March 2015 Newsletter


Nowak & Fraus Engineers (NFE) is pleased to announce that its client, the City of Birmingham, has won awards for two of its projects constructed in 2014.  NFE had the distinct honor of assisting the City with both projects by acting as the lead engineering consultant responsible for providing all land surveying, preparation of the construction plans and construction related assistance. 


The first award received by the City is the 2014 American Public Works Association (APWA), Detroit Metro Branch Award in the “Transportation” category, under $5 million division.  The City won this award for the design and reconstruction of North Eton Road, between Maple Road and Derby Road.  The project was undertaken to reconstruct the failing pavement with nearly 11,000 square yards of 8-inch plain jointed concrete pavement with integral curb, and over 4,000 feet of underground utility upgrades along the 0.45 mile segment of roadway, which serves as a vital collector road to the adjacent neighborhood and nearby elementary school.  The unique aspect of the project was the implementation of Multi-Modal Improvements to calm traffic and improve safety by narrowing the roadway, adding curb “bump-outs” and designated bike lanes, increasing the number of designated cross-walks, and adding corresponding paint markings.  General contractor V.I.L. Construction, Inc. of Sterling Heights was awarded the contract for $1.77 million, who subcontracted the concrete paving to Florence Cement Co. of Shelby Township.  The project commenced mid-June to minimize impact to the local school, and was completed on time in October, within budget.

The second award won by the City is the 2015 Michigan Concrete Association Award of Excellence in the "Residential Streets" Category for the Mohegan and Kennesaw Paving Project, west of Adams Road.  The project included the reconstruction of approximately one total mile of intersecting residential streets measuring 25-feet in width into a 7-inch thick plain jointed concrete pavement with integral curb.  The project also included upgrades to approximately 2,000 feet of sewer, 6,500 feet of water main, and 2,500 feet of a horizontally drilled 18-inch diameter water main transmission line from Woodward Avenue to Adams Road.  DiPonio Contracting, Inc. of Shelby Township was awarded the contract for $2.56 million, who subcontracted the concrete paving part of the project to Florence Cement Co. of Shelby Township.  The project was completed efficiently on time and within budget, with the least amount of disruption to the neighborhood.


For more information regarding these projects, please contact Brett Buchholz at, or Paul Tulikangas at