New Leader At Moore Bruggink

April 4, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — Robert E. Bruggink, P.E., last month was named president of Moore & Bruggink Inc., the engineering firm his father co-founded with Millard Moore in 1956.

With that change, Gary C. Voogt, P.E., moves into the new position of chief executive officer. Project manager and shareholder Joseph D. Camp, P.E., has been named vice president and promoted to a seat on the company executive team.

Voogt and Bob Bruggink have worked together building the firm's municipal engineering arm.

"This is the first time a Bruggink has been at the helm since Ray Bruggink retired in 1990," said Voogt, who oversaw operations both as vice president beginning in 1976 and as president since 1994. 

"Our team with the senior Bruggink can be credited with much of the expansion of the municipal water and sewer systems in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area during the population explosion that occurred in West Michigan during the 1960s and 1970s," Voogt said.

According to the younger Bruggink, the community has grown since then to the point that many of the infrastructure systems on which his father worked with the firm now need expansion or integration into larger systems.

He said road improvements, too, will continue to be major challenges for the second largest metropolitan area in the state.

Bruggink's work is part of projects such as the 44th Street/Rivertown Parkway re-route and expansion, consulting work as Grand Rapids Township and Algoma Township engineer, supervision of construction inspection on the M-6 South Beltline project, and the recently constructed East Beltline pedestrian bridge at Calvin College.

"This leadership change is part of the Moore & Bruggink business blueprint, guaranteeing we're positioned to meet the needs of the market and our clients," Voogt said. "Bob continues as one of our leading project managers, but will expand his role working with our engineering team." 

"My immediate plans are to keep service at the forefront of all we do, ensuring our systems have the appropriate quality checks and our people have the resources they need in both our municipal and private development divisions," Bruggink said.

"Our approach and experience allow us to provide consulting support beyond basic engineering," Bruggink said. 

"Our company and our employees' roots are grounded right here in West Michigan," he added.

"This allows us to provide insights and a level of responsiveness that is critical for city and other municipality staff to do their jobs well." 

He said that the firm's work over a period of almost a half-century has helped catalyze many joint agreements among municipalities, townships, counties, school districts, utilities and developers.

Joe Camp joined Moore & Bruggink in 1994 and since that time, Voogt said, has contributed excellent engineering know-how.

"He has demonstrated impressive leadership and project management skills time and again — skills that have made our inside team stronger and our client product better than ever," Voogt added.

Before joining the firm, Camp was commanding officer of the Presidential retreat Camp David, in Thurmont, Md. 

During his 20 years of military service with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, his experience included facilities management, financial management, utility system maintenance and public works administration.

With Moore & Bruggink, Camp has managed such diverse projects as the reconstruction of Monroe Center in Grand Rapids, an award-winning pedestrian trail system in the Grand Haven area, the City of Walker's Central Park, the Grand Rapids Utility Master Plan, and road, utility and park projects from Allegan to Zeeland.

The Moore & Bruggink management team also includes Senior Partner William G. Kozak, P.E., who continues his responsibilities as corporate secretary/treasurer. 

Kozak heads up the firm's private development division. In 24 years with the company, he has been involved in dozens of residential, commercial and industrial developments, including Union Station and the current American Seating project, plus an assortment of industrial parks and commercial centers.

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