July 2015: In This Issue
Olsson #48 on Zweig Group's Hot Firm list
Olsson was recently named number 48 in the Zweig Group's Hot Firm list. This designation honors Olsson among the top 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada.
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Olsson drones cleared for takeoff


By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications


Olsson's clients are now able to have an "eye in the sky" as a service option for their projects. 


Olsson Associates was recently awarded federal approval for commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System of the United States. This is good news for clients needing services that include aerial photography and videography, photogrammetric surveys, or knowledge of suspected leaks at oil and gas facilities. With the permit, Olsson can now perform these services and others more quickly and cost efficiently using its UAS technology.


To watch a video of Olsson's UAS capabilities, click here.



Palmer, Nebraska: Small town, big dreams
Downtown Palmer, Nebraska

The Village of Palmer, Nebraska, is a nook of a town located approximately 30 miles north of Grand Island. Palmer began as a railroad town in the late 1800s, and today, nearly 500 people call it home. 

Although modest in size, Palmer's design improvements showcase its vibrancy and dedication to its growth. In the video shown 
here, Olsson Senior Engineer Dave Ziska describes the improvements Palmer is undertaking and how Olsson is helping Palmer and other small municipalities to grow their towns in big ways.

Olsson channels services for Phoenix's Sonoqui Wash Channelization project

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

The Sonoqui Wash in Phoenix's Southeast Valley once gave eye-opening interpretation to "when it rains, it pours."

With perennial flooding threatening hundreds of homes and costing the taxpayers millions of dollars in damages, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County needed to find a solution to contain the destructive floodwaters that came with the heavy downpours from desert mountain watersheds that could not be contained by the flat, desert washes of the alluvial landscape. 

Olsson has been involved with the design of the current phase, Phase III, which is currently under construction and can be viewed here. Video is courtesy of Blucor Contracting, which is the prime contractor.