Detroit — Michael Baker International announced the company’s expansion into Michigan with the opening of its first Detroit-based office. The new Michael Baker office in Detroit extends the company’s presence in its Great Lakes Region.
“Michigan has long been a target expansion market for Michael Baker International. As the state continues to experience infrastructure growth with transportation and environmental projects, the new Michael Baker office in Detroit is poised to demonstrate our full-continuum of services to clients,” said Kent Zinn, Vice President and Regional Director of Michael Baker’s Great Lakes region. “The Detroit office will focus on key business areas, including roads, bridges, aviation and construction services, while tapping into experts across the Michael Baker network to demonstrate how ‘We Make a Difference’ for the clients and communities we serve.”
To lead Michael Baker’s growing Michigan presence, the company hired Steve Gravlin, P.E., P.S., as the Office Manager of the Detroit office. Gravlin brings more than 30 years of experience to his role, where he will partner with team members from across the region to grow Michael Baker’s service offerings in the state and drive business in the Detroit Metro area and entire state of Michigan. In his role, Gravlin will also manage the office’s daily business activities.
“Steve brings extensive leadership capabilities to his new role at Michael Baker, and his experience with transportation infrastructure projects across the state of Michigan will help to grow our presence in the market,” Zinn said.
Prior to joining Michael Baker, Gravlin supervised teams working on transportation projects with design budgets of $10 million and construction budgets between $400 million to $1.3 billion per year. His expertise includes both Design-Build and P3 contracting, and ranges from bridge design and complete streets/urban arterial design to green infrastructure and climate change mitigation, among others.
Gravlin’s work has earned multiple industry recognitions. He lends his time and expertise to a number of industry groups, including his current role on the board of directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies-Michigan Chapter and as a board member of the Survey Licensing Board for the State of Michigan. Gravlin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan. He also has completed coursework in surveying from the Michigan Technological University.