We are looking for a Civil Engineer with experience in Project management, client management and staff management to join our firm in our Cedar Rapids, Iowa office.

This is an opportunity for professional growth, and Principal ownership in the company for the right person.

Iowa Professional Engineer License required, with ability to obtain Illinois Professional Engineer License within one year.

Excellent benefit package and salary commensurate with experience.

Ament Design is an equal opportunity employer.

Ament Design is excited to have the opportunity to work with TWG on another great project in Marion, Iowa.

The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors recently awarded Marion as one of twelve communities to receive federal housing tax credits in support of a 50-unit low income apartment complex. “The housing tax credit awards announced today will soon have a very real impact on hundreds of Iowa families and seniors who will call them home,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham. “Not only is affordable housing the cornerstone for thriving families but it’s also integral for thriving communities. The twelve communities awarded today will benefit from the positive economic ripple effects for generations to come.”

Marion Lofts will be located on 5th avenue in Marion, on what is currently an empty lot and will be constructed by TWG Development, LLC. TWG Development, based in Indianapolis, has developed over 60 projects and 3,000 units to date including Blairs Ferry Senior Apartments in Marion. The company is investing approximately $9,150,000 into this project.

The building will consist of a single 4-story building on 1.27 acres that offers one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom options. The project will have amenities such as: community room, fitness center, playground, leasing and management office, storage units in each apartment, video security, in-unit washer and dryers, bike racks and internet connectivity.

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) received 31 applications requesting more than $22.2 million in housing tax credits in the 2019 tax credit round and IFA had approximately $8.8 million available to allocate.

http://www.medcoiowa.org/index.php?cID=759

Ament Design completed the site grading, utility design and civil site design for the award winning pickle ball courts in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The project was awarded a 2018 Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa Quality Construction Award.

“The courts here have been in the making for about two years,” said Mark Ripplinger Cedar Falls director of municipal operations programs. “Individuals on the advisory committee approached the city trying to move it up in the CIP (Capital Improvement Program) process, and they were able to do that because they volunteered to go out and raised quite a bit of money.”

More than 130 donors contributed to the project. Members of the Cedar Falls Pickleball Club and pickleball enthusiasts ended up raising about $35,000. The club was established in 2017 with more than 100 members.

“They raised all the money they needed over the course of about eight or 10 months,” Ripplinger said. “Once the money was raised, staff went ahead and started getting quotes for the rock work, the asphalt, fencing and the surfacing.”

The process of building the courts began in the spring. Despite a rainy day Tuesday, the courts opened. About 70 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/cedar-falls-new-pickleball-courts-are-open/article_db2480af-e3ed-5c13-a3aa-8625266e342f.html

Ament Design Survey crews, wading through chest deep waters, were able to assist Canadian Pacific while the tracks were being raised. Very interesting project and one we are glad to have been a part of.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Mississippi River is freely flowing over Le Claire Park in downtown Davenport, but it’s not stopping the trains. A TV-6 viewer sent us a photo of a freight train plowing through floodwater Monday, March 25th, 2019. She took the picture from the Davenport Skybridge.

While the tracks are submerged, the Canadian Pacific Railroad says it closely monitors rail lines affected by floodwaters. A spokesman says whenever water reaches the top of the wheels, track inspections are conducted after each train goes by. If they find the tracks are compromised, they will halt train traffic.

As of Tuesday, the river stood at 18.53 feet. At that level, Le Claire Park is covered and the ballpark is surrounded by water.

https://www.kwqc.com/content/news/Floodwater-does-not-stop-train-in-Davenport-507686791.html

About 6,000 drivers take Oakland Road NE in Cedar Rapids each day, especially on the northbound one-way stretch from near Coe College to 32nd Street. The city of Cedar Rapids is working on improving Oakland Road and at the end of the month, they’ll be converting part of Oakland Road from a one-way road into a two-way road. Traffic is currently closed between 29th Street to 32nd Street for the next couple of weeks.

