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Western Chapter Meeting

11/01/2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

MDOT West Michigan Construction Projects presented by Nathan M. VanDrunen, PE, Engineering Manager, and David L. Kent, PE, Consultant Coordinator, both of Michigan Department of Transportation, Grand Rapids TSC Construction.

There are two major construction projects underway this year at MDOT: I-196 WB over the Grand River (Bridge Widening & Rehab) and US-131 (14 Mile to 17 Mile). Nathan and David will review these projects along with discussing the major projects for 2018.

Nathan M. VanDrunen, PE, is an engineering professional with over nineteen years of experience in road & bridge construction, asset management & strategy development, bridge inspection program management, bridge maintenance, bridge scoping, project management, transportation planning & design. Nathan graduated from Calvin College in 1998 with a BS degree in Engineering (Civil Concentration). He worked as a Project Engineer for URS Corporation; a Design Engineer, for MDOT, Grand Rapids TSC; and a Region Bridge Engineering Manager for MDOT. Nathan is currently a Construction Engineering Manager at the Grand Rapids TSC



David L. Kent graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1994 with BS in Civil Engineering. Previous to his education at MTU, he spent 2 years studying architectural drafting and CADD at a tech school in Phoenix, AZ. He then worked as a draftsman for Engineered Protection Systems (EPS) in Grand Rapids until deciding to finish his education and choose a career. David worked previously for Wilcox Associates, Progressive AE, and Wilbur Smith Associates performing roadway design and project management. David is currently in his second tour of duty with MDOT. In 2002-2004 he worked in Lansing in the design support services group on the transition from IGRDS Software to Geopak then in 2012 he was hired in the MDOT Bay Region design squad where he worked for three years before transferring to the Grand Region. David currently is a consultant coordinator in the Grand Rapids TSC.


Date/Time: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch buffet of Baked Lasagna, Caesar salad, parmesan garlic bread, cookies and Pepsi fountain beverages. $20 per person, $10 for students (cash or credit at the door) New Location: Fifth Third Ballpark (West Michigan Whitecaps), 4500 West River Drive, Comstock Park, MI in The Pepsi Stadium Club. Enter at Gate C. 616.784.4131

RSVP: Please RSVP to Cheryl Scales, PE via e-mail at scalesc@progressiveae.com by 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 25th

If you know a new PE, please invite them – lunch will be on us!


11:45 am - 1:15 pm


Cheryl Scales, PE


Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Drive
Comstock Park, MI 49321 United States
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