History

Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE) was established in 1969 to provide civil engineering, land surveying and consulting services within the Southeast Michigan area. Our firm’s roots are based in the merger of several companies including: Urban Renewal Services (formed earlier by Harold Nowak and Jim Fraus), Hoyem-Basso Associates, Inc., McAlpine Engineering, Inc. and Arthur W. Gillespie Associates. McAlpine Engineering and Gillespie Associates were two of the oldest firms in the Detroit/Southeast Michigan area at the time.

Over our history of operation, NFE has evolved into one of the premier engineering consulting firms in the region. Headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan, we have performed work in nearly every community in Southeast Michigan, and serve in the capacity of consulting engineer to ten municipalities with the average years of continuous service being 20. We pride ourselves on being able to assist each community with the necessary steps to improve the quality of life for their residents.

Within the last 10 years, our reach has spread to include every region of Michigan and nationally to multiple states from the east coast to California as well as north and south. Again always with keeping the client’s or governmental agency’s needs and goals foremost.

Jim Fraus & Harold Nowak

Harold Nowak and Jim Fraus founded the firm in 1969, which is now headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan

Timeline

1969

1969

Harold Nowak and Jim Fraus form Nowak & Fraus, PLLC with their first office on Dewey Street in Royal Oak, Michigan.

1970

1970

Spanning 50 years, NFE has provided services on over 150 projects in the Golden Corridor (Big Beaver Road from Coolidge Highway to John R.) in Troy, Michigan.

1970

1970

For 50 years, NFE has worked on the development of many major office buildings in Southfield, Michigan, including Lear Corporation Headquarters.

1970

1970

Since the 1970’s, NFE has provided site design services on over 100 industrial/office buildings for the General Development Company.

1973

1973

Jim Fraus becomes President of NFE.

1974

1974

Nowak & Fraus’ annual income exceeds $1 million.

1977

1977

NFE is selected as the Municipal Engineer to the City of Madison Heights and still provides engineering services to the City today.

1979

1979

Spanning 40 years, NFE has worked on the Pine Knob development which includes the music theater, parking facilities, and all of the surrounding residential developments.

1980

1980

NFE is selected as the Municipal Engineer to the City of Huntington Woods and still serves the City in that capacity today.

1980

1980

Due to growth, NFE moves to 1310 N. Stephenson Highway in Royal Oak, Michigan.

1983

1983

NFE acquires the assets of Hoyem-Basso Associates together with the assets of their predecessor firms of McAlpine Engineering and Arthur W. Gillespie Associates.

1984

1984

NFE is selected as the Municipal Engineer to the City of Hazel Park and still provides services to the City today in that capacity.

1988

1988

NFE is the site design engineer for the Palace of Auburn Hills. Unfortunately, the doors closed in the fall of 2017 when the new stadium was built in Detroit.

1991

1991

NFE is selected as Consulting Engineer to the City of Pontiac and today still provides engineering services to the City.

1994

1994

Headquartered in Royal Oak, NFE opens an office in Pontiac.

1994

1994

Spanning 25 years, NFE has worked on the City of Pontiac’s Centerpoint Business Complex, formerly owned by GM.

1999

1999

Spanning 20 years, NFE has provided services to over 74 local school districts.

1999

1999

NFE is selected as Consulting Engineer to the City of Birmingham and still provides consulting services to the City today.

2001

2001

The NFE Pontiac office moves to a new building at 46777 Woodward Avenue and holds its first annual Woodward Dream Cruise Party.

2002

2002

NFE is selected as Consulting Engineer to the City of Royal Oak and today still provides engineering services to the City.

2005

2005

NFE is selected as Consultant Engineer to York Township and still serves the Township today in that capacity.

2006

2006

NFE is selected as Consultant Engineer to the Village of Oxford and still provides services to the Village today.

2007

2007

The firm’s name changes to Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE).

2008

2008

Rob Lavoie is appointed President after Jim Fraus retires.

2008

2008

NFE closes its Royal Oak office and consolidates all employees into the Pontiac office.

