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Soltesz Engineering Implements Revolutionary AI Technology to Optimize Site Plan Design
February 5, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Soltesz using groundbreaking AI technology

[Rockville, MD, February 5, 2024] - Soltesz Engineering, a leading multi-disciplinary engineering firm, has implemented cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to streamline and optimize the site plan design process. This innovative solution allows Soltesz to provide unparalleled efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and time savings for clients.

The new AI-driven approach redefines the feasibility study process by rapidly generating optimal design solutions for development projects. It performs immediate evaluations for highest and best use (HBU), development feasibility, and yield studies. This technology eliminates the need for lengthy and cumbersome traditional feasibility processes, enabling clients to act quickly and confidently.

"We are thrilled to be pioneers in integrating artificial intelligence into site development planning and engineering," said James A. Soltesz, PE, President and CEO of Soltesz. “This technology revolutionizes the way our clients approach project feasibility and due diligence. With expedited, highly accurate evaluations, our clients can seize development opportunities and evaluate the financial aspects of the deal in hours.”

With over 44 years of experience, Soltesz Engineering leverages state-of-the-art AI together with its in-house design optimization programs. This powerful combination provides superior solutions for clients across residential, industrial, commercial, and mixed-use development projects.

“In today’s fast-paced real estate environment, time is of the essence. Our accelerated underwriting services allow clients to move forward with assurance that their site will yield maximum returns,” Soltesz said. “We are proud to remain at the forefront of technological innovation and change the game for site feasibility.”

To learn more about Soltesz Engineering’s revolutionary AI technology for site development, contact James A. Soltesz PE at 301-948-2750. Discover firsthand how Soltesz can optimize your next project with innovative solutions that save you time and money.

About Soltesz Engineering:

Soltesz Engineering provides engineering, planning, surveying, and environmental services for public and private sector clients. With offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Soltesz combines dedication to cutting-edge solutions with a commitment to client success on every project. For more information, visit www.solteszco.com.

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Media contact: SueAnne Beaumont, Soltesz, 301-948-2750, sbeaumont@solteszco.com

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Soltesz Promotes Jyotika Sharma to Vice President and General Manager
January 29, 2024
For Immediate Release - Soltesz Promotes Jyotika Sharma to Vice President and General Manager of the Rockville, MD Office

[Rockville, MD, January 22, 2024] With a commitment to fostering internal talent, Soltesz Engineering proudly announces the promotion of Jyotika Sharma, PE, to the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Rockville office. In her seven-year tenure with the company, Jyotika has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership, unwavering dedication to client service, and has played a pivotal role in mentoring numerous staff members. Beginning her journey at Soltesz as a Senior Engineer, she brought with her over eight years of invaluable experience gained in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Swiftly rising through the ranks, Jyotika became Project Manager/Team Leader and earned the title Associate in 2021.

Educated at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India, Jyotika holds a Master's in Planning with a specialization in Transport Planning. Additionally, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Aligarh University in India. Jyotika is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

"Promoting Jyotika Sharma to VP and General Manager of our Rockville office is more than just rewarding her individual excellence; it's a testament to our commitment to talent development and growth from within. Jyotika's dedication, leadership, and mentorship have been instrumental in not only the success of her own projects but also in fostering a strong, collaborative team culture within the Rockville office. Her promotion serves as a powerful example to all our employees that hard work, initiative, and passion are recognized and rewarded at Soltesz. I have full confidence that Jyotika will continue to excel in her new role, leading the Rockville office to even greater heights, and inspiring the next generation of leaders within our company," says Jim Soltesz, President and CEO of Soltesz.

As the newly appointed Vice President and General Manager of the Rockville office, Jyotika will continue to contribute her wealth of expertise and commitment to the success of Soltesz. Jyotika is excited to continue to grow our Rockville office in all our market segments, including Life Science and Healthcare. For more detailed information or to request the services of Jyotika Sharma, PE, you may download her vCard and contact her directly.

About Soltesz:

Soltesz is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm experienced in navigating clients through each phase of a project to innovative, effective solutions. The firm provides engineering, planning, surveying, and environmental services to public and private sector clients. With a dedication to engineering innovative solutions, Soltesz has played a pivotal role in transforming communities and making a positive impact on the region's infrastructure.

