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Mary E. Bell Joins RPA

Mary Elizabeth Bell, has joined RPA’s Airport Group in Helena as an Engineering Designer/Construction Technician. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with Environmental Emphasis from Carroll College, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in Programming/Network Administration from the Helena College of Technology, University of Montana. She is certified in Nuclear Soil Moisture and Density Gauge Operation. Ms. Bell’s work experience includes data and sample collection as well as development of complex HEC-RAS hydraulic models for new and existing sections of rivers, streams, and drainages. From water systems and landfills to power lines and airports, she has provided project support in AutoCAD and Civil 3D drafting and design. With a strong background in computer administration, Ms. Bell has also created and supported websites for disseminating project information and was a team member for various public involvement and outreach efforts. Clients included: US Forest Service (USFS); Montana Department of Justice Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP); and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). As the newest team member in the Airports Group, Ms. Bell is currently assisting with reports, data collection and analysis, construction observation, and project administration. She is working on the following airport projects: US Forest Service/Jefferson County Tanker Base Ramp Improvements in Jefferson County, Colo.; Madison County/Big Sky Airport near Ennis; and the Montana Air National Guard Apron at the Great Falls International Airport.

PSMJ Resources, Inc., Recognizes RPA

PSMJ Resources, Inc., the premier management consulting firm for the architecture and engineering (A/E) industry, is pleased to announce Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA) made the 2017 Circle of Excellence exclusive list. Only 73 exceptional architecture and engineering firms across the United States made it on the list this year, and RPA was the only Helena firm. PSMJ’s exclusive Circle of Excellence highlights firms that demonstrate outstanding business achievement in the architecture and engineering industry. Jeff Key, PE, President of RPA, will be accepting the award at PSMJ’s THRIVE 2017 conference, to be held October 3-5, 2017 in Denver, Colo.

Kerry Pedersen, EI, Joins RPA

Kerry Pedersen, EI, has joined Robert Peccia & Associates’ (RPA) Traffic and Transportation Group in Helena as a transportation planner. She graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and an honors degree. She is a member of the Chi Epsilon Honor Society and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. At RPA, Pedersen is assisting with transportation plans, corridor studies, traffic studies, safety projects, and urban planning. Her immediate work is as a team member on the Belgrade Long Range Transportation Plan. She is also assisting on the Kalispell Courthouse Couplet project (US Highway 93 in the city of Kalispell) and the Gore Hill Interchange project (located immediately south of Great Falls on Interstate 15).

Justin Millar, EIT, Joins RPA

Justin Millar, EIT, has joined RPA’s Streets, Highways and Drainage Group in Helena as an engineering designer/construction technician. He is a registered Engineer in Training and he holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology, respectively. His previous project experience includes road and bridge projects for the Washington State Department of Transportation in Yakima. at RPA, Millar provides professional engineering services that include field inventories, signing inventories, data analysis, road design, and intersection improvements, including roundabouts. He is a team member currently working on the Montana Department of Transportation Lincoln Road – Montana Avenue to Interstate 15 roundabout.

RPA Moves Into New Corporate Headquarters

After 2 decades of planning, saving, and growing our firm, RPA finally moved into its new office building headquarters in Helena! The 3-day move culminated with our staff showing up to work bright and early on Monday August 21. We are thankful for the efforts of our building committee, the design team, all the contractors, and our staff to pull this off. Most of all, we are thankful to our clients for allowing us to serve them over the last 40 years! THANK YOU!

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.

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.

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