Tree planting at Lock and Dam Cottages

Boy Scouts from Troop 315, Scout leaders Carolyn Teddleton and Greg Siebert, along with David Hynes, Lindsey Phillips and Eric Parsley from Commonwealth Engineering braved the cool, misty weather on Friday, April 26th to plant 6 trees donated by Commonwealth and JT McCarty of Colonial Classics nursery. These trees will provide lasting shade and beauty […]

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CEI’s Roger Kottlowski Receives Award for East Lake Dam Project

Commonwealth’s Roger Kottlowski was recognized by the Indiana Chapter of the American Concrete Institute and Jungclaus-Campbell Co. Inc. for his contribution in the design and construction of the East Lake Dam in Prince’s Lakes Indiana.   Background: During a record  breaking storm and rainfall in 2008 the existing East Lake earthen dam suffered severe damage causing widespread flooding, stranding […]

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Why do I need an Engineer to obtain Easements?

Once the preliminary planning and design efforts have determined property needs, why would you need engineering services to help obtain the property?  Property owners are primarily concerned with how the project is going to impact their land: Will trees and landscaping be destroyed? Will the grass grow back? What will it look like when you […]

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Need Easements?? You better get to know URA!!

If your project requires property acquisition and you are using federal funds as part of the funding package, you need to know about the URA.  URA is the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act.  The Act provides certain rights to property owners, including establishing a procedure to determine the Fair Market Value […]

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RUS’s John Padalino Visits Mexico Indiana

John Padalino visited Mexico Indiana in May to tour the town’s new wastewater treatment plant. The plant was designed by Commonwealth Engineers and funded by USDA Rural Development. Mexico is an unincorporated area in Miami County. There are 283 homes and small businesses located along the Eel River which had been using septic tanks for […]

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The Easement TEAM Approach

When the project requires land acquisition, negotiating with property owners can often be a challenging experience with questions like: Why are you doing this project? Are you going to tear up my yard? I’ve heard this will reduce my property value? Are you trying to force me to agree? Whether you need to negotiate a […]

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BIM – Taking Shape

Taking Shape!   BIM (Building Information Modeling) offers a technique to decrease project costs and increase project quality.  BIM provides a clear visualization of what is being built and aids in the identification of potential design, construction and/or operational issues.  With BIM technology, an accurate virtual model of the project is digitally constructed.   Commonwealth […]

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