Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., was in attendance Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ironworks Plaza development project at Beutter Park. Mishawaka officials, including Mayor Dave Wood, and LFA’s own Senior Civil Engineer, Dennis Zebell, P.E., broke first ground at the proposed community and event space located along the Mishawaka Riverwalk.


Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C. acted as the lead designer for this project, working alongside multiple design consultants: Arkos Design, Helman Sechrist Architecture, Context Design, and Stantec. The project, expected to be completed in 2023, would offer unique additional event spaces along the Riverwalk, enhancing the vibrancy of the City of Mishawaka’s growing downtown area.


For more details related to the groundbreaking ceremony at the Ironworks Plaza project, visit:


Photo Credit: WNDU - Channel 16

News Release Statement from the City

Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., would like to welcome our newest member, Mikola Medich! Mr. Medich will be working primarily with the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) group as a CAD Technician.


We interviewed Mikola to find out a little more about him.
















What is your academic background?


"B.S. in Design Engineering Technology from Trine University"


What brought you to LFA?


"I learned about LFA through some family members and through living in South Bend. I heard lots of great things about the company and the work-life balance is something that I really like about LFA."


What are you most looking forward to learning at LFA?


"I look forward to expanding my CAD experience and learning about the engineering process. I am also excited to learn any new skills that I can use in my career."


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


"I enjoy reading and watching TV shows and movies. Spending time outdoors is something else I like doing. This includes hiking, camping, and just spending time outside as much as I can. I have a large family and family gatherings and spending time with them are always something I look forward to. "




Welcome to the Lawson-Fisher Associates family, Mikola!


Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., would like to highlight the individuals in our Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information System (GIS) Group. These individuals are involved in almost all of Lawson-Fisher Associates' projects and facilitate the transition of an idea into a final product.

Bryan | Senior CAD System Manager


Bryan has been with LFA for almost 23 years. He greatly  enjoys bass fishing and getting out on the water any chance he can. His favorite quote is “How can you put a price on a good time?”


A few memorable projects Bryan has worked on are the County Road 17 Extension, the U.S. 20 Added Travel Lanes in Elkhart County, and Mishawaka's Douglas Road project.




Jeannie | GIS Manager, Senior GIS Specialist, Senior Engineering



Jeannie has been with LFA for 21 years. She enjoys cooking and baking with her grandchildren. Her favorite quote is “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” - Vince Lombardi


Jeannie got her GIS start at LFA and has continued to develop and maintain various GIS systems for clients such as The City of Mishawaka, The City of South Bend, and The City of Sturgis.



Jeff Johnson | Senior Civil Engineering Technician


Jeff has been with LFA for 20 years. Through the years, he has worked on in-office CAD and GIS projects as well as in the field with LFA’s field crews.





Ginger Hoover | Engineering Technician


Ginger has been with LFA for 8 years. She enjoys cooking and baking, reading, and gardening. Most of all, she enjoys being involved with her children’s activities.


During her time with LFA, Ginger has been able to work on a multitude of  drawing/design CAD and GIS projects. A memorable project for her was the Mill Race  Improvement project in Goshen, Indiana. She had the opportunity to attend the site visit and take field readings; all of which she remarks as being a great benefit later while she compiled the project drawings.




Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., had the opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, Indiana at their newest Fields of Highland build: the Gubi Family home. Our team helped to install the garage soffit and siding and construct porch columns on the home.


"Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County builds homes with volunteers in partnership with those in need of adequate housing.


Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 150 homes for low-income, hard-working families here in St. Joseph County"


-Habitat for Humanity

  St. Joseph County, Indiana

Photo Credit: Habitat for Humanity St. Joseph County, Indiana

Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., would like to congratulate Jared M. Huss, P.E. for graduating from the 15th American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Leadership Program.


Mr. Huss was chosen to join the National President of ACEC in speaking, on behalf of the group, at the annual ACEC Recognition Lunch in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jared Huss, P.E. explaining the value of ACEC Indiana's Leadership Program at the Annual ACEC Recognition Lunch.

Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., would like to welcome our newest member, John Spalding, E.I.! Mr. Spalding got his start with LFA in 2018 as a summer intern and will be working primarily with our transportation group. He will assist the PEs and Project Managers in the development and production of engineering projects. John will also have the opportunity to work with various industry software applications.


We interviewed John to find out a little more about him.















What is your academic background?


"I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University."


What brought you to LFA?


"I was interested in an internship in my hometown of South Bend, so I researched local companies and asked around about internship opportunities. I also had a friend who had interned at LFA in the past and he could not recommend the experience enough! After my internship ended, I applied as a full-time employee and here we are."


What are you most looking forward to learning at LFA?


