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Auth Consulting & Associates has been providing innovative engineering services for 20 years. As our employees grew from two people in 1995 to the 27 employees we have today, our services have also grown to meet the engineering and regulatory challenges that affect our clients – wherever they are located. Planning, engineering, building design, and surveying; AC/a is there providing the personalized service and innovative solutions you’ve come to expect– that will never change!

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The DBA Hosts First Policy Picnic

Dave McDaniel, Mike Bucher and Krystal Geurkink attended the Dairy Business Association's (DBA) first policy picnic on July 26th.  There were four policy picnics hosted at member farms around Wisconsin.  The event provided information regarding regulations, the upcoming election, federal and state priorities for the organization, and networking. 

The first picnic was held at the Fetzer Farm in Elmwood, WI.  AC/a was proud to help sponsor this event and show support for our client and the DBA community.  The event was well attended and gave everyone the opportunity to ask questions and catch up.  It is sure to become an annual event.  

 

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Project Highlights

 

Chapman Drive Reconstruction Project

As some of you may know Chapman Drive was a ¾ of a mile reconstruction project located along the north edge of River Falls, Wisconsin adjacent to the Sterling Ponds residential and commercial developments.  Auth Consulting & Associates performed the surveying, design, construction staking, construction administration, and construction observation/inspection of the project for the City of River Falls. 

The project consisted of:

-Detouring traffic from a WisDOT highway, County roads, and local City streets

-Pulverizing & demolishing the existing roadway surface

-Correcting poor soils that were encountered below the existing road bed

-Widening of roadway to a new highbred urban/rural cross section

-Adding curb and gutter on the south side of roadway and installing storm sewer

-Adding a 4’ paved shoulder and 2’ gravel shoulder and improved ditches on the north side

-Bituminous(asphalt) paving & lane striping of the new roadway

-Constructing and paving a 10’ wide pathway on the south side of the roadway

Some of the design challenges we encountered were trying to match grades of the existing partially constructed gravel pathway along the south side of the road and make sure we tie into the adjacent streets and driveways with acceptable grades.  The City wanted us to design the roadway with a wider highbred urban/rural cross section along with accommodating all the stormwater conveyance needs in the improved ditches and new storm sewer system.  Future expansion/widening of the roadway to a full wider urban section on the north side of the roadway was also considered in the overall design.  Improved intersections and turn lanes were also incorporated into the design.

During construction we encountered multiple feet of topsoil and other unsuitable materials under the roadway.  These soils are considered very unstable material that can cause a failure to a roadway’s integrity.   We made the decision to remove all the poor materials until we reached suitable material and brought in appropriate granular fill as needed to which we could construct a solid road on.  Coordination with the existing small underground utilities and the installation of new street lighting by the City was also required throughout the construction process.  Extra care during the trail construction was also required to try to save existing Blvd trees that were located along a portion of the project.

Also a 10 foot wide asphalt bike/walk path was installed parallel to Chapman Road. It connects two existing bike paths and sidewalks with Sterlilng Ponds residential and commercial developments.  Making for a wonderful recreational activity for the community.

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AC/a Participates in 2016 Business at the Airport

Business at the Airport is an annual chamber members event that brings together the three surrounding areas for one night.  The Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie chambers sign up for booth spots like a trade show to promote their business.  This year the event was held at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in August.  

AC/a participated for the first time and was also Menomonie's first member to be able to grab up one of the only 35 spots available.  It is the largest chamber combined event for the year and always provides attendees with good food, great prizes and an education on their local area businesses.  Over 200 members were in attendance to network, promote their business and have a chance to win prizes ranging from free flights to stays in the area. 

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Farm City Day at Alfalawn Farm

The 9th Annual Chippewa Valley Farm City Day was held at the Alfalawn Farm in Menomonie, WI in September.   The location of the event rotates each year between Eau Claire, Chippewa and Dunn County to represent a variety of farming operations in the area.  

Farm City Day is an event that provides the public the opportunity to see and tour a working farm.  Since many people today do not grow up on a farm, this event allows people to come back to the farm and be reminded how important agriculture is in our everyday lives.  The event is aimed at educating people on how our food is produced and showing just how far agriculture has come over the years.   

Alfalawn is owned and operated by the Styer Family.  The farm features a newly expanded dairy with a rotary milking parlor and focuses on efficiencies around the farm.  The rotary milking parlor contains 60 stalls and allows a 2,000 cow heard to be milked in about 6 hours three times a day.  As you could imagine the milking parlor was a highlight for spectators since it is such a large operation.  

AC/a was able to volunteer at this event and also was apart of the project from the start.  The day provided the public with wagon tours, kids activities, food by the 4H club, and a Farmer Frolic 5K.  Overall the day went well and there was a great turn out.  So keep Farm City Day in mind for next year if you are looking to visit a farm and have some fun!

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