Reno Office Moves + E-X-P-A-N-D-S our Geotechnical Lab
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.”
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 – Wood Rodgers is Proud to be a Part of Reno’s History
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.