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Ben Crew Announced as Department Head

(June 7, 2021) – Balzer and Associates is pleased to announce that Ben Crew is the new Engineering Department Head in our Roanoke office. Ben joined Balzer and Associates in 2003 and is a registered landscape architect. Ben is very active in the local community and has served in leadership positions in his Rotary Club and […]

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Shenandoah Offices Moving to Larger Space

(April 13, 2021) – Over the last several years, Balzer and Associates’ work has expanded significantly in the Shenandoah Valley. The number of our projects and clients in the area has grown, while available space in our Staunton location has gotten tight. To continue our growth and support our clients in the region, our office will be moving […]

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Shannon Cain Recognized: AIA Blue Ridge Merit Award

(February 12, 2021) – We are taking a moment to celebrate the achievement of one of our own! Every two years, the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recognizes outstanding design by practitioners and students. These awards showcase the diversity, skill, and talent of the region. In the most recent round of […]

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Mustaches 4 Kids Richmond

(December 8, 2020) – Over the month of November, eight employees in our Richmond office grew their best mustaches and fundraised as part of the Mustaches 4 Kids Richmond (M4K Richmond) effort raising money for local children’s charities. This year Balzer and Associates employees raised $14,525. Those funds are contributing to most successful year of the […]

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Anne Miller Passes AICP Certification Exam

(November 17, 2020) – Balzer & Associates is proud to announce that Anne Miller in our Richmond office has passed the AICP certification exam for planning professionals! AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications. The certification process involves academic qualifications, planning work experience, as well as an exam to evaluate relevant knowledge. This credential is […]

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Project Feature: New Hotel Open in Roanoke

(October 16, 2020) – Balzer & Associates is proud to mark the opening of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Roanoke, Virginia. The firm provided architecture, engineering, and surveying services through all phases of the project located just across the street from the Roanoke Civic Center. The hotel is a four-story, 90 key hotel that offers spacious […]

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Centennial Celebration Features E911 and 811 Project

(September 02, 2020) – As part of their 2020 centennial celebration, the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA) has released a book showcasing great work done by licensed professionals in the Commonwealth. The works were each selected as a nod to a decade over the past […]

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City of Roanoke’s Emergency 911 Department and Virginia 811 Celebrate New Facility

ROANOKE, VA. (August 06, 2020) – Today marked the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility at the Blue Hills Communications Center for City of Roanoke’s Emergency 911 Department and Virginia 811. We are proud to be part of making this project a reality. The one-story, 29,000 square foot center is a unique, mission critical […]

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Lee Jones joins Young Professionals Board for the Better Housing Coalition

RICHMOND, VA. (March 06, 2020) – We would like to congratulate Lee Jones, a Landscape Architect in our Richmond office, on joining the Better Housing Coalition’s Young Professional Board! Lee spends much of his free time participating in community service projects and networking with other industry professionals. The Young Professionals Board’s mission statement includes advocacy […]

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Starbucks Coming to Chesterfield County Shopping Center

Richmond, VA. (February 24, 2020) – We’re excited to be working alongside client and developer, Frontier Companies, to provide civil engineering services for their new Starbucks in Chesterfield County.  The project will include the new construction of a 2,500 square foot freestanding Starbucks at Rockwood Square Shopping Center, following the demolition of an existing building […]

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New Associates Announced

NEW RIVER VALLEY, RICHMOND, STAUNTON, VA. (February 12, 2020) – We are proud to announce that Ryan Watson, Katie Goodman, and Paykon Sarmadi have been named as Associates in recognition of being key members of our team. They have shown a true commitment to the growth and future development of the firm, have achieved a […]

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Varsity Park Storage and Office Complex Progressing in Roanoke, Virginia

ROANOKE, VA. (February 6, 2020) –  Balzer and Associates is excited to be working alongside Virginia Varsity Storage in the design and construction of Varsity Park, a new mixed-use development that includes a new Class-A storage facility and the renovation of the historic Graves Humphreys Hardware Company building.  Varsity Park is a two-phase project and […]

