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Matthew Feagins Joins WGI as Senior Parking Designer

September 30, 2022

 

 

Matthew Feagins Joins WGI as Senior Parking Designer

 

 

 

 

Houston, TX (September 30, 2022)—WGI, Inc., a leading national design and planning firm, today announced that Matthew Feagins has joined the firm as Senior Parking Designer. A nationally recognized parking consultant with over 30 years of experience, Feagins has overseen the functional design of hundreds of parking structures across the United States.

“Matt Feagins is a tremendous addition to the WGI parking design team,” said David Wantman, PE, Chief Executive Officer of WGI Inc. “He’s widely considered one of the parking industry’s brightest minds, particularly when it comes to megastructures with several thousand parking spaces.”

Feagins joins WGI from Walter P. Moore, where he worked for over 24 years as Principal and Senior Parking Designer. In addition to his expertise with large parking structures, Feagins is also an authority on retrofitting older parking structures to make them operate more efficiently. He is also very knowledgeable about parking technology and how it can best be applied to both new and existing parking facilities.

About WGI

Founded in 1972, WGI is an award-winning national design and professional services firm leading in technology-based solutions for the construction of public infrastructure and real estate development. With 18 offices throughout the United States, the firm is a leading provider of civil engineering services, electrical engineering, environmental consulting, geospatial and land surveying, planning, landscape architecture, MEP engineering services, new mobility, parking solutions, restoration engineering, structuring engineering, subsurface utility engineering, transportation engineering, water resources, architecture, and project delivery. WGI can be found online at wginc.com.

WGI Director of Mobility Ravali Kosaraju Named Young Leader to Follow By The Institute of Traffic Engineers

June 28, 2022

 

 

 

WGI Director of Mobility Ravali Kosaraju Named Young Leader to Follow

By The Institute of Traffic Engineers

 

 

 

San Antonio, TX (June 28, 2022) Ravali Kosaraju, WGI’s Director of Mobility, has been named a young leader to follow by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The 2022 Young Leaders to Follow class is comprised of 23 transportation professionals under 35-years-old who have demonstrated leadership and innovation within the transportation industry and ITE.

“The WGI family is extremely proud of Ravali Kosaraju for earning this important honor,” said David Wantman, CEO of WGI, Inc. “There are over 50,000 transportation planners and engineers in the United States, including 16,000 ITE members, and Kosaraju is one of only 23 professionals to earn this prestigious distinction in 2022. WGI is fortunate to have Ravali as a leader in our firm.”

Ravali Kosaraju is a transportation visionary who understands how traffic engineering and planning, mobility and curb management, and parking combine to impact communities. Through her work in both the private and public sectors, she has become a passionate proponent of mutually beneficial development that works for both the developer and the wider community, and she has become an authority on how to build strong public/private partnerships. At a time when cities and private developers are focused on mobility and the way it is revolutionizing the transportation landscape, Kosaraju is a leader who is helping cities and private developers embrace the changing landscape to create safer, more sustainable, and more manageable roadways.

“ITE provides leadership opportunities to those of all ages, but these members have distinguished themselves at a young age,” said ITE Executive Director and CEO Jeff Paniati. “They have made significant contributions to ITE’s success, and we look forward to great things from them in the years to come.”

About ITE

Founded in 1930, ITE is a community of transportation professionals including transportation engineers, transportation planners, consultants, educators, technologists, and researchers. Through meetings, seminars, publications, and a network of more than 16,000 members working in 78 countries, ITE connects members to a world of ideas, people, and resources. For more information, visit www.ite.org.

 

About WGI

Founded in 1972, WGI is an award-winning national design and professional services firm leading in technology-based solutions for the construction of public infrastructure and real estate development. With 18 offices throughout the United States, the firm is a leading provider of civil engineering services, electrical engineering, environmental consulting, geospatial and land surveying, planning, landscape architecture, MEP engineering services, new mobility, parking solutions, restoration engineering, structuring engineering, subsurface utility engineering, transportation engineering, water resources, architecture, and project delivery. WGI can be found online at wginc.com.

