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[ Lance Anderson ] [ Paul B. Hutnak ] [ Michael Labbe ] [ Cheryl G. Peterson ] [ Holland Shaw ] [ Adam Gaudette ]
[ Eric Bazzett ] [ Margret Ryan ]

Mark E. Anderson
Director of Planning

has fifteen years of experience in land surveying, permitting, and project management. In his capacity as Director of Planning, he supervises all personnel and assigns staff to projects as required. He is responsible for the scheduling and management of all jobs, estimates, budgets, and billing. Mr. Anderson also coordinates communications between our survey and engineering departments.

Mr. Anderson handles most Planning Board, Zoning Board, Conservation Commission, and other municipal state level meetings. He also provides many of our clients with construction management and construction supervision services. Currently, Mr. Anderson is writing new zoning bylaws for age restricted senior living communities in many Massachusetts and Rhode Island towns. These bylaws have ranged from entire new regulations to simple overlays of existing zoning. Many local councils and Town Meetings are presently adapting the bylaws. He is presently involved in permitting over seven different age restricted projects in southern New England. This task requires site search and evaluation, zoning determination, design supervision, and permitting. Mr. Anderson is currently assisting the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and the John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Bikeway Project with technical support regarding mapping, zoning, and permitting.

Mr. Anderson has served as Senior Project Manager for various residential subdivisions including The Hills in Northbridge, MA. He has also served as Senior Project Manager on many retail sites including Dunkin Donuts, Wal-Mart, Westboro Road Convenience & Service Center, and Old Colony Stationary. As Senior Project Manager, Mr. Anderson is responsible for all site design and permitting. He has extensive experience in site development and construction supervision.

Worcester Junior College, Worcester, MA, 1970
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA, 1970
Community College of Rhode Island, 1987

Professional Affiliations
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Blackstone Valley Economic Development Committee
Town of Franklin Land Use Committee
Urban Land Institute

Notary Public

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Lance Anderson
Director of Field Survey

Lance Anderson has over fourteen years of experience in all aspects of land surveying. He has performed land court surveys, ALTA surveys, residential and commercial lot stalkings, site topography, perimeter land surveys, construction layout of commercial and residential building projects, location of surface and subsurface utilities, and existing conditions plans.

Mr. Anderson has also been involved in various layout and relocation of state and residential roadways. In addition, he has six years experience as a registered soil evaluator. Mr. Anderson has been responsible for soil testing for various earth removal projects and subsurface disposal systems for such clients as Rosenfeld Concrete Corporation, Boston Sand & Gravel, and Strekolovsky and Hoit.

Mr. Anderson has served as Director of Field Survey on many large scale development projects including The Hills at Whitinsville and the Towns of Uxbridge and North Brookfield’s proposed school sites. He has worked with The Binswanger Group on construction of a 350,000 square-foot warehouse with rail siding; with Allen & Major on a 2,500,000 square-foot development of commercial and industrial space; and National Development in the building of Forge Park in Franklin, MA.

As Director of Field Survey for a project with Allen & Major, Mr. Anderson was responsible for topographical and existing conditions surveys. Services also included town hall and utility company research to prepare the project for the field crew.

As Field Survey Manager for a project at Wellesley College, Mr. Anderson was responsible for redevelopment of the historical Hazard Quadrangle. His duties included existing conditions survey, subsurface utility exploration, and landscape location plans. After the final design, Mr. Anderson was responsible for the construction layout of two to four phases of the restoration project.

Community College of Rhode Island, 1987

Massachusetts State Certified Soils Evaluator, 1995

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Paul B. Hutnak
Project Engineer

is a Project Engineer and is also a registered soil evaluator. He has been active in the construction industry since 1990 and has over five years of experience in surveying and design work on a variety of large projects as well as residential subdivisions and commercial/industrial site planning and permitting. Mr. Hutnak has an extensive background in AutoCAD 2000 and Land Development desktop.

