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R.A. Smith National Named 2015 Top Workplace by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

by Jessica Pairrett 15. June 2015 11:00

R.A. Smith National, Inc. — a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., is excited to announce that the firm has been selected as one of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top Workplaces for the third consecutive year. The firm employs a staff of 190 with offices in Brookfield, Madison and Appleton, Wis.; Naperville (Chicago), Ill.; Orange County (Los Angeles), Calif.; and Oakmont (Pittsburgh), Pa.

R.A. Smith National is one of Wisconsin’s leading consulting engineering firms, providing multi-disciplinary services to government and the land development industry. Comprehensive services include civil engineering, surveying, construction services, structural engineering, transportation engineering, ecological services, landscape architecture, irrigation design, water resource engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), visualization and 3D laser scanning.

“This year, 2015, marks the third year in a row the firm has been privileged to receive the Top Workplace honor from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” Richard Smith, president, said. “Every day our employees demonstrate their commitment and dedication to our clients and the industry. The Top Workplaces honor is a true reflection of our outstanding employees.” 

The firm ranked No. 14 out of 75 in the small business category on the 2015 Top Workplaces list. Since the start of 2015, R.A. Smith National has added 23 new employees and continues to grow. To learn more about open positions and apply, visit

The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback through a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 45 major publishing partners across the United States.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published the complete list of Top Workplaces on Sunday, June 14. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit and


Nate Vaughn (survey transportation manager), Wendy Wolfgram (HR Manager), Stephan Hoffmann (director of transportation), Deb Enderby (administrative assistant) and Chris Stamborski (assistant director of municipal services) were in attendance to accept the award.


Village of Pleasant Prairie Park & Ride Lot Named “Project of the Year” by the American Public Works Association

by Jessica Pairrett 18. May 2015 10:42

The Pleasant Prairie Park & Ride Lot in Kenosha County, Wis., has received a Project of the Year award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The project team led by R.A. Smith National, a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm in Brookfield, Wis., along with the Village of Pleasant Prairie and Willkomm Excavating & Grading, was recognized at an awards banquet on May 14, 2015, during the association’s annual conference.

Above: A pedestrian bridge carries foot traffic from the park and ride lot to the RecPlex.

The Village of Pleasant Prairie envisioned a multi-use parking facility designed to meet commuter needs during the week and provide weekend event parking for the RecPlex, which is the largest municipally owned recreation facility in the United States. High attendance levels at the RecPlex (2,750 daily average visitors, with up to 10,000 for tournaments and triathlons) created an extremely high demand for additional parking. This need was coupled with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s desire and funding for a park and ride lot in Kenosha County. R.A. Smith National developed a design that expanded the RecPlex campus by providing functional and visual connections with the new parking lot. The design included 388 parking spaces, a pedestrian path with bridge over the creek, access driveway with a bridge, storm sewer and a wet detention pond. Village of Pleasant Prairie construction crews constructed the two bridges.

Above: Bridge construction by Village Public Works crew kept the project on schedule.

The award-winning project faced a number of challenges, including: inhibited access to the site due to a creek, wetlands, railroad and highway embankment; a tight construction schedule; and a single cost-prohibitive bid on access bridges. Innovative construction techniques, such as using a material conveyor rather than building a temporary crossing that avoided environmental disturbance, by the Village kept the project on schedule. The project used a three-sided, precast concrete bridge structure (Conspan) that does not require periodic inspections and maintenance as would a traditional clear-span bridge. Additionally, many design alternatives and significant care minimized the impact to wetlands and reduced the overall construction footprint.

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