WGI Names Ravali Kosaraju, P. Eng., PE, PTOE Director of Mobility

March 18, 2022

 

 

 

WGI Names Ravali Kosaraju, P. Eng., PE, PTOE Director of Mobility

 

 

 

San Antonio, TX WGI, Inc., a leading national design and planning firm, today announced that Ravali Kosaraju, P. Eng., PE, PTOE has been named Director of Mobility for the firm. In her new role, Kosaraju will oversee transportation and mobility projects across the United States for WGI clients, including private developers, universities, hospitals, and municipalities.

 

“I am excited to announce Ravali Kosaraju’s appointment as WGI’s Director of Mobility,” said Jeff Brophy, PLA, ASLA, VP of WGI Inc. “Ravali is a respected leader in the transportation and mobility industries, and she is the perfect person to lead WGI’s Mobility Group as we help our clients thrive in the 2020s and beyond.”

 

A longtime transportation professional, Ravali Kosaraju is an authority on the most important mobility challenges facing private developers and public entities, including regulatory and zoning trends, roadway sizing strategies, street impact fees and other new funding initiatives, and curb management. She is also an expert in building mutually beneficial relationships between private developers and local and regional government authorities to assure that development projects meet the unique needs of both the developer and the community.

 

With more than a decade of experience, Ravali Kosaraju is a recognized transportation and mobility leader. Prior to joining WGI, she served as Senior Engineer for the City of San Antonio and before that, Senior Traffic Engineer for the City of Austin. She is active in the Texas Parking & Transportation Association (TPTA) and, nationally, in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). She works on projects across the United States from WGI’s San Antonio office.

 

About WGI

Founded in 1972, WGI is an award-winning national design and professional services firm leading in technology-based solutions for the construction of public infrastructure and real estate development. With 18 offices throughout the United States, the firm is a leading provider of civil engineering services, electrical engineering, environmental consulting, geospatial and land surveying, planning, landscape architecture, MEP engineering services, new mobility, parking solutions, restoration engineering, structuring engineering, subsurface utility engineering, transportation engineering, water resources, architecture, and project delivery. WGI can be found online at wginc.com.

 

 

WGI Names David Taxman, PE Mobility Market Leader

April 12, 2021

 

 

WGI Names David Taxman, PE Mobility Market Leader

 

 

 

Tampa, FL WGI, Inc., a leading national design and planning firm, today announced that David Taxman, PE has been named Mobility Market Leader for the firm. In his new role, Taxman will oversee transportation and parking projects across the United States for WGI clients, including municipalities, universities, hospitals, and the private sector.

 

“David Taxman is a tremendous addition to the WGI team,” said Jeff Brophy, PLA, ASLA, Vice President. “He is one of the parking industry’s most accomplished planners, and he is one of the foremost authorities on mobility and how it shapes our communities.”

 

A longtime parking professional, Taxman is a passionate advocate for reform in parking planning practices and a national leader in Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and Mobility Best Practices (MBP). He was one of the first parking professionals to earn certification as a Parksmart Advisor and led trainings for certifying others.

 

Taxman was recently named one of the National Parking Association’s “40 under 40” and his expertise in parking planning includes supply and demand studies, operations and management, financial feasibility studies, parking policy, technology review and specification, shared parking studies, parking privatization, and functional design of parking facilities. He has performed numerous traffic studies for communities across the United States, including traffic impact analysis, signal warrant analyses, traffic calming studies, bus capacity analysis, complete street design, pedestrian facility design, traffic signal timing, multi-modal studies, and traffic count surveys.

 

About WGI

Founded in 1972, WGI is an award-winning national design and professional services firm leading in technology-based solutions for the construction of public infrastructure and real estate development. With 18 offices throughout the United States, the firm is a leading provider of civil engineering services, electrical engineering, environmental consulting, geospatial and land surveying, planning, landscape architecture, MEP engineering services, new mobility, parking solutions, restoration engineering, structuring engineering, subsurface utility engineering, transportation engineering, water resources, architecture, and project delivery. WGI can be found online at wginc.com.

Darin Rickert Joins WGI’s Structural Solutions Division as Director, Building Enclosures + Restoration

October 20, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darin Rickert Joins WGI’s Structural Solutions Division as Director, Building Enclosures + Restoration

 

 

Milwaukee, WI –  WGI is pleased to announce that Darin Rickert, AIA, RRC, LEED AP joined the firm as director of the Building Enclosures + Restoration Group. Darin will be based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he will leverage the contacts and experience accumulated over the last 17 years of national project experience. Working collaboratively with WGI’s offices throughout the country, Darin will also bring his past experience in business development to help cross-sell WGI’s services in these markets.

