PEA: Civil Engineers | Land Surveyors | Landscape Architects

Circle Track Reconstruction Recognized by ACPA

The General Motors Corporation Circle Track Reconstruction for Milford Proving Grounds was selected as an award winner in the “Industrial Paving” category by the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA).  PEA designed the track in 2015.  The rebuilt Circle Track is a 4.5-mile banked circle. It has five lanes with speed limits that increase towards the outermost lane. The speed limit for the outermost lane is more than 100 MPH. Due to the incline, each lane can be driven at its posted speed all the way around the circle without adjusting the steering wheel.  The track surface is hard “dolomite” concrete for wear resistance.  The ACPA “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards honor quality concrete pavements constructed, rehabilitated, and preserved in the United States and Canada.  There were 29 projects honored in 15 categories after competing locally and nationally with hundreds of excellent projects. 


Oakwood Heights Master Plan wins MI ASLA award for design

Congratulations to Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC) and PEA Landscape Architects for their award-winning Oakwood Heights (aka Marathon Gardens) Master Plan. The team was recognized in the “General Design” Category by the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Treva Formby of MPC along with Sam Lovall (second from the left) and Kimberly Dietzel (second from the right) of PEA were presented with this distinguished honor for their vision, which repurposes nearly 100 acres of blighted neighborhood into multi-functional green infrastructure composed of wildlife habitat, urban farming and park-like landscape in southeast Michigan’s most heavily industrialized area. Proposed development includes an interpretive park near the new Fort Street bridge, over the Rouge River, along the Iron Belle Trail, memorializing the Ford Hunger March of 1932. Forest plantings and urban farming are underway, thanks to the efforts and contributions of the Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Greening of Detroit and community volunteers.

New Oakland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center opens in Pontiac

The new Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center is now officially open.

The $15.5 million, 35,400-square-foot facility is aimed at helping to adopt out each year thousands of abandoned or lost dogs and cats. The county shelter traditionally cares for 4,000 animals annually and boasts a life release of 85 percent of all dogs.

There are spacious, fenced outdoor-areas where volunteers can play with and exercise dogs in an animal agility course, which resembles a children’s playground. Inside, cats and dogs are housed in separate areas to reduce stress and even equipped with piped-in music. Capacity is 150 dogs and 140 cats.

PEA performed the site engineering, bio swales and storm water detention with native seed mixes, and site landscape for this project.

PEA Landscape Architect receives MI ASLA Legacy Award

PEA’s Landscape Architect, Sam Lovall, was recently recognized by the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture for his work with the Harper Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers located at Hidden Lake Gardens….a 755-acre arboretum near Tipton, MI, owned and operated by Michigan State University (MSU).

The winning MSU project, designed by Sam Lovall while on staff at MSU, received the “Legacy Award.” This award is given to distinguished projects that are at least 15 years old, have retained their original design integrity and has contributed significantly to their community.

‘Hidden Lake Gardens began as a simple dream and has become an enduring and evolving living testament to the auras of nature’s seasons. The Gardens are indeed like squares on a quilt, a paradise in a park, where there are engagements and playful fun, an escape from the everyday world.

In the Gardens, the individual discovers a faraway place that is one of the most picturesque in the Midwest and the Nation. Subtle and bold courtyards display trees as artworks, rare cultivars, along with exotic plants in tropical settings. There is every shade of green in the world, including Michigan State University “green”, a tribute to the fundamental aspect of the MSU mission and to the expertise provided by the staff and volunteers of the University.” (Citation taken from

Sam designed this project in 1981 and has participated with a passionate stewardship group, including many MSU horticulture experts who nurtured the garden for 35 years. The Harper Collection is now regarded as one of the finest conifer collections in the United States. Congratulations to Sam and the MSU team for their years of dedication to this unique project!