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Emily Salkind becomes an LPSS

RICHMOND, VA. (January 6, 2020) – We are excited to announce that Emily Salkind, LPSS, of our Richmond, Virginia office, has earned her professional soil scientist license!  Emily successfully completed the Fundamentals of Soil Science and Professional Practice exams which measures a candidate’s academic and practical knowledge of soil science applications, including wetland delineation and […]

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DIY Network’s Salvage Dawgs features Liberty Trust Bank Building in Downtown Roanoke

ROANOKE, VA. (January 2, 2020) – Lights, Camera, Action!  January 2nd at 9PM, tune in to Salvage Dawgs on the DIY Network to see one of Balzer and Associates’ historic renovation projects, the Liberty Trust Bank Building in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia.  Developer Savara Hospitality and Roanoke’s own Black Dog Salvage are working to preserve the building’s […]

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Balzer and Associates contributes to Toys for Tots and Mustaches 4 Kids

ROANOKE and RICHMOND, VA. (December 26, 2019) – As 2019 comes to a close, Balzer and Associates is still moving full steam ahead in making contributions to our communities.  Balzer and Associates’ Roanoke office teamed up with the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association to help collect toys for Toys for Tots.  Balzer and Associates collected […]

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Tommy Price becomes a PE

HARRISONBURG, VA. (December 12, 2019) –  We are excited to announce that Tommy Price, PE, of our Harrisonburg, Virginia office, has earned his professional engineering license! He successfully completed the “Principles and Practice of Engineering” (PE) exam which measures a candidate’s academic and practical knowledge of technical engineering. Candidates are eligible to take the exam after […]

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Century-old Stumpf Hotel Restoration in Downtown Richmond

RICHMOND, VA. (December 11, 2019) – Working in conjunction with Douglas Development Corporation, Balzer and Associates is excited to take part in the restoration of the former Stumpf Hotel at 728 E. Main Street, located in Downtown Richmond’s Central Business District. The project includes the conversion of the seven-story hotel building, originally built in 1910, […]

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Surveying Workshop with James Madison University

HARRISONBURG, VA. (December 2, 2019)  –  Balzer and Associates appreciates Brad Striebig, Ph.D, Professor of Engineering at James Madison University (College of Integrated Science and Technology), for inviting us to hold a survey workshop for several of its engineering students.  The workshop was led by James Patton, Survey Department Head in Balzer and Associates’ Harrisonburg […]

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Balzer and Associates wins Judges 1st Place and People’s Choice at Gingerbread House Challenge

RICHMOND, VA. (November 14, 2019)  –  For the third consecutive year, Balzer and Associates’ Richmond office kicked into holiday gear for the annual Gingerbread House Challenge with the Better Housing Coalition.  Leading up to the competition, the Balzer team dedicated their own time and resources to the design and construction of a gingerbread display, which […]

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Construction Starting for English Tavern Road Project in Lynchburg, Virginia

LYNCHBURG, VA. (November 5, 2019) – Project update from Lynchburg, Virginia!  Construction is scheduled to start this week for the Phase 1 English Commons subdivision on English Tavern Road off U.S 29.  The 15.8-acre site includes 143 townhome units, dog park, green space, outdoor swimming pool, and a 2,400 square foot clubhouse.  Working alongside client, […]

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2019 Golden Hammer Awards includes several Balzer and Associates’ Projects

RICHMOND, VA. (October 31, 2019) –  The 2019 Golden Hammer Award winners have been announced and we’re excited to see that three Balzer and Associates’ Structural Engineering projects, Port City Apartments, 7West Townhomes, and the American Civil War Museum, have received awards!   We are fortunate to have been involved with these projects and want to […]

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CBAT@Work Networking Career Social at East Tennessee State University

