For 15 years, locally owned Heritage Engineering has carved out a niche in the Louisville and Southern Indiana landscape with projects large and small. From the massive new Mercy Academy campus to a ballpark complex for New Albany Little Leaguers, the business shows it can adapt to client needs, whatever they may be. The firm’s services run the gamut of civil engineering, landscape architecture and land planning consulting.
The twenty-three dedicated professionals of Heritage Engineering who provide services to the firm’s clients are “the lifeblood” of the organization, according to partner Scott Hannah. Two of Heritage’s rising young stars are Professional Engineer (P.E.) Danielle Dresch, 31, and Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) Jeremy Eger, 25.
Dresch, who has been with Heritage one year, said her duties vary daily but include the project coordination that goes with civil engineering and site development. That may include getting agency approvals (such as MSD or Metro Public Works) or working with utilities (LG&E, Louisville Water Company, Cable). “I want to make sure the client/developer is pleased with the designs we come up with,” said Dresch. “I also review construction plans created by my team and perform drainage, utility and grading design. I do my best to train and mentor our engineers-in-training, co-ops and technicians, too.”
Dresch has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering, as well as a Professional Engineering Licensure in Kentucky and Indiana. She is also AutoCAD Civil3D Certified. She hopes one day to be a partner at Heritage, and said the smaller fit of the firm appeals. “I love the way the partners support me in everything, like allowing me to be part of a leadership course and sending me to conferences. They allow me the room to work on my own and make mistakes. But whenever I do, they are always by my side to help me fix the problem,” she said.
In 2015, Dresch went on a service trip to Bolivia, one of nine countries supported by the charity Water for People. “Water for People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments,” said Dresch. The engineer formerly served as chair of the Kentucky / Tennessee committee and is now active in fundraising and awareness for the group.
Jeremy Eger began his career with Heritage in 2013, working his first two years with the firm as a co-op student, and the last three years as a full-time employee. As an Engineer in Training (E.I.T.), Eger said a typical day can include working on anything from site development, pipe design, grading, utility coordination and design to hydraulic modeling. He graduated from the University of Louisville Speed School in 2015 with a BS in Civil Engineering, has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.), and is currently studying for the Professional Engineering (P.E.) exam which he will take next month.
Eger said one advantage of working for Heritage Engineering has been that it allows you to get some experience in many different fields of Civil Engineering. “I have been lucky enough to work on projects from both private and public clients,” he said. Brittany Montgomery, Utility Director for the town of Clarksville, Indiana, said Eger is a dedicated professional who is great to work with. “Jeremy is knowledgeable and always available to assist the Town with concerns and questions,” she said.
“Heritage is the kind of company that gives you room to develop professionally while still being supported,” said Eger. “I know that no matter what project I am working on, the partners trust in me to get the job completed; but they are also there for any advice if I need some,” he said.
The close-knit community of employees at Heritage is also valued by Eger. “We have company outings throughout the year, and every year we have a team running in the Anthem 5k. Sometimes, my coworkers and I have dinner, play basketball, or watch sports. It’s easy to work at a place when you enjoy hanging out with your coworkers,” said Eger.
For the young engineer, his favorite part of being at Heritage, however, is knowing he is playing a role in the firm’s continued growth. “I am learning from my mentors, and hope in the next five to ten years to have that same opportunity to help a civil engineer along the way. I have been here at the firm for one-third of its life. With the partners of Heritage, I believe we will keep growing and I want to be a part of it.”
Heritage Engineering is looking to add more great people to their team. Are you a civil engineer, landscape architect or land planning consultant that would like to work for a busy company that also gives back to the community? If so, please send your resume to [email protected].