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  • HG Consult Grows Transportation Expertise and Expands Practice to Iowa

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    Senior transportation professional brings transportation planning expertise to existing and new clients.

    Hg Consult is pleased to announce that Brenda J. Durbahn, MA has joined the firm as Senior Transportation Planner. Brenda is based in Waterloo, Iowa.

    Brenda brings to the firm a long and successful history in serving transportation clients throughout the Midwest, especially in her home state of Iowa. As a respected transportation planner, over her 25-year career, Brenda has successfully completed planning studies for a variety of transportation improvement projects including, urban streets, major highway corridors, bridge, and freight projects. Throughout her career Brenda has worked with multidisciplinary teams in successfully delivering numerous NEPA corridor planning studies. Recently, she completed an Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Statement for a road diet project through an historic community located on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa.

    “With the addition of Brenda, Hg adds critical transportation and environmental planning expertise to our growing firm.” said Earl Harrison Jr., PE, Hg Consult President. “Not only will she help us continue to provide valuable service to the Iowa DOT, we are planning to include her on several of our existing transportation planning projects in Texas, Colorado, and Missouri. We couldn’t be more excited to have her on board.”

    Brenda holds a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa, and earned a Bachelor of Science in ecology from Iowa State University.

    Hg Consult Hires Patrick Rhoads

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    Being a NCAA D1 wrestler and graduating with a Civil Engineering degree requires dedication and hard work.

    Hg Consult is pleased to announce that Patrick Rhoads, EI, has joined the firm as a civil engineer. Patrick’s hire supplements Hg’s continued growth in roadway design, GIS, construction inspection, and transportation planning. As a May 2016 graduate from the University of Iowa, Patrick obtained a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering, an Engineering Intern Certificate (formerly E.I.T.), all while becoming a NCAA D1 national qualifier for the most dominate collegiate wrestling program in the nation.

    Patrick’s strong dedication to working hard came from his youth wrestling club mentor, Hg Consult’s President, Earl Harrison, Jr. Since childhood, Earl has provided Patrick inspiration to excel in math and science, including hiring Patrick as a summer intern during his sophomore year in High School. “I have known and respected Patrick since he was a junior wrestler and I jumped at the chance to bring someone of his caliber into our firm. We look forward to Patrick’s long and successful career at Hg Consult,” said Earl Harrison Jr., Hg Consult President.

    Throughout college, Patrick was able to gain experience in construction field inspection with an internship at McClure Engineering Co. and gained invaluable technical experience in GIS with the Urban & Regional Planning Department at Iowa. With the guidance of Hg’s engineering and planning staff, Patrick plans to gain his P.E. Licensure to further Hg’s outreach in the Midwest in just under 4 years.

    HG Consult grows transportation expertise and expands practice to Colorado

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    HG Consult is pleased to announce that Jerry A. Mugg, PE has joined the firm as Senior Project Manager and Vice President. Jerry is based in Denver, Colorado.

    Jerry brings to the firm a long and successful history in serving transportation clients throughout the Midwest and in Colorado. As a respected transportation infrastructure leader, over his 30-year career, Jerry has successfully overseen planning, design and construction services for highway, bridge, tollroad, railway and transit projects. Throughout his career Jerry has led multidisciplinary teams in successfully delivering numerous multimodal corridor planning studies, toll feasibility studies and program management assignments. Most recently, he provided advisory services to CDOT for the High-Performance Transportation Enterprise – CDOT’s office for financing and delivering major P3 and design-build projects.

    “With the addition of Jerry to our firm’s leadership, we can further expand our transportation planning and infrastructure management services to our Midwest clients,” said Earl Harrison Jr., PE, HG Consult President. “Furthermore, Jerry’s addition allows us to expand our services into the Colorado marketplace – a region experiencing tremendous economic growth and transportation infrastructure needs.”

    Prior to joining HG Consult, Jerry led and oversaw multi-state consultant service practices for two industry-leading firms, including Colorado and the central Midwest.

    Jerry is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Kansas, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

    Community of Inclusion Awards

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    Burns & McDonnell presented the owners of Hg Consult with an award as part of their Community of Inclusion Awards Ceremony. This awards ceremony is an annual event that Burns & McDonnell sponsors as part of their Diversity Week activities. The award highlighted Hg Consult's successful participation with Burns & McDonnell on several transportation related projects and Burns & McDonnell outreach with Hg Consult to help our firm grow and prosper.