PEA Lends Helping Hands to Life Remodeled

PEA volunteers participated in the Life Remodeled Six-Day Project on the campus and surrounding neighborhood of Central High School / Durfee Elementary on the west side of Detroit, MI.

The Life Remodeled organization is a Detroit-based, non-profit that is dedicated to improving Detroit neighborhoods. This is a significant year for the city of Detroit as we look back to move forward in light of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Uprising.

There were 11,032 volunteers, from all walks of life, that came together to build a stronger and safer community, and through their efforts the six-day project broke records in every category boarding up 534 homes, removing blight on 367 city blocks, and making significant progress on the Durfee renovations.

The Life Remodeled organizers remarked at how beautiful it was to see volunteers of various races and ethnicities, religious backgrounds, and industries coming together to support one of Detroit’s most historic neighborhoods.

Volunteers shared stories of the many new connections and relationships that grew as a result of this effort and the appreciation and support shown by community residents. Many of the neighborhood youth expressed their excitement about the potential of Durfee, and even Durfee alumni returned to visit their school for the first time in many years! The organizers of Life Remodeled expressed their appreciation:

“This is what Life Remodeled is truly about, remodeling lives by working together side-by-side. Thanks to all the hardworking volunteers for playing a major role in this effort. We truly appreciate you and are immensely grateful for your service.”

Although the 2017 Six-Day Project has come to an end, you can still serve throughout the year. You can volunteer any day, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30 pm. Please sign up on the Life Remodeled website at

There will be another Six Day Project: October 1 – October 6 in 2018, Life Remodeled will stay in the same neighborhood, but go beyond blight removal. This will include planting trees, perennials, and more.

PEA announces new office in Washington Township, MI

PEA is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Washington Township, Michigan. The new office location at 59255 Van Dyke Avenue will serve as a springboard to a larger Macomb office space in Washington Township that is currently in the design stages. The site joins PEA’s three existing locations in Michigan – Troy, Brighton and Detroit.

“We are happy to expand into Macomb County and Washington Township – a community we served for over 20 years as their municipal engineer,” said Jim Butler, PE, President of PEA. “The new location will allow us to better serve our Macomb County development clients with design and construction services as well as provide a home base for our national projects.”

PEA’s Macomb County office will not only contribute to the County’s economic growth but will also afford several PEA employees the opportunity to work closer to home.

John Dell’Isola, PE will lead the new office which will host 6 to 12 employees once a final move is complete.

“I’ve always lived in Macomb County and am proud to oversee our new Washington office,” said Dell’Isola. “With many businesses making a home in Macomb County, our move is just another acknowledgment of the growth and opportunity that can be found here.”

Fort Street Bridge Park project along Iron Belle Trail close to fundraising goal

The fundraising effort for the Fort Street Bridge Park Project along Iron Belle Trail is approaching its goal of $600,000.

The new Fort Street Bridge Park will welcome hikers and bikers crossing over the new Fort Street Bridge on the Rouge River.

An interpretation of the 1932 Ford Hunger March will be featured along with a general history of the Rouge River and an interactive demonstration of how stormwater effects the river.

PEA is providing landscape architecture and civil engineering assistance on this project.

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PEA welcomes Project Coordinator – Rebecca Klein

Rebecca Klein joins PEA as a Project Coordinator in our Troy Engineering Department.

Ms. Klein is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a certified LEED AP BD&C accredited professional. Becky has more than 12 years of extensive engineering experience in the retail and industrial / automotive markets. Her work history includes design support for plant expansions, site grading, utilities, design of parking and underground detention systems, due diligence, concept work, entitlements, construction drawing development, permitting, and construction administration. She has also earned her OSHA 10-hour certification and holds a record with NCEES for Michigan. Becky has a BS in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technology University.

PEA participates in the Oakland University 11th Annual Clinton River Water Festival

PEA participated in the Oakland University 11th Annual Clinton River Water Festival. PEA presenter, David Nepper, delivered a presentation which focused on educating students on how to sustain our natural resources within the Clinton River Watershed.

