Celebrating 100 Years of Designing Better Urban Environments

Fernando Sarmiento Appointed as New Director of Latin American Operations

Greeley and Hansen Receives Corporate Leadership Award from Upwardly Global

Greeley and Hansen Names John Robak as President

Greeley and Hansen CEO Receives Outstanding Service Award from AWWA

Greeley and Hansen Participates in Commerce Department Trade Mission to Latin America

Greeley and Hansen Participates in Global Observance of Earth Day 2013

Greeley and Hansen Recognized for Engineering Excellence

Greeley and Hansen Sponsors Instituto del Progreso Latino Event to Support Diversity

Michael J. Hope Named Office Director

Kim Tanner Named Managing Director of Southwest Operations

Greeley and Hansen’s Ballotti Fellowship Awarded to Two Purdue University Engineering Students

Stephen McGowan Named Managing Director of Midwest Operations

Greeley and Hansen Supports Environmental Sustainability Through America in Bloom Sponsorship

Bauner to Serve as 2012-2013 Chair of NYSAWWA

Greeley and Hansen CEO to Lead Discussion on Sustainable Water Management and Use

Greeley and Hansen Supports Sustainable Infrastructure Organization

Greeley and Hansen Partners with Gateway Green Chicago to Sponsor a Local Expressway Garden

Greeley and Hansen Joins Chicago United to Further Promote Workplace Diversity

National Association for Business Resources Names Greeley and Hansen as One of the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the Country

Greeley and Hansen Named to Chicago Tribune’s “Top Workplaces for 2011”

Purdue University Graduate Student Receives Greeley and Hansen Fellowship Award

Greeley and Hansen Co-Sponsors Upwardly Global’s Chicago Passport to Possibilities Awards and Gala

Greeley and Hansen CEO to Speak on the Challenges Concerning Chicago’s Water

Greeley and Hansen Wins PSMJ Circle of Excellence Award

Honoring the Graduating Internship Class of 2011

Theresa Grace Named Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Dimitrios Katehis Named National Director of Process Engineering

Greeley and Hansen Chooses Water For People for Principal 10 Best Companies Donation

Greeley and Hansen Selected as One of The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Benefits and Financial Security

Mark Atkinson Named National MEP/IC Manager

Greeley and Hansen Receives Facility of the Year Award from the International Facility Management Association - Chicago

Selected for Seventh Year as One of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For

Spieles Honored as MWEA Outstanding Environmental Consultant

Greeley and Hansen Earns Excellence in Practice Citation Award

Greeley and Hansen Receives Top Engineering Excellence Honors

 

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Celebrating 100 Years of Designing Better Urban Environments

January 29, 2014 – When Samuel A. Greeley founded his namesake engineering firm in 1914, he focused on addressing one critical challenge – improving sanitary conditions and water quality in growing urban areas to create safer environments and protect public health.  Now, as the firm marks its 100th year in business, Greeley and Hansen celebrates this ongoing legacy as a leading global civil and environmental engineering firm in the water and wastewater industry. 

“Over the course of our long history of assisting municipalities with some of the most challenging and complex projects, Greeley and Hansen has earned a reputation for serving our clients as a trusted advisor to address their needs with sustainable solutions,” said Andy Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re truly grateful to all of our current and past staff members for their passion and commitment to meeting the needs of our clients, as well as to all of our clients who have entrusted our firm to assist them with their evolving water and wastewater requirements and challenges over these many years.”

“While this is certainly a time to celebrate our heritage and the countless contributions our firm and our staff have made to our clients and their communities, it’s also time to look ahead to new and exciting project opportunities as we continue to grow the firm and expand our business operations in developing global markets,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our client partners as we enter our next century remaining consistently focused on quality, vision, and the future, the same guideposts that have brought us to this remarkable 100th anniversary milestone,” added Robak.

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Fernando Sarmiento Appointed as New Director of Latin American Operations

December 3, 2013Greeley and Hansen has named Fernando Sarmiento as managing director of the firm’s new Latin America Operating Group.  Sarmiento most recently served as office director for the Phoenix location of the firm.  He has more than 16 years of professional engineering experience with Greeley and Hansen, managing a diverse range of water and wastewater programs and facility upgrade projects for municipal utilities and agencies.

 “Over the last two years, Fernando has been instrumental in continuing to advance our firm’s strategy for expanding business operations in high-growth Latin American markets,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen president and chief operating officer.  “In this new leadership role, Fernando will be able to better focus and direct our efforts in this important and growing region for water, wastewater and solid waste engineering services.  With his strong technical and project management background combined with his in-depth understanding of current Latin American markets, Fernando is highly qualified to lead this new international operating group for our firm.”

“Since I’m originally from South America, I am particularly excited to be in this new position to lead Greeley and Hansen’s Latin American expansion efforts, and I’m eager to strengthen our business relationships with clients in the region to secure key infrastructure projects that will support continued anticipated growth in these countries” said Sarmiento.  “This is certainly an exciting time to be at Greeley and Hansen, and I’m honored to take on this new assignment for the firm in Latin America.”

A registered Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional, Sarmiento is a Fulbright Scholar with  a masters degree in environmental engineering from Arizona State University  and a  bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from National Polytechnic School, Quito, Ecuador.  He is also a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the Arizona Water Association, the Project Management Institute, and the Association of Mechanical Engineers, Ecuador. 

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Greeley and Hansen Receives Corporate Leadership Award from Upwardly Global

September 25, 2013 – Greeley and Hansen was honored to receive the Corporate Leadership Award from Upwardly Global at its 2013 Chicago Passport to Possibilities Awards and Gala. The award recognizes Greeley and Hansen’s long-standing commitment to workplace diversity and leadership in creating the innovative Global Engineers in Residence (GEIR) program in partnership with Upwardly Global, a national award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating employment barriers for skilled, work-authorized immigrants in the United States.

GEIR is a unique six-month apprentice-type program designed by Greeley and Hansen to provide skilled immigrants with the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job engineering experience and mentoring to help them integrate into the U.S. professional workforce.  Upwardly Global provides direct access to this trained talent through its extensive network of immigrant professionals who are already authorized to work in the U.S., but are often employed well below their educational skill sets. 

 “By inviting skilled and experienced global engineering professionals to join their Global Engineers in Residence Program, Greeley and Hansen is demonstrating innovative ways companies can meet their talent needs and helping new Americans regain the dignity and pride that comes from working to their full abilities,” said Adolfo Hernandez, Director of the Chicago Mayor’s Office of New Americans. “ Congratulations to Greeley and Hansen’s President, John Robak, for receiving Upwardly Global’s 2013 Corporate Leadership Award and for helping to make Chicago a more immigrant friendly city.”

“I’m pleased to accept this leadership award on behalf of Greeley and Hansen,” said Robak.  “Our partnership with Upwardly Global has been built on our shared commitment to providing meaningful employment opportunities for skilled immigrant engineers and other professionals already authorized to work in the U.S. and living here in Chicago. We believe Upwardly Global’s pool of trained candidates is a beneficial resource for addressing the ongoing technical talent shortage experienced by many companies in the U.S.  The GEIR program can be easily adapted beyond the engineering profession to just about any organization or technical industry facing similar labor shortages.”

