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Employee Spotlight: Kara Demmien

At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff members who contribute to our success.

brand architecture

Is there a Brand Architecture Specialist in the house?

What is Brand Architecture? This is a question that I get asked regularly.

LDG Teams with Penn College

In recent weeks, Larson Design Group employees have presented for Penn College architecture students several times.

Intern Spotlight: Alex Marple

Summer brings many new faces to Larson Design Group as we hire interns! This year, we want to shine a spotlight on these young minds who contribute so much during their time here.

Intern Spotlight: Jessica Tayson

Summer brings many new faces to Larson Design Group as we hire interns! This year, we want to shine a spotlight on these young minds who contribute so much during their time here.

Bringing Projects to Life with Virtual Reality

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is the area beyond the camera worth?

Bridging the Generational Gap

Chase Kelch has once again been featured in PWEA's KWQM magazine, this time landing the cover story.

Teaching Kids about Tech through Virtual Reality Goggles

On Thursday, February 18th, Larson Design Group employees volunteered for Pennsylvania College of Technology's fifth annual science festival.

Iron and Manganese Removal

Bradley Sick, Design Engineer in our Corning Water/Wastewater department, gave a presentation about Iron and Manganese removal at the

Pre-stressed adjacent non-composite bridge cracks

Pre-stressed Adjacent Non-Composite Bridges: Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 13

There are many structures currently in service that could be rehabilitated before severe deterioration occurs.

Professional Engineer Exam Strategy Guide

This study guide was created to help anyone seeking to pass the Professional Engineering Exam in the United States. Please share it with anyone you know who’s interested in taking the e

Advice from a Seasoned Professional

Chase Kelch, PE, Design Engineer III with Williamsport's Water/Wastewater group, recently had an article published in PWEA's Keystone Water Quality Magazine.

Employee Spotlight: Tanya Hall

At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff...

Arc Flash

Arc Flash Risk Assessments: An Overview

Recently, arc flash risk assessments have become more challenging as a result of additional researching and modelling implications required to comply with the 2015 version

Elk Country Visitor Center

Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette, PA

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Winslow Hill Elk Viewing Improvements dedication.

GRS-IBS bridge design and construction

GRS-IBS bridge design and construction: Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 12

GRS-IBS offers an economical way for municipalities to construct bridge abutments with their own forces.

Sign Visibility

Sign Visibility – Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 11

Take a few minutes in the day to drive by signs and make sure that they are visible.

wastewater regionalization techniques

Wastewater Regionalization Techniques

What do the Susquehanna River and the Marcellus Shale have in common? Directional drilling.

Rapid Bridge Replacement Project

Rapid Bridge Replacement Project Completes Its First Bridge

Read more about the Public-Private Partnership (P3) project to rebuild 558 bridges across Pennsylvania over the next 3 years.

Tiadaghton Valley water authority aerial photo

Regionalizing water and wastewater facilities: is it the right choice for your community?

Regionalizing takes careful planning, but the payoff can be big.

AST Regulations

Unsure of AST Regulations? Larson Design Group Has You Covered Every Step of the Way.

Larson Design Group (LDG) wants to remind owners of aboveground storage tanks about the July 1 registration deadline.

Roadway Drainage

Approach Roadway Drainage – Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 10

How to ensure proper roadway drainage

coal mining permitting

Coal Mining Permitting Hurdles

Coal mining is an important part of our energy generation in the U.S.; however, it is an exceedingly regulated industry.

Bearing Seats of Bridges

Keeping Debris Off Bearing Seats of Bridges – Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 9

Possible solutions for keeping debris off bearing seats

CNG to Schuylkill

Bringing CNG to Schuylkill County

LDG was proud to be part of the Trillium/Penske team‎ that brought CNG to Schuylkill County on Earth Day. LDG provided full engineering services.

Bridge spring cleaning

Bridge Spring Cleaning – Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 8

Taking a bit of time to remove debris from around all steel surfaces will go a long way.

hazard clearance markers

Hazard Clearance Markers – Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 7

Keeping hazard clearance markers installed properly is another way to help protect your bridge from vehicle collision damage and potential claims.

Dan Weaver

Engineers Week Interview: Dan Weaver

It's Engineers Week! All week long, we'll be featuring interviews with some of our engineers. Today's interview is with Dan Weaver, PE, Project Manager.

Jen Rodgers

Engineers Week Interview: Jen Rodgers

It's Engineers Week! All week long, we'll be featuring interviews with some of our engineers. Today's interview is with Jen Rodgers, EIT, LEED AP+.

Maureen Bower

Engineers Week Interview: Maureen Bower

It's Engineers Week! All week long, we'll be featuring interviews with some of our engineers. Today's interview is with Maureen Bower, PE.

Doug Smith

Engineers Week Interview: Doug Smith

It's Engineers Week! All week long, we'll be featuring interviews with some of our engineers. Today's interview is Doug Smith, P.E., V.P. of Transportation.

concrete projects

Protecting Your Concrete Projects from Harsh Winter Weather

While huddling around the fireplace this winter, are you thinking about your next concrete project? I know I am!

