Taking a Lead on LEED!

We are proud to announce that one of our most recent projects, Placer County Animal Shelter, achieved LEED Gold Certification by the USGBC.

Wood Rodgers prepared plans for this $13.5 million LEED Gold, state-of-the-art animal shelter that is located in Placer County’s government center. This previously undeveloped site sits atop a merten cap, providing significant grading, drainage and planting challenges that are being overcome by sophisticated drainage methods that integrate building and site, and also rely on a series of swales and a large detention basin adjacent to the site.

Considerable attention was taken into consideration to focus on the customer experience, with space being dedicated for community led dog agility training, cat adoption, and outdoor education and event space. Accommodations were made for large animals with a barn and pasture, secured at the rear of the site to deter animal repatriation.

RENO, NV – Dream B-I-G! Wood Rodgers partnered with Truckee Meadows Chapter of ASCE at the University of Nevada, Reno to provide Washoe County School District middle school and high school STEM students a series of incredible field trip opportunities.

This film will be a significant part of three different field trips for 500 students and will go on to touch the hearts of over 800 additional local aspiring engineers with 3 public showings.

Date: Saturday, May 6th

Times: 1:00pm + 2:00pm + 3:00pm

Location: Joe Crowley Student Union Theater at 1664 N Virginia St on campus at UNR in Reno.

Goodies will be provided! Popcorn, drinks and candy snack packs will be provided for all attendees, complimentary of Wood Rodgers!

For more information: http://www.asce.org/dream-big/

Wood Rodgers Sponsors Historical Fieldtrip

SACRAMENTO, CA – Recently, Wood Rodgers, led by John Nicolaus (Landscape Architecture) helped to sponsor students on a trip and tour of the Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Colony Farm. The students had read a book by Joan Barsotti, “Okei-San, A Girl’s Journey, Japan to California, 1868-1871.” And since, the Colony’s history has been resurrected by the American River Conservancy at the original farm site, where the young girl is buried today. The students were able to tour the site and walked in the same footsteps as Okei-San.

ASCE Awards Wood Rodgers Projects x 3!

SACRAMENTO, CA – We are so very proud to be a part of the exciting projects that were awarded by ASCE – Sacramento Section for 2016! Projects that were awarded included Florin Creek Multi-Use Basin Project (Outstanding Sustainable Project) + Feather River West Levee Project (Outstanding Flood Management Project) + Well N39 Rutland Pumping Plant Project (Outstanding Energy Project).

Special thanks go out to the client/owners of the projects for including us into your team and to ASCE – Sacramento Section!

Office Crawl!

RENO, NV – Wood Rodgers recently hosted an “Office Crawl” for over 40 students from UNR’s Student Chapter of ASCE and the Younger Member Forum. This was a great opportunity to provide some insights into our profession and what we do every day. Students toured the offices which also included demonstrations of virtual reality (Devin Crowley), sUAS (Mike Detwiler, surveying total station (Kevin Almeter), geotechnical lab tour (Brian Clark), and finally sharing some of the Wood Rodgers’ fun with the Anniversary Big Spin that came along with prizes (Amy Berger).

Wood Rodgers, Inc. is proud to announce the expansion of our Transportation Group in the East Bay!

Pleasanton, CA – Wood Rodgers, Inc. is proud to announce the expansion of our Transportation Group in the East Bay with the recent hire of Brian Krcelic. Brian brings over 35 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of major transportation improvement projects in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Well-versed in Caltrans project development procedures, he has managed numerous transportation projects including the design of Expressway and Conventional Highway improvements, freeway interchanges, HOV and Auxiliary Lanes, sound barriers, drainage improvements, and various types of structures. He has also completed numerous transportation projects for local agencies including street extensions, street widening, complete streets and traffic calming improvements, corridor safety studies, Safe Routes to School and ADA improvement projects, and street rehabilitation projects including full reconstruction and various types of pavement overlays and treatments.

Some of the more unique transportation projects that Brain has managed include design of the Bus Storage Facility portion of the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, serving as BART staff assisting on their Earthquake Safety Program where he was coordinating the seismic retrofit for seven Bart Stations, the planning and design of terminal access improvement projects for the Washington State Ferry System, and serving as Deputy Project Manager on the Terminal 18 Design Build project for the Port of Seattle where he was responsible for quality assurance and quality control of the new container terminal design.

