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Mar 22 2017

The University of Kansas Hospital to expand services with a new tower

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Growing patient volume and an increase in the demand for clinical services were the driving factors for expanding the University of Kansas Hospital.

Mar 21 2017

Olsson engineer contributes to widely-used wastewater facility manual

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The Operation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities Manual is in its seventh edition. Olsson engineer Jim Condon contributed two chapters to the widely used manual.

Mar 20 2017

What’s up with the Clean Water Rule?

By Joan Darling, Ph.D.

You probably have read that President Trump signed an Executive Order concerning the Clean Water Rule, but you might not be sure how this affects your project.

Feb 20 2017

Olsson Associates provides services for new Agrium facility

By Edie Adams, Marketing

Agrium, a high-tech agricultural research company, looked to Greeley, Colorado, for its new research facility. Olsson Associates was contacted to get involved with the design of the project.

Feb 15 2017

Revitalizing the Branson corridor

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

It’s estimated that 8.5 million visitors drive or walk through the 76 Country Boulevard corridor each year in Branson. Olsson Associates is helping the city transform the corridor.

Feb 14 2017

Teamwork makes water cooling tank possible for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

UNL has hired a team of firms, including Olsson Associates, to build a large thermal cooling tank to supply chilled water to its City Campus buildings.

Feb 13 2017

Six Olsson Associates projects recognized by ACEC

By Alicia Krieger, Communications

Six projects across the firm have been recognized this year by the American Council of Engineering Companies in its state-level contests.

Jan 19 2017

Olsson’s Drilling team takes on the challenge of winter

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

With most projects, large or small, Olsson’s design teams need to know as much as they can about the land they are building onto. It’s important to know about existing subsurface soil, bedrock, or other ground conditions before construction begins.

Jan 18 2017

Olsson helps Nebraska airport pave the way for more services

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Just a few years ago, Farrington Field in Auburn, Nebraska, was a quiet, small-town airport in need of significant improvements. Today, the airfield is a full-service, state-of-the-art facility with a paved runway, modern terminal, and a first-class hangar.

Jan 17 2017

Olsson Associates joins watershed protection team to assist Colorado flood recovery

By Edie Adams, Marketing

Colorado’s 2013 floods were devastating for many municipalities across the state, particularly for those near or within the foothills of northern Colorado. Olsson is part of a team to help with protection and restoration for those areas damaged by the floods.

Nov 16 2016

Temporary diverging diamond configuration improves traffic congestion during construction

By Reid Catt, Transportation

The U.S. 65 and Battlefield Road diverging diamond interchange (DDI) in Springfield, Missouri, provided Olsson with an opportunity to designed a temporary DDI configuration as a form of traffic control.

Nov 15 2016

New office complex will be signature piece for Iowa-based realty company

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The Westfield Office complex will bring R&R Realty headquarters to West Des Moines, Iowa. Olsson Associates has been selected to provide several services for the large project.

Oct 14 2016

Twenty-two-year remediation project in northern Colorado comes to a close

By Edie Adams, Marketing

The area was once home to a crude oil pumping facility and natural gas compressor station. In 1994, John Lohner, program leader for Olsson’s corporate energy services, began the remediation project for the area.

Sep 24 2016

Twenty years in the making: Antelope Valley project a success for Lincoln

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The timing was right for the largest infrastructure project in Lincoln, Nebraska. The project had been needed for some time, but in the mid-1990s, it all came together. The Antelope Valley project, an effort that would reshape much of downtown Lincoln, began and its work would continue on for the better part of two decades.

Sep 23 2016

New geotechnical systems will improve design and construction for our clients

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Tradition, integrity, and great client relationships – these things make a company attractive to its clients. Olsson Associates goes beyond these important elements. Staying on top of and in front of technology are also essential to the success of our clients. Olsson’s Geotechnical group has added some new tools to increase its capacity to perform work firmwide. This investment will better serve our clients.

Sep 20 2016

Brownfields: A catalyst for community redevelopment

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

Coffeyville was among 171 communities nationwide that received funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields grant program in 2014. Olsson provided technical support for the projects.

Sep 19 2016

Landscape architecture of Hare & Hare on display in exhibit

By Alicia Krieger, Communications

The original father and son firm of Hare & Hare, founded in 1910, played a significant role in the development of Kansas City, Missouri. The two were instrumental in designing of Kansas City’s parks and boulevard system, the original Country Club Plaza, and residential communities in the Country Club District.

Aug 17 2016

Olsson Associates to help make Ballparks of the Ozarks a reality

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Ballparks of the Ozarks, a new state-of-the-art facility, will be built on a 239-acre site just west of Camdenton, Missouri. Olsson Associates will provide multiple engineering and design services for the project.

Aug 16 2016

Permit changes could affect your project if it involves wetlands

By Joan Darling, Lincoln Environmental

Many of Olsson’s clients have projects that affect wetlands or streams. Whether it’s a new commercial development, a bridge replacement on a county road, a new flood control reservoir, or a myriad of other types of projects, these impacts to waters of the U.S. require a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit.

Aug 15 2016

Olsson delivers solution for Colorado ranch water delivery system

By Edie Adams, Marketing

The owners of RT Ranch — which is a self-supporting, off-grid custom home that generates its own electricity through solar power and propane generators — desired to supplement their electrical portfolio with hydroelectricity. The ranch is located four miles from the nearest county road on a private, unpaved road below the summit of Mount Sopris. It’s adjacent to United States Forest Service (USFS) land and does not have any nearby utilities, requiring a unique setup that is the largest residential off-grid power system in the state of Colorado.

Jul 15 2016

Mall renovation includes an amphitheater makeover

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Anyone shopping at the Arrowhead Towne Center open air mall in Glendale, Arizona, might consider watching a concert in the newly renovated amphitheater. The 1.2 million-square-foot mall remodeling project included the entertainment area. Nearly eight million people visit Arrowhead Towne Center each year. After 20 years as Glendale’s only traditional shopping mall, owner Macerich decided it was time to give it more than just a facelift. The remodeling includes new interior and exterior features,

Jul 14 2016

Olsson scientists monitor for listed bat species

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

For many people, bats invoke the image of old vampire movies or they are nuisances that get into your attic. However, bats are a valuable part of our environment. Some species are rare and protected by federal law. The Environmental team at Olsson Associates offers bat acoustic monitoring to clients who need to know which species live and migrate within the scope of their projects. Most bats are a natural form of pest control because they eat insects such as mosquitos. Olsson environmental scie

Jul 13 2016

Olsson helps ‘Top 10’ city reduce flooding hazards downtown

By Edie Adams, Marketing

Louisville, Colorado, once a mining community in the late 1800s, is a thriving suburb of Boulder. Several times in the past decade, Money magazine ranked Louisville in its top 10 places to live, and in 2009, Louisville was ranked number one. A significant portion of downtown Louisville is in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain, which puts homes and businesses at risk and hinders development in this desirable place to live. The primary obstacle for conveyance of storm flows is a railroad embankment.

Jun 21 2016

Olsson creates partnerships, cost savings for centralized fiber connectivity

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

The primary objective of centralizing a local area network (LAN) is to create technology, staff, and financial efficiencies. To illustrate this model, let’s take a look at the Park Hill School District in Kansas City.

