People / Places / Perspectives

Barnebey Joins Vierbicher

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher announces the addition of Andrew Barnebey, PE, to our Madison office.  Barnebey joins our firm as a Project Leader with over 17 years of experience in......

Davis Joins Vierbicher

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher announces the addition of Erik Davis, to our Madison office as a Project Engineer.  Davis joins our firm as a Project Engineer with previous intern experience......

Prichard and Polk Join Vierbicher

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher welcomes Aaron Prichard to the company’s Madison office. Prichard joins our firm as a Project Planner with experience as one of our planning interns.  He recently graduated......

May is National #BikeMonth

Join your colleagues in enjoying the outdoors, saving on gas and getting some exercise during your morning and evening commutes. Click here to view the Vierbicher flyer for May is National......

Shear Joins Vierbicher

REEDSBURG, WI – Vierbicher announces the addition of Garrett Shear, to our Reedsburg office as an Engineering Technician.  Shear brings 5 years of water resources experience.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree......

Zampardi Joins Vierbicher

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher announces the addition of Justin Zampardi, PE, to our Madison office as a Project Leader.   Zampardi brings over 15 years of civil engineering experience.  He holds a......

Vierbicher 2016/2017 Staff Additions

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher welcomes the return of Dave Gullickson, PLS, and announces the addition of Spencer Christiansen, EIT to the company’s Madison office. Gullickson returns to our firm as......

Wisconsin Revises Wetland Screening and Delineation Process

Last June the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) introduced an updated process regarding the screening and delineation of project sites containing potential wetlands. Additional information is now needed from......

Carrico Receives PE Designation

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher announces that Adam Carrico, PE, has received his Professional Engineer (PE) license. Carrico holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University......

Vierbicher Capital Improvements Planning

Capital Improvements Planning – A Tool to Leverage Grants During the annual municipal budget process, I often get calls from municipal officials asking if grant funds are available for a......

Vierbicher 2016 Staff Additions

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher Associates, Inc. announces the addition of Joeseth Arce, Karl A. Jensen, PE, and Quasan Shaw to the company’s Madison office. Arce joins our firm as a......

Vierbicher 2015/2016 Staff Additions

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher Associates, Inc. announces the addition of and welcomes the return of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Gary A. Blazek, PE to the company’s Madison office. Blazek joins our firm as an......

How to set up a Facebook Page for your Municipality

Lately we’ve helped a few municipal administrators and planners to set up a Facebook page so that they can communicate on the ubiquitous platform. It has been particularly useful for......

Vierbicher Public Funding Bulletin 2016 CDBG Program

The Wisconsin Division of Housing Announces 2016 CDBG Programs  The Wisconsin 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, developed by the Department of Administration’s Division of Housing (DOH), details the Division of Housing’s overall......

Vierbicher Announces New Milwaukee Metro Office

Vierbicher – a multi-disciplined planning, engineering and surveying firm, is excited to announce the opening of a Milwaukee Metro Office located at N27 W23957 Paul Road, Suite 105, Pewaukee, WI. ......

Vierbicher 2015 Staff Additions

MADISON, WI – Vierbicher Associates, Inc. announces the addition of Dan Perry, Claudia Guy, PE; Eric Lawver, Andrew Geffert, PE; Dan Lindstrom, AICP; and James Joehnk, PE to the company’s......

Glusick Attends Ironwood Estates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

MADISON, WI – David Glusick, PE, MBA, attends Ironwood Estates – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Vierbicher Associates, Inc. Neumann Land Development and Tim O’Brien Homes team together to develop Ironwood Estates.......

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......

Trails Without Rails: A New Approach to Trail Planning

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

What is Livability?

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

Vierbicher at League of WI Municipalities Conference

The 115th League of Wisconsin Municipalities Conference runs from October 16, 2013 through October 18, 2013 at the KI Center in Green Bay. Vierbicher is pleased to have two sessions at the conference. Both sessions are on Thursday, October 17th at 1:30 pm....

So You Think You Want An Incubator

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

Fostering Cross Border Development: Multi-Jurisdictional TIDs

Effective October 1, 2012, municipalities may collaborate to create a multijurisdictional tax increment financing (TIF) district. This provision of the TIF statutes (2011 Wisconsin Act 77) gives cities and villages a new, potentially powerful tool to jointly plan the development or redevelopment of an area that encompasses multiple political jurisdictions. This piece provides a how-to for municipalities interested in development of shared sites. ...

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 staff were fortunate to be involved in this great community-based project. ...

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 development. ...

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 to assess the long term viability of apartment demand in individual communities....

Downtown-Adjacent Residential

A companion problem to the issue of many downtowns being illegal is that many of the small residential lots surrounding the downtown are also illegal. Homes on these lots were often constructed prior to World War II, when walkability was a much higher priority, and bigger homes were not always considered better....

Does More Parking Lead to Fewer Jobs and Lower Incomes?

A new study published in the journal Urban Design International found that cities with higher rates of driving have fewer people per square mile. On its face, this makes sense: more driving leads to more parking (and vice versa), which combines to drive down density as cities bolster their required parking minimums and also attempt to accommodate cars via increased provision of public parking. As cities spread out, more infrastructure is created, the cost of which must be supported by lower-value, parking-heavy development – every square foot of asphalt means less taxable improvements on a parcel....

New CDBG Application Forms – Public Facilities Grant Deadline Sept. 13th

Planning grant applications will be accepted on a continual basis, but the Public Facilities grant applications are accepted on an annual basis. The next deadline for Public Facilities grants is September 13, 2013. Applicants should begin working on their application in July in order to complete the documentation by the deadline....

TID Update Presentation

Gary presented to the Wisconsin Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Institute on Thursday, June 27, 2013. He was asked to present a workshop on recent changes to tax incremental financing in Wisconsin...

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......

Congress for the New Urbanism 21 in Salt Lake City

The Congress for the New Urbanism’s 21st conference was held in Salt Lake City from May 29th through June 1st this year. Traveling to Salt Lake City, I was greeted by some beautiful Wasatch Valley weather and the United States' fastest growing light rail system. The newest extension, completed just a few months before, allowed a direct ride from the airport through downtown Salt Lake City, to the conference center. ...

Zellers Earns Certified Urban Designation

Madison, WI –Ben Zellers, AICP, CNU-A, has received his accreditation by the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a master’s......

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......

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......

Successful Redevelopment in the City of Stoughton

The City of Stoughton has successfully revitalized its Main Street area over the past decade, assisting businesses and property owners in renovating buildings and filling storefronts through a façade improvement......

Is Your Downtown Legal

If you were to survey residents of the cities and villages throughout Wisconsin on what makes their community unique, the community’s downtown would often rise to the top of the......

Complete Streets

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......

Capitalizing on Big Box Stores

From a dollars and cents perspective, the question of ‘why should we partner?’ with big box stores is easily addressed. Large format retailers draw from a regional trade area, and......

What’s Driving the Apartment Boom?

Understanding the financial drivers which influence developer and investor behavior is important for communities hoping to attract private investment. Since 2007, financial market conditions have changed rapidly and continuously, limiting......

Vierbicher Celebrates 35 Years in Business

Reedsburg, WI – Vierbicher is celebrating its 35th year as a planning and engineering consulting firm delivering successful development projects to public and private clients.  Vierbicher is unique in its......

Kolinske Earns Professional Engineer Designation

Madison, WI – Randall T. Kolinske, PE, LEED-AP, has received his Professional Engineer (PE) license. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a bachelor’s degree in......