PEA presented the history of the river, explained the components of the watershed, and its water cycles (natural and urban). The presentation examined the watershed ecology, discussed recreational uses, shared clean storm water tips and informed students of the impacts pollutants within the watershed have on the river and how we can all work to reduce these impacts.

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PEA welcomes Senior Landscape Architect / Ecologist – Theresa Pardington

Theresa Pardington joins PEA as a Sr. Landscape Architect / Ecologist in our Landscape Architecture Department

Ms. Pardington is a Michigan Licensed Landscape Architect, Professional Wetland Scientist, and is seeking her certification as a Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline professional.  Theresa has over 17 years of experience in landscape architecture, design, site planning and construction with more than 10 years specializing in environmental design and permitting. She has successfully managed a variety of projects ranging in scope and complexity in both the private and public sectors.  Her work history includes projects involving wetland delineation, wetland permitting, stream restoration, and tree surveys.   Theresa has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with high honors and minor in Environmental Studies, from Michigan State University.

PEA Congratulates David Nepper, PS on his appointment to the IRWA Executive Committee

David Nepper, PS of PEA has been elected to the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) Chapter 7 Executive Committee and will serve for a one-year term as Vice President/Program Chair. 

The International Right of Way Association is a professional member organization comprised of global infrastructure real estate practitioners. Since 1934, IRWA has served professionals who acquire, manage and transfer the land rights needed for building and maintaining energy and transportation infrastructure.

David’s responsibilities will consists of board member duties along with coordination of the group’s continuing education efforts and acquisition of guest speakers for meetings and meeting coordination.

AIA Michigan 50th Health Facilities Planning Seminar

PEA looks forward to meeting with you at the AIA Michigan, 50th Annual Health Facilities Planning Seminar held March 30-31, 2017 at the Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids.  

PEA, a recognized regional leader in healthcare civil engineering and landscape architectural design, has completed infrastructure improvements on many healthcare campuses in Southeast Michigan. PEA assists clients with designs solutions that help maximize site development potential while preserving the sensitive site environmental characteristics.

We solve problems relating to site planning, campus planning, site engineering, green roofs, underground utilities, sustainability and storm water design.  In addition, we specialize in therapeutic garden design.

PEA has worked on the campuses of DMC, Beaumont, McLaren, St. Joseph Mercy, University of Michigan, as well as countless medical office buildings. We have completed some of the most prominent and significant projects including the landmark McLaren Proton Therapy Center in Flint, Michigan, and one of the nation’s largest healing gardens in Clarkston, Michigan.  

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PEA Welcomes Newly Hired Professionals

PEA, Inc., an engineering, surveying and landscape architecture firm, announces the hiring of professionals to its staff:

James Canfield, Engineering Technician, Engineering

Sandy Alford, Marketing Coordinator, Business Development

Aaron Nelson, Staff Engineer, Engineering

Denise D’Arcy, Senior Administrative Coordinator, Administration

Francyne Walker, Receptionist, Administration

PEA Designer Elected to LAF Olmstead Scholar Committee

PEA is proud to announce that Kimberly Dietzel, Landscape Designer, has been selected by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), Board of Directors to serve as a committee member on their Olmstead Scholar Committee for a period of 2 years.  Candidates considered for this honor are selected based on their personal characteristics and values.

The program honors Frederick Law Olmstead, a renowned American Landscape Architect.  The LAF Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits. 

PEA congratulates Kimberly on this major achievement.

mParks 2017 Conference Trade Show

PEA invites you to join us at the mParks 2017 Conference & Trade Show on Feb 1, 2017 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.  We will be showcasing our Landscape Architecture services at Booth #58 from 9:15 am to 10:15 am and 1 pm to 2:30 pm on the concourse level (2nd floor) of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

PEA specializes in Civil Engineering, Land Surveying and Landscape Architecture consulting and provides design and engineering on a wide variety of parks, trails and garden projects.