 

WGI’s Vice President/Structural Solutions Shad Shafie, says, “We’re excited for Darin’s arrival at WGI. We’ve been looking for a leader of his caliber for quite some time, and he’s surely going to enhance our reach and ability to deliver for our clients.”

 

Darin’s expertise includes performing building enclosure design, building enclosure assessments, building enclosure commissioning (BECx) services, water leakage investigations, historic preservation and restoration, design peer reviews of building enclosures, forensic investigation and repair, and construction administration and management on a variety of new and existing structures. He also developed repair and rehabilitation designs, and oversaw construction administration for numerous commercial, residential, and industrial buildings.

 

“Like most professionals in our business, I’ve been closely watching the continual growth of WGI for several years. I’m looking forward to playing a leadership role in our continued success in the coming years.”

 

A Licensed Architect, Registered Roof Consultant, and LEED Accredited Professional, Darin is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), Building Enclosure Council (BEC), and Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA). He received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

This announcement also includes the opening of WGI’s new Milwaukee office at W67N222 Evergreen Boulevard, Suite 118, Cedarburg, WI  53012-2645, and its phone number 414.710.4361.

 

About WGI

As a multidisciplinary solutions-providing consulting firm, WGI has 19 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: land development/municipal engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, parking solutions, geospatial services, subsurface utility engineering, structures, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, architecture, land planning, MEP engineering, and creative services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #35 on its 2020 Hot Firms list and awarded WGI 2020 Marketing Excellence Awards for both Website and Identity Rebrand. South Florida Business Journalranked WGI #4 on its 2020 Top 25 Engineering Firms (making this the fourth year in a row ranked in the Top 5) and ranked WGI #59 in its 2020 Top 100 Private Companies. In 2020, ENR ranked WGI #187 on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms (up 37 places). For more information, please visit www.wginc.com.

WGI Paves Over Expectations; Accolades and Growth Already Exceed Last Year

September 30, 2019

 

WGI Paves Over Expectations; Accolades and Growth Already Exceed Last Year

 

(West Palm Beach, FL – September 30, 2019) National design and professional services firm WGI, a leader in technology-based solutions for the construction of public infrastructure and real estate development, has been in overdrive for the first three quarters of 2019, exceeding 2018 in the expansion of its employees, services, clients, and geographic footprint.

 

WGI kicked off the new year with the acquisition of Austin, TX-based BIG RED DOG, adding to its Texas market presence with five locations in the state and a gaining a team with a reputation as disruptors in the profession. That energy set the stage for three quarters of exceptional performance, additional new offices in Colorado and Virginia, entry into another new market – the Bahamas, over 200 new associates, 1,000+ new contracts.

 

Once again, the business community took notice with a list of recognitions and professional awards for specific work, including:

  • WGI rose in rank to #47 on the South Florida Business Journal‘s “Top 100 List of Private Companies” and to #3 on its “Top 25 Engineering Firms in South Florida” list
  • The Zweig Group ranked WGI #24 on the Best Firms to Work For list, as well multiple other list placements
  • WGI rose 26 places over 2018 to rank #224 on ENR’s list of 2019’s Top 500 Design Firms
  • WGI’s Parking Solutions Division won the Texas Parking & Transportation Association’s 2019 Parking Restoration Project of the Year for Campus at Legacy West
  • WGI’s BIG RED DOG team won the Austin Business Journal’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Awards for Multifamily – Tyndall at Robertson Hill, and Retail – Belterra Village
  • The ACEC-Florida also awarded WGI the Engineering Excellence Outstanding Project Award in its Outstanding Design-Build Category for I-75 Express Lanes

Slowing down is neither an option, nor part of WGI’s core philosophy. Since stepping into the role of president in September of 2018, Gregory Sauter and David Wantman, the firm’s CEO, share a transformative vision for the firm founded in 1972.

 

“Greg and I both believe that our profession is in a constant state of evolution,” says David Wantman. “We have to recognize, assess, and then integrate the continual advances that will result in resilient, sustainable, and connected communities.”

