Wendy Holsberger Initiates a Resilient ‘Surban’ Vision

Hauppauge, NY

April 20, 2022

Wendy wearing a blue sweater and holding an iPad while standing in front of a window.

The migration of families and individuals to neighborhoods outside of major urban areas and city centers is redefining how people interact with the built environment. To enable a focused vision that supports this continuing trend, our surban New York offices in Hauppauge, White Plains, and Albany are merging under single leadership, with Wendy Holsberger, PE, PTOE, serving as Managing Director.

Surban neighborhoods are urban-adjacent, traditionally suburban communities that offer walkable access to amenities like entertainment, restaurants, and retail with transit-oriented, high-density housing and mixed-use developments—representing a strong shift in land use development. Through technology-enabled consulting and an integrated services approach, we partner with clients across New York’s surban communities to develop solutions to transportation, education, land development, emergency services, and environmental challenges, helping to shape and prepare for a sustainable, resilient, and healthy future.

“VHB’s long history in New York’s surban communities is strengthened by our local knowledge and experience in delivering complex projects in both suburban and urban environments,” said Terri Elkowitz, Northeast Regional Manager. “Under Wendy’s leadership, we will continue to partner with our clients to help them achieve their goals and create more resilient, future-ready surban infrastructure.”

Wendy Holsberger steps into her new role after five years as Managing Director of our Albany office and as Transportation Systems Director. With more than 31 years of overall experience leading real estate and transportation infrastructure projects across private- and public-sectors, Wendy brings a holistic perspective to lead our team in delivering responsive solutions as surban communities and our clients’ needs continue to grow. Wendy is a licensed Professional Engineer and a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and has worked on numerous game-changing master-planning and transportation projects across New York State, including the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) Local Road Safety Action Plan and the McDonnell Heights Town Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

“VHB continues to adapt as we address the evolving needs of our communities. I’m excited to lead this vision and guide our clients and teams through the unique opportunities that surban development brings, leveraging our deep local knowledge to navigate the changing regulatory environment,” said Wendy. “Our new focus on the social and political realities of surban communities will be strengthened by our integrated services approach.”

Wendy succeeds Kevin Walsh, PE, who served as Managing Director of our Hauppauge office for 11 years. Kevin transitions to a new role as Chief Engineer, where he will focus on quality, growth, and integrating resiliency and technology applications for our surban land development services, as well as oversee the integration of other service teams. We created this role in response to delivering larger, more complex projects; meeting the demands of clients with speed and efficiency; and addressing changes in the regulatory climate, especially as municipalities experience their own shifts in operation.

As we engage with the most significant and complex repositioning projects in New York’s surban communities, we will continue to seek innovative solutions to deliver a more sustainable, resilient, and technology-enabled future.

For more information, contact Wendy Holsberger.