This year marks a special year for OMNNI Associates as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. Founded in 1968 by two young professionals with a vision to develop a quality engineering and architectural firm, OMNNI has blossomed into a full-service consulting firm providing innovative engineering, architectural and environmental solutions. Projects have supported business growth and have improved economic development for the area.
Here are a few of OMNNI’s accomplishments throughout the past 50 years.
A Driving Force for Economic Development.
“OMNNI’s association with Appleton International Airport has resulted in major contributions to the area’s infrastructure resulting in increased economic impact,” says Phil Ramlet, P.E., President, OMNNI Associates. “Since 1988, OMNNI has designed and engineered improvements to ensure the safety, security and convenience of the passengers flying into Appleton.”
OMNNI recently provided design of building renovations for the addition of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities, which allows the airport to claim international status. In addition, design for the expansion of the entrance roads, service area and parking lot, and design of a close circuit TV and security system allows passengers to navigate safely and efficiently around the airport.
Throughout the years, OMNNI has provided design for new runways, taxiways, aprons, general aviation areas, access roads and airport facilities.
“We have had many successful collaborations, such as with the airport and Fox Valley Technical College, where we were a part of the team for the design and construction of the 80-acre Public Safety Training Facility for the school,” notes Ramlet. “People from all over the country come into the area to train at these facilities.”
Engineering Efficient Transportation Networks. Miles and miles of roadway and hundreds of bridges throughout the Fox Valley area have been enhanced through OMNNI’s efforts. Projects include providing design services for the reconstruction of downtown College Avenue and the College Avenue Bridge (Appleton), as well as the Mason Street Bridge (Green Bay). More recently, projects include the design of improvements to CTH CA from CTH CB to Casaloma Drive (Appleton) and the USH 151 & CTH V Interchange (Fond du Lac County).
Focused Response and Delivery. A quick and focused response from our environmental and materials testing staff helped avert a major catastrophe in 2013 when Pier 22 of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge (Green Bay) sank about 2 feet, causing a 400-foot sag across all four lanes. OMNNI’s staff was immediately called in to work closely with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as part of the investigative team to determine what caused the unexpected settlement. Extensive coordination was required throughout the project and into the repair phase. Due to the accelerated schedule during the repair phase, OMNNI personnel worked nights, weekends and holidays providing field services.
Building Vibrant Communities. Population growth and economic impact has spurred the demand for additional cultural and recreational facilities in the area. In 1995, OMNNI completed the design and engineering of the infrastructure for the Fox Cities Stadium, which has become an economic resource for the Fox Valley. Other projects include site design for the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and geotechnical testing for the UW-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center. Most recently, OMNNI has provided geotechnical and environmental services for the construction of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center and improvements to Jones Park.
Redevelopment through Environmental Clean-up. Area brownfields have been cleaned up and redeveloped due to OMNNI’s involvement in successfully remediating these sites. The underutilized Valmet property, located in the flats, was successfully remediated and redeveloped into Trolley Square, a 20,000-square-foot brick and glass mixed-use facility.
The former Wire Works facility, located on one full city block in Appleton, was heavily contaminated with chlorinated solvents and heavy metals. OMNNI provided investigation and remediation services for the site and it was remodeled by the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities into affordable housing units. Our engineers also implement “green” technology to help remediate sites including Phytoremediation, which is a cost-effective technology that uses plants to assist in the clean-up of contaminated soils and groundwater.
“Offering a combination of engineering, architectural, and environmental services, OMNNI has provided the Fox River Valley with the right mix of expertise needed to support its growth and development,” says Ramlet. “But, we couldn’t have done it without the support of our customers and the relationships we have built over the past 50 years and we are very grateful for that.”