Louis J. Northouse, PE, Regional Office Manager for SME’s office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, coordinates a diverse team of engineers and technicians to oversee consulting services related to geotechnical engineering, building materials and construction materials testing services. Lou is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Lou began his career with SME 20 years ago in the Lansing, Michigan office as a field engineer, eventually transferring to the Grand Rapids office in 2001, where he continued to gain valuable field experience. Since then he progressed in responsibility and began managing projects. His technical, administrative and budgetary management expertise has been utilized on more than 1,500 projects in West Michigan. He is knowledgeable of Special Inspections and Michigan Building Code requirements, is skilled at estimating project scopes and budgets, and is well known for communicating with clients throughout the course of their projects. As the point of contact for many clients, Lou strives to efficiently provide answers to questions and project related issues, utilizing the knowledge of other SME experts when needed, to keep projects on schedule and within budget.

Lou is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineers Association of Michigan (SEAM) and the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE).

Lou is heavily involved as a volunteer in his local community, donating his time and supporting several organizations and youth programs including Legacy Christian School, South Christian High School, Mathcounts and Hillside Community Church. He has supported and mentored students at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Academy of Design and Construction. Lou enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time outdoors with his children and friends hunting, fishing and playing golf.

Projects

Gerald R. Ford Airport Parking Garage: Curbside Convenience

SME provided geotechnical consulting and construction materials testing services for the $118-million parking garage project at the airport, which included a 50-foot tall steel-framed, glass-covered canopy structure that spanned between the parking garage and terminal.

Insights

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NON-TRADITIONAL PAVEMENT DESIGN: SME SOLUTION SOLVED CONTAMINATION PROBLEM AND SAVED CONSTRUCTION COSTS

When planning for development of a new industrial process facility, a Midwest owner was facing costly removal of contaminated soil from previous const…

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Rockford Construction Headquarters

SME contributed to the renovation of a former automotive manufacturing plant on Grand Rapids' Westside for reuse by Rockford Construction as their cor…