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Post President's Corner

Hampton Roads Post Members,

As we enter 2017, I would like to take a moment to reflect on all of the wonderful accomplishments our Post has achieved over the last year.

SAME Headquarters classifies the Hampton Roads Post as a Large Post with more than 451 members.  We are actually among the largest Posts in the U.S. with 851 members as of January 2017, a 3% increase from the previous year.  This number includes 206 government civilian, public agency, and uniformed members and 112 Young Member representatives.  These two groups comprise 37% of our Post membership, which I attribute to our targeted programming and outreach efforts.

Programs over the last year have covered a variety of topics from the legalities of professional responsibility and public policy to sea level rise, contingency engineering, and site tours.  We are proud to have offered our members 9 opportunities to receive professional development hours (PDH’s) over the last 12 months.  In addition, our Post put on our annual Small Business Outreach & Industry Day in 2016 and provided two days of education and networking opportunities. 

Our Post events and programs are intended to serve our members, as well as the future engineers, scientists and designers of tomorrow.  To that end, we donated to the local STEM community by awarding scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 to twelve students, sponsoring 3 high school students to attend SAME Engineering and Construction Camps, and supporting the Virginia Governor’s STEM Academy at Grassfield High School with a donation of $1,320 to support development costs for senior capstone projects.  We participated in and promoted several other STEM-related initiatives and will continue these efforts in 2017 and beyond.

In addition to supporting the development and growth of our future members, the Hampton Roads Post is also leading an effort to provide credentialing opportunities to uniformed engineers, both officer and enlisted, to provide better opportunities for employment upon transition.  The goal of this program is to promote relevant industry certifications to our engineer enlisted, NCO and officer ranks who are preparing for retirement. 

These are just a handful of the many Post achievements over the past year.  We could not celebrate such successes without the help of our dedicated volunteers and sustaining member firms.  As always, I welcome you to join a committee to help further our efforts in 2017 and I thank you for your continued support of our Post.


Nicole C. Foster
Marketing Manager

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Upcoming Post Events

February Monthly Luncheon

Date: February 15, 2017

Time: 11:30 

Location: Westin Town Center

Title: Evaluating Risk in Setting Design Criteria for Protection of Critical Infrastructure from Coastal Flooding

Presenter: Michael Tumulty, PE - STV Group

Description: Recent storms make it apparent that the impacts of climate change will profoundly affect us, including the way we view and develop our infrastructure along coastlines. This presentation will discuss the need to consider the probability of different flood levels in setting design criteria for infrastructure projects. FEMA provides 10-, 50-, 100- and 500-year flood levels, and NOAA provides flood level predictions based on storm surge models. With a myriad of storm event information and analysis, what flood levels should we use for design of our infrastructure systems? What amount of freeboard and allowance for sea level rise should be included? Changing predictions for sea level rise make these questions even more difficult to answer. The presentation will also explore examples of how different organizations are handling sea level rise predictions and specifying flood design levels for their assets.

Learning Objectives:

Definition and calculation of flood return intervals; and factors that affect probability and risk.

Sea Level Rise (SLR) predictions - basis and variables.

Characteristics of storm surges from Hurricanes versus Northeasters and how they affect design.

Alternatives for engineering defenses to protect infrastructure.

CE/PDH: CEU credit/PDH credits will be issued for attending this luncheon.

HR Post Small Business Conference

Date: March 22-23, 2017

Location: Norfolk Waterside Marriott

(Click here for details and registration.)

Click here for details.

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Editor's Note

I hope you are enjoying the new dynamic newsletter! Remember that if you have articles that might be of interest to our members, please feel free to forward them to me at As our meetings are usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month, I will close out newsletter submissions each month on or around the 1st Wednesday of each month. Your articles can include open employment positions, promotions or any other celebrations. If you have any ideas for the newsletter or other communications, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day!

Beverly Noffsinger
Melene Communications, LLC

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Sustaining Member of the Month



Blossom Consulting and Engineering Inc. (BCE) specializes in design for both the built and natural environments, focusing on the interrelationship between water resource engineering and development.  BCE offers civil and environmental engineering, stream and wetland restoration, stormwater and infrastructure design, floodplain management (modeling, mapping and FEMA approvals) and construction coordination. In recognition of the importance of balancing stakeholder interests, budgets, and regulatory requirements, BCE offers full service consultation and engineering from project inception through implementation. In addition, BCE offers STEM focused leadership training to audiences ranging from emerging professionals to the corporate environment. 



