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…

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…