ELYRIA, OHIO — KS Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, acquired Matrix Engineering, Inc., a coastal engineering firm in business for 27 years. With the acquisition comes the formation of KS Associates’ new Coastal Engineering Group. The Group provides engineering solutions for all types of waterfront and water-related infrastructure, helping clients plan, design and manage the construction of projects along Lake Erie and its tributaries. The Group serves property owners, marina owners, port authorities, dock manufacturers, industrial owners and communities.

KS Associates’ new Coastal Engineering Group is led by former Matrix Engineering President and Founder John S. Matricardi, P.E. "We are delighted to bring John aboard as Director of the new group. John brings an unprecedented level of expertise in marine-related infrastructure, and will ensure continuity of service to Matrix clients throughout the acquisition,” said Lynn S. Miggins, P.E., President of KS Associates.

Matricardi is a Professional Engineer licensed in 19 states including Ohio. He is responsible for the overall direction and project management of all KS Associates’ marine engineering projects. Matricardi has experience in hydrographic surveys; diving inspections; the preparation of permit applications; the preparation of design drawings, specifications and cost estimates; and construction management and inspection services. Notable projects include the Standard LaFarge Ore Boat Loading Dock, Marblehead, Ohio; Middle Bass Island State Park Marina, Ohio; Villa Angela State Park Shoreline Improvements, Cleveland, Ohio; and Miller Road Park Boat Ramp Improvements and Fishing Pier, Avon Lake, Ohio.

In addition to his 27 years at Matrix Engineering, Matricardi held civil engineering positions for government agencies including NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio; U.S. Coast Guard’s Ninth District in Cleveland, Ohio; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District in Buffalo, New York; and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From lake restoration and erosion protection to public and private recreational facilities, the KS Associates Coastal Engineering Group can help clients implement sustainable, cost-effective solutions. Services include:
•Regulatory Permitting
•Lakefront Erosion Protection
•Marine Structural Design
•Beach Restoration
•Public/Private Waterfront Structures
•Slope Stabilization & Retaining Walls
•Sheet Piling
•Hydrographic Surveying, Including Submerged Land Lease Surveys.