SEPI Engineering and Construction is a full service civil engineering, surveying, planning, remediation, and construction management firm. IDIAS Contracting, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEPI Engineering & Construction, Inc. specializing in construction and construction services.



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Member News

SAME Savannah Post 2017 Engineering Week (E-Week) Technical Training Conference

February 22-23, 2017, Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd, Savannah, GA  31401

The SAME Savannah Post will host a networking ice breaker Tuesday evening, February 22, from  5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Marriott Riverfront. Technical Sessions will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd.  Registration opens at 7:30 am. 

In recognition of E-Week and its theme, Engineering Resilient Communities, the SAME Savannah Post, in conjunction with the local engineering and architectural community, will offer a one day workshop to provide technical insights that are valuable to all engineering/architectural disciplines. 

This workshop is about the many facets of Resiliency affecting our nation.  Our communities must prepare for a future with a wide spectrum of possible threats, weighing risks and probabilities to determine the best actions today that can minimize loss in a future event.  This year’s E-Week Technical Training Day will consider how the engineering community is taking a proactive, flexible approach to assessment, analysis, and adaptation, to prepare for potential disasters and minimize impacts to our communities. 

Please contact Hollie Dupes (, or Margaret Walton (, if you are interested in presenting.

There will be 6.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) available for registered attendees. 

Please see the Post web site at: for more information, speakers and registration.  Registration opens on November 14th. 

Rates:  $100 Government Rate, $125 Early Registration by February 4, $155 Late Registration, $25 Student Rate

The room rate at the Marriott Riverfront for the SAME room block is $115 per night.  Call 912-233-7722 for reservations.  Your company can sponsor the Ice Breaker or the professional event for $250 and up. Contact Sally Riker at For additional information, please contact Gwen Parker, or 912-704-3526.

STEM Engineering & Construction Camps

Attention: Rising 10th-12th grade high-school students interested in a STEM career.

Are you on an engineering track in high school? Do you want to work as part of a real engineering or construction project team this summer? These STEM camps will provide students an opportunity to broaden their engineering knowledge and apply problem solving techniques while competing among their teams. These world-class camps are all design to focus on hands-on activities, supervised and executed by engineers. SAME has been conducting these world-class camps for over 16 years and has an excellent record “building our nation’s future engineers."

Where and When: (check website for exact dates)
1. Air Force Academy, Colorado (Air Force Camp), 26 Jun to 2 Jul 2017
2. Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (Marine Corps Camp), 18-24 June 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi (Army Camp), 11-17 June 2017
4. Exploring Engineering Academy (Ga Tech/ATL, GA), 4-9 Jun 2017

Basic Application Criteria: At least 15 years of age, minimum 3.2 GPA, U.S. Citizen, on track to attend college for a STEM degree.

To apply: (Air Force, Marine Corps, Army): Go to read through the camp description and follow the application process. Find a sponsoring Post; download and complete your application package for a specific camp location; send e-copy of application and required forms to your sponsoring post POC. This is a competitive process, with campers recruited from the US and overseas.

Deadline for all applications: Due to HR Post April 1, 2017

Cost: SAME Hampton Roads Post provides scholarships for camp tuition and travel.

Finding a Post POC/ Additional info:

Thank You to our Members!

During our November monthly luncheon and meeting, we collected 24 lbs of food and $96 for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. We also had a successful toy drive donating numerous toys to Toys for Tots. Thank you for your support!

MSA Celebrates Employee Achievements

Edward “Dirk” Lynch, Environmental Scientist, recently obtained his Class 4 Drinking Water (“Waterworks”) License, which allows him to serve as operator for Class 4, 5, and 6 systems.  Systems classified by a lower number serve a greater number of individuals and/or provide more advanced forms of treatment.  This license complements his Class 4 Wastewater Operator license and allows Lynch to service entire water systems from the water source through consumer usage to wastewater treatment and finally disposal.  With a Bachelor of Science from the University of Mary Washington, Lynch has a background in environmental sciences with an emphasis in chemistry as related to groundwater and environmental health. 

Jesse T. Peebles,Environmental Technician, earned two certifications from the Virginia Water Control Board: Stormwater Management Inspector and Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector.  These certifications enable Peebles to assist our clients with the newest Virginia stormwater management and erosion control regulations.  A graduate of James Madison University, Peebles received a B.S in Integrated Science and Technology with concentrations in Environmental Science and Engineering and Manufacturing.