 

“I came to WGI because David built a culture and a team of associates that understand – and are eager – to look at the future of our profession,” adds Greg Sauter, “and get excited about being catalysts in the collaborative culture needed for WGI to advance toward our 2025 vision as a market-leading company with outsized impacts on our clients and communities by fundamentally changing how infrastructure is envisioned, designed, and delivered.  We are re-envisioning the entire delivery process and challenging ourselves to invent the future. It’s not one division, or one line of business – it’s the entire interconnectivity of how what we do affects the lives of so many.”

 

WGI’s trajectory attracted significant and high-profile new hires in 2019, bringing total associates to nearly 600, including:

  • Lisa Nisenson, Vice President, New Mobility and Connected Communities
  • Robert Hanson, Vice President, Geospatial
  • David M.Y. Millikan, Vice President, Texas Transportation Regional Manager
  • Glenn Havinoviski, Manager, Transportation Technology and Connected Communities
  • Kimberlee DeBosier, Director of Project Excellence
  • R. Mark Pitchford, Operations Manager, Geospatial Division/Tampa FL

Both Sauter and Wantman agree that making sure the firm’s growing range of capabilities and services are marketed to both existing and potential clients is exponentially enhanced by the addition of Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer Will Schnier, BIG RED DOG’s creative leader.

 

“We are building a firm with extraordinary talent and great vision. We are investing heavily in cutting-edge technology. We are evolving our corporate image through the addition of BIG RED DOG’s disruptive marketing energy,” says Wantman.

 

Of the more than 1,000 new contracts already awarded in 2019, some of the most significant include:

 

Public Clients

  • Florida Department of Transportation — Districtwide Value Engineering Contract
  • City of San Antonio Water and Wastewater Project – San Antonio Water System
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory — Parking Structure Design, Los Alamos, NM
  • Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise — Continuing Services for All Electronic Tolling and Express Lanes Design Support
  • Florida Department of Environmental Regulation – Ft. Clinch State Park Pier, Structural Solutions, Environmental, Geospatial, and SUE
  • Ed White Elementary School Renovation — League City, TX
  • Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority — Miscellaneous Planning and Traffic Services
  • Florida Department of Transportation — Improvements for SR 7/US 441 Transit Corridor Improvements
  • Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise — Widen HEFT from four to six lanes with express lanes (MP 2-MP 6)
  • Delray Beach FL City Marina – Continuing Engineering and Inspection Services
  • Florida Department of Transportation — SR 865 (San Carlos) from Estero Boulevard to CR 869 (Summerlin), Roadway Reconfiguration, Signalization, and Landscape Services
  • Ingham County, Architectural and Engineering Services for Exterior Renovations to the Hilliard Building — Mason, MI
  • City of Eau Claire, WI — Comprehensive Downtown Parking Study Update
  • State of Michigan — General AE Services
  • Lighthouse Point, FL — Review and Rewrite of City Code (RFP 2019-004)
  • Florida Department of Transportation — I-75 Northbound Rest Area Design-Build
  • Illinois Department of Transportation — Continuing SUE Services
  • Grand Rapids, MI — Parking Operational Assessment
  • Florida Department of Transportation — Districtwide Continuing SUE and Utility Locating Services
  • City of Palm Beach Gardens, FL — Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations update
  • City of College Station, TX — Northgate District Mobility Study and Plan
  • City of Lake Worth Beach, FL — CRA Planning Services City Block Redevelopment
  • Pinellas County, FL — Professional Engineering for Countywide Unmanned Aerial Services
  • Colorado School of Mines — Parking Structure Design, Golden, CO
  • Miami-Dade County, FL — Matheson Hammock State Park Restoration
  • Florida Department of Transportation — I-10 Reconstruction from I-295 to downtown Jacksonville

 

Private Clients

  • Sunlake Boulevard/Metro Development Group – Design Services, Pasco County, FL
  • Mirada Crystal Lagoon/Metro Development Group – Design Services, Pasco County, FL
  • Walker’s Cay Island, Bahamas — Master Planning, and Engineering Services
  • Children’s Hospital New Orleans — Parking Operational Assessment
  • Virgin Trains Railway — Construction Surveying, Vibration Monitoring, SUE, As-Built surveys for 260 miles of rail
  • Shark Wake Park at Okeeheelee Park, Structural Engineering, Palm Beach County, FL
  • Rebekah Baines Johnson Center, Mixed-Use Development, Civil and MEP Services, Austin, TX
  • Uptown Plum Creek, Planned-Unit Development, Civil and MEP Services, Kyle, TX

