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Moose River Water Main Crossing Construction in St. Johnsbury

10.09.17

The finished water transmission main conveys potable water from the water treatment plant located near Stiles Pond in Waterford, Vermont to Saint Johnsbury. The cast iron...

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Progress at Champlain Water District

09.22.17

Progress continues on the $3.7M project at Champlain Water District's Peter L. Jacob Water Treatment Facility. Currently DN Tanks has construction the floor of the new filtered water storage tank and has placed the interior...

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Spring 2017 Bid Results

05.02.17

Dufresne Group has been busy this spring as we have opened bids for numerous projects scheduled for construction in 2017. A summary of the very favorable bid results for these projects ...

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Maintaining Safe Drinking Water during Lamprey Eradication

12.22.16

Champlain Water District (CWD) draws water from the Shelburne Bay in Lake Champlain. The LaPlatte River flows into the south portion of Shelburne Bay, within CWD’s watershed ...

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Dufresne Group awarded contract to assist Coventry Fire District 1

12.21.16

The Coventry Fire District 1 owns and operates the water system that provides water to approximately 60 connections in the village of Coventry. Water is supplied to the water system by a well that was drilled in 1983. The well water has recently experienced arsenic...

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ST JOHNSBURY WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY UPGRADES

12.13.16

The two giant screw pumps at the Saint Johnsbury's wastewater treatment facility were replaced in early December of 2016. After 26 years of use, Saint Johnsbury is in the final stages of replacing the influent screw pumps that lift raw wastewater up...

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Asbestos Cement Pipe Bursting in Vermont

10.25.16

In the Summer 2014 edition of The Pipeline newsletter, we wrote about pipe bursting and the regulatory hurdles involved for AC pipe. Since then, Dufresne Group has been working with Vermont State...

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Asset Management in Vermont and New Hampshire

10.17.16

Asset Management (AM) is defined by the EPA as “maintaining a desired level of service for what you want your assets to provide at the lowest life-cycle cost.” AM provides structure and assistance in operating, maintaining, upgrading, and replacing assets...

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Dufresne Group welcomes 4 new staff members

05.27.16

Dufresne Group is pleased to announce a staff increase due to additional workload, we have added two summer and two permanent staff members. Dufresne Group provides engineering services to municipalities in Vermont and New Hampshire from its four area offices in ....

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DUFRESNE GROUP'S HOME OFFICE RELOCATED TO SPRINGFIELD, VT

04.31.16

As of May 1, 2016, Dufresne Group's home office will move from its current location in Windsor, Vermont to its new location in Springfield, Vermont at 56 Main Street, Suite 200 (The Bank Block)....

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DUFRESNE GROUP ASSISTING THE TOWN OF LITTLETON, NH WITH WATER AND WASTEWATER STUDIES

03.17.16

Dufresne Group is assisting the Town of Littleton and Littleton Water and Light Department with evaluations of certain areas of the wastewater and water system. DG assisted the Town in obtaining a USDA Rural Development...

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DUFRESNE GROUP SELECTED BY LEBANON, NH FOR GENERAL ENGINEERING SERVICES

03.09.16

Dufresne Group has been awarded a 3 year contract to provide General Engineering Services to the City of Lebanon. Our team includes VHB, Inc, for Transportation Engineering, SMR Engineering for Electrical/Instrumen...

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DG MAJOR SPONSOR OF FIRST NIGHT CELEBRATION IN ST. JOHNSBURY

01.04.16

Dufresne Group continued its role as a major sponsor the First Night® celebration in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. Saint Johnsbury is one of only two Towns in Vermont that offer a first night celebration. Jay Sprout, president ...

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DG ATTENDS ASSET MANAGEMENT TRAINING IN VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE

10.08.15

Asset Management (AM) is defined by the EPA as “maintaining a desired level of service for what you want your assets to provide at the lowest life-cycle cost.” AM provides structure and assistance in operating, maintaining ...

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CWD Selects Dufresne Group for Filtered Water Storage Tank Evaluation

10.08.15

Dufresne Group was selected by Champlain Water District to complete an evaluation of the proposed project to construct a second filtered water storage tank at the Peter L. Jacob Water Treatment Facility. The project will inc...

