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
Hole Montes promotes Paula McMichael to VP of planning Hole Montes has promoted Paula McMichael, AICP, to the position of vice president of planning for the Southwest Florida firm. McMichael is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners and has 18 years of experience in the public and private sectors as a planner in Florida. She joined Hole Montes in 2013 as director of planning and became a shareholder in 2020. “Paula has successfully led a multitude of public and private planning projects over the past eight years, and each time, our team as well as our clients are impressed by her research abilities, professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm,” said Bob Mulhere, president of Hole Montes. “We are excited to see Paula continuing to grow with our company and look forward to her celebrating her success in this new role.” Some of McMichael’s signature projects include a workforce housing study for the City of Bonita Springs, master plan revision for the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency, redesign of Marine Max’s deep lagoon marina commercial planned development and rezoning for the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track’s redevelopment. McMichael has prepared special planning studies on a range of topics, such as workforce housing, redevelopment and sustainability, while also updating comprehensive plans and land development codes for projects of regional significance. McMichael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Smith College and Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Florida Atlantic University, where she graduated with honors and was named an environmental growth management fellow. McMichael is a member of the American Planning Association, Florida Planning & Zoning Association and Lee County Land Development Code Advisory Committee.
Naples, FL – December 12, 2019 – Hole Montes, Inc.’s Board of Directors unanimously elected Robert “Bob” Mulhere, FAICP as President. Mulhere replaces Thomas M. Taylor, P.E. who will remain CEO and Chairman of the Board. Mulhere, with thirty-one years of professional experience serving both public and private sector clients, holds a B.S. in Political Science from St. Michael’s College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. “Bob has been instrumental in advancing the company’s position as a leading provider of Engineering, Planning and Surveying services throughout southwest Florida,” noted Tom Taylor. "He will be an outstanding leader of Hole Montes and I am very happy to step aside so that Bob can continue to move us in a positive direction." Hole Montes has been providing consulting expertise to both public and private sector clients for more than fifty years. For more information, visit www.holemontes.com or contact the office at 239.254.2000.
Hole Montes, Inc. is very happy to announce we will be partnering with Toys for Tots for a 2nd Year. Hole Montes will be a drop-off site location and will be collecting from our generous employees and clients. In 2018, the Naples Toys for Tots distributed 28,425 toys – supporting 5,338 children. When: November 11th – December 6th Where: 950 Encore Way, 2nd Floor, Naples, FL 34110 Boxes will be located on 2nd floor (reception area) Needed: New Toys for children ages newborn to 12 years old. (A listing of suggested gift ideas will be posted soon) Always in demand for the children: Bicycles, scooters and skateboards. Toys for Tots, a 70-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to less fortunate children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by Marines and volunteers offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime. We believe it is such experiences that help disadvantaged children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Each year, the Marine Corps fulfills the holiday hopes and dreams of an average of 7 million less fortunate children in nearly 800 communities nationwide. Since 1947 over 244 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org. Last year we were able to fill 2 boxes and gift 3 children with bicycles.
Timothy J. Parker, P.E. receives the Aviation Ambassador of the Year Award Timothy J. Parker, P.E. Timothy J. Parker, P.E. has received the Aviation Ambassador of the Year Award presented by the Lee County Port Authority. This award recognizes an outstanding individual involved at Page Field and is based on nominations from the tenants and customers at the airport. Parker is a commercial rated pilot, aircraft owner/builder, and the Senior Project Manager for the Runway 5-23 and 13-31 Rehabilitation projects.
Bob Mulhere, FAICP receives the Roland Eastwood Planner of the Year Award Bob Mulhere, FAICP Bob Mulhere, FAICP has received the Roland Eastwood Planner of the Year Award by the Promised Lands Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Florida Planning and Zoning Association. The award, named in honor of Roland Eastwood, a legendary land use attorney who was the first director of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council from 1974 to 1982 and a Lee County Commissioner from 1982 to 1990, has been awarded annually since 2000. The 2017 recipient Mulhere, Vice President of Planning for Hole Montes, was honored for his nearly 30 years of planning work in southwest Florida, serving both the public and private sector. Past recipients of the award include Neno Spagna, Wayne Daltry, Bill Spikowski, Sharon Jenkins-Owen; Ron Lee; Glenn Ahlert, David Burr, Rep. Mike Davis, Mary Gibbs; Patricia Newton, Vince Cautero, Dan Trescott, Debrah Forester, Julia B. Davis, David Crawford, Jim LaRue, and Pamela E. Houck.