May 4, 2017

Cole is Hiring in Charlotte, NC!

Cole is hiring for a Field Data Collection Technician in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Join us for an open interview day on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 10 AM to 3 PM.



The Hyatt House Charlotte City Center

435 E. Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28202


Please bring a hard copy of your resume with you or email a copy ahead of time to


See you Friday!

Nov 22, 2016

Announcing Cole’s Vice President of Engineering for Accessibility

Cole is pleased to announce that Melissa Anderson has joined our staff as the Vice President of Engineering for Accessibility.

Prior to joining Cole, Melissa worked at the US Access Board, serving as their Transportation Engineer, developing accessibility guidelines and assisting Federal, State and Local Agencies in meeting their obligations to provide accessible facilities for people who have disabilities. Her work involved refining the proposed Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines, updating the Transportation Vehicle Accessibility Guidelines and leading the Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee. Melissa also continues to participate as a subject matter expert on several research panels and remains a member of two committees for the Transportation Research Board.

Prior to her work for the Access Board, she was employed for 10 years with the Missouri Department of Transportation, where she was involved in traffic and safety data collection and analysis, research, standards development, and professional services procurement. Melissa became the statewide non-motorized transportation engineer, where she was responsible for developing pedestrian and bicycle policy, training staff and local agencies, and reviewing plans for accessibility.

Previously, Melissa also worked for two small local agencies on a wide variety of projects including water and waste water design, managing street and sidewalk programs, review of residential and commercial developments, and long range planning and zoning updates.

Cole is excited to have Melissa lead our ADA Team, providing expert guidance and working with our clients to understand their obligation to provide accessible facilities. We look forward to sharing her skills with our partners in the evaluation of their existing infrastructure and development of State and community transition and prioritization plans and accessible pedestrian networks.

Oct 7, 2016

Cole’s Phoenix Team Grows

Cole is pleased to announce Craig Bolze, PE, ENV SP, as Senior Project Manager in our Phoenix office.

A native of Arizona, Craig graduated from Arizona State University and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer and a certified Envision Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

With over 25 years of professional and technical civil engineering experience, he brings a wealth of executive and project management experience in both private development and public sector projects. Craig’s primary focus at Cole is to develop and execute infrastructure projects for public agencies.

“We are all very excited to welcome Craig to Cole’s team! With over 25 years of professional and technical civil engineering experience, he will provide Cole with a wealth of experience in both private land development as well as public sector projects. Craig will be instrumental in extending Cole’s involvement and expertise in public sector projects.” – Ted Luther, Phoenix Regional Operations Manager 

When he’s not helping Cole solve problems, Craig enjoys spending time with his family, especially when he can convince his wife to join him on a motorcycle ride. An avid backpacker, he can often be found hiking in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and he summited Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States, three times.

Welcome to the Cole team, Craig!

Sep 28, 2016

Goal! From Parking Lot to Soccer Field at Nahed Chapman New American Academy

In early 2016, Peter Tao of Tao + Lee Associates, Inc., approached Cole’s Jim Roth, PE, to discuss providing Civil Design consultation on a soccer field installation for a local school. This preliminary discussion became a multi-team project that transformed a pothole riddled piece of asphalt into a professional quality soccer field for the 320 students of Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA).

Cole provided survey and site planning services, along with storm water management design to direct water away from the synthetic turf field. Cole’s Jim Roth, PE, and Stan Fowler, EIT, donated their time and engineering expertise to this necessary project, and Tom Reynolds and Chad Weber provided survey services.

“No words can capture the feeling of seeing the students of NCNAA enjoy themselves on an improved playing surface and shelter and of being a part of a team that provided children who are grateful for what they have with experiences that they will cherish.” – Stan Fowler, EIT, Cole

The project team included professionals from Construction Forum STL, DG @ Design, Engraphix, PHL Inc., Millstone Weber, St. Louis Mosaic Project, St. Louis Public Schools, Tao + Lee & Associates, and Washington University in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club provided additional support by donating tickets to a St. Louis Football Club match earlier this year for a group of NCNAA students. Two St. Louis FC players also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and challenged the students to a scrimmage on the new soccer field.

Involvement in the project also included participation in the Gateway Welcome Project’s stirring committee, whose aim is to make the St. Louis metropolitan area a welcoming place for foreign-born immigrants and refugees and their families.

The Nahed Chapman New American Academy’s International Welcome School opened in 2009 to create a safe and nurturing school environment for immigrant students and war refugees, many of whom struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. To learn more about the school and its mission, please visit:

To learn more about the Gateway Welcome Project and their important work in the region, please visit:

Jan 20, 2015

The Lofts of Washington University Receives LEED Platinum Certification

The Lofts of Washington University has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification from the United States Green Building Council. The project received 84 total points out of only 80 required to achieve platinum, the highest level of certification. This 167-unit student housing and retail complex located in the Delmar Loop area of University City, Missouri, features a United Provisions grocery store and the 24-hour Peacock Loop Diner. The $80 million project was built on 4.5 acres which were previously occupied by underutilized buildings and surface parking.

Together with the University, the project team was striving for platinum certification throughout the design and construction process. Cole’s contribution includes working closely with Paric, the General Contractor, on pollution prevention during construction. In addition, Cole utilized a creative approach to stormwater management with a 25,000 gallon cistern to harvest rain water, several rain gardens for bioretention, and assisted DTLS Landscape Studio on a green roof. Cole has been involved in many LEED Certified projects on the Washington University campus, but this is the first LEED Platinum Certification for both Cole and the University.

