Engineering Firm Finds a New Structure That Benefits All

Engineering Firm Finds a New Structure That Benefits All

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. was recently profiled in "US Builders Review Magazine," a publication for leading construction executives.  The article focuses on R/M's growth, culture, and transition to 100% employee ownership. 

Smart Location Mapping Tools

Smart Location Mapping Tools

Developing and analyzing data sets showing the relationship between land use and location efficiency can be a difficult and expensive process. In response to this issue, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed three tools that analyze the land use and transit accessibility of metropolitan neighborhoods in the United States: Smart Location Database, Access to Jobs and Workers Via Transit Tool, and National Walkability Index.

Advances in Horizontal Directional Drilling

Advances in Horizontal Directional Drilling

As our utility systems age, the need for replacing infrastructure in tight spaces has greatly increased.  At the same time, the general public has become less and less tolerant of the hassles associated with underground construction projects.  The horizontal directional drilling (HDD) method of utility installation can help your agency overcome these challenges and potentially save money at the same time!

Infiltrating Runoff in Parking Lot Islands

Infiltrating Runoff in Parking Lot Islands

The City of Oconomowoc, with assistance from R/M, constructed joint parking lots with vegetated parking lot islands to allow storm water to flow across the lot and into bioretention areas.

IMPACT FEE STUDY LEADS TO NEW FIRE STATION

IMPACT FEE STUDY LEADS TO NEW FIRE STATION

Development drove the need for the City of Oconomowoc to provide new municipal facilities. Impact fees helped them meet the need by providing facilities, such as Fire Station No. 2, to fuel development. 

Learn how Oconomowoc was able to fund facilities to attract development through working with R/M on an impact fee study.

Impact Fees

Impact Fees

Many communities want to grow, but water, wastewater, police, fire, parks, and libraries for new growth are costly. Impact fees fund facilities to attract development and recover the capital cost from new growth.

Utility Master Planning

Utility Master Planning

A high-level understanding of your municipal utility systems is critical to allowing utility managers to understand how their systems will be impacted by changes in significant users.

Road Salt Workshops...Coming Soon!

Road Salt Workshops...Coming Soon!

It may be sunny and 80 degrees outside, but it’s the perfect time to think about snow and ice.  Many training sessions will be held this fall addressing road salt and other winter road management activities. 

Porous Asphalt Pavements: City of New Berlin

Porous Asphalt Pavements: City of New Berlin

The City of New Berlin was faced with a difficult design challenge for a 7-block section of alley in the Buena Park neighborhood. The City wanted to take advantage of a Green Solutions grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). The solution was a porous asphalt pavement to provide storm water storage, filtration, and conveyance.

Why is Phosphorus Bad? Part 2: Economic Impacts

Why is Phosphorus Bad? Part 2: Economic Impacts

Excess phosphorus causes rapid formation of algal and cyanobacterial blooms, which have readily apparent impacts such as undesirable aesthetics, fish kills, and public health concerns. However, there are also less tangible economic impacts.

Porous Asphalt Pavements

Porous Asphalt Pavements

As municipal governments continue to move towards green infrastructure, innovative uses of existing materials become increasingly important. Additionally, the need to effectively move and treat storm water runoff becomes increasingly important.  Local municipalities are recognizing the importance of these two items. 

Village of Brown Deer Urban Forestry Grant Project

Village of Brown Deer Urban Forestry Grant Project

In the summer of 2016, the Village of Brown Deer contacted Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) for assistance in developing an urban forestry project that would be strong enough to meet the application needs of the DNR's Urban Forestry Grant.   

Why is Phosphorus Bad? Part 1: Environmental Impact

Why is Phosphorus Bad? Part 1: Environmental Impact

Nutrient pollution, also referred to as eutrophication, is a widespread environmental and economic issue. Excess nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen exist naturally in aquatic systems, but are detrimental if concentrations become elevated for several reasons.

The Problem With Plastic

The Problem With Plastic

Keeping track of which plastics should be recycled in a municipality can be difficult for residents. To increase participation in recycling programs, it is helpful to make the information readily available and easy to understand.

DNR Grant Opportunities

DNR Grant Opportunities

It's never too early to start thinking about grant opportunities. Whether it's a project that's been on a wish list or the back-burner; the prospect of supplemental funding can never be understated.