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Hot Firm Award 2022 (June 2022)

Zweig Group has announced the 2022 Hot Firm List, with BB&E named #6 out of 10 of the fastest growing AEC companies in the United States! The Hot Firm Award is a more than two-decade-old awards program, ranking firms based on three-year growth in revenue, by both percentage and dollar growth. Hot List firms that have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields.

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Number 22 in the Midwest! (March 2022)

The numbers are in: BB&E ranks #22 in the Midwest Region on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, achieved by a two-year revenue growth of 430%!

Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional 2022 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Midwest region economy’s most dynamic segment–its independent small businesses. Between 2018 and 2020, the 144 private companies listed had an average growth rate of 147% percent and, in 2020 alone, they added 19,821 jobs and nearly $11.7 billion to the Midwest region’s economy.

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USACE-Louisville District Contract (June 2021)

BB&E is proud to announce the award of a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Louisville District, with a shared capacity of $40M to provide architect/engineer (A/E) environmental services, including:

  • Engineering services in support of remediation and restoration activities (landfills; underground storage tank (UST) installation, removal, or upgrading; cathodic protection; containerized UST remediation; petroleum storage tanks remediation; contaminated soil and groundwater cleanup; asbestos, lead-based paint, and mold abatement; environmental construction management; and on-site construction inspection).
  • Environmental studies and designs, including all aspects of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and other federal programs and state and local environmental laws and regulations.

Location and specific scope of work will be assigned at the Task Order level under this Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) contract.


We Made the List! (August 2020)

Inc. magazine today revealed that BB&E is No. 2453 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This is our second time on the list and reflects our three-year revenue growth of 168.29 percent.

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

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NASA Ames Research Center Environmental Support (July 2020)

BB&E was selected to provide environmental support to NASA’s Ames Research Center’s (ARC) Environmental Management Division (EMD).  ARC, located on Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, is one of ten NASA field centers.  ARC consists of a variety of facilities, including: offices, runways, aircraft support facilities and hangars, research laboratories, aerospace/aeronautics facilities (e.g., wind tunnels, arc jets, simulators, etc.), computer laboratories, ballistic ranges, general testing facilities, machine shops, metal shops, model shops, motor pools, test chambers, and storage facilities. Jurisdictional wetlands are located within the ARC facility and several plant and animal species listed as threatened or endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act or considered special status under State Endangered Species Act are also present.  The EMD at ARC manages environmental programs and is dedicated to sustaining an effective environmental compliance and protection culture at ARC in accordance with all Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

BB&E will provide environmental technical expertise and support services to meet ARC’s environmental management objectives, including comprehensive support for ARC’s Restoration Program to remediate, restore, protect and enhance mission resources.   Additionally, BB&E will provide technical expertise and support for environmental compliance, Environmental Management Systems (EMS), cultural resources,  National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/Environmental Justice, natural resources (wildlife, plants, ecosystems), and sustainability practices and pollution prevention, including water conservation, energy conservation, waste reduction/recycling, sustainable acquisition.


Fighting Hunger in San Antonio (January 2020)

Our San Antonio office volunteered at a local food bank and jointly prepared 921 boxes (27,630 pounds) of food alongside 75 other volunteers. Way to go, team! The San Antonio Food Bank serves 16 counties in southwest Texas by providing food for those in need, as well as hosting assistance and education programs to support self-sufficiency in the future. Over 58,000 individuals are served each week, including children, seniors, the working poor, single parents, veterans, and the homeless.

Everyone enjoyed this humbling and rewarding event and plans are underway to return on a quarterly basis.

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BB&E Gives Back (November 2019)

On Saturday, November 2nd, employees from the Northville, MI office gathered at Gleaners Food Bank’s Warren Distribution Center to volunteer their afternoon assisting the organization with their food allocation efforts. Employees worked together to package, seal, and load over 1100 lbs of frozen food. Gleaners Food Bank, founded and headquartered in Detroit, MI, distributes over 95,000 meals to those in need every day. Gleaners serves as a link between soup kitchens and those in need by soliciting surplus food, storing and repackaging it safely and then distributing it to agencies that are the direct providers to the hungry.