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ON OUR SHOULDERS

3.27.15

Municipal engineering projects rarely start on a clean sheet of paper. Chances are the project site was long ago disturbed by previous projects now bypassed by time and technology. In New England, the water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems were built ...

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RED DUFRESNE TESTIFIES TO STATE ON PROTECTION OF WATER SOURCES

3.6.15

Robert Dufresne, PE, provided testimony to the House Fish & Wildlife and Water Resources Committee regarding House Bill H33 on February 25, 2015. This proposed legislation provides authority for Vermont Communities to establish their own measures to protect their surface wa...

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RANDY GOODWIN'S TECHNICAL PAPER PUBLISHED IN ESTIMATING TODAY

1.5.15

Dufresne Group's own Randy Goodwin, CPE previously authored a technical paper as part of his CPE (Certified Professional Estimator) certification process. The article was published in the October 2014 issue of Estimating Today. Randy's paper, titled How to Estimate the Cost...

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DG Presents Fairbanks Museum with Donation

11.25.14

Chad Whitehead presenting Adam Kane with a donation for the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Fairbanks Museum recently unveiled a program entitled Water Works - The Science under St. Johnsbury.

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US Water Use at Lowest Levels in 45 years

11.13.14

Every 5 years the USGS, in cooperation with State, Federal and local agencies compile water use estimates for the Nation. These estimates began in 1950 with the most recent estimate being for the period from 2005 to 2010. Based on water use infor...

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DUFRESNE GROUP GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE

11.3.14

Dufresne Group donates a percentage of profit back to non-profit groups on an annual basis. We donate to organizations that provide crucial services to the people of our state or that provide key educational roles in our communities. Dufresne Group...

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ST J 'END OF ROAD' CELEBRATION

10.20.14

Please join us to celebrate the “End of the Road” construction for 2014 in Saint Johnsbury on October 25. Events will commence with a parade down Main Street at 11:30am and continue throughout the day with live music, food and craft vendors. This event is ...

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DUFRESNE GROUP DESIGNS IMPROVEMENTS AT NORWICH PUMP STATION

10.13.14

On August 6, 2013, the Norwich Fire District (in Norwich, VT) water system source pump station was compromised by fire. The fire left the station with over $500,000 in damage including burned out equipment, no roof, and most importantly no water supply to the water system customers...

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DG Hires New Field Engineers

07.09.14

Dufresne Group recently hired two new field engineers, Jeff Olofson and Tristan Brennan. Jeff Olofson is currently stationed at an infrastructure improvements project in Hartford, Vermont which includes new water, sewer, storm drain, curbing, full-depth roadway, sidewalks, lighting...

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DG Brings AC pipe Bursting to VT

07.09.14

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) published a bulletin in 2010 titled Buried No Longer – Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge. The bulletin identifies the staggering investments necessary to replace the aging infrastructure in this country. Pipe replacement includes the cost of the pipe material but in most cases, the costs for excavation, backfill, and restoration of s...

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DG Performs Fire Flow for City of Barre

07.01.14

On June 25, Brian Baker and Tim Knapp worked with the City of Barre Water Department to perform two fire flow field tests. The test were requested by the City of Barre as part of new sprinkler services construction. During this field work, the discussed the work with Brian Baker, and a photo taken by the...

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DUFRESNE GROUP STAFF INCREASES BY 40%

06.17.14

Dufresne Group is pleased to announce a 40% staff increase due to additional workload. Dufresne Group provides engineering services to municipalities in Vermont and New Hampshire from its four area offices in Windsor, Barre, St. Johnsbury and Manchester, Vermont. Recently, workload has increased substantially due to several large infrastructure projects in Vermont. These projects include water main...

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St. Johnsbury water system featured in the Journal of the New England Water Works Association

06.11.14

RED Dufresne, Vermont Director NEWWA and President of Dufresne Group with the assistance of Dan Gray, Chief Operator of the St Johnsbury Water System recently developed a water system article which will be published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of the New England Water Works Association. This article highlight the past of the St. Johnsbury water system...

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STATEWIDE AQUASTORE FIELD DAY

05.23.14

Randy Goodwin attended the Statewide Aquastore Annual Factory Field Day 2014 on May 7th and 8th. Every Year the Aquastore manufacturing facility holds a field day in DeKalb, Illinois where approximately 250 engineers and owners attend with their local Aquastore dealers. The field day visit provides insight into the glass-fused-to-steel technology, a view of the manufacturing process and gives th...

