If you’ve seen the movie “Cast Away”, then you might relate to Paul Klein. But let’s back up for a moment.

Growing up, one of Paul’s favorite hobbies was building models, whether out of wood in the garage, or a construction site for Tonka trucks in the backyard. Now, as a Civil Engineering Principal at Wood Rodgers, Paul enjoys seeing his creations built in the community.

Paul brings over 30 years of Civil Engineering experience to Wood Rodgers, spanning both the public and private sector. He was recently recognized by WateReuse California with the Lifetime Achievement award. Paul served over 21 years on the Board of Trustees and held two terms as President of WateReuse California.

Paul Klein Recognized by WateReuse California with Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Klein was recently recognized by WateReuse California with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Before he joined Wood Rodgers, Paul started his career at RBF Consulting (RBF), which he looks back on fondly. He recounted moving from Southern California to start a new office for RBF in Sacramento in the early 2000’s.

“When I left San Diego to start the new office in Sacramento, they gave me Wilson the Volleyball, and that was my first employee. There were days when Wilson and I had long conversations about whether it was the right decision or not to move. At the end, it was. To this day, I still have Wilson,” said Paul.

These days, we’re glad that Wilson the Volleyball is no longer Paul’s only employee. At Wood Rodgers, Paul enjoys the collaborative spirit between employees, as well as the Company’s commitment to make projects successful. As a Company leader, Paul focuses on recognizing and rewarding employees.

“Ultimately, I think culture and the brand at Wood Rodgers are extremely strong and true. They are not just words – they are conveyed in the actions of the firm and the employees,” Paul explained.

Solving Technical Problems With A Creative Twist

Paul Klein, Civil Engineering Principal at Wood Rodgers. Photo by Carley Stephens Photography.

For Paul, Civil Engineering is about solving technical problems with a creative twist. Paul discussed evaluating different approaches to accomplish a common goal.

“I don’t like to say ‘This is how we’ve always done it’. Creative solutions go back to the core of Wood Rodgers. Here, we challenge the way things are, and figure out if there’s a better, more efficient way to achieve the same objective.”

In his role as Principal, Paul is looking forward to creating opportunities for our staff and clients. As for career advice, Paul says it is important to work with a strong mentor and to take pride in your work.

“Anything that is worth doing- is worth doing well. There are times when not every task we undertake is fun or enjoyable, but if the task is worth doing, take the time to do it right.”

So don’t be alarmed if you see Paul chatting it up with Wilson the Volleyball…they just might be reminiscing about the old days!


For more on Paul Klein, see his LinkedIn profile here

Wood Rodgers just recently donated our services and assisted HomeAid Northern California and Catholic Charities with site design for the renovation of Claire’s House. Claire’s House is a safe house for sexually exploited teens. Wood Rodgers was honored to help support our community and provide base mapping topographic services and the design and evaluation for ADA access for the parking and building access.


Wood Rodgers Ranks #5 (up one spot from last year) in the Sacramento Business Journal’s Book of Lists – Engineering Companies. We are proud to be the ONLY locally-based engineering firm that is headquartered in Sacramento, CA in the top 5 spots!


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It’s where the surf meets OUR turf!

Wood Rodgers’ growth in southern California and in the water/wastewater market takes an exciting new step to begin 2019 with the opening of a new office in San Diego.  Office oversight will be provided by Kevin Gustorf, PE while the day-to-day operations of the office will be managed by Karl Meier, PE. Kevin and Karl have worked together for over 15 years on many projects throughout California, and will bring a proven partnership to establishing and growing our presence in San Diego and the greater southern California region.

Kevin Gustorf | (619) 819-9440 | Mobile (916) 671-2241 | kgustorf@woodrodgers.com

Kevin joined Wood Rodgers (Sacramento) as a Principal at the end of April 2018, bringing 20 years of water/wastewater consulting experience with him throughout California.  Kevin’s experience includes the preparation of comprehensive master plans for domestic water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems for municipalities, as well as the design of water and wastewater infrastructure.

Karl Meier | Direct (619) 819-9222 | Mobile (949) 680-0715 | kmeier@woodrodgers.com

Karl brings 15 years of experience in the water industry working on potable water, wastewater and storm water projects. His experience includes hydraulic analysis/modeling, the preparation of water and wastewater master plans for municipalities, as well as the design and construction of water and wastewater facilities.  Karl also brings several years of experience in the public sector, having previously served as the Engineering Manager for the Montecito Water District in Santa Barbara County.

Feel free to stop by and check out our new office (BTW, there is a brewery in the courtyard)!

Wood Rodgers is donating $5,000 to the Red Cross. If you would like to donate money, time, things, see the link below for resources:


We will also be collecting items such as toiletries, blankets, coats, new socks, dog food, cat food, leashes, paper products, new towels, PJs etc. and bringing it to one of the drop sites on Wednesday, November 21st. If you want to participate please feel free to stop by our Sacramento office or to a drop off site and we can deliver the much needed items to the folks that lost everything.

During this holiday season as you meet up with family and friends, take the time to appreciate all you have and the people in your lives– hug them tight and tell them how much they mean to you. We hope if you have family in the Paradise area (or the So Cal fire area), that you have been able to connect with them and they are safe.

Getting More out of Field Visits

Wood Rodgers has just recently performed an aerial video inspection for 3 miles of gas pipeline that connects mines located in north-central Nevada using our unmanned aerial system (UAS). Wood Rodgers’ aerial video was used to cover the route for annual revegetation monitoring in support of the Revegetation Plan. In addition, Wood Rodgers’ field crew were also able to conduct ground gas emissions monitoring while capturing the aerial videos. As a result, we were able to provide comprehensive and multiple sets of information… all in one field visit!

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!