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Construction veteran wins Engineer of the Year award

May 18, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Paul Elzinga
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A long-time member of the West Michigan construction industry has been named engineer of the year by a nonprofit society.

Paul Elzinga was named 2016 Engineer of the Year by the Western Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers this week at Riverfront Hotel in Grand Rapids.

Elzinga is a consultant who works with Holland-based contractor Elzinga & Volkers and other clients. He is also the chairman emeritus of Elzinga & Volkers.

“I am passionate about the work I do and feel fortunate to work on innovative projects that continue to shape West Michigan,” Elzinga said. “After watching my father work in the architectural and construction industry for years and then working in it myself, I know the collaborative and quality team that is required for a company to succeed. I am thankful and humbled to receive such a special recognition from my peers.”

Mike Novakoski, president and CEO of Elzinga & Volkers, said the firm is "extremely proud of Paul and his recognition as engineer of the year."

“He has been a valued and respected member of E&V’s team for years and continues to provide our customers with exemplary counsel and guidance," Novakoski said. "This is a well-deserved honor for a true leader in our industry.”

Elzinga's background

Elzinga has worked in the construction industry for more than 60 years and became a Registered Professional Engineer in civil engineering in 1965.

He earned his degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1960.

He joined the company his father helped found in Holland, Elzinga & Volkers, in 1955 and now runs Paul Elzinga Consulting.

Elzinga serves on the Construction Management Advisory Board at Michigan Technological University, Communication Advisory board at Ferris State University and Holland Board of Public Works.

He also volunteers for the United Way, Holland Airport Advisory Committee and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland.

Engineer of the Year criteria

The Western Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers selects the Engineer of the Year based on collegiate achievements and degrees, professional activities, published papers, professional awards and recognition, community service, organizations and patents. 

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