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Newsletter - 2012 - Summer

Featured Articles

First Wisconsin Road Built on Rammed Aggregate Pier System
When R.A. Smith National began designing the reconstruction of Drexel Avenue in Oak Creek, the engineers didn’t anticipate an opportunity to employ a technique never used before on a Wisconsin roadway.

Destination Retail Center to Breathe New Life into Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Residents and visitors alike will get a new “first impression” of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, once a new destination retail center is built in 2013 at the municipality’s gateway to Westmoreland County.  

Tackling Urban Development Issues One Community at a Time
Difficult economic times are leading many local government leaders to ask, “What’s next?”  Many communities are at the tail end of the recession and are looking for answers on how to best position themselves to grow and develop.

On Location

Whitewater, Wis. Effigy Mounds Preserve
Heather Patti, PWS, ecologist at R.A. Smith National, Inc. takes us on a tour of the Effigy Mounds Preserve in Whitewater, Wis.

In-Person Blogs

Why Are Some Left-Turn Arrows Now Flashing Yellow?
Have you noticed the flashing yellow left-turn arrows in Wisconsin? They’re popping up at several intersections throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Trimble SketchUp Brings Projects to Life
More and more, we’re seeing projects come to life using Trimble SketchUp as a 3D modeling design tool.

Make Plans to Attend the 2012 ICSC CenterBuild Conference
As co-chair of the planning committee, Steve Miazga is helping to set the wheels in motion for a successful 2012 ICSC CenterBuild Conference.

Technology Drives Traffic Count Efficiencies
Newer technology is driving efficiencies in the traffic count process. R.A. Smith National recently used a Miovision video camera to complete traffic counts along the I-39 corridor.

Project Briefs


Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
In 2011 – 2012, R.A. Smith National designed the site landscape plans for the multi-phased new South Gate and Entry Plaza, Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage, BMO Harris Bank Pavilion and Marcus Amphitheater Forecourt at Summerfest.

Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics New Hospital Campus, Prairie Du Sac, Wis.
R.A. Smith National provided site planning and landscape architectural services for the development of a new 200,000-square-foot hospital and medical office building on a 110-acre campus.  The site planning process included extensive coordination with the municipality to explore options for future development patterns on the overall campus.  

Oakbrook Center, Oakbrook, Illinois
This three-level, open-air retail center is undergoing a major facelift inside and out. R.A. Smith National is providing site design and surveying services to General Growth Properties (GGP).


Simon Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa, California 
Site civil engineering services and landscape improvements are being provided to Simon Property Group for two new mall entrances and pedestrian walkways; the scope of work includes site grading, on-site utility improvements, landscaping and irrigation, and parking lot maintenance improvements that consist of parking lot striping and ADA improvements.

Village of Sussex Master Plan Design, Sussex, Wisconsin
In early 2012, RA Smith National was hired to conduct a series of design charrettes and a visioning session for the four main phases of the master plan for Sussex Village Park.

River Trail Concept Plan, Merrill, Wisconsin
The collaborative design and planning team of Tom Mortensen of R.A. Smith National and Tom Jennings of Jennings & Associates worked with and assisted Angie Tornes of the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails Program to develop a concept plan and report for a 2.5-mile river trail in the City of Merrill along the Wisconsin River.

Camp Lake Park Master Plan, Town of Salem, Wisconsin
R.A. Smith National is currently preparing a master plan for this newly acquired seven acres of prime park land on the east shore of Camp Lake in the town of Salem.

STH 100 (Mayfair Road), Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Mayfair Road will serve as an alternate route to USH 45 during the Zoo Interchange Reconstruction project. Poor pavement and bridge deck conditions necessitated the improvement of Mayfair Road to improve ride quality and prepare it for use as an alternate route.


Wisconsin DNR Offers Free Workshops on Floodplain Permit Procedures

August 8-10, 2012
Kentucky Stormwater Association Will Hold Third Annual Conference

August 25, 2012
R.A. Smith National Employees “Bike to the Barns”

September 19, 2012
APWA Will Hold Snowplow Roadeo and Exposition

September 21, 2012
Riding for Charity


R.A. Smith National Adds Tina Myers as Ecologist, Project Manager

Ryan Lentz Joins R.A. Smith National’s Land Development Services Division as Civil Engineer

Anthony Simelis Joins R.A. Smith National’s Tarentum (Pittsburgh) Office as Civil Engineer


Matthew Buska Receives Wisconsin Professional Engineer Registration

R.A. Smith National’s John Bruggeman Wins Scholarship for Annual ITE Conference

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