The Annual mParks Conference & Trade Show is the premier education and networking event for Michigan’s park and recreation professionals. mParks provides advocacy, resources, and professional development opportunities to a devoted and diverse membership of park and recreation agencies, professionals, vendors, and advocates. The trade show and conference offers valuable educational seminars.

PEA attendees include:

  • Jeffrey Smith, PA, LEED AP
  • Sam Lovall, PLA ASLA, Senior Project Manager
  • Dave Nepper, PS, Senior Project Manager

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PEA Welcomes New Team Members

PEA is excited to announce new team members to our Landscape Architecture, Land Surveying and Geotechnical-CMT departments!

James Goff, Landscape Designer, Brighton office.

Ryan Perry, Geotechnical and Construction Material Testing, Troy office

Dan Ruese, Survey Technician, Brighton office

PEA Welcomes New Senior Project Manager | Detroit Office Manager

PEA is pleased to announce Burke Jenkins, Senior Project Manager and Detroit Office Manager, as a new member to our team.

In collaboration with PEA’s Leadership Team, Burke will focus his efforts on establishing PEA’s Detroit office and fostering new business development opportunities within the City.

Burke comes to us with over 15 years of A|E|C industry experience. He recently worked as the Director of Landscape Architecture at a Downtown Detroit A/E firm and spent his career practicing in the City of Detroit. He brings a diverse background of experience to his projects ranging from greenfield parks to dense urban development.

Burke’s experience within the industry, his wealth of knowledge about the City of Detroit, and his passion for Landscape Architecture will allow him to hit the ground running in his new role at PEA. Burke holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Michigan State University. His professional registrations are as follows: Professional Landscape Architect – Michigan, Ohio and Maryland; CLARB Certified Landscape Architect; LEED 2.0 AP BD+C and Certified Construction Site Stormwater Operator.

PEA Receives 2 Awards From Michigan Concrete Association

Michigan Concrete Association (MCA) selected the following projects for the Award of Excellence in the Special Innovative category:

  • Circle Track Reconstruction, General Motors Milford Proving Ground
  • 7.2% Test Hill Reconstruction, General Motors Milford Proviing Ground

Milford Proving Ground is a state-of-the-art vehicle testing facility. Project descriptions below:


The Circle Track at General Motors Milford Proving Ground is truly one of a kind. Forming a 4.5-mile perfect circle, the track is a concrete parabolic curve that simulates driving straight indefinitely at varying speeds. The track is made up of 5 driving lanes with the top lane being the steepest for test speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The track was originally constructed in the 1960’s and has held up well, due to a progressive design and sound construction. However, over the last 50 years the joints on the track are worn due to weathering, which signaled the need to rebuild. The redesign included:

  • The bottom four lanes were removed and replaced with 8” of new dolomite concrete.
  • Repairs were made to the top lane, and the interior shoulder was removed and replaced with hot mix asphalt.
  • The entrance was milled and paved, and drainage improvements were made including the addition of edge drain around the entire track.
  • Along the outer perimeter, a chip seal and a fog seal was completed to prevent water from getting under the pavement and causing future damage.

Sustainable design considerations were made including old material being crushed into different gradations for future re-use as base material for roads and slope stabilization.

Designed by PEA in 2015, the track was reconstructed in 2016.



PEA, Inc. | Civil Engineer

  • Kevin Staley, PE, Senior Project Manager
  • Tristan Larson, PE, Project Engineer
  • Daniel Stys, PE, Senior Project Engineer
  • Jacob Holda, Staff Engineer
  • Ian Blair, CAD Designer

Angelo lafrate Construction Co. | Contractor

Livingston Engineering | Surveying




The Global 7.2% Test Hill reconstruction was performed in 2015 to relocate the Product Usage Measurements and Applications (PUMA) global requirements test sections. The project consisted of demolition of the existing asphalt lane and adjacent concrete curb, verifying existing base material and regrading, installation of new concrete curb, installation of concrete test segments, installation of asphalt approaches and separation segment, restoration of disturbed areas.