Our Newest Office Location (October 2019)

We are opening a new office in Norcross, GA! Located just outside Atlanta, GA, our newest office is strategic for BB&E in that it’s centrally located within the Southeastern US and will allow for more focused growth by leveraging our operations in Northville, MI; Norfolk, VA; and San Antonio, TX to expand our engineering and environmental business lines. BB&E has both federal and industrial clients located in the Atlanta area and having staff and operations at this location will allow us to better serve our existing clients and to expand and build our business by identifying and working with new clients. If you are in the area and want to visit our office please contact Daniel Marion at dmarion@bbande.com.


Department of the Interior Environmental Support Services (January 2019)

BB&E was recently awarded a small business, Blanket Purchase Agreement, to provide technical and programmatic Environmental Support Services to the Department of the Interior (DOI) including the Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment (ORDA), the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC), and the bureaus within the DOI at various nationwide locations.  The ORDA and the OEPC serve as leaders in conservation stewardship and the sustainable development and use of DOI managed resources for the benefit of the public. They are responsible for providing environmental policy guidance to bureaus within the DOI and are responsible for overseeing the funds for cleanup and restoration of highly contaminated sites located within national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other Department managed lands, for assessing and restoring injured Departmental managed resources, and for providing training and support for oil spill response activities.


New Contract with USCG (January 2019)

BB&E was recently awarded a small business U.S. Coast Guard Nationwide Environmental Engineering Services Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Multiple Award Task Order Contract. This contract supports all areas of the USCG’s professional engineering and environmental services mission and is a 10yr/$75M Indefinite Delivery Contract. Services cover the entire United States and its territories and include professional engineering and environmental services to support the USCG’s shore infrastructure, real property, and other projects. The scope of services includes support under the four key USCG environmental programs including:

  • Compliance,
  • Restoration and Liabilities,
  • Planning, and
  • Sustainability and Training.

USCG shore infrastructure, real property, and other projects cover a wide range of activities, including but not limited to construction, demolition, repair and maintenance; hazardous materials management; pollution prevention; dredging; operational activities (e.g., training, permitted, and response activities); and real property agreements/transfers.


Volunteer Event at Food Gatherers (October 2018)

BB&E held another successful volunteer day at Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor, MI, contributing to the mission of alleviating hunger in Washtenaw County. BB&E staff, family, and friends sorted through fresh produce donated by local businesses and farms. All overripe, damaged, or moldy produce was separated and composted; surplus storage boxes were recycled; and a bounty of fresh, ready-to-eat produce was boxed for distribution to nearby non-profit agencies. Ultimately, 1 ton was salvaged!  We’re proud to have a small part in supporting this food rescue program, as well as its principles of efficiency, sustainability, and compassion. More information can be found at https://www.foodgatherers.org

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New Contract Awarded: NAVFAC MIDLANT (October 2018)

BB&E was recently awarded a contract to provide professional support services to the Naval Facilities Command Mid-Atlantic (NAVFAC MIDLANT) at various locations within the NAVFAC MIDLANT Area of Responsibility (AOR). The contract award was issued under GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract. BB&E will provide NAVFAC with access to a variety of facilities engineering support technical disciplines including fire protection engineers, structural engineers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, architects, mechanical engineers, geotechnical engineers, cost engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, and construction/electrical engineering technicians. Services will be performed primarily in Norfolk, VA, with some positions also located in Chicago, IL; Newport, IN; Philadelphia, PA; and United States Marine Corps (USMC) locations in North Carolina.

Photo:  NORFOLK, Va. NAVFAC Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic interns take a tour of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55). Credit: Flickr.com


BB&E Awarded a Task Order to Support AFCEC’s Environmental Compliance Programs (May 2018)

BB&E has been awarded a Task Order under the General Services Administration (GSA) One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Contract to provide support to Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) Environmental Compliance Enforcement, Inspections, Ranges, Training, Water, and NEPA Programs. BB&E will deliver technical capabilities and experienced personnel to assist in collecting, compiling, analyzing, and reporting environmental data on several areas benefiting the Air Force, including environmental compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, and restoration support activities. BB&E will also provide technical expertise in the area of environmental training, assisting the government with the design and creation of training manuals, online learning modules, and course materials.


