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DBF Amongst Top-Ranked Engineering/Architecture Firms
Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), has held its position for more than eight consecutive years within the top 300 architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms in the country as ranked by Building Design+Construction magazine. Positioned at #33, DBF was the only Eastern Shore-based firm to be on the magazine’s list of U.S. Engineering/Architecture (E/A) companies, as noted in their July 2016 “Giants 300 Report”. Additionally, the firm ranked #15 nationally on the magazine’s list of Multifamily Sector Engineering Firms.

The magazine annually ranks the largest commercial AEC firms in the nation based on reported revenue data which includes building information modeling (BIM) revenue, building-type revenue, green building work, and other criteria. Building sectors recognized in the nationally distributed publication include commercial office, multi-family residential, retail, hotels, transit, recreation/sports, healthcare, education, and government structures.

Founded in 1983, DBF has been providing professional architectural, engineering, and surveying services for over thirty years to clients located both on and off of the Eastern Shore. A few of the more recent projects which contributed to the firm’s ranking in the “Giants 300 Report” include the new Rehoboth City Hall and Parking Department buildings, a wide range of projects for Delaware Health and Social Services, site engineering for the Mariner and Beacon Middle School expansions in Delaware’s Cape Henlopen school district, residential subdivision planning and engineering at Governors in Lewes, and the Betze Library at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown.

“As revenues continue to uptick for the building industry, gradual as they may be in some areas of the country, we are pleased to find ourselves again on the Giants 300 list,” stated DBF principal Michael R. Wigley, AIA. “It’s undoubtedly a team effort, and none of it happens without the trust and support given to us by the clients we serve.”

DBF is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and in Milford, Delaware. For additional information, and to view Building Design+Construction magazine’s full “Giants 300 Report” online, please visit www.dbfinc.com.
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2016-08-12
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Evans Awarded DBF 2016 Scholarship

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), is pleased to announce that Megan E. Evans of Hebron, Maryland, has been selected as this year’s recipient of their $1,000 college scholarship.

A graduate of Mardela High School, Evans is the daughter of Greg and Elise Evans. She has been accepted into Salisbury University’s Dual Degree Engineering Transfer Program - also known as the “3+2 Program”. Through this program, Evans will earn both a physics degree and an engineering degree by completing her first three years at Salisbury University. Following the fulfillment of their requirements, she will then transfer to the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park to complete the last two years of her education by concentrating on Civil and Environmental Engineering.

DBF’s scholarship, awarded annually since 2002, was established to financially assist individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career in engineering, architecture, and/or planning. Applicants are required to commit to attend an accredited college or university with an architecture or engineering (civil, environmental, structural, coastal, or traffic) degree program. Additionally, the applicant must be a graduating senior who resides within Wicomico County. Evan’s application was selected by a committee of DBF principals who based their decision upon the applicant’s academic record, SAT scores, community service history, and established future goals.

“At Davis, Bowen & Friedel, we take pride in how our profession improves communities and shapes the world we all live in, ” stated DBF Associate Josh Taylor, P.E. “Based on what we know about Megan’s scholastics and integrity, we believe she has the potential to help build a better future for all of us.”

While attaining a weighted overall GPA of 4.52, Evans’s academic achievements have also included membership in Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society, serving as the Student Government Association Executive Board President and as student advocate to the Wicomico Board of Education, and receipt of the athletic award Minds in Motion, a Presidential Education Award, and the Lamp of Knowledge Educational Award. Outside of school, Evans held employment as a lifeguard and food service worker all while all while volunteering with the Chesapeake Housing Mission, the Trinity Appalachian Service Program, and HALO’s Community Center, as well as serving as a mentor, performing with a worship band, and providing childcare services.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped me throughout high school and set me on the path I am on now,” Evans shared following the acceptance of her award. “I want to thank DBF for this incredible scholarship; it means so much to me that a firm such as yours believes in my future in engineering.“

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and in Milford, Delaware. Additional information can be found online at www.dbfinc.com.
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Andrews, Miller & Associates, A Division of Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. recently completed the Beach Nourishment Project at the Willoughby Spit Vicinity. The project is located in the City of Norfolk, Virginia and consists of approximately 7 miles of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline extending from the tip of Willoughby Spit near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel to the Federal navigation project at the Little Creek Inlet. The project consisted of the preparation of construction documents, including coordination of all available data in the immediate vicinity; evaluation of the existing storm drain ocean outfall pipes that may affect the proposed beach template; coordination of city related activities and property access points for construction equipment and working areas; evaluation of typical beach nourishment construction techniques to determine final anticipated sand settlement; preparation of cumulative fill volume estimates along the entire beach nourishment area; and review the technical specifications as prepared by the Corps staff.