Jun 18 2016

An education in standards for integrity testing of tanks, vessels, and piping systems

By Shawn Zablocki, Program Leader

Certain government regulations require integrity inspections of ethanol tanks, vessels, and process piping. In particular, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Process Safety Management (PSM) Rule and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP) and Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations require that this testing be performed. While EPA and OSHA require that testing and inspection be performed, they do not dictate how to

May 26 2016

Olsson Associates helps Maricopa County navigate variance request

By Alicia Krieger, Communications

Working with the Flood Control District of Maricopa County and the Cities of Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona, Olsson Associates is completing a vegetation variance request for the fourteen-mile-long Indian Bend Wash Levee System that is regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

May 24 2016

New wastewater treatment plant keeps the flow in Crete

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

In 2012, Olsson Associates was hired to design Crete’s new wastewater treatment plant. The original facility was built in the mid-1970s, with updates completed in the late 1980s. Olsson provided many services for the $11 million project.

May 20 2016

Olsson biologists help to re-map habitats for sage-grouse in Colorado

By Eric Petterson, Environmental Assessment

While population trends for the greater sage-grouse have been stable in more recent years and even increasing in the past couple of years, the overall long-term trend for most populations in the western United States (including Colorado) are thought to be on the decline.

Apr 19 2016

Johnson Drive Reconstruction and Markey Parkway & Towne Center Drive improvement projects earn recognition

By Alicia Krieger, Communications

Recently, Olsson Associates was recognized for its excellence on the Johnson Drive Reconstruction project and the Markey Parkway and Towne Center Drive project. Both projects received the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) award in the transportation category (Kansas City Metro Chapter), while the Johnson Drive reconstruction project also won the Capstone Award (infrastructure category) from the Kansas City Business Journal.

Apr 19 2016

Using creativity in stormwater study helps Colorado State University reduce construction and maintenance costs

By Amber Kauffman, PE, CFM

Going beyond the usual engineering approach to comply with city detention requirements allowed Olsson Associates to come up with an unexpected solution for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Complex at the Colorado State University (CSU) south campus in Fort Collins.

Apr 18 2016

Olsson helps bring ultra-fast Internet service to Lincoln

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

It’s a common issue in many households. One person is on a computer streaming a video, another is on a tablet, and kids are playing a videogame online—all at the same time. The “spinning wheel of death” pops up on the screen indicating an Internet slowdown, and everyone becomes frustrated. This is all changing in Lincoln, Nebraska. ALLO Communications, a Nelnet company that provides TV, phone, and Internet services, announced last fall that they’re bringing ultra-fast Internet to the city. Olsso

Mar 22 2016

Olsson expands its Power Transmission and Distribution services

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Olsson’s transmission and distribution (T&D) services just got a little bigger. It’s part of Olsson’s commitment to providing services in the T&D industry since the company’s early years. That commitment means bringing additional experts on board. Olsson hired Paul Williams, PE, to lead the T&D program. Travis Carnes, PE, is the newest addition to the expanded team.

Mar 22 2016

Blending the best of urban living with suburban northern Colorado

By Dan Hull, PE, Land Development

Olsson’s Land Development team is working with the architects and developers who recently completed work on the wildly successful Downtown Denver Union Station. The project is an exciting, multifamily development project in Fort Collins (Colorado) that blends the best of upscale, urban living with the community feeling and beauty of northern Colorado.

Mar 22 2016

Olsson to open office in Council Bluffs

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Olsson Associates is expanding its presence in western Iowa. To better serve clients in the area, Olsson will open a full-service office in Council Bluffs. The new office will be located near City Hall in the historic Abstract Guaranty building. It’s been a busy time for the firm. Over the past decade, Olsson has been actively involved in dozens of projects in the Council Bluffs area. The new location enhances the company’s commitment to clients in the area.

Feb 22 2016

Wind energy propels Olsson into new opportunities

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

You’ve most likely seen them. Giant structures looming against the sky with massive blades turning in the wind. These wind farms are capable of providing power to thousands of homes and businesses. In the United States, you can find thousands of wind turbines in the “wind belt” which spans the Midwest, Great Plains, and Southwest. Olsson Associates recognized more than 10 years ago that this wind belt matched up well with where the firm’s offices are located. In addition, with all of the service

Feb 18 2016

3D scanning: The applications are endless

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The LIDAR 3D scanner is not pretty. It’s a gray and green square-shaped piece of technology that oscillates on a tripod as it quietly operates. But, the inner workings of the high-definition scanner (HDS) produces imagery that is colorful, almost beautiful. The applications for 3D scanning are endless, and Eddie Fossler and his Survey team at Olsson Associates are finding ways to use the equipment effectively.

Feb 18 2016

Olsson Associates donates services to museum; design brings vision to life

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

An F-104 Starfighter jet is poised to take flight at the Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma. The new display greets visitors as they approach the main entrance of the museum. The same aircraft was previously on display at the airport entrance near I-40 on Route 66.

Jan 15 2016

New Olsson geotechnical office lays the groundwork for Denver aerospace engineering building

By Jeff Edson, Geotechnical

Olsson’s new Colorado-based Field Services Practice Group office in Denver is playing a significant role as Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) builds an Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building[HB1] on its downtown Denver campus. Olsson is providing geotechnical, construction inspection, and testing services along with environmental services on the project. The project faces multiple construction challenges on a land-locked, student-filled campus in an area with a relatively high wate

Jan 14 2016

Olsson team wins Project Team of the Year for Springfield’s Sherwood Elementary School

By Cameron Smith, Land Development

Olsson was part of a team that was recently awarded the 2015 Project Team of the Year by the Springfield Contractors Association for the team’s work on Springfield, Missouri, Public Schools’ new Sherwood Elementary School project. The association presented this award on November 5, 2015, at their annual 2015 Salute to Design and Construction Banquet.

Nov 13 2015

Olsson’s ACEC Colorado Engineering Excellence Award highlights win-win scenario

By Mary Sullivan, Communications

"Collaborative, personal, and innovative" were just a few words used by Fruita, Colorado, City Engineer Samuel Akins to describe his experience working with Olsson on the city's Kokopelli Trail Survey Project, which used an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in an innovative way. Akins wasn't alone in his opinion when Olsson's work on the project won an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award for the Colorado region. This is the first time in ACEC of Colorado's 4

Nov 11 2015

Ballparks of America selects Olsson for 'ultimate experience' services

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Billed as the “ultimate youth baseball experience,” a proposed $24 million youth baseball facility, called Ballparks of America, will take over one of Branson, Missouri’s, known landmarks. To help bring the project to fruition, Olsson will provide numerous engineering and design services for this one-of-a-kind baseball facility.

Oct 14 2015

Olsson-designed cameras allow world visitation to Crystal Cove Park

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson-designed underwater and above-ground cameras will be Crystal Cove Park's cornerstone educational elements, streaming video over the Internet to schoolkids, city residents, and other interested parties across the world.

Oct 14 2015

Greater sage-grouse skirts ESA listing; Questions remain

By Eric Petterson, Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it would not list the greater sage-grouse as a protected species. However, questions still remain regarding how successful state-led efforts and Bureau of Land Management resource management plan changes will be in protecting the chicken-sized bird. Further, many are wondering if the land-use plan amendments issued by the BLM may be more onerous than the listing itself. Olsson can help.

Sep 17 2015

With a little help from my friends

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

In California, historic water restrictions legislation has severely limited the amount of water residents may use. With little water available in some regions of Texas, some farmers are left with little choice but to let their crops wither. But across much of Nebraska, farmers, municipalities, businesses, and residents can enjoy an abundant supply of water thanks to a fortuitous combination of being located on top of a productive part of the High Plains Aquifer and through the sustainable water

Sep 16 2015

Olsson funding services: Matching dreams with opportunities

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Although we may wish it, money won't fall out of the sky for our projects. But funding sources to bankroll project improvements are available. Olsson's funding services -- and Emily Bausch, Olsson's community development coordinator -- can help.

