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Corporate Sponsors of the Month: Dewberry and Larson Design Group!

April 28, 2018 05:17 AM

Our corporate sponsors have the opportunity to be featured on our website for one month throughout the year. This month's sponsors are:



Dewberry is proud to be a Gold Level Corporate Sponsor of WTS Central PA and an Guardian Level Sponsor of WTS International! The WTS Central PA Chapter is grateful for the support that Dewberry has given them and look forward to working with them in the future!
Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities.  Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000 plus professionals nationwide.
We support large and small projects in the following primary service areas:
•Alternative delivery
•Building services
•Climate change
•Emergency management
•Interior design
•Land planning and development
•Risk management and vulnerability
Our steady growth and ability to provide the capabilities, capacity, and geographic presence to serve a diverse client base has made us an industry leader, as demonstrated by the latest Engineering News-Recordrankings.
2017 ENR Rankings

25th  Top 100 ‘Pure’ Designers

47th  Top 500 Design Firms

31st  Top 50 in General Building

6th  Top 10 in Correctional Facilities

12th  Top 25 in Government Offices

34th  Top 50 in Transportation

25th  Top 25 in Highways

25th  Top 25 in Mass Transit and Rail

19th  Top 25 in Water Supply

36th  Top 50 in Sewerage and Solid Waste

28th  Top 50 in Telecommunications

136th  Top 200 Environmental Firms

20th   Top 25 in Sanitary and Storms Sewers

Regionally, Dewberry ranks 10thamong ENR MidAtlantic’sTop Design Firms.
Dewberry recently moved to a new office at 100 Sterling Parkway, Suite 201, in Mechanicsburg, PA.


Company Awards
• Dewberry was named Employer of the Year for 2017 by WTS Greater New York Chapter
• Ileana Ivanciu named one of Top 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, the New Jersey business journal
• Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project won the Grand Honor Award at ACECNJ, National ACEC Recognition Award

Dewberry At a Glance...




Larson Design Group has been a Copper Level Corporate Sponsor of WTS Central PA since 2016! Thank you Larson Design Group!

Larson Design Group was founded in 1986 by an architect, engineer, and surveyor, each with a dream to create a firm that focused on solutions that could sustain and benefit the communities it served. By 1993, the architectural, engineering, and survey firm grew to over 60 people, became 100% employee owned, and officially became known as Larson Design Group. The firm currently has over 300 employees, with 11 offices located in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, and Texas. Larson Design Group was listed as one of Zweig White’s 2017 Best Firms to Work For, for the second year in a row.
Client Focus:
At LDG, clients are the basis of our enterprise. We know that the first step in client-centered design is to listen carefully so we can understand fully. Our client focus is illustrated in a firm-wide Declaration of Client Care, signed by firm staff that pledges our commitment to service. This firm-wide promise is to:
  • Ensure that all project partners understand the requirements of the project a
  • Provide effective and responsive communication to clients and all project team members
  • Maintain timeliness on all schedules; and
  • Create quality service products.
LDG is dedicated to client service because we believe that any team, including ours, can be made better. That’s why we have chosen to monitor our service through Customer Follow Up (CFU) – to gather what our clients think and focus on providing them with a better customer experience.
We gather information such as feedback on our project managers, capabilities, a project’s budget, and a client’s willingness to use us in the future. Clients who participate in CFU are interviewed during the start of a project, and at 50% and 100% completion (design). We may also interview you outside of a project to gather general feedback on our proposal submissions, performance, and project teams.


