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Erin Russell, P.E.

Erin Russell, P.E.

Principal and Engineering Manager

Karis Van Diest, EIT

Karis Van Diest, EIT

Civil Design Lead / Project Engineer

Maddi Schatz

Maddi Schatz

Civil Designer

Sam Ferguson, EIT

Sam Ferguson, EIT

Civil Designer / Project Engineer

Claire Last

Claire Last

Office Manager / Permitting

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Erin Russell, P.E., Principal and Engineering Manager

Primary responsibilities include general management of all civil engineering activities, including project design, completion of reports, permitting, and preparation of project plans and specifications.

Education and Training:

  • B.S. Civil Engineering Technology, 2014, Washington Engineering Institute
  • B.A. Psychology, 2004, Trinity Western University

Professional Recognition:

  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Washington
  • Certified Erosion & Sedimentation Control Lead

Career Experience:

Project Manager and Civil Engineer / Designer for civil engineering projects in the Pacific Northwest since 2010.

Experienced in:

  • Permitting & Planning Coordination
  • Land Development
  • Road & Utility Design
  • Grading & Site Plans
  • Stormwater Modeling and Design.
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Karis Van Diest, EIT – Civil Design Lead

Primary responsibilities include understanding client needs, and creating practical and effective solutions for these needs through the preparation of project plans and specifications.

Education and Training:

A.A.S. Civil Engineering Technology, 2015, Washington Polytechnic Institute
B.S. Civil Engineering Technology, 2017, Washington Polytechnic Institute

Professional Recognition:

Certified Erosion & Sedimentation Control Lead
Registered Engineer-in-Training, State of Washington

Career Experience:

Civil Designer for civil engineering projects in the Pacific Northwest since 2014. Experienced in:

  • Land Development
  • Landscape Design
  • Road & Utility Design
  • Grading, Stormwater, & Site Plan Design
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Maddi Schatz, Civil Designer

Primary responsibilities include ensuring clients’ satisfaction on every project through the preparation of project plans and specifications.

Education and Training:

A.A.S Civil Engineering Technology, 2019, Washington Polytechnic Institute

B.S. Civil Engineering Technology, 2019, Washington Polytechnic Institute

Career Experience:

Civil Designer for civil engineering projects in the Pacific Northwest since 2018. Experienced in:

  • Road & Utility Design
  • Stormwater Design
  • Site Plans
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Sam Ferguson, EIT

Primary responsibilities include preparing civil designs and reports to make sure all clients’ needs are met on every project according to guidelines and specifications in Washington state.

Education and Training:

B.S. Civil Engineering, 2019, Washington State University

 Professional Recognition:

 Registered Engineer-in-Training, State of Oregon

Career Experience:

Civil Designer for civil engineering projects in the Pacific Northwest and Oregon since 2019. Experienced in:

  • Road & Utility Design
  • Grading, Stormwater, and Site Plan Design
  • Hydraulic Modeling
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Claire Last, Office Manager / Permitting

Primary responsibilities include submitting permits to the county for stormwater projects and communicating with clients about their project’s status.

Education and Training:

A.A. Whatcom Community College, 2019

Career Experience:

 Manager for civil engineering project permits and plans in all jurisdictions in Whatcom County. Experienced in:

  • Office Administration
  • Stormwater Permits
  • Communications

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