Greeley and Hansen Expands Business Operations with New Office in San Francisco

Dr. Val S. Frenkel Joins Greeley and Hansen as Vice President of Process Engineering

Greeley and Hansen Receives President’s E-Award from U.S. Department of Commerce

New UV Disinfection System Improves Water Quality in Chicago Area Waterways

Greeley and Hansen Receives Top Engineering Excellence Honors

Greeley and Hansen Joins Regional Partners in Collaborative Effort to Advance Water Innovation

Reed Meriwether Joins Greeley and Hansen as Managing Director

Sundaram Solai Named Principal and Managing Director of Northeast Operations

Greeley and Hansen Opens New Office in Guayaquil, Ecuador

WEF Presents Distinguished Service Award to Greeley and Hansen Chairman and CEO Andy Richardson

Upgrade Project Earns ISI Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Silver Award

Project Earns Top Award for Engineering Excellence

Terri Woods Honored by Chicago United with Most Valuable Partner Award

Teresa Irby-Butler Joins Greeley and Hansen as Managing Director

Nicole Spieles Named Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Midwest Operations

Greeley and Hansen President Receives Leadership Award from National Diversity Council

Greeley and Hansen Opens New Office in Bogotá, Colombia

Greeley and Hansen Hosts the Mayor of Cape Town in New York Office

Global Business Leader Ana Dutra Joins Greeley and Hansen Board of Directors

Celebrating 100 Years of Designing Better Urban Environments

 

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Greeley and Hansen Expands Business Operations with New Office in San Francisco

November 29, 2016 – Greeley and Hansen recently opened a new office location in San Francisco, California to further advance the expansion of the firm’s business operations on the west coast.

The new office will be under the leadership of Dr. Val S. Frenkel, Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Pacific Coast Operating Group and an industry expert on process design, desalination, and membrane technologies.  “This new San Francisco office provides Greeley and Hansen with a local base of operation to better serve the water infrastructure needs of clients on the west coast, and demonstrates our commitment to building long-term client relationships in this strategic growth market for our firm,” said Frenkel.

 “Greeley and Hansen’s overall growth strategy includes plans for expanding our operations both internationally and domestically,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer.  “The expansion of our presence in San Francisco is a key advancement in our U.S. growth plan, as it allows us to now extend our full range of services to municipal utility clients coast-to-coast.” 

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Dr. Val S. Frenkel Joins Greeley and Hansen as Vice President of Process Engineering

November 22, 2016 – Val S. Frenkel, PhD, has joined Greeley and Hansen as Vice President of Process Engineering. A prominent industry expert with over 25 years of vast experience in water and wastewater treatment and water reuse process design, Dr. Frenkel is recognized as an international authority on desalination and membrane technologies.  In this key role at Greeley and Hansen, Dr. Frenkel will lead efforts to expand the firm’s process engineering capabilities and opportunities for future growth in this area.  He will also serve as the global leader of the firm’s Water Reuse Technical Center of Excellence.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Frenkel on board with us,” said Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President of Western Operations.  “Val brings an exceptional depth of global experience in managing complex water and wastewater projects to our firm.  And, his comprehensive expertise in the areas of process engineering and water reuse will further expand our capabilities for providing clients with innovative and sustainable solutions to address their current challenges and future needs.”

Dr. Frenkel most recently served as a Principal Project Manager for CH2M.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of California and Ontario, Canada and is also certified as a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. 

Dr. Frenkel is an active member of numerous industry organizations, including the American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Water Environment Federation, among others. In addition, he is a Fellow of the International Water Association and has served on multiple water reuse and membrane processes committees for various industry organizations.  The author of more than 100 articles and presentations on a wide range of water reuse and treatment process topics, Dr. Frenkel has also contributed chapters to several industry-wide Manuals of Practice.  He is the author of a number of patents for his work and is the recipient of numerous professional awards.

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Greeley and Hansen Receives President’s E-Award from U.S. Department of Commerce

May 19, 2016 — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Greeley and Hansen with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a recent ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Greeley and Hansen has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to including international growth as a core component in the company’s strategic plan. The company’s participation in international trade missions was also particularly notable. Greeley and Hansen’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as a 2016 award recipient. 