"I am looking forward to putting into practice all of the problem-solving skills I have been developing over the past four years, and to see my own project come to life before my eyes."


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


"I enjoy spending time with friends and family, practicing guitar, and being outside in the sun as much as I can."




We are excited to have you on the team, John!


Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C. is proud to be part of the team that lead to such an impactful and successful project. We look forward to continuing this productive and important relationship with the City of South Bend!


Please follow the link below to find out more about this great project and check out our website to see what other significant projects LFA is engaged with that are helping our surrounding communities.

Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., would like to congratulate our own Joe Dunbar for becoming a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana! He joins our other recent Professional Engineers: Amanda Budreau, P.E. and Dmitri Adams, P.E. These individuals have been, and continue to be, a great asset to our team.

3.1 Non-Complex Traffic Capacity & Operations Analysis

3.2 Complex Traffic Capacity & Operations Analysis

4.1 Traffic Safety Analysis

5.1 Environmental Document Preparation – EA/EIS

5.2 Environmental Document Preparation – CE

5.3 Environmental Document Preparation – Section 4(f)

6.1 Topographic Survey Data Collection

8.1 Non-Complex Roadway Design



8.2 Complex Roadway Design

8.3 Roundabout Design

9.1 Level 1 Bridge Design

9.2 Level 2 Bridge Design

10.1 Traffic Signal Design

10.3 Complex Roadway Sign Design

10.4 Lighting Design

11.1 Right-of-Way Plan Development



12.2 Title Research

13.1 Construction Services

14.1 Regular Bridge Inspection

16.1 Utility Coordination

17.2 Small Structure and Pipe Design

17.3 Storm Sewer and Detention Design

17.4 Bridge Hydraulic Design





Lawson-Fisher is Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) prequalified in the following categories:

Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., is pleased to welcome two Engineer Interns to our team. Collin Northcutt and John (JJ) LaBounty have each successfully completed their engineering degrees and have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Collin and JJ will assist the PEs and Project Managers in the development and production of engineering projects. Collin will assist the transportation group and JJ will work with the water resources group. They have been familiarizing themselves with prevailing design requirements, preparing and reviewing design calculations, quantities and cost estimates, and improving their proficiency with various industry software applications.


We interviewed Collin and JJ to find out a little more about them.








What is your education?


Collin- “B.S in Civil Engineering from Trine University”


JJ- “B.S. in Civil Engineering from Trine University”


What brought you to LFA?


Collin- “I first learned about LFA from the career fair at Trine University. After looking into other companies, the smaller office atmosphere is what I was attracted to.”


JJ- “I learned about LFA through a career fair at school. I was interested in water resources and came in for two interviews. I felt both went well. In fact, it was probably the only interview I have ever had where I didn’t feel nervous or anxious; something about the whole thing just felt right. LFA is a strong company with a strong foundation and I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to join a company that would push me to be a better engineer and challenge me to further my learning and understanding. So far that’s exactly what I’ve gotten and I’m loving it.”


What are you most looking forward to learning at LFA?


Collin- “I am looking forward to learning about traffic and geometric design. Eventually down the road, I would like to obtain my professional engineering license. Honestly, I am along for the ride to learn as much as I can to find what I am most passionate about."


JJ- “ When I first started in Civil Engineering, I was adamant about pursuing structural engineering. My last year in school a switch flipped and all I wanted was to learn about water. The water classes were the ones that I struggled in but always found fascinating and interesting.  I’m most looking forward to expanding my knowledge of water resources, the ins-and-outs of such projects, and an overall better understanding of what it means to be a water resources engineer. Regarding my future, I am very passionate about Low Impact Development and Sustainable Design; green infrastructure has always caught my eye and been something I want to learn more about. As I further my engineering career I hope have a larger environmental impact by pushing more sustainable design concepts. I also have goals of becoming a P.E. (Professional Engineer) and getting more involved in project management.”


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


Collin- “I enjoy being outside the most, whether it be camping, hiking, fishing, etc. I enjoy playing most sports, but soccer and golf would be my favorites. I recently traveled to Comuna Guangaje, a small Ecuadorian village south of Quito, in September 2018 with Engineers Without Boarders. The trip purpose was to obtain more information to complete the design project of improving their water distribution system.”


JJ- “Growing up I always played baseball. After my third year in college I was forced to give it up due to health reasons, but those same health issues pushed me right into the gym. I started working out more seriously and paying attention to my health and fitness. So I would consider working out something fun I like to do. I love being outside, whether that’s hiking, going to a game, going to a lake; doesn’t matter. I am a part of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity so now that I am graduated, I am working on being more involved in their alumni programs and services; community service is a big interest for me.”



We're excited to welcome you both to the Lawson-Fisher family!


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