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Are You Overlooking Site Analysis?

by Jessica Pairrett 23. June 2016 10:55

Tribal Business Journal May 2016

In the May 2016 issue of the “Tribal Business Journal,” Tom Mortensen wrote about site analysis and master planning, and how important these two aspects are during land development. Mortensen, R.A. Smith National site planner and landscape architect, notes that during site planning, the entire design team should understand the site’s relationship to the land. Taking a collaborative, integrated approach to design in early site analysis stages adds value to projects and their respective communities, as Mortensen illustrates for:

  • Lac du Flambeau and the tribe’s community-based residential facility.
  • Forest County Potawatomi and their repurposed urban college campus.
  • Stockbridge-Munsee and a residential development for single-family, elderly and multi-family housing.
  • Aztalan State Park, once home to an ancient Middle Mississippian village between A.D. 1000 and 1300. 

Concordia College campusPhoto: Forest County Potawatomi  former Concordia College campus project.

Learn more about these successful collaborations in Mortensen’s article, “What Does the Land Say? Site Analysis and Master Planning: Important First Steps in Land Development.” You can also read the entire issue of May’s “Tribal Business Journal” here.

New Employees Welcomed to R.A. Smith National

by Jessica Pairrett 22. June 2016 12:11

New employees at R.A. Smith National

R.A. Smith National, a nationwide civil and structural engineering and surveying firm, has hired many new faces so far in 2016. Below, meet our new employees.

Structural Engineering Division

Mike Kren and Paul Petrides, P.E., joined our growing structural engineering services division. Mike focuses on residential building design projects. Paul’s diverse background as both designer and project engineer match perfectly with his R.A. Smith National building design projects.

Jeff Perrin has also joined the structural division as a structural engineer. He brings his experience with precast concrete framing, concrete repair and structural construction documents to the firm.

Paul Woolson joined the firm as a structural CAD technician in our Madison, Wis., office. Paul has four years of experience with structural CAD work.

Construction Services Division

Mike Frane was welcomed to the construction services division. He has expansive construction experience, including underground utility installation and construction inspection.

Mike Dufern was welcomed back to R.A. Smith National, along with his 45 years of experience in both construction and engineering. His expertise lies in infrastructure, transportation and commercial/residential developments.

Ed Rivera joined the firm as a construction services representative and offers his 30 years of experience to the division.

Municipal Services Division

After working as a co-op student within the division, Rich Gebhart officially joined the firm after graduation. During his co-op experience, Rich gained knowledge of and worked on many projects for our municipal clients.

Land Development Services Division

Katie LeDoux is also a recent graduate who spent her co-op time with R.A. Smith National. Katie’s projects for the land development industry have included commercial and retail, residential and others.

Land Development Services—Irvine

Our Irvine, Calif., office expanded with the addition of civil engineer Andy Nguyen. Andy’s projects, in retail, industrial and hospitality markets, allow him to provide engineering services throughout the western U.S.


Lori Wirsching is an experienced accounting professional who is confidently leading the department as controller.

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