CEO Moment | Thinking like a Futurist

Last year at this time, we didn’t know what to expect for the future. People were working from home. Children were learning from living rooms. The tragic events that spurred the nationwide call for racial justice hadn’t happened yet. We had hoped things would get back to normal soon, but we didn’t know what that meant. Now, here we are today. “Back to normal” is no longer what it used to mean. To build a bridge from the normal we Read more…

Donald G. “Gary” Kathol 1942 – 2021 | A Tribute by Mike McMeekin

Gary Kathol was born in Hartington, Nebraska in 1942. His family moved to Omaha, and he graduated from Creighton Prep in 1960. He began his career at Lamp Rynearson in 1961 at the age of 19. At the time he was hired, Gary was working at a marina on the Missouri River. Don Lamp was impressed with Gary’s work ethic and offered him a job with his new engineering firm (a much different recruiting process than today). Gary studied for Read more…

Lamp Rynearson Welcomes New Board Member

Shawntal M. Smith, Esq., joins Lamp Rynearson Board of Directors as its newest member. She is the Chief Professional Development Officer & General Counsel for Omaha Home for Boys and a Race and Law course adjunct professor at her alma mater, Creighton University School of Law. Driven to make a difference, Shawntal has practiced law for the past 15 years and brings her background of agility coaching, training, human resources, organizational culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion to the board member Read more…

CEO Moment | Leading with Purpose

At the beginning of every year, Lamp Rynearson comes together to charter a New Year Outlook. It is a time for us to reflect on days past and lessons learned while setting our sights on the new horizon. Part of the Outlook includes a theme for the coming year – a banner statement of sorts –under which everyone within the company can assemble to continue living our mission statement of “Leaving a Legacy” with renewed energy and focus. For many Read more…

2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Imagine. Create. Deliver. As professionals of the built environment, that’s what we do. We deliver visions of a better tomorrow. We didn’t get into our professions to stand idly by while the world happens around us. No. We chose this path to shape our communities with thoughtfulness, creativity, and compassion. Now more than ever, the world needs connection. Real connection. Pathways to equitability and opportunity. So much work and progress has been done, and there is so much more to Read more…

The Scope | GIS Apps: Delivering the Future

The future is unknown. Over the past year, we’ve grown to expect uncertainty in many areas of our lives – but fortunately, planning for and managing your project is not one of them. Lamp Rynearson professionals have used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for years to uncover the unknown and help clients navigate their projects with eyes wide open. GIS has been applied to a wide expanse of projects, let’s dive in to discover how. What is GIS? Starting with Read more…

CEO Moment | Purpose Driven Companies

Companies driven by purpose outperform others. This ideology has been studied by many of the world’s greatest intellects and leaders. What is the general consensus? Focus on purpose and profits will follow. We concur. At Lamp Rynearson, we know our purpose statement has meaning to our staff. Our pursuit of purpose is equally as important as the pursuit of profit. And we’re not just being feebly sentimental over here. There are business reasons behind this stance – Caring about purpose Read more…

The Scope | Designing Public Spaces: Programming for a Changing World

  2020 was a year spent indoors. For those who have ventured out, gathering has looked different. We were distanced – in line at the grocery store, at restaurant tables, in offices and home offices across the nation – and the outdoors, whether a pop-up patio, a park or a nature trail, have become places where we can unmask and escape. There have been many attempts to speculate what the future of public spaces will look like. How does a Read more…

The Scope | The Future of Solar is Bright

Did you know there is enough solar power provided in one hour of sunlight to meet the Earth’s energy needs for an entire year? The sun is a formidable energy source and as Thomas Edison once noted, “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!” Solar energy is clean, abundant, and renewable. One of the world’s largest natural resources, it does not emit any pollutants into the atmosphere whether it is being produced Read more…

The Scope | Pools, Pandemic, & Planning for Purpose

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” – Bruce Lee 2020 has proven to be anything but normal. It has been a year of unprecedented events and change, as each passing day seems to present Read more…

CEO Moment | Dealing with Wicked Problems

“We begin with the assumption that human beings constantly strive to improve or bolster their life situation, and that in so doing they are constantly engaged in problem-solving activities.” – Professor Irving Tallman, Washington State University   In 1973, design theorists Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber introduced the term “wicked problem” in order to draw attention to the complexities and challenges of addressing planning and social policy problems. It seems that this year, has become synonymous with wicked problems. As Read more…