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RPA Tragically Loses Brian Wacker

It is with great sorrow that we must report a tremendous loss at RPA. Brian Wacker passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening July 22. Brian graduated from Roundup High in 1986 and Montana State in 1990 in Civil Engineering. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Greta in 1989. Together they have three girls; Amanda, Jessica and Rebecca. After graduating, he worked for the Federal Hwy Administration for 5 1/2 years before coming back to Montana in 1996. He started his career with Robert Peccia & Associates for the next 21 years and was currently the Group Manager of Streets and Highways and Vice President. The man loved his horses, football (Go Steelers), hunting, people and his family. He was active in 4H as a kid for 10 years and continued the tradition for another 14 years with his girls. He served as Horse and Overall Livestock Superintendent for many years. Brian was best known for his easy smile, quick wit and gentle ways. Brian will be missed by all of us here at RPA, and by all of those he touched and worked with.

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Tyler Hessler Joins RPA in Bozeman

Robert Peccia & Associates is pleased to announce Tyler Hessler has joined the firm as a Project Engineer. Tyler is a registered Professional Engineer in Montana and he holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering emphasis from Montana State University (MSU), respectively. During his academic career, Tyler was a civil engineering exchange student at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia. Tyler has worked on many institutional, commercial and residential projects throughout Montana and the western United States. His specialties include: buildings and infrastructure, concrete, wood, steel and masonry construction. Tyler is also experienced in historic building renovations and seismic retrofits. He is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Montana and serves as the Young Members Group – Chair; and the Northwest Structural Engineers Association.

Robert Peccia & Associates Named Silver ESOP Award Winner

Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA) has been named a Silver ESOP Award winner by The ESOP Association. The Silver ESOP Awards recognize companies for their work in sustaining their ESOP for 25 years or more. RPA is one of 32 corporate members of The Association to be honored in 2017 with a Silver ESOP Award. The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) and the leading voice in America for employee ownership. "We are proud to have been named a Silver ESOP Award recipient. We believe strongly in the power of employee ownership and are pleased that our company and our employee owners have been recognized for their efforts," commented Jeff Key, PE, President. "I consider it an honor, and a statement of significance, to recognize RPA as a Silver ESOP Company," said J. Michael Keeling, president of The ESOP Association. RPA evidences that with proper management and planning, a company can remain employee owned, benefiting all employees for years to come." As a Silver ESOP Award recipient, RPA will be recognized at The ESOP Association's 40th Annual ESOP Conference in Washington, D.C., May 11-12, 2017, and will be highlighted at the 26th Annual Awards Ceremony on the evening of May 10.

Matt Miller Joins RPA in Bozeman

Matt Miller, PE, has joined Robert Peccia & Associates’ (RPA) Bozeman Office as the Structures Group Manager. He holds a MS degree in Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering Emphasis and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University, respectively. A registered Professional Engineer with over 15 years of design and consulting experience, Matt is a senior structural engineer specializing in building and industrial structures, with experience in residential, commercial, institutional, hospitality, educational, historic, seismic assessment, and forensic-type projects. He is experienced in engineering with materials of steel, light gauge steel, cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, masonry, conventional light wood framing, heavy timber, cross-laminated timber, and structural insulated panels. Matt is President of the Structural Engineers Association of Montana, and a member of the American Concrete Institute, American Wood Council, and the Structural Insulated Panel Association. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of the Rockies, and is also an involved and active volunteer in the Bozeman community.