JOHNSON CITY, TN. (October 22, 2019) –  As we make our way through a busy career fair season, Balzer and Associates is thankful to have participated in a wonderful opportunity with East Tennessee State University.  ETSU held their annual CBAT@Work Networking Career Social for their College of Business and Technology (CBAT), which included engineering/engineering technology/surveying […]

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50 for 50: Middle River Clean-up in Verona, Virginia

VERONA, Va. (October 16, 2019) –  As part of our 50 For 50 campaign, in which 50 good deeds are performed for each year Balzer & Associates has been in business, our Balzer Staunton team took to the water! In coordination with Friends of the Middle River, a local non-profit dedicated to the health and […]

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Island Shrimp Co. Opens at Chesterfield Towne Center

RICHMOND, VA. (September, 24) – We are excited to see the grand opening of a truly interesting project, Island Shrimp Co at Chesterfield Towne Center. Balzer and Associates provided structural engineering for this tropical-themed restaurant which is constructed almost entirely from shipping containers. With each container structurally capable of holding 80,000 lbs, the restaurant should be well-suited […]

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Annual Backpack Drive with the Better Housing Coalition a Success

RICHMOND, Va. (September 11, 2019) – For the second year, Balzer and Associates teamed up with the Better Housing Coalition for their annual back-to-school Backpack Drive.  In providing school supplies for low-to-moderate income K-12 students, the Balzer team assembled 15 backpacks (7 for elementary school students and 8 for middle/high school students) accounting for 15% […]

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Katie Goodman, PE, elected as Board Member for the Structural Engineers Association of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (August 26, 2019) – Balzer and Associates is proud to congratulate a member of its structural engineering team, Katie Goodman, PE, on her election as a Board Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Virginia (SEAVa).  SEAVa provides education and networking opportunities for professional engineers, retired engineers, students, and interns in the structural […]

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Balzer and Associates Voted #2 Best Architecture Firm in Southwest Virginia

SOUTHWEST, Va. (August 9, 2019) – Exciting news! Balzer and Associates was voted #2 Best Architecture Firm in Southwest Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine.   About Balzer & Associates, Inc. Established in 1968, Balzer & Associates is a development consulting company that provides planning, architectural, engineering, surveying, and related services throughout Virginia and surrounding areas. The company is […]

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Family Baseball Night with the Richmond Flying Squirrels

RICHMOND, Va. (August 2, 2019) – The Balzer team had an excellent time at our annual Richmond Flying Squirrels family baseball night, despite the presence of high winds and ominous clouds.  Employees from across Virginia were in attendance and a couple were even chosen to “make a sandwich” for the between-innings entertainment.  With two people dressed as […]

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Holiday Inn Express in Roanoke, Virginia, is going vertical

ROANOKE, Va. (July 29, 2019) – The Holiday Inn Express at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Williamson Road in Roanoke, Virginia, is going vertical!  Balzer and Associates is providing architecture, landscape architecture, site surveying, structural engineering, and civil engineering services for this project. About Balzer & Associates, Inc. Established in 1968, Balzer & Associates is a […]

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Family Baseball Night with the Salem Red Sox

SALEM, Va. (July 22, 2019) – Another successful event for the books. The Balzer team had a blast at our annual family baseball night with the Salem Red Sox! There was food, cornhole, t-shirts for the kids, and even an exciting game that went into extra innings. It was a great evening with great weather. Coming up next, […]

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New Soccer Complex Coming to Basic Park in Waynesboro, Virginia

WAYNESBORO, Va. (July 8, 2019) – Balzer & Associates is excited to be working alongside the City of Waynesboro and the Soccer Organization Charlottesville Area (SOCA) to redevelop Basic Park in Waynesboro, Virginia, into a multi-field soccer complex. In addition to creating a comprehensive master plan, Balzer & Associates will provide surveying and civil engineering […]

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Meal Preppin’ for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (June 27, 2019) –   We’re putting on the gloves and firing up the stoves.  This past Monday, volunteers from Balzer & Associates’ Richmond office came together at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond, Virginia, to prepare meals for families whose children are currently receiving medical care.  It is not uncommon for families […]