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Media contact: SueAnne Beaumont, Soltesz, 301-948-2750, sbeaumont@solteszco.com

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Peer Reviews for Faster Permits
December 1, 2023

Soltesz has pioneered the use of peer review programs to expedite the review of plans and reduce turnaround times. This approach has been so successful that Montgomery County has adopted it for its outside reviewer system. Soltesz engineers and planners excel in effective communication, facilitation, and coordination, making them a valuable asset for peer review programs. By emphasizing technical excellence, versatile experience, and robust training, Soltesz ensures that its peer review programs are efficient and results-driven ...

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Unlocking the Potential
September 6, 2023
Redevelopment of Suburban Office Sites for Profitable Residential Projects

The COVID-19 pandemic and changing demographics have opened up a unique opportunity to transform struggling suburban office spaces into lucrative residential properties. This shift in real estate is driven by the pandemic’s impact on commercial real estate and the growing demand for homeownership among younger generations. The key to success in this transformation lies in comprehensive research, zoning, land use, infrastructure, and environmental considerations, as well as collaboration with local authorities and compliance with evolving regulations. Managing stormwater and environmental concerns is crucial, along with assessing existing office buildings, early environmental assessments, and innovative residential design. Coordination among stakeholders and adherence to fire and emergency access rules are vital for successful suburban office redevelopment into thriving residential communities, highlighting the need for careful planning, regulatory compliance, and innovative design to revitalize the real estate landscape.

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Soltesz’s Jason Mills speaks at SWM and Climate Change Forum
August 10, 2023
For Immediate Release - Empowering Change Through Discourse: Soltesz Participates at UMD's School of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Preservation in a SWM and Climate Change Forum

[Rockville, MD, August 10, 2023] Soltesz is pleased to announce our very own, Jason Mills, Vice President of Public Infrastructure & Environmental Sciences, took an active role in a significant public forum focused on Stormwater Management (SWM) and Climate Change. This event titled "Stormwater Management and Climate Change: Issues, Challenges, Adaptations, and Future Needs." was held at the main auditorium of The University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Preservation.

Among the speakers at the event were, David Merkey, PhD, "The Integration of Stormwater Management, Ecological Uplift, and Resiliency"; Ken Bawer, "Stormwater Control Through Stream Restoration"; and Aaron Fisher, PhD, “Sustainability, more than just CO2.”

Following these enlightening talks, a panel discussion ensued, centering on Stormwater Management and Climate Change. This dynamic panel featured the insightful perspectives of Jason Mills, alongside David Merkey, Ken Bawer, and Aaron Fisher. The discussion delved into practical issues surrounding SWM and Climate Change, approaching these challenges from both regulatory and pragmatic viewpoints.

Noteworthy support came from several key sponsors, including the UP Sustainability, UMD's School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Preservation, the Prince George’s County Sierra Club, and Sustainable Maryland. Their collective efforts contributed to the success and significance of this pivotal forum.

About Soltesz:

Soltesz is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm experienced in navigating clients through each phase of a project to innovative, effective solutions. The firm provides engineering, planning, surveying, and environmental services to public and private sector clients. With a dedication to engineering innovative solutions, Soltesz has played a pivotal role in transforming communities and making a positive impact on the region's infrastructure.###Media contact: SueAnne Beaumont, Soltesz, 301-948-2750, sbeaumont@solteszco.com

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Jim Soltesz Appointed to MCEDC Board
July 26, 2023
Jim Soltesz, Soltesz CEO, joins MCEDC Board, bringing vast economic growth expertise to Montgomery County. His role aims to boost local business innovation. For Immediate Release - County Council confirms the appointment, bringing valuable expertise to advance economic growth and development.

[Rockville, MD, July 26, 2023] – Soltesz is pleased to announce, Jim Soltesz, President and CEO of Soltesz has been appointed to the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) Board of Directors. The appointment, confirmed by the County Council on July 11th, 2023, brings Soltesz's extensive expertise to the table, bolstering the corporation's efforts to fortify economic growth and development in the county.

In his role, Jim Soltesz will contribute to the board's strategic decision-making and lend his insights to accelerate economic development initiatives that will benefit the Montgomery County community. With decades of experience in the field, Soltesz brings a wealth of knowledge in guiding successful economic development projects.

"I am honored to join the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors," said Jim Soltesz, President and CEO of Soltesz. "I look forward to working alongside fellow board members to drive smart, sustainable, and inclusive economic development strategies for Montgomery County."