 

While WGI continued to expand its “one-stop shop” provision and broad range of offerings, it streamlined them into the following services and markets:

 

SERVICES: Civil Engineering| Geospatial| Environmental | Land Planning | Landscape Architecture | MEP Engineering | New Mobility & Connected Communities| Parking Solutions | Resiliency + Sustainability | Restoration Engineering | Structural Engineering | Subsurface Utility Engineering | Traffic Planning | Transportation Engineering | Water Resources | Architecture

 

MARKETS:

  • Cities and Communities: Civic | Parks | Sports + Recreation | Public Infrastructure | Smart + Connected
  • Development:  Hospitality + Resorts | Mixed-Use | Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) | Office + Corporate | Residential | Retail | Urban Infill
  • Education: K-12 | Higher Education
  • Energy: Oil + Gas | Renewable Energy (Wind + Solar) | Transmission + Distribution
  • Healthcare: Medical Office Buildings | Hospitals | Ambulatory Centers
  • Industrial: Distribution Centers | Manufacturing | Storage Facilities
  • Technology: Data Centers | Telecommunication
  • Transportation: Aviation | Highways, Roadways + Bridges | New Mobility + Autonomous Vehicles | Parking | Rail + Transit | Tolls + Managed Lanes
  • Water + Environment: Marine + Coastal | Stormwater Management | Water + Wastewater Utility

“We continue to actively pursue national and international opportunities as a holistic organization that will further strengthen the firm,” notes Sauter. “We’ll never lose sight that WGI always has – and always will — provide an unwavering level of client service established back in 1972.”

 

“And most importantly, we know that we must assure a clear career path for our valued professionals – we cannot do this without the ability to attract the best talent, retain brilliance, and supporting an environment that cultivates bright, forward-thinking young people,” adds Wantman.

 

“WGI is a firm with limitless possibilities and opportunities to achieve our goals.”

 

WGI — Providing Tomorrow’s Infrastructure Solutions Today.

WGI is a national design and professional services firm leading in technology-based solutions for the construction of public infrastructure and real estate development. WGI has 19 offices in eight states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: land development/municipal engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, parking solutions, geospatial services, subsurface utility engineering, structures, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, architecture, land planning, MEP engineering, and creative services. In 2019, ENR ranked WGI #224 – up 26 places — on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms, #25 on its Top Southeast Design Firms, and #10 in the Florida market. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #3 (up from #5) on its 2019 Top 25 Engineering Firms. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #23 on the 2019 Best Firms to Work For and #76 on its 2019 Hot Firms list. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com.

 

WGI Welcomes New Mobility and Smart City Innovator Expert Lisa Nisenson

March 18, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

WGI Welcomes New Mobility and Smart City Innovator Expert Lisa Nisenson

 

 

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FL –  WGI CEO David Wantman proudly announces that national thought leader Lisa Nisenson joined the firm as vice president of new mobility and connected communities.

 

 

This addition to the team solidifies WGI’s leadership in helping communities harness the benefits of emerging mobility options and smart/connected city technology.

 

“Lisa is a national leader in emerging planning technologies and innovations — from green infrastructure to transit-oriented development. Her background in sustainable community design further confirms WGI’s commitment to successful placemaking that is supported by smart-city technology and emerging transportation options such as shared-use mobility and autonomous vehicles. Adding this resource to WGI is part of our strategic plan,” says Michael Davis, WGI senior vice president and chief strategy officer.

 

Lisa’s experience spans work in the private, non-profit, and public sectors, including federal and local government agencies. At the United States Environmental Protection Agency, she developed pioneering policy for sustainable community design, including guides and regulatory support for low-impact development and redevelopment. She brings a practical approach to helping clients through new planning methods, interactive public engagement, zoning-code reform, and best practices that deliver multiple benefits.

 

WGI clients are aware of both the potential, and challenges, associated with technology related disruption and change. Lisa helps demystify trends, engaging clients to develop both long-range scenarios and near-term roadmaps. This helps cities of all sizes incorporate new technology into existing planning efforts while anticipating potential and probable changes in transportation and land use.

 

Lisa serves on national workgroups creating new models for future-proofing planning, policy, and project design. She has conducted national training in smart-city technology, as well as courses on First-Last Mile access to transit and corridor planning. As a board member of the Consortium for Scenario Planning, she is developing sample scopes of work to help communities and clients easily procure next-generation planning models. She is also working on research projects to develop checklists for autonomous vehicle pilot projects through the Transportation Cooperative Research Board and the American Planning Association.