Take a look at this YouTube video to learn more about this project!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta2gJDQwhGk
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Ridgely Appointed to Delaware’s State Board of Architects

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), is pleased to announce that their associate, Daniel S. Ridgely, AIA, was recently appointed by Governor Jack Markell to the Delaware State Board of Architects (DSBA). Ridgely’s three-year term officially began with his appointment on May 13, 2016.

“DBF is proud to have Dan represent the profession of architecture with his appointment to the DSBA,” shared DBF principal Michael Wheedleton.

As a member of the DSBA, Ridgely will serve with eight others - four registered architects and four members of the general public - to help ensure that the Board’s objectives are met. The nine DSBA members will meet monthly to execute the primary task of protecting the residents of Delaware from unsafe business practices within the professional architecture field. Additionally, they will serve to maintain professional competency standards, ensure that rules and regulations are followed, arbitrate when formal complaints have been filed, issue disciplinary rulings when necessary, verify continuing education compliance, and hear appeals within the State of Delaware.

“Through this appointment, I hope to contribute to and uphold the integrity of the professional practice of architecture in the State of Delaware,” said Ridgely. “I am greatly honored to be appointed by Governor Markell to the Delaware State Board of Architects.”

To learn more about the State Board of Architects, visit http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/architects/index.shtml

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Milford, Delaware, and Salisbury and Easton, Maryland. Additional information can be found online at www.dbfinc.com.
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Metzner Appointed to State Board of Landscape Architecture

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), is pleased to announce that Tim Metzner, RLA and an Associate of the firm, has been recently appointed to the Delaware State Board of Landscape Architecture (DSBLA). 

“Tim Metzner personifies the firm’s philosophy of Improving Our  Communities, and this appointment has afforded him an opportunity to extend that philosophy,” shared DBF principal Michael Wigley. “By contributing his personal time and extensive experience to the State of Delaware, Tim will continue to have a positive effect on the public good.”

Metzner, a registered landscape architect (RLA) who’s licensed in Delaware and Maryland, learned of a vacancy on the Board and chose to apply for the seat. As a member of the DSBLA, he will serve with four other members - two registered landscape architects and two members of the general public - to ensure that the Board’s objectives are met. 

The DSBLA members will meet quarterly, at a minimum, to execute their primary objective of protecting the residents of Delaware from unsafe business practices within the professional landscape architecture field. Additionally, they will monitor for other unsafe RLA practices, develop professional competency standards, ensure that rules and regulations are followed, assist in making formal decisions when complaints have been filed and, when necessary, enforce disciplinary actions, approve applications for licensure, verify continuing education compliance, and hear appeals within the State of Delaware.

“Landscape architects design a wide variety of projects that help define and improve the communities around us,” explained Metzner. “We balance the design between architects and engineers, bridging both aspects while analyzing, planning and managing to nurture the built and natural environments. I am honored by this appointment and look forward to upholding the objectives of the DSBLA.”

Metzner’s three-year term began in September when he was officially appointed to the position by Governor Jack Markell, and his term will expire in September of 2018.

To learn more about the Delaware State Board of Landscape Architecture, visit http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/landscape/index.shtml

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and in Milford, Delaware. Additional information can be found online at www.dbfinc.com.
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DBF Staffers Continue Global Efforts
Josh Taylor, P.E. and Jay Bilbrough of Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) joined Team Guatemala: Hope Rising once again for the humanitarian aid group’s annual January mission trip to Guatemala. The team’s primary purpose is to organize annual, and often semi-annual, short-term mission trips to Hope of Life, an established Christian mission that has provided aid for more than twenty-five years to one of the most impoverished regions in Guatemala. 
Team Guatemala’s principle service project this year involved traveling to Llano Verde, a town approximately seventy miles northeast of Guatemala City, where they focused on much-needed renovations at the senior center - Oasis de Eden. Working alongside twenty-seven other Team members, Taylor and Bilbrough successfully converted three of the center’s rooms into two nurses’ stations and a critical care room.