Sep 15 2015

Habitat mapping: Protecting species, protecting communities

By Stuart Hall, Grand Junction Compliance

The western yellow-billed cuckoo is in trouble. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is currently considering whether it is a threatened species and needs an area -- a "critical habitat" -- to survive. But before the USFWS claims a broad stroke of critical habitat for the bird -- perhaps impacting development for almost half a million acres in the western United States -- Olsson Associates is applying practiced mapping techniques to see if those areas can support the cuckoo.

Aug 20 2015

Olsson-developed software helps protect public dollars

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

A maintenance manual is useless if it’s buried under a pile on a desk or if newly designed parts are never updated in the manual. And what about that time when a mechanic in the field is in the middle of a preventative maintenance procedure, wishing he had more documentation? Olsson Associates has designed a solution-a solution the Lincoln Wastewater System division has benefitted from.

Aug 17 2015

Airboats and alligators: A day in the life of a fluvial geomorphologist

By William Spitz, PG, Water Resources

"Fluvial geomorphologist" is not a job title that inspires much excitement in the masses. But understanding what a fluvial geomorphologist actually does can pique some interest. In fact, Olsson's fluvial geomorphology services can be invaluable when dealing with a project that is impacted by water flow.

Aug 17 2015

Olsson helps UNK grow for the future with utility corridor expansion

By Mary Sullivan, Communications

The students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) have big plans for their futures. To match these ambitions, UNK is continually working on big plans for its campus. One of UNK’s “big plans” is its initiative to develop its west campus. Part of this development includes the West Campus Utility Corridor Expansion project, which extends the existing heating and cooling system to provide service to UNK’s west campus. Olsson Associates helped design this major utility corridor extension to

Jul 28 2015

Olsson drones cleared for takeoff

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Olsson's clients are now able to have an "eye in the sky" as a service option for their projects. Olsson Associates was recently awarded federal approval for commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). This is good news for clients needing services that include aerial photography and videography, photogrammetric surveys, or knowledge of suspected leaks at oil and gas facilities. With the permit, Olsson can now perform these services and others more quickly and cost efficiently using its UAS

Jul 28 2015

Palmer, Nebraska: Small town, big dreams

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The Village of Palmer, Nebraska, is a nook of a town located approximately 30 miles north of Grand Island. Palmer began as a railroad town in the late 1800s, and today, nearly 500 people call it home. Although modest in size, Palmer's design improvements showcase its vibrancy and dedication to its growth.

Jul 15 2015

Water Resources team secures key projects in KC region

By Lauren Shelly, Marketing

The Water Resources team will be kept hopping in the Kansas City area in the coming months. Olsson Associates was awarded two major projects in June, and both are significant wins for the team.

Jul 15 2015

Olsson channels services for Sonoqui Wash Channelization project

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

The Sonoqui Wash in Phoenix’s Southeast Valley once gave eye-opening interpretation to “when it rains, it pours.” With perennial flooding threatening hundreds of homes and costing the taxpayers millions of dollars in damages, Olsson helped design the channel's current phase, which is currently under construction.

Jun 17 2015

Renovations a ‘home run’ for Joplin’s Joe Becker Baseball Stadium

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Desiring to bring baseball back to a once very active venue, the City of Joplin has taken a "big swing" to revitalize the historic Joe Becker Baseball Stadium. Olsson was selected to help with the renovations.

Jun 15 2015

EPA issues new rule for U.S. waters: Impacts for clients

By Joan Darling, Ph.D., Environmental Assessment

Anyone who has a project that could impact wetlands or streams is obviously concerned about the implications of the Environmental Protection Agency's new rule regarding U.S. waters, and—in reading the latest headlines—it appears that this rule may create very big problems, indeed. But let’s move past the headlines and see what the rule really says, and what the rule potentially means to Olsson clients.

Jun 15 2015

A brief history of the Clean Water Act

By Joan Darling, Ph.D., Environmental Assessment

In order to understand why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed the Clean Water Act rule, it’s important to understand some of the history of the CWA, which was enacted in 1972.

Jun 15 2015

Wildlife mapping helps greater sage-grouse preservation, industry growth

By Eric Petterson, Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is under court order to decide by September 2015 whether to list the greater sage-grouse as a threatened or endangered species. This decision will apply to hundreds of millions of acres and will impact the oil and gas industry, residential housing developments, and mining operations across 11 states. Olsson Associates has been working with Garfield County, Colorado, to compile scientifically based and accurate data about the bird’s habitats through habita

May 18 2015

Olsson seeks to understand pharmaceutical hazards in surface waters

By Neil Wolfe, Environmental Assessment

Recent data shows the effects of pharmaceuticals in surface waters is minor. Yet environmental scientists are wary of future impacts.

May 18 2015

Olsson helps Grand Island schools build to meet growing needs

By Mary Sullivan, Communications

The public schools in Grand Island, Nebraska, were running out of room–and fast. Olsson is helping with several of these projects, which include expanding and adding new units, renovating existing classrooms and wings, and adding one brand-new elementary school.

May 18 2015

Heightening the ‘fan experience’ with landscape architecture

By Darren Varner, Senior Landscape Architect with Ochsner Hare & Hare, a design studio of Olsson Associates

When designing a road or a building, it’s critical for engineers to follow industry standards. But beyond the project’s construction, designers should also ask who will be using the project and how their experience can be made even better. Someone intimately familiar with heightening this “spectator experience” is a landscape architect.

May 18 2015

Olathe plans for the future with a transportation master plan

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

Faced with growing development and an influx of residents, the City of Olathe, Kansas, used Olsson’s services to create a transportation master plan to plan for the community's future.

Apr 22 2015

Springfield’s diverging diamond sparkles with innovation

By Mary Sullivan, Communications

Every once in a while—through the persistence of a detail-oriented team—a new method of design is hit right on the head the first time it's put into practice. Such was the case for Project Manager Kelly Turner and his team’s work on the Route 65 and Battlefield Road diverging diamond interchange (DDI) project in Springfield, Missouri.

Apr 17 2015

Olsson helps make flooding, recreation improvements in northeast Nebraska

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

The Town of Hubbard now has peace of mind from flooding concerns this year—and a popular new recreation area for summer activities—thanks to the work of Olsson’s Water Resources team.

Apr 17 2015

Joplin’s Mercy Hospital keeps its promise with Olsson’s help

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Following the devastating EF-5 tornado that destroyed its facilities in 2011, Mercy Hospital officials turned to Olsson to provide numerous engineering services. Olsson helped the hospital rebuild in an unprecedented 39 months.

Mar 18 2015

Safe, efficient, elegant designs the hallmarks of Olsson’s Vertical Structures group

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

It’s because of the expertise of Olsson structural engineers like Adam Christensen, Olsson’s Structural group leader, that we don’t all work and live in bunkers. Adam is part of Olsson’s Vertical Structures group, which is responsible for designing buildings that are engineered for safety but still offer pleasing, economical designs for all types of projects.