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50 For 50: Pocket Park in Lynchburg, Virginia

LYNCHBURG, Va. (June 25, 2019) –  As part of our 50 For 50 campaign, in which 50 good deeds are performed for each year Balzer & Associates has been in business, we would like to present the Pocket Park in Lynchburg, Virginia. Located on the corner of 11th and Church in Downtown Lynchburg, Balzer & […]

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Hershey Announces $104 Million Expansion in Augusta County, Virginia

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (June 14, 2019) –  Balzer & Associates is excited to work alongside global chocolate and snack producer, The Hershey Company, to provide survey and site design services for the 111,000 square foot expansion of their existing manufacturing facility in Augusta County, Virginia.  The new facility will produce penuche and peanut cream to […]

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Open House at our Lynchburg, Virginia Office

LYNCHBURG, Va. (June 4, 2019) – Balzer & Associates would like to thank everyone who stopped by the open house at our Lynchburg Office!  Due to our economic and geographical success across Southwest and Central Virginia, we decided to permanently establish ourselves in the Lynchburg market in the Winter of 2018.  We are located at […]

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Balzer & Associates Part of Design Team for the Carilion Clinic Roanoke Memorial Hospital Expansion Project

ROANOKE, Va. (May 24, 2019) – Balzer & Associates will be part of a design team that will provide master planning, land surveying, civil/site design, and architectural services, as well as construction administration support for the new Carilion Clinic Roanoke Memorial Hospital Expansion project in Roanoke, Virginia. The project will include the addition of a […]

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Balzer Helps Peak Experiences Climb to New Heights

When Peak Experiences Richmond needed to convert an old indoor soccer field into a state-of-the-art rock climbing facility, they turned to Balzer and Associates, Inc. for architectural design and structural engineering. The new 21,000 square foot facility, located within the Sports Center of Richmond (SCOR) complex, features more than 15,000 square feet of climbing terrain, […]

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New Associates Named

Michael Fitzgerald, Kevin Jones, and Kent O’Donohue have been named as Associates at Balzer and Associates, Inc. in recognition of being a key member of our team. They have each showed a true commitment to the growth and future development of the firm, have achieved a certain professional status, and exhibited specific leadership skills. Becoming an […]

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A Year to Celebrate

2018 marks our Fiftieth Anniversary as a Company. Fifty years ago, Balzer and Associates, Inc. was “born” in the basement of the Balzer’s home in Roanoke, Virginia. Our company has grown into a multi-office, multi-discipline Development Consulting firm by providing exceptional consulting services to our clients. Our company’s commitment to the success of our clients […]

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Mustache 4 Kids Richmond, Inc. Raises Over $207,000

Mustache 4 Kids Richmond, Inc. raised over $207,000 for local children’s causes through last fall’s facial hair-growing campaign. David Hogan, Vice President, and Aaron Breed, Associate, of Balzer and Associates, Inc. co-founded the Richmond Chapter of Mustache 4 Kids in 2003. They now serve on the board of the volunteer run organization, whose mission is […]

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Employee Meets Requirements for License

Balzer and Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce that Chris M. Finley has met the requirements to become licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Finley is currently employed in the Land Surveying department in Richmond. He has been employed with us since January 1997 and we are proud to have him on our team. […]

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Semones Reappointed

Steven M. Semones of Balzer and Associates, Inc. has been reappointed to represent the 9th Congressional District on the Board of Housing and Community Development within the Department of Housing and Community Development by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Mr. Semones will also serve as the Chair for the Community Development Committee of the Board.  Mr. […]

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Deschutes Roanoke Street Pub

Balzer and Associates, Inc. helps Deschutes Roanoke Street Pub set records! Deschutes Brewery made a big splash in the Roanoke Valley this weekend helping clean up Tinker Creek and setting a record for the amount of beer poured and the dollars raised for local nonprofits. We are delighted that a number of our folks contributed […]

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Industrial Shell Building in the Botetourt Center at Greenfield

In early 2014 The Balzer & Associates team started schematics for a new type of project with the Roanoke Regional Development Foundation. Two and a half years later the team is poised to begin construction for the Industrial Shell Building in the Botetourt Center at Greenfield. The new 100,000 square foot facility has been designed […]

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Landscapes Unlimited, Inc. Celebrates 40 Years!