 “International expansion continues to be a strategic pillar of Greeley and Hansen’s long-term growth plan,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen and Director of International Operations. “We believe the critical need for U.S. technology and intellectual capital to help build sustainable water infrastructure in emerging international markets will support the continued growth and expansion of our firm both in the U.S. and abroad. We’re honored that our firm has been recognized with the prestigious President’s “E” Award for Exports this year.”

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led the increase of international sales is a significant factor in selecting the winners.

About the President’s “E” Award
The President's “E” Award was created by Executive Order of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports. For more information about the President’s “E” Awards visit http://export.gov/exportawards/.

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New UV Disinfection System Improves Water Quality in Chicago Area Waterways

May 5, 2016 – The largest ultraviolet disinfection system in the world is now online at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD) Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant (WRP), which serves more than 1.3 million people.

This new application of UV technology to the plant’s wastewater treatment process is the result of a forward-thinking decision made by the MWRD Board of Commissioners in June 2011 to proactively adopt a policy to disinfect its treated wastewater to improve the quality of water throughout the Chicago Area Waterway System. 

“This UV system adds a new layer of protection that will safeguard our waterways for generations to come,” said MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos.

Greeley and Hansen worked with the MWRD to design and oversee construction of the new disinfection system which is an innovation of traditional UV technology.  “MWRD officials instituted a blue ribbon panel in 2011 to evaluate available disinfection technologies and devoted eight months to research and testing to determine optimal solutions for disinfecting at the most economical cost,” said David St. Pierre, MWRD Executive Director.

Through this effort, the MWRD was able to provide this added disinfection step to the O’Brien plant’s wastewater treatment process at less than half the cost of the original estimate.  

The plant’s multiple UV channels have the capacity to treat 450 million gallons of water per day (mgd), using 896 UV lamps that provide a low pressure, high output performance.  “Innovative design features and the type of UV lamps selected for the disinfection process were key to reducing energy consumption, which resulted in both significantly lower capital and operating costs for the project,” said Paul Vogel, Greeley and Hansen’s Executive Vice President of Western Operations.   “The unique configuration of the UV system also allows for easy maintenance and lamp replacement while the UV lamp banks are in the channel and the system is in operation. “

 “With the UV system at the O’Brien plant combined with disinfection upgrades implemented at the Calumet WRP last year, MWRD now has a system in place that will dramatically improve the quality of water throughout the Chicago Area Water System, while protecting the region’s drinking water supply in Lake Michigan,” said St. Pierre.

“This is another visionary, cutting-edge project by MWRD that demonstrates the agency’s continual efforts to improve water quality and enhance opportunity for the development of Chicago area waterways for the benefit of area residents today and in the future,” said Vogel.

About MWRD
For more information about the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, go to www.mwrd.org.

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Greeley and Hansen Receives Top Engineering Excellence Honors

April 29, 2016 – Two innovative projects recently completed by Greeley and Hansen have received 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at the state and national levels.

The ACEC of Illinois presented its top level Honor Award for Engineering Excellence to Greeley and Hansen and the City of Moline for its leading-edge application of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technology to cost effectively inactivate cryptosporidium in the city’s Mississippi River source water.  The city’s Water Division worked with Greeley and Hansen to proactively develop a solution that has successfully achieved the division’s goals of employing a multi-barrier approach for microbial inactivation to continue to protect the public and supply high-quality water under all operating conditions, while controlling capital costs. This project also received a National Recognition Award from the ACEC.

“Greeley and Hansen is honored to be recognized for our collaboration with the Water Division on this challenging and complex project,” said Nicole Spieles, Greeley and Hansen Managing Director of Midwest Operations.  “The innovative application of UV technology at the Moline treatment plant will benefit the residents of the city by reliably providing high quality drinking water now and well into the future”

In addition, Greeley and Hansen and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) received an Honor Award from the ACEC of Virginia for the Meadow Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor project, which required replacing a critical 60-year-old sewer interceptor that had reached the end of its service life. A precision bypass-pumping “leap-frog” approach enabled replacing pipe sections while maintaining the pipeline in full operation as each pipe section was being replaced. Trenchless “pipe-bursting” and “slip-lining” pipe rehabilitation techniques minimized surface impacts to nearby structures, and all construction was planned and executed to minimize environmental impact.

The ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards recognize outstanding engineering accomplishments based on innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner's needs.

For more information about the Moline UV System project award, go to http://acec.mys1cloud.com/2016BrochureWinners.pdf. Learn more about the Meadow Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor award at: http://www.acecva.org/2016-honor-award-recipients.

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Greeley and Hansen Joins Regional Partners in Collaborative Effort to Advance Water Innovation

April 1, 2016 – Greeley and Hansen is part of a newly launched water initiative, called Current, focused on advancing the Chicago region as a global leader in water innovation. Current is a joint effort of public and private partners (including water and wastewater utilities, research institutions, water system engineering firms, and other businesses) committed to working together to leverage the strength of the Chicago region’s water industry.   

Key goals are to propel the Chicago region to develop greater public and industrial water system efficiency, increase development and use of new water technologies and processes, encourage economic growth, enhance resilience to climate change, and increase awareness globally of Chicago's strengths in water.

Current will focus on three strategic programs for achieving its goals:  a research consortium of industry, public utilities, and universities to facilitate applied research; a technology demonstration network that assembles regional assets to demonstrate, prove, and advance innovative water technologies; and a circular economy/business-model innovation program to encourage public and private entities to reuse resources from wastewater and water streams.

Current is a separate non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors with representation from the following organizations:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • City Digital at UI LABS
  • City of Chicago
  • Chicago Department of Water Management
  • Greeley and Hansen
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • True North Venture Partners
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • World Business Chicago

“This is truly an exciting and unique opportunity for the various Chicago area public utilities, universities, and private industry companies involved in Current to drive economic development and water investment growth in the Chicago region,” said Greeley and Hansen Chairman & CEO Andy Richardson, who is serving on Current’s board of directors.  “These collaborative efforts will also help increase global awareness of the region’s water advantages and further brand Chicago as a global water hub leading a new era in water infrastructure.”

“By strengthening our water ecosystem and promoting collaboration, we can better leverage the Chicago region’s tremendous base,” said Jeff Malehorn, President & CEO of World Business Chicago, one of the lead partners of Current. “Greeley and Hansen’s participation will certainly add value to our joint efforts to advance the vision of Current.”

About Current
For more information about Current, please see http://www.worldbusinesschicago.com/current-initiative-to-address-water-challenges/ or visit http://currentwater.org/.

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Reed Meriwether Joins Greeley and Hansen as Managing Director

February 25, 2016 – Reed Meriwether has joined Greeley and Hansen as the new Managing Director of the Southeast Operating Group.  Meriwether has 25 years of comprehensive engineering and project management experience in the water and wastewater field, and most recently served as Principal Water Resource Engineer for Arcadis in Tampa, FL.

As Managing Director at Greeley and Hansen, Meriwether will have broad oversight responsibilities for directing day-to-day business operations, as well as driving business development and strategic growth efforts for the firm’s Southeast Operating Group.  He will be based in the firm’s Tampa office.

“With his proven technical expertise and strong leadership skills, we’re excited to bring Reed on-board to direct our operations and to serve the needs of both our long-term and new clients in the southeast,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen President and Chief Operating Officer.  “His commitment to collaborating with clients as a trusted advisor is definitely in line with our core values and ongoing strategy for growing our business.” 

“For me, this is a great opportunity to have an active role in expanding the firm’s business in this region and to continue to provide clients with outstanding service and sustainable solutions through operational and technical excellence,” said Meriwether.   

A registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Virginia, and Texas, Reed holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.  He is also a member of the American Water Works Association, the Florida Water Environment Association, and the Florida Stormwater Association.

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Sundaram Solai Named Principal and Managing Director of Northeast Operations

Chicago, February 12, 2016Sundaram Solai has been named a Principal and also Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Northeast Operating Group. Solai has 30 years of specialized wastewater engineering and project management experience for major wastewater treatment plant upgrades and solid waste facilities for large municipal utilities.  He most recently served as Office Director for the firm’s New York operations.

