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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.


Michigan Concrete Association – growing an industry

Dan DeGraaf, PE Executive Director/CEO Michigan Concrete Association

Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) is everything concrete in Michigan.  We represent ready mix producers, concrete pavers, cement producers and the affiliate industry.  Our annual conference is designed to help our members learn about new things and to celebrate quality projects. 

“MCA serves as point for current or state of the art technical and business issues facing all sides of the concrete industry,” shares Bruce Wilberding, Principal and lead of G2’s Construction Engineering Services.  “G2 relies on this organization for technical updates and training.”

One of the most exciting highlights from this year’s conference is the announcement  of a new program for construction work force development (click here to learn more).  This program is dedicated to attracting new people to the construction industry in Michigan, which faces a massive labor shortage on the horizon.  MCA is leading a statewide awareness and branding campaign to increase interest in construction careers and simplify the process of finding training and employment in these careers.
The conference also included training on new test procedures for concrete, information on changes in MDOT specifications, announcements on new MDOT projects and updates on ongoing mega-projects,  and discussion on the future of coal (which impacts the supply of fly ash for use in concrete production).
Finally, the conference celebrated cool projects from around the state – G2 Consulting Group was on the team of two award-winning projects: Stephens Road (NB Kelly Rd to I-94) and Beaconsfield Avenue, 9 Mile to Biscayne Ave.

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.


New FedEx Facility @ Former Detroit Artillery Armory

Chris Nicol, PE/Project Manager

Chris Nicol, P.E.
Project Manager

FedEx Corporation will occupy a 300,000 square foot distribution center currently under construction on the former site of the Detroit Artillery Armory in Oak Park, Michigan. The property had included a 494,000-square-foot building that was a machine gun manufacturing plant during World War II, which has been demolished. The property then was turned over to the Michigan National Guard after the war for training and storage until the early 1990s, and then just for storage until 2000.

G2 Consulting Group was retained by Giffels Webster to perform a geotechnical investigation on the 60 acre site, which had varying depths of fill remaining from former uses. G2 characterized subsurface materials and developed deep and shallow foundation designs for consideration. After reviewing options, Scannell Properties, the construction developer, decided to remove and replace existing fill and construct shallow foundations. G2 now is working with Scannell Properties to perform QC during construction for earthwork, foundations, pavements, floor slabs and structural steel.


Rochester Hills Special Inspection Program

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
Project Manager

In 2010, Rochester Hills implemented a Special Inspections Program for all new construction in the City, following requirements of the Michigan Building Code. Following an extensive qualifications review process, G2 Consulting Group became one of few firms pre-approved by the Building Department to provide special inspections for steel fabricators, structural steel, concrete, masonry, structural wood, soils, deep foundations, spray-applied fire resistant materials, and EIFS.

Since receiving approval by the City, G2 has completed over 20 special inspections for construction in Rochester Hills.

Click on the video below to see some of the projects under construction.


G2 Completes Record Year; Anticipates Strong 2015

Mark Smolinski, P.E Principal/Project Consultant

Mark Smolinski, P.E
Principal/Project Consultant

Like others in our industry, we stayed focused and struggled through the economic downturn of 2008-2011, but we were able to hold onto all of our people during the recession and put them to work improving our services and processes.  That work is paying dividends for us now.  The continued growth of our telecom business and the long lack of attention to Michigan’s roads and highways that’s finally now being addressed have put our services in greater demand than ever.

G2 Consulting recorded 2,700 projects in 2014 leading the firm to its third consecutive year of revenue growth.  Revenues for the company grew by 50% in 2014 following growth of 31% in 2012 and 20% in 2013.  Pent-up demand for new development and deferred maintenance from the economic downtown are putting real pressure on companies like ours to produce.  This is a good thing and we’re ready for it.  2015 should be an even better year.

Click here to read the full press release.


Field and Stream Store

Troy, Michigan

Field & Stream developed its first store in Michigan at the site of a former Circuit City at Oakland Mall. Development was challenged by deep organic soils which threatened to increase the cost of construction. G2 Consulting Group assisted both the property manager for Oakland Mall and Field and Stream to develop a cost effective solution which helped move the development forward. The store opened on schedule in March 2015.

Fast Facts

Project Owner

Field and Stream


Demolition of former Circuit City building followed by construction of a 49,500 square foot, single-story, slab-on-grade structure.

G2 Services Provided

Geotechnical investigation and engineering
Environmental waste characterization
Special inspections and testing


    • G2 performed a geotechnical investigation and environmental waste characterization for Oakland Mall’s property manager, Urban Retail Properties LLC. Deep organic fill soils were found within the building pad of the former Circuit City building. G2 identified two options for dealing with these soils: extending footings through the organic soils or removing the unsuitable organic soils within the foundation areas.
    • G2 performed the special inspections/testing for Field and Stream directly. To create additional cost savings, G2 provided recommendations for the use of lean concrete foundation extensions in lieu of extending footings through the unsuitable organic soils with regular concrete.
    • After performing extensive analyses, G2 determined that the existing organic fill could be left in for support of the floor slab creating a significant savings to the project.
    • G2 provided special inspections/testing for earthwork operations, utility backfill, foundations, floor slabs, masonry, structural steel, site pavement (asphalt and concrete).

Smart. Results. Fast. G2 worked closely with Oakland Mall’s property manager and Field and Stream, performing extensive geotechnical analyses to address difficult onsite soils, creating significant cost savings, and maintaining the grand opening target date.

Oakland University Adds Athletic Facilities

Jason Stoops, P.E Ann Arbor Office Manager

Jason Stoops, P.E
Ann Arbor Office Manager

Oakland University is completing construction of a $7.8 million facility to accommodate the university’s NCAA Division I sports, mainly tennis and track and field.   A recreational “super field” will be included in the complex, which will have enough space for multiple activities at the same time.  Read more about this project…

All earth work and quality control was done by G2 Consulting Group.  Click on the video below for a bird’s eye view of the project!