December 2015 Newsletter

James P. Fraus
(1939 - 2015)

Nowak & Fraus Engineers is deeply saddened at the passing of our founder, James P. Fraus. Jim founded NFE along with the late Harold Nowak in 1969.


APA/MI 2015 Planning Excellence Award

Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE) is pleased to announce that our project in partnership with Michigan Department of Technology and Budget (DTMB), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Land Design Studio and Clearzoning, has received the American Planning Association (APA)/MI 2015 Planning Excellence Award. The Michigan chapter of the APA has selected the Wilderness State Park - Lakeshore Campground Redevelopment as the recipient of the Public Outreach Award.


A jury of APA Florida Chapter professionals reviewed and selected our project, and they included the following comments in their recommendation:
"This plan recognized the changing needs and desires of the various user groups in our parks. These changing demographics and expectations are a challenge facing many if not all National and State parks across the country. This plan exhibited a great level of interactive public participation with social media and innovative face to face interaction with the coffee hour workshops. The project team appears to be dedicated to implementing key pieces of the public generated comments as part of the park facilities redevelopment. The quality of the public outreach in this process provides a great example of how a "community" can be engaged. The special affection that the public appears to have for this State Park is evident. However strong this emotional connection may be the project team was challenged by is that the "community" is transient by definition. So, the engagement had to occur in times locations and ways which were palatable to people who are "getting away from everything"."
We Congratulate the DTMB & DNR on this prestigious award!  

For More Information on this project please contact Jeff Huhta at

Sharonville Gun Range Ribbon Cutting
Nowak & Fraus Engineers congratulates the DTMB and DNR on the successful completion of the Sharonville Gun Range - 10 yard station Improvements. NFE performed full design development and construction administration services for this project.  
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ACEC Surveying Honorable Conceptor Award
 NFE is pleased to announce our submission to the ACEC ESE Awards 2016 has been selected as a winner of the Surveying Honorable Conceptor Award. Stay tuned for more information.