Mar 18 2015

Site certification – investing wisely

By Courtney Dunbar,CEcD, EDFP, AICP, Industrial Site Consulting

Selecting the perfect locations for new corporate expansions is certainly no easy feat. Companies considering expanding or selecting new locations face a complicated set of tasks in determining the facility's location to ensure optimal operational efficiency. Within recent years, the economic development community, which includes Olsson professionals, has worked toward making this process a little less cumbersome and, markedly, quicker through the site certification process. Site certification c

Mar 18 2015

Preparing for floods vital to a healthy, safe community

By Brian Varrella, PE, CFM, Water Resources

As any flood survivor knows, water’s extreme power can have a significant impact on people’s lives. That’s why preparing for floods is critical for communities. Olsson Associates has professionals who are experts in helping communities stay safe from flooding.

Mar 18 2015

An ounce of (explosion) prevention equals a pound of cure

By Derek Farmer, Environmental Safety

There are many facets to reducing combustible dust risk, but it all starts with protecting our most important assets in business—Olsson’s clients and employees. In reality, combustible dust is everywhere in agriculture and industrial settings, and it is can be difficult for producers to maintain compliance with current standards. Olsson has expertise in managing and reducing risks associated with combustible dust, and complying with federal standards to maintain safe workplaces.

Feb 19 2015

Designing ‘glass highways’ to transport data

By David Hoelzel, Technology Services

All across the United States, metropolitan landscapes are experiencing exponential growth in highway systems. But these highways aren’t meant for cars. Rather, they’re data highways, and they’re allowing for instant access to data like never before. Olsson Associates is in the middle of this growth, designing and overseeing the installation of fiber optic infrastructure and helping clients make the most of their fiber.

Feb 18 2015

Protected bike lane still on track

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

It’s been a long time coming. After two years of planning, discussing, and designing, the N Street Protected Bikeway in Lincoln, Nebraska, will become reality by the end of next year. Olsson Associates has helped bring this project to fruition.

Feb 18 2015

Olsson wins big with 2015 KC Capstone Awards

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

The Kansas City Business Journal recently announced the winners for its 10th annual Capstone Awards, which honor achievements in Kansas City’s real estate developments. Olsson was pleased to be involved with four of the award-winning projects.

Feb 18 2015

Award-winning drainage project mitigates flooding in Phoenix neighborhood

By Rachel Wiester, Marketing

For its work on the Lafayette Interceptor Drain and Outlet project in the Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia, Olsson’s Phoenix Water Resources team won a 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Arizona Engineering Excellence Honor Award.

Feb 18 2015

Air Consulting team expands, invests in new emissions technology to help oil and gas clients

By Paul Kuhns, Air Consulting

With an eye toward the future to best assist its oil and gas clients, Olsson has expanded its roster of professionals who are skilled in operating Optical Gas Imaging cameras, the latest in emission-detecting technology.

Jan 21 2015

Olsson harnesses SCADA technology

By Warren Humphrey, Automation and Technology

An engineer in Kansas City, Missouri, receives an alarm on her cell phone that there has been an equipment failure at her wastewater treatment plant in Springfield. A utility superintendent remotely logs in from home to check on a problem with the city water supply. An electrical line worker can monitor re-closer faults from his office computer. All of this is possible because of Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) technology, and it may be one of Olsson Associates’ best-kept secrets

Jan 14 2015

Olsson assists Arizona homeowners affected by new FEMA floodplain map

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Hundreds of residents in Maricopa, Arizona, could see their flood insurance rates fall now that Olsson is completing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Elevation Certificates for them.

Jan 14 2015

Olsson dry dam project approved

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Waverly’s dry dam plan, a project six years in the making, has finally begun to take shape. The recently approved plan calls for a dry dam to be built near the town. The nearly $3 million earthen structure, which will be designed by Olsson Associates, will hold back potential flood waters from Ash Hollow Creek.

Jan 14 2015

Water resources services expands to help Colorado’s western slope and beyond

By Luke Gingerich, PE, Water Resources

With 80 percent of Colorado’s water resources originating on Colorado’s western slope, agricultural water suppliers and municipal water providers located there can be assured they’ve got expertise right in their backyards to help navigate water demand challenges as Colorado’s population continues to grow. Olsson Associates has developed a full-service Water Resources team on Colorado’s western slope to assist communities and water users.

Nov 14 2014

Overnight bridge installation connects Olsson’s specialties

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Working across teams and regions, the Structural and Geotechnical teams were onsite in Tecumseh, Nebraska, on October 22 for the new BNSF truss bridge’s installation that occurred over a 17-hour window.

Nov 14 2014

Spatial modeling contributes to species’ survival

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Similar to a business selecting its ideal location for its facilities, wildlife must also choose wisely when selecting their habitats. Knowing where wildlife have “set up shop” can be crucial for organizations looking to build in an area or for groups seeking to protect certain habitats. Olsson’s Environmental team provides spatial modeling to help clients site their facilities or plan for successful habitat restoration efforts.

Nov 14 2014

Olsson’s Land Development expertise creates a win-win for Greeley project

By Kris Pickett and Dan Hull, PE, Land Development

Faced with high infrastructure costs that were driving away potential homebuilders, Richmark Real Estate selected Olsson to take a fresh look at its housing development concept in Greeley, Colorado. This exercise led to savings of potentially $2.5 million in infrastructure costs and created major development efficiencies.

Nov 14 2014

Study on discolored water in Nebraska town reveals bigger issue

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The Minden City Council hired Olsson Associates earlier this year to study Minden’s water woes and come up with a solution. During the process, a larger concern regarding water capacity was discovered.

Oct 15 2014

Olsson dives into Missouri watershed project

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The East Locust Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County will provide water supply to a 10-county area. Olsson was recently awarded a $2.3 million contract for the design and permitting of the dam and reservoir.

Oct 14 2014

Olsson develops technology to bring news to travelers

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Olsson Associates has developed travel kiosks for the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) that will be deployed in 12 rest areas along I-80.

Oct 14 2014

Youth soccer fields at Swope Park open with celebration

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The soccer season at Swope Park Soccer Village has begun. A celebration was held to mark the completion of the second phase of the project. Olsson provided many services for the development of the park.

Oct 14 2014

Storm drainage master plans yield big benefits for communities

By Deb Ohlinger, PE, CFM, Water Resources

Every five years, the City and County of Denver is required, by ordinance, to update its storm drainage master plan. Olsson was chosen to be part of a collaborative team of four engineering firms to complete this enormous task.

Sep 30 2014

Olsson Associates honored with prestigious Cornerstone Award

By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce honored Olsson as the outstanding business of the year.

Sep 12 2014

Streetscape project in Fruita, Colorado, honors the past, envisions the future

By Wyatt E. Popp, PE, LEED® AP, Land Development

Olsson helps design downtown beautification project for downtown Fruita. City leaders saw the need for downtown infrastructure that actively supported a community feeling. A downtown master plan was developed that would encourage people to enjoy downtown Fruita.

Sep 08 2014

Olsson is helping to make “great outdoors” even greater at Montauk State Park

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Montauk State Park in Salem, Missouri, is famous for its rainbow trout and brown trout. With an increase in visitors, the park is now working towards expanding its already extensive recreational vehicle and campsite area.

Sep 05 2014

Arizona office is part of the solar movement

By Mary Sullivan, Communications

Olsson Associates is taking part in solar site expansion for the Fort Huachuca Military Base. It will be larger than any existing solar array on any U.S. Department of Defense base in the world. Olsson was asked to provide surveying and engineering services for the project.