Matt Kalcich

Employee Spotlight: Matt Kalcich

At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff...

Vertical Clearance Signs

Vertical Clearance Signs – Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 6

The requirements for vertical clearance signs have changed; here's what you need to know when replacing old or damaged signs on your bridges.

Alan Zeigler

Employee Spotlight: Alan Zeigler

At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff...

Vehicle Weights

Vehicle Weights – Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 5

Understanding weight limits: how to know if a truck is overweight that is crossing one of your weight-restricted bridges and what to do about it.

Keith Kuzio

A Message from Keith Kuzio

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

Amid the holiday bustle, I’d like to take a minute to extend my warmest wishes to you for the upcoming holidays. This has been a good year for b

bridge painting

Bridge Painting – Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No.4

One way to stop steel beam deterioration and preserve your bridge is to have the beams & structural components...

CVS LEED Platinum

CVS LEED Platinum Unveiling

Congratulations to CVS on the LEED Platinum certification of their West Haven, CT store. Serena Wray, LDG Architect heading up the award-winning design, was on hand for the unveiling.

weight limit signs

Understanding the Importance of Weight Limit Signs: Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No. 3


LEED® Platinum

CVS Goes LEED® Platinum

Through collaboration between CVS, the design team, and the contractors, the CVS store in West Haven became the eighth LEED for Retail Platinum project in the USGBC database.

concrete bridge deck

Concrete Bridge Deck Sealing: Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No.2

Townships should consider preventative maintenance on all their concrete bridge decks.

coopers rock state forest

Sourcing History: Coopers Rock State Forest Grand Entrance

Coopers Rock State Forest, located just a short drive from LDG’s Morgantown WV branch office, held their 24th annual Celebration of the Outdoors

Bridge Inspection

Why Is Bridge Inspection Necessary? Keeping Your Bridges Strong & Healthy No.1

On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge, over the Ohio River, collapsed and bridge safety was thrust into the national spotlight.

Pumping Jersey Shore’s Sewage Under Long Island

Increased age, increased operational and maintenance issues, location, and proximity to the West Branch of the Susquehanna...

transportation revenue

Anticipating Effects of Technology on Transportation Revenue

One of the more interesting sessions at the recent Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference...

Architectural, Engineering, and Survey Firm

Employee Spotlight: Kurt Hetrick

This month, a respected member of the LDG family will retire after spending 41 years...

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

Kick-Starting the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail Project with Community Collaboration

The Buffalo Valley Rail Trail – Final Section Feasibility Study was a collaborative planning process.

Strong Towns

Strong Towns “Curbside Chat” Video 10.2.2013

On October 2, 2013, we engaged our community to consider what it means and what...l

Strong Town

What Makes for A Strong Town?

We see it in the news all the time – cities and towns in decline or distress. Whether it’s Detroit being discussed on Nightly News...

using bim technology rendering

Leveraging BIM Technology

BIM is an intelligent 3D model that allows the team to better visualize...

Project Management at Your Fingertips

Project Management at Your Fingertips

LDG utilizes a user-friendly online Project Management Portal (PMP) which allows our Brand Architecture clients to monitor multiple...

Conceptual Site Optimization

Leveraging Technology to Provide Conceptual Site Optimization

At LDG, we are early adopters of software and technologies that assist our clients. We invest in the latest...

LEED® for Retail

LEED® for Retail: Growing a Sustainable Brand

With consumers increasingly buying into the green movement and making sustainable choices...

Accessibility for all

Accessibility for All

Ever since I received classroom instruction at West Virginia University in the mid-1990s, accessibility has been a key component...

Emily Diehl, landscape architect

Employee Spotlight: Emily Diehl

At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff...

Building Leaders for the Susquehanna Valley Program

Building Leaders for the Susquehanna Valley Program

I recently had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with some local high school students who are...

Bid Plans

Introducing Bid Plans Version 3.0

Larson Design Group has been offering our clients added value through the delivery of the Bid Plan application since 2008...

steel and concrete modular construction

An Introduction to Steel and Concrete Modular Construction

LDG’s Stefanie English, PE, recently co-presented at the inaugural...

Ed Brown

Employee Spotlight: Ed Brown

At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff...


Green…or Greenwashing?

When I was a little kid, I was a tree-hugger. Literally. My mother recalls that at age four, I occasionally wrapped my small...

Parking Lot Design

Trends in Parking Lot Design

The rapid pace of change seems to affect everything in the engineering and construction world, even something as established...

Larson Design Group Salutes Veterns

Larson Design Group Salutes Veterans

A Larson Design Group employee sent the following email this morning, to remind us all of the importance of respecting...

