The Scope | Designing Public Spaces: Programming for a Pandemic

  2020 has been a year spent indoors. For those who have ventured out, gathering has looked different. We’re 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 a socially-distanced future looks like. What will gathering look like in 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…

Expert Blog: 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…

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…

We Can Do Better

Albert Einstein once noted “Striving for social justice is the most valuable thing to do in life.” While America is no stranger to racial injustice; the recent tragic events demand we pay attention. We now realize it is impossible to stay silent on this most valuable thing to do in life. We can do better. No, we must do better. People are coming together to take a stand and demand change. As technical professionals we have a unique opportunity to Read more…

Expert Blog: Surveying in a Time of Pandemic

The world is much quieter now that stay-at-home or safer-at-home directives and social distancing are part of our new normal. Many businesses are operating remotely resulting in less crowded streets and highways. Nevertheless, there’s one set of trucks still out on the roads – Lamp Rynearson’s Survey Crew. If you see our trucks with bright white logos during your essential grocery store trips, know that our survey professionals are out there to keep infrastructure projects moving. Land surveying is fundamental Read more…

COVID-19 Update | March 23, 2020

Dear Clients, Partners, and Friends, As we are on this COVID-19 journey together, we want to provide an update to our response. Our first priority is the health and safety of you and our Lamp Rynearson community. We are monitoring the situation of our four office locations and have acted. The second objective is to keep projects on-track as the impacts of COVID-19 are realized. Below are steps we are taking: In Office Meetings: Our offices are closed to the Read more…

COVID-19 Update | March 17, 2020

Dear Valued Partner,   Well, here we are at the end of another day of constantly changing conditions. As we go home to our families and do what we believe is best for them, our clients and our communities, please know that the team at Lamp Rynearson is here, even if remote. We are here to problem-solve, keep projects moving ahead and, most of all, take care of one another.   You will hear from us. We’ll be picking up Read more…

Expert Blog: A Traffic Engineer’s Secret Alter Ego

Have you ever had a close call? You’re driving in your car, looking for that “prime” parking spot or trying to think of a way to get through all the traffic. Your attention is elsewhere. You’re running late, you don’t have time for – Screech!  Suddenly, a car, a bike or, even worse, a person is right there in front of you! Somehow muscle memory kicks in, you slam your foot on the break. Hard. Through white knuckles and a Read more…

Expert Blog: Water Storage in the Arid West

Water Resources Group Leader Justin Korkus, PE, explains the process of creating a reservoir – from water rights through dam design With over 300 days of sun a year, you are sure to notice the myriad of glimmering reservoirs whenever you travel along the Front Range in Colorado. Coming in an array of sizes, they inspire daydreams of lake days, shoreline barbeques, and fishing for those lucky enough to live in the Centennial State! Although celebrated as a recreational destination, Read more…

Rob Vanderveen Receives Young Professional Award

A huge congratulations to our very own Project Engineer, Rob Vanderveen! ACEC Nebraska 2020 Young Professional of the Year. Thank you Rob for all your hard work and your amazing efforts in our community through Hope Dwells and Yellow Door. Inspiring and well deserved award. Read more about Rob and his involvement in the Omaha community https://www.civicnebraska.org/build-up-omaha-vanderveens/.

New Water/Wastewater Leader in the Colorado Region

Lamp Rynearson has selected José Velazquez, PE, BCEE, as the new Colorado Region Water/Wastewater Leader. José has 40 years of experience in water and wastewater related engineering. A Colorado native, José was first attracted to the world of water engineering through his understanding of how important water is to our lifestyle in the arid west. During his impressive career, he has served in the role of principal-in-charge, project manager, and project engineer at companies such as CDM, Jacobs, and Tetratech. Read more…