Municipal & Government
"Municipalities have a responsibility to the public and we are there to assist in that responsibility ... in whatever manner that may take."

MunicipalSuccessfully managing municipal projects, and your constituency's expectations, is rigorous. Planning and regulatory requirements are becoming more complex, while time and budgets are shrinking. At Provan & Lorber, we understand the issues facing smaller municipalities, and we're experienced in developing innovative solutions to help you overcome them.

With strong relationships at the state and federal levels, Provan & Lorber streamlines the permit approval process, saving time and money. We can help you with loan and grant applications. Our proven record for locating financing significantly reduces the burden on taxpayers. We'll facilitate public hearings, educate those in your community and answer the tough questions that arise. From concept to completion, our systematic, step-by-step approach helps you make cost-effective choices that serve the best interest of your community.

Projects have included:

Towns and Cities:
  • Municipal Buildings
  • Water Treatment Plants and Distribution Piping
  • Wastewater Treatment Plants & Pump Stations
  • Storm Water Management Systems
  • Roads and Bridges
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Master Plans
  • Grants
  • Innovative Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems
  • Landfill Closures
  • Transfer and Recycling Stations
  • Water Distribution Improvements
  • Road Inventory and Improvements
  • Storm Sewer Extensions and Improvements
  • Economic and Community Development Grants
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Counties:

    • County Administration Offices
    • Nursing Homes
    • Correctional Facilities
    • Wastewater Treatment Systems
    • Water Systems
    • Structural Evaluations
    • Building Expansion Feasibility Studies
    • Nursing Home Facility Expansions
    • Fire-Protection Improvements

    State Government:

    • Office Buildings
    • Bridges
    • Highways
    • Road and Bridge Alignments
    • Bridge Inspection and Rehabilitation
    • Storm Drainage System Improvements
    • Correctional Facilities Expansions

    Federal Government:

    • National Parks
    • EPA
    • Wetland Delineation Projects
    • Recreational Campgrounds and Trails
    • Boundary and Topographic Surveys

    water supply systems
    Water Supply Systems

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. provides a variety of water supply engineering, planning, design, and construction services. These services include the design of distribution and treatment systems, booster stations, and storage facilities.

    Water Distribution And Storage
    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has designed water mains, distribution systems, and treated water storage facilities for projects throughout New England. These projects serve subdivisions, municipalities, and commercial sites. Additional components include the design of booster pumping stations with associated instrumentation.

    Water Treatment
    The U.S. EPA Safe Drinking Water Act required many water suppliers to provide new water sources or provide filtration and treatment systems. PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has provided services to approximately 35% of the 70 New Hampshire communities required to meet these standards. Our assistance has resulted in water supplies that meet or exceed quality standards through cost-effective solutions.

    Study and design services by PROVAN & LORBER, INC. include:

    • Water Studies - demand projections, development of surface and groundwater sources, investigations of water supply characteristics, and yield.
    • System Evaluations - interpretation of mapping and hydrogeologic data, field testing, pressure and flow testing, hydraulic analysis, computer modeling, and cost-effectiveness of alternative systems.
    • Treatment System Design - flocculation, filtration, chemical addition, chlorination facilities, and radon removal.
    • Source Development - investigation and installation of gravel and bedrock wells.

    Wastewater Systems
    Wastewater Systems

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. provides a variety of wastewater engineering, planning, design, and construction services. These services include: collection and treatment system designs, drainage and storm sewer studies and design, and sewerage pumping stations design.

    Wastewater Collection
    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has designed sewerage collection and transmission systems for projects throughout New England. These facilities service subdivisions, municipalities, and commercial sites. Additional components include the design of raw sewerage pump stations, instrumentation, and force mains.

    Wastewater Treatment
    Improvements to wastewater systems include design of headworks facilities such as screens, grit removal, and septage receiving wet wells, package treatment plants, aerated lagoon systems, advanced treatment, activated sludge systems, sludge digestion and dewatering facilities, chlorination systems, pumping systems and raw sewerage pumping stations and various support facilities. We have substantial experience in the planning and design of treatment systems serving large communities.

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has evaluated many existing, large subsurface disposal systems and the design of new facilities to serve large housing and condominium complexes. Subsurface systems have also been designed for industrial parks/complexes.

    Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment
    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has experience in industrial wastewater treatment facilities employing biological, aeration, filtration, and chemical treatments. These include recycling systems for water conservation and compliance to meet stringent stream discharge standards. Our staff has been actively involved in the planning, design, and construction of sludge dewatering and disposal systems - many incorporating innovative methodologies - and have experience in sludge composting facilities design.

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has completed a facility plan which evaluated a package-activated sludge process, as well as aerated lagoons and other options. Our firm also planned the improvements to pretreat wastes from a large latex manufacturing facility.

    Solid Waste
    Solid Waste Management

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has extensive solid waste management and site remediation experience throughout New England. We offer study and design services for:

    • Site selection studies, landfill designs, and closure plans for both industrial and municipal facilities.
    • Sanitary landfills and recycling/transfer stations for municipal districts and communities.
    • Landfill disposal of municipal refuses, industrial boiler fly ash, wood ash, and paper mill waste.
    • Cost evaluations and alternative strategies for solid waste collection and transfer stations.