Last Thursday evening I had the honor and privilege of attending the 40th Anniversary celebration of Landscapes Unlimited, Inc., a Lincoln, Nebraska based golf course construction, development, and management company. The company was founded in 1976 by an amazing man, Bill Kubly, who has become a good friend through our mutual involvement in Ballyhack, a national […]

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ON A HIRING ROLL…

New faces are popping up throughout our offices. In our New River Valley office, Balzer and Associates, Inc. is pleased to welcome Gretchen Merix to our team of talented professionals providing development consultation to our clients. Gretchen grew up in Blacksburg and graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Upon […]

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Rubio Joins the Architectural Team in Richmond, VA

Balzer and Associates, Inc. recently hired a new Architect to join our team of talented professionals providing development consultation to our clients in Richmond, Virginia. Kenneth Rubio hails from New York, NY and Richmond, VA and is a  graduate of Hampton University where he received a Master of Architecture degree. When he’s not working Kenny […]

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Talented Tiger

Our search for talented professionals to provide development consultation to our clients in Richmond, Virginia has led us to the Bayou State, where we found Lane Hargroder, EIT. Lane is a  graduate of LSU where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. When he’s not working Lane can be found pursuing one of many interests, […]

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Strategically Planning

Over the course of the past two months Balzer and Associates, Inc. has undertaken a Strategic Planning process which has culminated in the development of a Strategic Plan that will guide our firm over the next 5 years. Through this process, guided by Ray Kogan of Kogan & Company, we have taken a good look […]

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Food Donation Made To FASWVA

Big thanks to the folks at Balzer and Associates, Inc., in Roanoke for their recent food donation! The company held a “5 A Day” Challenge to encourage their employees to eat more fruits and veggies. The teams of employees participating in the challenge could earn additional points by engaging in other healthy activities like drinking […]

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To David Willis!

Many years ago I met a couple of fun-loving, outdoorsy type guys who had an annual tradition of inviting friends over to share the bounty of their hunting efforts. We enjoyed quail and dove and venison and other exotic meats amongst folks who rarely had the opportunity to taste such fare. Andy Douthat and David […]

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America’s Toughest Road Marathon

This weekend runners from across the Country will come to Roanoke, Virginia to compete in the Blue Ridge Marathon. Billed as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”, the race course includes a total elevation gain/loss of 7,430 feet. Runners who compete in this event are looking for a real challenge, a chance to enjoy some spectacular views, and […]

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Major Technology Announcement

Balzer and Associates, Inc., Planners, Architects, Engineers and Surveyors will become the first professional design firm globally to use a brand new technology which will allow our professional Architects, Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers, Landscape Architects and Land Surveyors to perform their work totally hands-free. The proprietary devices and software that the company has developed in […]

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Deschutes Brewery Chooses Roanoke

Balzer and Associates is very proud to have been part of the team that helped Deschutes find its new home. On behalf of the entire team, we want to welcome them all to the Valley.  

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ROANOKE’S ON A ROLL!

Governor Terry McAuliffe visited Roanoke today for a “major economic development announcement”. This was the second such visit in a week. Last week the Governor announced that Italian auto parts maker, Eldor, Corp. would invest $75 million in a new plant in Botetourt County. Today the Governor announced that Deschutes Brewery will invest $85 million […]

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Pursuit of Excellence Award

For three years now Balzer and Associates, Inc. has participated in a health insurance captive group, known as Legacy Health. Having just returned from the group’s annual meeting I am delighted to announce that we were the recipient of a “Pursuit of Excellence” award. This award recognizes our employees, our leadership and our company for […]