Employees nosh and sip on a variety of beverages and snacks stocked in the office kitchen. Workday breaks include basketball, cornhole or darts. The annual party transforms mundane spaces into an extravaganza — once, an “endless summer” fête included a parking lot filled with sand and flip flops as gifts. A flat company hierarchy gives employees independence and the opportunity to become a partner in the organization.

No, this isn’t a tech startup in the Bay Area or a shoe magnate in Las Vegas. It’s Wood Rodgers — a multidisciplinary engineering, planning, and surveying consulting firm responsible for engineering premier Reno projects like Rancharrah, the redevelopment of Park Lane Mall and the Regional Transportation Commission’s 4th Street / Prater Way Corridor project.

“Our philosophy is that the best people provide the best service and do the best work,” said Steve Strickland, Vice President and Principal-in-Charge of the Wood Rodgers Reno office in a press release. “The best people have choices of where they can work, so we want to be the choice for those people.”
To create the best environment for the best people, Wood Rodgers announces a new, 20,000-square-foot office, slated to open in south Reno on December 8, 2016. The new building is the result of a multi-year lease and build-to-suit by EMR Land Company that will be Wood Rodgers’ home for many years to come. Brad Elgin with Stark and Associates connected the two companies that resulted in tremendous partnership and shared vision for the space.

“It’s one of the biggest, single tenant build-to-suit offices built since the recession,” said Andy Durling, a Principal with the company in a press release.

The new building construction comes after Wood Rodgers staff grew by 30 percent in 2015 — and half those employees returned after being laid off during the recession.

“We’re an example of an established local business that is growing and hiring again,” Durling said. The new building will reflect Wood Rodgers’ inclusive and fun-loving culture. Employees designed the kitchen, the hub of Wood Rodgers’ company family, including a deluxe coffee machine and easy access to patio dining. An open floor-plan and glass-enclosed offices solidify Wood Rodgers’ commitment to transparency and collaboration.

“For our clients, that definitely improves the product they get,” said Derek Kirkland, a Wood Rodgers employee in a press release. “Collaborating helps everybody grow and gives our clients better results.”

Triple Winner!

Lake Tahoe Basin Environmental Improvement Projects receive awards. For the Wood Rodgers was an integral part of the project team for Central Incline Village Phase II Water Quality Improvement Project + Middle Rosewood Creek Area A SEZ Restoration Project (Revegetation Plans, Design, and Construction Inspection) + Lake Forest Water Quality Improvement Project. Check out the map for the projects!

The Sky is the Limit! Going Above and Beyond…..

Wood Rodgers recently prepared aerial video and photography for the new Woodland Davis Clean Water Agency/Reclamation District 2035 Sacramento River Intake. This flight was an early (and important) step in our effort to develop an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program. The program will allow us to produce high quality terrain surveying data and aerial imagery for use on our clients’ projects at a much reduced cost over traditional methods.

Virginia Street Bridge Ribbon Cutting – At around 160 feet long, the Virginia Street Bridge built in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places was not a large structure but an important one. It marked the site where the City of Reno was founded and carried the City’s main drag over the Truckee River which has a long, destructive history of flooding. In 2010, the City of Reno in cooperation with numerous other agencies began a process to identify a replacement bridge for the aging, structurally deficient span. Through a robust public and stakeholder outreach process led in large part by recent Wood Rodgers staff, a replacement design was identified that both addressed the structural deficiencies while also improving flood management in downtown. Construction of the arch bridge began in 2015. Wood Rodgers was selected to provide independent construction quality control testing on behalf of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). Wood Rodgers materials testing services were utilized in accordance with NDOT’s Construction Manual to ensure the contractor’s work met specifications of this critical transportation link. Tests were completed at Wood Rodgers’ certified testing lab in Reno with results documented per NDOT policies and procedures. The bridge was open to much acclaim on April 12, 2016 and proudly stands as the next generation in a family of bridges that mark Reno’s birthplace. Wood Rodgers is proud to be part of such an important community asset that will serve residents and travelers for several generations.