Spotlight on Communities: Central Pennsylvania

Spotlight on Communities: Central Pennsylvania

Steven Beattie, RLA, Senior Project Manager at LDG’s Selinsgrove office, recently sat down with the Central PA Chamber of ...


The Benefit of ESOP

I recently had the opportunity to present a case study on Larson Design Group’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) ...

Client Satisfaction

Client Satisfaction: The Key to Growth

I recently received an e-mail from a client with an automatic signature that read “Only satisfied customers can give people job...


NGVs: The Road Ahead in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania sits atop an abundant supply of natural gas that, according to a study from Penn State University, could be...

Laurel Hill Wind Farm

Take a Virtual Tour of Laurel Hill Wind Farm with LDG

The Laurel Hill Wind Energy Project is a Duke Energy Corporation initiative, located along Laurel Hill Ridge in Jackson and...

Relay for Life

Relay for Life

On May 18th and 19th, Larson Design Group employees participated in Williamsport’s Relay for Life...

Smoot measurement

Understanding the Smoot

With 20 years of experience as a professionally licensed land surveyor, I thought I had encountered all of the units of measurement...

LDG Engineers

LDG Engineers Assist Bucknell University Engineering Students

Larson Design Group engineers Steven Beattie and Curtis Barrick recently spent time assisting Bucknell...

CNG Fueling Station

LDG Designs CNG Fueling Station

Larson Design Group (LDG) is currently designing a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in conjunction with the City of Williamsport...

Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code

Will Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code stay stuck in 2009?

Don’t buy your 2012 International Code Council (ICC) books just yet. It seems that the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code...


A “Dandy” Restoration Part 3: Design

Located at the intersection of Route 6 & 187 in Wysox, PA, the building sits at a key juncture that is heavily used by...

A “Dandy” Restoration Part 2

A “Dandy” Restoration Part 2: Background & History

A few months ago Randy Williams, the head of Dandy Mini-marts, came to me and said “I have a really great project for you...


A “Dandy” Restoration Part 1: Introduction

Recently, we’ve been involved in a unique restoration project in Wysox, PA for Dandy Mini Marts. The project involves...

Raising Bid Limits Through Act 84 of 2011

Saving PA Money – Raising Bid Limits Through Act 84 of 2011

With the New Year usually come new laws. Finally, a highly anticipated regulatory revision takes place in 2012, which will likely lower...

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Larson Design Group

LDG wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Only With Purpose Does Life Become a Journey

Only With Purpose Does Life Become a Journey

I’m authoring today on a return trip from San Francisco. I’m feeling refreshed after taking my daughter on several prospective college visits...

Alma Mater

Sharing My Path with Future Leaders at My Alma Mater

I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the inaugural Professional Development Business Conference recently...

historic truss

Historic Truss finds new service life in Coudersport, PA

On July 12, 2011, a historic truss was set in its new location at 4th Street over the Allegheny River in Coudersport...

bridge engineers

What Do Bridge Engineers Do and Why Do We Need Them?

At least once a year, I participate in middle school career fairs to talk about being a bridge engineer...

brick and mortar stores

Is Online Shopping Killing Brick and Mortar Stores?

I am an architect, working in the retail marketplace…so brick and mortar is my business. I am also a consumer...

Every Day is a new day

Every Day is a New Day

“Every day is a new day.” I remember hearing my mother tell me...

standing on the shoulders of giants

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Recently, LDG marked a significant milestone that has given me a reason to pause...


Documenting, Documenting, Documenting

As we continue to transition our accounting department into a more integrated model...

More Is Not Always Better

More Is Not Always Better

A memorable poster hung in my 11th grade English class room. It was a cartoon illustrating a group of panic stricken...

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

A few years ago, I conducted research for my independent study during my senior year at Lafayette College...

engineering recruitment

Engineering Recruitment

I occasionally have the opportunity to visit local high schools to talk to the students...

smart goal

Planning and SMART Goal Setting

Larson Design Group founder Ken Larson always said, “Don’t forget the five Ps!"...

technical field

Leadership Development in a Technical Field

Let’s think about the stereotypical “engineer” for a moment. What comes to mind...

copier hard drive secrets revealed

Copier Hard Drive Secrets Revealed

Imagine that you are an elderly man or woman stopping at the local pharmacy...

bridges cost

Why Do Bridges Cost So Much? – Part 1

Transportation funding has been in the news with discussions on the need to repair, maintain, and improve...


Old School Meets the Blogging World – Keeping It Real

When I was approached by our marketing team to become an LDG blogger, I agreed...

banking on relationships

Banking on Relationships

Larson Design Group is fortunate to have a strong banking relationship with First...

alternative energy

A Primer On Alternative Energy: The Water Fuel Cell

The term “alternative energy” is nothing new in this day and age but some of the innovations...

Residential Fire Sprinklers

From Disdain to Advocacy: How I Came to Accept Residential Fire Sprinklers

At the end of 2008, I responded to a call for volunteers. The assignment: serve the Commonwealth...

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