Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce
This Week Feature
2013 Annual Report
MILLER & ASSOCIATES ASSISTING COMMUNITIES WITH GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
by Jean Issler
Even if you have never hired Miller & Associates (M&A), you probably have been affected by the services they do. Miller & Associates is the surveyor for Phelps County and Village Engineer for Bertrand and Loomis.
Miller & Associates assisted with construction of this new section of West Avenue on the north side of Holdrege.
The company's full moniker is Miller & Associates, Consulting Engineers, P.C. It started out doing civil engineering but has grown into a full-service consulting firm for communities in Nebraska and Kansas. Reed Miller, P.E. of Kearney, a Civil Engineer, started the company in 1976. He is still the president and chief executive officer.
Brenda Jensen has been a community planner with M&A for three years. She is enthusiastic about the impact the company has on the 120 or so communities it works in. "We're always out there fighting for them," she said, referring to the many services that they provide to communities.
Miller has offices in five cities. The headquarters is in Kearney. Branch offices are in Holdrege, Grand Island, McCook, and Colby, KS. The company came to Holdrege in 2009 when it bought Tagge Engineering from the retiring Darold Tagge. M&A has actually been doing business in Phelps County since 1995.
The company currently employs over 70 people in the five different locations, with four employees working in the Holdrege office. Brian Langenberg is a long-term employee. He transitioned from Tagge to M&A and is the Phelps County Surveyor, a post he has held since 2002.
M&A employees do a lot of work that is often unseen by the public. When a project needs to be completed, a lot happens before the concrete can be placed. The project has to fit the plan for the area, be designed to be functional and attractive, and fit into the environment. Also most public improvement projects require approval from regulatory agencies which is also something that M&A employees will assist their clients with.
M&A does all of this and more. Often public projects are funded by State and/or Federal grants and M&A has three full-time Certified Grant Administrators on staff to assists clients with grant writing and grant administration. They also help communities with Tax Increment Financing (TIF), LB840, Leadership Community applications, and other economic development activities.
Another important phase of the project is construction observation. While a project is being built, someone is on-hand to inspect and perform testing of the work being completed. For example, a construction observer would be on site daily or as often as needed for project completion to watch that concrete is being mixed and placed properly, that the water main is being installed correctly, and that the wastewater treatment facility is being constructed as it was designed. The engineer and construction observer is making sure that the specifications in the design are being met so the end result is of good quality and safe for the public.
M&A has worked on a great number of projects in central, western, and southern Nebraska, and into Kansas. It takes a team of engineers, architects, surveyors, geologists, GIS/CAD specialists, planners, grant-writing specialists, project management staff, and administrative personnel to help communities with all the steps involved in building infrastructure and assisting communities with growth and development.
Jensen said it also takes a lot of relationship building with customers, but that is a strength for M&A. "Our first customer back in 1976 was the City of Amherst and we are still working with them today," she said. The company wants customers to feel comfortable in calling them for whatever they need.
Some of Miller & Associate's recent projects in Holdrege include: two new subdivision designs, civil site and infrastructure design for Sunrise View (duplexes); this summer's paving project on
18th Avenue from Burlington to West Avenue (construction begins June 1); and West Avenue (paving and storm sewer for the residential development). M&A has completed multiple asphalt overlay, bridge replacement, and culvert and box culvert projects in Phelps County since 1995. In Bertrand, M&A completed the new water tower project which also included water main design and construction. Most importantly, M&A is there to help the client whether it is a City, Village, County, or private developer.
To learn more about Miller & Associates, contact them by stopping in at 515 West Avenue, by phone 308-995-6677, or visit their website at www.miller-engineers.com.