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. prepares landfill plans for municipalities and private sector firms. These plans incorporate site layout, routing of roads, storm drainage, monitoring well placement, cover requirements, final contouring, erosion control groundwater protection, and operational plans. Many landfill plans also include provisions for leachate collection and treatment.

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. develops closure plans for landfills. Closure plans may include site assessments, installation of monitoring wells, groundwater analysis, projection of landfill life, remedial action plans, and design of the most acceptable closure strategy. We undertake in-depth field investigations, coordinate with regulatory agencies, research available data, and supply an analysis of existing conditions and make recommendations for remedial actions.

    bridges Roads & Bridges

    The design and location of modern roadway systems and bridges must include the integration of variables which are unique to every site. Roadways and bridges serve residential and commercial uses and pleasure and business users. Each use application requires attention to location, service levels, environmental impacts, design factors, costs, property ownership, topography, access, and ownership. Every roadway and bridge is unique and necessitates careful planning and design to fulfill its potential use.

    Urban and Rural Roadways
    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has acquired experience in roadway design and construction from the development of many miles of roads and drives in subdivisions, commercial, and industrial sites throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. We have represented municipalities on public works projects to improve local roads and drainage. We have completed designs for state and local highway widening projects, intersection improvements, and bridge approach improvements. During the roadway design process, we coordinate and process various permit applications, including trench excavation permits, wetlands permits, and railroad licenses.

    Our engineering and technical staff utilize computer software and field surveying instruments that allow for the efficient collection and production of highway design data. We select a variety of alignments to demonstrate the least intrusive, and/or most economical route for new roads and improvement projects. Our plans include horizontal and vertical alignments, cross-sections, superelevation, sidewalks, utility aspects, drainage, erosion control measures, signs, and pavement markings necessary for the design speed, local, and state specifications. We have provided designs in conjunction with downtown revitalization projects and master plans. State transportation agencies also review many of our projects.

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has measured and rated roadway surfaces utilizing the RSMS software developed by the University of New Hampshire. The maintenance and repairs identified by this priority system enable a town to select roadways for repair, rehabilitation, and reconstruction so as to maximize the benefits received from limited funds.

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC.'s structural engineers offer practical and economical solutions to bridge design for rehabilitation and replacement. We have worked with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation on various state bridge and roadway approach projects. We have also worked with a number of communities using the NHDOT's "municipally-managed" process on the design and construction of local bridges.

    Structural engineering staff are familiar with state and federal regulations, design standards (AASHTO), and the requirements of various regulatory agencies.

    We provide the following services associated with new bridges, rehabilitation or replacement of existing bridges, and historic structures:

    • Design
    • Inspections and Reports
    • Bridge Rating Analysis
    • Remediation and Replacement Cost Options
    • Maintenance Priority Programs
    • Bid Documents and Technical Specifications
    • Construction Observation Services
    • Construction Phasing/Traffic Routing Plans
    • Alignment Studies
    • Approach Roadway Improvements
    • Right-of-Way Easements
    • Wetlands Permitting Assistance

    Construction Services

    Construction Services

    Specifications and Bidding

    • Prepare bid documents to meet local standards with respect to unit pricing, bonding, form of contract, general and special conditions, insurance, construction schedule, and technical specifications/plan format.
    • Distribute the plans and specifications to the contractors and building associations and provide for public notices.
    • Present a prebid conference with all bidders, answer questions during the bid process, and issue addenda, if required.
    • Attend the bid opening, tabulate and evaluate bids, and distribute the bid tabulations to the contractors. Provide contractor recommendations to the client, if desired.
    • Prepare for and attend a preconstruction conference with the selected contractor and client. The construction contract is awarded and the project discussed in detail at that meeting so all parties will know what is expected at the outset.

    PROVAN & LORBER, INC. provides a variety of professional services to ensure that quality assurance procedures are extended throughout the construction process. Construction Administration Services (Clerk of the Works) and full- or part-time construction observation services are typically performed by our staff in connection with various planning and design projects.

    Construction Administration
    Typical Construction Administration Services include:

    • Interpret the intent of the drawings and specifications to protect the owner against defects and deficiencies in construction on the part of the contractors.
    • Furnish additional detail drawings and specifications according to a schedule prepared with the contractor.
    • Prepare necessary contract change orders for approval by the owner.
    • Determine those work items that are in addition to the contract and obtain necessary approvals and change orders in accordance with the contract documents.
    • Review and approve, for conformance with the design concept, any necessary shop and working drawings furnished by the contractor or their suppliers.
    • Confirm the project schedule and shop drawing submission dates prepared by the contractor.
    • Serve as the liaison between the owner, engineer, and contractor.
    • Maintain a record of shop drawing submissions, sample testing, construction events, and site schedules.
    • Ensure timely requests for required testing to prevent delay of work.
    • Maintain orderly files for correspondence, reports of job meetings, shop drawings and samples submissions, reproductions of original Contract Documents including all addenda, change orders, field orders, and other project-related documents.

    Construction Observation
    Typical Construction Observation Services provided:

    • Attend prebid conference and assist in the selection of the contractor (owner's option).
    • Full- or part-time observation of construction to verify the work is being performed in accordance with the intent of the engineering documents.
    • Prepare field reports summarizing work events.
    • Recommend rejecting work that does not conform to the engineering documents or standards.
    • Review contractor applications for progress payments and final payment and make recommendation to the owner.
    • Provide partial and final inspections of the completed project. Prepare final project construction report.

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