 

“I have had the pleasure of working with Lisa through Smart City Works. She is an extraordinarily talented and visionary thinker. With her expertise, we will be able to help cities better plan and position for the future using technology to leverage efficiency and effectiveness,” says WGI President Greg Sauter.

 

As an example, Lisa  worked with clients on better understanding future parking needs. Demand for parking is changing with new housing preferences and office space design. Technology such as ride-hailing phone apps and e-commerce are changing parking, streets, and curbside management. WGI’s Parking Solutions Division is already adopting a parking ecosystem approach, helping clients wisely invest in infrastructure while adapting to the range of ways residents, workers, and visitors move in the future – part of New Mobility.

 

Lisa will be working from WGI’s South Florida headquarters on the strategy team. In her role she will work with all WGI service lines, including transportation, planning, geospatial and parking. She will work closely with WGI’s urban and community planning team and continue to provide thought leadership on emerging technology, sustainability, and resilient community design, helping clients get in front of rapid change.

 

ABOUT WGI

As a multidisciplinary solutions-providing consulting firm, WGI has 18 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: land development/municipal engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, parking solutions, geospatial services, subsurface utility engineering, structures, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, architecture, land planning, MEP engineering, and creative services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #11 on its 2018 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2018 Best Firms to Work For list. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #3 (up from #5) on its 2019 Top 25 Engineering Firms. In 2018, ENR ranked WGI #250 on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms, #24 on its Top Southeast Design Firms, and #10 in the Florida market.  In 2018, WGI ranked #4380 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com.

 

 

WGI Contact:
Sima Narcus
Client Services Manager
561.687.2220

WGI Announces Geospatial Scientist and Industry Expert Robert Hanson Joins Firm

January 17, 2019

 

 

WGI Announces Geospatial Scientist and Industry Expert Robert Hanson Joins Firm

 

 

 

(West Palm Beach, FL – January 17, 2018) David Wantman, PE proudly announces that Robert Hanson is joining national design firm WGI as Vice President – Geospatial. Hanson’s hire is a move identified in the company’s Strategic Growth Plan, and Wantman and WGI’s President, Gregory Sauter, PE are putting the best person in place to meet aggressive goals for creating divisional growth through the application of a wide array of geospatial technologies.

 

“Bob has spent his entire career leading the evolution of the geospatial profession, from US Army Topographic School in the 1970s and NOAA National Ocean Survey Bathymetric Compilation Training in 1980, through close to four decades of the application of every new technology, up to his last position as chief scientist and industry expert for a large, international firm,” says David Wantman, CEO.

 

As a chief scientist and industry expert, Hanson was largely charged with the examination of applications developed in-house for a specific purpose using geospatial technology. Working with teams of professionals and subject-matter experts, he assessed the business potential beyond the project-level for application/technology innovation, based on its uniqueness, applicability as a technical solution within the marketplace, feasibility of scaling the innovation to national markets, and the ROI analysis with development and investment stages.

 

It is this level of operative expertise and development of future revenue streams that attracted WGI. In addition, Hanson led the firm’s capital investment in sensor-based technologies and formed a LiDAR Center of Excellence for operation/delivery of projects using Mobile LiDAR, Laser Crack Measurement Systems (LCMS) for pavement distress, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). He led work on notable large and complex transportation and infrastructure projects across the nation.

 

“WGI’s strategic goals for its Geospatial Division are ambitious, and its investment in leveraging ‘Tomorrow’s Technology Today’ is very exciting to me. The combination of my experience, and WGI’s similar commitment to efficiency and technology will rapidly increase WGI’s presence as a national leader in geospatial services,” says Robert Hanson. “And I am ready to relocate back to Florida after so many years in Pennsylvania.”

 

Noted Gregory Sauter, “We’re absolutely committed to advancing the cutting-edge technologies that are transforming how we envision, design, and deliver infrastructure. That provides WGI with a special opportunity to follow the example and experience of someone highly qualified to assist in the execution of our 2025 vision of market leadership and revenue derived from innovation and technology. We welcome Bob and his commitment to evolutionary thinking.”

