Archives August 2015

UM Unveils Mcity


The future of transportation has arrived at the University of Michigan with the unveiling of Mcity — a one-of-a-kind test track for connected and automated vehicles. MSG has been involved with the $10M project from preliminary planning efforts through site layout, roadway and utility design, signalization, landscaping, lighting, and construction administration. Inside the miniature city are a variety of traffic scenarios including roundabouts, intersections and railroad crossings. According to University officials, the facility underscores Michigan's emergence as a leader in advanced mobility.

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Kyle Gives Back Through Reach Out & Read

Kyle is the son of MSG's Doug Perisutti. Check out the article by clicking here...

If you would like to help but you cannot drop off your books, email Kyle at to arrange a pick up. Or if you would like to make a monetary donation, log on to monetary donation can go even further because it will be used to purchase books at a discount offered by local book distributors for Reach Out and Read.

Please consider helping this worthwhile cause.

MSG Detroit Helping Blaze a Trail to Independence


As a part of MSG's Community Engagement Initiative, the Detroit Office selected The Jerry L. White Center as their initiative for 2015. The Jerry L. White Center is a special education school or the Visually, Hearing, Moderately Cognitively, Severely Multiply and Severely Cognitively Impaired students. This Detroit Public School has an enrollment of 200+ special education students ranging in ages 14–19. Under the leadership of Principal Tia' Von Moore-Patton, the staff at the Jerry L. White Center is instrumental in focusing on students' abilities, not their disabilities, while preparing young adults to live as independently as possible. MSG Detroit donated school supplies for the upcoming 2015–2016 school year consistent with the Center's motto, "blazing a trail to independence" for its students!

MSG Welcomes New BD Hire Angela Fortino


The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) is pleased to announce the addition of Angela Fortino to the firm. Angela will serve as Business Development Associate for Michigan.

Angela has eight (8) years' experience in business development, economic development and urban planning. Previously employed by one of the largest chambers in the United States, the Detroit Regional Chamber, she was responsible for the development of an 11-county regional business attraction strategy and served as a liaison for foreign firms entering the U.S. market with public agencies and the private sector. Prior to the Chamber, Angela served as an Urban Planning & Business Development Associate for Zachary & Associates, a boutique firm based in Detroit. At MSG, Angela will focus on cultivating new business development relationships with prospective clients in both the public and private sectors.

"We are excited to have Angela join us", said Sheri Bokros, Vice President of Business Development at MSG. "She will be a tremendous asset in assisting us with solidifying our presence within the Michigan market and will undoubtedly bring a new perspective on business development to our team."

Proud Sponsor of the COMTO Scholarship Event


Lots of sunshine for the COMTO Michigan 4th Annual Golf Outing and Scholarship Event. MSG is proud to be the trophy sponsor for the event, which awards scholarships and contributes to operating funds for the Michigan Chapter of the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

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MSG Welcomes Hydrogeologist Jeff Arp


The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) is pleased to announce the addition of hydrogeologist Jeffrey D. Arp, PG. Jeff will join the firm's Geoenvironmental Group, where he will lead landfill/groundwater monitoring efforts, compliance projects and permitting efforts, as well as assist with other related landfill project activities, such as subsurface investigations and remediation.

Jeff has 25 years of environmental consulting experience. A registered professional geologist, he has completed hydrogeologic investigations at facilities in the solid and hazardous waste, construction and demolition debris, chemical, steel, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries. He has also directed groundwater detection monitoring and assessment programs and pre-drill baseline testing.

"The addition of Jeff to our staff will enhance our expanding landfill services, providing new depth and broader geographic coverage," explained Sally L. Gladwell, Vice President and Senior Project Manager of the firm's Geoenvironmental Group. "Our clients can expect emboldened services related to groundwater remediation, gas well field assessment and mine dewatering — all of which are unique skills Jeff brings to MSG," she added.

"Youth Mentoring Day" at MSG


In support of STEM education for disadvantaged youth, MSG held our 5th annual "Youth Mentoring Day" July 16th at our Canton, Michigan, office. MSG staff gave their time to serve as mentors and teachers for 120 high school and early college students from the City of Detroit organized by the non-profit organization, The Greening of Detroit. The Teaching Station Leaders provided invaluable knowledge, expertise, inspiration and motivation to our future leaders in the engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture fields. Our hope is that such activities will provide these young people the vision for a fulfilling future.