During their eight-day mission, Bilbrough and Taylor also assisted the team in a wide range of other tasks which included:
Laying stone pavers, as well as transporting and mixing concrete, for the main road which passes through the village of Llano Verde.
Transporting several thousand concrete blocks up a mountainside
to a construction site for a building that will eventually house the families of those seeking treatment at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Distributing nearly 300 bags of food and nutrients, along with more than several hundred pairs of shoes, to the hamlet of El Jurgallon.
Distributing shoes to the elderly residents of Oasis de Eden.
Sponsoring and participating in the multiple rescues of malnourished
children who had been neglected by their families or caregivers.
Providing food for a village located next to  a landfill.
Creating a fun, colorful mural on the Village of Hope’s block wall.

“The staff at Hope of Life believes in and lives by the motto ‘When one life is changed, a world is changed,’” stated Bilbrough. “To witness that kind of positive change to someone’s world firsthand was truly a gift, and, in that experience, my world was ultimately changed, too.”

As with their past missions to Guatemala, the DBF family has supported the efforts of Taylor and Bilbrough by participating in fundraisers, contributing  funds and material goods, and offering prayers.

To learn more about Hope of Life, please visit www.hopeoflifeintl.org, or if you are interested in assisting Team Guatemala with their goals, you may visit them at www.facebook.com/teamguat.

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and in Milford, Delaware. Additional information can be found online at www.dbfinc.com.
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2016-03-28
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Davis, Bowen & Friedel Welcomes McLaughlin

Ashton McLaughlin, P.E., recently joined Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc.
(DBF) in their Milford, Delaware, office. A University of Delaware
graduate with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering, she brings more than eight years as a project engineer to the firm and is experienced with the various aspects of project management which include, but are not limited to, drafting and the development and modification of designs, plans, and specifications.

Prior to joining DBF, McLaughlin provided seven years of service as a
project engineer for the Delaware Department of Transportation
(DelDOT). During her time with DelDOT, she was responsible for the
review of design work prepared by outside consultants, planning and
conducting research during the conceptual phase of project
development, planning and coordinating design projects with the
appropriate departments, and developing cost estimates for project
time and materials.

“Since arriving at Davis Bowen & Friedel, Ashton has used her extensive design and public works knowledge in completing several State of Delaware on-call projects while also seamlessly integrating with the Milford Civil team,” shared DBF principal Ring Lardner, P.E.

As a member of the DBF team, McLaughlin will continue to provide civil engineering services for a variety of projects on the Eastern Shore. She has already contributed to projects which include the design and construction of a vehicle storage building for the Dover Air Force Base’s Fire Department, design and roadway improvements
for a commercial venture in Camden, a parking lot rehabilitation for the Delaware State Police, and facility upgrades and re-design services for Delaware Health and Social Services.

During her free time, McLaughlin loves spending time with her dogs, Leonidas and Arnold, and her cat, Indy. She also enjoys camping, photography, music festivals and concerts, travelling, reading, and working on her home.

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Milford, Delaware, and Salisbury and Easton, Maryland. Additional information can be found online at
www.dbfinc.com.
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Davis, Bowen & Friedel Reveals Design for New Salisbury Office
Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) has recently revealed design plans for the firm’s future Salisbury office space to be located on East Main Street in a newly designed office complex called River Park Center. 
In an effort to more adequately address current and future space needs, DBF developed a design which will convert a former supermarket into two separate spaces - DBF will occupy the 12,670 square feet on the east side of the building. Additions and renovations to the space are expected to take several months.

The planning process for the new River Park Center actually began a couple of years ago and included an early meeting with then City Council president, Jake Day, and Director of Planning and Zoning, Jack Lenox. It was agreed that, even though welcomed development attention was being sought at the City’s urban core, the Main Street corridor linking downtown to the park was equally critical in Salisbury’s redevelopment. The building, underutilized as it was at the time, was identified as a key piece of the urban planning puzzle for Main Street, and DBF set about the task of looking into its revitalization potential. 