 

About WGI

As a multidisciplinary solutions-providing consulting firm, WGI has 18 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: Land Development/Municipal Engineering, Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Parking Solutions, Geospatial Services, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Structures, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Land Planning, MEP Engineering, and Creative Services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #11 on its 2018 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2018 Best Firms to Work For list. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #5 on its 2018 Top 25 Engineering Firms, WGI #61 in its 2017 Top 100 Private Companies, and #16 in the $25M and over category as a 2017 “Fast 50” Honoree from the same publication. In 2018, ENR ranked WGI #250 on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms, #24 on its Top Southeast Design Firms, and #10 in the Florida market.  In 2018, WGI ranked #4380 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com.

 

WGI is Ready to Expand Its Texas Footprint; Acquires Big Red Dog 

January 02, 2019

WGI is Ready to Expand Its Texas Footprint; Acquires Big Red Dog 

(West Palm Beach, FL – January 2, 2019) National design firm WGI is pleased to announce it acquired Texas-based BIG RED DOG, INC. (BRD), a firm with a reputation in the industry for intelligent disruption, and a leading provider of civil, MEP, structural, traffic, and transportation engineering for public and private clients. It’s not just another merger or acquisition. The fastest-growing Florida-headquartered firm and the fastest-growing firm in Texas will now operate as a single entity, creating exhilarating future opportunities.

With nearly 600 professionals in 18 offices spread across Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, and Texas, WGI has its sights set on affirming its national trademark: Tomorrow’s Technology Today.  WGI invests in the cutting-edge efficiencies and solutions that forward-thinking clients demand. The combination of industry veterans with decades of experience and an ambitious group of youthful visionaries will further grab the market’s attention. Together, their combined talents enhance both firms’ market leadership and progressive status – delivering revolutionary, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure in smart, connected communities.

The deal closed January 1, 2019 according to Michael L. Davis, senior vice president and chief strategy officer of WGI.

Founded in 2009, BIG RED DOG is a deliberately unconventional group, led by Will Schnier, CEO. Its leadership team – Schnier; Matt Stewart, chief operating officer; and Brad Lingvai, civil market leader – and all key principals, executives, and associates, will continue in their current roles. BRD made a name for itself with a strong set of values (passion, quality, service, accountability, fun) and a reputation for being innovative, aggressive, and driven by a unique level of energy and enthusiasm, resulting in 100% revenue growth over the past five years.

The firm’s diverse portfolio includes civic, municipal, commercial, community, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, infrastructure, mixed-use, and multifamily projects. BRD’s range of expertise and experience, disruptive stance, and enthusiastic corporate culture drew WGI’s attention several years ago. 

In welcoming the BIG RED DOG team, WGI’s CEO David Wantman said, “We were first introduced to the BRD team several years ago, carefully watching the growth and development of a hot firm in hot markets. Combining two great firms with such a broad range of services is certain to result in an exciting future.”

Will Schnier, CEO of BRD, noted: “We’ve been watching WGI from afar with great admiration for several years. For the past five years we’ve both been among the fastest-growing firms in the industry. By combining forces and creating a national footprint, we expect to create a lot of opportunities for our clients and our team members, and ultimately for our communities.”

Combined, the firms serve an active client base in over 30 states and three countries. With this fourth acquisition in four years, WGI is executing its strategic plan with a vision of market leadership via innovative excellence. Infrastructure demands are evolving at a previously unimagined pace, focusing on autonomy, smart and connected cities, resiliency, and sustainability. WGI is committed to investing in the technology and the people necessary to be constantly agile, at the forefront, and always thinking of bigger, better, and faster innovation – delivering tomorrow’s possibilities today.

*Photos available of David Wantman, Michael L. Davis, Will Schnier, Matt Stewart, and Brad Lingvai

About WGI

As a multidisciplinary solutions-providing consulting firm, WGI has 18 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: Land Development/Municipal Engineering, Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Parking Solutions, Geospatial Services, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Structures, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Land Planning, MEP Engineering, and Creative Services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #11 on its 2018 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2018 Best Firms to Work For list. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #5 on its 2018 Top 25 Engineering Firms, WGI #61 in its 2017 Top 100 Private Companies, and #16 in the $25M and over category as a 2017 “Fast 50” Honoree from the same publication. In 2018, ENR ranked WGI #250 on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms, #24 on its Top Southeast Design Firms, and #10 in the Florida market.  In 2018, WGI ranked #4380 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com.

