Archives May 2016

On This Memorial Day...

Memorial Day
By: Brian Geer, Charlie Poat & Dan Carroll

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has just released its May 2016 edition of its official magazine. It highlights the 150th Anniversary this year of the Memorial Day Tradition to recognize those who lost their life defending our country, freedoms and way of life. Being engineers, we tend to gravitate to the statistics, which in this case can be overwhelming to consider. Looking back at the last 241 years, the US has lost some 1.2 million Americans in 83 different wars. The loss is staggering and stirs many different emotions with all Americans.

As President Lincoln cites in the Gettysburg Address 'It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.' President Lincoln is speaking of the horrific loss of life at Gettysburg and of the struggle to sustain a country, but his words hold true and why we at MSG take such pride in the projects we describe below. These memorials and landmarks help remind us of the ideals and protections that our country aspires to provide. These projects keep the memories of the brave individuals lost at the forefront, as permanent reminders of the struggle America has had to face to make it to today, and how we all should continue to strive to be a better society and Country.

The City of Dearborn is relocating the Veterans Memorial from the old City Hall location to a new prominent site at the Centennial Library. The City of Dearborn Memorial Day Parade will end the ceremonial procession at the new memorial grounds. The City of Dearborn has contracted Neumann Smith (NS) and The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) to perform comprehensive professional consulting services for the memorial. MSG is proud to be part of this memorial project that honors the men and women who have served in our armed forces and have sacrificed to provide the citizens of the United States a high standard quality of life, based on the freedoms of a democratic society. The City of Dearborn's Veterans Memorial will display wartime monuments, honor each branch of service, flags and a historical timeline of Dearborn all composed around a formal landscape plaza setting.


As Memorial Day approaches, MSG reflects on our fortune of having the opportunity to conduct professional consulting services on a wide range of important facilities that have had significant roles in our country's military history. A major influence has been our citizen's response to wartime preparedness to convert our industrial facilities to support military operation overseas. MSG has had the opportunity to work with both public and private sector leaders to sustain continued life for some of Michigan and Ohio's most iconic industrial facilities. MSG has provided planning, grant writing, environmental compliance, due diligence and engineering from conception through to construction of the following magnificent facilities:

The Rouge Industrial Complex, Dearborn, Michigan: Redevelopment shifts the paradigm of industrial manufacturing as an icon of sustainable production. Based on a personal request from President Woodrow Wilson to Henry Ford in 1917, The existing Rouge facility (which was at the time producing Model A's) shifted production to Eagle Class Patrol Boats, which were WWI anti-submarine warfare boats to combat the menace of the German U-Boat during the war.


MSG converted the existing industrial complex into a green infrastructure facility by installing sustainable landscapes, comprehensive LID storm water management systems, and upgrading a reduced network of roadways. The Henry Ford Visitor Center (on site) provides narrative description and vantage points for learning about the "Greening of the Rouge".


Willow Run Industrial Complex, Ypsilanti, Michigan: Once the setting for the "Arsenal of Democracy," where Rosie the Riveter built the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. At the time of the construction of the main structure in 1941, it was believed to be the largest factory under one roof anywhere in the world. It was believed that of the total number of B-24 bombers produced during WWII, over half of them came from the Willow Run Plant.


MSG assisted in the decommissioning of the property and transforming the grounds for a world class automated & driverless vehicle test facility helping to solidify southeast Michigan as the center of automotive technology.


For more information on the history and vision of these important landmarks, please visit, and

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MSG was a Presenting Sponsor at 2016 TMACOG Transportation Summit


MSG was proud to be a Presenting Partner at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) 2016 Transportation Summit in Maumee. "Connecting Partners, Sharing Information, and Coordinating Efforts in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan", brings transportation professionals together with elected officials, business leaders, and interested citizens to plan for the future and promote livable communities.

Scott Quesenberry Joins MSG


MSG is pleased to announce Scott Quesenberry has joined our firm as Vice President, Ohio Construction. Scott will assist the MSG Transportation Group with the continued growth and development of our ODOT Construction Engineering and Inspection services area. Scott has 25 years of experience working with ODOT and managing construction inspection projects. His experience, reputation and knowledge will complement MSG's existing staff and experience and allow for our continued growth throughout Ohio. MSG welcomes Scott!

Can You Dig It?


MSG has a deep and experienced team of geotechnical engineers, fully-equipped drilling rigs and an AMRL certified soils laboratory. Between 2013 and 2015, MSG performed close to 300 geotechnical investigations for a wide variety of Clients, including Ford, Toyota, ODOT, MDOT, ProMedica Health System and many others. We are looking forward to another strong year of continued growth for our geotechnical team.

Brownfield JEOPARDY! a Hit at the 2016 Brownfield Conference


Marc Gerdeman from the City of Toledo and Sally Gladwell and Elizabeth Lopez from MSG shared the results and ongoing activities of the US EPA-funded Toledo Area-Wide Plan Project at the 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference. Attendees learned about evolving strategies to redevelop brownfields, as well as the key initiatives, local partnering and leveraged accomplishments that are helping transform a 664-acre area northwest of downtown Toledo. After the AWP overview, some stayed to play Brownfield JEOPARDY! to test their knowledge of EPA processes, grants, and other programs that strive to rebuild targeted Ohio neighborhoods.


Don't Be That Driver!


We wore orange shirts today in support of National Work Zone Awareness Week — warmer weather means more orange barrels. Support safety in work zones by slowing down in construction areas. Don't be that Driver!

Stormwater JEOPARDY! Highlights Toledo's Cullen Park


Steve Day from the City of Toledo and Sally Gladwell from MSG shared the results and the ongoing progress of the GLRI-funded RESTORATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF TOLEDO'S CULLEN PARK. Attendees learned about the distinguished importance of Cullen Park to the Toledo community and how, the GLRI grant, and a match investment from the City, enabled the park to be transformed in the past year. After the Cullen Park project overview, some stayed and played STORMWATER JEOPARDY! to test their knowledge of the Cullen Park restoration, stormwater best management practices, and the benefits of a project like this.

Representing at the US Algal Toxin Conference


Chris McGovern, CEO of Environmental Remediation Contractor, and our own Sally Gladwell, Vice President and Ohio GeoEnvironmental Business Sector Leader, were featured presenters at the US Algal Toxin Conference on May 11th at the University of Akron. The conference was sponsored by the Akron Global Water Alliance. As part of an innovative technologies workshop, Chris and Sally discussed "Removing Dissolved Phosphorus from Agricultural Drainage with Phosphorus Removal Structures." MSG is committed to innovative design solutions to improve water quality in the Great Lakes and promoting awareness of water quality issues.