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Colorado Floods: A Year Later

It’s been a little over a year now since employees in our Colorado offices experienced a catastrophic flood, giving our water resources engineers a chance to put their skills to a serious test. The September 2013 flood made national headlines and sent the state scrambling to deal first with the emergency and then with the… Read More »

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Living the Good (Remediated) Life at Carroll University

They may not realize it, but a group of Carroll University undergraduate students is living in popular new residence halls with a curious back story. Ayres environmental engineer Lynn Scherbert knows the story well: She managed the project that transformed a once-blighted, vacant industrial area of Waukesha, Wisconsin, into a thriving student housing complex. The… Read More »

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This 85% Water Rate Increase Is a Good Thing

You wouldn’t necessarily look at an 85% water rate hike as a real day-brightener, but for the Village of Lena in northeastern Wisconsin, it’s relatively good news for its 250 water customers. Customers could have seen a 117% rate increase to help pay for a radium removal plant currently under construction, as pictured above. But… Read More »

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Wauwatosa Goes Green on Bike-Friendly Street

What’s black and red and green all over on North Avenue in the Wisconsin city of Wauwatosa? That’s the newly reconstructed black asphalt roadway with its red-painted crosswalks and, most prominently, its bright green bike lanes and bike boxes along 16 city blocks. Wauwatosa leaders and others celebrated the City’s first bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly roadway… Read More »

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The (Rustic) Road Less Traveled

There are many reasons to love the fall season, but the most visible one is the breathtaking fall colors. For these few weeks before winter settles in, the drive to your destination almost becomes a destination itself, thanks to the brilliant scarlet, gold, and purple splashed across the hillsides and canopying the roadways. New England… Read More »

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A Homegrown Leader: Disa Wahlstrand Promoted to Vice President

Ayres Associates has a long history of promoting from within; in fact, 79% of our management team members were promoted from within the company. That tradition continued this week when Disa Wahlstrand, PE, LEED AP, manager of the municipal services group in our Eau Claire office since 2005, was named vice president of Engineering Services… Read More »

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Nice Catch! Ayres Acquires Frisbie

We are thrilled to announce that Frisbie Architects has joined the Ayres Associates fold. This acquisition more than doubles Ayres’ architectural staff, and Frisbie’s River Falls office becomes our 12th office nationwide and the fifth in Wisconsin. Shown above, from left, are Chief Financial Officer Richard Schoenthaler, President Tom Pulse, Frisbie Architects founders Shari and… Read More »

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Night Construction: The Pros and Cons

It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your road construction crew is? These days they could be out on the job site, toiling under the glare of floodlights. Largely for the convenience of motorists, many highway projects are now completed while most of the population is sleeping so more lanes can be kept open during… Read More »

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News You Can Use! Construction, Aerial Imagery, Roundabouts, and Floods

Our corporate magazine, TRENDS, hit the streets this week. Here are some digital highlights. (To request a copy, click the link below.) Our cover story addresses the many challenges and considerations required on construction projects, explained in lay terms by experts working directly in all those orange-barreled construction zones we see so much this time… Read More »

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Structural Inspectors Take Work to New Heights

Trapeze artist. Stuntperson. Mountain climber. Spider-Man. Pick a career for comparison. The fact remains – it takes exceptional skill, bravery, and an iron stomach for Ayres Associates’ rope access structural inspectors to do what they do. For example, inspecting a structure like the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in New Mexico can take days. The steel… Read More »

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