Manhard Consulting, a civil engineering and surveying firm continues expansion of its government services division with the addition of three industry veteran engineers. William Blecke, PE, CFM; Edward McCall, PE; and Christopher Palmer, PE who have a combined seven-plus decades of experience in public works, have joined the company to support and grow Manhard’s public sector client base and service offerings.
Previously serving as a deputy engineering director for a local suburban town, Blecke’s municipal leadership experience includes an emphasis on drainage, floodplains and floodways, wetland and water quality best management practices. He will be tasked with providing expertise in municipal consulting for Manhard clients, with a focus on storm water management and development plan reviews.
McCall brings decades of experience in the public water and wastewater industry. By developing relationships and creating funding opportunities, McCall will assist communities struggling with tight budgets address their growing infrastructure needs, while expanding Manhard’s government portfolio.
Palmer, who excels at roadway and drainage design, previously served as a senior project manager and managed more than 100 public and private infrastructure projects in Illinois and Wisconsin. For Manhard, he will manage public sector projects with his extensive knowledge of civil design and construction management.
“With the addition of these outstanding professionals, Manhard can help communities manage the lifecycle of their assets,” Don Manhard, Jr., president and CEO of Manhard Consulting. “Their combined experience and perspective disciplines will allow us to provide our clients with a well-rounded team led by talented project managers.”
All three public sector engineers have received bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and are licensed Professional Engineers in Illinois.