The project comprised of two-test sections with several key requirements:

  • Two new test sections were placed in lane 3 of the existing 3 lane 7.2% test road.
  • Test section 1 is a 90 meter single lane concrete road with a 10 meter launch pad at the beginning of the section.
  • Test Section 2 is a 132.9 meter single lane concrete road.
  • The two-test sections are separated by a 100-meter asphalt road segment.
  • Each tire path required a unique profile that changed every 0.01 meter horizontally with a required accuracy of 0.1 mm vertically.
  • CAD profiles were generated for each wheel path to be used in the laser cutting of the forms. PEA worked closely with the contractor to verify accuracy.
  • Each wheel path was formed, verified and poured separately.
  • Each test section was constructed with 5 separate pours. One (1) each for the 2-wheel paths, transition slab between wheel paths, transition slab to existing adjacent lane and transition slab to concrete curb.
  • After sufficient cure time, test sections were verified by GM personnel using a specially modified vehicle with instrumentation to measure the ride event.

PEA worked closely with end-users to develop a design that meets stringent vehicle testing requirements that includes international specifications. PEA worked with the contractor throughout construction to ensure conformance with the design specifications and address any construction issues.


PEA, Inc. | Civil Engineer

  • Kevin Staley, PE, Senior Project Manager
  • Jon Curry, PE, Senior Project Engineer
  • Tristan Larson, PE, Project Engineer
  • Daniel Stys, PE, Senior Project Engineer
  • Ian Blair, CAD Designer

Angelo lafrate Construction Co. | Contractor



The awards banquet will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Milford Proving Ground Circle Track Reconstruction, Milford, Michigan

2017 North American International Auto Show

#NAIAS / Detroit


PEA is assisting the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) and various display manufacturers in preparation for the 2017 North American International Auto Show event held annually at Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit. Since 1999, PEA has been performing detailed and precise survey work to assist in the construction of the extravagant displays.

Work commenced this year in early October, with PEA marking the boundaries of each display area across the entire floor of Cobo Hall.  Currently, we are precisely marking thousands of points in more than a dozen displays for both international and domestic automotive companies.  The layout points that PEA marks represent everything from lighting truss to turntables to intricate flooring inlays. Our work will conclude late December and the auto show will run January 8 – 22, 2017.


The PEA team includes:

  • Kevin Roach, PS, Survey Project Manager
  • Robert Shrum, Jr., Survey Tech
  • Veronica Maslanka, Staff Engineer
  • Emily Hanson, Staff Surveyor
  • Ryan Woloszyk, Staff Engineer
  • Stephen Padgett, Jr., Survey Tech
  • Neal McKay, Survey Tech


Another day in the D! Come visit Detroit.

M1 Concourse Receives Paving Award

Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan (APAM) and Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) selected the M1 Concourse project to receive an Award of Excellence at this year’s APAM|MDOT Asphalt Paving Awards Program, category “Special|Challenging Projects.” The awards program recognizes excellence in asphalt pavement construction in the public and private sector.

Evaluation criteria includes: Overall neatness, no overspray or left over materials; Ride: must be smooth; Texture Uniformity: free of segregation, major surface grinding, roller marks, etc.; Longitudinal and Transverse Joints: straight, well-blended, smooth and uniform; Edges: straight, uniform, true to the contour of the road; Approaches: blended well with the mainline pavement; Utility Covers: flush with the pavement; Degree of Difficulty: includes exceptional circumstances, maintenance of traffic, night paving, etc.


Project Team:

  • M1 Concourse | Brad Oleshansky, Owner
  • George W. Auch Company | Construction Manager
  • Ajex Paving Industries | Contractor
  • PEA, Inc. | Civil Engineers
    John Thompson, PE, Project Manager
    Doug Kennedy, PE, Project Engineer
    Janet Evans, PLA, Landscape Architect
    Kevin Roach, PS, Survey Proj Mgr
    Jeff Wiitanen, Survey Crew Chief
    Daniel Cole, Survey Crew Chief
  • SME | Environmental and Geotechnical Engineers


The awards banquet will be Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, Michigan.

PEA’s Kim Dietzel Attends 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans

PEA’s Kim Dietzel, Landscape Designer, attended the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, October 21 – 24, 2016. After participating in the 2016 National Grant Competition for Emerging Professionals in Landscape Architecture, sponsored by ANOVA, Kim was one of the grant winners and was awarded a $2,000 grant  to attend the conference.

Real Life Barn in Canton Opens

Grand Opening Saturday, October 15, 2016

A.R. Brouwer Company hosted the open house this past weekend for the project team and their families. It was a beautiful fall Michigan day –  warm, sunny, with autumn leaves and bright fall colors!

The celebration featured:

  • Horseback riding
  • Petting Farm
  • Feeding the baby goats
  • Walking pigs
  • Bonfire
  • Hayride
  • Food and drinks



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Project team included:


A.R. Brouwer Company  | Construction Manager


PEA, Inc. | Civil Engineers

  • Jon Curry, PE, Project Manager
  • Scott Peruski, PE, Project Engineer
  • Jeff Wiitanen, Surveyor


Wahyee Associates | Architects & Planners 

Let’s Celebrate! Paint Creek Trail Connector Is Open.

The Paint Creek Cider Mill serves as a regional attraction – and yet there was no safe connection between the Cider Mill and the popular Paint Creek Trail, which is separated from the Cider Mill by Paint Creek. Oakland Township Safety Paths and Trails Committee celebrated the opening of a much-needed trail connection between the Paint Creek Trail and the Paint Creek Cider Mill.


The new pathway designed by PEA will give visitors a safe option to access the Cider Mill from the trail on a pathway that passes through an easement generously donated by Flagstar Bank. Matt Hocking, PE, and Jeff Smith, PLA, LEED AP, celebrated the opening of the new pathway with Oakland Township committee members. PEA is proud to have been part of this important project.

FRoG Meets Their Goal

The Fort Rouge Gateway partners wrapped up their community funding campaign for the Fort Street Bridge Park project, exceeding their goal of $10,000 to match a challenge from the Erb Family Foundation. Special thanks to the UAW Local 600 for their $5,000 contribution, an early $1,000 contribution in honor of an individual who died in the 1932 Hunger March, the last $1,000 contribution in honor of a deceased Delray resident and 231 individual gifts donated through Patronicty – a crowdfunding platform. Although this “challenge campaign” is over, MotorCities National Heritage Area is still accepting donations to fulfill the project budget.

Michigan ASLA Award Banquet

PEA’s Jeffrey Smith, PLA, LEED AP, received an Honor Award for Building 30 Nature Garden, Milford Proving Ground project from Clare Jagenow, Michigan Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects (MiASLA) President, Landscape Architect, SmithGroupJJR.

The PEA project team included:

  • Jeffrey Smith, PLA, LEED AP, Project Manager
  • Kelly Burks, PLA, Landscape Architect


PEA Receives Honor Award from Michigan ASLA

PEA is excited to announce Building 30 Nature Garden, Milford Proving Ground, received an Honor Award under Category I, Landscape Architectural Design. The 31st Annual Michigan ASLA Meeting and Awards Dinner, “Art and Landscape,” will be in held Grand Rapids, September 28 – 29, 2016. There were 4 awards given in this category, 2 Honor Awards and 2 Merit Awards. Project team:

  • Jeffrey Smith, PLA, LEED AP
  • Kelly Burks, PLA

Detroit River Cruise on the Diamond Jack

Friends of the Detroit River (FDR) is having their annual fall dinner cruise Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 6 to 9 pm. Please join FDR for this fun-filled event which includes a relaxing cruise along Michigan’s Great Lakes Waterway, dinner and music. Witnessing the sunset on Detroit’s beautiful skyline is free!