Nathan A. Lahy, LA, ASLA, was promoted to Director of Planning & Landscape Architecture.  A licensed Landscape Architect in Virginia and North Carolina, he has been with MSA for 5 years and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Sydney J. Plackett, Project Engineer, has passed the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam and is now a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia.  She became eligible to sit for the PE exam after receiving her 4 year Bachelor's Degree (Civil Engineering) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, obtaining Engineer-In-Training (EIT) status, and then gaining 4 additional years of on-the-job experience at MSA.  As a licensed Professional Engineer, Plackett is now able to prepare, sign, seal and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval.  This is certainly an impressive achievement that required much dedication and hard work, and we couldn't be more proud to have her on the MSA team!

MSA, P.C. is a certified Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Certified Veteran Enterprise (CVE) headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The firm provides environmental consulting, planning, surveying, civil and environmental engineering, and landscape architecture for public and private projects.  More information about MSA, P.C. can be found at

Lovell Joins Stanley Consultants as Senior Project Manager

Kevin Lovell has joined Stanley Consultants as a Senior Project Manager.   Assigned to the Federal and International Group, his focus is on project and program management for Department of Defense projects worldwide.  Stanley Consultants is a consulting engineering firm that provides program management, planning, engineering, environmental, and construction services worldwide.  Lovell is based in the firm’s Chicago office.

After a distinguished 21-year career, Lovell recently retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as the Chicago District Deputy Commander. He was second in command of the 200-person organization and oversaw an annual $150 million design and construction program.  Prior to that he was the first Engineering Analyst to serve in the Army’s Office of Business Transformation at the Pentagon and helped establish the Army’s Energy Initiative Office. 

The new position with Stanley Consultants fits Lovell like a glove.  “The company’s areas of focus – military, water/wastewater, energy – were my areas of focus at the USACE,” said Lovell.  “I was attracted by Stanley Consultants’ excellent reputation that spans across multiple USACE districts.  The company is large enough to punch above its weight class but small enough to be nimble and responsive to client needs.”

During his military career Lovell was awarded three Army Bronze Stars, and multiple Meritorious Service and Campaign Medals. This including a Bronze Star for leading the first engineering unit to deploy to central Asia after 9/11, which was the first Army construction unit to deploy equipment by air. 

He is active in the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), currently serving on the organization’s National Board of Direction and national committees. He remains active in the local SAME Chicago Post, and is active in the local International Facility Management Association (IFMA) post. Lovell is also a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI.)

Lovell is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University, and a master’s degree in management, with a project management concentration, from the University of Maryland University College.  He is a certified Project Management Professional.

Founded in 1913, Stanley Consultants is a global consulting engineering firm that provides program management, planning, engineering, environmental and construction services worldwide. Recognized for its commitment to client service and a passion to make a difference, Stanley Consultants brings global knowledge, experience and capabilities to serve clients in the energy, water, transportation and Federal markets.   Since 1913, Stanley Consultants has successfully completed more than 25,000 engagements in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and in 110 countries.  For more information on Stanley Consultants, please visit

Dewberry Announces the Promotion of Michael J. Walsh

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announces the promotion of Michael J. Walsh to executive vice president and national programs group leader in the firm's Fairfax, Virginia, office. In this new role, he will direct subject matter experts and production teams in serving local, state, and federal markets with disaster response, resilience solutions, and geospatial services.

In 2013, after 36 years of service, Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). He has extensive experience in every aspect of project and program management in water resources and more than ten years of executive experience in delivering solutions to flood risk management issues, responding to floods, and developing floodplain management results. Over his career he has delivered more than $15 billion in structural and non-structural programs to address water resources concerns from ecosystem restoration to comprehensive flood risk reduction systems for major U.S. cities.

From 2011 to 2013, Walsh coordinated USACE emergency response and Federal Emergency Management Agency support during Superstorm Sandy. He has been awarded two bronze stars for actions in support of the nation’s combat operations over the course of his military career.

Walsh earned his master’s degree in construction engineering from the University of Florida and his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is a member of the Army Engineer Association, Society of American Military Engineers, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and National Waterways Conference.

About Dewberry

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit

Wolner Joins Stanley Consultants as Client Service Manager

Lindy Wolner has joined Stanley Consultants as a Client Service Manager in the firm’s US Federal and International Programs Market. Stanley Consultants, a global consulting engineering firm, provides program management, planning, engineering, environmental, and construction services worldwide.