About Upwardly Global
Upwardly Global, founded in 2000, is a national, nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Upwardly Global helps work-authorized, skilled immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the U.S. by providing professional job-search training and access to employers with global talent needs.  For more information about the organization, please visit http://www.upwardlyglobal.org

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Greeley and Hansen Names John Robak as President

September 19, 2013 John C. Robak has been named president of Greeley and Hansen.   In this newly created position, he will be responsible for all internal operations and business affairs of the firm and will also direct international business operations.  Robak is a principal of the firm and will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer.  He is also a member of the Greeley and Hansen Board of Directors.

“John has been appointed to this new position of president within our firm to add a stronger business-centric perspective within our solidly focused engineering and technical environment,” said Chief Executive Officer Andy Richardson.  “With his diverse prior international business experience, extensive people-focused capabilities, and broad, holistic business perspectives, John is highly qualified to help advance our strategic vision for sustainable growth, as well as our international footprint in targeted markets.”

“It’s both exciting and challenging to take on this new role at Greeley and Hansen as the firm continues to drive forward with a dynamic growth-oriented business model,” said Robak. “I’m particularly honored to serve as president of the firm as it heads into its 100th anniversary in 2014.  I look forward to building on that long-history of success by helping to drive high performance in our internal operations and to expand our business operations across the globe.”

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Greeley and Hansen CEO Receives Outstanding Service Award from AWWA

June 13, 2013 Andrew W. Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of Greeley and Hansen, received the Outstanding Service Award for his exceptional leadership and contributions to the water industry at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

Richardson, a member of the AWWA since 1983, sat on the AWWA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 2001-2007, including serving as the association's President in 2005-2006.  While President of AWWA, he initiated and chaired the first meeting of the officers from all major water and wastewater associations to collaborate and develop a single, consistent message to the public, on behalf of the water industry, about the value of water to public health, safety and welfare.  He also served as the AWWA Vice-President and in other key leadership positions. In addition, Richardson has led and participated in committees for the international development of AWWA and has been a contributing author for three AWWA publications on water reuse. 

"I’m honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award from the American Water Works Association," said Richardson. “Over the years, I’ve been truly inspired by the dedicated professionals who have supported the advancement of AWWA through their tireless service, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work together with so many of them.  As a proud member of this notable organization for more than 30 years, I look forward to continuing our mission to improve the quality of the world’s drinking water supply and to serve as the first-line resource for the water science and education community."

Richardson and his late father, William H. Richardson (president of AWWA in 1983-84), who received the award in 1988, are the first father-son combination to receive the award in the AWWA's 132 year history.

About the American Water Works Association
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to safe and sustainable water in the world.  With more than 50,000 members worldwide and 43 sections in North America, AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the entire water community.

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Greeley and Hansen Participates in Commerce Department Trade Mission to Latin America

May 28, 2013John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen, accompanied U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Dr. Rebecca Blank on an infrastructure business development trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama from May 12-18, 2013.

The governments of these countries have each outlined ambitious infrastructure development projects for the years ahead, including plans to build roads, bridges, and water and wastewater treatment facilities and systems.  “These growing Latin American economies represent a tremendous opportunity for Greeley and Hansen,” Robak said. “I was honored to represent Greeley and Hansen and the local business community in these important talks, and I’m confident the discussions we had during the trade mission will initiate ongoing relationships with key infrastructure decision-makers.”

Robak was one of 20 business leaders from U.S. companies that were part of this trade delegation. It is also the third time in the past year that Robak has accompanied the Commerce Department to promote U.S. exports abroad. Robak previously participated in successful talks with high-level government officials and business leaders in South Africa, Zambia and Egypt, three other potential growth markets for U.S. goods and services and for Greeley and Hansen.

“This trade mission was very helpful and worthwhile for us, as Greeley and Hansen is eager to grow its business footprint in Latin American markets,” Robak said. “Greeley and Hansen has deep experience in this region, having previously completed water infrastructure projects in each of these countries during the course of our nearly 100-year history.”

To learn more about the trade mission to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama, see Robak’s blog entry at: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2013/05/15/greeley-and-hansen-plans-increase-infrastructure-export-opportunities-latin-america

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Greeley and Hansen Participates in Global Observance of Earth Day 2013

April 22, 2013 – Greeley and Hansen joins over one billion people and companies from around the world in celebrating Earth Day 2013 today. As a civil and environmental engineering and architecture firm, Greeley and Hansen is deeply committed to collaborating with municipalities and agencies to develop sustainable solutions to their water and wastewater challenges.  “Through the work we do for our clients,” said John C. Robak, Chief Operating Officer, “Greeley and Hansen’s staff takes action every day toward protecting the environment, our communities, and the most critical resource on the earth – water.”

In recognition of this global observance of Earth Day, this year Greeley and Hansen is participating in an Earth Day initiative, called “Earth is Good Business,” being hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Colombia in partnership with the U.S. – Colombia Bilateral Chamber of Commerce (Am Cham).  The “Earth is Good Business” link on the embassy’s website offers environmentally conscious U.S. companies the opportunity to share best practices for protecting the environment and to highlight the green programs, services, and technologies they provide.

“The embassy’s Earth is Good Business site is a unique concept that highlights the importance and value of collaborating with environmentally focused businesses,” said Robak.  “Our participation in this site allows us another opportunity to emphasize our commitment to developing sustainable water resources programs and to the growth of our international business in this important market area.”

For more information about “Earth is Good Business,” visit: http://usbusiness-opportunities-embassybogota.com/2013/04/19/earth-day-is-good-business/

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Greeley and Hansen Recognized for Engineering Excellence

April 17, 2013 – The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recognized Greeley and Hansen with several 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards for innovative projects the firm recently completed for clients.

The ACEC Michigan presented its top level award, the Honor Award for Engineering Excellence, to Greeley and Hansen and the City of Ann Arbor for the residuals handling improvements project at the city’s 30-year old wastewater treatment plant. The project required upgrading and retrofitting the existing biosolids handling facilities to improve process efficiency and performance, and to provide operational flexibility to meet future regulatory requirements. This project also received a National Recognition Award from the ACEC.

As part of the tri-venture design team for the Newtown Creek South Battery Upgrade project of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), Greeley and Hansen, its tri-venture partners, and the NYCDEP received a Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence from the ACEC New York.  For this highly complex project, the tri-venture team developed an innovative design concept, called the Track 3 Process, that completely eliminated the use of large primary tanks to achieve required secondary treatment standards at the water pollution control plant.

Greeley and Hansen also earned two merit awards from the ACEC Indiana for engineering excellence. The new water/wastewater laboratory project that the firm completed at the City of Anderson’s water pollution control facility incorporated many safety and energy-efficient design features that will allow for accurate testing of potable water during its treatment and delivery and the testing of discharge from the wastewater treatment plant to the White River.  The new CSO interceptor project along relocated US 231 for the City of West Lafayette was also recognized with an award. This interceptor diverts up to 1.8 million gallons per day of wastewater for complete treatment and will provide city-wide economic benefits for decades to come.

