LEI Grand Rapids Office Expands to New Location

LEI is pleased to announce that our Grand Rapids office will be moving to a larger location that will accommodate our continued growth.  Our new location, 800 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 120, is situated in a revitalized brownfield corridor along the east side of the Grand River in the City of Grand Rapids.  The anticipated relocation date is June 2016.

We are grateful to all of our loyal clients for putting us in this position.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment to LEI!

 

LEI Awarded Two USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants

In an ongoing effort to support Michigan’s food processing industry, LEI submitted two applications for grants for the 2015-2016 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program administered in Michigan through the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  Both grant applications were approved and contractual documents were completed in October 2015.

During this grant period, LEI will continue our study to assess water reduction and reuse strategies and assess the feasibility of a revolutionary wastewater disposal method rarely used in Michigan.

Please visit LEI’s SCBG Project Page for more information.

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Kirk Perschbacher attends GVSU Annual Enrichment Dinner

KWP, GVSU Dinner - June '15Kirk Perschbacher, Project Geologist at Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI), (along with wife Katie) attended the 2015 Enrichment Dinner for Grand Valley State University in support of the Grand Valley Annual Fund. The event is put on each year to honor donors to the university who have given in support of the fund, which uses its donations to provide educational opportunities and monetary relief for students and their families. LEI has long supported GVSU by hosting students for internships and providing speakers to attend workshops and classes that educate students about opportunities in the environmental sciences.

LEI partners with Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine is a summer camp program offered to individuals, ages 12 to 50, with moderate cognitive impairments.  The camps operate from Camp Blodgett in West Olive, MI and Camp Henry in Newaygo, MI.  LEI has been supporting Camp Sunshine for a number of years and enjoyed participating in and sponsoring the 2014 Run for the Sun 5K event, which raised more than $11,000 for the camp.

LEI assists with Grand River cleanup efforts

LEI thanks Kirk Perschbacher, Project Geologist with LEI, for initiating LEI’s involvement in recent debris cleanup along the Grand River in Grand Haven, Michigan.  Investing time into the community is a key core value of LEI.  Maintaining the aesthetic integrity of our wonderful waterways is one example of LEI’s commitment to “Improving the Environment and Strengthening our Communities”.

Indiana-Based Food Processor Retains LEI

When confronted with an aging process wastewater treatment system and perpetual exceedances of surface water permit discharge limitations, a Michigan-based organic foods manufacturer sought cost-effective solutions to their treatment issues at a cannery in central-Indiana.  Local contractors proposed a half-million dollar system clean-up that would not solve the facility’s long term problems.  LEI assembled a team of engineers to design and construct a completely new, state-of-the-art aerated treatment lagoon system that utilized lined lagoons which were more protective of the site’s groundwater.  This new design was less costly than previous proposals and will allow easier, more cost-effective system maintenance in the future.  LEI also designed a land-application system which will allow this food processor to sustainably return a significant portion of the water they use to the aquifer, reducing their groundwater use footprint.

Klompmaker Applauded for Obtaining Michigan Professional Engineer License

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. congratulates Eric Klompmaker, PE in obtaining his Professional Engineering license in the State of Michigan.  Mr. Klompmaker, a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been practicing civil and environmental engineering since 2004.  In 2009, Mr. Klompmaker obtained his Professional Engineering license in the State of Indiana where he practiced sustainable, low-impact development engineering, involving storm water, green infrastructure and natural wastewater treatment systems.  Sustainable, or “green,” development is his specialty and example projects include storm water engineering for one of the first certified Living Buildings in the world, the Tyson Living Learning Center in St. Louis, MO, as well as 3,000 linear feet of historic brick street reconstruction with integrated storm water management at North Street, Lafayette, IN, and an onsite wastewater treatment system at MacGregor Park in Westfield, IN.

In his time at Lakeshore Environmental, Inc., Mr. Klompmaker has worked to expand his mission of sustainable infrastructure implementation through the successful design and construction of several storm water and process water management/treatment systems.

For more information or to speak with Mr. Klompmaker please contact Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. at 1-800-844-5050 or visit their website at www.lakeshoreenvironmental.com.

LEI to open new Muskegon office.

In late 2012, LEI successfully opened a new office in Grand Rapids to facilitate the firm’s growth in West Michigan.  On the heels of this fruitful endeavor, LEI will soon be opening a Muskegon office near the southwestern shoreline of Muskegon Lake.   The opening of this office will assist LEI with the ever-increasing work volume in Muskegon and neighboring communities.

LEI sees significant increase in vapor intrusion assessments.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has recently finalized a new Vapor Intrusion (VI) Guidance Document to assist environmental consultants and others with the assessment of potential VI concerns at contaminated properties compromised with volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  This document has led to a defined method of evaluating VI concerns.  As a result, LEI has experienced a significant increase in VI assessments associated with real estate transactions where VOC impacted property is a concern.   In fact, over the past few weeks, LEI has been retained to conduct comprehensive and high profile VI assessments at numerous locations across Michigan.  

LEI’s familiarity with the DEQ’s VI Guidance Document, ability to interpret the findings of a VI assessment, and capability of mitigating VI exposure concerns has resulted in a strong level of comfort with our clients.  Trust us to provide you with the right guidance on all your VI concerns.