Based in Washington, D.C., Wolner will focus on business development through US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) programs worldwide. The position is a perfect fit. Wolner recently retired from a 30-year career with the USACE as a community planner. “I had a great career with the Corps,” said Wolner. “For three decades I received tremendous satisfaction from bringing solutions to tough challenges.    My new position with Stanley Consultants offers the same opportunity to make a positive difference.”

Wolner brings an in-depth knowledge of USACE programs, processes, initiatives, leadership, and staff worldwide. In 1984 he joined USACE Omaha District as a Landscape Architect and within 3 years transferred to Europe District in Germany which began over 15 years of broad international experience from overseas assignments. Holding headquarters USACE positions such as Senior Program Manager and Deputy Chief for Interagency and International Services; USACE Liaison to USAID; and Subject Matter Expert in Military Master Planning gave Wolner a combination of leadership experience, administrative, diplomatic and technical skills, strategic insight and operational perspective to make meaningful contributions to the Corps of Engineers global mission.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Lindy to Stanley Consultants,” said Michelle French, U.S. Federal and International Programs Business Development Manager. “Lindy’s knowledge and understanding of USACE project delivery and his extensive experience in military master planning will help us provide more complete solutions to our Federal clients. He has such a wide range of experience and a passion to solve complex issues – he is going to be a great asset to meeting our clients’ mission objectives.”

Wolner is the recipient of multiple awards including a Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Award in 2014; a Secretary of Defense Medal for Global War on Terrorism in 2010; a Superior Civilian Service Award for exceptional performance and exemplary leadership to the USACE and US Government liaison to the 5th World Water Forum in 2009; and a Superior Civilian Service Award for Support to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005.

“While at the USACE I knew firsthand of Stanley Consultants’ reputation as a steady, reliable firm that was always ready to take on the big challenges,” said Wolner. “There are still many great needs out there. I’m excited about helping the USACE and other agencies continue to accomplish their missions through Stanley Consultants.”

Wolner is a graduate of the National Defense University, School for National Security Executive Education, and a member of several posts of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Stanley Consultants’ history of service to the U.S. federal government dates back to the ‘30s when the firm played a major role bringing electricity to rural America through the REA program. The firm’s support to the Department of Defense started in 1942 and continues today with over 35 active contracts to support the USACE, Air Force, and Navy.

Thank You, SAME!

Hi Christine (SAME),

Thanks for taking the time to check in on me. A lot has happened in my life since finishing up school at Virginia Tech. I worked with GE Power for five years, starting out on an operations management leadership program. I worked in various project leader roles in union shops and service centers throughout the Southeast US, getting my greenbelt certification along the way. After working at a GE corporate headquarters on inventory optimization projects I spent time to complete my masters in supply chain management from Penn State. I then took a job managing a business and IT team with Home Depot leading an Agile application project for about a year. For the past few months I have started my work as a project leader for data analytics projects with Chick-fil-A. I am Scrum Master certified now as well. I'm still working towards my PMP. I appreciate SAME-Hampton Roads' support of my education- it's been an amazing journey and I still have a lot to learn and innovate in managing my projects.

Best, Matt Cavano


Dear Hampton Roads SAME Post,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for choosing me as one of the campers to send to the SAME Engineering Camp at the Air Force Academy in Colorado this past July. I am a changed person due to this amazing experience!The second I got off the bus at camp they had us in hard hats and put us to work. I was in the Hotel flight and  we were a very hard working, tight knit group of friends. In fact, we all still keep in touch today!  It felt great to be with other teenagers from around the nation that shared the same interests as me.  Throughout the week, I gained so much knowledge in the engineering field from this camp. This camp sparked a deeper interest into an engineer career and enlightened me in the never ending need for engineers. I loved my time spent at the Air Force Academy, Colorado, and the SAME Camp.  I really wish I could be present to express my gratitude towards you all for giving me this opportunity. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget!

Donovan Twyne





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Member Benefits

Employment Opportunities

As a service to our members, the Hampton Roads SAME Post website includes job positions or internships available at local firms and also allow for students or individual members who are looking for employment to list qualifications potential employers can view. Anyone wishing to place job positions should contact Beverly Noffsinger.

Sustaining Member News

The Hampton Roads SAME Post has been willing to publish articles submitted by Sustaining Member Firms and Individual Members that are deemed to be in the interest of SAME and the Hampton Roads Post.  Typical Articles may include contract awards from our member agencies (i.e. USCG, LANTDIV and Army Corps of Engineers) and key company hires or employee moves. Please send your good news to Beverly Noffsinger by the first Wednesday of each month.

