Category: Planning

Turning Back the Clock: Park Site Returning to Pre-industrial State

By Jacob Blue, PLA An ecological transformation is taking shape in South Beloit, Illinois. Known as Nature at the Confluence, the effort will transform an undeveloped vacant area at the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Rock River into a 34-acre park and preserve dedicated to connecting people of all ages and abilities with the… Read More »

Scholarships Open Doors to Engineering Careers

How can I find engineering-specific scholarships? ACEC offers several. The deadline to apply is in March. A new year brings new opportunities, as the saying goes. And in civil engineering and related disciplines, employment opportunities abound for 2017 and beyond. Buildings and roads are being erected, the housing market has returned to a promising level, and… Read More »

A Walk in the Park: Public Engagement Made Easy

Public engagement seems like it should be simple – just ask for people’s opinions and show them a few possibilities, right? As most in the public sector could tell you, it’s rarely that easy. Getting your community’s residents to show up, get involved, and support a project takes creativity and enthusiasm – and it helps… Read More »