Employee Spotlight: Kurt Hetrick
Posted in Client Service | Employees | Professional Development by (Marketing) on March 25, 2014

This month, a respected member of the LDG family will retire after spending 41 years with the company. Kurt Hetrick, Senior Project Designer in our Williamsport headquarters, has been with LDG since it was known as Robert W. Ferrell Engineering and Surveying, and as Hunt Engineers. He has served as a member of the LDG board and as an ESOP Trustee, worked and had leadership responsibilities in several departments (surveying, municipal, highway, and site included), and even met his wife at LDG.

The impact Kurt has had on Larson Design Group is immeasurable. While his quiet wisdom and placid demeanor will be missed, this is a retirement well earned, and we wish him the best.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned during your career?

To keep satisfied clients, listen more than you talk. And really understand their needs. Generally, they’re in their worlds 24/7, and you’re just a visitor. So, they know as much or more about what’s going on as we do.

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Kick-Starting a Project with Community Collaboration
Posted in Architecture | Communities | Cultural Facilities | Current Events | Site Design & Land Development by (Senior Project Manager) on February 17, 2014

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The Buffalo Valley Rail Trail – Final Section Feasibility Study was a collaborative planning process between the Buffalo Valley Recreational Authority (BVRec), Bucknell University’s Engineering Department, and Larson Design Group (LDG). Funded by a $5,000 Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Mini-Grant, this planning process included donated time and services from Bucknell University, LDG, and many volunteers that made up the design committee. The planning process aldo included extensive public outreach to adjacent neighborhoods.

Public Parks and Recreation: Essential Community Services
In November 2011, BVRec celebrated the opening of the 9.2-mile Buffalo Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) between Mifflinburg and Lewisburg. Due to limited funding and the need for a Route 15 trail crossing, the BVRT was stopped short of downtown Lewisburg and the West Branch Susquehanna River. Currently, visitors to the trail who reside east of Route 15 must drive to a trail head in order to safely access the BVRT and enjoy the beautiful open spaces the trail traverses between Mifflinburg and Lewisburg.

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Strong Towns – Learn then Act
Posted in Codes & Regulations | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Housing | Initiatives | Innovative Solutions | Leadership | Politics | Sustainable Design | Urban Development by (Chief Development Officer) on November 15, 2013

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Employee Spotlight: Ryan Raplee
Posted in Employees | Information Technology | Stewardship by (Marketing) on November 11, 2013
Ryan Raplee
Ryan Raplee
Web Designer

At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff members who contribute to our success. This month the spotlight is on Ryan Raplee, Web Designer with LDG’s IT group.

Where did your career take you before joining LDG?
I was very fortunate to begin my career at LDG as a Student Co-Op in the Information Technology department. The Co-op program offered by LDG allowed me to gain valuable experience, earn some money, and gain college credit all at the same time. It was awesome. I worked as a Job Co-op off and on for 2 years.

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Strong Towns “Curbside Chat” Video 10.2.2013
Posted in Codes & Regulations | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Education | Initiatives | Networking | Site Design & Land Development | Sustainable Design | Urban Development by (CEO) on October 9, 2013

On October 2, 2013, we engaged our community to consider what it means and what it might entail to become a Strong Town. Charles “Chuck” Marohn presented his Curbside Chat in Williamsport, PA on the campus of Lycoming College. This candid presentation on the future of America’s cities, towns, and neighborhoods was well attended by state and local government officials, business owners, faculty and students of the college, and concerned citizens.

If you were unable to join us, we’ve posted the video of the day’s presentation for you to view. I’m sure you’ll agree that Chuck brings timely topics for our consideration as we endeavor to make our communities stronger. We welcome your comments.

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