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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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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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Magna Seating HQ – “In The Driver’s Seat”

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
G2 Project Manager

Congratulations to Magna Seating of America, Inc. and Cunningham-Limp on the recent opening of Magna’s new headquarters in Novi, MI.

G2 Consulting Group was proud to perform the geotechnical investigation and provide special inspections/materials testing for the new $48 million, 180,000 square foot, three-story facility which will consolidate activities into a single facility to house engineering, research and development, and sales and marketing teams.

As with all Cunningham-Limp projects, I was impressed with the speed and short turn around time to deliver the new headquarters. Cunningham-Limp’s design build services and collaborative approach allows their design subconsultants to work seamlessly with them during the construction process to deliver an outstanding project.

The video below shows the construction process from dirt to delivery.

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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.

http://www.g2consultinggroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2017_acecm_scholarships.pdf

 

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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.
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Is the firm you are using AMRL accredited? We are.

Is your consultant providing you with accurate data? Are they providing you with testing that verifies the end product adheres to project plans and specifications? At G2 Consulting Group, we have been site assisting with construction projects for over two decades and providing further testing in our in-house AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) accredited laboratory.

AMRL accreditation helps G2 Consulting to continually improve the quality of our services through rigorous review of testing procedures, field and laboratory equipment, and our quality system management practices.  Achieving and maintaining AMRL accreditation underscores G2’s commitment to the highest standard of field and laboratory testing.

G2 believes that a fundamental principle in delivering Smart, Results, Fast, is to employ state-of-the-art laboratory, field, and quality control procedures.  By implementing AMRL accredited field and laboratory test procedures and quality management systems, G2 reinforces its obligation to clients to deliver superior quality and technical accuracy for every project.

G2 is proud to offer AMRL accredited field and laboratory testing services. For a partial list of test methods, click here: G2 Consulting Group’s AMRL Accredited Services

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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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What do I need to know before I buy or lease that property?

Patrick T. Bell G2 Consulting Group Project Manager

Patrick T. Bell
G2 Consulting Group
Project Manager

“Buying or leasing a property is a significant commitment of money and time, says Patrick T. Bell, project manager at G2 Consulting Group. “One of the more stressful aspects of purchasing, owning or leasing property is what kind of investment is required to maintain the value and functionality of the property.”  G2 helps our clients determine its needs with a Property Conditions Assessment.

At G2 Consulting Group, we understand how real property conditions impact the business of our clients. Ownership of commercial property requires a continually evolving plan with regard to maintenance, repairs, and long-term capital planning. G2 offers Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) as part of due diligence for clients that may be purchasing, leasing, or simply maintaining a property. PCAs provide valuable information to help owners or potential owners understand what investment is required to maintain the value of a property.

G2’s project professionals follow ASTM E2018 guidelines, the recognized standard of major lenders. PCAs completed under ASTM standards provide estimates of probable costs for changes or repairs that require immediate attention. The PCA also provides opinions concerning probable costs to remedy physical deficiencies that need to be made in the near future, usually within the first year or two.

G2’s four-step PCA process includes:

  1. Walkthrough / Site Visit
  2. Interviews of key site personnel
  3. Document Review
  4. Analysis & Reporting

 

G2 Consulting Group will provide clients with a comprehensive Property Conditions Assessment Report that includes the following basic scope:

Site

  • Topography and Storm Water Drainage
  • Access and Egress
  • Paving, Curbing and Parking
  • Flatwork
  • Landscaping and Appurtenances
  • Ancillary Structures

Structural Frame and Building Envelope

  • Foundation
  • Building Frame
  • Façades or Curtain Wall
  • Roofing

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing System

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Elevators and Escalators

Interior Elements

  • Common Areas
  • Tenant Spaces

Fire/Life Safety

  • Sprinklers and Standpipes
  • Alarm Systems

 

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FCC to Amend Collocation Agreement Enabling Swift Deployment of Broadband Services

Illinois

Ben Youra, Project Manager

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) issued a Public Notice on May 12, 2016 seeking comments related to their proposed “Amended Collocation Agreement”. The proposed Amended Collocation Agreement would offer additional exclusions from Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), given the limited potential for adverse impacts to historic resources from small cell and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) facilities. The FCC’s goal in providing the additional exclusions to the existing Collocation Agreement is to “enable swift and responsible deployment of wireless broadband services.”

The Amended Collocation Agreement would address streamlining deployment of small cells by providing new exclusions related to the following scenarios:

  • The collocation of small cell facilities on buildings and non-tower structures over 45 years old not in historic districts
  • The collocation of minimally visible small cell facilities on buildings and non-tower structures within historic districts or on historic properties (subject to certain visibility limitations)
  • The collocation of visible small cell facilities within historic districts or on historic properties (on utility poles/transmission towers, for in-kind replacements of existing equipment, and on a case-by-case basis for public lighting structures)

The proposed new exclusions for small cell facilities are subject to limitations related to volumetric size limits of the antennas and associated equipment, as well as, limitations on associated ground disturbance, and safeguards on the physical preservation of historic materials. The comment period with the FCC for the proposed Amended Collocation Agreement expires on June 13, 2016 and issuance of the Amended Collocation Agreement is expected later this year.

Please contact G2 to discuss how we can assist in determining how the existing or proposed FCC guidelines may impact your small cell/DAS projects.  Our staff can help in the planning of your projects to apply exclusions where applicable to limit the overall regulatory requirements associated with your small cell projects. Given our experience with regulatory oversight by the carriers, we can help set cost parameters and timelines based on the services that will be required related to any Section 106 review involving SHPO and/or tribal entities.

Below is a link to the FCC’s Public Notice page, which contains a copy of the proposed Amended Collocation Agreement:

https://www.fcc.gov/document/programmatic-agreement-collocation-wireless-antennas

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