    "Thanks to Ben Biller and Mike Debacker from Burns & McDonnell for this wonderful award. Burns & McDonnell has been a big part of the success of Hg Consult, starting with one of our first projects on US 69 at 96th Street. We look forward to continued success with Burns & McDonnell in the future."

    
- Earl Harrison, Hg Consult founder and principal owner



    Bill Blackwell Announces Retirement at HG Consult

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    After forty years working as a professional engineer, Bill Blackwell has announced his plans to retire sometime before the end of the summer. For the last several years, Bill has led Hg Consult’s storm water planning and design practice. Prior to that, Bill was the Deputy County Engineer for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. Bill also served as the City Engineer of Liberal, Kansas and was a Project Manager for EDAW, Inc. in Fort Collins, Colorado and Alexandria, Virginia.

    The leadership at Hg Consult would like to thank Bill for his dedication to the firm and his successful management of several storm water projects around the metropolitan Kansas City region. Some of his more recent projects have included:

    - Stony Point Storm Water Improvements, Kansas City, Kansas
    - Gateway Interchange Erosion Control Plans, Lenexa, Kansas
    - Marsh and Osage Drainage Basin Improvements, Kansas City, Missouri
    - Turkey Creek Flood Control Project, Kansas City, Kansas

  • Full Value in Colorado

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    Denver, Colorado - Minority and Small Business Certifications

    As a full-service engineering and planning consulting firm, our success has been built on our core values of Trusted Leadership, Quality Work, Practical Approach and Open Communications. Along with our commitment to our employees, these values have endured and are essential to our continued growth. While these qualities are critical to the value we provide, we recognize the additional value we can provide to our clients and partners through our minority-owned status.

    To provide the full value of our firm in our new Colorado office, we are pleased to announce that Hg Consult has been granted the following certifications:

    • Colorado Department of Transportation:
    - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
    - Emerging Small Business

    • Regional Transportation District:
    - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
    - Small Business Enterprise

    • City and County of Denver:
    - Small Business Enterprise

    First Colorado Win

    Denver, Colorado - Minority and Small Business Certifications

    Hg Consult was recently selected to provide engineering services to the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works. The three year on-call contract will range from transportation planning to full roadway and structural design. This win marks Hg Consult’s first win in the Colorado market. Thanks to our partners Dave Evans & Associates, Wilson & Company, and Parsons Transportation Group.

    “Thanks to Jerry’s hard work and strong regional relationships, Hg Consult has an opportunity to make a difference in how people move around in Denver. We’re excited about the opportunity and are ready to get to work.” – Earl Harrison, Hg President

    Please join me in congratulating Jerry Mugg and his team for this important win. Feel free to reach out to Jerry at jmugg@Hgcons.com for more information.

  • Articles and Online Resources

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    "I had the sad responsibility to tell him that “Grow America” would mean nothing for Missouri, since we will be unable to match even the current federal funding unless action is taken this legislative session by the Missouri General Assembly,” says Stephen Miller of MODOT. READ MORE

    Sen. Doug Libla knows it’s not easy to pass a tax increase in Missouri. But he says there’s one big reason that lawmakers should support his deal to raise Missouri’s fuel tax to fund roads projects. The reason? Evidence. READ MORE

    Just about everyone in Missouri politics agrees that the state badly needs an infusion of cash to fix thousands of miles of crumbling highways and scores of increasingly rickety bridges. READ MORE

    Built in the 1950s and ’60s with a 20-year-life expectancy, the four-lane I-70 highway is crumbling beneath its surface and clogged with traffic as it carries more than 30,000 vehicles a day on many of its rural stretches, requiring more frequent repaving. READ MORE

    Online Poll: Are you willing to pay higher taxes at the gas pump for better roads and highways? READ MORE

    Will Missouri Replace I-70 with a 21st Century Interstate? READ MORE

    Should Missouri keep tolls in the mix as a way to improve, expand I-70? READ MORE

    Transportation chief says I-70 is 'completely falling apart' and 'used up' READ MORE
  • Articles and Online Resources

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    Kansas City To Become The Largest 'Smart City' In North America READ MORE

    KC picks streetcar colors - some say they’re classy, others say boring READ MORE

    Will the Streetcar be ready by the Big 12 Tournament? READ MORE