“Receiving these awards reflects and reinforces Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to working collaboratively with our clients as their trusted advisor,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “It also highlights our proven ability to develop creative yet practical project solutions through dedicated, high-quality service to meet the unique needs of each client and the communities they serve.”

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Greeley and Hansen Sponsors Instituto del Progreso Latino Event to Support Diversity

April 10, 2013 – As a title sponsor of Alta Cocina: A Spring Chefs Gala, Greeley and Hansen is pleased to support this annual fund-raising event for Instituto del Progreso Latino, a non-profit community-based organization serving over 11,500 participants and families in Chicago annually.  This year, the dinner and live auction gala event will be held at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel Chicago on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to fostering workforce diversity is well aligned with Instituto’s overall mission to contribute to the fullest development of Latino immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the U.S. society while preserving cultural identity and dignity.

John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, notes “Greeley and Hansen shares Instituto’s vision and belief that education is a transforming power for real change.  As a company headquartered in Chicago for nearly 100 years, we are pleased to partner with Instituto to help develop the next generation of future leaders and to further promote workforce diversity.  We are proud to support Instituto’s important efforts as a title sponsor of Alta Cocina.”

“Instituto del Progreso Latino has been changing lives and strengthening communities in Chicago for 35 years,” said Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Instituto. “And, we are grateful to have the support of companies like Greeley and Hansen that recognize the value of our mission to Chicago and in providing education and development to help Latino immigrants and their families increase self-sufficiency.”

About Instituto del Progreso Latino

Instituto del Progreso Latino was incorporated in 1977 to meet the needs of Latino immigrants to learn English, find employment, accustom their children to the U.S. educational systems, and adjust to life in Chicago in a myriad of ways.  Today, Instituto is recognized as a leading educational center serving more than 11,500 families annually to advance their educational horizons, encourage civic participation by becoming U.S. citizens who vote, and provide employment and career advancement opportunities that lead to secure economic futures.  For more information, visit http://www.idpl.org/

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Michael J. Hope Named Office Director

February 19, 2013 — Greeley and Hansen has named Michael J. Hope, P.E. as Office Director of the firm’s Philadelphia location.  Hope, who most recently served as a Client Service Manager and Senior Project Manager for CDM Smith, has broad experience in planning, design, and project management for a wide range of water and wastewater treatment facilities.

As Office Director, Hope will help lead efforts to advance the firm’s strategic initiatives and business performance goals in the Northeast. He will also be responsible for overall office operations, including coordinating resources, project staffing, and other human resources and financial management activities.

“Greeley and Hansen is committed to promoting a high-performance culture through leadership that is focused on client service,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “Mike brings proven industry experience to our firm, as well as a genuine interest and enthusiasm for building collaborative relationships with our clients.” 

“We’re glad to welcome Mike to our team,” said Cliff Pomerantz, Managing Director, Northeast Operating Group. “He will play a key role in managing our Philadelphia operations and in developing new business to help us meet our overall growth objectives in the region.”

Hope is a registered professional engineer and is a New Jersey Certified Municipal Engineer. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Widener University and was named an Outstanding Young Professional Engineer by the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers.  Hope is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Water Works Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served as an officer and committee chair for the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, the Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County, the New Jersey Water Environment Association, and others.

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Kim Tanner Named Managing Director of Southwest Operations

December 5, 2012— Greeley and Hansen has named Kim A. Tanner as Managing Director of the firm’s Southwest Operating Group.  Mr. Tanner, who most recently served as Vice President in the Arizona Operations for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, has more than 35 years of broad experience with engineering operations and project management in the water and wastewater field.

“Kim’s depth of technical expertise and his proven leadership experience in operations management along with his client-focused and performance-driven consulting approach will be extremely valuable in this key role within our organization,” said Andy Richardson, Chief Executive Officer.  “We’re very pleased that Kim has joined our firm and will be working with us to achieve our strategic business goals.”

As a Managing Director at Greeley and Hansen, Tanner will have broad responsibilities for directing day-to-day business operations, as well as developing and implementing the annual marketing and business development plan and budget for the firm’s Southwest offices. “With his in-depth experience and understanding of client needs and market conditions in the Southwest, Kim is certainly primed to help grow our operations in that region,” said Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President, Western Operations.

“I’m looking forward to working with our clients and staff in the Southwest and to advancing Greeley and Hansen’s long-range strategy for sustained growth,” said Tanner. 

A registered Professional Engineer, Tanner holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University.  He is a member of the American Water Works Association.

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Greeley and Hansen’s Ballotti Fellowship Awarded to Two Purdue University Engineering Students

October 16, 2012 – Two Purdue University students, Yue Hu and Dan Su, were awarded Greeley and Hansen’s Elmer F. Ballotti Memorial Fellowship at the Purdue School of Civil Engineering’s annual Scholarships and Awards Program on October 12, 2012.  The event also marked the 125th anniversary of the School of Civil Engineering.

The memorial fellowship, which was established by Greeley and Hansen in 1996 to honor the distinguished engineering career of Elmer F. Ballotti, a Purdue alumnus and a long-time partner of the firm, is presented annually to exceptional Purdue graduate students pursuing studies in environmental engineering.  Greeley and Hansen’s Bethany Wallin presented the awards to Hu and Su, who were selected for the fellowship based on their academic performance and strong leadership abilities.

“Greeley and Hansen is proud to support these promising students as well as the School of Civil Engineering’s outstanding academic program,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “We certainly share the school’s dedication to promoting engineering excellence, and we believe the Ballotti fellowship is a meaningful way to continue our partnership with Purdue to develop the best engineering talent for the future.”

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Stephen McGowan Named Managing Director of Midwest Operations

July 27, 2012 Greeley and Hansen has named Stephen F. McGowan as Managing Director of the firm’s Midwest Operating Group. McGowan, who most recently served as a Vice President of Malcolm Pirnie (the water division of Arcadis), has more than 27 years of wide-ranging environmental engineering and project management experience in the water and wastewater field.

As a Managing Director at Greeley and Hansen, McGowan will have broad responsibilities for directing day-to-day business operations, as well as for the development and implementation of annual marketing and business development plans and budgets for the firm’s four Midwest offices.

“We’re pleased to have Steve on our team in this key leadership role,” said Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President of Western Operations. “His impressive technical background and leadership experience in successfully managing engineering and construction operations for some of the largest and most complex wastewater projects will certainly be a great benefit to our clients, and to our firm as we accelerate ongoing efforts to achieve our growth objectives in the Midwest.”

“This is a great time for me to be joining Greeley and Hansen, with its strategic focus on achieving sustained future growth” said McGowan.  “I’m looking forward to leading the firm’s efforts to expand business operations in the Midwest by building solid partnerships with our clients and collaborating with them to address their challenges and meet their needs now and in the long-term.”

