JOHN STEINMETZ has joined Bergmann as a principal planner in its Northeast Buildings Group. He brings nearly 27 years of experience working as a community planner and visionary to Bergmann. In his new role, Steinmetz will support projects in the architecture, engineering, and planning firm’s Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Southern Tier, greater Philadelphia, and eastern Pennsylvania regions. Steinmetz previously founded his own planning practice and has held positions with several firms and the City of Rochester. His portfolio consists of a wide range of planning and community-development projects including comprehensive plans, regulatory updates, farmland-protection plans, active transportation studies, and waterfront and downtown-revitalization efforts. Steinmetz was inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) in 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in city planning from the University of Virginia. He has also studied urban studies and public policy at the University at Buffalo as well as public administration at SUNY Brockport.