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Why Choose Performance Engineers?

Founded by James B. Malewitz P.E as sole proprietor in 1990, Performance Engineers has gained a reputation for serving clients and communities effectively. Our staff assists clients in the assessment of their needs and provides individualized service to meet the challenges of each unique project. Performance Engineers incorporated in 1998 and is currently controlled by three partners.

As a civil/structural engineering firm, Performance Engineers, Inc. provides a comprehensive array of related services to a wide client base including cities, townships, villages, private developers, architects, and individual property owners. 

Performance Engineers, Inc. has been the Engineer of Record on several landmark projects in northwestern Michigan. These include the Charlevoix East Park project, which has been named as one of America's Best Public Spaces by the American Planning Association, the multi-use redevelopment of the former One Water Street site in Boyne City, and the "Kaliseum" in Kalkaska. 

We continually seek to improve the way in which we do business. As a result of this effort, we have added staff, upgraded the technologies that we utilize to complete our work, and improved the efficiency of our work product. 

Another key to our continued success is the fact that Performance Engineers, Inc. is large enough to be responsive to our client's needs and is able to assign project personnel that have backgrounds consistent with a specific project. Yet, our firm is also small enough to be able to include oversight and input from a principal engineer within our firm. 

It is our belief that communication between our staff and clients is the key to efficient, creative design. Performance Engineers, Inc. works with the owner to develop a conceptual design, then collaborates to finalize the project using a system of individual task responsibilities for designers and project engineers with oversight by one of the senior engineers or principals. It is this two-way flow of information that leads to design efficiency, maintaining schedules, and cost control. 

In addition, Performance Engineers, Inc. has extensive knowledge and expertise in the following specialized areas:


  • Part 41 and Part 31 of PA451, 1994, as amended (NREPA), and the Part 21 and Part 22 rules promulgated thereunder.  This allows us to efficiently handle the MDEQ permitting process for all public sanitary sewer systems whether privately owned or part of a municipal system.


  • PA 399, 1976, as amended (Safe Drinking Water Act).  Again, this enables us to efficiently handle of the MDEQ permitting process for public water supply system.


  • Land divisions and site condominium projects, including mobile home parks.


  • Field investigation for soils evaluations necessary for onsite sanitary systems, whether decentralized community systems or individual septic systems.


  • Hydrogeoligical investigations for source aquifer assessments, which include:  obtaining available surrounding well logs, coordination with local well drillers to complete test wells, and aquifer analysis in accordance with MDEQ standards necessary to design an appropriate water supply system.


  • Design of storm water management systems, drainage plans and soil erosion controls.  Our knowledge of the local soil erosion and storm water ordinances, along with Part 91 of PA451 and NPDES coverage under Michigan’s permit-by-rule for construction activities allows us to provide efficient and comprehensive storm water plans.  Performance Engineers, Inc. has certified storm water operators available to conduct inspections and satisfy permit requirements for certified inspection and record keeping.


  • Consulting services to municipalities for infrastructure improvements, repairs, development and expansion, land use and planning, and evaluation of the ability of current infrastructure to support zoning densities.  Consulting services also include, drainage studies, parking evaluations, sewer capacity assessments, water capacity assessments, booster stations, lift stations, etc.


  • Structural evaluations of existing facilities, forensic investigations and FHA home inspections.


  • Preparation of building plans for residential structures, commercial buildings, and light industrial facilities, including but not limited to:

    • Banks, Fire Stations, Schools, Hotels, Courthouses, Churches, Parking Structures, Boat Houses, Warehouses​, Pole Frame Buildings, etc. 


  • Performance Engineers, Inc. also works with local architects for structural evaluations and engineering assistance for architectural plans.

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