In his new role as Principal and Managing Director, Solai will have overall responsibility for directing the firm’s technical and business operations in the northeast, including New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. “Solai is an accomplished engineer and leader with a proven track record for successfully delivering high-quality projects and sustainable solutions that benefit our clients,” said Andy Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the years, Solai has been a key contributor to the success of our firm, and we’re pleased to promote him to Principal and Managing Director.  He’s a collaborative and results oriented leader committed to advancing our operations and business development efforts in the northeast to achieve our strategic vision for future growth.”

A registered Professional Engineer, Solai holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. He is an active member of the Water Environment Federation, the New York Water Environment Association, and the New Jersey Water Environment Association.  He is also a member of the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York.

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Greeley and Hansen Opens New Office in Guayaquil, Ecuador

December 30, 2015 – Greeley and Hansen is continuing to expand its presence in South America with the opening of a new office in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Guayaquil, the largest and the most populous city in the country with approximately 2.69 million people in the metropolitan area, is the nation's main port.

This office will be under the leadership of Fernando Sarmiento, Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Latin America Operating Group.  “The addition of this new Greeley and Hansen office represents an important step in our long-range strategy for expansion of our business operations in the region,” said Sarmiento.

“Greeley and Hansen is focused on strategically expanding our international footprint in South America and other key emerging global markets with critical needs for water and wastewater infrastructure,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer.  “Ecuador offers tremendous opportunities for securing exciting and challenging infrastructure projects that can provide important environmental benefits for the country’s growing urban centers.”

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WEF Presents Distinguished Service Award to Greeley and Hansen Chairman and CEO Andy Richardson

October 23, 2015 – The Water Environment Federation selected Greeley and Hansen’s Andy Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, as the 2015 recipient of the organization’s Emerson Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes Richardson for his outstanding service to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and his contributions to the water environment profession overall.

Richardson was nominated for the honor by the Arizona Water Association in recognition of his many years of committed involvement in the organization, which is a Member Association of WEF.  He served as an officer (including president from 1994-95) of the Arizona Water Association for several years, as well as on numerous committees. Richardson has also served on multiple national WEF committees and is currently a member of the National Water Reuse Committee.
 
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the Water Environment Federation with this esteemed award that commemorates Charles Emerson, the first president of the Federation in 1928,” said Richardson.  “WEF is certainly an important and influential organization in the global water sector today and has played a major role in the industry in promoting innovation and holistic approaches to water management and water quality issues. I’m so proud to be among the dedicated members of this incredible organization for over 30 years, and to have served on various committees focusing on water reuse and sustainable practices to help protect public health and the environment.”

About WEF
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.

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Upgrade Project Earns ISI Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Silver Award 

August 26, 2015 – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) ongoing $150 million upgrade of Brooklyn’s 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) recently earned the Envision® sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Silver award.  The DEP project is the first wastewater treatment plant project in the U.S. to receive an ISI Envision rating system award, and is the seventh Envision-verified infrastructure project overall in North America. 

The 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant project upgrades the plant and provides critical redundancies to ensure it remains in a state of good repair for decades to come. New York City’s DEP will be adding a fifth preliminary treatment tank and will be installing new energy efficient and durable main sewage pumps, process air blowers and LED lighting.  Additionally, a green roof will be added to the facility, large blowers will be put indoors to reduce noise, and all materials will be reused and recycled whenever possible. 

“Greeley and Hansen is proud to be the design consultant on this groundbreaking ISI Envision-verified wastewater project,” said Greeley and Hansen Executive Vice President of Eastern Operations, Federico Maisch, P.E, BCEE, ENV SP.  “The sustainable features of the 26th Ward Facility will make it an important asset to the city, and will provide environmental, social and economic benefits to the community.”  Read more>>

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Project Earns Top Award for Engineering Excellence

May 26, 2015 – A project for a unique new multipurpose sludge loading dock and a fleet of new custom-built sludge transport shipping vessels received a 2015 Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New York.The completed Whale Creek Sludge Dock and shipping vessels are vital to operations at the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant, New York City’s largest wastewater treatment facility.