Sep 04 2014

MDNR grant funding is available for water engineering report services

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources recently released a letter explaining the financial assistance available to eligible community water systems for engineering report services for the 2014 calendar year. The purpose of MDNR’s funding is to provide communities with the first step toward implementing changes to their water system.

Sep 03 2014

Monitoring for the birds

By Heather Beers, Environmental Assessmen

If you spend any time around the Olsson Environmental team, sooner or later, you are bound to hear terms like Hirundo rustica, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, Sternula antillarum, Buteo jamaicensis, or even Buteo lineatus. Olsson biologists were hired to survey 140 bridges in 47 Oklahoma counties that required maintenance and identify bird habitats in the area.

Sep 03 2014

Lincoln Water Resources team’s Karen Griffin receives community service award

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Karen Griffin, technical leader on the Lincoln Water Resources team has received one of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) national Community Service Awards. This national award recognizes a principal or manager of an ACEC Member Firm who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life in his or her community. Karen has shown a commitment to organizations, educational programs, and many other community events.

Aug 25 2014

Olsson’s headquarters moved to a new location in Lincoln's Haymarket

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson clients and visitors now have a new destination when meeting with Olsson’s Lincoln representatives. Olsson staff members moved to new office headquarters in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket district.

Aug 11 2014

Olsson balances nature and urban environment to design city stream

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

The South Creek Channel in Springfield, Missouri, is a one-mile, concrete-lined urban streamway that runs through a highly developed area of Springfield. Seeking a more natural setting for area residents to visit and play by, the city selected Olsson Associates to produce a design that will restore the creek to a more ecological condition.

Aug 08 2014

Soil enhancement critical for long-term restoration

By Ted Hartsig, CPSS, Environmental Assessment

What do a former bombing range near Denver, the Bush Library in Dallas, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and oil and gas pad sites in Colorado have in common? In each of these areas, the quality of the area’s soil and vegetation has huge impacts on the surrounding community. Olsson’s soil scientists have been involved in several soil projects that have helped communities to thrive.

Aug 06 2014

Olsson achieves tight-turnaround design for “tight-turn” roadway challenge

By Mary Sullivan, Communications

“Faster” was the mantra for representatives with Adams County, Nebraska. The county needed a solution to get trucks through Hastings, Nebraska, more quickly. It also needed a quality design created in a tight time frame to accommodate the project’s financing. Olsson was able to deliver on both fronts.

Jul 18 2014

Threatened Lesser Prairie Chicken has big industry’s attention

By Aaron Ball and Eric Petterson, Environmental Assessment

For being a diminutive bird, the lesser prairie chicken (LEPC) has no idea the large impact its presence is having on industries that focus on renewable energy and oil and gas. The grassland nesting bird was recently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and Olsson Associates has the expertise to help its clients navigate the new federal regulations designed to protect the species.

Jul 17 2014

A plan whose time has come

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

After several plan recommendations over the years, the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, took action and selected Olsson Associates in late 2013 to provide master planning and design services for the Arizona Canal Shared-Use Pathway.

Jul 17 2014

Olsson to help rebuild a ‘stronger,’ ’better’ Joplin after 2011 tornado

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

The City of Joplin, Missouri, recently selected the Olsson-led team to perform the majority of the city’s Community Development Block Grant-funded work to rebuild the infrastructure that was damaged by the devastating May 2011 tornado.

Jul 15 2014

Expertise, excellent service helps Olsson land work with CF Industries

By Gabrielle Lazaro, Communications

Based on Olsson Associates’ exceptional quality of work and relationships, the firm recently landed a $15 million building expansion project as part of a $1.7 billion plant expansion with CF Industries, a major producer of ammonia based fertilizer products located near Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.

Jun 24 2014

Olsson remains focused on clients during growth

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

It’s an exciting time to work in the world of engineering! Already in 2014, Olsson has grown the service capabilities we offer. We can attribute much of this exciting growth to you, our clients.

Jun 24 2014

Remembering Olsson employees Dan Nichols and Jerry Kamtz

By Lisa Sedivy, Communications

We’ve appreciated the support we’ve received from so many as we grieve our co-workers and friends, Dan Nichols and Jerry Kamtz. Since we have received many requests, we’ve provided information about their memorials here.

Jun 23 2014

Unmanned Aerial Systems save time and money, improve quality for survey services

By Jonathan Harris, Environmental Assessment

On a typical day of surveying, a two-member Olsson crew travels to a job site with cumbersome survey equipment and spends hours moving the equipment to gather data. If a large site needs up-to-the-minute aerial mapping to accompany the survey, perhaps a small plane is contracted. Imagine that the same tasks could be completed with one surveyor and one Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operator at a fraction of the time and cost.

Jun 23 2014

Olsson’s Alma airport “Project of the Year” delivers on services

By Gabrielle Lazaro, Communications

The Olsson team was recently awarded the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics’ 2013 “Project of the Year” for its work on Alma Municipal Airport’s Runway 17/35. This $2 million paving and lighting project was completed in August 2013, ahead of schedule, under budget, and with no change orders.

May 23 2014

Olsson helps tame flooding and protect communities

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Spring rains bring with them the promise of warmer weather and greener landscapes. They replenish our waterways and help our crops and plants grow. But when these rains turn destructive, they can unleash torrents of water that overrun streambanks and cause untold destruction on lives and property. Olsson has been involved with numerous flood control and mitigation projects that successfully help protect people and facilities from flooding.

May 23 2014

Olsson honored with national environmental achievement award

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Olsson’s “Private Sewer Repair Pilot Program” was recently honored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) with its National Environmental Achievement Award in Public Information and Education.

May 19 2014

Olsson expands geotechnical and other field service capabilities in Colorado

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson’s expanded geotechnical services capabilities and new hires in the Colorado region have opened up a new range of amenities to Olsson’s clients both locally and across the country.

Apr 24 2014

A 'batty' dilemma

By Joan Darling, PhD, and Dane Peterson, Environmental Assessment

Bats-the winged, night-insect-eating warriors-have instigated both fear and admiration among many. But bats are in trouble. Their numbers are declining due to disease and loss of habitat, and they have become an important awareness component for many of the projects Olsson staff members have worked on.

Apr 24 2014

New gas imaging camera expands Olsson’s services for oil and gas facilities

By Matt Calhoun, Air Consulting

With the purchase of its new optical gas imaging (OGI) camera, Olsson is now able to better assist those in the oil and gas industry in complying with new air quality regulations for hydrocarbon emissions. With more than 50,000 oil and gas wells in the Colorado area, oil and gas clients can greatly benefit with Olsson's use of an OGI camera as it's an efficient way to identify and repair leaks.

Apr 24 2014

New LiDAR survey scanner saves time and money for clients’ projects

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

Olsson has opened a new horizon in the field of spatial analysis for its clients, with the purchase of a Terrestrial Laser Imaging, Detection, and Ranging (LiDAR) Scanner for its survey services. LiDAR scanning offers an alternative way to capture and create high-definition, 3-D models of any object or space much faster and with a higher level of detail.

Apr 24 2014

Olsson proves to be a ‘power house’ for fast-paced wind project

By Gabrielle Lazaro, Communications

Olsson Associates recently finished American Land Title Association (ALTA) survey services for the Grande Prairie Wind Farm, a Geronimo Energy development, in roughly one-sixth of the average time it takes to complete these services.

Mar 20 2014

Working with nature to achieve environmental success

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Providing solutions to interesting and challenging environmental projects located across the country is all in a day’s work for Olsson Associates’ Environmental Assessment team. Putting “nature” back into projects is a big part of what guides the team. Here are just a few of the projects that exemplify this mantra and demonstrate the work the team has completed recently.

