Municipal Engineering


When your community depends on the work of a civil engineer, you need professionals who will take the utmost care and have the highest levels of integrity. This is our standard. We know that our decisions will impact your community for decades, and we will always strive for solutions that efficiently utilize tax payer dollars both now and in the future.


Planning for the future is critical if a community is to be sustainable. Balancing public expectations, varying elected official priorities, and financial constraints are all part of the master planning and asset management process. It is imperative that the utilities constructed now will serve the community for generations to come.

  • Asset Management
  • Utilities Master Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Reliability Studies
  • Cost Estimates
  • Inflow and Infiltration Studies
  • Utility Capacity Analysis

Utilities Design & Construction

The VK Civil team has the expertise and ability to design and administer the construction of waste water collection, water distribution, storage tank, pump station, storm water facility and road projects.

  • Plans, Specifications and Permitting
  • Construction Cost Estimates
  • Construction Bidding and Contract Administration
  • Construction Observation

Development Oversight

We perform engineering plan reviews and provide construction observation services for development projects on behalf of our municipal clients. These projects include plats, site condos, industrial parks, and retail facilities. Just a few of the notable names include the Byron Center Tanger Outlet Mall, Davenport University Caledonia Campus, and the Switch Pyramid and Supernap.

  • Development Engineering Plan Reviews
  • Drainage Plan Reviews
  • Aggregate Mining Reviews
  • Developer Cost Sharing Agreements
  • Offsite Utility Extensions

Utility Administration

We work very closely with municipal administrative staff and utility system operators to help them maintain peak efficiency and answer any questions along the way.

  • Utility Administrative Assistance
  • Utility Administrative Ordinances
  • Rates and Charges/Billing
  • Inter Municipal Utility Service Agreements
  • Operation and Maintenance Plans
  • Utilities Mapping
  • GIS/GPS Mapping
  • Records Management

Excellent Professional Services
“The Byron-Gaines Utility Authority has experienced excellent professional services when working with Vriesman & Korhorn on many civil engineering projects. The work is done in a courteous cost efficient manner with professionalism that has proven to be accurate and reliable.”

Mike Kortman, Manager, Byron-Gaines Utility Authority

Professional and Proactive
“Vriesman & Korhorn is professional and proactive. Their upbeat and positive attitudes make them easy to work with. They have been resourceful and are not afraid to ask tough and important questions. Thornapple Township continues to move forward due to our connections with people like those on the team at Vriesman & Korhorn.”

Catherine Getty, Thornapple Zoning Administrator


Our team can help you determine necessary infrastructure investments to sustain growth as well as estimate costs to maintain your existing system for future generations. We can provide information regarding grants, user rates, assessments, bonding, or finding efficiencies in order to meet the real needs of your community.

  • Utility Rate Studies
  • Developer Cost Sharing Agreements
  • Grants and Loans
  • Assessment Districts
  • Asset Management

Stormwater Management

Stormwater management directly affects the environment, residents, and the business community. As storm water regulations are being revised at all levels of government, we will keep you apprised of changes and their implications so you can make informed decisions.

  • Stormwater Master Plans
  • Assessments / Apportionments
  • Drainage Plan Reviews
  • Drainage Studies
  • Wetland Delineation

Community Facilities

Community facilities play a large role in a community’s quality of life. These projects often have high visibility and generate significant public interest. Thinking through the details in order to minimize disruption to the public and keeping the municipal officials up to speed so they can answer the public’s questions are paramount.

  • Parks
  • Non-Motorized Trails
  • Sidewalks
  • Fire Stations
  • Libraries
  • Cemeteries
  • City/township Halls
  • Public Works Facilities
Nate Vriesman, P.E.

Contact: Nate Vriesman, P.E.
(616) 277-2185

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  • Nate has worked with many governmental entities including:  Byron Township, Gaines Charter Township, the Byron-Gaines Utility Authority, The Charter Township of Caledonia, Jamestown Township, Kent Intermediate School District, Thornapple Township, Georgetown Charter Township, the City of Wyoming, the City of Kentwood, Byron Center Public Schools, Cascade Charter Township, the City of Hudsonville, the Kent County Road Commission, the Kent County Department of Public Works, the Kent County Drain Commission, the Ottawa County Road Commission, the Ottawa County Drain Commission, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy.
  • Utility and park master planning, administration and financing of utility systems, intermunicipal agreements, specification and ordinance development, records management.
  • Designed and inspected, park improvements, 6” to 54” gravity sanitary sewer lines, 2” to 30” sanitary forcemains, multiple sanitary pump stations (largest was 7.4 mgd with expansion capabilities to 14 mgd), 6” to 36” watermains, elevated and ground storage tanks, water booster stations, storm sewer systems, streets, miles of non-motorized path and sidewalk, residential developments, and commercial developments.