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.

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 formed Nowak & Fraus, PLLC with their first office on Dewey Street in Royal Oak, Michigan.

1970

1970

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

1973

1973

Jim Fraus became President of NFE.

1977

1977

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Madison Heights and still serves the City today.

1979

1979

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

1980

1980

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Huntington Woods and still serves the City today.

1984

1984

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Hazel Park and still serves the City today.

1988

1988

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

1991

1991

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Pontiac and still serves the City today.

1994

1994

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

1994

1994

Spanning 25 years, NFE worked on the City of Pontiac’s Centerpoint Business Campus, formally owned by GM.

1999

1999

Spanning 20 years, NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Birmingham and still serves 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 was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Royal Oak and still serves the City today.

2005

2005

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to York Township and still serves the Township today.

2006

2006

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the Village of Oxford and still serves the Village today.

2007

2007

The firm's name gets changed to Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE). Rob Lavoie was appointed President when Jim Fraus retired.

2009

2009

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

2010

2010

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to West Bloomfield Township and still serves the Township today.

2016

2016

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Rochester Hills and still serves the City today.

2016

2016

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

Timeline

1969

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

1970

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

1973

Jim Fraus became President of NFE.

1977

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Madison Heights and still serves the City today.

1979

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

1980

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Huntington Woods and still serves the City today.

1984

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Hazel Park and still serves the City today.

1988

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

1991

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Pontiac and still serves the City today.

1994

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

1994

Spanning 25 years, NFE worked on the City of Pontiac’s Centerpoint Business Campus, formally owned by GM.

1999

Spanning 20 years, NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Birmingham and still serves 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 was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Royal Oak and still serves the City today.

2005

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to York Township and still serves the Township today.

2006

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the Village of Oxford and still serves the Village today.

2007

The firm's name gets changed to Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE). Rob Lavoie was appointed President when Jim Fraus retired.

2009

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

2010

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to West Bloomfield Township and still serves the Township today.

2016

NFE was selected as the engineering consultant to the City of Rochester Hills and still serves the City today.

2016

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

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