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New Associates

Balzer and Associates, Inc. recently welcomed 2 new Associates to their leadership group. The new Associates are Jeff Bridges, LS and Matt Shrader, Architect. Mr. Bridges is employed in the Richmond office and has been with the company since 2003. Jeff is a Licensed Land Surveyor and was previously enlisted in the United States Air […]

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Horne appointed to Board of Directors

Sean Horne, LA, newly appointed Executive Vice President to the Board of Directors of Balzer and Associates, Inc., has been with the firm for 14 years. He currently manages the Engineering Department in the Roanoke office. Mr. Horne graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and serves on the Board of Directors with […]

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Preservation Awards

Eleven awards were presented by the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation in November. The awards are presented annually and honorees are nominated and voted on by a foundation committee. The organization recognizes significant examples of preservation through restoration or adaptive reuse of old structures, environmental and educational projects, and lifetime achievement. “The Locker Room Lofts” in Roanoke […]

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Bricker Appointed By Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors

Michael C. Bricker, RA was appointed by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors to the Board of Building Code and Fire Appeals. Mr. Bricker has been with Balzer and Associates, Inc. for 21 years and currently oversees the Architectural Department in our Richmond area office.

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Board of Director Appointment

On October 27, 2015, F&M Bank announced that Ray Burkholder was appointed as a new Director of F&M Bank and F&M Corp to represent Augusta County. Ray has served on the Advisory Board in Augusta County since it was formed. Mr. Burkholder is an owner of Balzer and Associates, Inc. and currently works in the […]

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Consultant Success Award Presented to Balzer and Associates, Inc.

Bill Dupler awarded Balzer and Associates, Inc. the Successful Consultant Award at the Chesterfield County Quarterly Development meeting on June 9th. The award was presented to Balzer and Associates, Inc. for having the shortest consultant time to get a subdivision construction plan approved for the Hallsley Sec 9 project. The construction plan was approved in […]

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Testimonial

“We have worked with Steve Semones and the rest of the team at Balzer on multiple real estate development projects over the last few years, and we couldn’t recommend them higher. They are extremely responsive and creative, and their engineering and architectural work is unparalleled – they are most certainly a step apart from their […]

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New Associates

On Friday, January 30th, Balzer and Associates, Inc. welcomed 5 new Associates to their leadership group. The new Associates are Chris Barba, LS, Ben Crew, LA, Chris Burns, PE, Daniel Hansen, LS and Brad Schurman, PE. Mr. Barba is employed in the Roanoke office and has been with the company since 2002. He is a Licensed Land […]

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Fitzgerald Joins Roanoke Structural Department

Balzer and Associates, Inc. would like to announce that Michael Fitzgerald, P.E. has transferred from the Structural Engineering Department in Richmond to the Roanoke office. Michael has been with the company since March 2012. Contact him to help you with any Structural Engineering projects or needs you may have.  

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Ribbon Cutting at the New Harrisonburg Office

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at our new office in Harrisonburg, VA on October 30, 2014. The office is located in the Downtown Historic District of Harrisonburg in the Wetsel Seed Company building. We had a great turnout and want to thank all that attended!  

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Balzer Receives Award From Chesterfield County

Balzer and Associates, Inc. was selected to receive an award for achieving significant success in obtaining prompt approvals of plans and plats from Chesterfield County. According to the County, “this demonstrates your firm’s ability to move through the process and receive approvals with fewer reviews as a result of providing complete submittals”. Balzer and Associates, […]

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Balzer and Associates, Inc. Expands into Harrisonburg, VA with Engineering and Land Surveying Services

Yesterday morning we began an exciting new chapter in the history of Balzer and Associates, Inc. With the opening of our Harrisonburg office, we extend our footprint northward in order to serve clients in Harrisonburg and surrounding areas. Associates Bill Moore and James Patton will lead our efforts in this new office. Already Bill has […]

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“California Chrome”

As I watched California Chrome and his owners celebrate their victory in the Preakness this weekend it occurred to me how truly remarkable their story is and how this horse’s story so symbolizes everything that we believe in as Americans. Two hard working guys buy an $8,000 dam and breed her for $2,500 to a […]

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Governor Reappoints Scherzer

Andy M. Scherzer of Balzer and Associates, Inc. was reappointed to the Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects, within the Commerce and Trade Department by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Mr. Scherzer is employed in the Richmond office and serves as Executive Vice President of Balzer and Associates, Inc.

