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.
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!
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
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.