A registered Professional Engineer and Board Certified Environmental Engineer, McGowan holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Manhattan College.  He is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, the American Water Works Association, and the Water Environment Federation.

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Greeley and Hansen Supports Environmental Sustainability Through America in Bloom Sponsorship

May 1, 2012 – Greeley and Hansen is the newest sponsor of America in Bloom (AIB), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements.  As an environmentally focused technical firm, Greeley and Hansen supports AIB’s mission and annual beautification program for cities and towns of all sizes, which provides a framework for continuous improvements by planting pride in communities.  Over the past 10 years, nearly 200 cities from 38 states have experienced the many benefits that the AIB program has brought to their communities.

 “While our direct line of business is focused on water, wastewater, and infrastructure engineering and architecture, ultimately, at Greeley and Hansen we create better urban environments by collaborating with municipalities to develop sustainable water resources programs for their communities,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Our focus on environmental sustainability is in lockstep with the mission and work of AIB, and we’re proud to support their important efforts as a national sponsor.”

“We’re delighted to partner with Greeley and Hansen, a technical firm that supports our overall mission and truly understands that America in Bloom is about much more than just aesthetics,” said Marvin N. Miller, PhD, President of AIB.  “We know there are many positive economic, sociological, psychological, and environmental impacts when a city adopts the AIB program as its own.  These range from reduced vandalism and other crimes to improved recreation and related health benefits.  Many mayors and other officials of participating cities have told us that the program unified their city into a real community in ways they never thought possible,” he added. 

City of Lafayette, Indiana Mayor Tony Roswarski experienced the benefits of participating in the AIB program first-hand. “America in Bloom is a wonderful program that helps promote and support neighborhood pride, quality of life, economic development, and a genuine sense of community,” said Roswarski. “Based on our city’s experiences with the program a few years ago,  I’ve found that it brings people together and helps with that old fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor interaction, with residents rolling up their sleeves and working together to make our city and the environment better for everyone.  I am extremely pleased to see Greeley and Hansen as a sponsor of AIB and their commitment to helping to build strong foundations for stronger communities.”

 About America in Bloom
America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization encouraging nationwide beautification programs, personal and community involvement, educational programs, and the challenge of a friendly competition among participating communities across the country. The AIB program provides a framework for continuous improvements in communities. For more information, visit www.americainbloom.org.

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Bauner to Serve as 2012-2013 Chair of NYSAWWA

April 23, 2012Amanda Bauner, P.E., an Associate of Greeley and Hansen, became the Chair of the New York Section American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA) at the organization’s Annual Water Event & Expo recently.

An active member of the NYSAWWA, Bauner most recently served as Vice Chair and as a member of the executive committee.  She is also the Chair of the 100th anniversary committee and is the liaison to the Membership Committee and Young Professionals Committee.

“Greeley and Hansen encourages and supports the active participation of our staff in professional  and industry organizations, because we believe it’s extremely fulfilling and beneficial  for them to network and collaborate with a broad spectrum of their peers about industry issues, concerns and challenges,” said  Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen Chief Executive Officer and a past president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), an international nonprofit educational association dedicated to safe water.  “It’s wonderful to see how Amanda has continued to progress in her involvement with the NYSAWWA, and we’re certainly proud of her leadership and her genuine commitment to helping advance the mission and goals of this important industry organization.”

About the NYSAWWA
The New York Section of the American Water Works Association is the state's largest organization dedicated to plentiful, high-quality drinking water. NYSAWWA provides professional development and training, technical resources, and advocacy for the Section’s more than 2,000 members -- water treatment plant operators, distributors, consulting engineers, contractors, students, and government officials. For more information, visit http://www.nysawwa.org/

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Greeley and Hansen CEO to Lead Discussion on Sustainable Water Management and Use

March 15, 2012 – In conjunction with the annual international observation of World Water Day on March 22, 2012, Greeley and Hansen’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Richardson will be a featured speaker and moderator of a panel discussion on Sustainable Water Management and Use at the 2012 Chicago World Water Day Symposium.

The symposium brings together local leaders in the global water and wastewater industry to promote discussion about critical water-related topics.  As moderator of the panel, Richardson will lead a discussion on the triple bottom line approach of balancing people, planet, and profit for sustainable water management.  “At Greeley and Hansen, we always take a triple bottom line, life-cycle cost approach to our facility projects, focusing on long-term maintenance and operating costs along with consideration of potential impacts on both renewable and non-renewable resources,” said Richardson.  “With the ever evolving concerns about sustaining critical water resources for the future, I’m looking forward to participating in the discussion of this timely and highly relevant topic during the symposium.”

The event will be held on March 22 at the Allerton Hotel, 701 N. Michigan Avenue, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  For more information about the Chicago World Water Day Symposium visit (http://cornerstone-international.net/blue-tech/). 

About UN Water’s World Water Day 2012

International World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. For more information about World Water Day 2012 visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/

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Greeley and Hansen Supports Sustainable Infrastructure Organization

March 9, 2012 – Greeley and Hansen has joined the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) as a Charter Member and will participate in the ISI Advisory Council and ISI Infrastructure Forum to support and help advance the mission of the institute.  ISI is a non-profit organization established to develop and promote a sustainability rating system and tool for civil infrastructure in the United States.

The ISI rating system is founded on the “triple bottom line” concept of sustainability, which includes environmental, economic, and social considerations, and is designed to identify the benefits of sustainable practice for owners, regulators, and practitioners.  It represents the only comprehensive assessment system that strives to improve a project’s social and environmental performance, while also accounting for economic benefits and creating a better long-term value for the community.

“Greeley and Hansen is committed to incorporating sustainable design principles to provide municipal utilities and agencies with technical solutions that effectively balance environmental and cost considerations while also enhancing the quality of life in their communities,” said Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen Chief Executive Officer.  “As a long-time leader in water and wastewater engineering, we certainly understand the critical need to develop holistic approaches that will provide safe and reliable water systems for a sustainable future, and we’re committed to supporting the ISI in its efforts to develop a comprehensive system for measuring the sustainability of infrastructure projects.

About the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization structured to develop and maintain a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure in the United States.  The organization was founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
For more information about ISI visit http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/.

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Greeley and Hansen Partners with Gateway Green Chicago to Sponsor a Local Expressway Garden

February 16, 2012 – Greeley and Hansen is partnering with Chicago Gateway Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago’s expressways, gateways, and neighborhoods, to sponsor a new expressway garden that will be installed along the I-90 Kennedy Expressway at the Bryn Mawr exit. Last year, Chicago Gateway Green celebrated its 25th anniversary of transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways and green spaces.

“These public-private partnerships with firms like Greeley and Hansen have helped Chicago truly become a garden within a city and serve an important environmental purpose,” says Chicago Gateway Green’s Executive Director, Heather Korpella.  “By partnering with us, these companies show their spirit of collaboration and commitment to a collective vision for a sustainable city.”

