We’re excited to announce the recent acquisition of Evolve Architecture, a leader in interior design in Virginia, to enhance its offering to include interior design, space programming and planning, and move management services. United by a common culture, we share a commitment of customer service and first class communication. Together we have delivered excellence in the fields Full Story
It’s lurking everywhere. Slowly moving, flowing into sewers, streams, puddles—contaminating every waterbody it touches. Large rain events and inclement weather force its movement, thrusting it into our water supply.
This out of control monster is composed of harmful nutrients that come from the pesticides and fertilizers used to make grass greener, grow vegetation and protect crops. These nutrients destroy
water bodies and pollute our drinking water, making it dangerous for communities every-
where. These destructive nutrients are a monster that compromises the water we use recreationally—hiding in the pools we swim in, the lakes we canoe on, and the water we drink. It produces deadly environments. Years of excessive nutrient pollution can lead to toxic algae blooms that pose health risks for humans who come in contact with them, and kill ecosystems, permanently disrupting the food chain as we know it.
What can we do to stop it?
The answer is to wage unconventional warfare in the form of green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle. It is an effective and economical solution, enhancing community safety and quality of life. It encompasses shoreline protection, native plantings, sediment traps, constructed wetlands, bioswales, streambank stabilization and stream restoration, to name a few. These techniques divert harmful nutrients from water sources and/or filter exposed waters prior to being discharged back into the environment.
But most of all, we can help by not feeding the monster. Use best practices and eco-friendly fertilizer and pesticide alternatives. Get involved with local organizations dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of drinking water.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Joseph DeFazio, PE to Executive Vice President. Joe will continue to run Wendel Energy Services, where he is responsible for the growth of Wendel’s energy efficiency and construction businesses.
As Executive Vice President, Joe will work closely with CEO Stewart Haney and have expanded responsibilities beyond the Energy Services arena. Joe will assume greater responsibility for the overall Wendel strategy and culture including our leadership role in design/build and our geographic expansion goals.
Joe is a licensed energy engineer in six states, including New York, Virginia and Arizona. He has been in the energy consulting industry for over 26 years, 17 of which have been with Wendel. He specializes in design and implementation of energy conservation projects for the Education, Municipal, Water, Wastewater and Healthcare markets. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo. Joe is also a licensed general contractor.
“Joe’s proven experience and demonstrated leadership make him the ideal person to be my strategic partner,” said Stewart Haney, President & CEO. “Joe will be instrumental in the continuing development and long-term strategic efforts for Wendel.”
“I’m extremely honored by this promotion,” said Joe. “Wendel is currently going through a period of tremendous growth. I am looking forward to being on the forefront of Wendel’s continuing success.”
We’re excited to announce the growth and expansion of our Community Planning & Design Team to better service the needs and desires of our communities. To support the growing demand for community design services, we are enhancing our offerings by combining our Planning and Landscape Architecture expertise with a new delivery team, broadening the spectrum of services we provide.
Committed to providing the highest level of innovation and versatility to our clients, our enhanced community planning and design team includes talented planners, urban designers and landscape architects dedicated to helping communities thrive and prosper. They often join forces with our architects, transportation engineers and sustainability experts, making connections between people and places, movement and urban framework, and nature and the built environment. Our clients benefit from our passion to provide a better quality of life to communities across the United States.
“We are excited about enhancing the services we offer our clients,” said Stu Haney, President and CEO of Wendel. “This team works collaboratively under one roof, creating synergies and developing designs that deliver the best project outcome for our clients and our communities.”
Services Wendel’s Community Planning & Design team provide include:
- Urban Design
- Community Planning
- Neighborhood Revitalization
- Complete Streets
- Landscape Architecture
- Waterfront Planning & Design
- Parks & Recreation