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Engineering firm expands team

July 24, 2019
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Phil Ledent
Phil Ledent. Courtesy FTCH

A local civil engineering firm has made numerous additions to its workforce.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, or FTCH, recently announced the addition of several new team members to its Grand Rapids office.

Phil Ledent, PE, SE, now is the senior structural engineer for FTCH. Most recently, he worked as the discipline leader of structural engineering for the Midwest region at Bergmann Associates.

Ledent graduated from Lawrence Technological University with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. He is a professional engineer in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. He also is licensed as a structural engineer in Hawaii and Illinois.

Kyle Reidsma, PE, PTOE, has joined the firm as senior traffic engineer/project manager. He has 18 years of experience, most recently serving in the same capacity at AECOM.

Reidsma holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Calvin College and is a professional engineer in Michigan. His areas of expertise include traffic engineering, signal design and modeling.

Steve Johnson joined the firm as a senior project superintendent. Throughout his career, Johnson has taken various college courses related to management and construction. He worked many years as a project supervisor at Lakewood Construction.

In this new role for the company, Johnson be responsible for meeting project completion deadlines, scheduling, jobsite safety, working directly with business owners, processing submittals and more.

Brian Thompson is working as an electrical engineer in the FTCH Grand Rapids office. Most recently, he was an electrical engineer at GRP Engineering where he programmed and commissioned automatic relays for power distribution systems, managed construction of substation upgrades and additions, and designed overhead and underground distribution systems.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He also gained experience working as a system engineer at HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative.

Lauren Chwonjnicki joined FTCH as a geologist, a new position for the company. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with her bachelor’s degree in geology and a minor in Spanish.

Chwonjnicki previously worked as a teaching assistant and fieldwork assistant at GVSU. She also served as an environmental scientist intern at Resource Solutions Environmental.

Christian Johnson joined the firm as a surveyor, also a new position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in surveying engineering from Ferris State University and was a student member of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors and the vice president of the Mary C. Feindt student chapter of Lambda Sigma Land Surveying Honor Society.

Johnson has been a survey department intern at FTCH for the past three years. His responsibilities included performing various topographic surveys and establishing vertical and horizontal control for multiple municipal, industrial, and commercial design and construction projects.

Michael Hansen has filled the new position of water and wastewater engineer in the Grand Rapids office. Hansen has experience working as an intern for the Wyoming Public Works Department where he performed stormwater sampling and testing for illicit discharges at the city’s 400+ outfalls. He also completed GPS mapping and editing of the city’s water, sewer and storm assets.

Hansen graduated from Calvin College with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a concentration in environmental engineering.

Grace Van Wienen is working as an administrative assistant in the FTCH human resources department. Most recently, she was an office administrator at Global Vision Eyewear.

Van Wienen previously worked as an office assistant at Polaris Mortgage Company where she answered phones, interacted with loan customers and organized online files.

Established in 1956 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, FTCH is a full-service civil engineering, architectural/engineering, environmental, and construction management consulting firm with over 400 employees.

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