“The efforts of Gateway Green are strongly aligned with our overall company mission of designing better urban environments,” says John C. Robak, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen.  “As a national firm headquartered in Chicago for nearly 100 years, we’ve prided ourselves on working to develop sustainability programs that serve the needs of urban communities.  That’s why we’re genuinely enthused about partnering with Gateway Green to support the important work they do to improve the environment.”

About Chicago Gateway Green
Dedicated to greening and beautifying the region’s expressways, gateways and communities, Chicago Gateway Green was founded in 1986 to benefit the environment and improve the quality of life for millions of Chicagoland residents and annual visitors. A  non-profit organization, Chicago Gateway Green makes an impact in the community with three key programs: Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Tree Partnership, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms unused land into green spaces. The organization has broad support across the region’s business and civic community and serves as a model for effective public-private partnerships. For more information visit www.gatewaygreen.org.

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Greeley and Hansen Joins Chicago United to Further Promote Workplace Diversity

December 27, 2011 Greeley and Hansen is pleased to have recently joined Chicago United, an advocacy organization promoting multiracial leadership development in corporate governance, the leadership pipeline and business partnerships. As the newest member of Chicago United, Greeley and Hansen joins a host of companies that have a shared investment in the City of Chicago and in building sustainable diversity in the workforce and leadership.

“Chicago United’s members range from emerging businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, representing some of Chicago’s brightest leaders,” said Gloria Castillo, President of Chicago United.  “We’re glad to welcome Greeley and Hansen to our membership. Our members are among the nation’s thought leaders in developing sustainable diversity in a way that strengthens the corporate community, the broader economy, and society as a whole,” she added.

John C. Robak, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen, said “With our long-standing commitment to cultivating a diverse employee population, Greeley and Hansen is pleased to be a part of this visionary organization and to share best practices in diversity and inclusion with other area businesses.”

“At Greeley and Hansen, we view diversity as an important strategic business imperative and believe that having a broad multicultural employee base drives innovation and creativity throughout our firm by providing new perspectives and thinking,” Robak said.  “We’re excited to collaborate with Chicago United to promote diversity within the Chicago business community and beyond.”

About Chicago United

Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago United supports the business community’s need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Chicago United is the premiere organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level management can share common experiences to promote multiracial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships while delivering best practices for diversity practitioners and building relationships among leaders who share common values. Visit Chicago United online at: http://www.chicago-united.org/

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National Association for Business Resources Names Greeley and Hansen as One of the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the Country

December 12, 2011 – Greeley and Hansen has been named one of the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the country by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This is the first year the NABR has named companies at a national level.

“Having been recognized by NABR as a 101 Best and Brightest Company to Work For in Chicago for seven consecutive years, Greeley and Hansen is now privileged to earn this distinction on a national level,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.  “This award honors our 18 offices across the U.S. and reflects our firm’s ongoing strategic commitment to provide outstanding benefits and HR programs, career development and leadership training, as well as interesting project work to attract and retain the best and brightest engineering and related staff.  The high caliber of our staff certainly translates into direct benefits to our clients.  Earning this national recognition also acknowledges our solid foundation for being a top employer, particularly as Greeley and Hansen seriously considers expansion into emerging markets beyond the U.S.”
 
Greeley and Hansen, along with the other winning companies, was assessed by an independent research firm, which reviewed a number of key measures including: Communication, Community Initiatives, Compensation and Benefits, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Employee Education and Development, Employee Engagement and Commitment, Recognition and Retention, Recruitment and Selection, and Work-Life Balance.

“Nationally recognized award recipients, including Greeley and Hansen, keep innovative human resource initiatives at the forefront of their company culture and make it a priority to consider their workforce as an essential aspect in their company success. Our Association is proud to recognize and honor these winning companies for this fine achievement,” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president.

Greeley and Hansen will be honored at an upcoming Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards symposium and gala.

About the National Association for Business Resources
Based in Warren, Mich., the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) is a business organization of small to medium-sized businesses, representing more than 20,000 members who employ over 200,0000 persons nationally. Members include attorneys, physicians, architects, accountants, construction companies, banks, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and the like.  Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment assistance; and competitive insurance rates. Visit NABR online at www.nationalbiz.org.

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Greeley and Hansen Named to Chicago Tribune’s “Top Workplaces for 2011”

November 15, 2011 – For the second consecutive year, Greeley and Hansen has been selected as a Chicago TribuneTop Workplace” in Illinois.  The firm was selected based on employee surveys measuring key qualities including company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, compensation, and benefits.

“Being named again as a Top Workplace is certainly a noteworthy distinction for our firm that reflects the importance we place on creating a positive, productive and engaging workplace for all of our staff,” said John C. Robak, Chief Operating Officer.  “At Greeley and Hansen, we believe the key to our ongoing success and future growth is to provide an outstanding workplace environment that helps set us apart as a true employer of choice.”

“While we are truly grateful that our employees think so highly of Greeley and Hansen,” said Andy Richardson, Chief Executive Officer, “receiving this top workplace recognition is really a tribute to our great staff and their genuine dedication to collaborating with our clients to create better urban environments for their communities.”

To learn more about the firm’s latest recognition, please visit: http://chicagotribune.topworkplaces.com/company_survey/greeley-and-hansen_chicago/chicago_11

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Purdue University Graduate Student Receives Greeley and Hansen Fellowship Award

October 24, 2011 – Purdue University student Jessica Rivas is the most recent recipient of Greeley and Hansen’s Elmer F. Ballotti Memorial Fellowship, which was awarded during the Purdue School of Engineering’s annual Scholarships and Awards Program on October 21, 2011.

The fellowship award is presented annually to outstanding Purdue graduate students pursuing studies in environmental engineering based on academic performance and strong leadership abilities.  Rivas is currently working toward a master’s degree in engineering with an emphasis on water and wastewater management at Purdue.

“Greeley and Hansen is committed to encouraging excellence in the field of environmental engineering, and we believe the Ballotti fellowship provides a valuable and ongoing opportunity for us to partner with Purdue University to support and advance the development of outstanding engineering talent to meet our future needs,” said Mark Gibboney, Greeley and Hansen’s Human Resources Manager.

The fellowship award, established by Greeley and Hansen in 1996, honors the long and distinguished career of Elmer Ballotti, a Purdue alumnus, who was a partner of the firm and an innovative leader in the early design development of pure oxygen treatment of wastewater.

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Greeley and Hansen Co-Sponsors Upwardly Global’s Chicago Passport to Possibilities Awards and Gala

October 18, 2011 – For the second consecutive year, Greeley and Hansen will be a co-sponsor of Upwardly Global’s Chicago Passport to Possibilities Awards and Gala. This year’s event will feature an exhibit by Chicago photographer Christina Noel, whose works celebrate the diversity of individuals from around the world as they begin their new lives in America.

As part of the awards ceremony, Greeley and Hansen’s Mushtaq Dakhil will be a presenter of the night’s most prestigious award. Dakhill was born and raised in Iraq, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  Before coming to America, Dakhil was a Project Engineer and Senior Design Engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Dakhil is part of a pilot program called Global Engineers In Residence (GEIR).  GEIR is an innovative apprenticeship program designed to help engineering firms gain access to a talent pool of immigrant professionals. For the majority of professional immigrants authorized to work in the U.S., finding meaningful work is extremely difficult and many accept jobs that are below their level of training and skills sets. Prior to his apprenticeship, Dakhil was unemployed for nearly two years before accepting a position packing boxes.  