Sustaining Member of the Month

One of our Sustaining Member firms is spotlighted each month, given the opportunity to set up a tabletop booth at the monthly meeting, and be recognized by the President at the start of each meeting. A representative of the firm is also invited to give a short overview of the firm at the luncheon.

The designated Sustaining Member of the Month also provides a summary of their firm’s expertise and services for the military engineering community to be printed in the newsletter. We ask that the Sustaining Member of the Month bring a raffle prize valued at approximately $50 to the luncheon for our Education and Mentoring raffle drawing. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cindy Nash.

Please note that with your firm’s Sustaining Membership, SIX (6) of your employees can be designated as sustaining members (includes two Young Members).

Please go to the National SAME web site and review your companystatusunder Membership.

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Career Announcements

Hourigan Construction is hiring!  We currently have an opening in our Virginia Beach office for a Project Administrator and in our Richmond office for a Superintendent-Special Projects Group. For additional information on any of these openings, please visit the Career section of our website at:

Gannett Fleming has an entry-level career opening for a civil (water/wastewater) engineer in our Virginia Beach office. Please visit our website for further information:

Opportunity awaits at RS&H! We are an employee-owned engineering, architecture and consulting firm offering advancement and professional growth. A career at RS&H is a license to let your creativity soar while working on projects that are improving the world around us. If you thrive on working with a team to solve facilities and infrastructure challenges, then explore all of our career opportunities on our website, and learn how to join the RS&H team.

Please visit our Careers Center Page for opportunities located in our Norfolk, Virginia office, as well as other locations:

Immediate opportunities in the RS&H Norfolk, Virginia office include:
·  Mechanical Engineer
·  Electrical Engineer
·  Entry Level Electrical Design Engineer
·  Junior Level Energy Engineer (Mechanical or Electrical Engineer)

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SAME Hampton Roads Post Sustaining Member Firms

Advanced Drainage Systems Advanced Engineering Consultants AECOM

Aerostar SES LLC Alpha Corporation Amec Foster Wheeler Ameresco

Apogee Consulting Group, P.A.

Applied Sciences & Information


Ecology & Environment Inc. ECS

EEE Consulting, Inc. Engineering & Environment Inc. EnSafe Inc.

Froehling & Robertson

Gannett Fleming Inc. GET Solutions, Inc.

Parsons Brinckerhoff Pennoni Assoc. Inc. Pepco Energy Services

Perini Management Services, Inc. Pond & Company


RRMM Architects, P.C. RS&H, Inc.

Sauer Inc. d/b/a Sauer Southeast

Systems, Inc.

Gilbane Federal

SchenkelShultz Architecture


H&A | Hankins & Anderson

Schnabel Engineering LLC

Balfour Beatty Construction

HBA Architecture & Interior Design

SCS Engineers



SEPI Engineering & Construction, Inc.

Beardsley Design Assoc. Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture,

Heritage Environmental Services, LLC HNTB

Stanley Consultants Inc. Stantec, Inc.


Homeland Contracting Corp.

Stroud, Pence & Associates, Ltd.

Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp.

Hourigan Construction

STV Inc.

Bristol Industries

Hurt & Proffitt, Inc.

Summer Consultants, Inc.

Brown and Caldwell

Involve, LLC

Sundt Construction Inc.

C. Allan Bamforth, Jr., Engineer-


Symmes Maini & McKee Associates,


Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson


Cardno, Inc.

KBE Building Corporation

Syncon LLC

CB&I Federal Services, LLC

KBR North American Government &


CDM Smith


The Walsh Group

CEMS Engineering Inc.

Kerr Environmental Services Corp.

Timmons Group



Turner Strategic Technologies, LLC

Clark Nexsen


URS Corporation

Collins Engineers Inc.

MacDonald-Bedford, LLC

Vansant & Gusler Inc.

CommScope (Government Solutions)

Mahorsky Group Inc


Crowder Construction Company

McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc.

VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

dck worldwide

Michael Baker International, LLC

Waller,Todd& Sadler Architects, Inc.

Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.

Moffatt & Nichol

WDI Architecture, Inc.




DJG Inc.


WestonSolutions, Inc.

Draper Aden Associates

Newport News Nuclear

Wight & Company

EA Engineering, Science, and

Noah Enterprises, Inc.

Wiley | Wilson

Technology,Inc., PBC

O’Brien & Gere


Eaton Corporation



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