His experience includes all facets of site development related to permitting and construction, including soil evaluation, sewer and septic system design, drainage analysis and design, wetland considerations and related permitting requirements, and general site suitability evaluation. Paul’s survey experience includes site topography, stakeout and building projects including the Oxford Post Office in Oxford, MA, the Westboro Road in Northbridge, MA, and self-storage facility in Uxbridge, MA.

As Project Engineer, Mr. Hutnak has been responsible for site design services which included: traffic patterns, parking lot design, roadway design, drainage design, storm water management, landscape planning, utility placement, and sewage disposal design. In Mr. Hutnak’s extensive experience with storm water management, he has worked with Cultec Infiltration Design, and in his varied experience with landscape planning, he has worked with Versa-Lok retaining wall systems.

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, 1998

Professional Affiliations
Central Massachusetts Builders Association

DEP – Approved Title 5 Soil Evaluator

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Michael Labbe
GIS Specialist, Technical Director

Michael Labbe has over fifteen years of experience in land surveying, AutoCAD design and drafting, and computer technology. Mr. Labbe specializes in CAD/GIS mapping. He excels at plotting base data, developing project maps, and incorporating public viewpoints into the overall design.

He developed a company-wide standard for CAD/GIS procedures and implements all CAD/GIS training. Mr. Labbe also coordinates all GPS fieldwork and prepares mission planning packages in order to efficiently manage crews in the field. As GPS Coordinator, Mr. Labbe has worked with Binswanger Project Management in Northbridge, MA. On this 350,000 square-foot distribution facility project, he calculated GPS photo control/coordinates and prepared concept drawings using aerial photography with site overlay.

Mr. Labbe has served as site designer on many projects and has worked with such companies as Oldcastle Precast, Dunkin Donuts, and Wal-Mart. Through a project with Rosenfeld Concrete Corp., he has plotted field topography and calculated restricted use area for filing and state DEP. Currently, Mr. Labbe is working with the National Heritage Corridor Commission in order to compile aerial photographs and constraint maps of the Blackstone River Corridor in anticipation of constructing a bikepath from Providence, RI, to Worcester, MA. In his capacity as Director of Technology, Mr. Labbe is responsible for all computer network setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting. He researches and purchases new technologies as they relate to computer hardware, software, and survey equipment.

University of Massachusetts, Lowell, 1985-1987

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Cheryl G. Peterson
P.E. No. 38691, Chief Engineer

is a Professional Civil Engineer with registrations in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Ms. Peterson has over fifteen years of experience on a wide spectrum on engineering projects. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, designing residential subdivisions, golf course housing developments, sewer extensions, water main extensions, and site construction plans.

Her experience also includes the review of plans and documents for a Planning Board and a Conservation Commission. The Conservation Commission review consisted of reviewing the Notice of Intent submittal for engineering issues, specifically site drainage, to determine compliance with the Town bylaw and the Stormwater Management Policy. Comment letters were then issued to the applicant. Attendance at the Conservation Commission meetings was part of the scope of work. Ms. Peterson has dealt with many local Boards and Commissions and has obtained permits and approvals at the local, state, and federal levels.

Ms. Peterson has served as Chief Engineer on many large scale development projects including Shining Rock Golf Community in Northbridge, MA, Noble Vista in Upton, MA, The Hills at Whitinsville in Northbridge, MA, and Reservoir Heights in Northbridge, MA. As Chief Engineer for the Shining Rock Golf Community Project, Ms. Peterson, along with a golf course architect, developed subdivision/site design plans for an 18-hole golf course in conjunction with a 66-lot subdivision in addition to 98 condominium units with approximately 10,000 linear feet of roadway. Steep slopes added to the challenge of joining lots, roadways, and golf holes. As Chief Engineer for The Hills at Whitinsville and Reservoir Heights, Ms. Peterson developed site plans for residential subdivision lots and condominium units as well as thousands of linear feet of road.

