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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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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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Detroit Country Day School Black Box Theater Expansion

Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, MI., expanded its performing arts facility to enhance its nationally recognized program. The school provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education in academics, athletics, and the arts. The Fine and Performing Arts Department at Country Day School provides a comprehensive arts program to support the school’s commitment to superior education. Drama, theater, music, visual arts, and dance courses enable students to reach their full potential and encourage students to experiment with and develop creativity.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Detroit Country Day School

Scope

The 6,300 square-foot, two-story addition features a full cat walk and tension grid with highly specialized mechanical and electrical systems. In addition, spaces include two offices and staging scene shop for performances.

Working with Cunningham-Limp, G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering and special inspection / material testing for the new Black Box Theater Expansion.

G2 provided special inspections and material testing during construction including evaluation of earthwork operation and utility backfill, foundation construction, masonry evaluation, pre-cast plank and structural steel evaluation, and interior floor slab and site concrete evaluation.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical Engineering
Special Inspection and Materials Testing

Challenges/Solutions

  • Tight timelines while working in an active school campus environment.

Smart. Results. Fast. Site conditions were less than ideal. G2 developed cost effective solutions and offered real time response to testing and inspection needs, maintaining an aggressive construction schedule.

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Shield Material Handling

Auburn Hills, Michigan

In June 2016, Cunningham-Limp Development Company completed construction of a new multimillion-dollar facility for Korean-based Shield Material Handling. The 75,050 square-foot warehouse and distribution structure is located in Auburn Hills, MI. It provides complete logistics services to tier one automotive suppliers in the region. It also provides warehousing and distribution services for products and parts.

Fast Fact

Project Owner

Cunningham-Limp Development Company

Scope

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation, phase 1 environmental site assessment, and provided special inspections/materials testing.

Prior to construction, G2 explored the site to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure, as well as, pavement recommendations, and construction considerations related to the development. Our special inspections / materials testing scope of our services included evaluating earthwork operations; utility installation; observing retaining wall installation; 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

The project was challenged with poor subsurface conditions that required the removal and replacement of soft/loose uncontrolled fill soils with engineered fill to support the foundations and floor slab. In addition, a variety of subgrade stabilization techniques were used to minimize removal of non-organic fill soils for support of pavements.

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

With any design/build project, turnaround time on project deliverables is critical to meeting construction milestones.  G2 performed this significant geotechnical investigation in a short period of time and provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of field report to allow the design / build team to move forward with their design. 

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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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Magna Seating of America, Inc.

Novi, Michigan

 

 

G2 Consulting Group performed a geotechnical investigation and provided special inspections/materials testing for the new $48 million, 180,000 square foot, three-story Magna Seating of America headquarters in Novi, MI.  Site paving, truck docks, site utilities, and a retaining wall were also constructed in association with the project. Magna Seating will consolidate activities into a single facility to house engineering, research and development, and sales and marketing teams.

Magna International is a leading global automotive supplier with 316 manufacturing operations and 87 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. The company has approximately 133,000 employees. Its product capabilities include producing body, chassis, interior, exterior, seating, power train, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Magna International, Inc.

Scope

G2 Consulting Group explored the site to determine and evaluate general subsurface conditions and developed related foundation recommendations for support of the proposed structure, pavement recommendations, and construction considerations related to the development.  Our special inspections / materials testing scope of our services included 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

Significant grade fills of up to 16 feet and grade cuts of up to five feet required close evaluation of engineered fill placement. Significant challenges with poor subsurface conditions required the removal and replacement of soft/loose fill soils with engineered fill to support the foundations and floor slab, as well as, the removal and replacement of unsuitable organic soils within the retaining wall development area. In addition, a variety of subgrade stabilization techniques were used to minimize removal of non-organic native soils for support of engineered fill.

Smart. Results. Fast. 

With any design/build project, turnaround time on project deliverables is critical to meeting construction milestones. G2 performed this significant geotechnical investigation in a short period of time and provided preliminary design recommendations shortly after completion of the field report to allow the design/build team to move forward with their design.

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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

Scope

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

Challenges/Solutions

  • 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.

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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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Unique Shaft System Facilitates Rehab of Interceptor

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Nicholas A. Berkholz, EIT
Project Engineer

The Oakland-Macomb Interceptor Drain (OMID) is a 50-year-old concrete system bordering Oakland and Macomb Counties in southeast Michigan. Authorities targeted more than seven miles of this large diameter interceptor sewer – 40 feet below a busy county road (M 59) – as a priority for evaluation and repair to avoid catastrophic failure.  This project is part of a $160 million effort that has been under construction since 2009.  Given the unique opportunity the project afforded to have access to this critical trunk sewer, the owner’s objective was to perform as many repairs possible.

