Hole Montes names Dawn Barnard as Employee of the Year NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2022) – Hole Montes has named Dawn Barnard, a project manager and senior environmental operations specialist, as its 2021 Employee of the Year. Barnard has 43 years of experience as a wastewater treatment facility operator in Florida, working in both the public and private sectors. At Hole Montes, Barnard’s responsibilities include reviewing plans and specifications for wastewater facilities and providing oversight from the planning process through construction. She also troubleshoots potential problems, assists with pilot-scale treatment systems and trains wastewater treatment operators across Florida. In recent years, Barnard’s project management experience has included permitting projects for local and state water and wastewater treatment facilities. “This was the first year we named an Employee of the Year, and Dawn sets the standard for all future winners,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “Since she joined Hole Montes 25 years ago, Dawn has embodied every quality we want in a team member – passion for the industry and environment, extensive expertise, outstanding client services and a commitment to excellence.” Barnard is a member of the Florida Water Pollution Control Operators Association, Florida Society of Environmental Analysts, Florida Water Environment Association and Florida Rural Water Association. She is certified in Florida as a Class A wastewater treatment plant operator, wastewater treatment instructor, public sector manager and professional notary. Barnard attended the University of Florida, University of Tampa and University of South Florida.
Stanley Hole Golf Tournament raises $25,000 for the CREW Trust NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2022) – The 2021 CREW Stanley Hole Golf Tournament raised $25,000 to support CREW Land & Water Trust’s mission of preserving and stewarding water resources and natural communities around the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW). Named in honor of engineer, environmentalist and avid golfer Stanley Hole, the annual golf tournament is one of two major fundraisers that supports CREW Land & Water Trust. Hole co-founded the engineering firm Hole Montes in 1959 and was a founding member of CREW Trust’s Board of Trustees, helping establish the nonprofit in 1989. “Stanley Hole was an incredibly talented engineer, but his true passion was supporting environmental causes across Southwest Florida,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “Our firm was proud to sponsor the golf tournament once again and help carry out our founder’s personal mission of protecting the region's natural resources, especially water quality.” Today, Hole Montes is the region’s leading engineering, surveying and planning company with a focus on water resource management, including the treatment of stormwater and wastewater, flood control and restoration tools, and innovative approaches to assess, protect and restore water bodies. Beyond its sponsorship of the Stanley Hole Golf Tournament, Hole Montes maintains a close connection with CREW Land & Water Trust through former CEO and Board Chairman Thomas M. Taylor serving on the nonprofit’s board of trustees. The CREW Land & Water Trust formed to coordinate the land acquisition, land management and public use of the 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The nonprofit partners with the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Conservation Collier and Conservation 20/20 in Lee County. CREW lands help recharge groundwater for the region’s drinking water supply, offer natural flood protection, purify water, provide habitat for wildlife and
Jeffery Bozic rejoins Hole Montes as design technician Jeffery Bozic has rejoined Hole Montes as a design technician specializing in computer-aided designs for utility and transportation projects. Bozic previously worked as a design technician at Hole Montes for nearly nine years and as a senior transportation designer for more than four years. Overall, Bozic has more than 26 years of experience with former roles encompassing engineering design technician, CAD designer, CAD technician, service technician, CAD operator, GIS technician and millwright. Hole Montes offers a full suite of digital design services and 3D graphics, including digital imaging, animation, virtual reality and digital graphic communication. The firm uses advanced computer drafting techniques across its environmental, transportation and aviation engineering divisions. Bozic completed the CAD technician program at Lee County High Tech Center North, which is now known as Cape Coral Technical College.