Ms. Peterson’s tasks also included plans for: wetland crossings, preservation of endangered species and intermittent streams, sewer pump stations, off-site sewer design, detention basins, and follow-through of construction management. Many of the projects that Ms. Peterson has designed include extensive review by MEPA due to the large areas of land disturbance. Ms. Peterson also has extensive experience in designing new and relocated utility placement, sanitary sewer design, and drainage system design.

B.S. Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, 1987

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Holland Shaw
P.L.S. No. 30314, Chief Surveyor

is a Professional Land Surveyor with registrations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine. Mr. Shaw has over twenty-six years of experience with all aspects and types of surveying projects including property and topographic surveys, title insurance plan certification, mortgage inspection plans, construction layout, condominium master and unit plans,

plan mapping, highway takings, easement, surveys, Massachusetts Land Court plans and documents, accident surveys, and court testimony before the Superior and Massachusetts Land Courts in the capacity of expert witness. His professional work from 1986 to the present has involved soil interpretation, wetland delineation, and soils landscape mapping for landowners, developers, educational institutions, and other engineering firms.

Mr. Shaw has served as Chief Surveyor on many large-scale development projects including The Hills at Whitinsville, a planned unit development in Northbridge, MA. Work on this project included delineating over 50 areas of wetlands and a comprehensive demarcation and mapping of an existing golf course for developmental site planning, which is presently being permitted.

As Project Manager for the proposed North Brookfield school site, Mr. Shaw prepared CAD drawings, including contouring, utilities and boundary lines, of the existing conditions across the 64-acre school site.

As Chief Surveyor for a project with Binswanger, Mr. Shaw personally conducted soil examinations and supervised wetland delineation as well as preliminary boundary determination and record research.

B.A. English, Eastern College, St. David’s, PA, 1974
A.E. Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, Worcester Junior College, Worcester, MA, 1978
Current Graduate Studies in Plant and Soil Science, University of Massachusetts

Professional Affiliations
Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping

Massachusetts State Certified Soils Evaluator, 1995

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Adam Gaudette
AICP, Chief Operating Officer

has over seven years of experience in project management and land use planning. In his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for managing the daily operations of the company relative to all land development projects, advising individual project managers and their assisting staff on establishing priorities and meeting project deadlines.

He works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer on company practices and policies. Mr. Gaudette is also the Senior Land Planner on staff. He provides many of our clients with land planning expertise, evaluating zoning and subdivision regulations. Mr. Gaudette prepares permit applications and along with the Director of Planning, represents clients during the review process at Planning Board, Zoning Board, Conservation Commission and other municipal and state level meetings. He provides technical assistance to the survey and engineering departments by reviewing the design of residential and industrial subdivision plans, site plans and ANR plans, and other relevant land use documents.

Mr. Gaudette aids in preparing internal proposals, as well as, responding to external requests for proposals. He also provides services to municipal and non-profit clients in grant writing and administration, conducting various planning studies, and drafting zoning articles that include bylaw changes such as overlay districts, cluster development bylaws and senior housing bylaws. Mr. Gaudette also represents Heritage Design Group through his involvement with local steering committees including the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Regional Economic Development Subcommittee and the Blackstone Valley Institute.

Mr. Gaudette came to Heritage Design Group from the Town of Northbridge, Massachusetts where he served as the Planning and Community Development Director. In that capacity, Mr. Gaudette was responsible for a variety of municipal planning responsibilities that included: providing technical assistance to the Planning Board, Town Manager and other interrelated departments; overseeing the design and construction of subdivision and site plans; drafting zoning articles; and, overseeing the implementation of the Town’s Master Plan and Open Space Plan. He also served as the Town’s Community Development Director overseeing the Town’s CDBG Program and other grant administration, which involved the management of: public facilities renovation projects, social service programs, planning studies and public infrastructure projects.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA: Master of Regional Planning –
Concentration in Community and Economic Development
Worcester State College, Worcester, MA: Bachelor of Science – Sociology
Major with a Concentration in Business & Political Science