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Creative People

Creativity manifests itself in many ways and I am constantly amazed by the creativity of the Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects, and Land Surveyors that I have the pleasure of working with every day. Each year our leadership team takes a couple of days to get away from the office to spend some quality time together […]

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Spring Forward

As I went through the annual ritual of “springing my clocks forward” this week I reflected on how much I enjoy this time of year. The warming temperatures over the past couple of days have been the icing on the cake. For me, the past 4 months have been a microcosm of the past 6 […]

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Sustainability Redux

Any building should now, and always, be desirable; therefore, we should be in the business of making desirable buildings. There is some value in appreciating a job well done, and pleasure in the recognition of others; however, if it is truly a desirable building, it will be evident. Clear manifestations of acute judgment, successful measurement, […]

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Scherzer Reappointed

Andrew Scherzer, PLA, ASLA, was recently reappointed to the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects.  Andy is the Executive Vice-President overseeing our Richmond office as well as managing our Land Use/Zoning section.  Reappointed for an additional four-year term, he was previously appointed by Governor Tim Kaine in 2009 […]

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New Faces

Balzer and Associates, Inc. takes pride in its talented, hardworking employees. We are pleased to announce that we have four new faces that have joined our team. Welcome!       Christina Jagoe            Aaron Deavers             David Matthews                   Matt Kiser      Architectural Tech     Structural Eng. Tech      Architectural Tech             Civil Eng. Tech         Roanoke, VA               Richmond, VA               Richmond, VA             Christiansburg, VA

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Employees Meet Requirements for License

Balzer and Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce that Daniel Hansen and Kent O’Donohue have met the requirements to become licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Hansen is a graduate of Radford University and has been employed with us since May 2005. Daniel is currently employed in the Land Surveying department in the Shenandoah […]

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New Flood Insurance Premiums May Inundate You

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is implementing changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which may require you to add flood insurance to your property or significantly increase the amount you pay for flood insurance if you already have it. You may have received a letter from your local government about this or […]

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Linwood Holton Elementary Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting

Balzer and Associates, Inc. was instrumental in the design collaborative that created an outdoor classroom and learning gardens for Linwood Holton Elementary School located in Richmond, VA.  The outdoor classroom resembles a butterfly with a roof designed to collect rain water. The gardens include raised vegetable beds, a garden shed with green roof, clad walls […]

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Our Clients Are Our Friends

Pete came by the office the other day. Pete is a former public sector client and old friend. His father passed away a few weeks ago and he and his siblings are trying to figure out how best to dispose of an asset their father owned. This particular asset is a nice piece of property between Fredericksburg […]

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New Faces

Balzer and Associates, Inc. takes pride in its talented, hardworking employees. We are pleased to announce that this year five new faces have joined our workforce.  Welcome!        Ryan McCarren         James Ruhland, III         Melvin Bennett, Jr.           Scott Kesecker              Justin St.Clair    Structural Engineer               Architect                    Survey Tech               Engineering Tech         Engineering Tech           Roanoke                       Roanoke              Shenandoah Valley      Shenandoah Valley        New River Valley               […]

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Bring Me A Hoe!

When I was a youngster I remember visiting my grandparents with my siblings one summer day. My grandfather was working in the yard as we played and suddenly he yelled “BRING ME A HOE”. One of us ran and grabbed the garden hose that was coiled up beside the house and promptly dragged it to […]

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Play Ball!

