4. December 2013 09:48
R.A. Smith National – a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm – has added Christopher Noble, CPA to the firm’s management team as controller. Noble will manage the company’s finance/accounting department.
Noble is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has 20 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining R.A. Smith National, Noble was the manager of financial analysis at Veolia Environmental Services. During his seven years at Veolia, he was responsible for financial reporting, budget preparation, acquisition analysis and management of accounting staff. His background further includes working as a financial analyst and accountant at companies that include The Mark Travel Corporation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Johnson Controls, Inc.
Noble has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University. He currently resides in Wauwatosa, Wis.
21. November 2013 10:22
The Petrifying Springs Park, dam removal and bridge construction project in Kenosha County, Wis., has received an “Excellence in Project Design or Implementation” award from the Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater and Coastal Management (WAFSCM). The project team, which included Kenosha County Department of Public Works, R.A. Smith National and Westbrook Associated Engineers, received the award at the 2013 WAFSCM conference in Neenah, Wis.
This award-winning project entailed removing an earthen dam that was crossed by a park road and an associated footbridge on the Pike River in Kenosha County's Petrifying Springs Park. The dam was an impediment to fish passage and overflowed numerous times each year. One of the unique issues that ignited this project was that the Pike River is one of only two rivers in southeast Wisconsin that support seasonal fish migrations.
Removing the Petrifying Springs dam and replacing it with a bridge removed the last physical fish passage barrier in the Pike River watershed. This allowed 22 miles of stream to reach above the dam, making it accessible to the migratory fish species. Removal of the dam enabled the movement of hundreds of other aquatic species to improve the overall ecological health of the river system.
WAFSCM annually recognizes one project with the Excellence in Project Design or Implementation award. The association promotes the common interest in floodplain, stormwater, and coastal management, to enhance cooperation between the various related private, local, regional, state, and federal agencies; and encourages and ensures effective, new and innovate approaches to managing the state’s floodplain, stormwater, and coastal systems.