“We are proud to support this important event and believe our partnership with Upwardly Global in the creation of the Global Engineers In Residence program is a valuable first step towards addressing the shortage of skilled engineers and technical talent in this country,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

For more information on the Passport to Possibilities Awards and Gala, please visit:
http://www.upwardlyglobal.org/gala/chicago-gala.

About Upwardly Global
Upwardly Global is a national non-profit organization that helps bring together work-authorized and highly skilled but underemployed immigrants with progressive employers. http://www.upwardlyglobal.org/

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Greeley and Hansen CEO to Speak on the Challenges Concerning Chicago’s Water

October 11, 2011Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen’s Chief Executive Officer, will be a featured panel speaker at the Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s luncheon program, highlighted by a discussion on the current water quality and quantity challenges in the Chicago region.

The program, Chicago’s Water: Protecting Our Precious Resource, will cover a variety of topics including the water quality in Chicago, the diminishing water supplies of the region, and invasive species and the balance of the Great Lakes ecosystem.  Richardson will join a panel of experts representing different points of view and will discuss the potential roles played by government, industry, academia, and private citizens to better manage and sustain our water resources.

“As a firm committed to designing better urban environments, we understand the importance of developing effective water resources programs that balance environmental, economic, and social factors,” said Richardson. “This event is an excellent opportunity to examine and discuss the significant changes that are occurring to the Great Lakes ecosystem.  As we know, high-quality water resources are essential to sustaining urban life. We need to take the necessary steps to continue to safely manage Chicago’s water resources for the future.”

The event will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.  For more information please visit: Chicago Council on Science and Technology.

About Chicago Council on Science and Technology
Established in 2006, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C²ST) seeks to be the preeminent regional consortium for science- and technology-related education and policy and a prominent voice nationally. Through its public programs C²ST brings together Chicago’s scientific leaders—academic, corporate, government, museums, universities and national laboratories—to provide a forum for the discussion of current issues of scientific interest.

About Illinois Institute of Technology
Founded in 1890, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a Ph.D.-granting university with more than 7,700 students in engineering, sciences, architecture, psychology, design, humanities, business and law. IIT's inter-professional, technology-focused curriculum is designed to advance knowledge through research and scholarship, to cultivate invention improving the human condition, and to prepare students from throughout the world for a life of professional achievement, service to society, and individual fulfillment. Visit www.iit.edu.

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Greeley and Hansen Wins PSMJ Circle of Excellence Award

October 10, 2011 – Greeley and Hansen was awarded a PSMJ Circle of Excellence Award, recognizing the highest levels of business performance in the architecture and engineering industry. The award was presented to Greeley and Hansen based on proficiency with respect to 13 key business operations benchmarks, including business development, project performance, staff utilization and overall productivity.

“It’s exciting to be included among such an elite group of engineering and architecture firms selected by PSMJ for Circle of Excellence recognition,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Earning the Circle of Excellence Award again this year demonstrates Greeley and Hansen’s ongoing commitment to achieving the highest levels of sound financial management.”

In addition to accepting the award, Andy Richardson, Chief Executive Officer, was a featured panel speaker at this year’s Circle of Excellence Conference. “The conference provided a great opportunity to share business performance insights with other consulting firm leaders from across the country,” said Richardson. “Being recognized by PSMJ is a testament to our mission of being a well-managed, responsible, and sustainable firm, which allows us to maintain strong client relationships and attract and retain top talent on staff.”

To learn more about the Circle of Excellence Award, please visit the PSMJ website.

About PSMJ
Established more than 35 years ago, PSMJ Resources, Inc. has grown to become the world’s leading authority, publisher, and consultant on the effective management of architecture, engineering, and construction firms.  With offices in the United States as well as the United Kingdom and Australia, PSMJ offers over 150 titles in book, audio, and video format.  In addition, the company publishes several monthly periodicals and delivers dozens of seminars, roundtables, conferences, webinars, and in-house training sessions every year for A/E/C professionals around the world.  PSMJ’s sought-after consulting expertise covers a range of critical business areas such as strategic planning, project management, valuation, succession planning, and mergers & acquisitions. 

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Honoring the Graduating Internship Class of 2011

October 4, 2011 Greeley and Hansen’s summer internship program recently concluded with 12 college interns from around the country completing the 12-week program. The interns were exposed to a wide variety of projects and real-world situations designed to help them sharpen their skills in engineering, leadership, and business. Each intern was matched up with a mentor engineer, hand-picked by senior leaders, and worked along side their mentor on real projects throughout the summer. Their diverse range of assignments and projects included: design, feasibility studies, master planning, construction management, operations, and much more.

“The intern class of 2011 was an impressive group of college students that were eager to get hands-on experience working on the challenges of actual client projects,” said Terri Woods, Director of Human Resources. “Greeley and Hansen is committed to helping prepare the next generation of highly trained engineers through our internship program.”

As part of the internship program, all 12 interns participated in the firm’s award-winning Designing Your Future Leadership Conference. This highly interactive, two-day conference focused specifically on career management and leadership development for future engineers. The conference showcased several industry experts presenting a wide-range of topics designed to educate engineering students on how to best manage their future careers and take ownership of their career path. Specific training was offered in foundational leadership skills, navigating conflict and change, learning to set goals, and teaching students how to build rewarding, challenging, and exciting technical careers while creating a healthy balance around work, home, and community.

The 2011 “graduates” of the Greeley and Hansen internship program have all returned to college campuses where they will complete their studies and apply their internship experience in the classroom.

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Theresa Grace Named Chief Financial Officer

September 20, 2011 – Theresa Grace has joined Greeley and Hansen as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  She has more than 25 years of broad financial management and accounting experience.

Grace most recently served as Vice President of Internal Audit at Heidrick & Struggles International, a premier leadership advisory firm with annual revenues of $493 million and 1,500 employees worldwide.  Prior to that, she was Chief Financial Officer of Gardner, Carton & Douglas, a private law firm with over 800 employees, where she managed all financial operations of the firm. 

“Theresa’s impressive financial management background will be a valuable asset to our firm,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.  “She’s an accomplished financial leader, and we’re pleased to have someone with her knowledge and proven capabilities working with us to achieve our strategic goals for future growth.”

As CFO, Grace will have broad financial management responsibilities and will lead and direct all of the firm’s financial activities, including day-to-day accounting, financial statement preparation and analysis, annual budgeting and planning, and treasury management.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of Greeley and Hansen, particularly at a time when the firm is moving ahead toward its long-range vision for growth,” said Grace.