Hole Montes completes NeoGenomics headquarters project Hole Montes has completed engineering and design services for NeoGenomics’ new corporate headquarters, a $60 million, 150,000-square-foot complex in south Fort Myers. The firm provided land surveying, civil engineering, site development design, permitting and construction administration services, as well as construction surveying. Spread across 14 acres in the Florida Gulf Coast Business Center, NeoGenomics’ headquarters includes two 75,000-square-foot buildings that feature offices, laboratories, pathology suites, common spaces, a kitchen, cafeteria and more. “NeoGenomics isn’t just investing in a new building; it’s investing in Southwest Florida,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “That’s what made this project so exciting for our team. NeoGenomics is the type of business with high-paying jobs that every community in America would gladly welcome, and the fact that they’re staying right here indicates to other companies that Southwest Florida is a great place to do business.” NeoGenomics specializes in cancer genetics testing and information services, providing one of the most comprehensive oncology-focused testing menus in the world for physicians to help them diagnose and treat cancer. Hole Montes’ NeoGenomics project team included Principal and Engineer of Record Rick Brylanski, PE, as well as Tyler Bonnough, project engineer; Val Zdravkov, senior designer; Tom Murphy, principal surveyor; and Jackie Lopez, permit coordinator. The firm’s project partners included Seagate Development Group as owner, developer, construction manager and site contractor; DeAngelis Diamond as general contractor; and Studio+ as architect. Hole Montes coordinated site permit reviews with multiple agencies, including the South Florida Water Management District, Lee County Utilities, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Health and Federal Aviation Administration.
Hole Montes hires Eglantin Dashi as aviation project manager Eglantin Dashi has joined Hole Montes as an aviation project manager spearheading improvement projects at commercial and general aviation airports across Southwest Florida. A trained military helicopter pilot, Dashi’s experience includes nearly two decades as project manager and aviation consultant at some of the world’s largest commercial airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Venice Marco Polo International Airport and others. His work has included airport master plans, airport layout plans, terminal expansion studies, airfield upgrades and multimodal transportation systems studies. Dashi is a firm believer of sustainable, innovative transportation modes to improve the transportation needs of today and the future. He has developed a keen interest in the urban air mobility industry and has worked closely with the Uber Elevate team to plan and design the urban Mega-Skyport of the future for Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. “As the aviation industry evolves, airports in Southwest Florida will continue to need new designs and construction management services to stay current with federal regulations and aviation standards,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “Eglantin brings a wealth of project planning and design experience to our growing Aviation Division, and we’re excited to tap into his expertise as we help position the region’s network of airports for future growth.” Since establishing its initial partnership with the Lee County Port Authority in 1998, Hole Montes has successfully completed hundreds of projects at the region’s three largest airports – Southwest Florida International Airport, Page Field and Naples Airport – as well as Everglades Airpark, Immokalee Regional Airport and Marco Island Executive Airport. Aviation services include designs and construction management for terminal and hangar buildings, airfield pavement, lighting, signage, navigation aids and landside improvements. Dashi earned a bachelor's degree in telecommunications engineering from the Turkish Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in airport management from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. He received a military helicopter pilot’s license through the Italian Air Force. Dashi has served on Airports Council International-North America’s Operations, Planning, Safety, Infrastructure & Development steering committee. He is fluent
Hole Montes completes Yellowbird Street improvement project NAPLES, Fla. (June 28, 2021) – Hole Montes has completed a series of street, traffic calming and utility improvements to Yellowbird Street on Marco Island that make the roadway safer for motorists, pedestrians and residents while providing reliable utility service into the future. Defined as a local connector road, Yellowbird Street stretches three-fourths of a mile from North Collier Boulevard to Bald Eagle Drive. Hole Montes designed the replacement and widening of the existing 20-foot-wide, two-lane road into a 24-foot-wide thoroughfare, also adding paved shoulders that serve as bike paths. Additionally, the design included new water and sewer lines, improved the drainage system and updated concrete sidewalks to meet ADA compliance standards. Hole Montes also designed traffic calming devices, including mid-block side islands and a mini roundabout. The City of Marco Island awarded Hole Montes the Yellowbird Street design contract in 2016. Construction began in April 2020 and finished a year later. “Yellowbird Street is an active roadway that runs through a residential neighborhood, and our engineers were diligent in their initial field work so we could minimize the potential disruptions once construction began,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “The improvements make Yellowbird Street much safer now for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, and the utility improvements will see it into the future.” Transportation engineering, in addition to aviation and environmental engineering, are among Hole Montes’ areas of focus. The 55-year-old company’s additional services include landscape architecture, entitlement planning, site development, land planning, permitting, zoning, storm water management design, surveying and mapping.