Mar 20 2014

Olsson can help oil and gas operators navigate stricter air pollution regulations

By Tony Barlage, Air Consulting

With sweeping new regulations put in place last month by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), oil and gas operators will need to intensify their compliance efforts to meet the requirements of the stricter regulations. In response, Olsson Associates can help respond to these new regulatory requirements.

Mar 20 2014

Pulling out all the stops for an award-winning transit project

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

Municipal and key agency partnerships were the award-winning recipe ingredients for the Olsson team winning a prestigious Kansas City Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) award.

Mar 20 2014

April ethanol forum to focus on evolving issues in industry

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

On April 10 and 11 in Omaha, Olsson will sponsor the “Ethanol 2014: Emerging Issues Forum” that is hosted by the Nebraska Ethanol Board. To learn more about the forum and ethanol’s importance in Nebraska and the across the country, Shawn Zablocki, practice leader for Olsson’s Environmental Resources and Compliance team, responded to a variety of questions.

Feb 13 2014

Olsson expands technology capabilities for hospital design

By Mary Sullivan, Communications

For Olsson’s Structural team, designing a $30 million hospital addition for Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Nebraska, is an opportunity to transition to the next generation of structural design.

Feb 11 2014

Professionalism, comfort, proximity make Olsson a preferred service provider for Cargill

By Gabrielle Lazaro, Communications

Cargill is best known as a world-wide provider of food, agriculture, financial, and industrial products and services. In its work to improve existing buildings or construct new facilities, Cargill has frequently turned to Olsson Associates for assistance.

Feb 11 2014

Water Resources team puts Boulder Creek back on track after flood

By Deb Ohlinger, PE, CFM, Water Resources

Boulder Creek in Boulder, Colorado, filled and overflowed during the flood events of September 2013. The power of the rushing water broke down creek banks and created new, disruptive pathways. Since then, Olsson has been working on two projects to help get Boulder Creek back to pre-flood conditions.

Feb 10 2014

Olsson helping municipalities meet new Missouri ammonia limits

By Jerry Jesky, PE, Public Infrastructure

Many municipalities are aware of the recent Missouri legislation requiring lower wastewater discharge limits for ammonia throughout the State of Missouri. Existing wastewater treatment systems that do not use aeration will likely need to be upgraded to provide the nitrification needed to meet effluent discharge limits for ammonia. Olsson can help meet these limits.

Feb 10 2014

Wyoming water sampling regulations changing for oil and gas

By Nikki Graber, Compliance and Remediation

Oil and gas companies know that oil and gas basins don’t follow neatly drawn state boundaries. With Wyoming poised to enact new water sampling regulations, companies working along the Colorado-Wyoming border will potentially have two different sets of rules to follow. Olsson has experienced staff members able to help navigate these rules.

Feb 10 2014

State announces funding to develop Nebraska’s community centers

By Jessica Sock, Industrial Site Consulting

To help communities achieve their goals of building vibrant community gathering spaces, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development is currently offering a competitive grant, the Civic and Community Center Financing Act. Olsson can help communities with the application process to attain this funding.

Jan 14 2014

Leadership changes in Olsson’s Water Resources practice

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

Tony Stanton was recently promoted to lead Olsson's national Water Resources practice. Brent Johnson joins Olsson to lead the firm’s Kansas City Water Resource team.

Jan 13 2014

A new year begins with due diligence for Phase I ESAs

By William Polivka, Compliance and Remediation

Per an American Society of Testing and Materials standard revision, conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments just got a little more manageable for clients seeking answers to whether contamination exists under their newly purchased property.

Jan 13 2014

Action Pact, Olsson foster cultural change with “Household Model”

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

In most nursing homes, a very important element is often forgotten: home. Action Pact, a senior living consulting firm based in Manhattan, Kansas, was the first to speak about the Household Model, which encompasses person-centered design to shape the atmosphere and environment of home. Action Pact has connected with Olsson Associates to provide all engineering services for its senior living facilities.

Jan 13 2014

Roundabouts: Knowing when to use

By Andrew Meyerkord, PE, Transportation

For some, roundabouts invoke anxiety-producing images of driving trapped in an endless circle with no easy exit. However, well-designed roundabouts are a legitimate tool for traffic management, when used in the appropriate context.

Jan 13 2014

Olsson helps build new crime lab

By Gabrielle Lazaro, Communications

It may be a little tamer than what you see on “CSI,” but it is no less a welcomed reality for crime experts across the state. Olsson’s Mechanical/Electrical group was part of the team recently selected to help build the new Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab.

Jan 07 2014

Olsson project wins 2013 Design-Build Project of the Year award

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

For its work on the Brookview Gardens Neighborhood Design-Build Improvement project, Olsson won both the 2013 Honor Award and the 2013 Design-Build Project of the Year from the Design-Build Institute of America Mid-America Region.

Nov 20 2013

Cozad Canal project aims to conserve water, enhance stream flows

By Kevin Prior, PE, Public Infrastructure

Constructed more than 100 years ago, the Cozad Canal system in and near Cozad, Nebraska, was due for an upgrade. Olsson helped the Central Platte Natural Resources District make the needed improvements for this $7.7 million project.

Nov 20 2013

Olsson helps to open area soccer village

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

Sporting KC, Kansas City, Missouri's, professional soccer club, recently opened a youth soccer village at Swope Park in Kansas City. Olsson was part of a team that designed and built the field in 120 days.

Nov 19 2013

Olsson opens office in Oklahoma City

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson Associates is once again blazing trails with the opening of its newest office in Oklahoma City. The office offers Olsson’s multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental services with an emphasis on transportation engineering and land development.

Nov 19 2013

Olsson promotes two to lead national practice groups

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson Associates has promoted two individuals to serve as national practice group leaders for the firm. Tony Stanton is Olsson’s Water Resources practice group leader; Steve Van Voltenberg is the new Survey practice group leader.

Nov 19 2013

Olsson staff members share expertise with natural gas operators

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson employees made presentations to a group of natural gas operators at a recent continuing education program covering oil and gas jurisdictional issues and internal audit strategies.

Oct 13 2013

Olsson designs innovative energy system for Nebraska Innovation Campus

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson's Land Development team is leading the Nebraska Innovation Campus Central Renewable Energy System project. This is a large, $12 million project to which many Olsson teams have contributed.

Oct 10 2013

Olsson adds ground penetrating radar to its NDT services

By Michael Sullivan, Non-destructive Testing

Count being able to “see through” concrete as another skill Olsson’s Non-destructive Testing technicians have acquired with the company’s recent purchase of ground penetrating radar (GPR). GPR is an exceptional tool when conducting core drilling and installing anchor bolts within concrete objects, such as concrete floors, concrete walls, and CIP concrete columns. It’s very helpful to technicians as it allows them to avoid rebar, tension cables, conduit, and voids.

Oct 10 2013

Pawn shop a nontraditional route to engineering career

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson welcomes Dan Hull, land development engineer, to our Loveland, Colorado, office. Dan brings his expertise and a strong background in customer service borne from his early professional days as a pawn shop employee.

Oct 10 2013

Recovering from the flood: Olsson 404 permitting expertise can save time and resources

By Scott Dicke, Environmental Assessment

As many of us can personally attest, the September floods were catastrophic to Colorado. As the waters recede and the damage is assessed, regulatory compliance is not generally the first thought or consideration. However, a flood emergency does not remove the responsibility to obtain a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit when one is required.