Improving the quality of life within our communities is always a project goal at Larson Design Group, but it’s more than that – it’s part of our culture, and it extends beyond the office walls. Through individual volunteer efforts, sponsorships, corporate campaigns, and donated design services, LDG is proud to support causes throughout our communities. We support the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Relay for Life, and many more.
"Larson Design Group is an emerging national architecture, engineering, and survey firm. Our vision is to elevate our client relationships to a higher level than the competition, enrich the careers and lives of current and future staff, and enhance the communities where our staff live and work." - Keith Kuzio(President & CEO)
Visit Larson Design Group’s website to learn more, http://www.larsondesigngroup.com/
Thank you Larson Design Group!!
Representative Projects:
Innovative Sliding Bridge Technology

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently demolished and rebuilt a 60-year-old structurally deficient bridge within a 55-hour timeframe using innovative sliding bridge technology designed by Larson Design Group (LDG). The accelerated bridge construction “roller” technique was a first for the Turnpike and one of the few bridge slides to have been achieved in the commonwealth over the past three-plus decades. LDG teamed with Road-Con, Inc. to replace the bridge on the northeast extension of I-476 in Lehigh County over the course of a single weekend, which successfully minimized disruption to tens of thousands of motorists and avoided stiff financial penalties. The project included construction of a 115-foot span steel girder bridge on steel supports.

The ABC technique allowed workers to replace a bridge in one weekend rather than a year or more of construction. During the 55-hour construction, workers demolished the old bridge and slid the new spans into position. For several months leading up to the replacement, crews constructed the new spans next to the existing bridge.



Ulster River Bridge SR 1022 Section 003

Bradford County, PA

LDG provided construction inspectors to supplement PennDOT’sinspection team for a 2-year period. The project consisted of replacing the 12-span, 1,903’ long, continuous composite, pre-stressed concrete I-beam bride and relocating the existing electric and telephone utilities.

Project Type: New Construction

Services: Highway, Bridge, Construction Administration

Construction Cost: $15.5 Million

Owner: PennDOT District 3-0



Larson Design Group At a Glance...



In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and to support a co-worker whose entire family is trying to cope on the beleaguered Caribbean island, employees of Larson Design Group in Beaver and Wexford are donating items of canned goods in addition to funds to provide badly needed relief.


LDG geospatial project manager, Nahum Sanchez in Wexford, a native of Puerto Rico and a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, will carry the goods and join with others to collect additional donations on Sat., Sept. 30 in at the Guardian Storage facility at 350 Old Haymaker Road in Monroeville.


As part of an existing, firmwide effort to collect canned goods in creative ways, LDG’s foodstuffs already had been assembled and formed into a “Shell Soup’nCracker Plant” sculpture in its Beaver office. The sculpture resembled the $6 billion petrochemical plant in Beaver County, including the blue Ohio River, green surroundings and structures within the site including buildings and stacks.


Said Sanchez, “My family is still without power and running water and waiting for FEMA support. It’s starting to become a real humanitarian crisis back home because of lack of food, supplies, gasoline and basic needs.  The power grid infrastructure suffered almost 100% damage and there might be areas that will not get power back for months.  Most people are living in areas where no help has arrived, there are still active search and rescue missions and a lot of people I know, including myself, have not heard back from family or friends because cell service is at 25% for the whole island, at best.






Larson Design Group and its board director, Charles “Skip” Homanrecently made a $1,800 donation to support the “My Bike” program of the Variety – the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh, providing customized RiftonAdaptive bicycles for children with disabilities. “My Bike”is available at no cost to eligible families so that kids may experience the joy, freedom, and the belonging created through bike ownership and riding.

The impact for children and their families has been extraordinary. Said Mary, the mother of James of Beaver County: “The bike is more than just a handle bar and three wheels … it is freedom, normalcy. It is amazing to see what James is doing now. I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that a couple weeks after receiving his bike, James walked independently for the first time, taking 14 steps … all by himself!”

Variety provides children with disabilities with unique programs, experiences, and equipment throughout 54 counties in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company strives to enable kids with disabilities to live life to the fullest with a focus on mobility, communication, and social inclusion/interaction.




Employees of our Williamsport office recently teamed up with Families United Networkto provide Christmas presents to 30 foster children in Lycoming County.

LDG employees were provided with the children’s ages, genders, clothing sizes, and Christmas present wishlists. Items were purchased by employees and returned to Families United, Inc. where they will be wrapped and distributed to the children in time for the holidays.

The effort was organized by Kara Demmien, designer in our retail architecture department. Kara said, “The experience of personally selecting a child in need and shopping for them was a wonderful stewardship opportunity for employees at this time of year.”





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