Dodge Park reopened on June 28 following months of being closed for renovations that completely rehauled the 51.2-acre park in the City of Sterling Heights. The improvements were due to the Recreating Recreation mileage passed in 2016 by the residents to fund $45 million in amenities at Dodge Park and other city/neighbor parks.
NFE has been working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the last seven years, providing infrastructure improvements to multiple state parks and recreational areas in Michigan (see map). The DNR manages over 100 state parks and recreational areas covering 285,000 acres. In fact, in Michigan, you are never more than an hour’s drive from one.
In the month of May, NFE welcomed eight interns who are joining us for the summer from the universities of Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan Tech and Purdue. Seven are studying civil engineering, and one is concentrating on a double major of electrical engineering and computer engineering. This group of many talents will be providing invaluable assistance to NFE over the summer, and hopefully learning a thing or two.
O’Neal Lake Dam was installed in 1952 by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to aid in water control and create a wildlife haven. The dam formed O’Neal Lake which was approximately 150 acres in size and became a much-loved paradise for the residents close to the lake and for nature lovers visiting the surrounding Wilderness State Park.
Robertson Brothers has specialized in building luxury single-family and condominium residential communities in Michigan since 1945. NFE has been working with Robertson Brothers since 2000 with an increase of volume in the last seven years due to the return of the housing market after the Great Recession.
Since 2005, the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission has been soliciting funds to build a monument to celebrate and honor the lives of fallen Michigan law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The monument will honor the more than 42 officers who have died in the past 12 years, including the two City of Detroit officers who have lost their lives this year.
Back in July, NFE was chosen by the City of Royal Oak for the development of Normandy Oaks, a 40-acre park at the former Normandy Oaks golf course. One of the criteria for the City was to have public engagement into what kind of amenities they wanted to see in the park, which will be the largest in the City.
Sterling Heights was incorporated as a city in 1968, and is the fourth-largest in Michigan with approximately 132,000 residents. The City has five major parks and 26 neighbor parks. Prior to the November election in 2016, the City had no dedicated funding source for improving its parks. In November 2016, the residents of Sterling Heights passed the Recreating Recreation millage to fund approximately $45 million in proposed parks and recreation improvements, including a new community center, skatepark, ice rink and splash pad.
In May 2016, Romeo Community Schools’ voters approved an $86 million, 25-year bond initiative for the district. Romeo Community Schools contracted with architect Integrated Design Solutions who in turn contracted with NFE to provide land surveying and civil engineering services to support the following bond initiatives...
NFE provided civil engineering and land surveying services for the redevelopment of Parkridge Homes located at First Avenue between Monroe Avenue and Harriet Street in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This development is the continuation of a $34 million City of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Housing Commission effort to overhaul the city’s public housing.
The City of Madison Heights was established on January 17, 1955, and is ranked the fifth highest populated city in South Oakland County. The city lies in the I-696 and I-75 corridor, and is served by a full-service municipal government. It is home to approximately 30,000 residents, and both small and large commercial and industrial businesses, all within the city’s 7.2 square miles.
In the past five years, NFE has worked on over 300 projects within the City of Detroit. Due to all this work, in January, we opened a Detroit office in the historic Grand Park Centre building to better serve our existing and future clients who are doing work within the city. Below we have listed a few of the unique projects we have provided land surveying and/or civil engineering services for.
In the month of May, NFE welcomed five interns who are joining us for the summer from the universities of Michigan Tech and Michigan State. Two are studying surveying engineering, two are studying civil engineering, and one is undecided about which engineering field to concentrate on. This group of many talents will be providing invaluable assistance to NFE over the summer, and hopefully learning a thing or two.
After preparing many site plans that never got developed for the odd-shaped lot at 10 Mile Road between Main Street and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak, Michigan, NFE has created site and landscape plans for a new apartment complex on the property called SoMa. SoMa has recently been approved by Royal Oak’s Planning Commission and appears to be well on its way to becoming a reality.
NFE had the distinct honor to participate in the Phoenix S.O.A.R. (Studying Opportunities to Advance Realities) Interview Experience program at the Pontiac High School (PHS) on May 3. The program is a chance for seniors, who are preparing to enter the workforce and post-secondary education and training, to be interviewed by professionals of the greater Pontiac community. The goal of the program is to ensure the students of PHS become productive citizens within the local business community.
NFE has received an Award of Excellence from the Asphalt Paving Awards Program for our consulting engineering work on the Holly Recreation Area project. This program is a cooperative effort between the Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan (APAM) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to recognize excellence in asphalt pavement construction.
Since the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) took over the management of Belle Isle in 2013, improvements have been continuous on the island. From 2014 to 2016, MDNR completed approximately $8,000,000 in infrastructure repairs and assessments, including Lake Muscoday and Detroit Yacht Club (DYC) Canal Boat Launch which NFE is proud to say was our project.