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Dufresne Group Selected for Hardwick Mackville Road Reconstruction Design

05.19.14

The Town of Hardwick has selected Dufresne Group to complete final design for the reconstruction of Mackville Road. Based on information provided by Public Works Employees, the Town has previously attempted to reconstruct this road, but heavy clay materials and high ground water proved to be more difficult than anticipated. The Town has received an 80% grant from VTrans to complete final design...

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Dufresne Group Selected for Danville Sidewalk Scoping Study

05.16.14

The Town of Danville has chosen Dufresne Group through a qualification based selection process to begin their next sidewalk project. The scoping study phase of this project will include public informational meetings, archeological, historical, and environmental review of the project area, and work with the Town of Danville to develop alternatives to meet town needs, and...

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2014 MAPLE SUGARING SEASON UNDERWAY

04.08.14

After a delayed start, the maple sugaring season is underway for Sweet View Maple in Danville, VT. Randy Goodwin indicated that their season began on April 1st. This was the first year that they had not boiled in the month of March. The latest start before this year was March 13th and the season typically begins for them around March 1st. Sweet View Maple has 101 taps, 90 on pipeline and 11 using...

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RANDY GOODWIN EARNS CPE CERTIFICATION

03.31.14

Randy Goodwin is currently in the process of completing the requirements to earn the designation of Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) through the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE). This is a nationally recognized credential that provides an objective measure of an individual’s broad-based knowledge and competency in construction estimating. CPE designation through ASPE is...

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DG SELECTED FOR NRCD STORMWATER TREATMENT PROJECT

03.31.14

Dufresne Group has recently been selected to complete the Western Avenue Outfall Stormwater Treatment Preliminary Engineering Report by the Caledonia County Natural Resources Conservation District (NRCD). Kerry O’Brien, District Manager for the NRCD has been working with the State of Vermont Watershed Management Division and Towns throughout Caledonia County to obtain grant funding for eligible....

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CHAD WHITEHEAD ATTENDS PSMJ PRINCIPALS BOOTCAMP IN DENVER, COLORADO

03.30.14

St Johnsbury Office Manager, Chad Whitehead, PE, recently made a visit to his alma mater to attend a two day Principals Bootcamp seminar hosted by PSMJ Resources, Inc. PSMJ Resources provides training specifically targeted to the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) Industry. The Principals Bootcamp focuses on strategy, business development, organizational structure, financial management...

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DG AWARDED CONTRACT FOR PHASE 2 OF BELLOWS FALLS WATER PROJECT

03.26.14

Dufresne Group was awarded the design contract for Phase 2 of a water system capital improvement project in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Earlier this month, the voters of Bellows Falls approved an $8.2 million bond for the water system improvement project. The project has been divided into two phases. Dufresne Group previously designed Phase 1 of the project, which consists of improvements to the raw...

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CONSTRUCTION SEASON GEARING UP IN ST. JOHNSBURY

03.24.14

Although the weather forecast makes you think it's mid January, and hats and mittens are still part of your daily wardrobe, Spring is here (at least the calendar says so). Spring in Vermont means two things: 1) mud, 2) construction. For St Johnsbury, construction season is starting as early as next week. J.P. Sicard intends to hit it hard on the CSO project this year with two crews working on...

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RANDY GOODWIN ON HIS WAY TO ACHIEVE PROFESSIONAL ESTIMATOR CERTIFICATION

03.17.14

Randy Goodwin is currently in the process of completing the requirements to earn the designation of Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) through the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE). This is a nationally recognized credential that provides an objective measure of an individual’s broad-based knowledge and competency in construction estimating...

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NAOMI JOHNSON PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

03.04.14

Dufresne Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Naomi R. Johnson, PE to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Johnson joined the firm shortly after its inception in 1999. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont in Civil Engineering and an Environmental Engineering Master’s Degree from Montana State University. Ms. Johnson has a broad range...

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WATERWORKS, THE SCIENCE UNDER ST. JOHNSBURY

03.03.14

Underground utility improvement projects in St Johnsbury Vermont have been strongly supported by the residents of the Town, but the most recent large infrastructure improvement project has a different kind of support. Nobody living or doing business along the route of a construction project looks forward to the dust, noise, vibration and other inconveniences that are necessary to get the work done...

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THE PORTLAND WATER SHOW

03.03.14

As the Vermont Director of New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), I attended the 88th Annual Portland Water Show on February 4th and 5th 2014. Before the NEWWA Spring Conference and Exhibition in Worchester, Mass, the Portland Water Show was the NEWWA event to attend. Water works professionals from all over New England were there and took over Portland, Maine for about a week...

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DG SELECTED FOR PROSPECT STREET IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IN HARTFORD, VT

02.13.14

Dufresne Group was selected by the Town of Hartford to provide engineering services during construction of the Prospect Street Improvements. The project involves complete road reconstruction with installation of water, sewer and storm drain piping as well as street lighting, sidewalk and landscaping. These site improvements will serve a new 40,000 sf State office building and future phased development...

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THE SPEED OF TECHNOLOGY

04.12.13

Remember the last time you saw a CNN headline about a marvelous breakthrough in technology? Me neither. Nothing sells like bad news. We remember it. We worry about it. Headlines like the fiscal cliff, the bankrupt Medicare system, and the $16 trillion debt are bombarding us daily. How will we ever survive this? Has it ever been this bad?...

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CHRISTINA LEGGE ATTENDS PSMJ PROJECT MANAGEMENT BOOTCAMP

03.26.13

Christina Legge, PE attended a two day project management course offered by PSMJ in November 2012. The PSMJ Project Management Bootcamp is one of the leading project management training programs for engineering firms. The course covers topics such as business development, project planning, project scheduling, project finance, leadership, managing clients, managing risk, and productivity. Christina...

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VTRANS ANCIENT ROADS PROGRAM

03.26.13

The VTrans Ancient Roads Program was developed after Act 178 went into effect in 2006. The goal of this program is for Vermont towns to identify and map “unidentified corridors”, or ancient roads. Act 178 requires that ancient roads are mapped on the VTrans Town Highway Maps by July 1, 2015. If an ancient road is not on the VTrans maps by that date, ownership of the road will revert back to the...

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DUFRESNE GROUP CHOSEN FOR BRATTLEBORO AND LUDLOW, VERMONT PROJECTS

11.26.12

Dufresne Group was recently chosen as the engineer on the following projects: - Downtown Sidewalk Project - Brattleboro, Vermont, - Scoping and Feasibility Study for Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility - Ludlow, Vermont...

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ST JOHNSBURY PASSES BOND ARTICLE 2,013 TO 864 ON CSO ELIMINATION PROJECT.

11.07.12

The Town of St Johnsbury Vermont overwhelmingly passed their bond vote during the general election for the Eastern Avenue, Western Avenue and Main Street. This bond article is for the construction of a combined sewer overflow elimination and utility improvement project that is proposed to be completed by the Town along Eastern Avenue, Western Avenue and Main Street prior to a Vermont Agency of...

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CHRISTINA LEGGE COMPLETES EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TRAINING

05.14.12

Christina Legge, PE, provided emergency engineering response services to the Town of Manchester, VT after Tropical Storm Irene in August and September 2011. She has now completed training in ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command System) and ICS 200 (ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident). ICS, or Incident Command System, is a standardized incident management approach used by FEMA...

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CHAD WHITEHEAD ELECTED TO THE NORTHEASTERN VERMONT REGIONAL CORPORATION

12.19.11

Chad Whitehead, PE, office manager of Dufresne Group’s St Johnsbury Office was recently elected to the Northeastern Vermont Regional Corporation (NVRC), a public benefit corporation governing Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH). Corporators are nominated by the NVRH Board of Directors and elected by the Corporators and members of NVRH Medical Staff. Corporators participate in quarterly...

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DUFRESNE GROUP OPENS NEW OFFICE IN MANCHESTER, VT

12.11.11

Dufresne Group is excited to announce our new office location in Manchester, VT. We are located in the Manchester Business Park on Route 7A, just north of the Manchester Town Office. Our new office will provide civil engineering services to municipal and private clients in Southern Vermont. The office manager is Christina Legge, PE, who has worked out of our main office in Windsor, VT since 2007. Please feel free to visit or call our new office to meet Christina and discuss your upcoming projects...

