OHM Advisors’ Fredendall Appointed to Inaugural Michigan Infrastructure Council
Legislation makes Michigan first in nation for infrastructure management; appoints OHM Advisors Vice President
The State of Michigan announces the selection of Daniel Fredendall, PE, Vice President at OHM Advisors, to the newly-formed Michigan Infrastructure Council—signed into legislation recently by Governor Rick Snyder to implement an effort to bring together leaders and experts with the goal of developing a long-term investment and management strategy for Michigan’s infrastructure assets.
The Michigan Infrastructure Council was created within the Michigan Department of Treasury and consists of nine voting members; five of whom were appointed by Governor Snyder and four by the leaders of the legislature.
Fredendall brings more than 40 years of experience as a professional engineer and a leader of Michigan infrastructure projects. Throughout his career, he has led the visioning, design and delivery of numerous complex transportation and utility projects for his clients, with a focus on innovation and long-term asset management-related solutions that deliver increased value. Driven by an impulse for creative problem-solving and combining new ideas with his longtime expertise to help communities re-envision their transportation, asset management, and infrastructure programs, Fredendall has served as Principal-in-Charge for many of OHM Advisors’ most complex projects.
He said his plans include engaging his fellow council members in thoughtful discussions. “This is an opportunity to give back to the state and to share an engineering perspective with the council. Engineers bring to the table creative visioning skills and the ability to develop solutions from broad, diverse and complex factors. I look forward to seeing how we, as a community-focused council, can apply those skills to address the state’s infrastructure needs.”
Fredendall has been extensively active at the local, state and national levels of several professional and educational organizations, including holding leadership positions with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). No stranger to sharing his expertise with Michigan’s leadership, he recently provided his insights as part of the 2017-2018 Michigan Infrastructure Asset Management Pilot, which concluded in a comprehensive report to Governor Snyder.
Appointed to the Council by Michigan Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, Fredendall is slated to serve a two-year term that expires December 31, 2020. The nine-person council will bring together local utility and infrastructure owners, regional representatives, finance and policy experts, and state department leaders to coordinate infrastructure-related goals and develop a long-term investment and management strategy for Michigan’s infrastructure assets.
“Dan’s commitment to assessing, and improving, the poor condition of our clients’ infrastructure inspires us all. I am extremely proud of his efforts leading to this appointment, and am certain that his insight will help communities across Michigan take the necessary steps to a modern, reliable infrastructure system,” comments OHM Advisors president John Hiltz. “To be selected for this prestigious council is a testament to his focus to positively impact the world around him, engage with the greater community, and share his talents as a steward for the great state of Michigan.”
A graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Fredendall is a 35-year resident of Livonia, Michigan—where he raised three children alongside his wife, Martha. The two support and practice community involvement, having served on numerous local civic commissions, non-profit boards, fundraising committees, parish council, and athletic leagues.
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