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General Engineering Company (GEC) participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Manufacturing Residence Hall (MRH)-Portage housing project in Portage, WI on Tuesday, March 19. Collaborating with the City of Portage, Manufacturing Resident Hall (MRH), and Holtz Builders, GEC is enthusiastic about its involvement in this Affordable Workforce Housing initiative. While accessible to all, the project primarily aims to address the housing needs of manufacturing employees in the area.

The project comprises multiple phases. The first phase involves the construction of three 3-story multifamily dormitory-style buildings, providing a total of 81 units. Each unit will accommodate two residents and feature a full bathroom, microwave, and fridge. Additionally, each floor will offer a communal kitchen space. The buildings will be equipped with 24-hour on-site management, ensuring security around the clock.

Future phases will consist of up to two more dormitory buildings along with five traditional-style apartment buildings. Each apartment building will comprise of 16 units, with one- and two-bedroom units.

The MRH-Portage housing project marks the 6th collaboration between GEC, IRH/MRH, and Holtz Builders. Other notable locations where GEC has contributed its services include Dollywood in Pigeon Falls, TN, Silver Dollar City in Branson West, MO, Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, MO, Foley, AL (adjacent to Gulf Shores), and Myrtle Beach, SC.

Since the retirement of Surveyor, Mark Carlson, PLS, GEC has acknowledged the need to continue to provide legal surveying services to our clients. Because of that, we could not be more excited to announce the recent additions we have made to our Team.

First, Dawn Horacek, Survey Project Manager, has joined the GEC team, bringing with her more than 15 years’ experience in surveying. Some of Dawn’s specialties include ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, Major & Minor Subdivision Plats, Construction Layout Staking, Route Surveying, Control Network Analysis, Boundary & Topographic Surveys, FEMA Elevation Certificates, Mortgage Surveys, and Title Research.

Second, GEC has recently acquired Green Lake Surveying in Green Lake, WI. Don Lenz, PLS, owner of Green Lake Surveying, and his wife, Jeanne, will now be part of our General Engineering family. GLS has been in business since 1980, with Don becoming the owner in 2006. Jeanne Lenz has been working side by side with Don since 2006, and will be invaluable as we move forward.

Don has over 30 years of experience as a surveyor becoming licensed in 1989. His expertise lies in all legal surveying needs; ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, Boundary Surveys, Certificate of Survey Maps, Certified Survey Maps, Subdivision Plats, and Condominium Plats.

Mr. Lenz has won several awards from the Statewide Mapping Contest held by the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors. He is a member of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors, the Society of Southeastern Wisconsin Land Surveyors (Milwaukee Chapter Past President), and the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping. Don also serves as a Green Lake County Board Supervisor and the Green Lake County Land Surveyor.

We look forward to being able to serve our GEC clients, and now our Green Lake Surveying clients, with our surveying and engineering services for years to come.

Jim Nellessen

General Engineering Company congratulates our newest Professional Engineer, Jim Nellessen. Nellessen joined GEC in early 2015 after graduation from UW-Platteville. He works in the structural engineering department and has proficiency in beam, column, and foundation designs for both residential and commercial projects.

Jim has worked on a variety of projects including a high school addition, dam rehabilitations, commercial truss designs, waterslide tower designs and inspections, adventure course structure designs and inspections, building foundation analyses, and retaining wall designs.

Ben Upward, PE

General Engineering Company is proud to announce that Ben Upward has earned his Professional Engineer credential. Ben joined GEC in May of 2014 after working in the public sector for the City of Tacoma, WA engineering department. He received his Associate of Applied Science Engineering Technician degree at Mid-State Technical College.

Mr. Upward came to GEC with a wealth of knowledge and specializes in municipal and private civil engineering. He works on stormwater management, street and utility design, grading plans, and site designs. Ben has worked on several large-scale resort projects both in and outside of Wisconsin.

Congratulations to Ben for reaching this professional achievement.

Representatives from Pardeeville Schools, the Bulldog Support Foundation, Miron Construction, General Engineering Company and members of the Pardeeville Community gathered to break ground on a $11.9 million expansion and renovation to the Pardeeville High School.

The expansion will be mostly dedicated to the Performing Arts Department, however additional improvements will include new offices, an expansion of the Art Room, and a new Wellness Center that will also be available to the public.

General Engineering Company is providing Architectural Services along with Site Design, Structural and Plumbing Design services.

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Congratulations to our clients, HuHot in Lake Delton and Bank of Wisconsin Dells also in Lake Delton, on their projects recent recognition by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) 2017 Project of Distinction Awards.

The Projects of Distinction Awards recognizes merit construction projects that meet stringent standards for safety, unusual circumstances, challenges, distinctiveness and overall quality of construction.

Great projects don’t happen without great design/construction partners and Friede & Associates, Holtz Builders and ADCI are some of the best.  Congratulations to their recognition as well!

Silver Award, Commercial – Under $2 Million: HuHot Mongolian Grill – Friede & Associates, ADCI

Silver Award, Restoration & Renovation: Bank of Wisconsin Dells – Holtz Builders Inc, ADCI