A Certified Public Account (CPA), Grace holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the AICPA (American Institute of CPAs), the Illinois CPA Society, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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Dr. Dimitrios Katehis Named National Director of Process Engineering

September 7, 2011 – Greeley and Hansen announced that Dimitrios Katehis, Ph.D. has joined the firm as National Director of Process Engineering. A registered professional engineer with vast experience in water and wastewater treatment process and system design, with specialized expertise in nutrient removal and control, Dr. Katehis will direct Greeley and Hansen’s services related to process engineering for water and wastewater treatment.

 “With the strategic addition of Dr. Katehis to the Greeley and Hansen team, we believe our firm will be even better positioned to meet the increasingly complex challenges within the water and wastewater industry today,” said Greeley and Hansen Chief Executive Officer, Andy Richardson. “Dimitri has a depth of practical experience and process knowledge that will be valuable for providing our clients with innovative and effective process configurations and sustainable solutions to meet their long-term needs.”

Dr. Katehis most recently served as a Principal Technologist for CH2M Hill, where he provided technical leadership for a wide variety of municipal and industrial treatment projects.  Dr. Katehis has served as an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union and The City College of New York, where he has taught water and wastewater treatment courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
 
Dr. Katehis holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from City University of New York, and both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the City College of CUNY.   

Recognized as an industry expert, Dr. Katehis is the author of new Sidestream Treatment chapters in both the WEF/ASCE (Water Environment Federation/American Society of Civil Engineers) Manual of Practice No. 8 as well as WEF’s Nutrient Removal Manual of Practice 34.  He has also written and given many technical presentations throughout the country on a variety of topics including biological nutrient removal, nitrification/denitrification, nutrient treatment limits, and specific bench-scale testing results.  His work has been published in US and European journals and multiple conference proceedings.

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Greeley and Hansen Chooses Water For People for Principal 10 Best Companies Donation

August 29, 2011 – In recognition of Greeley and Hansen being selected as one of The Principal 10 Best Companies, The Principal Financial Group donated $2,500 to Water For People on behalf of the firm.  Water For People is a non-profit international development organization dedicated to helping people in developing countries gain access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation.

“We share Water For People’s vision of a world where people have access to safe drinking water and reliable water systems. Our hope is this donation will help support the many important programs Water For People undertakes around the world,” said Greeley and Hansen CEO Andy Richardson, who was also a former board member and past officer of Water For People.

About Water for People
Water For People is a non-profit international organization dedicated to helping people in developing countries gain access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. Water For People’s entrepreneurial approach establishes partnerships between local and national governments, non-government organizations, private enterprise, and entrepreneurs to create self-managed safe water and sanitation services that last over time. Water For People works to reach everyone with sustainable services in the areas where it operates and monitors development for at least 10 years post project completion. To learn more, visit http://www.waterforpeople.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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Greeley and Hansen Selected as One of The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Benefits and Financial Security

August 23, 2011 Greeley and Hansen was selected as one of The Principal 10 Best Companies in the country to earn national acclaim for the firm’s commitment to offering employees extraordinary benefits.

“We are truly honored to be named one of The Principal 10 Best Companies,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Greeley and Hansen. “Greeley and Hansen is committed to helping our staff build solid and secure financial futures.  The firm strives to provide staff with a wide range of benefits, programs, and options to help them develop a customized plan that can best achieve their individual goals and needs.”

An independent judging panel of employee benefits experts selected Greeley and Hansen, citing the firm’s three different health insurance plan options that allow employees the flexibility to select the plan that works best for their families. In addition to Greeley and Hansen paying the majority of the premiums for the plan, the panel was impressed with the firm’s strong 401k and profit sharing plan. 

“Greeley and Hansen faces the same challenges as other businesses. What makes them extraordinary is the priority they place on employee financial security,” said Luke Vandermillen, vice president at The Principal®. “Greeley and Hansen understands the direct connection between strong benefits, a strong workforce and a strong bottom line – in the best and worst of times.”

As part of the recognition, The Principal awards a donation to a charity selected by each winning company. Greeley and Hansen chose Water For People to receive the $2,500 donation. Water For People is a non-profit international development organization dedicated to helping people in developing countries gain access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation.

“Greeley and Hansen is proud to support Water For People with our donation to help with their important mission of providing reliable, safe water systems in developing countries around the world,” said Robak.

The Principal Financial Group® sponsors the national program, which is now in its tenth year. It honors growing companies for their commitment to their employees’ financial security.

About The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security
The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security is a national program that recognizes small- and medium-size companies that excel at giving their employees a financial edge.

For more information, visit www.principal.com/10best.

About the Principal Financial Group 
The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®) is a retirement and global asset management leader. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, investment services and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies.  A member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $335.8 billion in assets under management and serves some 16.5 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit www.principal.com.

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Mark Atkinson Named National MEP/IC Manager

August 15, 2011 Mark S. Atkinson has joined Greeley and Hansen as Manager of the firm’s MEP/IC (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing/Instrumentation & Control) Engineering Group.  Atkinson, who most recently served as East Region Manager of the ASMEC Facilities Design Center with global engineering firm HDR Engineering, Inc, has more than 27 years of wide-ranging engineering, construction, and project and engineering management experience in the water/wastewater, solid waste, and electric power delivery fields.

“Mark has the professional engineering skills and proven leadership experience needed to help advance Greeley and Hansen toward our strategic goals and vision for sustained growth,” said Joe Gorgan, Managing Director of the Technical Services Center.  “His vast background in managing multi-discipline engineering and design work will be a valuable asset to both our firm and our clients.”

Atkinson will have broad responsibilities for directing day-to-day business operations for MEP/IC, as well as for the development and implementation of the annual marketing and business development plan for this group.

 “Greeley and Hansen is a highly respected firm in the water and wastewater industry, and I’m very excited to take on this leadership role to help move the firm forward in its ongoing efforts to provide exceptional client service and to achieve strategic future growth,” said Atkinson. 

A registered Professional Engineer in five states, Atkinson holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  He also holds a LEED AP BD+C credential (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction) from the US Green Building Council.

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Greeley and Hansen Receives Facility of the Year Award from the Chicago Chapter of the International Facility Management Association

August 1, 2011 Greeley and Hansen was recently presented with the 2011 Facility of the Year Award from the Chicago Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). The award recognizes innovative designs, best practices in facilities management, and projects that have a substantial, positive effect on an organization.

 “We’re honored that our recently renovated headquarters was named Facility of the Year,” said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “Our vision for the redesign was to create an energizing and dynamic workplace environment for our staff by focusing on improvements to promote greater employee engagement, collaboration, and connectivity.  The renovation transformed our headquarters with new work areas, some of the latest technologies, and other features that allow our staff to work more efficiently and engage in collaborative problem solving, which provides even greater service to our clients.”

The centerpiece of Greeley and Hansen’s recently completed renovation is the firm’s social lounge, which has become a central hub for a variety of gatherings. In addition, the firm made it a priority to implement several ‘green’ design features including energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing, as well as recycled and natural materials from local sources to help reduce the firm’s carbon footprint and demonstrate environmental stewardship.

The headquarters redesign received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The firm is the first tenant in the 50-year-old, 21-story building to earn LEED certification for its office space. Robak commented, “As an engineering firm committed to environmental design, this LEED recognition reflects our mission, culture, and brand and is an achievement that is highly valued by our staff.”

