CES Group Engineers, LLP is a consultant to the public and private sectors, providing civil and environmental engineering, landscape architecture, construction engineering and inspection, land surveying, subsurface utility engineering and environmental management services.

Our integration of engineering, landscape architecture, and environmental expertise on the same project design team results in much more functional, aesthetic and sustainable developments, while adding real value for our clients.  

By combining our wealth of experience and capability with typical “small firm” attributes, such as direct project involvement by senior staff, responsiveness and lower overhead costs, our clients consistently receive superior quality service and value. Utilizing the latest tools, such as AutoCAD Civil 3D, MicroStation, Carlson and SITEOPS software, along with 3-D scanning, robotics, GPS and GPR, CES Group is well equipped, well staffed and well positioned to meet the schedule and budget requirements of your next project.

Our Services

Design Services

Explore our work through a sampling of Representative Projects.

Firm History

CES Group Engineers, LLP was organized in June, 2011 as a professional engineering and land surveying firm, and as a woman-owned small business (WOSB) enterprise. A predecessor company was established in March, 2000 as a professional engineering design firm by civil/environmental engineer, Chuck Heleine, PE, and by Judy Heleine, REM, an environmental biologist and former industrial chemist with more than 25 years of environmental consulting and management experience. Today, the firm is led by Judy Heleine, CEO/Managing Partner, Renee Rizzuti, COO, David Lutz, PE, Partner, Kent Hudson, PLS, Partner, and a management team of engineers, planners, surveyors, and scientists, who together possess more than 160 years of engineering and project management experience. CES Group has achieved a remarkable record of improving, protecting and restoring the built environment through the delivery of intelligent, timely and cost-effective solutions.

CES Group has completed thousands of public and private sector projects, including service to municipalities, state and federal government agencies, developers, builders, architects, engineers, schools, financial institutions, attorneys, and owners of commercial, industrial, institutional, residential, and landfill facilities. Building on past success, while constantly adapting to a dynamic matrix of regulatory requirements and evolving client needs, our team stands ready to provide the technical expertise, management skills and seasoned professionalism needed to successfully complete projects of wide-ranging scope and complexity.

Our multidisciplinary experience is reflected in Our Credentials:

National and Federal Certifications

  • National Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) - WBE National Council (WBENC)
  • Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) 
    US Small Business Administration

State Certifications

  • NC HUB
  • NCDOT Prequalified
  • VA DBE
  • WMATA DBE (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority)

Municipal/County Certifications

  • City of Charlotte WBE
  • Mecklenburg County WBE
  • City of Raleigh SDMWOB
  • City of Durham SDBE
  • City of Charleston WBE
  • Charleston County SBE
  • City of Greensboro, NC WBE
Firm/Personnel Licenses and Certifications

  • Professional Engineering License (NC, SC, VA, MD, TN, IL, PA)            
  • Professional Land Surveying License (NC, SC)
  • Professional Landscape Architecture License (NC, SC)
  • Asbestos Inspector License (SC)
  • Project Management Professional (PMI)
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Registered Environmental Manager
  • Registered Environmental Property Assessor
  • Level III-A&B Erosion Control Designers
  • Level II Erosion & Sediment Control Inspector
  • Certified Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Inspector (CEPSCI)
  • Stormwater BMP Professional
  • Certified Floodplain Surveyor
  • OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Certification
  • OSHA 10-Hour, 30-Hour and Confined Space Certification
  • Underground Locator Certification
  • Subsurface Utility Locating Certification
  • Work Zone Certification and Flagger Training Certification
  • Rail Safety Certifications

Our Management Team has decades of experience across our service areas.

Judy Heleine, REM
CEO / Managing Partner
BS Environmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Registered Environmental Manager - NREP

Renee Rizzuti,  FABC, MHA
MS Healthcare Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS, University of Central Florida

David Lutz, PE
Partner / Exec VP, Design Services
BS Civil Engineering, Clemson University
Licensed Professional Engineer:  IL, NC, MD, SC

Kent Hudson, PLS
Partner / Exec VP, Geomatics & SUE Division
AS Civil Engineering & AS Graphics Technology, York Technical College
Licensed Professional Land Surveyor:  NC, SC

Greg Hans, PMP
VP, Environmental Division  
BS Environmental Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)

Tom Cannarella, PE, LEED AP
VP, Design Services
BS Civil Engineering with Environmental Concentration, University of Delaware
Licensed Professional Engineer: NC, SC
LEED Accredited Professional

Jake  Modestow, PE
Senior Design Services Manager
BE, Stevens Institute of Technology
Licensed Professional Engineer: CT, ME, MA, MI, NC, NH, NJ

Martin Mullis, PE
Carolinas Regional Manager, Construction Services
BS Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University
Licensed Professional Engineer: NC, SC


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