Jeff Key Named President

Jeff Key’s responsibilities as the new President will be to provide leadership, direction, and guidance, while developing and implementing policies and procedures. Jeff will also be responsible for the management and general operations of the firm that includes finances, staffing, organizational structure, and marketing. Jeff joined RPA in 1995, after graduating from Montana State University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. His career at RPA progressed as he worked in different disciplines, and he served briefly as a past Vice President. In 2008, he became a member of a large international firm, gaining not only broader project experience but a more comprehensive understanding of the consulting business. In 2011, he returned to RPA as the Traffic and Transportation Group Manager. A skilled public facilitator, Jeff is respected for his traffic engineering and transportation planning expertise. In addition, he has managed large, multi-disciplinary general civil infrastructure planning, design and construction projects. He has contributed to national, regional and statewide projects in addition to many public meetings and conferences throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is a licensed and registered Professional Engineer, and a member of the American Planning Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers Past-President, ASCE Montana Section, ASCE Pacific Northwest Council (PNC) Past-Chair, and American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. A strong believer in life-long learning and paying it forward, Jeff is currently a participant in an eight-month leadership development program called Leadership Montana. Jeff and his wife, Carrie, who is a teacher in the Helena School District, live in Helena. Their son attends Capital High School while their daughter is a freshman attending Montana State University.

Keith Jensen Announces His Retirement

Keith Jensen began working at RPA in 1983, after his graduation from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree with Honors in Civil Engineering. When RPA instituted a Board of Directors within its business structure, Keith was selected to serve as Vice President until 1998, at which time he was named President. Under his management over the past 19 years, RPA grew to nearly 60 in four offices: Helena, Kalispell, Bozeman, and Fort Collins, Colorado. He championed the firm’s nationally recognized and award-winning employee benefits, and was instrumental in the process and final acquisition of the firm’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which was completed in 2009. He then helped guide and establish a separate Board of Trustees to oversee and manage the ESOP, and served on the Board of Trustees for its first year. During his time as President, Keith steadily maintained the mission and culture of the company, while increasing the firm’s charitable donations for education, communities, youth and recreational needs, as well as cultural and environmental causes. RPA established endowments at Montana State University, Carroll College, and Flathead Valley Community College to fund scholarships for the education of future engineers and surveyors. In addition to helping communities across Montana through projects and his work as a civil engineer, he also advanced the profession through his efforts in organizations as a member and leader. These included the Montana Airport Management Association, American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana (ACEC-MT) Past President, and Montana Technical Council (MTC) Past Vice President.

Construction Continues on Our New

Corporate Headquarters

Despite old man winter keeping temperatures well below freezing in the Helena area for the past seven weeks, construction of RPA’s new office headquarters building continues to stay on schedule. The design team for our new building included SMA Architects, RPA, MKK and Nishkian Monks. Dick Anderson Construction is the general construction contractor. Framing of the first two stories is now complete, with third story framing anticipated to be complete by the first week of February. The expected final completion date for the entire project is August 1, 2017.

RPA Helena Breaks Ground on New Office

RPA officially broke ground for a new office complex at 3147 Saddle Drive in the Nob Hill Subdivision near the South Helena Interchange. The groundbreaking event, with staff and architectural and construction representatives on site, included a dinner followed with games and prizes. The new three-story 23,000 sf office will be LEED Certified and several notable features include: site development to maximize open space; water efficient landscaping; optimized energy performance; recycling more than 75 percent of construction waste; and use of regional construction materials. Construction completion is anticipated for August 2017, when Helena staff will move from their current office at 825 Custer Avenue. SMA Architects designed the office and Dick Anderson Construction is the general contractor.

Cut Bank International Airport Award

Cut Bank International Airport received a Certificate of Excellence award at the recent FAA Northwest Mountain Region conference in Seattle, Washington. The Cut Bank Airport Authority and Glacier County was recognized for the State of Montana, relative to its most recent improvement project. Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA) provided the civil engineering, environmental mitigation and graphic design assistance on the project. Rick Donaldson, PE, Vice President of RPA attended the conference and accepted the award on behalf of the airport. Lance Bowser, PE was the project manager, Dan Norderud completed much of the environmental documentation and coordination, and Nick Ladas and Nancy Geary completed the interpretive panel design and manufacturing. The conference presented specific acknowledgment for the significant support and dedication to mitigate the cultural and historic aspects of the Cut Bank International Airport Improvement Project.

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