DFI was awarded the 2013 Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Project Achievement Award for the Marley Fire Station project in Anne Arundel County.
DFI also won the 2015 Maryland Sustainable Growth Award for the Hagerstown Main Branch Library project.
We are very happy to have taken part in the Engineer Career Fair at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Created by DFI Founder Ray Streib, about 400 students from county high schools attended the career fair where they learned about civil engineering. Please take a moment to watch and read the article about this event in the Capital Gazette: Engineer Career Fair 2016
Special thanks to Dave Wissmann, Steve Prophet, Chelsea Young, Sue Steinhice, Steve Andraka, and Bob Thommen for their help in organizing the event and manning some of the stations.
DFI was gratified to accept the 2016 Gold Leaf Award presented to Prince George’s County, MD.
“The Harry J. Banker Gold Leaf Award provides an opportunity for ISA chapters to recognize individuals at the local or regional level. The award is intended for individuals, organizations and communities for either outstanding Arbor Day activities or for outstanding landscape beautification activities as submitted by an ISA Chapter. This is an opportunity for ISA chapters to solicit entries to acknowledge worthy individuals, organizations or municipalities for projects which have had a significant impact upon a community or region, usually over a period of several years.” –ISA website
DFI has responsibility for inspection and oversight of the “Right Tree-Right Place” program with Prince George’s County DPW and DOE coordination through the Neighborhood Design Center. Our staff continues to work cooperatively in order to identify areas where nuisance trees may cause damage or injury.
Leading the effort with Prince George’s County, Wayne Lucas (Landscape Architect, ISA Certified Arborist, MD Roadside Tree Care Expert, Special Services Division) is Mike Burton who is a Certified Arborist/Tree Expert. He is responsible for countywide survey for identification of hazardous trees (weak wood), compiling a computer data base of surveyed areas and locations of hazardous trees, design for locations, botanical and common names of replacement trees, and oversight and inspection of tree removal/replacement. Mr. Burton is also responsible for managing and monitoring the coordination of tree installation crews and completing daily reports. Work is completed in each of the 5 Council Districts each year.
Mr. Burton works cooperatively to recommend suitable replacement plantings and landscaping.
DFI gladly participated in the Louisiana Flood Victims Donation this past week. We thank Wallace Montgomery for allowing us to be part of the donation. The DFI office donated many items that will provide aid and relief to the situation in Louisiana. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the flood victims. August 2016
DFI supported the Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) with their Construction & Engineering Career Day Event at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. April 13, 2016
This event is for middle & high school students to introduce them to the different types of careers in construction and engineering. We had groups of approximately 5 - 8 kids rotating through the indoor workstations where they are given an overview, hands on demonstrations (if possible), handouts, etc… of what the firms do, and how their job fits into supporting the roadway system. The kids may ask questions about special skills, education, salaries, the job itself, etc.
Wearing orange in support of National Work Zone Awareness Week, 2016