Jim Soltesz's appointment to the MCEDC Board of Directors holds tremendous significance as the corporation endeavors to bolster the county's economy and create a thriving business environment. With his impeccable track record and deep understanding of the county's economic landscape, Soltesz is poised to make a substantial impact in advancing economic growth and innovation.

About Soltesz:

Soltesz is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm experienced in navigating clients through each phase of a project to innovative, effective solutions. The firm provides engineering, planning, surveying, and environmental services to public and private sector clients. With a dedication to engineering innovative solutions, Soltesz has played a pivotal role in transforming communities and making a positive impact on the region's infrastructure.

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Timothy Hoffman Picked to Be Peer Reviewer
July 19, 2023
For Immediate Release - Montgomery County's New Program Enlists Timothy Hoffman as Qualified Peer Reviewer

[Rockville, MD, July 18, 2023] – Soltesz is pleased to announce, our own Timothy Hoffman, PE has been picked by Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS) to be a Qualified Peer Reviewer for their newly launched Peer Review program by DPS Land Development Division. In this role, Timothy will undertake the crucial task of assessing and evaluating the submitted plans prepared by the applicant's design engineers. Newly chosen, Timothy will undergo training conducted by DPS and complete the certification process to become a “Certified Peer Reviewer”. Currently, consulting engineers are accepted for disciplines such as Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, Paving, and Storm Drain permits.

Enlisting a Peer Reviewer like Timothy offers numerous advantages to applicants, including leveraging their expertise, time efficiency, and contribution to quality control. By employing Timothy as a Peer Reviewer, applicants can potentially expedite the review process with the County, leading to faster permit issuance. “The engagement of a Peer Reviewer will undoubtedly cut down review times and accelerate the approval of design plans,” says Timothy. Peer Reviewers, highly experienced engineers within the County, ensure a thorough and high-quality assessment of the submitted plans.

For more detailed information or to request the services of Timothy Hoffman, PE, a County-authorized Peer Reviewer, please contact Timothy Hoffman, Associate, Sr. Project Manager at Soltesz via email at THoffman@solteszco.com.

About Soltesz:

Soltesz is a multi-disciplinary engineering firm experienced in navigating clients through each phase of a project to innovative, effective solutions. The firm provides engineering, planning, surveying, and environmental services to public and private sector clients. With a dedication to engineering innovative solutions, Soltesz has played a pivotal role in transforming communities and making a positive impact on the region's infrastructure.

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Annual Company Dinner: A Night To Celebrate
October 8, 2022
A night of laughter, fun, and celebrations!

We held our 2022 annual company dinner, to enjoy a fun-filled night celebrating a great year of hard work and accomplishments. Members of the Soltesz team enjoyed an elegant evening at the Sunset Room at National Harbor, a location where we have provided engineering services for over 20 years.

We celebrated the anniversaries of team members who have been with Soltesz for ten, twenty, and even thirty-five years! Our team's unique skills, talent, and dedication are what make Soltesz truly great. Thank you to our entire team for your continued commitment to providing quality engineering for our clients and our local community.

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On Site at The Carnegie at Washingtonian Center
July 7, 2022

Members of our design team visited the future site of The Carnegie at Washingtonian Center, an independent senior living and memory care residence next to the RIO Lakefront in Gaithersburg.

The project team led by Project Manager, Jyotika Sharma, walked the site while discussing erosion and sediment controls, design constraints, and stormwater management facilities.

Senior EngineerDana Chiao, mentioned, “We spend so much time designing and engineering projects and often don’t see too much of the construction progress or project completion in person. It’s an amazing feeling to see something you’ve designed come to life, and it was a great learning opportunity for our younger staff as well.”

Read more about the 8.5-acre site here: solteszco.com/the-carnegie-at-washingtonian-center

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Soltesz ranked Washington Business Journal’s 2022 List of Largest Engineering Firms
April 11, 2022

We’re happy to announce Soltesz has made the list for another year and has been ranked on The Washington Business Journal’s 2022 List of Largest Engineering Firms in Greater Washington D.C. The list ranking is based on Metro-area engineering billings in 2021.

We’re grateful to our hard-working team who make this possible and appreciative to our clients and partners for entrusting our team to provide quality engineering that supports our local communities.

The full list can be viewed here:  WBJ Largest Engineering Firms in Greater DC

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