WGI Announces Transformative Leader and Industry Veteran Gregory Sauter, PE Joins Firm as President

September 26, 2018

 

 

 

 

WGI Announces Transformative Leader and Industry Veteran Gregory Sauter, PE Joins Firm as President

 

 

 

 

West Palm Beach, FL —  David Wantman, PE proudly announces that he will be sharing the leadership of WGI with newly hired president, Gregory Sauter, PE and that he will step fully into the role of CEO – a carefully crafted strategic initiative more than a year in the making.

 

 

 

The move, identified last year in WGI’s Strategic Growth Plan, as well as under discussion of its Board of Directors for months, promises to deliver on the firm’s aggressive goals that are rapidly coming to fruition.

 

“I will be bifurcating my title from President & CEO to just CEO,” says Wantman, who assumed leadership of the firm from his father, Joel, who founded the company in 1972. “Greg has a tremendous reputation in our profession as part of the leadership team with one of the largest firms in the world as it rocketed from a few thousand employees to over 100,000 professionals and the ENR 500 top ranking.

 

“We are at a unique time in our industry and Greg also has exceptional experience in advancing cutting-edge technologies that are transforming how we envision, design, and deliver infrastructure. That provides WGI with a special opportunity to follow the example and experience of someone fully qualified to assist with the many challenges that WGI will face as we execute our 2025 vision of 1,000 associates and $200 million in revenue.”

 

Greg Sauter’s qualifications and experience are both broad and deep. He is best characterized as someone operating, “at the intersection of culture, technology, and performance; driving success for organizations via cultural transformation, leveraging advanced technologies, with a commitment to ethics, integrity, and authentic leadership.”

 

“I am very excited to be joining a dynamic and rapidly growing firm like WGI with such a strong culture and team which punches way above their weight. I am particularly enthusiastic about David’s clear strategic vision for the future and the opportunity to leverage both my industry and technology experience as part of that vision. Digitization is changing our industry and we are excited to be at the forefront of that change,” says Sauter.

 

During Sauter’s 15 years with the largest design firm in the world, his commitment to ethics, people, leadership, corporate social responsibility, excellence, sustainability, and safety garnered national and international awards including Ethisphere’s 100 most ethical companies list, the Gold American Business Awards, multiple International Business Awards, andNewsweek’s Top 500 Greenest Companies. Sauter is also the co-founder of Smart City Works, the world’s first business actuator, helping to accelerate early stage companies focused on civil infrastructure and advance technologies in mature organizations.

 

“It is more than just Greg’s leadership and commitment to transformative technology that attracted WGI,” Wantman adds. “His reputation as a civic leader, teacher, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and global thinker dovetails with the vision I and the WGI Leadership Team have for our associates, our corporate culture, and our future.”

 

The last several years, Sauter’s time has been well spent, beginning with his involvement in Engineers Without Borders as past president and board chairman; as an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York City teaching global entrepreneurship and innovation in civil engineering; as board director of OmniEarth, working with companies that recognize the Earth is a vibrant and interactive system, and therefore these modern global businesses need to understand, manage, and predict the world around them with quantitative geoanalytics; president and chief executive at Crossroads Advisory, a consultancy committed to advancing leadership through executive and organizational transformation, ethics, integrity, and authentic leadership; and as founder of Smart City Works, a business accelerator working to improve livability and resilience in cities through focus on the built environment, dramatically changing the way civil infrastructure is designed, built, and operated.

 

Greg Sauter will divide his time between New Jersey and WGI’s South Florida headquarters, as well as WGI’s 13 other offices in Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, and Texas.

 

ABOUT WGI

As a multidisciplinary consulting firm, WGI has 14 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: Land Development/Municipal Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Parking Solutions, Geospatial Services, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Structures, Water Resources, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Land Planning, and Creative Services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #11 on its 2018 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2018 Best Firms to Work For list. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #5 on its 2018 Top 25 Engineering Firms, WGI #61 in its 2017 Top 100 Private Companies, and #16 in the $25M and over category as a 2017 “Fast 50” Honoree from the same publication. In 2018, ENR ranked WGI #250 on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms, #24 on its Top Southeast Design Firms, and #10 in the Florida market. In 2018, WGI ranked #4380 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com.

 

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