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Certified Planners
American Planning Association, Massachusetts and National Chapters
Urban Land Institute
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Economic Development
Regional Sub-Committee, Blackstone Valley Institute, and Leadership
Blackstone Valley


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Eric Bazzett
P.E. No.35805 (MA) 6195 (RI), Senior Project Manager

is a Professional Civil Engineer with registrations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mr. Bazzett has over sixteen years of experience in project management, design and permitting of commercial, residential and industrial developments in New England.

His experience includes all facets of site development related to permitting and construction, including site evaluations and feasibility studies, soil evaluations drainage analysis and design, wetland identification and related permitting requirements, policies and regulations, sewer and septic system evaluation and design, and roadway design and construction. He also has extensive experience with Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and Local Wetland by-laws as well as MEPA thresholds, procedures, schedules and jurisdiction. He is familiar with Title 5 regulations, policies and interpretations pertaining to Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems.

Mr. Bazzett has designed and permitted a total of more than ten miles of new roads in MA. Designs included consideration of horizontal and vertical alignments, retaining walls, and development of stormwater management methods to minimize impacts to wetland resource areas and abutting landowners. Drainage analyses were conducted using a number of different techniques and software packages, including Draincalc, Haestad Methods and Hydrocad. A partial list of roadways designed and permitted include: Elmshade Estates, Uxbridge, MA – 3,800 ft of new roadways servicing 32 residential lots; Springmeadow Estates, Douglas, MA – 5,300 ft of new roadways servicing 70 residential lots; Quarry Hill Estates, Uxbridge, MA – 5,000 ft of new roadways servicing 39 residential lots.

Mr. Bazzett served as Project Engineer for Wrentham Village in Wrentham, MA. As Project Engineer for Wrentham Village, he was responsible for site planning a 600,000 s.f. retail outlet center with parking for 3,600 cars and on-site wastewater treatment/recycling plant. Other responsibilities included: coordinating all site development related issues, from land acquisition through design, permitting and construction, including required changes in zoning-by-law, Planning and Conservation meetings and architectural transitions. Responsible for final review submissions for permits, bid documents, construction documents and specifications. Ledge cuts of up to 70 ft. were required to achieve development grade and on-site processing of approximately 750,000 cubic yards of rock was necessary to balance the project earthwork. This was the largest rock job in NE in 1997.

Mr. Bazzett also worked on various projects for Home Depot. He managed design, permitting, architectural coordination and construction for stores in both MA and RI. Some of his responsibilities included: preparing and filing expanded ENF under MEPA; filing an SEIR; and conducting peer review of design for a new store. Each store had a minimum of 120,000 GFA, plus exterior garden centers and 500-700 parking spaces.

B.S. Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1984
M.S. Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1992

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Margaret Ryan
Collections Manager

Margaret Ryan has been active in the administrative/office field for over twenty-five years and has specialized with Survey and Engineering firms, such as Stone and Webster in New York, NY, Guerriere & Hanlon in Milford, MA and Andrews Survey & Engineering in Uxbridge, MA, for most of those years.

Her experience involves all facets of office responsibilities including typing, filing, dictation, document and proposal preparation, making travel arrangements, receptionist duties, handling correspondence, time sheets, payroll, billing, bookkeeping and supervision of clerical staff. She has also been involved with doing research and gathering pertinent information at local town halls.

Previously, as Office Manager of Heritage Design Group, Ms. Ryan was responsible for originating the books for the company.
In her current role as Collections Manager for Heritage Design Group, Ms. Ryan’s responsibilities include collections, resolving account disputes, application of payments to customer accounts receivables, preparing deposit slips and making deposits and other general credit and accounts receivable issues. Other responsibilities include payroll, human resources and benefits administration of 401K plan, health and dental insurance, short and long term disability and life insurance.

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