Kevin Shell, VP, Allied Construction

G2 Consulting Group would like to congratulate Allied Construction on the innovative video that they created for their firm.  Congrats on your recent win for the Pine Knolls Condo Association as well!

“The construction industry is typically very traditional in its approach to communications,” shares Kevin Shell, VP at Allied, “but we realized that you can only show asphalt construction in so many ways.  We wanted something different that could be used in a number of different formats – including social media.  Stay tuned for our 30 second commercial which will be showing on TV in Oakland and Livingston Counties in the near future!”

Click below to view Allied’s new video.

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$2000 Scholarship Available through ASCE Michigan

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
Project Manager

 

A student scholarship in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded at the Annual ASCE Southeastern Michigan Branch Student Career Fair on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The winner will be chosen based on the applicant’s specific Civil Engineering  involvement, goals, job skills, academic record, and response to the essay.

All undergraduate students who will be enrolled in the 2016 Fall Term at any of the below-listed schools are eligible to apply:

University of Detroit Mercy
Wayne State University
University of Windsor
Lawrence Technological University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Michigan Technological University

Students working with co-op programs during the 2016 Fall Term are also eligible. Applicants must be registered ASCE student members by Fall 2016.

Applications are due February 8, 2016.
Click here to download the application requirements.
Click here for details about the February 23 Career Fair.

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MDOT / ACEC Partnering Workshop February 4

Mark Smolinski, P.E Principal/Project Consultant

Mark Smolinski, P.E
Principal/Project Consultant

The annual MDOT / ACEC Partnering Workshop is just around the corner – February 4.  The event drew over 500 attendees last year and will no doubt draw a crowd this year as well.  It will get kicked off the evening of February 3 with a networking reception for ACEC Members only, designed to provide an opportunity for some face time with MDOT leadership and staff.

Ron Brenke, Executive Director of ACEC Michigan, says this year’s event will have some key highlights.  “MDOT is planning to make announcements about policy changes concerning several issues we have been working on for the past year,” shares Ron.  “In addition, the new MDOT Chief Operations Officer Mark Van Port Fleet will be  discussing where new money will be spent and what the spending approach means for consultants.   Of course,  the MDOT-ACEC Partnership Award winner also will be announced!”

Other workshop highlights include:

  • Transform I-66 Mega Project presentation by Virginia DOT.
  • 19 educational breakout sessions addressing topics ranging from bridge engineering and inspection updates to delivery of public-private partnerships to MDOT’s Smart Corridor Initiative to an overview of MDOT’s I-75 and I-94 Mega Projects.
  • Roundtable discussions with various MDOT departments concerning topics such as finance/contracts/DBE, Planning/Design/Multi-Modal, Construction Administration, Operations/ITS, and Bridge.

Click here for more information or to register.

 

 

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CREW Scholarship Available

Amy Schneider, P.E. G2 Project Manager, Past CREW Board Member & Current Chapter Champion

Commercial real estate offers rewarding and lucrative careers often overlooked by women who are often times unaware that these opportunities exist. CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network) is committed to bringing more women into commercial real estate by creating programs that educate women and girls about the career opportunities available to them (CREW Careers and UCREW), supporting the attainment of commercial real estate education (CREW Network Foundation scholarship program) and providing mentoring relationships to those new to the industry (eMentoring).   The CREW scholarship is now accepting applications for 2016.  Click here to learn more about application requirements and to apply.

 

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2015 Was a Great Year – 2016 Looks Even Better!

Mark Smolinski, P.E Principal/Project Consultant

Mark Smolinski, P.E
Principal/Project Consultant

After years of slow to no growth in Michigan’s construction industry, especially road building, new construction projects took center stage here at G2 in Michigan in 2015, propelling us into our fourth consecutive record year.

One of the key 2015 highlights was the June acquisition of Birmingham (MI)-based Schleede-Hampton Associates, a former competitor, which will help the combined company expand its expertise as well as reach new industries and geographies.

During 2015, G2 completed a variety of projects for MDOT, including design build work with Dan’s Excavating and Bergmann Associates on the reconstruction of the I-75-University Drive interchange in Auburn Hills. The firm partnered with Hardman Construction to design and build the earth retention walls for the new $450 million Red Wings Arena in Detroit and worked with Giffels Webster and Scannell Properties on construction of the 60 acre, 300,000-sq-ft Fed Ex distribution center in Oak Park. In October, G2 was selected by RS Engineering to become part of the team for reconstruction of the I-94/Cadillac bridge in Detroit in preparation for the massive $3 billion, 20-year I-94 reconstruction project, slated to start in 2017.

Other 2015 highlights include:

  • The company was awarded a three-year “as needed” indefinite services contract by MDOT in January.
  • In June, G2 was part of the team that won the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineering) Outstanding Civil Engineering Award for its work on the I-96 reconstruction project in Wayne County (MI) in 2014. This project also earned recognition by the Engineering Society of Detroit and CAM magazine as a signature construction project in Michigan.
  • In July, G2 was named one of the top 100 “Hot Firms” nationally by Zweig Group, a leading research, publishing and consulting firm in the AEP (Architecture, Engineering, Planning) and environmental consulting fields. The award is based on revenue growth over three years.
  • In July, G2 added two new equity partners – Mark Stapleton and Amy Schneider, both of whom had been with the firm for over a decade – to its top management team. During the year the company hired 13 new employees a 27 percent increase in staff for the year, and up more than 50 percent from just two years ago.
  • The firm completed more than 2,500 projects running the gamut from infrastructure, waste water, telecomm, health care, automotive and private sector work.