Anyone involved in the private sector Architecture, Engineering and Surveying industry over the past five years knows what a struggle it has been to keep our businesses afloat. Staff reductions, benefit modifications and expense reductions have taken their toll on employee morale and most of us have been in “hunker down” mode. As we begin […]

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Goodman Appointed Corporate Vice President

The Board of Directors of Balzer and Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce that Stephen “Taylor” Goodman, Jr. has been appointed a corporate Vice President. Mr. Goodman has been with our company for 7 years. Taylor is a Virginia Tech graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and became a Professional Engineer in 2004. In […]

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A Sad Day

In 1960, Al James started a business in Salem, Virginia that fabricated wood trusses. Over the years that company grew and prospered and delivered innovative products to local builders and then expanded to provide its “Trussmark Homes” throughout our region and to countries such as Russia, Germany, Spain, Japan, Korea, China, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, […]

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Homes for Our Troops

The Balzer & Associates, Inc. New River Valley Office has had the honor and privilege of working with Massachusetts based Homes for Our Troops and Highlander Construction & Development of Radford, VA to provide a new home for Marine Sgt. Jeremy Austin and his family.  Sgt. Austin, a Purple Heart recipient, served our Country bravely […]

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“Vote”

Today we all have that special privilege, conceived by our forefathers, granted by our Constitution, and defended by generations of brave men and women – the right to vote. If you are someone who always votes, please continue to do so. If you are not inclined to vote, please consider doing so today. If not […]

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As the fall election approaches, a lot of time, energy and money is being spent by those who aspire to lead our government. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, I think we can all agree that what we need now, as much as we’ve ever needed it, is a good recovery in the […]

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Semones to Represent Balzer on State Board

Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced appointments to 13 Virginia boards and commissions.  Mr. Steve Semones, Vice President of Balzer and Associates will serve as a member on the Board of Housing and Community Development.

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A Flood of Letters

If you live in Chesterfield County, Virginia you may have received one of thousands of letters from the County regarding “special flood hazard areas” and the new FEMA maps.  The letter may have frightened or concerned you as it deals with the potential need for you to purchase flood insurance.  The County has made it […]

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Ground-breaking for St. James Baptist Church

A ground-breaking ceremony was recently held for the reconstruction of St. James Baptist Church in Powhatan, VA.  Developed by Balzer and Associates, Inc. the construction project will have about 3,000 square feet of usable space at the same location where the old building stood.  The project is scheduled to be complete in September.

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Persinger Elected Chairman of Alleghany Co. School Board

Todd Persinger, a Vice President of Balzer and Associates, Inc., will serve as the new Chairman of Alleghany County’s School Board.  Mr. Persinger was elected by a 4-3 vote during the Board’s reorganizational meeting held on Monday, July 9, 2012.  Todd has served on the School Board since July 2010.

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Our People Serving Our Communities

Each year Rotary International’s President selects a theme to guide Rotarians throughout the world during the coming year. In 2003, R I President Jonathan B. Majiyagbe’s theme was “Lend a Hand”. At Balzer and Associates, Inc. our people embrace this philosophy in their personal and professional lives. This week the Alleghany County School Board elected our own […]

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Power of Our People

A lot of attention has been focused on power, or the lack thereof, as Virginia and surrounding states recover from the brutal windstorms that struck the area last Friday evening. In Roanoke, Richmond, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Staunton, Harrisonburg and Waynesboro our employees, clients and friends have been affected by the loss of power and in many […]

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Special Moments

In the day-to-day routines of an architectural, engineering and surveying company it is easy to overlook those special moments that present themselves.  Thankfully, Don Haddon in our Richmond, Virginia office took the time to record one such moment to share with us.  Using his phone camera he was able to shoot this picture of a […]

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Balzer Launches New Website!

An Architect, an Engineer, a Landscape Architect and a Land Surveyor are sitting together in a room….. Sound like the beginning of a bad joke? Well, in this case it signifies the end of a much anticipated process involving the design and launch of our new website here at www.balzer.cc. The aforementioned professionals and I […]

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