Jun 172021

DuBois & King is pleased to welcome Rich Tetreault, PE, as Director of D&K’s Transportation Division. Rich brings to D&K an extensive background in transportation engineering as a leader, manager, and technical engineer.

In 2017, Rich concluded his 30-year professional career with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He retired as the VTrans Deputy Secretary and, over his career, served in various leadership positions, including Chief Bridge Inspector, District Transportation Administrator, and Chief Engineer/Director of Highways. Rich’s notable successes included delivering hundreds of state and local transportation projects in Vermont, implementing system improvements that improved data quality across the state, and providing leadership that increased retention, employee morale, and improved safety measures. Rich was one of two people at VTrans who served as unified command during the Tropical Storm Irene response and recovery efforts.

Rich lives in Newport Center with his wife, Susan. Their two children, Haley Jo and Patrick, are recent and soon-to-be college graduates. As a third-generation owner of the family farm, Rich and his wife produce hay, timber, and maple syrup. When not at work or farming, Rich supports his community by serving as the Board Chair of Newport City Downtown Development Corp. He also served a long period as the Newport Town Moderator.

May 282021

Charles (Chuck) Goodling, PE, has been promoted to President of DuBois & King. With the unanimous support of D&K’s Board of Directors and leadership around the company, Chuck began his duties as D&K’s President on November 21, 2020.

Chuck’s leadership and firm responsibilities have steadily grown, and in 2004, he was appointed Director of the Public Works Division. Over his years of service, Chuck has provided invaluable mentorship and guidance to many throughout D&K and has worked hard to provide professional growth opportunities to others. As his mentees grew into leadership positions, Chuck moved seamlessly into the firm’s only Senior Vice President position, overseeing several operating divisions in multiple offices and states.

Chuck and his wife, Kim, are longtime residents of central Vermont. They homeschooled their three children on their 150-year-old hillside farm, called Grand View Farm, in Washington, VT. Chuck and Kim provided their family with the opportunity to participate in Vermont’s rich agricultural life and, with kids now grown, they continue to operate a sustainable sheep farm and farm-stay B&B. They have been instrumental in establishing Vermont’s first flock of Gotland sheep, which originate from Sweden, and have led two tour groups to Gotland Island. They also raise pigs in the summer and produce maple syrup.

Chuck is a well-respected company leader and is highly regarded by his staff and peers, and we are very fortunate to have him leading the D&K team!

Jul 202020

D&K has received a Grand Award for the Bethel Mountain Road Emergency Slope and Roadway Repair in Rochester, Vermont. The award was received in the Special Projects Category of the annual American Council of Engineering Companies of Vermont (ACEC/VT) Engineering Excellence Awards Program, a showcase of exemplary engineering projects completed around the state.

On April 15, 2019, a significant rainfall event melted snowpack on frozen ground above the Bethel Mountain Road, a vital mountain connector road that carries 1,400 vehicles per day between VT 100 and VT 12. The stormwater and sediment runoff overwhelmed inadequate drainage and scoured the unstable roadway embankments, leading to six roadway slope failures and rendering the road impassable.

D&K led the design and supported the project through the reconstruction of a half-mile section of road and repairs of steep embankments in a compressed six-month timeframe, meeting schedule requirements that resulted in the town receiving one hundred percent federal funding. Working with the Town of Rochester, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the Federal Highway Administration, Sanborn Head (which provided geotechnical engineering), G. W. Tatro (contractor), and John Turner Consulting, D&K successfully led the stabilization of six failed slopes, developed new stormwater collection and erosion mitigation practices, and reconstructed 2,800 linear feet of roadway. Construction was completed and the road reopened for traffic on October 11, 2019.

Jul 012020

D&K is excited to announce that Elijah Daniels has been promoted to Project Manager in D&K’s Electrical Engineering Department. Elijah joined D&K in September 2011 and is based in our Springfield office.

Following his 1997 graduation from Springfield Technical Center where he studied Drafting and Design and Manufacturing Technology, Elijah served as a Machinist Apprentice in the Lovejoy Tool Company. After three years, he left to work for a cable TV company as a Cable TV and Fiber Optic Communications Designer. Next, he transitioned into a job as a Cabinet Designer, making kiosks for mall shops and for a Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop. In 2009, he went to work as a Mechanical Designer at another consulting firm, where he met and occasionally worked with Wilbur Horton. Their meeting was fortuitous, and Elijah joined D&K several years later as a Mechanical and Electrical Designer.

At D&K, Elijah quickly found that his true interest lies in electrical design, where his talent and responsibilities have grown substantially. He was thrown into the deep end, working with Wilbur on the $3M White River VA Medical Center Electrical Deficiencies Upgrades project (an ACEC award winner). Some of his other notable projects have included the Leeds VA Electrical Deficiencies Upgrades, Craig Brook Fish Hatchery in Maine, and the Outer Limits Brewing Company.

Over the last several years, Elijah has played a key role in D&K’s electrical arc flash study projects. While the work is technically challenging, he rapidly became proficient with the specialized analysis process and modeling software.

Jun 302020

DuBois & King received a Silver Award in the Structural Systems Category for the Lilac Bridge Replacement project in Hooksett. The award was presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Hampshire Engineering Excellence Awards Program, a showcase of exemplary engineering projects completed in the state and/or by New Hampshire firms.

DuBois & King provided investigation, evaluation of alternatives, and design for a replacement of the Lilac vehicle bridge with a new pedestrian bridge. The new bridge maintained the viewscape of the previous bridge—a historic high Pratt through truss bridge constructed in 1909—and served as a crossing over the Merrimack River. The existing bridge was bypassed and closed to vehicles in 1976 and closed to pedestrians in 1995. In August 2014, the NHDOT advised the Town of Hooksett that a recent inspection revealed the existing bridge had failed, citing four locations where critical truss members had fractured, and the bridge was in imminent danger of collapse. While closed to vehicles and pedestrians, the bridge still supported a major sewer line.

D&K led planning, design, and permitting of this project while simultaneously balancing the needs of eight stakeholder groups that had interest and jurisdiction in the project. Managing the stakeholder groups’ conflicting needs added complexity during the project’s compressed schedule. The replacement bridge satisfies pedestrian and sewer crossing requirements while providing an economical, long-lasting structure that mimics the appearance of the historic structure it replaces.

Construction Contractor E. D. Swett developed an aggressive construction schedule that demolished and removed the superstructure, rehabilitated the substructure and erected the new bridge to carry the sewer line before the bridge succumbed to collapse and failure of the supported sewer line and impending environmental disaster.