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CHRISTINA LEGGE EARNS PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING LICENSE

05.27.11

Christina Legge, project engineer at Dufresne Group, was recently notified that she passed the Professional Engineering exam, which she had taken in April. Christina is now a licensed Professional Engineer in Vermont. Congratulations Chrissy!...

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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR THE ST JOHNSBURY WESTSIDE PROJECT

05.13.11

The largest project that St. Johnsbury has undetaken, the Westside Infrastructure Improvement Project, broke ground last week. This marks the beginning of a two year project that will include the reconstruction of utilities, roadways, and sidewalks. Please check out www.dufresnegroup.com/stj for project updates, traffic conditions, and other project related matter....

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RANDY GOODWIN MAKES THE SWEET STUFF

04.28.11

In its second year of making maple syrup, Sweet View Maple operated by Randy, Sarah, Aaron and Logan Goodwin won the Best of Class award for their Dark Amber maple syrup entry at the World Maple Festival in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on April 16, 2011. 35 entries were submitted this year by sugar makers from all over New England and Canada and divided into the four grade classes of syrup; Fancy, Medium...

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DUFRESNE GROUP COMPLETES START UP FOR THREE BOOSTER PUMP STATIONS

02.01.11

Constructed to boost pressure in the Overcliff zone to eliminate the need for customers to have individual booster pump systems. The package booster pump system includes two 3 hp pumps and two 7.5 hp higher service/fire pumps. This station has a standby generator within the building and has the capabilities to feed chlorine as needed....

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DUFRESNE GROUP SELECTED FOR DARTMOUTH COLLEGE STORMWATER SYSTEM EVALUATION

12.21.10

Dufresne Group is proud to announce that they have been selected to complete an evaluation of the expansive storm drain system at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire to identify hydraulic, structural and water quality deficiences. The project includes the development of a computerized hydraulic modeling of the existing storm drain network, water quality sampling and analysis, closed-circuit...

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RED NAMED VERMONT STATE DIRECTOR OF NEW ENGLAND WATER WORKS

11.30.10

Robert E. Dufresne (RED) founded Dufresne Group in 1999 and currently employs 15 with three offices in Vermont. Dufresne Group provides engineering services to municipalities in northern New England. RED graduated from Norwich University in 1975 with a BS in civil engineering and obtained a Master’s of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from University of Wisconsin in 1976. RED...

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ELIZABETH EMMONS EARNS MASTERS DEGREE FROM NORWICH UNIVERSITY

07.02.10

Elizabeth Emmons graduated from Norwich University on June 11, 2010 with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. She spent the past 18 months in the online program working on topics such as Water and Wastewater Treatment, Stormwater and Groundwater Hydrology, Geoenvironmental Engineering, GIS applications, and Project Management. In June, she traveled to Norwich University for a week long residency...

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CHAD WHITEHEAD ATTENDS PSMJ PROJECT MANAGEMENT BOOT CAMP IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

03.23.10

Chad Whitehead traveled to San Antonio to attend a two day project management boot camp seminar with PSMJ Resources Inc. PSMJ is an organization dedicated to the professional development of A/E/C (Architect, Engineer and Construction) businesses and is supported by major professional societies, such as The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)...

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DUFRESNE GROUP PROVIDES FUNDING ASSISTANCE FOR $23,700,000 IN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN ST JOHNSBURY

02.04.10

Working closely with officials from Rural Development and the State of Vermont Water Supply Division, Dufresne Group (DG) secured $23,700,000 in funding for substantial improvements to the roadway and utility systems in St. Johnsbury. In 2007, DG completed planning activities that identified required water system improvements. Various funding scenarios were evaluated to determine the best funding...

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LEAD LIMITS OF ACT 193 RESULT IN UNEXPECTED COSTS FOR MUNICIPALITIES

02.04.10

Vermont’s Lead in Consumer Product’s Law (Act 193) contains limits on lead in plumbing fixtures under Statute 9 V.S.A § 2479h. The language of the statute is as follows: “Beginning January 1, 2010, no person shall sell or offer for sale in or into the state of Vermont, or use in the state of Vermont, solder or flux for plumbing containing more than 0.2 percent lead, or plumbing fixtures whose...

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