BB&E Awarded Small Business OASIS Task Order (March 2018)

BB&E was recently awarded a task order to provide on-site engineering and technical assistance support for the 20th Civil Engineering Squadron (20 CES) at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, with reach-back to home office architectural and engineering expertise to provide a full range of advisory and assistance services. The 20 CES is responsible for the planning, programming, engineering design, construction, maintenance, and repair of all facilities and infrastructure at Shaw AFB, SC, and it is essential that new and ongoing mission responsibilities are in compliance with Air Force requirements. BB&E will provide a full range of services in support of new and existing mission requirements.


BB&E PFAS Updates (March 2018)

BB&E’s wide ranging experience with Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) [also known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)] enables us to assist our industrial and federal clients through the complex regulatory and technical environment surrounding these ubiquitous and persistent compounds. From completion of Preliminary Assessments (PAs), Site Investigations (SIs), and development of remedial response strategies, BB&E has the requisite experience to effectively manage PFAS releases to the environment.  Additional information regarding BB&E’s PFAS response capabilities is summarized here (click for fact sheet).

What Does the Presence of Perfluorinated Compounds in the Environment Mean for Michigan’s Regulated Community?

BB&E’s James Colmer, Vice President of Operations, recently co-authored an article in the Michigan Manufacturing Magazine (MiMfg Magazine Online) titled: “What Does the Presence of Perfluorinated Compounds in the Environment Mean for Michigan’s Regulated Community?” The article discusses the emergence of PFAS as pollutants of concern and what industry can do to minimize these potential impacts. The complete on-line version can be found at the Michigan Manufacturing Magazine website at: http://mag.mimfg.org/mag/0161702001514386514/p6.


Food Gatherers Volunteer Opportunity (October 2017)

On October 14, 2017, BB&E lent a hand to the good folks at Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We were amazed at how much food is donated both by organizations and individuals, and learned about the important work that Food Gatherers has been doing as the first food rescue program in Michigan. Our team work involved sorting produce into boxes for delivery early the next week, and culminated in a thorough tidying up of the work room. It was truly a team effort and valuable time spent!

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BB&E Awarded Small Business OASIS Task Order (June 2017)

BB&E was recently awarded the task order to provide comprehensive Advisory and Assistance Services support for the Building Repair Project Management Office (PMO) that was established to spearhead the repair of the Headquarters of the Pacific Air Force. We provide comprehensive support for planning and programming project phases as well as the execution of design, construction, communication, furniture and unit move contracts for the HQ PACAF Building.

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BB&E – NFA Determination from State of Michigan, Industrial Hexavalent Chrome Remediation Project (May 2017)

BB&E obtained a No Further Action (NFA) determination from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for a hexavalent chrome (CrVI) cleanup project of an active industrial site in western Michigan. In accordance with the Judicial Consent Decree (JCD) regarding the performance of response activities at the facility, BB&E prepared a Remedial Design and implemented the Remedial Action for this former chrome plating facility. A Response Activity Plan (RAP) for Source Area Remedial Design was prepared and implemented to treat sources of soil and groundwater CrVI contamination at and emanating from the facility. Calcium polysulfide (CPS) treatment chemistry was utilized as an in-situ reducing agent to convert CrVI to CrIII. Remedial response activities included a data gap investigation, bench scale testing, remedial design, full-scale in-situ injections of CPS treatment chemistry, and site performance monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. BB&E prepared the No Further Action (NFA) documentation including the financial assurance mechanism (FAM) to effectively discontinue active site remediation and enable commencement with long-term site groundwater monitoring per the NFA documentation and JCD requirements.


One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business (SB) Contract in support of the General Services Administration (GSA)

BB&E has been awarded the General Services Administration (GSA) One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business (SB) Contract. OASIS SB is a contract that was developed in response to the Government’s substantial need for a hybrid, Government-wide acquisition vehicle.

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BB&E assists City of Escanaba pursue listing on the National Register of Historic Places

William (Bill) Rutter, an Architectural Historian with BB&E, recently completed a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Escanaba Downtown Historic District.  The Escanaba Central Historic District encompasses approximately 20 linear blocks within the city, and is composed of a range of structures that includes commercial blocks, school buildings, churches, industrial buildings, hotels, state and local government offices, and movie theaters.

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