Click on this link to sign up:

Support the Fort Street Bridge Park

Come and learn about the Fort Street Bridge Park, a visionary project that will transform a patch of land on the Rouge River.

  • When – Monday, September 12, 2016
  • Time – 4 to 7 pm
  • Where – Fort Street Brewery, 1660 Fort Street, Lincoln Park, MI

Lawrence Technological University Taubman Complex Grand Opening

A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences Complex, home of the Marburger STEM Center, will be ready for Lawrence Tech students this fall.

PEA provided site engineering for the 3-story, high-tech, multi-disciplinary Marburger STEM building addition linking the existing Science Building and Engineering Building on the LTU campus. Engineering design included a campus-wide parking analysis, a unique fire truck access plan, as well as incorporating LID design into the overall stormwater management, including an underground cistern, bioswale, infiltration trench and infiltration pits. PEA worked with two renowned architects on the project:  Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis from California and Detroit’s Albert Kahn Associates.


Click here to register for the grand opening celebration, Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Project Team:

  • Thom Mayne, Morphosis | Architect
  • Albert Kahn Associates | Architect
  • PEA, Inc. | Civil Engineer

M1Concourse Opens

Grand Opening Sunday, August 21, 2016

As the Woodward Dream Cruise came to a close, M1 Conccourse had their grand opening and was proud to be a key partner in the newly branded “Pontiac Power Week.”

The next major event is their first open track day, Sunday, August 28th. Event is limited. If interested, register at this link:


Project team included:


George W. Auch Company  | Construction Manager


PEA, Inc. | Civil Engineers

  • John Thompson, PE, Project Manager
  • Doug Kennedy, PE, Project Engineer
  • Janet Evans, PLA, Landscape Architect
  • Kevin Roach, PS, Survey PM
  • Jeff Wiitanen, Survey Crew Chief
  • Daniel Cole, Survey Crew Chief


SME | Environmental and Geotechnical Engineers


Check out the video from Dodge recapping the drag race:

PEA’s Kim Dietzel Wins Grant Toward 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans

PEA’s Kim Dietzel, Landscape Designer, recently participated in the 2016 National Grant Competition for Emerging Professionals in Landscape Architecture, sponsored by ANOVA,


Grant recipients had to submit a sketch and a 500-word essay responding to the following question:

“What change would you make to your region if money were no object?”


Kim is a grant winner and has been awarded a $2,000 grant towards attendance to the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, October 21 – 24, 2016. Congratulations Kim! Check out Kim’s creative entry response.

Life Remodeled in the Denby Neighborhood Was A Success!

PEA has been involved in the community project at Skinner Playfield in Detroit for Life Remodeled, and is excited that this project was such a success in reshaping Detroit!

Per Chris Lambert, CEO, Life Remodeled: “In six days, 10,700 volunteers became one and lives were remodeled. If you dig numbers, you’ll be happy to know Life Remodeled and our partners remodeled 80 homes, boarded up 362 vacant houses and removed blight on 303 city blocks. Skinner Park is open to the public, and the final touches are nearing completion as we prepare to celebrate on September 7 (4p.m. to 7 p.m.). All are welcome to attend.”

Check out Life Remodeled’s web site for photos of the 6-day neighborhood cleaning project. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan news video link is also below for WXYZ, Channel 7.

Run A Race. Remodel A Life.