Greeley and Hansen, as part of a tri-venture design team for the project, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) were presented with a Diamond Award, the highest level award in the Waste and Stormwater category.

The design team’s innovative approach for using the existing cofferdam, along with other unique design features, reduced cost and construction time for the sludge loading dock. In addition, the project enabled the NYCDEP to demolish an existing sludge storage tank facility and prepare the site for waterfront revitalization and community redevelopment.

“Greeley and Hansen and our team partners collaborated closely with the NYCDEP to deliver a creative and sustainable solution that addressed multiple design challenges and facility operations requirements,” said Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen Chairman and CEO. “We’re honored to be recognized by the ACEC New York for exceptional achievement for this important project to the City of New York."

About ACEC New York
ACEC New York is a proactive coalition of 280 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment—civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental, geotechnical—and affiliated companies. Our shared goals are to further the business interests of our membership, enhance the quality and safety of the environment we live and work in, and help ensure the vitality of our communities. For more information, visit www.acecny.org.

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Terri Woods Honored by Chicago United with Most Valuable Partner Award

March 20, 2015 – Chicago United, an advocacy organization promoting multiracial leadership development in corporate governance, presented Terri Woods, Director of Human Resources at Greeley and Hansen, with its Most Valuable Partner Award at the organization’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Leadership Summit.

In presenting the honor, Gloria Castillo, President and CEO of Chicago United, acknowledged Woods for her “extraordinary commitment to Chicago United’s mission through her active participation and support of our many initiatives, programs and activities.  The MVP is a special award presented in recognition of the exceptional contribution of one individual and is given only if there is a worthy honoree,” said Castillo.  Woods is a member of the Chicago United Leaders Council and has served on the Corporate Diversity Profile Taskforce and Business Leaders of Color Selection Committee.

“We’re very pleased and proud that Terri has been honored for her dedicated efforts to support the important work of Chicago United in the Chicago business community,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen and a Chicago United Board Member. “Terri has been and continues to be an untiring advocate for promoting the benefits of inclusion and sustainable diversity at all levels in the workplace.”

About Chicago United
Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago United supports the business community’s need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Chicago United is the premiere organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level management can share common experiences to promote multiracial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships while delivering best practices for diversity practitioners and building relationships among leaders who share common values. Visit Chicago United online at: http://www.chicago-united.org/

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Teresa Irby-Butler Joins Greeley and Hansen as Managing Director

December 22, 2014  – Teresa Irby-Butler has joined Greeley and Hansen as the new Managing Director of the firm’s Construction Engineering and Management (CE&M) Operating Group, based in Chicago.  Ms. Irby-Butler, who most recently served as Regional Resource Manager of the water construction management group for ARCADIS-US, has over 20 years of diverse construction management experience working on a wide range of water resources projects.

As the Managing Director, Ms. Irby-Butler will have broad responsibility for leading the firm’s global CE&M staff and business operations, providing high-level project delivery oversight and leading business development activities. “Teresa’s strong technical background and leadership experience in successfully managing construction engineering operations for a variety of large, complex water and wastewater projects, both domestically and internationally, will bring added value in the delivery of client projects,” said Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President of Western Operations.

“We’re pleased that Teresa has joined our firm in this key leadership role,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Greeley and Hansen is focused on achieving sustained future growth, and Teresa is a highly qualified and motivated professional who can help accelerate the firm’s ongoing efforts to achieve our growth objectives in the construction engineering and management area.”

“I’m looking forward to leading the firm’s efforts to expand business operations in construction engineering and management by collaborating with clients and providing exceptional service on their construction projects,” said Ms. Irby-Butler.

A registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Construction Manager, Ms. Irby-Butler holds a masters degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering and Construction Management from Arizona State University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama. In addition, she attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction.

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Nicole Spieles Named Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Midwest Operations

December 1, 2014Nicole Spieles has been named the new Managing Director of Greeley and Hansen’s Midwest Operating Group.  Spieles, a principal, has nearly 17 years of experience with the firm, serving as the project manager for a wide variety of water and wastewater projects in the Midwest, as well as for other clients across the country.  In addition, she most recently served as office director for the firm’s Detroit operations.