Oct 10 2013

Five-star service for new Mercy hospital

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Mindful of the comfort of families and friends while their loved ones undertake medical procedures, Sisters of Mercy Health Systems (Mercy) selected Olsson Associates in April 2010 to provide planning and design services for its new orthopedic hospital in Springfield, Missouri, which would also include hotel-type amenities.

Sep 13 2013

Olsson's Telecommunication services are growing

By Steve Ingracia, Technology Services

Olsson Associates continues to expand its telecommunications services to meet its clients’ needs and is currently working on numerous telecommunications design projects across the Midwest and Western United States.

Sep 13 2013

Kris Pickett joins Olsson as Northern Colorado office leader

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

From his entrepreneurial beginnings as a newspaper carrier to over two decades as a land developer and consultant engineer, Northern Colorado Office Leader Kris Pickett has taken a varied path to his current role at Olsson. It’s this varied background that is helping Olsson establish its new office in Loveland.

Sep 13 2013

Olsson's flexibility a fine fit for Tallgrass Energy’s pipeline conversion, expansion

By Dana Mack, PMP, Environmenal Assessment, and Jeff McPeak, PE, Compliance and Remediation

When Tallgrass Energy decided to convert its 430-mile Pony Express natural gas pipeline to crude oil and extend the line an additional 260 miles, Olsson provided a flexible, fast-moving group of engineers, scientists, environmental inspectors, and support staff members to quickly adapt to Tallgrass Energy’s needs.

Sep 13 2013

Griffin contributes skills for state’s Water Funding Task Force

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Last month, we reported that Olsson was selected by the State of Nebraska as the consultant who will help a 34-member task force produce funding recommendations to help maintain Nebraska’s water sustainability. Leading Olsson’s efforts in this endeavor is Karen Griffin, PG.

Sep 13 2013

Olsson takes on Ogallala downtown revitalization

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

With a limited budget but a bounty of creative ideas, Olsson Associates provided the City of Ogallala with core concept improvements for its downtown.

Sep 13 2013

Olsson team wins Des Moines-to-Ames transit project

By Jill Zehr, Marketing

Bringing together several of its national experts, Olsson Associates was selected for the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's Transportation Corridor Study project.

Sep 13 2013

Olsson gives back to our communities

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

As part of an ongoing commitment to the community, Olsson Associates has joined forces with several organizations to make a difference in the lives of citizens. Drumm Farm Center for Children is one of the charities that Olsson supports.

Aug 27 2013

NDT testing brings challenges and opportunities

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Eric Nordhues is the group leader for Olsson's Non-destructive Testing (NDT) team. An Olsson employee for 15 years, Eric has been providing NDT services since he joined Olsson. Here, he shares a few of his thoughts on the importance of Olsson's NDT services.

Aug 14 2013

Olsson Associates: Regional leaders in trenchless technology

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Many communities have older sanitary sewer systems made of vitrified clay and concrete pipes that corrode, crack, and become filled with tree roots and other debris. Fixing these systems with traditional methods can be time-consuming, unsightly, and expensive. A much less intrusive option for sewer rehabilitation is incorporating trenchless technologies.

Aug 14 2013

Non-destructive Testing 101

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

From our bridges to our Tilt-o-Whirl carnival rides, sound construction must be monitored not only by the naked eye but also through careful testing to observe what our eyes can’t see. Olsson’s Non-destructive Testing (NDT) staff members excel at this practice and can help ensure clients' projects are structurally sound.

Aug 14 2013

Olsson helps relieve drought impacts to Lincoln Water System

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Getting water to cities has undergone a massive design shift since water collection began in the first part of the 20th century. Today, Olsson engineers are working with improved technology and design techniques to construct horizontal wells, which can collect water over a larger area during dry summer months. The Olsson team is currently applying this design with the Lincoln Water System.

Aug 14 2013

Olsson helps complete K-State’s West Stadium renovation

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

K-State's West Stadium renovation is complete with a week to spare, thanks to solid working partnerships and a desire among all project team members to see the college game day mecca project finished before the home-opening kickoff on August 30.

Aug 13 2013

Olsson expands Telecom services with hire of Berry Long

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson Associates is expanding to meet its clients’ telecommunications needs and has hired Berry Long as team leader in its Golden, Colorado, office.

Jul 12 2013

Olsson Airport team specializes in serving small communities; 'Field of Dreams' becomes a new airport for Lane County

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

It’s not often that a whole new airport is built from scratch. But leaders in Lane County, located in western Kansas, recently had the opportunity to do just that. Lane County partnered with Olsson Associates for the exciting job of re-imagining an airport with a clean slate and a vision for Lane County’s future.

Jul 11 2013

Avoidance: The key to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act permitting

By Chris Thomas, PWS, Environmental Assessment

What would the world be like without the Clean Water Act (CWA)? We already know what the world would be like because, before the law’s enactment in 1972, we lived in that world. It wasn’t pretty. It’s also a reality that Olsson’s environmental scientists can help their clients avoid.

Jul 11 2013

Olsson provides services for new diversion structure at Ord

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

In June 2010, the North Loup River between Taylor and Ord, Nebraska, experienced severe flooding. The structure located at Ord (Hardenbrook Diversion Structure) also suffered damage as a result of the flooding. The district selected Olsson Associates to complete a study of the structure at the Ord site.

Jul 11 2013

Market in the black, mixed-use development is back

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

Once a booming business, numerous mixed-use developments in the Kansas City area came to a halt during the late 2000 recession. So did Olsson's activities at these sites. Today, in our improved economic times, these sites are now the catalyst for financial vitality and Olsson has had a hand in many of these improvements.

Jun 13 2013

FEMA volunteer Shane Hennessey: Helping others when they need it most

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

In times of weather disasters, as seen recently in Moore, Oklahoma, or acts of terrorism, Olsson structural engineer Shane Hennessey is ready to help. Since 2001, Shane has volunteered his time and structural engineering expertise to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with urban search and rescue efforts.

Jun 13 2013

Olsson announces new professional engineers

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson Associates is pleased to announce that five staff members from Olsson’s Public Infrastructure, Land Development, Structural, Airport, and Water Resources teams recently passed the Professional Engineering (PE) exam. The requirements to become a professional engineer include four years of professional experience under a licensed professional engineer and passing the PE exam.

Jun 13 2013

Resolving water quality violations simply

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Sometimes, it’s good for engineers to be reminded that the simplest solution can also be the best solution. At the June 2013 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition held in Denver, Mary presented her simplified solutions for one community’s water quality violation.

Jun 13 2013

Olsson uses transit tools to help determine cities’ developments

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

By investigating their transit options, several Kansas City communities are determining their cities’ future developments. Olsson was instrumental in this effort by undertaking a transportation and land use feasibility study for Kansas City’s major Burlington-North Oak Trafficway corridor. Through this study, Olsson helped the cities define what types of development they want that would support future transit goals.

May 13 2013

Olsson helps city address wastewater challenges with bypass elimination plan

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

The City of Republic, Missouri, is an expanding community whose growth has brought wastewater capacity challenges at its wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Olsson is helping the city address these challenges.

May 13 2013

Norfolk’s 25th Street opening soon

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Norfolk’s 25th Street improvement project is fast coming to a close and will soon provide Norfolk residents with a safer, more pedestrian-friendly area. Olsson provided design and construction phase services on the project.