Designed to minimize impact on the environment while creating healthy spaces for people, it is anticipated that the project will be 46 percent more efficient than standard construction. Architects Tao + Lee and William Rawn Associates are responsible for the solar thermal panels which heat 25 percent of the buildings’ hot water, solar photovoltaic cells providing 10 percent of the electrical needs, and exterior aluminum sunshades serving as both a cooling element and a unique design feature.

The Lofts is the first model of its kind for Washington University. The mix of uses brings new amenities to the neighborhood and has created a positive dramatic change for the Delmar Loop built environment.

Nov 3, 2014

AMC Theatre Opens this Month at Streets of St. Charles

The Streets of St. Charles continues to flourish into a premier mixed-use community. Among the latest entertainment offerings for residents and visitors is the AMC Theatre opening this month. A 40,000 square-foot theatre complex with eight (8) screens makes up this new movie going experience and adds to the state-of-the-art amenity options on the property. The theatre is adjacent to a 1,250-space parking garage and is part of a 400,000 square-foot multi-use building that is currently under construction – the latest phase of development at Streets of St. Charles.

Cole is proud to have been a part of the overall project since its onset and is excited to see the latest attraction come to life. Our civil engineering and design services on the AMC Theatre included the planning and layout of the building, grading and storm sewer design, utility coordination, and construction administration. Cole’s landscape architecture team was responsible for extending the layout of the theatre entrance plaza and the incorporation of existing design elements for a display wall, in addition to continued streetscape design, site furnishings, and plantings. As both consultants and tenants, we look forward to future growth and development at Streets of St. Charles.

Aug 27, 2014

Cole Expands to the Southwest Region

Cole is pleased to announce our latest office opening in Phoenix, Arizona. With a repositioned economy, land development movement, and infrastructure opportunities, the greater Southwest region is projected to be one of the strongest growth sectors in the country. We’re excited to be a part of another relationship driven market that values unique, quality design, and progressive technology which is synonymous with the Cole brand.  This strategic move is the latest of Cole’s continued geographic expansion to meet long term national growth goals.

Cole has recently brought on board Ted Luther, PE, as the Regional Operations Manager for the Phoenix office. Ted brings over 25 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry with 20 years in Arizona. He has successfully managed many large commercial, industrial, and residential developments with a solid history of maintaining quality and profitability. Ted’s professional background along with his passion, work ethic, design team leadership skills, and commitment to client satisfaction are a natural fit within the Cole culture.  His skill set further strengthens our team of highly technical and driven professionals. Prior to joining Cole, Ted founded Luther Engineering & Development, a leading small firm in the Valley specializing in residential and commercial site development.

Ted is working alongside Belinda Banger, Cole’s Vice President / Chief Strategist. Belinda played a critical role in establishing Cole’s presence in the Phoenix region and will continue to collaborate with Ted on growing our office among other national duties. The Cole team is confident that our extensive experience with high profile projects and multi-disciplined approach combined with flexible and responsive client service will allow us to continue to flourish in the Southwest market. With a staff licensed in nearly 40 states and a portfolio of projects representing a substantial national presence, Cole is committed to becoming an expert in virtually any part of the country.

Our office is located at 2701 E. Camelback Road, Suite 175, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Phone: 602-795-4111

Jul 25, 2014

Cole Presenting at the Arizona Chapter 2014 APWA Statewide Conference

Cole will be presenting at the Arizona Chapter American Public Works Association’s 2014 Statewide Conference being held in Tucson, AZ, next week July 28-29th. We are speaking on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and Regulations for Public Rights of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG). Our presentation is meant to help attendees gain a better understanding of the ADA legislation, the necessity of a transition plan, and the benefits of a cost-effective, proven technology. Cole is utilizing this exclusive technology in public agencies throughout the country, including the current Chandler, AZ, ADA Transition Plan.

Mike Vonderheide, PE, Senior Project Manager, and Belinda Banger, Vice President / Chief Strategist will co-present. Both Mike and Belinda are very familiar with U.S. Access Board design guidelines, standards, and technical requirements of providing accessible routes in the public right-of-way. This is one of many occasions they have presented “ADA Transition Planning using ULIP-ADA™ Technology”.

The conference welcomes around 700 Public Works professionals and representatives from municipalities and agencies in the state of Arizona. As a member of APWA and leading ADA Transition Planning consultant, Cole is looking forward to networking with existing colleagues and making new connections. If you’re planning to attend, don’t miss us Tuesday morning at 10:30am.

May 19, 2014

Visit Cole at the 2014 APWA Mid-America Conference & Exhibit Show

Cole will be presenting at the 2014 APWA Mid-America Conference & Exhibit Show being held in Overland Park, KS, this week May 21-23. We are speaking on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and Regulations for Public Rights of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG). Our presentation is meant to help attendees gain a better understanding of the ADA legislation, the necessity of a transition plan, and the benefits of a cost-effective, proven technology. Mike Vonderheide, PE, Senior Project Manager, and Belinda Banger, Vice President / Chief Strategist will co-present.

The ULIP-ADA™ technology that has transformed ADA Transition Planning will be on site throughout the duration of the conference. Visit us at booth #17 for a quick demonstration and to learn more about how our cutting-edge technology is improving accuracy and efficiency in data collection.

The conference welcomes over 500 representatives from the Missouri, Kansas, KCMetro, Iowa, and Nebraska APWA Chapters. As a member of the organization and leading ADA Transition Planning consultant, Cole is looking forward to networking with colleagues. We hope to see you there!