Miles for Mankind featuring a walk | run event on July 23, 2016, for for the following:

  • 1 Mile
  • 5K
  • 10K
  • Half marathon

A percentage of the proceeds are to be donated to Life Remodeled in Detroit


What event features a professional chef who makes homemade cookies, yogurt parfaits and more for its runners? Miles for Mankind does. It is a professional and friendly atmosphere that will make a significant impact in Detroit. Each participant receives a tech T-shirt (the kind that wicks away perspiration), a race bib, 15 % discount at Running Fit, a custom medal, race photos… and great food at the finish line. Sign up now!

PEA has been involved in the community project at Skinner Playfield in Detroit for Life Remodeled, and is excited to be involved in reshaping Detroit!

Life Remodeled Press Conference for Denby, Detroit

Skinner Park is the latest Life Remodeled project to build a community park on the Skinner Playfield next to Denby High School on Detroit’s east side.

PEA has been involved in this community project with providing surveying to assist in the creation of Skinner Playfield. Project Manager, Mark Dandar, PS, has been managing the work PEA is providing, along with Dave Cole, PS, and Dan Cumming, Survey Crew Chief.

The Denby community is off-the-charts excited about its new park, the 50 homes being remodeled and the 300 blocks of blight removal that 10,000 people will carry out during the first six days of August. PEA completed topography survey and preliminary drawing.

Click here to volunteer!

Annual AWEA Windpower Conference

PEA’s Todd Shelly and Dave Nepper attended AWEA Windpower Conference last week to meet with clients, partners and learn about the exciting future of wind energy. AWEAs 2017 event will be in Anaheim, CA, May 22-25.

PEA Congratulates Team Members

Congratulations to Kelly Burks (Landscape Architecture) and Howard Waidley (Professional Engineer) on earning professional licenses in their respective fields.

PEA Welcomes New Human Resources Manager

PEA is excited to announce Stephanie Tanulku, Human Resources Manager, as a new member to our team.

Stephanie is a graduate of Oakland University and has over fifteen years of experience working as a HR generalist and manager. Stephanie was previously the HR Senior Manager for N.S. International in Troy, Michigan. She will be headquartered in Troy but will be handling HR functions in both the Troy and Brighton office. She will be responsible for HR responsibilities and assisting with hiring and helping all of our employees.

Detroit River Water Festival

The Detroit River Water Festival held on April 28, 2016, was a success. Despite the rainy, cool weather, the turnout was tremendous. The Detroit Middle School students truly enjoyed the hands-on rain garden demonstration given by Kate Bond and Sam Lovall. We look forward to next year!

Engineering Ministries International

PEA’s Mark Dandar, PS, volunteered with Engineering Ministries International in Africa to teach survey practicum to 30 students at Uganda Christian University. He left in April and returned on May 9th. It was both a learning experience for the students and Mark, as the students were so excited to learn about surveying and it was a wonderful experience for Mark to pay it forward.

Skinner Playfield

PEA is involved in a community project in Detroit with, providing surveying to assist in the creation of a new park, Skinner Playfield, adjacent to Denby High School. Project Manager, Mark Dandar, PS, is managing the work PEA is providing and is excited to be a part of this project to remove blight and beautify at least 300 city blocks. PEA completed topography survey and preliminary drawing.

New Name – PEA

We are excited to announce that “Professional Engineering Associates,” is now officially PEA! The company has adopted the acronym rather than the formal name of our organization. In keeping things simple, we will not be changing our company logo. Also, this transition continues to guarantee that we are client focused, specializing in Civil Engineering, Land Surveying and Landscape Architecture consulting, with our Corporate Office in Troy, MI, and branch office in Brighton, MI.

New Office

It is official! On December 7, 2015, PEA moved in to the new office in Brighton. The existing space was completely gutted and a new 5,000 sf, state-of-the-art workspace was constructed. The address is 7927 Nemco Way, Suite 115, Brighton, MI 48116. The office is within the Brighton Towne Place development near I-96 and Grand River, Exit 145. The phone number remains the same.

PEA is having an Open House to celebrate the new office in Brighton, scheduled for Thursday, February 11th, from 3–6 pm.

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