“The Chicago Chapter of the International Facility Management Association takes great pride in recognizing Greeley and Hansen for their innovative design promoting an energizing and dynamic workplace for their staff as well as their strong commitment to sustainability and the environment through their LEED certification. The bar has been set,” said Kevin M. Corrigan, President, Chicago Chapter of IFMA.

To learn more about Greeley and Hansen's award-winning office space, visit http://theofficestylist.com/greely-and-hansen.

About IFMA Chicago
Founded in 1983, IFMA Chicago's mission is to advance the profession of Facilities Management and to support the professional growth and development of facilities managers in the Chicagoland area. The chapter accomplishes this mission for its over 300 members by providing programs that advance members' professional education, creating networking and information sharing opportunities, fostering the attainment of CFM designation, acting as an information resource, promoting synergy between professional and associate members, recognizing members' achievements in the field and championing initiatives that make our members better corporate citizens (e.g., sustainability and community service initiatives.) To learn more about the Chicago Chapter of IFMA, visit http://ifma-chicago.org/

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Selected for Seventh Year as One of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For

Chicago101 Color Logo 114c.jpgJuly 18, 2011 Greeley and Hansen has once again been selected as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources  (NABR), for the seventh consecutive year.

"It’s an honor to be consistently recognized by NABR for having outstanding workplace practices and innovative programs," said John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Hiring and retaining the best talent for meeting the evolving needs and project challenges of our clients is our top priority. To do this, we continually strive to create a workplace that keeps our staff engaged and energized, while providing them with progressive benefit options for balancing their personal and professional lives."

The award selection is based on the results of an independent research firm that evaluates each company in 10 different categories, including employee education and development, engagement and commitment, diversity and multiculturalism, recognition and retention, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, and communication. Feedback provided by staff in random surveys is a key part of the selection process.

To learn more about the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, visit http://www.101bestandbrightest.com/regions/chicago.

About NABR
The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) advocates and represents small and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States. NABR specializes in providing businesses the benefits, programs, services, and assistance required to operate as efficiently and successfully as possible. Best-practice solutions are available to members in the areas of human resources, healthcare, legal, transaction, compliance, marketing, and office services. For more information about NABR and its offerings, please visit, www.nationalbiz.org.

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Spieles Honored as MWEA Outstanding Environmental Consultant

July 11, 2011 – The Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) selected Nicole Spieles, an Associate of Greeley and Hansen and Office Director of the firm’s Detroit location, as the Outstanding Environmental Consultant of the year at its recent Awards Program.

Spieles received the award in recognition of the professional excellence she has demonstrated at both Greeley and Hansen and the MWEA, along with her outstanding efforts in publicly promoting the water environment profession.

“Greeley and Hansen is very pleased that the MWEA has selected Nicole for the Outstanding Environmental Consultant award this year.  This is a well-deserved honor based on Nicole’s exceptional work at our firm and her genuine dedication to serving our clients and the water industry,” said Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen CEO. 

The MWEA established the Outstanding Environmental Consultant and other award categories in 2002 to recognize the commitment and dedicated efforts of individuals in the water environment profession.

About MWEA
The Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA), established in 1925, is one of Michigan's oldest organizations. MWEA represents more than 2,000 water quality professionals statewide who are dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing Michigan's water resources. MWEA is a member association of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization with more than 40,000 members worldwide.

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Greeley and Hansen Earns Excellence in Practice Citation Award from the American Society for Training and Development

May 26, 2011 – Greeley and Hansen was awarded an American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Excellence in Practice Citation in the career development category for the creation of the Administrative Support Team program, a virtual knowledge group comprising the firm’s administrative staff members. The ASTD awards program recognizes exemplary practices in workplace learning and performance.

John C. Robak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, accepted the Excellence in Practice Citation award during ASTD’s 2011 International Conference and Exposition in Orlando, FL. “It’s an honor to be recognized by ASTD for this important career development program at Greeley and Hansen, particularly because we believe training is a true hallmark of a successful company.  The Administrative Support Team training program has helped our firm develop a well-trained and efficient administrative staff that is not only more connected and engaged, but is also better able to help drive higher performance throughout the firm by providing quality services that support our highly technical engineering and architectural staff,” said Robak.

Greeley and Hansen’s administrative staff serves a vital role in maintaining a strong internal operating infrastructure. The Administrative Support Team training program was specifically designed to standardize administrative procedures and enhance technical skills and professionalism while also improving communications and networking among the firm’s geographically dispersed administrative staff members. This comprehensive program includes one-on-one training with an in-house administrative expert; webinars on various topics such as effective organization, time management, and grammar usage; and opportunities for additional online self study to further enhance skills and earn Greeley and Hansen certification.  A detailed toolkit and standardized templates and documents were also created to increase efficiency.  Robak noted, “since the implementation of this program, communication, productivity, and morale have improved among administrative staff and, as a result, employee engagement and retention have also increased.”

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Greeley and Hansen Receives Top Engineering Excellence Honors

March 31, 2011 – Several challenging projects recently completed by Greeley and Hansen have received 2011 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at the state and national levels.

The ACEC of Virginia presented its highest honor, the Pinnacle Award for Engineering Excellence, to Greeley and Hansen and the City of Richmond for extensive renovations to a flow dual purpose crossover chamber (COC). The existing COC conveyed sewage flow in the normal mode and could be changed to flood control by closing and opening gates.  The innovative design and construction of a new chamber allows for both pathways to function simultaneously while maintaining full flow capacity in both modes.  Additional facilities now connected to the COC have increased system drainage and storage capacity, improved water quality of the James River, and mitigated repetitive downtown flooding.  This project also received a National Recognition Award from the ACEC.

In addition, Greeley and Hansen and the City of Alexandria received an Honor Award from the ACEC—VA for an extensive stormwater infiltration/inflow study and design project that has significantly reduced sewer overflows and extended the life of Alexandria’s sewer system.

The innovative application of solar technology and a new standby generating system at the Chicago Department of Water Management’s and DuPage Water Commission’s Lexington Pumping Station in Chicago earned an Honor Award from the ACEC of Illinois. These facilities, which are expected to achieve LEED Gold Certification, have reduced the station’s carbon footprint and total process energy costs and have increased operating reliability as well. This project was also acknowledged with a National Recognition Award from the ACEC.

Greeley and Hansen and the City of Lafayette received an Honor Award from the ACEC of Indiana as well as a National Recognition Award for the Pearl River CSO Project – Storage and Conveyance Tunnel.  A unique trenchless tunneling technology was used for this tunnel, which has dramatically reduced combined sewer overflows to the Wabash River by conveying more flow to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

“Greeley and Hansen is honored to have collaborated with our client partners on these complex and interesting projects,” said Andy Richardson, Chief Executive Officer.  He added, “we believe receiving these industry awards demonstrates Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to providing all clients with creative and practical solutions and customized, personal services that best meet their unique project needs now and in the future.”

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