The jobs we won and the recognition we received made 2015 a very good year for G2 and positions us for an even better 2016.  Solving construction problems quickly and efficiently is our focus and we continuously reinvest in our people, our technology and our knowledge to ensure that we can meet whatever construction challenges we’re given. We look forward to successfully meeting more of those challenges and growing the business further in 2016.

 

 

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“I Need to Get a Job” Networking Event

Mark Smolinski, P.E Principal/Project Consultant

Mark Smolinski, P.E
Principal/Project Consultant

G2 Consulting continues to recruit new talent to serve our clients and our growing business.  We will be hosting an informal networking event on January 5, 2016 from 12- 3 pm at our Troy office for students who are currently looking for full time or internship positions.

This event will help prepare students for spring career fairs by providing some one-on-one time with new and experienced engineers who can share resume and interview tips.

Click here to let us know you’re coming and send a resume. We’ll have some feedback ready for you when you arrive.

Visit our website to learn more about G2 Consulting and open positions.

 

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CREW Impact Awards Feature Exciting Projects

Amy Schneider, P.E. G2 Project Manager, CREW Board Member

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network) recently held its annual Impact Awards ,  which was attended by more than 200 local professionals .  Three Detroit real estate developments and one CREW member were presented with the organization’s highest honors.

CREW received a record number of project submittals from member companies this year – all reflecting the innovation and talent of our local businesses.  The event sold out in less than a week!

The real estate developments receiving 2015 Impact Awards were the Cardinal Health Distribution Project in the new construction category, the David Whitney Building redevelopment for adaptive reuse/renovation, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor Outdoor Adventure Center for special impact. All three projects are located in the City of Detroit.

Click here for more details!

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G2 Consulting Group Adds Two Equity Partners to Manage Growing Business

Amy Schneider, P.E.
Project Manager

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Mark Stapleton, P.E.
Project Manager

G2 Consulting Group is excited to announce the addition of two new equity partners in the business – Amy Schneider and Mark Stapleton , both G2 Project Managers.

“G2 has a solid foundation and a wide range of repeat clients which allows the company to gain in market share even during downturns,” says Stapleton.  “By having more of my own skin in the game, I think I’m a better employee and whatever success we have will be even more rewarding both professionally and personally.”

Schneider, who joined G2 in 1998 and has worked on projects in private and commercial development, telecomm, waste water as well as a variety of major infrastructure projects, agrees:  “I love the work I’m doing and the people I work with, and I’m committed to the company for the long term.  My financial investment makes me feel even more committed and a more integral part of the team.”

A 30-year veteran of geotechnical engineering, Stapleton joined G2 in 2001.  His recent projects include managing engineering of 11 earth retention systems on last year’s award-winning I-96 reconstruction project and designing intricate circular and trapezoidal shafts to facilitate construction of tunnels and junction chambers for a Dugway storage tunnel in 2014. His prior work experience was with the United States Army Corps of Engineers where he handled engineering duties in all aspects of civil works projects for the Detroit District.

“We’re fortunate to have plenty of work to go around,” says G2 Consulting Principal Mark Smolinski.  “Having Mark and Amy buy into the company gives them a bigger voice and an even deeper commitment that can only make us a stronger and ultimately more successful company. We’re delighted with their decision and proud to welcome them as associate members in the firm.”

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I96 Fix: ASCE’s 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Award Winner

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Mark Stapleton, P.E.
Project Manager

Congratulations to the construction team that won the 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Award announced by the American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan section at ASCE’s annual Michigan Infrastructure Conference last week!

The complex $150 million I-96 reconstruction project completed last summer in Western Wayne County included seven miles of highway and redevelopment of 37 bridges, overpasses and their respective on/off ramps and, with a 180-day start to finish timetable.  Considered one of the most compressed schedules for a project of its scope, the project was especially noteworthy for its use of e-construction methodologies which improved communication, driving efficiencies in both time and cost.

This was an unusually challenging project but that’s what made working on it so enjoyable.  We were brought in by the general contractor on the job, Dan’s Excavating, and we became part of an incredibly smart and efficient construction team.  The fact that we beat the timetable and lowered the forecasted project cost was a huge success. This award is the icing on the cake.

Click on the video below for additional project details.

 

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G2 Consulting Recruiting New Talent to Handle Growing Business

Mark Smolinski, P.E Principal/Project Consultant

Mark Smolinski, P.E
Principal/Project Consultant

Coming off our third consecutive year of increasing project activity and strong revenue growth, G2 Consulting Group has hired 12 new environmental scientists and geotechnical engineers in the past six months and is looking to hire up to five additional professionals.  Our current full time professional staff includes 49, plus six interns.

We are continuing to add talent to better serve our clients. With the construction business gaining traction, both here in the metro Detroit area and in other markets we serve, we have a number of projects underway and a strong book of business going forward.  G2’s recent projects include work on last summer’s I-96 reconstruction in Wayne County, Michigan, Field & Stream’s first Michigan location in Troy and several senior living developments. The company is currently involved in the I-75/University Drive interchange Design/Build project in Auburn Hills, telecommunications projects throughout the United States, and the Lavergne Avenue Sewer Improvement Project (part of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago).

G2 completed a record 2,700 projects last year in highway and roadway construction, water and wastewater treatment, telecommunications, commercial development and education.   With the current focus on improving roads in Michigan and the increase in development activity throughout the geographic areas we serve, we want to be ready to dive in wherever we have an opportunity to do so.  We’ve been fortunate to win a number of marquee projects and we continue to add qualified professionals to handle the steady volume of work we have on hand. 

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