As the new office location is situated directly across from the City Park, DBF designed a conservatory-style facade and new landscaping which includes plans for submerged gravel wetlands to meet today’s stormwater management regulations and to beautify the present parking lot. In addition to architectural services, the firm is also providing structural and civil engineering services for the project. New roofing and energy code upgrades, along with complete overhauls of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems are required. In addition, the existing parking lot will be completely demolished and replaced; including as part of the work new landscaping and stormwater management systems. New windows and skylights will also be incorporated as enhancements. 

“We have been looking for ways to provide a work environment for our team that is fresh, new and inspiring,” stated DBF principal Michael Wigley, AIA. “An office conducive to a more collaborative approach to design and engineering became appealing, and the idea of being on one floor at a wonderful location on the park seemed like a perfect opportunity to test these ideals. We hope that the final building and site, once completed, will be reflective of the work quality associated with our firm and one the City can take pride in as well.” 

On March 3, DBF’s team assembled at the East Main location to formally announce their move and to share plan details with members of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and local and state civic leaders, as well as representatives from developer Silicato Development, SVN|Miller Commercial Real Estate, and the construction team at Gillis Gilkerson.

“We are all really looking forward to this move as we grow as a firm but also for what it means for the City of Salisbury. It’s exciting to bring new life to a vacant building while strengthening and connecting the community,”  shared computer graphics specialist Kevin McCoy of DBF, Inc.

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and Milford, Delaware. Additional information can be found online at www.dbfinc.com.
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DBF Employees Continue to Deliver Holiday Cheer
For a fourth consecutive year, the employees of Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), provided an unforgettable holiday for two special residents of Somerset County, Maryland. 

With the assistance of the Somerset County Commission on Aging (SCCA), representatives from DBF were provided with information on two residents who were in need of holiday cheer. Lists were supplied by SCCA for each recipient to ensure they received needed items, and the donated goods from DBF employees were then wrapped and readied for delivery. Among the many packages were clothing, blankets, toiletries, shoes, puzzles, and more. DBF staff also gifted the ladies with homemade baked goods and dry goods for their pantries. 

On December 17, DBF’s Sue Marine and Charissa Thomas met with SCCA representative Kirk Sterling to hand-deliver the gifts to Ms. Alice, 67, and Ms. Margaret, 97. Both ladies were greatly moved and surprised by the arrival of so many packages. “I was amazed - I loved it,” Sterling stated. “You could tell that there was a lot of passion behind the giving. The ladies and their families were so appreciative. I felt privileged to be invited to join in the project.”

“Knowing we have brought smiles and happiness to two total strangers gives us so much joy,” shared Thomas, DBF’s Marketing Director. “This experience always reminds us that to give is better than to receive. Each year it just continues to get better and better.” 

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and in Milford, Delaware. Additional information can be found at www.dbfinc.com.
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Davis, Bowen & Friedel’s Nichols Granted P.E. License
Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF) is pleased to announce the approval of Steven P. Nichols, P.E., for licensure by the New York State Office of the Professions as a Professional Engineer (P.E.). Nichol’s successful completion of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) examination provides evidence of his ability to practice competently as a Civil Engineer. As a prerequisite of his eligibility to take the October exam, Nichols was required to provide evidence of at least twelve combined years of education and experience. 

A graduate of New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology, Nichols relocated to the Salisbury, Maryland, area in 2014. Experienced with water and wastewater design implementation, site design, site layout, grading, utility layout/design, and the development of construction documents, he has also performed on-site inspections and reporting, site surveys and stakeouts, investigative field work, and construction phase documentation for a variety of projects here on the Eastern Shore.

Since joining DBF, Nichols has used his skills to contribute to a wide range of projects that have included design development for a local City Hall complex, site and stormwater management design for a condominium development, commercial, hotel and residential developments, multiple utility layouts including a mile-long forcemain extension in Sussex County, Delaware, and construction administration for projects in Maryland. 

“Everyone at DBF would like to congratulate Steve on the accomplishment of achieving his professional licensure,” said Tim Metzner, R.L.A., and DBF project manager. “This is a major hurdle in his career, and we understand the hard work it takes to pass the exam.”

Upon receipt of his New York P.E. license, Nichols anticipates transferring licensure to both Maryland and Delaware.

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., is a full-service architectural, engineering, and surveying firm, with offices in Salisbury and Easton, Maryland, and Milford, Delaware. Additional information can be found online at www.dbfinc.com.
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