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Pfaff and Guy Receive ‘PE’ Designation

REEDSBURG, WI – Neil Pfaff, PE, PH, CST has received his Professional Engineer (PE) license. Pfaff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville...

Vierbicher 2014 Staff Additions

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher Associates, Inc. announces the addition of Mike Ziehr, PLS, Joe Goldsworthy, Tony Vandermuss, PE, Peter Lewis, Brian Barritt, PE, Allison Halkey, Colin Punt, Jake Henderson and...

Wilson Joins Vierbicher

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher Associates, Inc. announces the addition of Shaun Wilson to our Madison office as manager of its Planning and Community Development practice. Wilson brings eight years of market...

FEED Kitchens Opening Soon!

FEED Kitchens, the latest Wisconsin-based food incubator facility, plans to open its doors on November 4th. The facility will provide specialized equipment for use by local food entrepreneurs. Several Vierbicher...

Vierbicher in Print

A retrospective of Vierbicher articles published in industry journals over the past several years. Articles cover a wide variety of topics including crowdfunding, shovel-ready certification, downtown revitalization and business park...

What’s Behind the Apartment Boom?

A perfect storm of economic and demographic trends has resulted in a dramatic increase in apartment development. This post explores the data behind this rush to construction and provides means...

Vierbicher 2013 Staff Additions

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher Associates, Inc. announces the addition of Andrew Mears, Jeff Felland, PE to the company's Madison office. Mears joins our engineering team with 2 years experience providing municipal...

The Power of GIS
A geographic information system, or GIS, wield tremendous power in answering an array of community and economic development, environmental, and other planning questions. Recognized or not, most  community development issues have a spatial component – land values, environmental areas, wetlands, floodplains, zoning, land use, and the like.  Visually displaying these features through GIS can be the first step to designing individual solutions and monitoring changing conditions.
Addressing the Top 3 Challenges to Revitalizing Upper Story Residential
If you’re reading this, you probably already understand the importance of active upper story residential units to the overall health of your downtown’s economy. Successfully designed and managed upstairs residential units can subsidize the cost of operating a downstairs business, provide seasonal stability to offset retail revenue patterns, provide eyes on the street to increase safety, all in addition to providing critically needed rental and targeted market housing opportunities. However, creating and maintaining the type of units which can convey these benefits is more difficult than it would appear. Three of the top challenges for someone trying to encourage successful renovation or conversion projects include property owners, architectural and code compliance, and funding.
Muskego Wisconsin
Moving Beyond a Bedroom Community
Despite having one of the highest residential growth rates and most appealing consumer profiles in the region, Muskego has suffered from a lack of full service retail and restaurant amenities to serve the local population.  Janesville Road, which serves as the City’s primary arterial, passes through several commercial districts while providing only minimal access to adjacent residential neighborhoods. In order to capitalize on opportunities associated with a full street reconstruction in 2012 and 2013, the City selected Vierbicher to work with the CDA to create an economic development and marketing plan for the community.
Complete Streets
[caption id="attachment_16508" align="alignright" width="300"]All types of users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transit users can safely move along and across a complete street. Source: Smart Growth America; Laura Sandt, www.pedbikeimages.org All types of users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transit users can safely move along and across a complete street.
Source: Smart Growth America; Laura Sandt, www.pedbikeimages.org[/caption] Equitable, safe, convenient, and reliable transportation options for all types of road users – motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users is the guiding principle of complete streets.  Communities across Wisconsin and the United States are realizing the benefits of making roadways and communities safe and welcoming for more than just motorists.  Beyond the naturally occurring health and wellness benefits of providing opportunities for residents to walk and bike more for recreation and transportation purposes, studies indicate that communities  providing amenities and infrastructure for bicycles and pedestrians experience measurable impacts in reported quality of life among residents and higher property values, among other benefits. Becoming bicycle and pedestrian friendly of course means providing infrastructure and amenities for these audiences.  Providing appropriate amenities to achieve maximum benefits requires more than just providing sidewalks for every new street, and includes elements of design, land use, and aesthetics, various issues and characteristics.