During the closure, drivers can take Center Point Road NE to 32nd Street to get around the construction. Crews have been working on water mains, storm sewers and asphalt resurfacing. Doug Wilson, Paving for Progress Program Manager tells us at the end of the month Oakland will convert into two way traffic between H Avenue and 32nd Street. “The amount of traffic has decreased in that area and so it makes it a little bit better for traffic to flow to have both those roads eventually two-way,” says Wilson. They are also adding a section of sidewalk between 29th Street and 32nd Street for people to walk and ride their bikes.

The cost of the project is about $2.8 million for pavement and utility work on Oakland Road and Center Point Road.

https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Cone-Zone-Oakland-Road–497555291.html

CEDAR RAPIDS — A large new apartment complex could be erected just east of Kirkwood Community College, giving new options for students looking to live near campus.

The Villas at Kirkwood, 811 Kirkwood Parkway SW, would include 142 studio apartments split between two three-story buildings. The buildings would be north of 76th Avenue SW and just west of C Street SW.

“This is much needed student housing in this area,” said Joe Mailander, of Ament Design. “It is convenient to the C Street trail and some other amenities we hope spur additional development.”

The City Planning Commission unanimously approved the preliminary site development plan for phase one of the Villas during a meeting Thursday. The matter must still go before the Cedar Rapids City Council for approval.

Kirkwood has an enrollment of about 18,500 students and room for about 3,000 students near campus, Kirkwood spokesman Justin Hoehn said. He said Kirkwood doesn’t own or operate any of the apartment complexes.

“As far as demand goes, it’s difficult to judge that sort thing,” Hoehn said. “However, I can tell you that as we get closer to the start of the term, the complexes do fill up.”

The project is being proposed by Prairie Crossing Partners, which is organized by Steve Gordon, of Iowa City. Prairie Crossing LLC bought the property from Kirkwood for $1.2 million in 2014.

The 3.5 site is situated adjacent to Ruffalo Noel Levitz to the east, with another apartment complex to the northwest. Agricultural land surrounds the site on the other sides.

A proposal for another housing development adjacent to the site is expected to be submitted, city zoning administrator Vern Zakostelecky said.

The Villas would be constructed in two phases — 70 units in phase one and 72 units in phase two.

The second phase would need separate approval and likely an amendment to the future land use map before developers proceed because the additional units would make the complex exceed the density allowance for the area. The area is designated as medium density, which allows up to 24 units per acre.

The site plan includes 157 parking spaces, 77 in the first phase and 80 in the second. This is roughly one space per unit plus an additional 10 percent for visitors.

Ground broken this week on Amana’s Hotel Millwright

The Amana Society this week held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of Hotel Millwright, a boutique hotel expected to open in early 2020.

“Today is a special day as we officially break ground on the Hotel Millwright and start a critical restoration for the historic Amana Woolen Mill complex,” said John Peterson, president and CEO of the Amana Society, in a release. “This property, once completed, will be a wonderful destination in Eastern Iowa for business and leisure travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Designed by Vantage Point LLC and under development by Hobart Historic Restoration, the Hotel Millwright will feature 65 guestrooms, including five suites, a signature restaurant/bar, a spa/fitness center and more than 7,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and convention space.

The addition of Hotel Millwright plays a key part in Amana Society’s strategy for adding stability to its tourist-based businesses by increasing hospitality options in the Amana Colonies.

“The retail and hotel combination will be a benefit to one another,” said Jeff Popenhagen, the Amana Society’s director of marketing and retail sales. “The new development will offer amenities to guests that set us apart from the current marketplace, including the continuation of the over 160 years of Amana wool and cotton blanket sales and production.”

3rd Street SE Reconstruction & Streetscape, Cedar Rapids IA
ACEC/Iowa Engineering Society
Transportation Category, 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition

Cedar Rapids City Hall
American Public Works Association, National Award
$5 Million to less than $25 Million

Scott Community College Roadway Improvement, Riverdale IA
ACEC/Iowa Engineering Society
Transportation Category, 2010 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition