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At Davel Engineering & Environmental Inc., it's not just the range of services we provide, but the philosophy we bring to what we do. To us, each project is unique and we work hard to provide excellence at a reasonable cost.

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Our first job at Davel Engineering & Environmental Inc. is to listen. We know that missing important information about the scope or nature of your project can cost you time and money. That's why we listen up front to develop a thorough understanding of your project goals and objectives. Our aim is to get it right the first time, protecting you from project delays and unexpected costs whenever possible.



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Jan 28 - 11:30 pm
Scott Andersen joined our team in 2015 as a land surveyor. He does a great job and we are glad to have him on board. If you want to find out more about our team, visit http://www.davelengineering.com/about-us/our-team/



Jan 7 - 7:11 pm
Check out our new Davel Engineering & Environmental Inc website we just launched! http://www.davelengineering.com



Jan 6 - 3:41 pm
Stay tuned - something new is coming today from Davel Engineering & Environmental Inc.
Dec 24, 2015 - 5:50 pm
It's finished just in time! Staff gift (among others) for our reception area. Merry Christmas to all!



Dec 19, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Last night we celebrated our annual Christmas party. Some celebrated more than others. Mostly the ladies! Mojitos restaurant hosted our party. We enjoyed great authentic food and fantastic service. Thank you Luis and Shirley. Franky G provided the entertainment and a good time was had by all.



Nov 20, 2015 - 9:31 pm
An interesting article in today Wall Street Journal about land use regulations. http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/11/20/why-white-house-economists-worry-about-land-use-regulations/?mod=blogmod



Oct 15, 2015 - 9:59 pm
Representative Jim Steineke organized a listening session with DNR Secretary Stepp in response to local developers who were struggling with wetland permitting issues. The session was hosted by Valley Home Builders Association on October 6th. . I was asked to present proposed changes to the wetland permitting process that would address the developer’s issues. Several land developers and other engineers who supported the changes were in attendance. After the presentation, a round table discussion was held. My presentation made three basic points: 1) When it comes to permitting, the department should not treat all wetlands the same, 2) The DNR/ACOE mantra of “Avoid and Minimize” poses particular problems for land developers, and 3) The department should use science and engineering to work with developers who are eager to create compensatory wetlands onsite for the greater environmental benefit. The most frustrating type of wetland issue is the small or isolated wetlands that appear in the middle of a farm field. These small wetlands can be very disruptive to a design and very difficult to deal with using the current permits and process. A small ditch or dead furrow that the farmer created to drain his field no longer has a purpose once the land is developed. Frequently, my clients are willing to offer onsite mitigation for these small wetlands. However, the DNR staff's hands are tied by the current regulations. Mitigation cannot be considered until the applicant has demonstrated that he has first attempted to avoid and then minimized impacts to wetlands. When the designer has a piece of vacant land as the starting point, it can be near impossible to explain why the subdivision cannot be designed around the wetland. And if designed around, the small wetlands are difficult to preserve. The current general permit cannot be used for building sites. In addition, many of the wetlands we have to consider are farmed wetlands; where the depression is created by plowing or created to help drain the field, other manmade depressions or from construction disturbance. The current regulations require that all wetlands be treated the same regardless of size, functional value, quality, or origin. Therefore, my proposal was simple; for subdivisions I proposed that the isolated wetlands, artificial wetlands, etc. be treated differently than the natural wetlands and wetlands of higher quality and functional values. The DNR should allow for an easier route for the developer to gain permits to fill or disturb these wetlands. First, the new permit must somehow allow the developer to avoid the requirement to show avoidance, so we can jump to proposing mitigation! Then the permit or process would have to allow the developer to work with DNR Water Management Specialist (WMS) to permit the creation of a new wetland onsite. Currently there is a shortage of wetland mitigation bank credits and the DNR/ACOE prefer the wetland mitigation occur within the same watershed. And of course, they both would have the goal for no net loss of wetland. I think this is an opportunity to show them a way to achieve all those objectives. DNR staff also seems to believe it is very difficult to create new wetlands. My experience is that many times we create these wetlands by accident! We have also had success on projects creating high quality wetlands, so I know firsthand it is possible. Since the meeting, the feedback from DNR has been positive. Secretary Stepp liked the ideas presented and spent the drive time back to Madison on the phone with her staff. I have been asked to participate in the process with DNR staff and the legislators to see these idea implements.



Jul 31, 2015 - 4:16 pm
Congratulations to Tyler Thiry on obtaining his Professional Land Surveyor license from the State of Wisconsin. Tyler is a key member of our staff and is well deserving of this license.



Jan 19, 2015 - 9:05 pm
The first phase of White Hawk Meadows North in the Town of Grand Chute opens today. Congratulations to Rubble Development. The process of building a subdivision is a marathon, not a sprint, and ever one is unique. Like a marathon, its the journey that is the reward (at least for me - the developer would have another view!) and when you are done there is a great sense of accomplishment, no matter how you finish. Each project has its own hurdles to overcome and this one had its fair share! As usual, it all came together in the end.



Dec 28, 2014 - 10:24 am
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