May 10 2013

Olsson helps Bowersock Mills and Power Company achieve accelerated opening

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

This month, Bowersock Mills and Power Company (BMPC) opened its North Generating Station in Lawrence, Kansas. The $25 million structure sits immediately adjacent to a new Obermeyer gate at the north end of Bowersock Dam and is rated at 4.99 megawatts with a reinforced concrete structure surrounding four Kaplan low-head generating units. The plant will produce enough clean energy to power about 3,300 homes each day. Olsson Associates played a major role in designing the plant and performed at an

May 10 2013

Colorado School of Mines approves new engineering degree; Olsson contributes to recommendation

By Mike Yost, PE, LEED AP, Municipal Services

The Colorado School of Mines recently approved a new bachelor's degree program in civil engineering, which will expand the curriculum to provide the best education for CSM’s engineering students. Olsson helped bring the new degree to fruition.

May 10 2013

Olsson Associates: Encouraging women in engineering

By Andrea Bollinger, PE, Public Infrastructure

Andrea Bollinger, PE, shares her thoughts on women in the engineering industry as she participates as a panelist at a recent "Women in STEM" program.

Apr 14 2013

Fiber Optic team provides fast and efficient telecom services

By Andrew Meyerkord, PE, Public Infrastructure

Providers of fiber optic networks are in a constant race to set up instant voice and data services to homes, local government offices, and commercial buildings.The Technology Services team at Olsson has staff members based in its Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska offices. As a full-service design firm, Olsson can provide any specialized discipline required during design.

Apr 14 2013

Olsson contributes to award-winning projects

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

The Kansas City Business Journal recently announced the winners for its eighth annual Capstone Awards. Olsson was pleased to be involved with four of the award-winning projects.

Apr 14 2013

Navigating the Clean Water Act; Olsson can help

By Chris Thomas, PWS, Environmental Assessment

The Clean Water Act has had a profound effect on the quality of our nation’s water since it was enacted in 1972. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act has been a particular game-changer in the act’s success. Chris Thomas, a project scientist with Olsson’s Kansas City Southland Environmental Assessment team, has begun a series of presentations on Section 404 that can help clients better understand this important regulation and save them time and money in the process.

Apr 14 2013

Olsson team selected for signature Lincoln bikeway

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

In its efforts to make Lincoln’s downtown more bicycle-friendly, the City of Lincoln recently selected the team of Alta Planning & Design and Olsson Associates to develop concepts, a master plan, and design and construction documents for the “N” Street protected bikeway.

Apr 13 2013

Olsson undertakes South Platte River hydraulic modeling project

By Deb Ohlinger, PE, CFM, Water Resources

Along portions of the South Platte River, several projects are under development that will increase habitat, stabilize river banks, and improve recreational opportunities. Olsson is helping with the development efforts for these projects by providing hydraulic modeling expertise.

Apr 09 2013

Meet drainage funding challenges by preparing a water quality plan

By Carter Hubbard, PE, CFM, Water Resources

Many communities currently face drainage and flood control problems. However, acquiring funding to address these challenges can be difficult and confusing. Because of these challenges, a new means of funding that addresses drainage and flood control problems has been developed. The approach involves focusing on water quality planning and leveraging multiple funding sources to implement the proposed measures.

Mar 13 2013

Colorado implements mandatory baseline water quality sampling

By Dana Mack, PMP, Environmental Assessment

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) recently approved groundbreaking new groundwater protection rules that are considered the most robust in the nation. Starting May 1, 2013, Colorado will become the first state in the nation to implement a statewide, mandatory baseline water sampling program for oil and gas companies. Olsson can help navigate these new rules.

Mar 13 2013

Olsson wins APWA chapter award for Sar-Ko-Par project

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

The Sar-Ko-Par Park Lake Restoration project in Lenexa, Kansas, was selected as the Kansas City chapter of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) 2013 Public Works Project of the Year in the “Environmental Less Than $5 Million” category.

Mar 11 2013

Olsson employees recognized for swift action

By Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Olsson field inspectors Steve Bolin and Cheryl Carter were recently recognized by the City of Springfield for their swift action that potentially saved the lives of a family.

Mar 08 2013

Site preparedness: creating relevance

By Courtney Dunbar, CEcD, EDFP, AICP, Industial Site Consulting

Economic developers spend significant time creating a story that will sell their communities and sites, but few have robust, site-specific infrastructure information available for these seekers. Considering that company profits hinge on site-specific attributes, such as input availability, time-to-production, and exchange and proximity to markets, ready access to this information should be a top priority for economic developers.

Feb 14 2013

Design-build method for municipal infrastructure? Olsson can help

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

Municipalities are often looking for ways to further stretch their dollars on infrastructure projects. Design-build projects are not new, but this method of delivery has been traditionally considered for large projects and not for municipal transportation infrastructure work. In this article are descriptions of four recent design-build projects performed by Olsson.

Feb 13 2013

Selecting Olsson for design-build: Thinking differently about rehabilitating roadways

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

Design-build projects are not new, but this method of delivery has been traditionally considered for large projects and not for municipal transportation infrastructure work, such as roadway repaving, reconstruction, and other upgrades. Depending on the project goal, reconfiguring your design-bid-build project to a design-build project can provide real advantages. In the Kansas City region, Olsson has been involved in four very different design-build projects, all using this method of delivery.

Feb 13 2013

Hartsig receives SAME award

By Angie Przybylo, Marketing

For his significant contributions to the region’s environmental industry, Ted Hartsig, senior scientist with Olsson’s Environmental Assessment team, was presented the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME) Missouri River Region’s Vice President’s Medal.

Feb 13 2013

Grand Island wastewater project continues to grow

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Grand Island’s wastewater treatment plant and collection system improvements project, which was awarded to the Black & Veatch and Olsson team in 2011, continues to expand. Several miles of large, new trunk collector main are currently being improved, and numerous in-situ upgrades are being made to existing mains.

Jan 08 2013

Kum & Go, “convenience stores with a heart,” expands in nine states, including Colorado

By Josh Erramouspe, PE, Land Development

Kum & Go, a private company with over 400 stores in 11 states, is working closely with Olsson Associates as the company adds over 100 new stores in nine states, which includes Colorado, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Missouri.

Jan 08 2013

Tank integrity testing, other specialty services for Colorado oil and gas pipeline clients

By Stuart Francone, Energy Services; and Rick Hanny, Field Services

Tank integrity provisions, as defined by the federal Spill Containment, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) rules, can be tricky when it comes to inspections. Olsson has inspectors trained for fiberglass tanks and is currently providing these services, as well as many other specialty services, to help oil and natural gas pipeline clients reach and maintain compliance.

Jan 08 2013

Stanton presenting at upcoming park association conference

By Suzanne Small, Marketing

Tony Stanton, PE, will be a presenter at the annual Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) conference in Manhattan, Kansas, January 28-31. Tony’s presentation is titled “Lake Management and Restoration for Public Parks” and is based on Olsson’s various project experiences restoring park lakes in the Midwest.

Jan 08 2013

Olsson selected for Lincoln’s Northwest 48th Street improvements

By Lisa Sedivy, Communications

Olsson Associates was recently selected to provide the preliminary and final engineering design for Lincoln's Northwest 48th Street, West O to West Adams Roadway Improvement Project. As part of the project, Olsson will work closely with the city, area businesses and stakeholders, and the public to develop the design for a new, four-lane divided road that serves this high-profile and highly important corridor.

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