Hole Montes’ Austin Brown earns engineering licensure Austin Brown, a project manager at Hole Montes, has passed the PE Civil Transportation licensure exam through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The Principles & Practices of Engineering exam is the second of two tests certifying an individual meets specific qualifications in education, work experience and knowledge. Licensure is an important verification of expertise for engineers that is critical in safeguarding the public. Brown joined Hole Montes in 2016 and works on the firm’s aviation team. Some of his notable experience includes managing runway, taxiway, ramp and hangar projects at Page Field, a runway rehabilitation project at Everglades Airpark, and taxiway extension and runway rehabilitation projects at Immokalee Regional Airport. “Aviation engineering is a highly specific sector within the engineering field, and Hole Montes is the only Southwest Florida-based firm currently offering that service,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “Having Austin on our aviation team is a tremendous asset, and anyone who has traveled by air in recent years – commercially and privately – has probably landed on a runway or walked through a hangar that Austin has designed.” In addition to aviation, transportation and environmental engineering, Hole Montes’ services include landscape architecture, site development, land planning, permitting, zoning, storm water management design, surveying and mapping. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida.
Hole Montes hires Ellen Summers as senior planner NAPLES, Fla. (May 10, 2021) – Hole Montes has announced that Ellen Summers has joined the firm as a senior planner. Summers worked in the government sector for nearly a decade, most recently serving as principal redevelopment specialist for the Bayshore Gateway Triangle Community Redevelopment Agency. In this role, Summers managed the CRA grants program while serving as a liaison with private developers and growth management staff, drafting land development code amendments, facilitating plan reviews and coordinating presentations. Summers previously held a variety of roles with Collier County’s Growth Management Department, including senior planner with zoning services, planner with development review, planner with the business center, and planning technician operations and regulatory management. Hole Montes offers a full range of planning services that include site analysis, sector plans, land use approvals, master planning, site design, and comprehensive planning and zoning. “Ellen has a unique perspective on the planning process because she has experience working within the county’s Growth Management Department,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “She knows land development codes and requirements because she helped write some of them, and her extensive knowledge of the inner-workings of county government will be invaluable to our team.” Summers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Hole Montes shareholder Barry E. Jones appointed to Estero’s planning board NAPLES, Fla. (April 22, 2021) – Hole Montes Shareholder Barry E. Jones, P.E., has been named to the Village of Estero’s newly formed Planning, Zoning and Design Board. Jones, who has 28 years of experience in civil engineering, has served on the Estero Design Review Board for six years, chairing the body for the previous three years. The Planning, Zoning and Design Board combines Estero’s previous Design Review Board with its Planning and Zoning Board. The Planning, Zoning and Design Board is responsible for reviewing applications for rezoning, comprehensive plan amendments, site plan approvals and similar items for conformance with the Village Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan. Building design, architecture and landscaping are of particular importance in maintaining Estero’s quality of life. “We encourage everyone at Hole Montes to take an active role in the community, whether it’s serving on boards, volunteering or supporting charitable causes,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “As soon as Estero residents voted to incorporate, Barry stepped forward in a leadership role to help guide the village’s emergence from an unincorporated area between Naples and Fort Myers into one of Southwest Florida’s premier lifestyle communities.” Jones joined Hole Montes in 2015 after serving in a variety of roles for engineering firms, design groups, utilities and development companies. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society.
Hole Montes adds three to growing Naples office Hole Montes has added three professionals to its Naples office as the firm responds to additional demands for services in Collier County. The three additions include Kevin Dowty, P.E., project manager; Jon Waters, project manager; and Wayne Bauer, design technician. “Kevin, Jon and Wayne have spent their entire professional careers in the Naples and Fort Myers area, and their familiarity with local developers, communities and government agencies is a huge asset for our firm,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “As Naples and inland communities continue to flourish in Collier County, our firm is well-positioned to take on additional work from clients needing design and management expertise.” Dowty carries out civil design for private and public site development projects from Hole Montes’ Naples office. Dowty has served as a project engineer since 2012 for two local firms, specializing in stormwater modeling and water quality analyses. He is president of the Florida Engineering Society’s Calusa Chapter and is a former recipient of the organization’s Young Engineer of the Year Award. Dowty holds Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering and environmental engineering from Florida Gulf Coast University. Waters joins Hole Montes’ environmental engineering department in Naples and will focus on private and public general civil and utility projects. Since 2016, Waters has worked at a Fort Myers firm as a project engineer responsible for permitting, data collection, design and construction oversight for an array of waterfront projects. Waters’ skills include permitting, design, data collection, plan preparation and construction inspection services. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and environmental engineering from Florida Gulf Coast University, and recently passed the Florida P.E. exam. Another new addition to the company’s land development department in Naples is Bauer, who completes AutoCAD plans for private and public