“Nicole has extensive project experience and a proven ability to successfully lead business development activities, which will be valuable assets in her new role,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen President and Chief Operating Officer.  “As the Managing Director, Nicole will lead all of the firm’s Midwest business operations, including  providing high-level project oversight as well as driving  our business development efforts in the Midwest  to advance Greeley and Hansen’s overall long-term growth strategy.  She is certainly very qualified for these expanded responsibilities and will play a key role in the firm’s ongoing success.”

“In this leadership position, Nicole’s deep understanding of current market conditions and the evolving issues and challenges facing clients in the region will also be instrumental in helping to grow our client base and business operations in the Midwest,” added Paul Vogel, Executive Vice President, Western Operations.

A registered Professional Engineer and a certified Envision™ Sustainability Professional, Spieles holds a masters degree in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She is an active member of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation, and also serves on the boards for the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit and the Water Access Volunteer Effort, a Detroit-based non-profit that raises funds to assist low-income families and seniors with paying their water bills.

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Greeley and Hansen President Receives Leadership Award from National Diversity Council


November 5, 2014 – The Illinois Chapter of the National Diversity Council recently presented John C. Robak, President & Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen, with a Leadership Excellence Award at the organization’s 2014 Inaugural Leadership Conference in Chicago. Robak was one of six Leadership Excellence Award honorees and was selected based on his effective and efficient management, vision and innovation, and overall professional leadership. The conference provides a forum for empowering multiculturalism and leadership to support the organization’s mission to enhance appreciation for and understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell, the keynote speaker at the awards program, spoke about his experiences as a leader and congratulated all award honorees for their demonstrated leadership in advancing workplace diversity. 

“I very much appreciate being honored by the Diversity Council with this award, because I believe it underscores Greeley and Hansen’s long-standing commitment to creating a truly diverse, multicultural workplace environment,” said Robak. “We certainly recognize and value the benefits that a diverse staff brings to our firm and our clients, particularly in helping us to grow and succeed in a global marketplace.”

“Our Leadership Excellence Awards are given to individuals from various fields who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities based on specific criteria,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Council. “We’re very proud to recognize John C. Robak for his outstanding leadership as a champion of diversity and inclusion at Greeley and Hansen and the business community at large.”

About the Illinois Diversity Council
The Illinois Diversity Council is a non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. www.illinoisdiversitycouncil.org.

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Greeley and Hansen Opens New Office in Bogotá, Colombia

September 17, 2014 – Committed to a long-range vision for international expansion, Greeley and Hansen has opened a new office location in Bogotá, Colombia, to strengthen the firm’s presence in Latin America.

This new office will be under the leadership of Fernando Sarmiento, Managing Director of the Latin America Operating Group.  “From this new location, we will be better able to provide even more focused service and stronger local support to our current Colombian clients,” said Sarmiento.  “It will also provide the opportunity for Greeley and Hansen to extend our services to other emerging Latin American markets.”

 “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year with a focus on future growth, it's very fitting that Greeley and Hansen continues its long history of committed service to our clients by opening this new office location in South America,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer.  Robak, who is also the firm’s Director of International Operations, added, “the opening of our Bogotá office is another key step in our strategic plans for expansion of our business operations in Latin America and other high-growth markets for water infrastructure across the globe.”

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Greeley and Hansen Hosts the Mayor of Cape Town in New York Office

July 10, 2014 – Greeley and Hansen hosted Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille of Cape Town (the second-most populous city in South Africa) and her business delegation for a private meeting in the firm’s New York City office during their recent visit to several U.S. cities.

 “We were honored to meet Mayor de Lille and the delegation and to talk with them about the continuing growth and economic development in their city,” said Greeley and Hansen President and COO, John C. Robak.  “The visit also provided a great opportunity to discuss the infrastructure and related engineering needs of this growing region, as well as the water, wastewater, solid waste and sustainability trends that could impact this dynamic city in the coming years.  Greeley and Hansen’s growth strategy includes expansion of our operations in promising international markets for water and wastewater infrastructure,” added Robak, who is also the firm’s Director of International Operations.