Lanzo Trenchless Technologies was selected to  provide multiple rehabilitation services, including  high volume sewage control management, cementitious grout in place liners, fully deteriorated model CIPP, large bore spot repairs, cementitious grouting of voids, access manhole restoration, localized crack/failure repairs using chemical grout and CCTV.  Challenges included working in and around flow that could not be disrupted during the construction process.  Work was difficult and dangerous, and required extreme care in safety consideration, monitoring and management.

One of the first tasks of the project was to tunnel a shaft down to the 96-inch diameter sewer crown, create access and build a platform for staging of both the chemical and cementitious grouting activities within the pipeline. Lanzo retained the services of G2 Consulting Group to design two 16-foot diameter corrugated steel liner shafts to gain access to the existing sanitary interceptor approximately 20 to 25 feet below ground surface.  To meet project requirements, G2 designed a shaft system that is uncommon for this part of Michigan.

Click here to read complete article in Trenchless Technology about this project.

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Holiday Inn Express Plymouth Under Construction

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
Project Manager

A new Holiday Inn Express is being constructed in Plymouth, Michigan. This four-story, 67,000 square foot structure will have 107 rooms, a fitness area and a pool facility. Working with Emmett Contracting, G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering and special inspections/materials testing services on the project. G2’s value engineering helped to optimize foundation construction and reduce overall construction costs.

Click on the video below to see the project under construction.

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Detroit Country Day Completing Fine Arts Facility Expansion

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
Associate/Project Manager

Detroit Country Day School (Beverly Hills, MI) is completing a 6,300 square foot, 2-story addition to their Black Box Theater.

Working with Cunningham Limp, G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering and special inspections/materials testing services.

Click on the video below to see the project under construction.

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I-75 / University Drive Interchange Under Construction

Noel J. Hargrave-Thomas, P.E. Principal/Project Consultant

Noel J. Hargrave-Thomas, P.E.
Principal/Project Consultant

Design and reconstruction of the I-75/University Drive interchange in Oakland County is well underway, scheduled to be completed by year-end with restoration work planned for early 2016.

The interchange features Michigan’s first “diverging diamond” interchange, a relatively new design technology in the U.S. but used extensively throughout Europe. Click here to read more about the diverging diamond design.

G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical design services for bridge pile foundations, MSE abutments, roadway embankments, sign and signal foundations, and peat excavation as part of the Dan’s Excavating/Bergmann Associates Design-Build Team.

Click on the video below to learn more and watch construction activities.

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Washington Township Increases Its Water Supply Capacity

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
Project Manager

Washington Township is constructing a new 1.5 million gallon water storage tank to help meet the water needs of this rapidly growing township. The $4.3 million project includes a 100-foot diameter tank, a pump house and detention basins. Working with Giffels Webster and Washington Township, G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering and special inspections/materials testing services on the project.

Click on the video below to see the project under construction.

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Troy School District Facilities Improvement Project

Troy, Michigan

Troy School District implemented a $125 million program of improvements needed to maintain healthy, safe, and suitable learning environments for its students. These improvements included building components, energy savings initiatives, facilities maintenance, and additions. G2 Consulting Group assisted in this district-wide project, working with TMP Architecture and Barton Malow Company.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Troy School District

Scope

G2 provided geotechnical investigation services for Larson and Boulay Park Middle Schools, and Troy and Athens High Schools. The middle schools and Troy High completed classroom additions; Athens constructed a secure entrance and canopy.

G2 also provided construction testing services for new and reconstructed parking lots and secure entrance additions at elementary schools, including Morse, Bernard, Troy Union, Martell, Costello, and Wattles.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical and Construction Engineering
Materials Testing

Challenges/Solutions

    • Deep fill soils with organic matter were present at many of the elementary schools where new pavements and bus loops were constructed. These soils cannot support pavement. G2 developed recommendations including geotextile and a thickened section for undercutting, reducing construction costs for the new pavement sections.
    • Executing a project of this magnitude in an abbreviated timespan requires extremely efficient execution. Because G2 is located near all of the construction sites, we were readily available to the contractor for on site testing services. Project managers were also available when an inspection question arose. This minimized potential delays in the construction schedule.

Smart. Results. Fast. Site conditions were less than ideal for a number of the planned construction projects. G2 developed cost effective solutions and offered real time response to testing and inspection needs at 11 different sites, maintaining an aggressive construction schedule.