Western Operations Announce Three Key Hires

  • By Ayres
  • September 24, 2021

Three important hires have been announced in Ayres’ western operations. Bill Boltze, PE; Josh Olhava, AICP, PCCP; and Barrett Gillespie bring depth to Ayres’ transportation, planning, and subsurface utility engineering operations, respectively, as they join the Fort Collins, Colorado, office.

Boltze brings 6 years’ experience in transportation engineering and will spearhead our construction engineering operations in the West. Boltze is a quality-focused team leader who is committed to effective communications, practical solutions, and on-time and on-budget performance. He will be responsible for delivering construction management projects using state-of-the-practice tools and procedures and will ensure Ayres’ deep transportation resources are available to all clients. Boltze, a Colorado licensed professional engineer, also manages roadway design and construction projects, provides public involvement and/or pre-construction meeting facilitation, and performs design and construction engineering tasks.

With a 9-year background in community and strategic planning, Olhava is well versed in land use planning policies, procedures, and regulations. Olhava has experience working as a community planner on policy and plan implementation, code amendments, development review, and organizational process improvements. He also has served on teams developing comprehensive plans and updates, regional plans, and corridor studies for communities in Ohio and Colorado. As a certified planner, Olhava uses his diverse skills to develop effective solutions to land use issues and to facilitate community workshops to focus residents on common goals.

Gillespie has over 25 years’ experience in utility locating, damage prevention, and utility installations, as well as 10+ years’ experience in GIS collection, post processing, and integration. Gillespie is a creative, action-oriented professional who communicates effectively with clients as he accurately maps existing utilities to avoid costly conflicts and construction delays. He is experienced in the use of vacuum excavation and ground-penetrating radar. Gillespie has collected multiple damage prevention awards. He also holds FAA certification for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (drones).