“Sustainability is one of the foundation stones of development, and every major decision we face as a city government should begin by asking what is in the best interests of the city according to a balance of needs,” said Mayor de Lille. “The discussion we had with Greeley and Hansen related to their unique approach to sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure was extremely valuable given Cape Town’s growing needs in this area.”

Patricia de Lille was elected the Mayor of Cape Town in 2011 and was named the world’s best mayor for May 2013 by City Mayors, a publication that monitors the work of mayors who have served their communities well and who have made contributions to the well-being of cities nationally and internationally.

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Global Business Leader Ana Dutra Joins Greeley and Hansen Board of Directors

June 10, 2014 – Greeley and Hansen announced that Ana Dutra, the CEO of Mandala Global Advisors, a strategy and leadership consulting company, has been elected to the firm’s Board of Directors as an independent director.

“Ana is a highly accomplished business leader with a wealth of experience in helping companies effectively execute growth strategies,” said Andy Richardson, Greeley and Hansen chairman and CEO, “and we’re so pleased that Ana has joined our board.”

Dutra, a Brazilian native with over 20 years of experience in P&L management, business growth, and “C-level” business consulting in over 30 countries, is also currently a Senior Global Advisor for Humantelligence, a technology solutions company based in Miami Beach.  Most recently, Dutra was the CEO of Korn/Ferry Consulting, where she grew a $30 million domestic business unit to an approximately $300 million global line-of-business through a combination of organic growth, acquisitions, innovative go-to-market approaches, better incorporation of technology, and the digitalization of products and services. She has also led and advised businesses in the technology, manufacturing, retail, and professional service industries, including Accenture and Mercer Management Consulting (currently Oliver Wyman), among others.
 
“Ana is truly a citizen of the world and her broad experience across various types of industries will bring a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said John C. Robak, Greeley and Hansen President and COO.  “We look forward to her sharing her insights and tremendous expertise with us to help Greeley and Hansen achieve our long-term vision for sustainable growth, particularly in our expansion efforts in Latin America and other key global growth markets.”

“Greeley and Hansen has been a prominent leader in the water and wastewater industry for 100 years,” said Dutra. “I’m genuinely honored to serve on their board and to have the opportunity to contribute to the future direction and continued growth of this prestigious global engineering and architecture firm.” 

Dutra is a member of the boards for Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago, Governors State University, The International Women’s Forum, Kellogg Alumni Advisory Board, Academy for Urban School Leadership, and Humantelligence.  She received an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a Juris Doctor from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is also frequently featured in the Harvard Business Review online, Forbes blog, CEO Magazine, and other business publications, and is a frequent speaker for the Global Competitiveness Forum, World Economic Forum, and other global conferences.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Designing Better Urban Environments

January 29, 2014 – When Samuel A. Greeley founded his namesake engineering firm in 1914, he focused on addressing one critical challenge – improving sanitary conditions and water quality in growing urban areas to create safer environments and protect public health.  Now, as the firm marks its 100th year in business, Greeley and Hansen celebrates this ongoing legacy as a leading global civil and environmental engineering firm in the water and wastewater industry. 

“Over the course of our long history of assisting municipalities with some of the most challenging and complex projects, Greeley and Hansen has earned a reputation for serving our clients as a trusted advisor to address their needs with sustainable solutions,” said Andy Richardson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re truly grateful to all of our current and past staff members for their passion and commitment to meeting the needs of our clients, as well as to all of our clients who have entrusted our firm to assist them with their evolving water and wastewater requirements and challenges over these many years.”

“While this is certainly a time to celebrate our heritage and the countless contributions our firm and our staff have made to our clients and their communities, it’s also time to look ahead to new and exciting project opportunities as we continue to grow the firm and expand our business operations in developing global markets,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our client partners as we enter our next century remaining consistently focused on quality, vision, and the future, the same guideposts that have brought us to this remarkable 100th anniversary milestone,” added Robak.

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