Rain Garden Project
July 5, 2017Great piece on the Rain Garden project taking place at our Benton Harbor location.
Two Survey Professionals Added to the Team
May 25, 2017As construction moves forward on the new, expanded Wightman & Associates, Inc. location in Allegan, the company is also expanding its team of survey professionals based at that location.
Gregory Vaughn brings 30 years of surveying experience to his role as senior surveyor based in the WAI Allegan office. A licensed surveyor in Michigan and Texas, Vaughn began his career as a field artillery surveyor in the United States Army and has survey experience in 7 states and 2 countries. After leaving the Army in 1988, Vaughn went on to earn degrees from Michigan Technological University in Civil Engineering Technology and Land Surveying. Vaughn has managed the surveying operations for one of the oldest surveying companies in Michigan as well as one of the largest privately owned surveying operations in the United States while working in Texas.
Vaughn has extensive knowledge and experience in survey project management and staff oversight, review of topographic design surveys, proprietor and court-ordered amended plats, condominium subdivision plans, land divisions, easement documents, legal descriptions, and A.L.T.A. surveys. He has served as a remonumentation representative for Ottawa County in that county’s effort to reestablish section corner monuments set in the 1800s by federal land surveyors, and has provided expert witness testimony in a riparian boundary dispute.
At WAI, Vaughn will help lead efforts to continue the successful growth of the company. The challenge of leading the business expansion efforts is met with excitement as he returns home to West Michigan, the area where he raised his family and spent most of his career. Greg believes the success of Wightman & Associates lies in its team members who fully embrace the idea that people flourish when they partner with a dynamic team of problem solvers.
Long-time local surveying professional, Kirk Van Order, joins the team in the WAI Allegan office. For 35 years, he has owned and operated Kirk L. Van Order, P.C., a survey company based in Hamilton. He began his career in 1971 after earning an Associates in Applied Science degree in Land Surveying and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Science Education, both from Ferris State College, now known as Ferris State University. He opened his business in 1981 after working for three previous West Michigan survey and engineering firms during the 1970s and early 1980s. To ease into retirement, Van Order is in the process of closing his business and has joined WAI on a part-time basis to work in the field.
Van Order served as Allegan County Surveyor for 32 years. He was first elected to that position in 1984. During his tenure, one of his duties was to administer and oversee the county’s remonumentation effort, as part of a larger statewide effort to locate and remark survey corners throughout Michigan. Van Order chose not to seek re-election in 2016. Another member of the WAI survey team, Kevin Miedema, ran for and was chosen by voters in the November general election to succeed Van Order. Miedema is a 14-year WAI employee.
WAI Survey Team plays key role in Remon efforts
May 2, 2017Check out this article that highlights the efforts of the WAI survey team in the remon efforts.
Dowagiac wins first ever Better Streets Better Michigan Award
March 31, 2017Wightman is proud to be a partner with the City of Dowagiac that was awarded the first ever Better Streets Better Michigan Award for the Commercial and Division Street project.
Wightman & Associates welcomes new Director of Architecture
March 31, 2017Wightman & Associates has announced the addition of a new leadership team member. Gregory Monberg joins WAI as director of the company’s Architecture Studio. In this role, he will develop and manage the strategic direction of the company’s design and planning operations, oversee daily operations of the department, extend architectural services to WAI’s existing client base, and develop new client relationships.
“Wightman & Associates is known throughout the region as an excellent provider of engineering and surveying services. But there is also a fantastic team of innovative, collaborative professionals doing other work throughout the organization, including in the areas of architecture, planning, interiors and landscape design,” Monberg stated. “I am looking forward to growing these services with existing and new clients.”
Monberg comes to WAI from the Oakbrook, Illinois-based office of Fanning Howey where he built a 22-year architecture, planning, and design career. Since 2009, he served as director of design research, overseeing design, master planning, scope, scheduling, and budget management. He is a recognized thought leader in K-12 school planning and design. His ideas and designs have been featured in national publications such as School Planning & Management, as well as at multiple conferences hosted by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).
As a member of the Association for Learning Environments, Monberg is the Area 3 Governor for the Midwest Great Lakes Region where he received the outstanding service award in 2014. He also serves on the Accredited Learning Environment Planner Commission responsible for governing A4LE’s ALEP credential, the most comprehensive professional program in the educational facility planning industry.
Monberg holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics, Indiana University South Bend, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Indiana University South Bend. He is a licensed architect in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, an Accredited Learning Environment Planner, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
In addition to his extensive background in K-12 facility design and planning, Monberg has led projects in the higher education market and with municipalities, including Gainey Hall at Spring Arbor University, the town hall for Long Beach, Indiana, and the Michigan City municipal airport terminal building.
“Wightman & Associates has a strong culture of caring about the success of its clients and employees. I’m glad to be working side by side with a dynamic team of problem solvers who come together in the spirit of collaboration to meet and exceed the expectation of clients,” stated Monberg.
The 14 members of the Architecture Studio are based in the WAI Benton Harbor and Portage offices. The company plans to add design staff to its Allegan location after it relocates from its current office to its new facility under construction, also based in Allegan. The Studio provides a full range of architecture, planning, interior and landscape design services to municipalities, businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations.