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R.A. Smith National Provides Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture & Surveying for Woodman’s Food Market, Altoona, Wis.

by Jessica Pairrett 29. October 2015 11:12

R.A. Smith National — a nationwide, multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., provided civil engineering design, landscape architectural and surveying services to Building Systems General Corp., a firm based in Fitchburg, Wis., for the newly opened Woodman’s Food Market in Altoona, Wis.

R.A. Smith National’s services included civil engineering design, landscape architectural design and preparation of certified survey maps. The site’s elevation proved challenging to the design team, as it varied by as much as 40 feet between its highest and lowest points. This unique challenge required a balanced earthwork plan while also meeting the site’s design specifications.

The design team credits collaboration with the City of Altoona for a successfully designed regional stormwater pond on City-owned property. This pond serves both the Woodman’s development and the City of Altoona’s property to the west.

The 240,000-square-foot Woodman’s Food Market celebrated its grand opening on October 1. The chain’s newest location is near the River Prairie Drive and U.S. Highway 53 interchange. Woodman's Food Market, Inc. is an employee-owned food store chain serving Wisconsin and northern Illinois with 16 food merchandising centers.

R.A. Smith National’s Nathan Vaughn, Licensed Professional Land Surveyor, is Appointed to the Wisconsin Land Information Council

by Karen Wiesneski 7. October 2015 10:47

Nathan Vaughn, licensed professional land surveyor with R.A. Smith National, has been appointed by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) to the Wisconsin Land Information Council. R.A. Smith National is a nationwide, multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm with Wisconsin offices in Brookfield, Madison and Appleton.

Vaughn is one of 12 members appointed by the DOA for three-year terms. Membership on the Council consists of representatives from various sectors that develop or utilize land information records. The Council’s purpose is to advise the DOA on the administration of the Wisconsin Land Information Program (WLIP) which includes grant funds allocation; assistance in the implementation of the statewide land records modernization initiatives; recommendation of guidelines to coordinate the modernization of land records; review and recommendation of statutory updates to improve land records modernization; and other related activities.

The Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS) Board of Directors nominated Vaughn for this position after inviting surveying professionals from throughout Wisconsin to represent WSLS and the surveying profession on the Wisconsin Land Information Council.

Vaughn is the survey transportation manager at R.A. Smith National and also serves as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southeast Region survey data coordinator. He joined R.A. Smith National in 2006 and has a total of 12 years of experience in the surveying industry.

Vaughn has extensive experience in drafting and producing standard and TPP (transportation project plat) type right-of-way plats, roadway design files, ALTA/ACSM Land Title surveys, preliminary and final subdivision plats, certified survey maps, plats of survey, easement exhibits and property exhibits. He is a Wisconsin Department of Transportation Certified Trainer for Civil 3D Survey and Plat Workflows.

Vaughn holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and is a professional land surveyor. He is a resident of Johnson Creek. 

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