2010

2010

NFE is selected as Consultant Engineer to West Bloomfield Township and still provides engineering services to the Township today.

2011

2011

NFE obtains an ISID contact with the State of Michigan; and since that time, has regularly assisted many state departments (DTMB, MSP, DOC and DNR) with their important projects.

2016

2016

NFE is selected as Consulting Engineer to the City of Rochester Hills and still provides services to the City today in that capacity.

2016

2016

President Rob Lavoie retires; Chad Findley, Tim Germain and Jeff Huhta are named as Managing Partners.

2017

2017

NFE opens a Detroit office to better serve its clients and future clients doing work in the City.

Timeline

1969

Harold Nowak and Jim Fraus form Nowak & Fraus, PLLC with their first office on Dewey Street in Royal Oak, Michigan.

1970

Spanning 50 years, NFE has provided services on over 150 projects in the Golden Corridor (Big Beaver Road from Coolidge Highway to John R.) in Troy, Michigan.

1970

For 50 years, NFE has worked on the development of many major office buildings in Southfield, Michigan, including Lear Corporation Headquarters.

1970

Since the 1970’s, NFE has provided site design services on over 100 industrial/office buildings for the General Development Company.

1973

Jim Fraus becomes President of NFE.

1974

Nowak & Fraus’ annual income exceeds $1 million.

1977

NFE is selected as the Municipal Engineer to the City of Madison Heights and still provides engineering services to the City today.

1979

Spanning 40 years, NFE has worked on the Pine Knob development which includes the music theater, parking facilities, and all of the surrounding residential developments.

1980

NFE is selected as the Municipal Engineer to the City of Huntington Woods and still serves the City in that capacity today.

1980

Due to growth, NFE moves to 1310 N. Stephenson Highway in Royal Oak, Michigan.

1983

NFE acquires the assets of Hoyem-Basso Associates together with the assets of their predecessor firms of McAlpine Engineering and Arthur W. Gillespie Associates.

1984

NFE is selected as the Municipal Engineer to the City of Hazel Park and still provides services to the City today in that capacity.

1988

NFE is the site design engineer for the Palace of Auburn Hills. Unfortunately, the doors closed in the fall of 2017 when the new stadium was built in Detroit.

1991

NFE is selected as Consulting Engineer to the City of Pontiac and today still provides engineering services to the City.

1994

Headquartered in Royal Oak, NFE opens an office in Pontiac.

1994

Spanning 25 years, NFE has worked on the City of Pontiac’s Centerpoint Business Complex, formerly owned by GM.

1999

Spanning 20 years, NFE has provided services to over 74 local school districts.

1999

NFE is selected as Consulting Engineer to the City of Birmingham and still provides consulting services to the City today.

2001

The NFE Pontiac office moves to a new building at 46777 Woodward Avenue and holds its first annual Woodward Dream Cruise Party.

2002

NFE is selected as Consulting Engineer to the City of Royal Oak and today still provides engineering services to the City.

2005

NFE is selected as Consultant Engineer to York Township and still serves the Township today in that capacity.

2006

NFE is selected as Consultant Engineer to the Village of Oxford and still provides services to the Village today.

2007

The firm’s name changes to Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE).

2008

Rob Lavoie is appointed President after Jim Fraus retires.

2008

NFE closes its Royal Oak office and consolidates all employees into the Pontiac office.

2010

NFE is selected as Consultant Engineer to West Bloomfield Township and still provides engineering services to the Township today.

2011

NFE obtains an ISID contact with the State of Michigan; and since that time, has regularly assisted many state departments (DTMB, MSP, DOC and DNR) with their important projects.

2016

NFE is selected as Consulting Engineer to the City of Rochester Hills and still provides services to the City today in that capacity.

2016

President Rob Lavoie retires; Chad Findley, Tim Germain and Jeff Huhta are named as Managing Partners.

2017

NFE opens a Detroit office to better serve its clients and future clients doing work in the City.

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